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What is Mr. Media® Interviews? The curiosity of Terry Gross, the skepticism of John Oliver, the unpredictability of Howard Stern, and, on occasion, the zen of Jon Stewart! Since February 2007, more than 1,300 exclusive Hollywood, celebrity, pop culture video and audio podcast and print interviews by… read more

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1141 Marshall Craig, author, "You'll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren't Much About the Fish"

November 15th, 2019


To get in the right frame of mind for today’s interview, I set aside my usual German bologna and Muenster cheese sandwich and went with tuna fish. …

1140 Lynn Johnston, cartoonist, "For Better or For Worse" 2019

October 4th, 2019


2019: While I can’t tell you that I have read Lynn Johnston’s wonderful daily comic strip, “For Better or For Worse” from the very beginning in 1979, …

1139 Barbara Slate, artist, "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" 2019

September 21st, 2019


2019: If your faith in the United States Government has been shaken by political developments over the last three years, you’re apparently right …

1138 Quincy Rose, director, star, Augie Duke, co-star, "The Narcissists" 2019

September 15th, 2019


2019: Pity the poor indie filmmaker. I’m sitting around for three years with nothing better to do than be anxious for Quincy Rose’s follow-up to the …

1137 Renee Rosen, novelist, "Park Avenue Summer," a roman à clef about Helen Gurley Brown 2019

September 7th, 2019


2019: One of the best novels I read in 2018 was Renèe Rosen’s Windy City Blues, in which she told the story of Chicago’s legendary Chess Records …

1136 Jon B. Cooke, author, "Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" 2019

August 29th, 2019


2019: NOTE — Due to some recording issues, this isn’t the easiest audio to hear. We’ve fixed the problem going forward, but my apologies to Jon and …

1135 Jamie Lee Kirchner actress, "Mercy" 2010

August 23rd, 2019


2010: Reports of the death of the TV hospital drama—foretold by the end of "ER" last season after 27 years on the air—were apparently premature. …

1134 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Fugitive Heart" 2019

August 21st, 2019


2019: To me, the arrival of a new Ravi P.I. novel by Adi Tantimedh is like being handed a fresh-baked soft pretzel and a Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. I’m going to try and consume it slowly, savoring every biteand every …

1133 Anat Baron, documentary filmmaker, "Beer Wars" 2009

August 8th, 2019


2009: This should be an interesting show. We have a guest who is allergic to beer and a host who never touches the stuff. Naturally, the subject is… …

1132 David Mathison, author, "Be The Media" 2010

July 28th, 2019


2010: I start each show talking about “So much media, so little time…” But David Mathison sees the media differently. Instead of observing it from afar, he wants you to be the media—you, yourself. Mathison, a former …

1131 Drew Waters, actor, "Friday Night Lights" 2009

July 28th, 2019


2009: Drew Waters possesses the kind of body that other men can only wish to emulate and women dream of well, you know. He grew up in Texas and gave …

1130 Judy Tenuta, comedian 2009

July 28th, 2019


2009: The really funny thing about Judy Tenuta? Pretty much everything. And she’s actually quite a lovely woman, as you can see from the photos on her website— I wanted to get that out of the way now, …

1129 Dominque Swain, actress, Jon Keeyes, director, "Fall Down Dead" 2009

July 28th, 2019


2009: The screaming goes on a little long because Dominique’s character, kindly coffee shop waitress Christie, was just attack twice, first by a homeless man, then by a man she believes—correctly—to be the Picasso …

1128 Mike Ruggles, Manny, "Supernanny" 2010

July 28th, 2019


2010: As a middle school girls soccer coach, I enjoy working with kids and their parents, But not, I suspect, enough to want to be Jo Frost, the star …

1128 Kevin Smith does a commercial for the Mr. Media podcast! 2011

July 28th, 2019


This was so cool, I had to share it again! in 2011, I took a flyer on a paid commercial for the Mr. Media podcast on Kevin Smith's new Smodcast …

1127 John Barbour, comedian, author, reality TV creator, "Real People" 2019

July 28th, 2019


From the time I started reading John Barbour’s career-spanning memoir, Your Mother’s Not A Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV! I kept searching for the right …

1126 Dennis Haskins, actor, "Saved By the Bell" 2010

July 26th, 2019


2010: Fans of “Saved By the Bell,” have I got a treat for you. Joining me today is actor Dennis Haskins, who everyone knows as Mr. Belding, the …

1125 Ming-Na Wen, actress, "Two and a Half Men," "Mulan" 2010

July 26th, 2019


2010: I always dreamed there would come a day when I would meet the lovely actress Ming-Na. But I thought it would be in a smoky, out of the way bar, …

1124 Rick Arquilla, president, Roto-Rooter, "Undercover Boss" 2010

July 26th, 2019


2010: When the producers of the CBS reality TV hit “Undercover Boss” brag that their show is about corporate presidents getting their hands dirty, …

1123 Peter Richmond, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home" 2010

July 26th, 2019


2010: Real estate fortunes have been won and lost at record speed in recent years with millions of families “under water” in their current homes, losing their homes to foreclosure and just plain befuddled by what was …

1122 Mike Watt, editor, "Exploitation Nation" 2019

July 24th, 2019


2019: Exploitation Nation, Mike Watt’s bi-annual journal in which he gives lowbrow entertainment a highbrow survey, is all about underground comix in its sixth issue. I’m always looking for an excuse to feature …

1121 Brie Bella, WWE wrestler, Bella Twins 2010

July 22nd, 2019


2010: It’s been like “Beauty Visits the Beast” around here lately at Mr. Media Radio, with recent drop-bys from “Supergirl” Laura Vandervoort, “10 …

1120 David Russo, author, "17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent" 2010

July 20th, 2019


2010: Business leaders today are looking for every possible advantage to grow their business. Of course, that’s not a whole lot different from years …

1119 Robert Lusetich, biographer, "Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season" 2010

July 18th, 2019


2010: Put yourself in the shoes of journalist Robert Lusetich for a moment. You’ve been a Los Angeles-based foreign correspondent for Rupert Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, The Australian, for more than a decade when the …

1118 J.C. Hutchins, Dana Willhoit, Michael Hinman, Tommy Duncan, bloggers live, BlogOrlando Unconference 2008

July 18th, 2019


2008: Today's podcast is a lost-and-found item; recorded on September 27, 2008, live at Blog Orlando, an "Unconference" held at Rollins College in …

1117 Robert Dilenschneider, author, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations" 2010

July 14th, 2019


2010: No matter what form the media takes—print, broadcast, online or even telepathy—there will always be corporations, organizations and individuals that need to get the word out about their product, service or …

1116 Christopher Ventura, Peter LaSala, co-producers, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor” 2009

July 14th, 2019


2009: There was a lot of chatter during the 2009 Emmy Awards broadcast about the future of the broadcast television networks. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox …

1114 Mary Ewing-Mulligan, author, "Wine For Dummies" 2011

July 14th, 2019


2011: Mary Ewing-Mulligan is the co-author (with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of six wine books in the Wine For Dummies series — including French Wine …

1115 Across The Board band, "Wild Ones," interview, two songs 2019

July 13th, 2019


2019: How much do you need to a know about a band beyond the fact that you like their sound? I heard a few tracks from the Canadian group Across the Board and that was enough for me. They just released a new album, Wild …

1113 Debi Gutierrez, comedian (first), Patrick Muldoon, actor, singer (second) (2011)

July 13th, 2019


2011: Two interviews in one show: first up is comedian Debi Gutierrez, followed by Patrick Muldoon, actor in "Starship Troopers" and singer in The …

1112 Parke Puterbaugh, biographer, Phish 2010

June 22nd, 2019


Must be my lifelong resistance to getting stoned, but I’ve never been a huge fan of jam band music. Dave Matthews is okay in small does, as is the …

1111 Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: No matter on what side of the political fence you sit, today is a day you’ll no doubt long remember: it’s the day a federal health care …

1110 Tom Wilson Jr., cartoonist, "Ziggy" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: When I was a teenager—back during the Ford Administration, if you must know—a time when Peanuts was the best thing going in daily comic strips and years before The Far Side shook up the quiet world of single-panel …

1109 Brendan McGinley, comic book artist, "Heist" 2010

June 21st, 2019


If you’re worried about the future of comic books, drop by It’s the online home of one writer and four artists, a place to see …

1108 Richard Doetsch, novelist, "The Thieves of Darkness" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Can it be only six months ago that Richard Doetsch was a guest on Mr. Media? I remember it well because I was so breathless in my praise and admiration for his then-new novel, The 13th Hour. That story completely …

1107 Paul Buhle, author, "Comics in Wisconsin" 2009

June 21st, 2019


2009: What’s so special about Wisconsin, anyway? My home state, New Jersey, has tomatoes, Sinatra, Springsteen, Atlantic City, the Turnpike and The Sopranos. What’s Wisconsin got? Cheese, the Green Bay Packers, cheese, …

1106 Ray McKinnon, actor, "The Blind Side" 2010

June 21st, 2019


I’m going to guess that when Ray McKinnon signed on to play Coach Burt Cotton in the 2009 movie The Blind Side he couldn’t have guessed it would be …

1105 Mario Grigorov, film comoposer, "Precious" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Let’s face it: we take much of the music heard in movies for granted. With rare exceptions, it’s composed and put in place to complement the story and dialogue, not to overwhelm it.

MARIO GRIGOROV podcast excerpt: …

1104 Luis Guzman, actor 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Luis Guzman is the secret weapon behind HBO’s new comedy series, “How To Make It in America.” He is its Alec Baldwin—you know, Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”—or, in an even more apt comparison, he is its Jeremy Piven, …

1103 Ted Raimi, Suzanne Kelly, director, actress, "Playing Dead" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Ted Raimi is directing Playing Dead but writer Suzanne Keilly is actually playing dead in the new web-only series, Playing Dead. The Groundlings comedy alumnus is a struggling young actress—well, maybe not as …

1102 Jim Gaines, former editor, Time, People 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Jim Gaines and I have lots in common. We both have popular blogs on about media topics. We both converted from typewriters to …

1101 Jeff Timmons, singer, 98 Degrees 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: I have to share this story; it made me laugh. I don’t know too much about the boy bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s except that they were …

1100 Elisabeth Leamy, correspondent, "Good Morning America" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: The last two years have been horribly stressful on the wallets and pocketbooks of Americans, rich and poor. There have been days when most of …

1099 Howard J. Morris, Jenny Lee, co-authors, "Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee didn’t just co-author the new book Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, they actually live together as a couple. My experience, many years removed, is that working on a book with my …

1098 Christina Milian, actress, "Bring It On" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Everything I know about cheerleading, I learned in high school. Well, duhhhhhh! Put another way, I know nothing about cheerleading. I didn’t …

1097 Thomas E. Sniegoski, novelist, "Legacy" 2009

June 21st, 2019


2009: One of the most daring challenges in writing novels for young adults is transferring the four-color escapades of superheroes to narrative form …

1096 Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize winner 2008

June 21st, 2019


2008: Of the nine books I’ve written, it just occurred to me that the first and last have Pulitzer Prize connections—not for my work, unfortunately, …

1095 Amy Parham, contestant, "The Biggest Loser" 2011

June 21st, 2019


2011: I have made it a policy to almost never comment on a woman’s shape, figure or apparent weight loss or – God forbid – weight gain. It’s a no-win …

1094 Kelly Bensimon, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Can I be honest with you? The whole “Real Housewives” phenomenon slipped right past me. Oh, I don’t think they missed me; a middle-aged, …

1093 Adriana Trigiani, novelist, "Brava Valentine" 2010

June 21st, 2019


2010: Valentine Roncalli is 35 and feeling every bit of her years. While her friends and siblings all have families of their own, she lives in her …

1092 Fly, singer (2010)

June 21st, 2019


Being a one-named rock star has been good business for Bono, Sting, Flea and, um, Cher. So why not a bald-headed, rap-around sunglasses wearing guy named Fly?

FLY podcast excerpt: "I am a bit of a mystery. I've always …

1091 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer, author, "The Leaderboard" (2009)

June 21st, 2019


2009: Something’s wrong with this picture. I’m Mr. Media. I do the interviewing, right? Somehow I’ve booked an interview with LPGA Golf Hall of Famer

1090 Michael Connelly, novelist, "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Bosch" 2011

June 20th, 2019


2011: There are a few real name brands in legal mysteries that make book buyers line up and open their wallets. John Grisham, of course. Scott Turow had a piece of the action for many years. And then there is Michael …

1089 Jason Prufer, author, "Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll"

June 15th, 2019


2019: Some ideas for history books are sitting right in front of our noses, waiting for a smart writer to recognize opportunity and put the puzzle pieces together. That’s kind of how I imagine Jason Prufer’s new book,

1088 Ken Regan, rock photographer, author, "All Access" (2011)

June 15th, 2019


2011: Photographer Ken Regan was there when Bob Dylan meet Bob Dylan 2.0 – Bruce Springsteen – for the first time. And he was there when the Beatles …

1087 Mo Mandel, comedian (2011)

June 15th, 2019


2011: There are three possibilities for an up and coming standup comic to make it big in network television. They could get a title vehicle built …

1086 Meaghan Rath, actor, "Being Human" (2011)

June 15th, 2019


2011: SyFy has been on a roll these last few years when it comes to original series. Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven are all big hits and much enjoyed …

1085 Keith Powell, actor, "30 Rock" (2010)

June 15th, 2019


2010: Keith Powell plays 30 Rock's Toofer on the NBC sitcom. He’s one of the comedy writers on “TGS,” the show-within-the-show.His nickname refers to his position on the staff: he’s both a Harvard grad and a minority, …

1084 Rick Meyerowitz, author, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great"

June 14th, 2019


2010: Sometimes I think I grew up in some alternate reality. There was no Internet when I was in my teens—we barely had FM radio and UHF television reception in Central Jersey and cable TV was unheard of—but somehow I …

1083 November (band), Hunter Briley and Erik Lundquist (2010)

June 14th, 2019


2010: Locating a hard rockin’ band in the middle of country music lovin’ Nashville, Tennessee, was either really dumb or really smart. I guess I’m going with pretty smart, because if you’re good at being different, you …

1082 Joel Fishman, novelist, "Primacy" (2011)

June 13th, 2019


2011: I wasn’t really sure about the right way to introduce today’s guest, Joel Fishman. Ultimately, I opted to be straight forward, so here it is: I owe a good deal of my success as a published author to Joel Fishman.

1081 Doug Glanville, retired baseball player, ESPN analyst (2010)

June 13th, 2019


2010: Lots of former baseball players write books about their glory days as a player. And many of those books are as much about their off-field …

1080 Ben Rappaport, actor, "Outsourced" (2010)

June 13th, 2019


2010: “Outsourced” did not get the initial reaction that NBC desired for a new Thursday night sitcom, given the plum, post-“The Office” slot it …

1079 Aaron Hart, singer, Love Stallion, live performances

May 22nd, 2019


2019: Watching the Denver-based band Love Stallion takes me back to the 1980s when glam and hair metal bands were all the rage, from Motley Crue and Ratt to Def Leppard and Whitesnake. To me, it was a fun, sometimes …

1078 James Maddock, singer, "Wake Up and Dream," performance

May 22nd, 2019


FROM 2011: The key to the music business, I think, is consistency. For example, I really liked James Maddock’s first solo album, Sunrise on Avenue C. …

1077 Harry Smith, reporter, NBC News

May 3rd, 2019


2011: Who could possibly lie in the face of NBC correspondent Harry Smith? (Other than soulless CBS News executives, that is.) C’mon – that face, …

1076 Keith Morrison, reporter, NBC News (2011)

May 3rd, 2019


2011: When Keith Morrison is telling a story – excuse me, reporting a story — his tone is so steady, his timing so perfect, you might just miss a crucial detail. That is to say, if silk had a voice, it might sound like …

1075 Keith Fenimore, Mark Scherzer, co-authors, "Hire Me, Hollywood"

May 3rd, 2019


2011: If I were you, and you were interested in getting a job in the entertainment industry, I’d listen to today’s interview with writers Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore. Then I’d order their new book, Hire Me, …

1074 Goodnight Argent, Chase Thompson, Tyler McMullen, live performances (2011)

May 3rd, 2019


2011: Do you remember those single-minded guys in high school who always knew what they wanted to do? The ones who were always doodling in the …

1073 Kate Snow, reporter, NBC News (2011)

May 3rd, 2019


2011: It’s never a good time to be poor in America and today is no different. The rich are getting richer at a record pace and, thanks to an entrenched 9 percent unemployment rate, more of our fellow citizens are …

1072 George Anastasia, author, "The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies"

May 3rd, 2019


2011: The danger of writing the “Ultimate Book” of anything is if you wind up demonstrating that you ultimately don’t know much about anything. That …

1071 Natasha Leggero, comedian

May 3rd, 2019


2011: Natasha Leggero has multiple fall-back positions. She’s a stand-up comedian, so she can always work, and always bring the funny. She’s a solid …

1070 Lauren Field, Gaetano Rodriguez, co-creators, Trek The Musical

May 3rd, 2019


2012: One of the worst memories I have of my father always comes back to this: He came home from work one day in the early 1970s, saw me watching a "Star Trek" rerun, and shouted at me to shut it off. “You’ve watched …

1069 Barbara Walters (interviewed by Eric Deggans, 2011)

May 3rd, 2019


Guest Interview by Eric Deggans, 2011: Sometimes, I like causing trouble. So whenever people ask me who is the most influential TV journalist of the modern age, I never say Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite. I always …

1068 Ayser Salman, author, "The Wrong End of the Table"

April 24th, 2019


2019: Imagine writing the story of your life and constantly having to footnote it – literally! – because your mother doesn’t approve of the details you reveal and the way you retell certain stories. Next, imagine having …

1067 John Morrow, author, "Kirby & Lee: Stuf' Said!"

April 10th, 2019


Marvel vs. DC has been the gold standard in comic book company wars for decades. Right behind it in comics cultural importance is probably Jack Kirby …

1066 Streeter Seidell, Amir Blumenfeld, co-founders,

April 3rd, 2019


2009: For a good time, try typing into your web browser’s window. You’ll find an endless stream of short videos that will do …

1065 Madelyn Victoria, "Right Here With You," singer (includes performances)

March 31st, 2019


The first time that singer Madelyn Victoria and her brother, guitarist Albert Vallejo, were on Mr. Media, I was struck by their talent and charm. That was four years ago, so I imagine they’ve only gotten better at both …

1064 Richard Lynch, country singer, performing "Pray on the Radio," "Old Feed Store"

March 16th, 2019


Richard Lynch is a country singer/songwriter who ended 2018 with a surprise honor – a place in the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame. His final concert of the year, on New Year’s Eve, was literally interrupted by a …

1063 Clay Jones, political cartoonist

March 6th, 2019


I never planned on sharing my opinions on political and social issues. It is something that evolved slowly in the last 20 years. For example, as an …

1062 Gahan Wilson, artist, "Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons"

March 4th, 2019


In my mind, I’ve been associated with Playboy for roughly 40 years—I was roughly 10 when I discovered my dad’s box of old magazines in a cardboard …

1061 Jason Sacks, Keith Dallas, author, editor, "American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s"

February 21st, 2019


In the 1990s, there were a lot of comic books—and comic book publishers—that I either missed out on completely or that held so little appeal to me that I ignored them. That’s saying a lot for a guy who lived for …

1060 Martin Popoff, author, "Queen: Album by Album"

February 13th, 2019


Over the last year, every time I saw a trailer for the film Bohemian Rhapsody, I had one thought: “Please don’t suck.” I hadn’t realized that, …

1059 Bill Griffith, cartoonist, "Zippy the Pinhead"

February 13th, 2019


You know what I really want to know from cartoonist Bill Griffith? It’s this: does he collect a royalty every time the housekeeper on “Two and a Half …

1058 Larry Harris, co-founder, Casablanca Records

February 13th, 2019


(From 2009) (UPDATE - Larry Harris died on December 18, 2017.) 

Everybody thinks their life story would make a good book. I’m here to tell you that’s …

1057 Madison Paige, Democratic political consultant, founder, Bold Blue Campaigns

February 5th, 2019


Elections in Florida are screwed up, especially for Democrats and Democratic candidates. The same is true in places such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia, to name just a few states of electoral disrepair.

1056 James P. Connolly, comedian, "The Master Plan"

February 2nd, 2019


I was stuck in the car a few weeks ago, waiting to pick my wife up at work, tuning around the Sirius Satellite Radio dial, looking for a few laughs. I had already heard the Howard Stern show earlier in the day and went …

1055 Pam Allyn, Robert Allyn, wrestling announcer Gordon Solie's daughter, son-in-law

January 28th, 2019


There is something about professional wrestling that you just can’t look away from on television. The costumes, the oversize personalities, the inflated drama and comedy—it all plays even bigger on the tube. I remember …

1054 Jules Feiffer, cartoonist, "Explainers"

January 27th, 2019


The word that comes to mind when I think about the comic strips of Jules Feiffer is this: My Microsoft Word dictionary - hey, it's convenient! - …

1053 Ana Ortiz and Tony Plana, actors, "Ugly Betty"

January 26th, 2019


The big news is that ABC’s sexy, fashion-funny rom-com “Ugly Betty” is moving to Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. And while I understand that surviving a Friday night timeslot on network TV is like getting a stay of …

1052 Keith Brown, political cartoonist, "The Wages of Sin"

January 26th, 2019


I can’t remember how I first came in contact with Missouri cartoonist Keith Brown, but I’m pretty sure Facebook or Twitter was involved. Keith is the …

1051 Dan Washburn, country singer, 2 live performances, "Long Story Longer," "Someone Like You"

January 9th, 2019


Dan Washburn is a country singer/songwriter with a great big ol’ voice and personality, a knack for catchphrases and an ever-present bit of whimsy in …

1050 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress, "Jacqueline and Jilly," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

January 4th, 2019


In “Jacqueline and Jilly,” Daphne Maxwell Reid plays the mother of Jacqueline and grandmother of Jilly in this three-generation drama about a …

1049 Christopher Hart, cartoonist, "Humongous Book of Cartooning"

January 4th, 2019


When I was a little boy, it was common to see matchbook covers with ads saying things like “Learn to Draw!” The idea was that if you could draw the …

1048 Marvel News Desk podcast hosts: Caleb A. Borchers, Rhiannon, Adam Barnhardt

December 27th, 2018


I’m guessing that, like me, you probably listen to your favorite podcasts whenever and wherever you can squeeze them in. For me, that includes the last 15 minutes of the day, or while I’m walking the dog, or on the …

1047 Jeremy Arnold, TCM host, author, "Christmas in the Movies"

December 12th, 2018


Forced to think about it for today’s show, I find that I have seven favorite Christmas movies, most of which find their way to the family TV every year. Six of those films are highlighted in a new book, Christmas in the …

1046 Amy Rose, country singer, "One More Sleep" (live Christmas performances with Marty Beecroft)

December 7th, 2018


Amy Rose may be the greatest country music singer on the planet. I can’t prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, but I love the way she sings and right this minute, my opinion is more important than anyone else’s. So …

1045 Bobby Friss, lead singer, guitarist, Bobby Friss Band

December 3rd, 2018


I last interviewed rock guitarist Bobby Friss in 1988. Something his father told him and he shared with me that day about being a professional has …

1044 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, author, "DC Comics Before Superman"

November 30th, 2018


Whatever you think you know about the 1930s origins of comic books, be prepared to learn a lot more. In her new book, "DC Comics Before Superman: …

1043 Christine Hallquist, 2018 Dem. Party nominee for Vermont governor, transgender, "Denial" documentary

November 19th, 2018


Derek Hallquist grew up the son of a man who believed fervently in the importance of modernizing and protecting America’s energy grid. As a child and …

1042 Jeff Morris, a.k.a., R.W. Marcus, fantasy novelist, "The Fate of Tomorrow: Tales of the Annigan Cycle"

November 10th, 2018


You think you know a guy! For as long as I have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, I have been friends with Jeff Morris, the proprietor of my favorite local used bookstore and comics shop, Wilson’s Bookworld. It’s a …

1041 Roger Nygard, director, "The Truth About Marriage," editor, "Veep," "Who Is America?"

November 5th, 2018


There is something special about Roger Nygard. He leads two very different lives in Hollywood: by day, he’s been a video editor on top comedy series …

1040 Mark Malkoff, host, "The Carson Podcast"

October 24th, 2018


I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Mark Malkoff is probably the most and best prepared podcast host in the world. If you’ve ever listened to his show, “The Carson Podcast,” you know what I’m talking about. …

1039 Michael Stahl-David, Daniella Alonso, actors, "My Generation"

October 24th, 2018


(Note to listeners: We make every effort to post celebrity interviews in a timely manner. Unfortunately, ABC canceled its freshman drama, My Generation, after just two weeks. But rather than shelve this conversation …

1038 Cristina Alger, novelist, "The Banker's Wife," "The Darlings"

October 17th, 2018


Book titles are a bit deceiving. I received Cristina Alger’s third novel, The Banker’s Wife, and figured it would literally be a thriller about a …

1037 Jeff Kreisler, author, "Get Rich Cheating"

October 17th, 2018


I’m not a big advocate of cheating to get ahead in life. But let’s face it, these are not normal times. So I’m willing to consider options that were previously anathema to a good two-shoes like myself. Enter Jeff …

1036 Ashanti, singer

October 14th, 2018


Here are two pop culture references I never thought I’d make in the same sentence: ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Grammy Award winner …

1035 Brad Phillips, a.k.a., Mr. Media Training (2011)

October 12th, 2018


If you’re going to come on this show and talk to Mr. Media, you probably couldn’t be hurt by spending a little time reading the blog of a guy who …

1034 Constance Zimmer, actress, "Entourage," "Love Bites"

October 12th, 2018


Name me one female character on TV who can dish out abuse as well as "Entourage" character Dana Gordon and still look really, really hot. No, I can't think of anyone else, either.

CONSTANCE ZIMMER podcast excerpt: "Dana …

1033 Matt Bomer, actor, "White Collar," "Chuck"

October 12th, 2018


Who’s the mark? I don’t think it’s me, although I may have gotten White Collar star Matt Bomer here under a false premise – that I wanted to only …

1032 Bradley James, actor, "Merlin"

October 11th, 2018


Merlin exists to protect Prince Arthur, the young Pendragon, until he becomes king and magic is returned to the realm. Life in the days before Camelot were complicated that way.

BRADLEY JAMES podcast excerpt: "Anthony …

1031 Harvey Frommer, author, "Remembering Fenway Park"

October 11th, 2018


As a Tampa Bay Rays fan, I wish we had a stadium as beautiful and legendary as Boston’s Fenway Park. But I take solace in knowing that just 13 years …

1030 Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, author, "The Courage to Survive"

October 7th, 2018


Dennis Kucinich is a brave man. Whatever else you may think of the five-term Congressman from Ohio’s 10th district, only a fool would deny his …

1029 Shawn Ashmore, actor, "X-Men" movies (Iceman), "Frozen"

October 7th, 2018


When Billy Bob Thornton was on this show a few years ago, I figured I was one Kevin Bacon degree removed from my first X-Man—Halle Berry. When today is done, I’ll still be one degree of separation away from Storm, but …

1028 Brandon Quinn, actor, "Kill Speed"

October 7th, 2018


The hours on film sets can be long and, on indie films, the pay isn’t exactly going to leave even a star set for life. But the magic of movie making does create opportunities to do things that might never occur in real …

1027 Pete Williams, sportswriter, author, "Core Performance"

October 7th, 2018


If you’re a pro or college football fan and you haven’t yet read Pete Williams’ landmark investigation of the NFL draft—simply titled, The Draft

1026 Pete Williams, sportswriter, author, "Paddle Fit"

October 7th, 2018


I live very close to Tampa Bay and every day brings at least two or three opportunities to experience it via Coffee Pot Bayou near downtown St. Petersburg. I can see a lot of wildlife if I periodically glance out to the …

1025 Reggie Lee, actor, "Grimm" (2011)

October 5th, 2018


Once you know actor Reggie Lee’s face and name, you’re going to think he’s everywhere. Seriously, after he appeared on Mr. Media a year ago to talk …

1024 Reggie Lee, actor, "Persons Unknown," "Drag Me to Hell" (2010)

October 5th, 2018


I have to admit I was a little surprised at all the films and TV shows where actor Reggie Lee has appeared.

REGGIE LEE podcast excerpt: "The trailer for Drag Me to Hell shows it as a creepy, scary film. Don't let it …

1023 Sara Zarr, YA novelist, "Once Was Lost," "Sweethearts," "Story of a Girl"

October 3rd, 2018


The life of young adult novelist Sara Zarr has changed dramatically in the last three years, following publication of her first book, Story of a Girl

1022 Jane Velez-Mitchell, author, "Addict Nation"

September 26th, 2018


I had no idea how messed up HLN “Issues” host Jane Velez-Mitchell once was. This is not news to readers of her last book, iWant, but I somehow missed that revealing tome, only to get a version of the story in the early …

1021 Donald Glover, actor, "Community"

September 26th, 2018


On the NBC freshman sitcom hit “Community,” Donald Glover plays “Troy,” a self-involved, former high school football star trying to find a place for …

1020 Laura Vandervoort, actress, "Smallville," "V"

September 23rd, 2018


Okay, fanboys today’s your lucky day—if you don’t mind living vicariously through me. My guest is Laura Vandervoort, one of the most stunning young …

1019 Jonah Keri, sportswriter, "The Extra 2 Percent"

September 21st, 2018


I was a little nervous about the publication of Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Why? Because up until today, the book most often …

1018 Wayne Kramer, guitarist, The MC5, author, "The Hard Stuff"

September 19th, 2018


Everybody knows at least one MC5 song – and that would be “Kick Out the Jams,” mofo. Know more? Points to you, my friend. In 1969, the year when …

1017 Jane Friedman, editor, Writer's Digest

September 18th, 2018


I was a little nervous when I received an email from Jane Friedman, the publisher of Writer’s Digest magazine and books. She was responding to my interview with one of her authors, Mike Sacks, the author of And Here’s …

1016 Andrea Lin, dancer, "Dance A-Go-Go Sexy Nightclub Workout"

September 15th, 2018


I’m an aging white guy with no natural rhythm, but I love to watch people who are lucky enough to have it and know how to use it.

ANDREA LIN podcast …

1015 Faith Ford, actress, "Murphy Brown," "Hope and Faith"

September 15th, 2018


In another generation, Faith Ford could have been the star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She’s got that same TV spunk. But being recognized for …

1014 Charlene Kaye, singer, The Bright Eyes

September 12th, 2018


I won’t lie to you – when I was approached to interview singer Charlene Kaye, the light didn’t go on until I discovered that she frequently …

1013 Elizabeth Fournier, green mortician, author, "The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial"

September 11th, 2018


Everybody needs a niche and Elizabeth Fournier has one. She’s America’s friendly, neighborhood mortician. She also has a color. Green. As in, …

1012 Kevin McCarthy, author, "Historic Photographs of University of Florida Football"

September 10th, 2018


I graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1982 and, to be honest, I was glad to be done. I never took much to life in a college …

1011 Mark Ribowsky, author, "The Supremes"

September 10th, 2018


It’s not pleasant when a man’s good fortune comes at the hands of another man’s loss. What would you call it when you’re the author of a new book …

1010 Morgan Langley, executive producer, "Cops"

September 10th, 2018


When did the TV show COPS become such a piece of irrefutable Americana? Probably when the first bar of “Bad Boys” played, back in 1988. It was the original docu-reality series when it debuted on Fox more than 20 years …

1009 Michael McGrady, actor, "Southland"

September 9th, 2018


(NOTE FROM Mr. MEDIA: This interview was recorded before NBC canceled "Southland" last week without airing a single episode of its second season. But in the hopes it will turn up somewhere more appropriate--fX, …

1008 Kevin G. Schmidt, actor, "The Young and The Restless"

September 9th, 2018


I have steadfastly avoided inviting soap stars to be my guests on Mr. Media Radio for a simple reason: I don’t watch soaps. Oh, I did for a year or two in the late ‘80s when my new wife was hooked on All My Children and …

1007 Patrick Muldoon, actor, "Starship Troopers," singer, "The Sleeping Masses"

September 9th, 2018


Patrick Muldoon needs to make a decision: What does he want to be when he grows up? The man has appeared in Starship Troopers, a season of “Melrose …

1006 Lionel, radio talk show host, Air America

September 9th, 2018


I could put up a bit of a fuss, but what’s the point? My guest today, Air America morning radio host Lionel, is waaaaay smarter than me. I’m not …

1005 Mark Schultz, cartoonist, editor, "Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic"

September 9th, 2018


Flash Gordon. Has there ever been a cooler name or a cooler action hero anywhere? I can’t remember exactly when during the 1960s I first saw the old …

1004 Rick Fox NBA star, actor, "Melrose Place"

September 9th, 2018


Think about seeing your life flashing before your eyes. Got the picture? Now think about Rick Fox’s life flashing before your eyes. First round NBA draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1991.  Seven years—and three world …

1003 Rick Fox, NBA basketball star, Brandy, singer, "Dancing With the Stars"

September 9th, 2018


If you haven’t seen actress and singer Brandy in a while, let me warn you that she is smoking hot as a young lady and a competitor on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which begins on Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.

1002 Susan Wels, biographer, "Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It"

September 9th, 2018


I lived in a pretty male-centric world most of my life, idolizing certain baseball players, rock stars and even a writer or two. But when my daughter …

1001 John Hawkes, actor, "Deadwood, "Eastbound and Down," "24," "Lost"

September 9th, 2018


(Editor's Note: John Hawkes was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Winter's Bone.)

John Hawkes is best …

1000 Jay Karnes, actor, "Donkey Punch," Burn Notice"

September 9th, 2018


As “Brennan,” Jay Karnes makes life miserable for Michael Weston on USA Network’s cool spy show, “Burn Notice.” He’s the first recurring bad guy to …

999 David Faber, CNBC host, author, "And Then the Roof Caved In"

September 9th, 2018


CNBC anchor and reporter David Faber is my guest today. He’s the author of a new book, And Then the Roof Caved In: How Wall Street's Greed and Stupidity Brought Capitalism to Its Knees. I’m very excited for David and …

998 Bob Byington, actor, writer, "Harmony and Me"

September 9th, 2018


Harmony and Me, Bob Byington’s new film about a young man struggling to make sense of being dumped by his girlfriend, is being promoted as a slacker comedy. But the term that struck me—and it may be seriously dated—is …

997 Kathy Ireland, supermodel, "Dancing With the Stars"

September 9th, 2018


Kathy Ireland is among the biggest names joining the cast of “Dancing With The Stars” this season, which kicks off on Monday, September 21st at 8 p.m. Frankly, I don’t know whether she can dance or not, but I think …

996 Jeff Witzke, actor, "The Mentalist"

September 9th, 2018


Actor Jeff Witzke’s been keeping enviable company out in Hollywood these days. He’s got a cameo role in the new George Clooney film, Up in the Air. …

995 Chef Blythe Beck, host, "Naughty Kitchen"

September 9th, 2018


When I hear the words  “naughty” and “kitchen” used in the same sentence, I’m reminded of a scene in the Bill Murray movie Stripes where he lifts …

994 Matthew Krentz, Craig Thomas, star, writer, "Streetballers"

September 9th, 2018


If I were running a major American movie studio, I’d want to make Matthew Krentz’s apprenticeship as an indie filmmaker short. In other words, I’d want to be in business with this handsome, talented young auteur. That …

993 James Maddock, singer/songwriter, "Sunrise On Avenue C"

September 9th, 2018


I didn’t know anything about James Maddock’s past when his publicist said, “You should check out this guy’s music.” I listened and was drawn …

992 Bai Ling, actress, "A Beautiful Life"

September 9th, 2018


Bai Ling stands out among American actresses for so many reasons: she’s Chinese, for one thing, but it’s not just that. She reads lines differently than her counterparts, a little softer here, a little louder there. And …

991 Nicole Sabrina Stuart, actress, writer, "Captain"

September 9th, 2018


I make my living as a writer—books, magazine articles and, of course, introductions to Mr. Media Radio interviews. But I can’t say I have any experience with writer’s block. Why not? A wife, a son, two dogs—and every …

990 Herb Sorensen, author, "Mind of the Shopper: The Science of Retailing"

September 7th, 2018


The retail business in America is sick. The economy has taken a toll on our traditional buying habits and the industry is looking for a cure. Meet …

989 Dean A. Shepherd, author, "From Lemons to Lemonade"

September 7th, 2018


Failure is epidemic in America these days, some of it earned, much of it dropped in the laps of hard-working entrepreneurs who did nothing wrong but have still seen their life work vanish in recent months. But when Dean …

988 Bill Tush, TV host, TBS SuperStation

September 7th, 2018


You kids today think you’ve got it made, what with hundreds of cable TV channels, each one focused on a narrow genre like death and destruction, Herpes, and funny things you can do with string.

But back when I was in …

987 Christian Finnegan, comedian

September 7th, 2018


Some how, some way, Christian Finnegan has managed to scrape out a unique identity for himself as a stand-up comedian. He’s the guy who, on first glance, you think maybe he’s gay. But he’s not. Ask him about his …

986 Jeff Wilser, author, "The Maxims of Manhood"

September 7th, 2018


If you’re old enough to remember dumbass books such as Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche—or my own Why Men Watch Football—then you know there have been a lot …

985 Anthony Head, actor, "Merlin"

September 7th, 2018


Anthony Head can’t escape his past. I know that, because when I posted a note on Facebook a few days ago that I’d be interviewing Anthony, it took less than a minute for Gina Vivinetto to respond with two words: “Ack! …

984 Brigid Brannagh, actress, "Army Wives"

September 5th, 2018


Has it really been a whole year? Wow. This time last year, “Army Wives” was on the eve of its second season and I had the great pleasure of welcoming …

983 Debbie Zoller, makeup artist, "Mad Men"

September 5th, 2018


Here’s what I think I’ve learned about working women in the early 1960s: • They worked really hard at putting on their faces in the morning. • They worked equally hard at taking off their faces before bed. • They …

982 Charles Gatewood, photographer, "A Complete Unknown: Bob Dylan"

September 5th, 2018


Great photographs—whether shot by Ansel Adams or your Aunt Anna—capture a moment in time that people familiar with the moment, the subject or the place can relate to for years to come. And even if you don’t have any …

981 Anna Jane Grossman, author, "Obsolete"

September 5th, 2018


As I’m saying this, I can’t help wondering if, by the time you hear this, I won’t be obsolete. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. In her new book, Obsolete: …

980 Jeff Klinkenberg, author, "Son of Real Florida: Stories From My Life"

August 30th, 2018


Every major daily newspaper has a few journalists whose work consistently rises above all others. And there is an even smaller group of these top-notch reporters whose legends are beyond reproach and who are held in the …

979 Mary Murphy, choreography, judge, "So You Think You Can Dance?"

August 30th, 2018


Everybody has their own reason for watching a show like “So You Think You Can Dance," airing Wednesday and Thursday nights this summer on Fox. Some tune in for the hot dancers; some just dig the host, Cat Deeley. Others …

978 Megan Park, Daren Kagasoff, actors, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"

August 30th, 2018


Oh, boy, oh, boy. As we left the cast of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” at the end of season two, Ricky and Amy became parents. They’re what, 15? 16? I’ll be honest: as the dad of a teenage son, I’m not sure …

977 Saul Rubinek, actor, "Warehouse 13" (2010)

August 30th, 2018


A year ago, I invited actor Saul Rubinek to be a guest on this show, not because he was one of the leads on a new SyFy network show called “Warehouse …

976 Saul Rubinek, actor, "Warehouse 13" (2009)

August 30th, 2018


Artie Nielsen is waiting for you. Artie, you see, is the curator of Warehouse 13, the place where America’s greatest secrets are housed, its mysteries answered, its riddles questioned. It’s sort of the meeting of the TV …

975 Mary McCormack, actress, "In Plain Sight," "Private Parts," Boeing Boeing"

August 30th, 2018


On June 13, 2008, my wife twisted my arm into seeing a Broadway play while we would be in New York celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The big …

974 Craig Olejnik, actor, "The Listener"

August 30th, 2018


Craig Olejnik- (O-LEDGE-nik) stars in a new NBC and CTV drama series, “The Listener,” that you may have already seen on Fox if you live outside North America. “The Listener,” stars Olejnik and Ennis Esmer as paramedic …

973 Jim Butcher, novelist, "The Dresden Files"

August 29th, 2018


I am NOT the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan. The only book in the series that I’ve read is the first, which my wife and I took turns reading aloud to my daughter when she was just learning to read herself. Since then, …

972 Ennis Esmer, actor, "The Listener," "Dark Matter"

August 29th, 2018


It’s summertime and in network TV land, that means time to take a few chances. For NBC, it means trying on a Canadian drama series called “The Listener,” starring Craig Olejnik and Ennis Esmer as paramedic partners. If …

971 Paul Fitzgerald, author, "Will Eisner and PS Magazine"

August 29th, 2018


In my life, it seems all roads lead back to Will Eisner. In 2002, I met the American master artist and writer for the first time over lunch and embarked on a three-year project to research and write his biography, Will …

970 Josh Keaton, voice actor, "Spider-Man," "Hercules," "Antman"

August 29th, 2018


I’ve been a fan of cartoons and superheroes for as long as I can remember—all the way back to the original "Space Ghost" cartoon in the ‘60s. Anybody …

969 Darren Hardy, publisher, Success Magazine

August 29th, 2018


It’s a tough time to be in the business of publishing newspapers and magazines. But there are some subject areas that thrive in hard economic times. Like Success. Because while the sky is falling all around some of us, …

968 28 North, rock band, live performance

August 29th, 2018


It used to be that a handful of multinational record companies and a few indies controlled all of the music we heard. That’s all changed. With the …

967 Charles Grodin, actor, author

August 24th, 2018


If you ever watched Charles Grodin on his old CNBC talk show—or on countless guest appearance on other shows, from Johnny Carson to David …

966 Craig Yoe, author, "Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster"

August 24th, 2018


Craig Yoe has a dirty little secret. Actually, it is Joe Shuster’s dirty little secret; Yoe just happens to be the researcher who uncovered and exposed it to the world. Turns out that the artist and co-creator of …

965 Robert Tuchman, author, "Sporting Events You Must See Live"

August 24th, 2018


Today’s a good day to start an argument with your best friends or a bunch of strangers at a bar. Today’s the day we’re going to debate the priorities of Robert Tuchman’s new book, The 100 Sporting Events You Must See …

964 Paul Levine, novelist, "Illegal"

August 24th, 2018


I’m Mr. Media—not Mr. Know-It-All. So I hope I can be excused for not realizing what a clever, entertaining writer Paul Levine is, at least not …

963 Isadore Sharp, founder, chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

August 24th, 2018


If you could afford to stay at any hotel on a business or pleasure trip, I can’t imagine choosing anywhere other than a Four Seasons Hotel or Resort …

962 Solomon King, blues guitarist

August 24th, 2018


Solomon King is on a mission… a mission from the Motor City to you. He’s out to capture your hearts and minds with his own unique spin on the blues. …

961 Tom Folsom, author, "The Mad Ones"

August 24th, 2018


Joey and Larry Gallo were some bad hombres. So bad, even most of the mafia wanted nothing to do with them in the 1960s and ‘70s. Murder, extortion, armed robbery—all in a day’s work for these guys. But if they were so …

960 Kamran Pasha, novelist, "Mother of All Believers"

August 24th, 2018


Kamran Pasha is a brave man. He knows that Sherry Jones’ book, The Jewel of Medina—about the birth of Islam—lost its initial publisher in 2008 because of the ruckus it stirred up. He knows that filmmaker Moustapha …

959 Justin Kirk, actor, "Weeds"

August 24th, 2018


Last night, my wife and I engaged in one of those perception vs. reality recaps. In it, I recalled my perception of the Showtime sitcom “Weeds” was …

958 Michael Jackson remembered 2009

August 24th, 2018


Michael Jackson​ has died at age 50. The pop idol, whose music, choreography and fashion changed the face of popular culture, was rushed to the …

957 Michael Jackson remembered a year after his death (2010)

August 24th, 2018


A year ago today, on June 25, 2009, millions of people were stunned to discover that singer, songwriter and pop culture legend Michael Jackson had …

956 Thomas Calabro, actor, "Melrose Place" (2010)

August 22nd, 2018


When last we spoke, Thomas Calabro was preparing to host ACME Comedy’s “ACME Saturday Night” live show and being described as a former star of the late lamented TV series “Melrose Place.”

THOMAS CALABRO podcast excerpt: …

955 Michele Balan, comedian

August 22nd, 2018


Not to put too much pressure on her, but Michele Balan is a standup comedian from New York, where every city block is bursting with comic setups and teardowns. So she’s gotta be funny, right? Balan first came to …

954 Bart Bull, author, "Battle of the Band Names: The Best and Worst Band Names Ever"

August 22nd, 2018


Let’s not mince words: the Fabulous Poodles were neither fabulous nor poodles. But I always chuckled at the name, dug the music, and, perhaps most …

953 Brooke Newton, actress, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader

August 21st, 2018


It is well known that I am a sucker for local kid made good stories, so how could I say no to having Brooke Newton on the show? (And no, it doesn’t …

952 Mary Ann Zoellner, Alicia Ybarbo, co-authors, "Today's Moms"

August 21st, 2018


It’s 8:40 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and my guests are two of the producers of NBC’s “Today Show.” Who will be whispering in Matt’s ear when it’s time to throw it to Al Roker? How will Meredith Viera know to cut short …

951 Josh Dorfman, author, "The Lazy Environmentalist"

August 21st, 2018


Josh Dorfman is one smart guy. And he is pretty lucky, too. His first book, The Lazy Environmentalist, was published in 2007. It told regular people …

950 Mark Freiburger, director, "Dog Days of Summer"

August 21st, 2018


Imagine if, as a stranger, you could see a small town through the eyes of young boys. You might be privy to images and incidents that you wouldn’t …

949 Cristina Perez, TV judge, "Cristina's Court"

August 21st, 2018


There are a lot of judges on TV these days, starting with Judge Judy and running all the way through Judge David Young. But only one of them has an Emmy Award. That lucky jurist-slash-TV personality is Judge Cristina …

948 Kelly Corrigan, author, "The Middle Place"

August 21st, 2018


There’s the joy of seeing your children grow and mature and then there’s the simultaneous frustration of witnessing your parents get older at the …

947 Shawn Hatosy, actor, "Southland," "Animal Kingdom"

August 21st, 2018


Shawn Hatosy stars as gang detective Sammy Bryant in NBC's new drama series "Southland." You may have already recognized Shawn from his starring role …

946 Dan Kane, Travis Oates, Rich Keith, Acame Comedy Theatre 20th Anniversary

August 21st, 2018


I thought long and hard about how do introduce this special program celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Acme Comedy Theatre. I thought about how, in modern times, a lot of great comedy has come from Los Angeles.

945 Al Jean, executive producer, "The Simpsons"

August 21st, 2018


Here’s math that even Bart Simpson won’t need a chalkboard to figure out: “The Simpsons” is “Gunsmoke.” That’s right: thanks to a new two-year renewal, “The Simpsons” is about to blow past the ancient western as the …

944 Amy Alcott, golfer, author, "The Leaderboard"

August 21st, 2018


Something’s wrong with this picture. I’m Mr. Media. I do the interviewing, right? Somehow I’ve booked an interview with LPGA Golf Hall of Famer Amy …

943 Jim Tusty, Maureen Tusty, filmmakers, "The Singing Revolution"

August 21st, 2018


Estonia is not a country that most Americans could find on a map, let alone understand the modern history of its people. But in the history of …

942 David Lawrence XVII, actor, "Heroes"

August 21st, 2018


There were 16 guys named David Lawrence listed on the site before the future “Heroes” Puppetmaster came on the scene, which is why he has the Roman numerals for 17—XVII—appear after his name. It’s a little odd, …

941 Elaine Hendrix, actress

August 21st, 2018


It’s always fun to welcome familiar faces—and voices—to the show and today I get that pleasure with actress Elaine Hendrix. Probably best known for …

940 Elaine Hendrix, actress

August 21st, 2018


Elaine Hendrix is an actress you’ve seen in the company of a lot of household names: Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap; Amber Tamblyn in “Joan of …

939 Chef John Besh

August 21st, 2018


Some of my favorite travel adventures have centered on New Orleans. The first time I went there was by car with my sister when I was in college. It …

938 Brian Tills, Donna Heckler, co-authors, "The Truth About Creating Brands People Love"

August 21st, 2018


If ever there was an era that put demands on marketing, this is it. Differentiating your brand from your competitor’s is so important at a time when jobs and stock prices are vanishing overnight. If you’re selling a …

937 Thomas Calabro, actor, "Melrose Place"

August 21st, 2018


Thomas Calabro is a good-looking man. Even a straight, 100-percent hetero dude like Mr. Media can see that. And his good looks have paid off: first in an 6-year career as a star of Fox’s primetime soap “Melrose Place” …

936 Stuttering John Melendez, comedian (2009)

August 21st, 2018


John Melendez has one of the most interesting careers in show business. During his 15 years as "Stuttering John," a punchline on Howard Stern’s radio show, he was the cast member you loved to hate, not for the …

935 Jake Nickell, founder, Threadless

August 19th, 2018


Is this any way to run a business?, the little T-shirt company that could, gambles every day that good kharma will deliver brilliant …

934 Joan Van Ark, actor, "Knot's Landing"

August 19th, 2018


Joan Van Ark is a beautiful woman, an iconic television actress thanks to 13 seasons playing Val Ewing on “Dallas” and “Knot’s Landing.” So what on …

933 Vik Sahay, actor, "Chuck" (2008)

August 19th, 2018


When last we saw Lester, one of the morally challenged Buy More employees on the NBC spy comedy “Chuck,” he was making more than eye contact with fellow employee Morgan’s girlfriend, Anna. Morgan saw them and was …

932 Christine Lakin, actress, "Race to Witch Mountain"

August 19th, 2018


Christine Lakin, who is the guest host of the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 14, gets a big break acting in the new film Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino and …

931 Tatyana Ali, actress, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

August 19th, 2018


There are some guests on this show that I really want to interview. And then there are those with whom I look forward to conversation but what I’d really like to do is spend 30 minutes just soaking in how good they …

930 Chris Hansen, journalist, "You Might Be Rich"

August 19th, 2018


Apparently, there is something screwy with America’s many state lotteries. This Sunday at 7 p.m. on “Dateline NBC,” correspondent Chris Hansen and his team investigate lottery scams. Hansen, one of the best-known …

929 Chris Hansen, journalist, "To Catch A Predator"

August 19th, 2018


Who’s afraid of Chris Hansen? You? Really? And you? And… you? I’m sorry I asked. Boy, you think you know people! Hansen, one of the best-known reporters at NBC News and “Dateline NBC” skyrocketed to prominence as the …

928 Suri, Shiloh, Apple, co-stars, "Whatever Hollywood"

August 19th, 2018


This radio gig I’ve got as Mr. Media is pretty cool, but I think I need to think about getting into TV—like those "Whatever Hollywood" girls, Suri, …

927 Stuart Skorman, founder,

August 19th, 2018


We’ve reached a point in popular culture where there are so many generational touchstones that it’s no longer safe to assume that if I tell you that …

926 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Lacey, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


If you’ve been watching “Hell’s Kitchen” this season, you had to be scratching your head over the way Chef Lacey managed to avoid elimination week after week. No disrepect to the young lady, but she appeared out of her …

925 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Giovanni, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


This is a “Hell’s Kitchen” interview that I didn’t expect to do until the end of this, the show’s fifth season on Fox. Joining me today is Giovanni, …

924 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, LA, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


Lacey will join me on Mr Media in a special show on Monday, March 30, so let’s focus on last night’s officially eliminated chef, L.A. It is never fun being in Ramsay’s line of sight and if you are different in any way, …

923 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Andrea, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


"Hell’s Kitchen" got down to a final two last night and viewers can actually start believing that the cream has risen to the top. Unfortunately, the show is still a competition and somebody has to go. Joining me this …

922 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Charlie, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


Hell’s Kitchen is one of those reality cooking shows that, while you’re watching it, you’re wondering: “What were they thinking?” I love the show and haven’t missed many episodes over its five seasons to date. It’s a …

921 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Colleen, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


"Hell’s Kitchen" is not going to be your cup of tea if hearing people yell and scream profanities at the top of their lungs while cooking inedible dishes makes you squirm. But the show, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on …

920 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, J, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


“Hell’s Kitchen” is must-see TV in Mr. Media’s house and it has been since the first episode of the first season. We’re also hooked on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and the British versions of his shows, too.. …

919 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Danny, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018


Danny made it to the final two on Hell’s Kitchen and tonight, it’s just him, Paula, and Chef Gordon Ramsay. Oh, and a few million people watching at …

918 Bill Romanowski, retired NFL player, entrepreneur

August 19th, 2018


Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski is a four-time Super Bowl champion—and a guy my friend Sean says, “scares the crap out of me.” So you know he …

917 Steven Paul Leiva, screenwriter, "Will Eisner's The Spirit" (animated)

August 19th, 2018


I know a thing or two about comic book artist and American master Will Eisner and his best known character, "The Spirit." I spent almost three years researching and writing the only biography of the man – Will Eisner: A …

916 Brian Krause, actor, "Charmed"

August 19th, 2018


Brian Krause had—from 1998 through 2006—what most guys would consider a most excellent day job: he played the character of “Leo” opposite Alyssa …

915 Lia Romeo, Nick Romeo, co-authors, "11,002 Things To Be Miserable About"

August 19th, 2018


If you think you’re miserable right now, wait until Lia and Nick Romeo get through with you. The Romeos—they’re brother and sister, not husband and wife—just published a new book titled 11,002 Things to Be Miserable …

914 Justin Bruening, actor, "Knight Rider (2008)"

August 19th, 2018


Justin Bruening caught a huge break. In the world of primetime network television, if your new show doesn’t immediately catch fire in the ratings or the eye of critics, you’re toast. In the new version of “Knight Rider

913 Barry Libert, author, "Barack, Inc."

August 19th, 2018


What was Barack Obama’s most pressing personal issue upon becoming President of the United States? After finding a good school for his daughters, he …

912 Jesse Plemons, actor, "Friday Night Lights," "Fargo," "Black Mirror"

August 19th, 2018


"Friday Night Lights” is TV’s feel-good story—every time it gets renewed for another season that is. Season three, now airing on NBC, actually bowed last fall on DirecTV, which saved it at the last minute from …

911 James Mathis III, voice actor, "Marvel's Avengers: The Black Panther"

August 14th, 2018


Chadwick Boseman was great in the live action Black Panther and Avengers films, making him one of the highest grossing action stars of all time. But …

910 Ethan Peck, Lindsey Shaw, actors, "10 Things I Hate About You," "Star Trek Discovery, "Pretty Little Liars" (2010)

August 14th, 2018


When last we saw Kat and Patrick on ABC Family’s hit comedy series 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat—played by Lindsay Shaw—was protesting the …

909 Ethan Peck, Lindsey Shaw, actors, "10 Things I Hate About You," "Star Trek Discovery, "Pretty Little Liars" (2009)

August 14th, 2018


The name of their new ABC Family show is “10 Things I Hate About You,” so I think it only fair that I get to quiz these two young stars, Lindsey Shaw and Ethan Peck, about the 10 things they hate about someone—anyone! …

908 David Alan Basche, actor, "The Starter Wife"

August 13th, 2018


You know the guy who played Debra Messing’s ex-husband on the original mini-series for “The Starter Wife"? You know, the guy who became a flunky for Dr. House last year on “House”? Well, Basche is taking that guy’s …

907 Jodi Thomas romance novelist, "Tall, Dark, and Texan"

August 13th, 2018


We’ve never met, but somehow Jodi Thomas has written the story of my life in her latest novel, Tall, Dark and Texan. As long-time listeners will know, I grew up in the 1800s on Whispering Mountain in Texas. I was tall, …

906 Gary Scott Thompson, producer, "Knight Rider 2008"

August 13th, 2018


The car is cooler than before, the star is younger, the women are more beautiful, Val Kilmer is the new voice of KITT, the super talking car and um, …

905 Ethan Suplee, actor, "My Name is Earl"

August 13th, 2018


My younger brother is a great kid. He’s not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s the kindest, gentlest, most supportive brother in the world. Okay, maybe second. Randy—you know, Earl’s younger brother on …

904 Dave Hagan, CEO, Boingo Wireless

August 13th, 2018


I well remember my first encounter with wireless Internet service outside of my home. It was the Cellular Telecommunication & Internet …

903 Emmanuel Jal, actor, Sudanese Rapper

August 13th, 2018


(UPDATE: I was reading Entertainment Weekly in early October 2014 and saw a familiar name and face featured in a story about a new movie, The Good Lie. It was Emmanuel Jal, a charming young actor and musician who found …

902 Patrick McDonnell, cartoonist, "Mutts"

August 13th, 2018


If you want to see daily comic strips in their classic form, the place I’d steer you is cartoonist Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts.” Finely drawn, acerbic …

901 David Wild, Rolling Stone magazine writer, author, "Neil Diamond: He Is... I Say"

August 13th, 2018


Rolling Stone writer David Wild has harbored a secret man crush for decades. Today, he will come out of the closet and fess up: He’s in love with …

900 Craig Glazer, author, "The King of Sting"

August 13th, 2018


Craig Glazer, the author of a new book called The King of Sting: The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw, might remind you of another good guy/bad guy: Frank Abagnale Jr., the author of …

899 Gail Simmons, judge, "Top Chef," editor, "Food & Wine"

August 13th, 2018


Gail Simmons, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, has the best gig of all the judges. Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio have to hang around …

898 Steve Muth, CEO, Voicethread

August 13th, 2018


If we keep our eyes open, there are a few things us grizzled old parents can still learn from our kids. About a month or two ago, my daughter came …

897 Harvey Frommer, author, "Remembering Yankee Stadium"

August 13th, 2018


There are two memories of Yankee Stadium that I hold dear. The first dates back to 1967. I was six years old and my grandfather took me to the House …

896 Bruce Davison, actor, "Knight Rider 2008"

August 13th, 2018


Bruce Davison already owns a chunk of pop culture—he was devious Senator Robert Kelly in the first two X-Men movies and has appeared in episodes of …

895 Michele Cameron, romance novelist, "Moments of Clarity"

August 13th, 2018


Romance is the top genre in fiction with more than $1.47 billion dollars in sales for 2007. The average romance reader is voracious and goes through …

894 Bob Gruen, rock photographer, "New York Dolls"

August 13th, 2018


Welcome to another edition of Mr. Media’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Today, I’ll test your familiarity with the roots of punk rock music with a …

893 Rory Freedman, Kim Barnounin, co-authors, "Skinny Bitch"

August 13th, 2018


Sorry folks. I’m not quite ready to start. SKINNY Bitch. Skinny BITCH. Just saying the name of my guests’ book series is a little difficult for a guy …

892 Rie Heffron, contestant, "America's Toughest Jobs"

August 13th, 2018


Rie Heffron (her first name is pronounced lee-ay) is a 34-year-old product specialist from Woodland Hills, CA. She went on the new NBC reality series …

891 Jeffrey Lyons, movie critic

August 12th, 2018


If you consider yourself a little choosy when it comes to movies, you probably either read newspaper reviews or watch a movie review show on TV. There are some reviews who come a little more highly recommended than …

890 Brian Michael Jenkins, author, "Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?"

August 12th, 2018


Let me say this as clearly as possible: If you don’t buy Brian Michael Jenkins’ new book, Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?? then the terrorists win. And that may be the last moment of levity in this episode of Mr. Media. …

889 Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO,

August 12th, 2018


I know a lot of people who are intrigued by the idea of producing their own web site or blog but scared to death that doing so would be technically …

888 Chris Young, contestant, "America's Toughest Jobs"

August 12th, 2018


Chris Young came to NBC’s “America’s Toughest Jobs” looking for a challenge, not a new job. He’s a 49-year-old investment banker from Pasadena who …

887 Robbie Cavolina, documentary filmmaker, "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer"

August 12th, 2018


What makes a documentary film appealing to you? For me, it's either a subject in which I'm already invested, of course, or one in which I'm just curious enough to give it a try. Well, I didn't know much about Anita …

885 Cat Taber, voice actor, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

August 12th, 2018


I go back just as far as possible in the Star Wars viewing world. Before the original movie even opened in theaters back in 1977, my friend Bob Pinaha and I received invitations to its red carpet premiere at the Loew’s …

884 Peter Salett, film composer, "Superbad, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

August 12th, 2018


Today is a big day for my guest, Peter Salett: his new album, In the Ocean of the Stars was released this very day. Peter, if you don’t know him, is an accomplished musician whose career has been pumped up in recent …

883 Paul Hertzberg, president, CineTel Films

August 12th, 2018


It doesn’t matter whether you’ve seen or even heard of these real movie titles, because they’re providing a profitable existence for Paul Hertzberg, …

882 Brent Poer, GM,

August 12th, 2018


Never let a good brand die. That seems to be the marching order given to Brent Poer, general manager of, the web video site launching on Wednesday, August 27. The WB, as you will recall, began in January 1995, …

881 Brett DelBueno, actor, "The Cleaner"

August 12th, 2018


The good news: His TV dad is Benjamin Bratt. The bad news: His TV dad is an avenging angel for God. Brett DelBuono (pronounced Del-BUno) currently stars as “Ben Banks” alongside Bratt on the A&E original drama, The …

880 Alan Levy, founder,

August 12th, 2018


I’m a lucky guy. Last December, I received an email from a woman named Amy Domestico, inviting me to bring my podcast, Mr. Media, to a relatively new media site called BlogTalkRadio. We exchanged some emails and finally …

879 Alan Gardner, editor,

August 12th, 2018


If you’re a cartoonist—writer or artist—an editor, a fan or someone in the business, there are three sites you must check daily: Alan Gardner’s; David Astor at and Tom …

878 Norman Pardo, friend, O.J. Simpson

August 12th, 2018


Everybody has an opinion on O.J. Simpson. He’s this, he’s that – one thing we can all agree upon is that his life is certainly not a dull one. For …

877 Jonathan Riggs, editor, "Prism Guide to LGBT Comics"

August 12th, 2018


Jonathan Riggs is my guest for this hour of Mr. Media. I began the show with some trepidation -- I was late getting back from the bank for one thing …

876 Scott Miles, actor, producer, "Little Chicago"

August 12th, 2018


There’s a certain risk – some might call it insanity – to producing true indie films. They’re costly, especially relative to the return on investment, time, and aggravation. But still they get made. Scott Miles made …

875 Bill Prady, co-creator, "The Big Bang Theory"

August 12th, 2018


Bill Prady is having a pretty good year, writer’s strike and all, thanks to the success of “The Big Bang Theory,” the hit CBS sitcom he co-created with Chuck Lorre. If you haven’t seen “The Big Bang Theory,” it stars …

874 Roger Bennett, author, "Camp Camp"

August 12th, 2018


My parents never sent me away to summer camp. I don’t blame them; as a kid, I was afraid of my own shadow, easily got car sick, and was not well adjusted, socially. And after reading Roger Bennett’s new love letter to …

873 Charlos Gary, cartoonist, "Cafe Con Leche"

August 12th, 2018


The only thing tougher than being a black man trying to hail a cab in Manhattan might be being a black man trying to sell a comic strip into a daily newspaper that already has a strip created by an African-American …

872 Robbie Lee, author, "The Straight Man's Pocket Guide to Picking Up a Hottie"

August 12th, 2018


Guys, here’s an offer you can’t refuse: a lesbian woman is going to give you tips on picking up a hottie. I know, I know – the whole idea made me …

871 Rick Smolan, author, "America At Home"

August 12th, 2018


I love great photographs. Over my desk, I have a black and white Florida Everglades print by Clyde Butcher that never gets old. When my eyes start …

870 Alec Forge, author, "Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel"

August 12th, 2018


It is so easy to hate terrestrial radio these days. No matter how many stations you scan, AM or FM, it’s difficult to find one on which you can land …

869 Rob Kutner, author, "Apocalypse How," writer, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

August 12th, 2018


Lots of people talk about the impending End of Days, but how many actually tell you how to prepare for what may come after the end? Oh, really? That many? Hmmm. Okay, how many make you laugh in the telling? Gotcha …

868 George Motz, author, "Hamburger America"

August 12th, 2018


Hamburgers – okay, and French fries – are so much a part of American culture that it is no surprise that somebody like George Motz would attempt …

867 George Shearing, jazz pianist

August 10th, 2018


When Sir George Shearing, the composer of “Lullabye of Birdland,” died on Valentine’s Day, 2011, we lost one of the great pianists — and gentlemen — …

866 Yul Spencer, actor, comedian, "Ya Gotta Go Higher"

August 10th, 2018


Comedian Yul Spencer—Spencer, for short—has not had an easy or simple life. In his new one-man-show, “Ya Gotta Go Higher,” which ran June 11-28 at …

865 Danny Fingeroth, author, "Disguised as Clark Kent"

August 9th, 2018


Danny Fingeroth spends a whole lot of time thinking about superheroes. For several years, he did it as the editor of the Spider-Man group of titles …

864 Philip Shenon, journalist, author, "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Commission"

August 9th, 2018


I think everyone remembers where they were when they first heard about the planes flying into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. For our generation, it’s that horrifying moment that matches up with when …

863 Katherine Fugate, showrunner, "Army Wives"

August 9th, 2018


The last thing we need in our house is another serial TV commitment. But then someone turned me on to – late, I know – Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” I am soooo screwed. If you’re already a fan of the first year drama, you …

862 David Hajdu, author, "The Ten-Cent Plague"

August 9th, 2018


Run for your lives! Hide the women and children! There’s a Ten-Cent Plague loose upon this fine land! My guest today, David Hajdu, is the author of a new book that – at the very least – probably has the best title of …

861 Katy Chevigny, documentary filmmaker, "Election Day"

August 9th, 2018


Katy Chevigny makes award-winning documentary films such as Arctic Son, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Nuyorican Dream, Brother Born Again, and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. Her credits also …

860 Brian Frazer, author, "Hyper-Chondriac"

August 9th, 2018


Brian Frazer’s life reads far more colorfully than mine would, I’m afraid. On the other hand, I managed to avoid that whole compulsive …

859 Stephan Pastis, cartoonist, "Pearls Before Swine"

August 9th, 2018


Stephan Pastis is a big fan of Ricky Gervais, creator of "The Office" and "Extras," and Larry David, co-creator of "Seinfeld" and creator of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also loves him some Cheryl Hines. As a matter of …

858 Pete Von Sholly, artist, "Capitol Hell Political Monsters Postcard Book"

August 9th, 2018


Pete Von Sholly’s day job would be enough excitement for most of us. He creates storyboards for big budget Hollywood movies, and if you’ve seen The …

857 Bob Horowitz, producer, "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials," "The Singing Bee"

August 9th, 2018


Here’s something you probably don’t know about Mr. Media. The second of my nine books was actually about football -- Why Men Watch Football, in fact. So when the opportunity to interview Bob Horowitz came about, how …

856 Sara Zarr, novelist, "Sweethearts"

August 9th, 2018


If you’ve ever thought about writing novels, you might want to think about envying YA novelist Sara Zarr’s career. Her first, best-selling, young …

855 Sara Zarr, novelist, "Story of a Girl"

August 9th, 2018


Writer Sara Zarr had an experience last night that any author would kill for – sitting in the audience at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in …

854 Alberto Ibargüen, CEO, Knight Foundation

August 9th, 2018


With $2.6 billion in assets, the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the 22nd largest foundation in the United States. Its mission is the betterment of the 26 communities in which it works and the …

853 Sloan de Forest, author, "Must See Sci-Fi"

August 6th, 2018


I’m a sci-fi guy. I can track my love of the gere back to original 1960s airings of classic “Star Trek,” many of which scared the crap out of me – …

852 Robert Wuhl, comedian, actor, "Hollywood Knights," "Arli$$," "Batman," "Cobb"

August 6th, 2018


Robert Wuhl cracks me up. Always has, always will. His HBO series, “Arli$$," about an over-ambitious Hollywood sports agent, was must-see TV in my …

851 Pete Williams, author, "The Draft"

August 6th, 2018


Pete Williams is a journalist and author whom I have known and been friendly with for several years. But I didn’t ask him to do a Mr. Media interview simply because we are buddies so much as I think that his recent …

850 Lee Salem, editor, Universal Press Syndicate

August 6th, 2018


Lee Salem is a guy I’ve admired for many, many years. As the president and editor of Universal Press Syndicate, he is the man responsible for …

849 Drew Friedman, artist

August 6th, 2018


I have enjoyed the illustrations of Drew Friedman for many, many years. He has going for him what many artists can only dream of – a distinctive style and, if you will, a voice that sets his work apart. Depending upon …

848 Tamara Conniff, editor, Billboard Magazine

August 6th, 2018


Do you remember the first music you ever bought? Whether it was a digital download, a compact disc, cassette, eight track, or a 33-1/3, 45, or even a 78 RPM wax record, I’ll bet you know that first song or album by …

847 David Bankston, president, Neighborhood America

August 6th, 2018


Today’s media newsmaker interview is a little different. I don’t expect many people will know either my guest, David Bankston, or the company he represents, Neighborhood America. It’s very likely, though, that you may …

846 Eric Deggans media reporter, St. Petersburg Times

August 6th, 2018


Eric Deggans is easily one of the smartest journalists I know. Okay, okay, I know some of you connect “smart” and “journalist” and chuckle the way other people combine “military” and “intelligence.” But trust me, Eric …

845 Chris Napolitano, editor, Playboy magazine

August 6th, 2018


When I was a student at the University of Florida, studying film during the day and writing freelance stories at night, I landed two choice assignments. Choice, that is, for a horny, unrequited, socially awkward …

844 Jason Snell, editor, MacWorld

August 6th, 2018


Besides a glass of Dr. Pepper, the one material thing I look forward to every day is checking in with my Macintosh computer. I’ve been one of those crazed Mac guys since 1984, I guess, when I bought my first Apple, a …

843 Rasha Drachkovitz, producer, "Lockup" (MSNBC)

August 6th, 2018


There aren’t many people who want to go to prison. Not on purpose, not by accident, not even if they deserve it. Loss of liberty, loss of freedom, loss of privacy, loss of choice – and let’s not even talk about the …

842 Mary Kay Culpepper, editor, Cooking Light

August 3rd, 2018


I don’t have the best eating habits. I generally try to follow the 80/20 rule. I make an effort to eat smart and well about 80 percent of the time …

841 Seth Bauer, editor, The Green Guide (National Geographic)

August 3rd, 2018


The first cool thing you need to know about National Geographic’s The Green Guide newsletter is that you can download an electronic edition of the …

840 David A. Andelman, journalist, author, "A Shattered Peace"

August 3rd, 2018


David Andelman and I have been connected via the internet for the last few years. I frequently receive emails from people who remember me from CBS News or The New York Times, who want to reconnect via Facebook or …

839 Judge David Young, syndicated TV judge

August 3rd, 2018


Judge David Young is unlike any other TV judge you’ve likely seen before. In a video marketplace with courts of every color and gender and with their …

838 Yvonne Strahovski, actress, "Chuck," "The Handmaid's Tale"

July 30th, 2018


When it comes to NBC’s Monday night spy rom-com “Chuck,” regular listeners know I’m not afraid to let my geek flag fly. Mr. Media has been delighted …

837 Max Allan Collins, novelist, "Killing Town," "Road to Perdition," "Quarry"

July 27th, 2018


My over-the-backyard-fence neighbor and I have been exchanging books back and forth for years. As a result of this show, I have introduced him to …

836 Andy Cowan, TV writer, "Seinfeld," "Cheers, "3rd Rock from the Sun," author, "Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars"

July 24th, 2018


Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars is a great book title because it is not only clever, it tells you exactly what the book is about. Humorist Andy Cowan’s career has known great …

835 Nick Davis, filmmaker, "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," PBS, "American Masters"

July 23rd, 2018


I’m a lifelong baseball fan whose heroes were Mickey Mantle of the Yankees and Tom Seaver of the Mets. I never met Ted Williams, but I did have a book I wrote, Stadium For Rent, enshrined in the Ted Williams Hitters …

834 Book Excerpt from Will Eisner: A Spirited Life--Chapter 20, Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore

July 22nd, 2018


A different kind of episode! Congratulations to Dave Gibbons, comic book artist extraordinaire and co-creator of Watchmen with Alan Moore, for being …

832 Stephen Chao, founder,, former president, Fox Television

July 19th, 2018


From 2008: If you think Fox TV is edgy and kooky now, you should’ve seen it back in the early ‘90s when Stephen Chao was a programmer and eventually …

831 Kip Addotta, comedian, author, "Kip Addotta: Confessions of a Comedian"

July 17th, 2018


I guess I thought I knew Kip Addotta. Now that I am reading his autobiography, Kip Addotta: Confessions of a Comedian, I realize I don’t know him at all. My guest today was a staple of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s comedy …

830 Forrest Galante, wildlife biologist, tracker, host, "Extinct or Alive," participant, "Naked and Afraid"

July 13th, 2018


The first thing I need to tell you about Forrest Galante is that I will never go out on an adventure with a man who is comfortable carrying a live Burmese Python around his neck.

But that’s just me.

Watching him do …

829 David Brown, podcast host, "Business Wars"

July 4th, 2018


If you’re going to be successful in business, you’ve got to be able to stomache conflict. You have to be hard-headed, believing the world needs what …

828 Sheree J. Wilson, actress, "Walker Texas Ranger," "Dallas"

June 29th, 2018


1993 was a kinder, gentler time, when we could still separate an actor from his or her politics and enjoy their performance for the lightweight …

827 Stephen Rosenfield, founder, American Comedy Institute, author, "Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian"

June 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Stephen Rosenfield, founder, American Comedy Institute, author, Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful …

826 Bob Balaban, actor, "Seinfeld," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," director "Bernard and Doris"

June 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Bob Balaban, actor Close Encounters of the Third Kind, "Seinfeld," Bernard and Doris

No matter what role he’s in, Bob Balaban always …

825 Ross Pearsall, artist, creator, "Super-Team Family" comic book covers

June 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Ross Pearsall, comics cover artist, "Super-Team Family"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of forgotten comic …

824 Joe Pistone, author, "Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business"

June 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Joe Pistone, former FBI agent, author, Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business

My favorite book in the 1970s was Serpico by Peter Maas, the story of a New York City cop who seemingly single-handedly fought the …

823 Jon Lovett, producer, "1600 Penn," "Pod Save America"

May 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Jon Lovett, co-creator, "1600 Penn," podcaster, "Pod Save America"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of former …

822 Joey Luthman, actor, "Weeds"

May 27th, 2018

Today's Guest: Joey Luthaman, actor, "Weeds, "An American Carol"

I hate it when people confuse actors with the characters they play. For example, …

821 Cas Anvar, actor, "The Expanse," "The Strain"

May 23rd, 2018

Today's Guest: Cas Anvar, actor, "The Expanse," "The Strain"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of Martians and Earthers who …

820 Bill Adair, editor, Pulitzer Prize winner,

May 22nd, 2018


If you’re going to get called on the carpet for something you did right, might as well be by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s whirlwind of …

819 Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents," "Write the Perfect Book Proposal"

April 26th, 2018

Today's Guest: Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents," "Write the Perfect Book …

818 Ed Droste, co-founders, Hooters Restaurants

April 22nd, 2018

Today's Guest: Ed Droste, co-founders, Hooters Restaurants Lynne Austin, the original Hooters Girl Order Hooters Wing Sauce Medium: The Original (12 oz.), available from by clicking on the jar above!

The …

817 Kurtis Findlay, author, "Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was"

April 22nd, 2018

Today's Guest: Kurtis Findlay, author, Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of second-rate cartoon characters who’ll live out their lives of quiet desperation in …

816 Sacha Dhawan, actor, "Outsourced," "24"

April 22nd, 2018

Today's Guest: Sacha Dhawan, actor, "Outsourced"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of lovelorn sitcom characters waiting for their chance to impress a girl on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'… in the

815 Toby Bloomberg, author, "Social Media Marketing GPS"

April 21st, 2018

Today's Guest: Toby Bloomberg, author, Social Media Marketing GPS


Download 'Social Media Marketing GPS' by Toby Bloomberg -- FREE -- by clicking on the book cover above! Toby Bloomberg, author, Social Media …

814 Tony Isabella, comic book writer, creator, "Black Lightning"

April 12th, 2018

Today's Guest: Tony Isabella, comic book writer, creator, "Black Lightning"

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Tony Isabella by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio …

813 Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek, Adweek

April 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek (Adweek) LIBSYN


Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek/Adweek

I love to read. They don’t start calling you Mr. Media because you’re illiterate, of course, and magazines …

812 Alaina Huffman, actress, "Smallville," "Stargate Universe"

April 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Alaina Huffman, actress, "Smallville," "Stargate Universe" Actress Alaina Huffman joined The CW's 'Supernatural' in 2013 as Abaddon Order 'Stargate Universe: Complete First Season' [Blu-ray] starring …

811 Grizz Chapman, actor, "30 Rock"

April 10th, 2018

Today's Guest: Grizz Chapman, actor, "30 Rock" 30 ROCK: (l-r) Kevin Brown as Dotcom, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, Grizz Chapman as Grizz (NBC …

810 Hayes MacArthur, actor, "Perfect Couples," "Worst Week"

April 10th, 2018

Today's Guest: Hayes MacArthur, actor, "Perfect Couples," "Worst Week" LIBSYN

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of diehards who believe that one day, Kyle Bornheimer will be the king of all sitcoms… in …

809 Hank Rosenfeld, author, "The Wicked Wit of the West"

April 9th, 2018

Today's Guest: Hank Rosenfeld, author The Wicked Wit of the West

Hank Rosenfeld found the kind of book writing job that guys like me salivate over. …

808 Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock"

April 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Grizz and Dotcom fans who think …

807 Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock" (2010)

April 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock"

When Tracy Jordan’s bodyguards made their first entrance on NBC’s soon-to-be-a-hit “30 …

806 Al Jarreau, jazz singer, "We're In This Love Together"

March 13th, 2018

Today's Guest: Al Jarreau, jazz singer, "We're In This Love Together" Al Jarreau, jazz singer

(NOTE: On today's show, I'm reaching back in my archives to April 3, 1984 to share a telephone interview I conducted with …

805 Rick Smolan, co-author, "The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice"

March 7th, 2018

Today's Guest: Rick Smolan, co-author, The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience …

804 David Simon, TV writer, creator, "The Wire, "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Treme," "The Corner"

March 5th, 2018

Today's Guest: David Simon, TV writer, creator, "The Wire, "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Treme," "The Corner" David Simon (Photo by Bob Andelman)

Today, it’s January 26, 2007, and I am sitting across from David …

803 Dennis Farina, actor, "Luck," "Crime Story," The Last Rites of Joe May

February 26th, 2018

Today's Guest: Dennis Farina, actor, "Luck," "Crime Story," The Last Rites of Joe May

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of bad guys who, when they see former Chicago cop Dennis Farina coming their way, …

802 Noureen DeWulf, actress, "Chuck," "Anger Management," "Living Biblically"

February 26th, 2018

Today's Guest: Noureen DeWulf, actress, "Chuck," "Anger Management," "Living Biblically"

Noureen DeWulf had my attention when I heard she had been a …

801 Stephen Snyder, MD, sex and couples therapist, author, "Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship"

February 19th, 2018

Today's Guest: Stephen Snyder, MD, sex and couples therapist, author, Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting …

800 Rob Sachs, podcaster, author, "What Would Rob Do?"

February 17th, 2018

Today's Guest: Rob Sachs, NPR podcast host, "What Would Rob Do," author, What Would Rob Do?

Mr. Media is recorded live from the NEW new media capitol …

799 Chris Claremont, comic book writer, "The X-Men"

February 12th, 2018

Today's Guest: Chris Claremont, comic book writer, "The X-Men"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of evolutionary mutants whose …

798 Daniel Pink, author, "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko," "Free Agent Nation"

February 12th, 2018

Today's Guest: Daniel Pink, author, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, Free Agent Nation Daniel Pink


The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel Pink. Order your copy today by clicking on the book cover above!

Daniel Pink …

797 David Giuntoli, actor, "Grimm"

February 12th, 2018

Today's Guest: David Giuntoli, star, "Grimm"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of modified Grimms watching me very carefully… in …

796 Danielle Nicolet, "The Starter Wife," "Family Matters," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "The Flash," "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1"

February 12th, 2018

Today's Guest: Danielle Nicolet, "The Starter Wife," "Family Matters," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "The Flash,"

795 Kim Bass, writer, director, "Kill Speed"

February 11th, 2018


Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of action film directors who don’t hire no stinkin’ stuntmen!… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

If you see only one action adventure …

794 Rene Syler, host, BET's coverage of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Inauguration, author, "Good Enough Mother"

February 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Rene Syler, host, BET's coverage of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Inauguration, author, Good Enough Mother

If your name is Rene Syler, this is probably a pretty good week. In the midst of preparing to …

793 Bill Scheft, comedy writer, "The Late Show with David Letterman," novelist, "Everything Hurts," "Shrink Thyself"

February 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Bill Scheft, comedy writer, "The Late Show with David Letterman," novelist, Everything Hurts, Shrink Thyself Order 'Everything Hurts' by Bill Scheft, available from by clicking on the book …

792 Tom Farley, brother, Chris Farley, author "The Chris Farley Show"

February 11th, 2018

Today's Guest: Tom Farley, brother of SNL comedian Chris Foley, author, The Chris Farley Show


Order 'The Chris Farley Show' by Tom Farley Jr., …

791 Carolyn Lawrence, voice actor, Sandy Cheeks on "SpongeBob Squarepants"

February 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Carolyn Lawrence, voice actor, Sandy Cheeks on "SpongeBob Squarepants" The cast of SpongeBob SquarePants


Order 'SpongeBob …

790 Dave Jackson, podcaster,

February 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Dave Jackson, podcaster,

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience that includes broadcast radio …

789 Neil Berkeley, director, "Gilbert: A Gilbert Gottfried Story"

January 31st, 2018

Today's Guest: Neil Berkeley, director, Gilbert: A Gilbert Gottfried Story

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of stand-up …

788 Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist, author, "Star Trek: Treknology - The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive"

January 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist, author, Star Trek: Treknology - The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

Watch this …

787 Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, soap opera co-stars, "Guiding Light"

January 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, soap opera co-stars, "Guiding Light" LIBSYN


] Order 'Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration' by Christopher Schemering, svailable from by clicking on the …

786 Kim Zimmer, soap opera actress, "Guiding Light"

January 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Kim Zimmer, soap opera actress, "Guiding Light"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of elderly women who won’t give up …

785 Jamie Beckman, author, "The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide"

January 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Jamie Beckman, author, The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide


Jamie Beckman, author, 'The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide'

It’s pretty easy for me to remember my worst breakup story… because there is only one. It …

784 Rabbi Bob Alper. comedian

January 28th, 2018

Today's Guest: Rabbi Bob Alper, comedian, author, Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This Rabbi Bob Alper (and some guy named Steve Martin)


Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This by Robert A. Alper, Rabbi Bob Alper, …

783 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Beautiful Monster: The Ravi PI Series"

January 26th, 2018

Today's Guest: Adi Tantimedh, novelist, Her Beautiful Monster: The Ravi PI Series

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Ali Tantimedh by …

782 A.J. Jacobs, author, "It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree," and his wife, Julie Jacobs

January 23rd, 2018

Today's Guest: A.J. Jacobs, author, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, and his wife, Julie Jacobs

Watch this …

781 Walt Willey, actor, "All My Children"

January 23rd, 2018

Today's Guest: Walt Willey, actor, "All My Children"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of people who remember when soap operas were …

780 Cynthia Kraack, novelist, "Ashwood"

January 23rd, 2018

Today's Guest: Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood.

Mr. Media is recorded …

779 Cynthia Kraack, novelist, "Harvesting Ashwood"

January 22nd, 2018

Today's Guest: Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood.

Mr. Media is recorded …

778 Marty Beckerman, author, Dumbocracy, Generation S.L.U.T.

January 22nd, 2018

Today's Guest: Marty Beckerman, author, Dumbocracy, Generation S.L.U.T. Order Generation S.L.U.T.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed …

777 Richard Barrios​, author, "Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget"

January 19th, 2018

Today's Guest: Richard Barrios​, author, Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Richard Barrios by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is …

776 Maulik Pancholy, actor, "30 Rock"

January 18th, 2018

Today's Guest: Maulik Pancholy, actor, "30 Rock," "Whitney," "Weeds"

It’s war between TGS Show producer Liz Lemon and NBC suit Jack Donaghy’s …

775 Michael Eury, editor, Back Issue magazine

January 17th, 2018

Today's Guest: Michael Eury, editor, “Back Issue” magazine

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of comic book fanzine publishers who still have mimeograph fluid in their veins and respiratory issues from …

774 Robert K. Elder, author, It Was Love When; It Was Over When

January 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, It Was Love When; It Was Over When


Order 'It Was Love When' by Robert K. Elder, available from by clicking on the book cover above! Order 'It Was Over When' by …

773 Robert K. Elder, author, "The Film That Changed My Life" (2011)

January 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, The Film That Changed My Life Order 'The Film That Changed My Life' by Robert K. Elder, availasble from …

772 Robert K. Elder, author, "Last Words of the Executed"

January 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, Last Words of the Executed Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder, Mr. Media Interviews

I don’t know that the world was bouncing on its heels, waiting impatiently for …

771 Adam Falcon, guitarist, live performance (2010)

January 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Adam Falcon, guitarist, Piece of Mine Order 'Piece of Mine' by guitarist Adam Falcon, available from by clicking on the EP cover above!

A few weeks ago, I didn’t know Adam Falcon from Adam …

770 Bitsie Tulloch, star, "Grimm"

January 15th, 2018

Today's Guest: Bitsie Tulloch, star, "Grimm"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of seemingly placid veterinarians in need of their …

769 Mike Lynch, cartoonist

January 14th, 2018

Today's Guest: Mike Lynch, cartoonist. Cartoon by Mike Lynch


Cartoon by Mike Lynch

Regular Mr. Media listeners know that I have a special place …

768 Tim Jackson, David G. Brown, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Dr. Yaounde Olu, editorial cartoonists

January 14th, 2018

Today's Guests: Tim Jackson, David G. Brown, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Dr. Yaounde Olu, editorial cartoonists


Cartoonist Tim Jackson

767 Paul Brannigan, author, "This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl"

January 14th, 2018

Today's Guest: Paul Brannigan, author, This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of guys …

766 Jason Stuart, comedian, actor (2009)

January 8th, 2018

Today's Guest: Jason Stuart, comedian, actor


Comedian Jason Stuart

I’m not one to put labels on a person, but I guess if the cover of Jason Stuart’s latest DVD can describe him as “America’s top gay stand-up comic,” …

765 The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist (September 2010)

January 8th, 2018

Today's Guest: The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist


You put a lot of pressure on yourself going around the world with “Amazing” as your first name. But for The Amazing Kreskin, it’s just another day at the office—even if …

764 The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist

January 8th, 2018

Today's Guest: The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist


Kreskin's ESP Game Order 'Secrets of the Amazing Kreskin,' available from by clicking on the book cover above!

I’m thinking of a number between one and …

763 Richard Minsky, 3D book artist, "The Book Art of Richard Minsky"

January 7th, 2018

Today's Guest: Richard Minsky, 3D book artist, The Book Art of Richard Minsky

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Amazon Kindle fans who can’t figure out what the big deal about book art might be… in …

761 America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation" (2010)

January 5th, 2018

Today's Guest: America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation"


Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio …

760 America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation"

January 5th, 2018

Today's Guest: America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of other husband and wife entertainers, including Steve & Eydie, …

759 Chelsey Reist, actress, "The 100"

January 4th, 2018

Today's Guest: Chelsey Reist, actress, "The 100"

Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Actress Chelsey Reist, star of "The 100" on The CW by clicking on the video player above!

Mr. Media is recorded live before …

758 Father Guido Sarducci, gossip columnist, The Vatican newspaper (a.k.a., comedian Don Novello)

January 1st, 2018

Today's Guest: Father Guido Sarducci, gossip columnist, The Vatican newspaper (a.k.a., comedian Don Novello)


  (NOTE: The following interview with …

757 Jerry Robinson, cartoon, early Batman artist credited with creating Robin the Boy Wonder, the Joker

January 1st, 2018

Today's Guest: Jerry Robinson, cartoon, early Batman artist credited with creating Robin the Boy Wonder, the Joker

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of cackling hyenas in whiteface and bright red …

756 RIP Rose Marie, comedienne, actress, "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

December 29th, 2017

Today's Guest: Rose Marie, actress, comedienne, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Doris Day Show"


LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 16: The Dick Van Dyke Show cast members from left: Rose Marie (as Sally Rogers) and Morey Amsterdam …

755 Patrick Fischler, actor, "Mad Men," "Lost," "Weeds," "Southland"

December 27th, 2017

Today's Guest: Patrick Fischler, actor, "Mad Men," "Lost," "Weeds," "Southland"


Order 'Mad Men: The Complete Season 2' DVD starring Jon Hamm and Patrick Fischler, available from by clicking on the DVD …

754 Nick Tremulis, musician, Candy Golde

December 27th, 2017

Today's Guest: Nick Tremulis, musician, Candy Golde

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of true rock ‘n’ roll fans who have Paul …

753 Sam Haskell, CEO, Miss America Pageant, author, "Promises I Made My Mother"

December 24th, 2017

Today's Guest: Sam Haskell, CEO, Miss America Pageant, author, Promises I Made My Mother


Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell with David Rensin, Mr. Media Interviews. Order your copy today by clicking on the …

752 Kathryn Joosten, actress, "Desperate Housewives"

December 11th, 2017

Today's Guest: Kathryn Joosten, actress, "Desperate Housewives"


Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives star Order 'Desperate Housewives: The …

751 Jeff Herman, literary agent, author," Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents"

December 11th, 2017

Today's Guest: Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! Order 'Jeff Herman's Guide to Book …

750 Eila Mell, author, "New York Fashion Week"

December 11th, 2017

Today's Guest: Eila Mell, author, New York Fashion Week.

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of women who were pumped up by today’s topic only to be deflated when they discovered the show is still hosted …

749 Kyle Bornheimer, actor, "Casual," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Agent Carter," "Love," "Worst Week"

December 6th, 2017

Today's Guest: Kyle Bornheimer, actor, "Casual," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Agent Carter," "Love," "Worst Week"

Mr. …

748 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, "Take Five" (1984)

December 4th, 2017

Today's Guest: Dave Brubeck, jazz legend

(NOTE -- I had the good fortune to interview jazz legend Dave Brubeck on August 24, 1984. Unfortunately, it was largely a wasted opportunity in that I knew little about jazz at …

747 Emii, singer, "Mr. Romeo"

December 3rd, 2017

Today's Guest: Emii, singer

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of unbathed Comic-Con fanboys who live in Mom’s basement and for whom redheaded Emii is both a dream come true and their worst nightmare… …

746 Ryan Barton-Grimley, co-writer, director, co-star, "Elijah's Ashes"

November 30th, 2017

Today's Guest: Ryan Barton-Grimley, co-writer, director, co-star, "Elijah's Ashes"


Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of men who can say whatever they like about their brothers and step-brothers – but …

745 Joseph Mallozzi, co-creator, showrunner, "Dark Matter"

November 27th, 2017

Today's Guest: Joseph Mallozzi, co-creator, showrunner, "Dark Matter"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of science fiction TV fans who trace their dissatisfaction with the Syfy network’s lack of …

744 Rick Calvert, Tim Bourquin, co-founders, BlogWorld/New Media Expo

November 27th, 2017

Today's Guest: Rick Calvert, Tim Bourquin, co-founders, BlogWorld/New Media Expo

I love a good tradeshow. There’s something about all the people with common interests, gathered together in one location, eating …

743 Aimee Garcia, actress, "Trauma," "The George Lopez Show," "Dexter," "Lucifer"

November 27th, 2017

Today's Guest: Aimee Garcia, actress, "Trauma," "The George Lopez Show," "Dexter," "Lucifer"

Whoever cast the new NBC show “Trauma”—airing Monday nights at 9 p.m.—must have done some market research when it came to …

742 Jonathan Rosenberg, cartoonist, "Goats"

November 26th, 2017


Today's Guest: Jonathan Rosenberg, creator of the digital comic strip "Goats."

Jon Rosenberg, you had me at the gray-skinned alien who said, “On our planet, people worship pancakes.” That’s the point—it was page three, …

741 Scott Adsit, actor, "30 Rock"

November 26th, 2017

Today's Guest: Scott Adsit, star of NBC's "30 Rock."

Am I the only one who, when "TGS" producer Pete Hornbergerwalks into and out of a scene on “30 …

740 Terry Tomalin, outdoors editor, Tampa Bay Times, author, "Everyday Adventures"

November 25th, 2017

Today's Guest: Terry Tomalin, author, Everyday Adventures, outdoors editor, Tampa Bay Times

Mr. Media is recorded live before a retail audience of people who kayak, canoe, scuba dive, paddleboard, zipline, bike and camp …

739 Scott Krinsky, actor, "Chuck"

November 24th, 2017

Today's Guest: Scott Krinsky, actor, "Chuck"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of carbon monoxide-fueled psychopaths who probably won’t go on living after the last new episode of “Chuck” airs… in the …

738 Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, "Castle"

November 24th, 2017

Today's Guest: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, "Castle"

One of the delightful surprises of last spring’s crop of replacement TV shows was a quiet …

737 Rib Hillis, actor, model, "Extreme Makeover Home Edition"

November 19th, 2017

Today's Guest: Rib Hillis, actor, model

Seriously, have you ever seen a prettier man than this guy, Rib Hillis? When I see him, I feel like I’m not …

736 John Darnton, journalist, novelist, "Black and White and Dead All Over"

November 19th, 2017

Today's Guest: John Darnton, ex-New York Times reporter, novelist, Black and White and Dead All Over

The great pleasure of being a novelist is that you can praise your friends and carve up your enemies by changing a few …

735 Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" (2011)

November 19th, 2017

Today's Guest: Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck"

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Best Buy Geek Squaders who’d trade their employee discounts for 10 minutes of Morgan Grimes’ new life as the Intersect… …

734 Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" (2010)

November 19th, 2017

Today's Guest: Josh Gomez, actor, "Chuck"

Last night, my wife, daughter and I watched the latest episode of NBC’s “Chuck” – thank you, on-demand programming — and when it was over, we had a pretty interesting …

733 Esther K. Choy, author, "Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success," founder, Leadership Story Lab

November 16th, 2017

Today's Guest: Esther K. Choy, author, Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success, founder, Leadership Story Lab

Mr. …

732 Janina Gavankar, actress, "The L Word," "True Blood," "Star Wars Battlefront II"

November 15th, 2017

Today's Guest: Janina Gavankar, actress, "The L Word," "True Blood," "Star Wars Battlefront II"

I honestly had no idea how popular actress Janina …

731 Richie Unterberger, author, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History

November 13th, 2017

Today's Guest: Richie Unterberger, author, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Kingston, Jamaica townies ready to pounce at the first slip …

730 Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City"

November 13th, 2017

Today's Guest: Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City" Ramona Singer, The Real Housewives of New York City, Bravo Order 'Real Housewives of New York City' (Season 4), available right now …

729 Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City"

November 13th, 2017

Today's Guest: Ramona Singer, star, "The Real Housewives of New York City"

The rest of the ladies may be “The Real Housewives of New York,” but Ramona Singer is the real businesswoman of the Big Apple. Kelly Bensimon …

728 Alina Pușcău, singer, actress, Conan the Barbarian

November 13th, 2017


 Today's Guest: Alina Pușcău, singer, actress, Conan the Barbarian

Alina Pușcău is hot.

Hot, as in, people are talking about her. Hot, as in the YouTube video for her song, “When You Leave (Numa Numa).”


727 William Kent Krueger, novelist, "Vermilion Drift"

November 13th, 2017


Don’t you love it when a friend recommends a book and it turns out he was right? That’s how I got turned on to William Kent Krueger’s new book,

726 Jess McConkey, novelist, Love Lies Bleeding

November 13th, 2017


Love Lies Bleeding did not sound, on the face of it, like a novel I’d like to read. Believe it or not, I’m not especially drawn to stories of women …

725 Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall, producers, Jonathan Winters documentary Certifiably Jonathan

November 7th, 2017


Finding the real Jonathan Winters could not be easy. But you might try looking in the toy aisle at Target with Howie Mandel. Or a video store with …

724 Kim Kleman, editor, Consumer Reports

November 7th, 2017


(Note from Mr. Media: Kim Kleman left Consumer Reports in June, 2013 after 16 years and joined The American Lawyer as Editor-in-Chief in February 2014.) In the 1970’s, my dad never made any purchase of substance without …

723 Morgan Spurlock, documentary filmmaker, "Comic-Con Episode IV A Fans Hope," "Super Size Me"

November 6th, 2017


I don’t know if Morgan Spurlock is getting rich as a documentary filmmaker, but he sure looks like a guy who is having a good time going to work each day. Spurlock first came to international attention with his …

722 Lawrence O'Donnell, host, "The Last Word," MSNBC

November 6th, 2017


Soft-spoken political analyst and frequent MSNBC fill-in host Lawrence O’Donnell launched his own show on the Micro-Peacock at 10 p.m. last night. It …

721 Ben Fong-Torres, author, "Eagles: Taking It to the Limit"

November 6th, 2017


How is it possible that 40 years have passed since the birth of The Eagles?

You know – “Hotel California,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Desperado,” …

720 John Jennings, Damian Duffy, co-authors, "Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture"

November 6th, 2017


This show has always put out the welcome mat for black cartoonists, from daily strippers such as Ray Billingsley and Charlos Gary to editorial artists such as David G. Brown, Tim Jackson, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon …

719 John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent, CNBC

November 5th, 2017


Here’s a job for you: No matter what your title is, you’re going to be called upon from one day to the next to express opinions on important, global topics about which you may start the day not always knowing a lot. But …

718 Tony Hartl, entrepreneur, author, "Selling Sunshine"

November 5th, 2017


Frankly, it would have been easy to pass on tanning entrepreneur Tony Hartl’s new book, Selling Sunshine: 75 Tips, Tools, and Tactics for Becoming a …

717 Bethenny Frankel, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City," "Bethenny Ever After"

November 5th, 2017

Today's Guest: Bethenny Frankel, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City," "Bethenny Ever After"

Give Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel her due: she knows how to build a brand and milk it for everything …

716 Blake Bell, author, "Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko"

November 3rd, 2017


Steve Ditko is a mystery. And in view of the cosmic and ethereal manner of his comic book art style, from Spider-Man and Dr. Strange to the lesser-known Mr. A, that may be appropriate. Blake Bell, whose interest as a …

715 Bill Schelly, author, Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

November 2nd, 2017

Today's Guest: Bill Schelly, author, Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

Artist Joe Kubert’s lines are among the most distinctive in the comic book profession, not in the least because there are so many of them! …

714 Bob Delaney, NBA referee, New Jersey State Trooper, author, "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob"

November 1st, 2017


Bob Delaney has lived not one but two enviable and intimidating lives—and he’s nowhere near done, yet. In his first career, Delaney was a New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover for three years to infiltrate the …

713 Samaire Armstrong, actress, Around June, "Entourage," "Dirty Sexy Money"

October 31st, 2017


I was studying Samaire Armstrong’s IMDB page when I saw that she played “Emily” on several episodes of the HBO comedy “Entourage.” Why is that significant? Well, as fans of the long-running podcast “Sex With Emily” will …

712 Mark Chiarello, art director, DC Comics

October 31st, 2017


When I was a teenager growing up in North Brunswick, New Jersey, I was one of three guys who organized a loose-knit band of like-minded comic book lovers into a club called the Fans of Central Jersey. We had monthly …

711 Buddy Scalera, author, Creating Comics from Start to Finish

October 30th, 2017


The first thing you notice about Buddy Scalera? A really cool, literary name. Honestly, I’d like to name a character in a movie “Buddy Scalera.” …

710 Hayes Ferguson, chief operating officer,

October 30th, 2017


Dying sucks—for those left behind, that is. Not sure yet what it means to the deceased. There are all the feelings of sadness and regret, things left unsaid, things left undone. We’re always looking for ways to express …

709 Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University

October 29th, 2017


I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours on end doing stuff on the Internet, some of it productive, some of it, well, not. And some days, it’s …

708 Deborah Davis, author, "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation"

October 27th, 2017


“Can a dinner change history?” That’s the opening line of author Deborah Davis’s amazing new book, Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation. At its …

707 Sasha Cohen, Olympic figure skater

October 26th, 2017


Here’s something not everyone interviewing Olympic ice skater Sasha Cohen can say: She’s quoted on the front cover of my new book. It’s true: When Mind Over Business hits book shelves on March 6, there is a quote above …

706 Katie McGrath, actress, "Merlin," "Supergirl"

October 24th, 2017


Katie McGrath plays Lady Morgana in the new NBC dramatic import, “Merlin.” The shows airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. Katie is a relative newcomer to acting, as I understand it, although American audiences may have seen her …

705 Jeremy Mitchell, indie film producer, Sheaun McKinney, actor, Know Thy Enemy

October 23rd, 2017


Producer Jeremy Mitchell and actor Sheaun McKinney were my guests on the very first episode of Mr. Media Radio broadcast late in 2007 on the BlogTalkRadio Network. They were promoting a new Miami-based independent …

704 Sasha Roiz, actor, "Grimm"

October 21st, 2017


Actor Sasha Roiz made the rounds of several TV genre favorites on his way to the role of Captain Renard on the new NBC drama series “Grimm,” which …

703 Niall Matter, actor, "Eureka"

October 20th, 2017


Bad news for former “Ugly Betty” actor Christopher Gorham -- Buddy TV just named Niall Matter “the hunkiest nerd in the history of TV.” That’s right: the man who plays Deputy Sheriff Jo’s love interest, Zane Donovan, on …

702 Kerry Sanders, NBC News correspondent

October 19th, 2017


I have done my best to keep the Casey Anthony case at arm’s length from day one. Since becoming a dad almost 15 years ago, I have had no tolerance …

701 Gillian Jacobs, actress, "Community," "Love"

October 19th, 2017


NBC’s freshman comedy sensation “Community” is ending its first season on a high note: Entertainment Weekly made the show’s season finale tonight Number 1 on its Top Ten “Must List” of things to do this week. And it …

700 Daniel Cross, documentary filmmaker, "I Am The Blues"

October 18th, 2017


When I finished watching Daniel Cross’s new documentary I Am the Blues, what I really wanted – besides an immediate trip to the Mississippi Delta – …

699 Rizwan Manji, actor, "Outsourced"

October 17th, 2017


A wedding seems the appropriate analogy to finish out the first season of the NBC sitcom "Outsourced." The show, about a white bread American exiled to run a Mombai, India call center, seemed more out of this world to …

698 Rizwan Manji, actor, "Outsourced"

October 17th, 2017


NBC has three really funny sitcoms on Thursday nights during its three-hour comedy block that I really think you should give a chance – or a second …

697 Sharon Leal, actress, "Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day," "Supergirl"

October 17th, 2017


Actress Sharon Leal is a woman loosed… and on the verge. A review of the one-time "Guiding Light" star’s recent credits support this, with ever more …

696 Joe Sinnott, inker, Marvel Comics

October 17th, 2017


You have to be pretty damn good at what you do for someone to name you Joltin’. The name stuck to Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, of course, and is also part …

695 Amy Fox, TV showrunner, co-star, "The Switch"

October 3rd, 2017


“The Switch” – a new TV sitcom from creator Amy Fox, who also co-stars in it – is about being true to who your heart tells you that you are… even if …

694 Jordan Brady, director, "I Am Battle Comic"

October 2nd, 2017


At some point, I assume we’re going to get a documentary titled "I Am Jordan Brady, Comic." Brady, a sometime comic, has made several documentary …

693 Michael Killen, co-creator and co-writer, "Downward Dog"

September 30th, 2017


Did you catch any episodes of the limited series “Downward Dog” this summer? I know you hear this about a lot of great shows these days – “Better …

692 Robert Mugge, filmmaker, "Saxophone Colossus," featuring Sonny Rollins

September 29th, 2017


Does anybody really understand jazz? Hands down, hands down – it was a rhetorical question. For me, it’s alll about mood, rhythm, sway and surprise. …

691 Steve Morse, Boston rock music critic

September 22nd, 2017


When I tell you that Steve Morse was the “long-time” rock critic for the Boston Globe, I’m not kidding—I actually looked it up. I seemed to recall him being on the job during the years that I flitted in and of similar …

690 Robert Knight, rock photographer, author, "Rock Gods"

September 22nd, 2017


Maybe you don’t already know the name of legendary rock ‘n’ roll photographer Robert Knight. But by the end of this half-hour, you won’t be able to …

689 Nevin Martell, author, "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes"

September 22nd, 2017


There are plenty of creative people whose work I love but you’ll never catch me pursuing an interview with them. Bruce Springsteen, for one. I like the idea of leaving a little mystery out there, a little bubble I’ll …

688 Heather Brewer, novelist, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

September 22nd, 2017


The whole vampire chic thing passed me by. Not just the Twilight movies and the HBO series “True Blood,” either—I never got hooked on Joss Whedon’s …

687 Cheryl Hines, actress, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

September 21st, 2017


Cheryl Hines has one of the most challenging acting jobs on television: she plays Larry David’s long-suffering TV wife on the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” now in its sixth season. For years, many people have …

686 Lance Richlin, Rick Rosner, Joseph Orapeza, video cast, "Lance vs. Rick"

September 4th, 2017


You know that crazy uncle who comes to every family event and upsets everybody with his strong views on everything politics to religion, and from gay …

685 Eric Deggans, Aaron Barnhart, TV critics

September 4th, 2017


Back in the early days following Al Gore’s invention of the Internet, there were a few hardy souls delivering content via something called …

684 Diane Farr, actress, "Numb3rs," "Californication, "Rescue Me"

September 3rd, 2017


It’s got to be the dancing eyes. There’s a lively sense of mischief and glee that I see when I gaze into actress Diane Farr’s big eyes on the TV …

683 Ashley Kahn, author, "Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece"

August 30th, 2017


One of the best magazine assignments I ever got was in the early 1980s and an editor challenged me to hang out in the Pinellas County, Florida, …

682 Jill Geisler, author, Work Happy: "What Great Bosses Know," podcaster, "What Great Bosses Know"

August 30th, 2017


I was a crappy office manager. I had my shot back in 1988 as managing editor of Tampa Bay Weekly. The alternative newspaper had just been sold and I …

681 Billy Hayes, former drug smuggler, inspiration for the films "Midnight Express," "Midnight Return"

August 28th, 2017


Midnight Express was one of the scariest movies I ever saw. It was probably one of the most horrifying films you ever saw, too. The story of Billy Hayes, an American tourist caught attempting to leave Turkey by plane in …

680 Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, actors, "The Forgotten"

August 21st, 2017



It seems like movie star Christian Slater has at last found solid footing on network television. His ABC series, “The Forgotten,” got off to an …

679 JoAnna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, actors, "Better With You"

August 21st, 2017


Somebody call Josh Radnor on CBS! The girl of his character’s dreams on “How I Met Your Mother” — actress JoAnna Garcia — has slipped away and landed her own sitcom on ABC!

JOANNA GARCIA podcast excerpt: (I asked …

678 ANT, comedian, Janina Gavankar, actress, Darryl Stephens, actor

August 21st, 2017


It’s 9 p.m. on the east coast, 6 p.m. on the west. Do you know where your favorite gay TV actor, straight actress who plays a pay-cable lesbian, or gay comedian is? Well, for the next 60 minutes, they’re going to be …

677 Meital Dohan, actress, "Weeds," singer

August 21st, 2017


If the movie is titled Monogamy and it stars not one but two beautiful women, my money is on there being some sort of threat to the status quo in the …

676 Gene Simmons, rock star, KISS

August 21st, 2017


I met Gene Simmons once. His band, KISS, was touring without the makeup for the first time and we were backstage before a show at the Lakeland Civic Center. Simmons was an imposing figure, even making casual …

675 Jim Melvin, novelist, "The Death Wizard Chronicles" (2007)

August 21st, 2017


Jim Melvin has been a friend of mine for more than twenty years and, for as long as I’ve known him, his driving interest has been writing an epic fantasy series, something that might find shelf space alongside J.R.R. …

674 Arie Kaplan, comic book writer, "Speed Racer"

August 21st, 2017


What red-blooded man’s heart doesn’t start racing at the “Speed Racer” theme? My guest today is part of the revival of the immortal Speed Racer. He is IDW comic book writer Arie Kaplan, and with the release of the …

673 Denis Kitchen, underground comix artist, writer, publisher (2009)

August 21st, 2017


In the world of comics, Denis Kitchen can do it all. Cartoonist, editor, publisher, museum consultant—heck, he even produced a daughter, Alexa, who …

672 Denis Kitchen, underground comix artist, publisher (2009)

August 21st, 2017


There’s nothing odd about legendary underground comix artist and publisher Denis Kitchen. Everything I’ve ever learned about the man—both before we met and became friends in 2002 or since—has always been compelling. …

671 Carly Pope, actress, "Outlaw," "Popular"

August 21st, 2017


There is no doubting that Jimmy Smits is a big TV star, one with high Q ratings and some of that LLJS magic—you know, Ladies Love Jimmy Smits. But while he’s also a man’s man, it doesn’t hurt to have a guy like that …

670 Paul Gillin, blogger,

August 21st, 2017


I like to think of myself as one of those guys with ink in his veins. At 13, I concluded that the New Brunswick Home News, my hometown paper in New Jersey, was inadequate, so I used my own money to subscribe to the …

669 Eric Rhoads, publisher, Radio Ink

August 21st, 2017


Following months of rumors, the two satellite radio companies, Sirius, and XM, last week confirmed one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets: their …

668 Guy Kawasaki, author, "Reality Check"

August 21st, 2017


Here are some of the things I learned from reading Guy Kawasaki’s new business manual, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition:

• He only eats at three Silicon …

667 Larry Hankin, actor, "Breaking Bad"

August 21st, 2017


I suspect that when Larry Hankin is out in public, he gets a lot of funny looks. Double-takes. Triple-takes. Because he is THAT GUY. That actor you’ve seen a hundred times on TV shows and in films, but you honestly …

666 Ron Dante, singer, The Archies, "Sugar Sugar"

August 21st, 2017


I still remember the first time I heard the song. It was September 1969, I was a new fourth grader in Mrs. Arnesan’s class at Judd Elementary School …

665 Josh Flagg, rock star, "Devastate Me"

August 21st, 2017


He started as a mandolin player. In Philadelphia. Tell me that wasn’t devastating for a 13-year-old kid! Thanks, Dad! But there’s no sign it left a …

664 Drew Waters, co-star, "Friday Night Lights"

August 21st, 2017


NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” exists in one of network TV’s most rarified niches. It’s one of those shows that, if seen strictly by the numbers, should …

663 Trina Robbins, author, The Brinkley Girls, comic book writer, GoGirl! (2009)

August 20th, 2017


This is my third year of being the ringmaster of the Mr. Media radio show and I’m starting to see previous guests return with new projects. And that is certainly the case tonight, as cartoonist and historian Trina …

662 Trina Robbins, comics historian, comic book writer, "GoGirl!" (2007)

August 19th, 2017



Trina Robbins, the author of the GoGirl! series of comics from Dark Horse, joins us today as our guest.

Up until Manga arrived on our shores, …

661 Zeljko Ivanek, actor, "The Event," "Homicide," "Damages"

August 15th, 2017


Next on a very special episode of “Chuck,” actor Zeljko Ivanek as you’ve never seen him before: Happy — no, giddy! — smiling at a box of newborn puppies. Yeah, like that will ever happen!

ZELJKO IVANEK podcast excerpt: …

660 Lamorne Morris, actor, "New Girl"

August 15th, 2017


Lamorne Morris may just be the luck, luck, luckiest actor in Hollywood. When the studios were casting for pilots last spring, he was not among the …

659 Chris Gorham, actor, "Ugly Betty, "Covert Affairs"

August 15th, 2017


If you've ever watched ABC’s romantic dramedy “Ugly Betty,” you know that Betty’s boyfriend Henry will always be the one who got away. And came back. And got away again. The actor who plays “Henry” is Chris Gorham, a …

658 Christopher Gorham, actor, "Ugly Betty, "Covert Affairs"

August 15th, 2017


The last time Christopher Gorham was on Mr. Media, he and a lot of other people were dealing with the sudden cancellation of ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” Gorham made an indelible impression on that show as Betty’s frustrating as …

657 Ger Apeldoorn, co-author, Behaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire Magazines

August 7th, 2017


The first letter to the editor I ever wrote and saw published was to Crazy Magazine, a competitor to Mad, Cracked and Sick in the mid-1970s. Crazy was a Marvel Comics take on satire and, being a card-carrying Fan Of Old …

656 Mike Gold, editor,

August 4th, 2017


Remember when convenience stores had spinning racks with signs at the top that shouted, “Hey, Kid! Comics!”? Actually, I barely remember that myself, it’s been so long. Finding comic books hasn’t been easy since the …

655 Peter Kuper, artist, "Stop Forgetting to Remember" (2007)

July 31st, 2017


I think the reason that many people who never read comic books find themselves drawn to graphic novels isn’t because they come in hard cover or because they cost more or because they’re hip at the moment. I think it’s …

654 Peter Kuper, artist, "Drawn to New York" (2012)

July 31st, 2017


If you love the speed, contradictions, dangers and delights of Manhattan, you’ll find a lot to love in artist Peter Kuper’s new graphic collection,

653 Fauzia Burke, book publicist, author, "Online Marketing for Busy Authors"

July 31st, 2017


I talk to a lot of authors, between interviews on Mr. Media and the men and women I work with each day as a ghostwriter myself. And the one topic that frustrates every last one of them, from newbie to established …

652 Tanna Frederick, actress, "Hollywood Dreams"

July 29th, 2017


If you’re a woman in search of someone else’s emotional train wreck to make you feel better about your own life, film director Henry Jaglom has got a movie or two for you. Maybe it’s his latest, Irene in Time, about a …

651 Mike Edison, author, "I Have Fun Everywhere I Go" (2008)

July 29th, 2017


In his new book, I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, Mike Edison does for sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll what Hulk Hogan did for wrestling! No, scratch that. …

650 Mike Edison, author, "Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!"

July 29th, 2017


Those are just a few of the topics I’ll be discussing today with my guest, Mike Edison, author of a glorious romp through the modern history of sex magazine publishing, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! Of Playboys, Pigs, and …

649 Lisa Ann Walter, actress, comedian, judge, "Dance Your Ass Off"

July 29th, 2017


Here’s the difference between you and Lisa Ann Walter: When you’ve been sitting around having a little too much to drink, complaining about how nobody looks like those stringbeans on “So You Think You Can Dance,” or how …

648 Jonathan Alter, author, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One"

July 29th, 2017


Here’s the opening of a conversation that would get me divorced: “Honey, I’m going to spend the next 17 months researching and reporting about …

647 Peter Shankman, public relation and social media expert

July 29th, 2017


There are a handful of people that social media aficionados and professionals follow religiously for their insight and direction, people such as …

646 Josh Neufeld, illustrator, "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge"

July 29th, 2017


There are all kinds of journalistic storytelling styles, starting with your basic who/what/when/where and why. There is also “if it bleeds, it leads.” And let’s not forget the “New Journalism” class of the 1960s and …

645 Jordan Brady, directory, "I Am Comic" (2010)

July 29th, 2017


Jordan Brady has been on stage, told the jokes, suffered the hecklers and luxuriated in the belly laughs. He also knows the pitfalls of standup …

644 Anna Gunn, actress, "Breaking Bad," "Deadwood"

July 29th, 2017


Anna Gunn’s arrival in the city of Deadwood on the HBO series of the same name set off one of the craziest love triangles in history. The widow of …

643 Yvette Nicole Brown, actress, "Community"

July 29th, 2017


Yvette Nicole Brown has been on TV shows opposite Hugh Laurie, William Shatner and Larry David, and in movies opposite Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer …

642 Henry Jaglom, director, Tanna Frederick, actress, "Queen of the Lot"

July 29th, 2017


Scorsese and DeNiro have this kind of relationship. So do Spielberg and Hanks. And Scorsese has it with DiCaprio, too, now that I think of it. Every so often, a director finds his match with an actor who “gets” their …

641 Roger Chiocchi, branding expert, "Baby Boomer Bust"

July 29th, 2017


The post-war baby boom is becoming something else, more than half a century later. But is that something else a bust? In his new book, Baby Boomer Bust?—and the title ends in a question mark—Roger Chiocchi (pronounced …

640 Raymond Schlogel, director, "For Love & Stacie"

July 29th, 2017


All the air escaped my lungs at the end of Ray Schlogel’s independent film, For Love & Stacie. I was angry, petulant… and then the credits rolled …

639 Kit Boss, showrunner, "Creature Comforts"

July 29th, 2017


(2012 UPDATE: Congratulations to Kit Boss, who shared an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program" as consulting producer of "Bob's Burgers" …

638 Renèe Rosen, novelist, "Windy City Blues"

July 24th, 2017


Sometimes a great novel gets lost in lousy packaging. That’s the case of Renee Rosen’s fifth book, Windy City Blues. It is one of those magnificent, emotional reads that you can’t put down, capturing the early days of …

637 Ilene Kristen, singer, actress, "One Life to Live"

July 23rd, 2017


If you’re on an airplane in the coming weeks and see Ilene Kristen engrossed in a bright and shiny new iPad, blame me. Kristen, who has starred on ABC’s "One Life to Live" as “Roxanne Balsom” since 2001, already has an …

636 Summer Glau, actress, "Firefly," "The Cape"

July 23rd, 2017


Summer Glau gets some of the most enviable genre roles on television. Her first was on "Angel," where "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon …

635 Eugene Mirman, comedian

July 23rd, 2017


Eugene Mirman is one of the driest comedians I’ve ever encountered. He’s so droll, so subtle, that at first it’s difficult to detect if he’s on or …

634 Howard Finberg, director, NewsU, The Poynter Institute

July 23rd, 2017


You may not know my guest today by name, but it’s safe to say that if you read an English-language newspaper anywhere in the world, Howard Finberg is having at least an indirect effect on its content. Finberg is …

633 Cheryl Crane, daughter, Lana Turner

July 23rd, 2017


Nothing twinkles quite as bright as a classic Hollywood star and few were ever bigger in their day than Lana Turner. Of course, there is Lana Turner …

632 Ray Billingsley, daily cartoonist, "Curtis" (2010)

July 22nd, 2017


There are a number of daily newspaper comic strips that we tend to take for granted. “Cathy,” by Cathy Guisewite, is one. Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi & Lois” are two more. And then there is my friend Ray …

631 Ray Billingsley, daily cartoonist, "Curtis" (2007)

July 22nd, 2017


When I was researching my biography, Will Eisner, A Spirited Life, one of the biggest surprises for me was learning that two extremely successful …

630 Monica Raymund, actress, "Lie To Me," "The Good Wife," "Chicago Fire"

July 22nd, 2017


St. Petersburg, Florida is pretty good at turning out dramatic talent. There is Angela Bassett, of course, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in What’s Love Got to Do with It” and is currently starring …

629 Bill Engvall, comedian

July 22nd, 2017



Don’t tell my wife, but I’ve watched those Blue Collar Comedy standup specials on Comedy Central starring Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the …

628 Tania Gunadi, actress, "Aaron Stone"

July 22nd, 2017


As a co-star of the Disney XD channel’s “Aaron Stone” series, Tania Gunadi has a dual life—she’s the girl next door to Charlie Landers, a.k.a. Aaron Stone, played by Kelly Blatz, and she is also a player in the online …

627 Sarah Szalavitz, founder, Zaproot, 7 Robot

July 16th, 2017


I don’t care if you never before heard of my guest, social media guru Sarah Szalavitz. A week ago, frankly, neither had I. But I suspect that at the end of this hour, we’ll all want to hear more from Sarah. Or maybe …

626 Steve Rosenbaum, founder,

July 16th, 2017


We’re going to do something a little different on Mr. Media today – instead of being a half-wit know-it-all, I’m going to try to learn something practical from my guest. Joining me is Steve Rosenbaum, who developed, …

625 Margo Martindale, actress, "Justified," "Scalene"

July 16th, 2017


Imagine stretching a rubber band between the index finger on one hand and the thumb on the other. Now visualize pulling your fingers as far apart as …

624 Erin Cummings, actress, "Detroit 187," Mad Men, "Bitchslap"

July 16th, 2017


ABC had me at “redhead” when the opportunity to interview “Detroit 1-8-7” co-star Erin Cummings appeared. Learning she had a recurring role on AMC’s …

623 Marti Rulli, author, "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour," Dennis Davern, captain, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner yacht

July 16th, 2017


What happened to Natalie Wood on the night of November 29, 1981? The next morning, as we all know, she was discovered floating in the waters off Catalina Island. But what happened during the night before she died? That …

622 Jeffrey J. Fox, author, "How To Be A Fierce Competitor" (2011)

July 16th, 2017

Today's Guest: Jeffrey J. Fox, author, How to Be a Fierce Competitor: What Winning Companies and Great Managers Do in Tough Times

I can honestly and modestly say that I know a thing or two about fierce competitors in …

621 Jeffrey J. Fox, author, "The Transformative CEO" (2012)

July 16th, 2017


What do the founders of The Home Depot, and Paul Mitchell Systems and the CEOs of Black Entertainment Television, Marvel …

620 Brian Walker, author, "The Comics," "The Art of Garry Trudeau"

July 16th, 2017


Comics are Brian Walker’s life. It’s the family business, after all: his dad, Mort, created or co-created "Beetle Bailey," "Hi & Lois," and the legendary but short-lived strip and strips, "Sam’s Strip." Brian and …

619 Lillian Glass, author, "Toxic Men"

July 16th, 2017


All through this interview, I will quietly repeat the following mantra: She’s not talking about me…

618 Brandi Chastain, Kerri Strug, Olympic athletes

July 16th, 2017


This is a very special Mr. Media podcast. As a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, Brandi Chastain participated in the 1996 Atlanta …

617 Colin Ferguson, actor, "Eureka," "Haven"

July 16th, 2017


As Sheriff Carter on the Syfy series “Eureka,” now in its fourth season, Colin Ferguson is the kind of guy I’d like to be: a manly man but a …

616 Parvesh Cheena, actor, "Outsourced"

July 16th, 2017


A few things I learned about “Gupta,” perhaps the nuttiest sitcom character on network TV in years: • He can’t drive. Not a bike, not a car. • He likes to watch. His boss. In bed. Sleeping. Not sleeping. • He loves the …

615 Larry Manetti, actor, "Magnum PI"

July 16th, 2017


Larry Manetti brought a tremendous amount of natural charisma and boundless cockiness to his role as a restaurateur named Rick—Tom Selleck’s Vietnam …

612 Chandler Baker, novelist, "This Is Not The End"

July 11th, 2017



It’s hard for novelists to come up with a twist we haven’t read in some way, previously. J.R.R. Tolkien managed it with Lord of the Rings; so did …

611 Louise Mandrell, country singer (1984)

July 11th, 2017


Louise Mandrell bubbles as she talks. It comes across in her stage and television appearances, and it was even apparent in a long distance interview with her from the phone in her bus, parked somewhere in San Antonio, …

610 Michael Eury, author, Hero-A-Go-Go: Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, & Culture of the Swinging Sixties, editor, Back Issue magazine

July 3rd, 2017


Some of my favorite comic book memories of growing up in the 1960s are of characters I long thought I imagined because most traces of them have been erased from existence: • Diaper Man • Secret Squirrel • Forbush Man • …

609 Peter Golenbock, author, "In the Country of Brooklyn," "American Price: A Memoir"

July 2nd, 2017


You Midwesterners may disagree, but I don’t think there is any single place in this country more representative of the soul of America than Brooklyn …

608 Peter Golenbock, co-author, "Growing Up NASCAR: Racing Most Outrageous Promoter Tells All"

July 2nd, 2017


Sportswriter Peter Golenbock is one of my heroes, a guy I want to be like in many ways when I grow up. For now, however, I’ll settle for just being …

607 Peter Golenbock, author, "George: The Little Boy Who Built The Yankee Empire"

July 2nd, 2017


Peter Golenbock is one of the most prolific writers I know or have ever heard of. His books could fill an entire shelf in your library – and maybe …

606 Peter Golenbock, author, "7: The Mickey Mantle Story"

July 2nd, 2017


Today, I am sitting in the St. Petersburg, Florida, dining room of popular sports writer, Peter Golenbock. Peter, who’s written many books about and …

605 Ryan McPartlin, actor, "Chuck" (2011)

July 2nd, 2017


As the cast of NBC’s “Chuck” prepares for its fifth and final season victory lap, it is more than fair that two of its stars are getting outside shots at the big time. Yvonne Strahovski, who plays “Sarah” on “Chuck,” …

604 Loren Weisman, music producer, author, "The Artist’s Guide to Success in The Music Business"

July 2nd, 2017


Early in my career, I was the pop music critic for, respectfully, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune. In that role, I had frequent …

603 Karen Dunlap, president, Poynter Institute (2008)

July 2nd, 2017


What a crazy, crazy world. When I invited today’s guest, Karen Dunlap, president of the Poynter Institute, to be a guest on the show today, it was …

602 Alex Ferrari, director, "Red Princess Blues" (2011)

June 28th, 2017


 Alex Ferrari hasn’t received the break he deserves yet from Hollywood so he continues to make his own luck. The independent filmmaker, who was one …

601 Juliette Powell, author, "33 Million People in the Room"

June 26th, 2017


Juliette Powell wants to hook you up. Not for sex—she wants you to get busy with something much more long-lasting and rewarding: running a successful …

600 Sam Champion, meteorologist, "Good Morning America"

June 26th, 2017


I’m not superstitious—to the best of my knowledge—but here’s an assignment I would never accept: to report a story from the Bermuda Triangle. But …

599 Alexander McCall Smith, novelist, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

June 26th, 2017


Alexander McCall Smith is having a pretty good career. And it’s about to get even better.

McCall Smith is the author of the popular series of novels …

598 Brande Roderick, Playboy Magazine playmate, contestant, "Celebrity Apprentice"

June 26th, 2017


My guest this morning is Brande Roderick—whom I’ve seen naked! Not just in my dreams, mind you, but in the pages of Playboy magazine, where she first came to national prominence. A lot of women have taken their …

597 Sam Jones III, actor, "Smallville," "ER"

June 26th, 2017



Tonight, America’s 15-year love affair with the NBC medical drama “E.R.” comes to a close. The show introduced a lot of actors who became very big stars and today I’m delighted to welcome a young man who is probably …

596 Scott Krinsky, actor, "Chuck"

June 26th, 2017


You couldn’t fill a half-hour sitcom with every moment of screen time Scott Krinsky’s character “Jeff Barnes” has earned in nearly two seasons of …

595 Robert Hofler, author, "Variety's The Movie That Changed My Life"

June 26th, 2017


Nobody asked, but here are a couple of the movies that changed my life: The Out-of-Towners with Jack Lemmon. The first movie I ever saw at a drive-in with my parents. Scared me out of New York City for years. Superman …

594 Milla Sunde, Tom Bevan, singers, The Green Children

June 26th, 2017


Music is a lot like food—we like what we like and can’t fathom people who prefer either sounds or tastes that don’t agree with us. And when I was offered an interview with a musical act from Europe called “The Green …

593 Chad Cherry, singer, The Last Vegas

June 26th, 2017


One day you’re just one among 10,000 anonymous rock bands on earth, slogging it out for recognition. The next day you wake up and you’re on tour with Motley Crue and they’re talking about passing the heavy metal crown …

592 Moses Brown, founder,

June 26th, 2017


Folks, let me honest with you: I’m not sure what I’m getting into today. My guest is Moses Brown, founder and CEO of the dating website

591 Harold Perrineau, actor, "Lost," "Oz," "The Unusuals"

June 26th, 2017


Defining the prototypical acting role for Harold Perrineau is difficult if not damn near impossible. Was it Augustus Hill, the philosophical, always …

590 Kent Walls, TV sports host

June 26th, 2017


It’s time for the 2009 BCS national championship game and so we’re talkin’ football today on Mr. Media with Kent Walls, co-host of Fox Sports and Fox …

589 Aubrey Plaza, actress, "Parks and Recreation," "Legion"

June 26th, 2017


Playing the intern on a Thursday night NBC sitcom is not a bad gig for a young actor. Look at B.J. Novak, the young man who plays “Ryan” on “The Office.” He was literally unknown when he joined the show and quickly …

588 Spencer Quinn, novelist, "Chet the Dog" series

June 26th, 2017


Dogs that can express themselves in a language we can all understand are nothing new. Remember the movie Cats & Dogs? One dog had the voice of Tobey McGuire, another the sonorous tones of Alec Baldwin. But how many …

587 Daniel Pyne, novelist, "A Hole in the Ground Owned By A Liar," TV writer, "Alcatraz"

June 26th, 2017


Hearing that a comic novel takes place in a mine is not the best way to get my attention for a spot on this show. C’mon! A mine? And yet I’ve now fallen for that pitch twice with no regrets. The first was William Kent …

586 Alan Ruck, actor, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Spin City"

June 26th, 2017


Thinking about actor Alan Ruck last night, I was reminded of a Dr. Seuss book called, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Why? Just think about the places Alan Ruck has gone. He went universe hopping with both Captain Kirk and …

585 Ryan McPartlin, actor, "Chuck" (2010)

June 26th, 2017


One of the cool aspects of NBC’s spy rom-com “Chuck” is that it has survived on the Peacock long enough for every recurring character to get a moment …

584 Billy Campbell, actor, "The Rocketeer," "Once and Again"

June 26th, 2017


No movie I can recommend captures the pure summertime wonderment of films better than The Rocketeer. It’s got action, adventure, a man with a jetpack …

582 Ronnie James Dio, singer, Dio, Black Sabbath (1986)

June 26th, 2017


When word reached us last night (May 16, 2010) that singer Ronnie James Dio lost his battle against cancer yesterday at the age of 67, my wife said, “Didn’t you interview him?” Yes, yes, I did. It was May 22, 1986, one …

581 Governor Jesse Ventura, author, "DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government" (2012)

June 26th, 2017


Jesse Ventura for President? Underestimate Jesse Ventura at your own risk. He may be an ex-wrestler and a guy who sounds on the radio a bit like Howard Stern wack packer Bigfoot, but a lot of people have gone wrong …

580 Governor Jesse Ventura, author, "American Conspiracies" (2010)

June 26th, 2017


Jesse Ventura sees conspiracies everywhere. He came to national prominence as a wrestler nicknamed “The Body,” took a turn on the silver screen in

578 Ken Davitian, actor, "Borat," "Chuck"

June 19th, 2017


Granted, the role for which everyone best—or maybe worst--remembers actor Ken Davitian is “Azamat Bagatov,” Borat’s manager in the 2006 movie Borat: …

576 Neil Budde, editor,

June 19th, 2017


I’m not one of those crybabies who thinks newspapers are dying. I do, however, think that the news itself is migrating to new distribution systems and that, in the future, the word “paper” will be less and less …

575 Erica Durance, actress, "Smallville," "Harry's Law"

June 19th, 2017



If you thought Erica Durance was too hot to handle during seven years of playing reporter Lois Lane on TV’s long-running “Smallville,” wait till you get a load of her tonight kicking bad guy butt dressed as “Wonder …

574 Doug Savant, actor, "Desperate Housewives"

June 19th, 2017


Doug Savant’s real wife, Laura Leighton, is floating lifeless in the pool over at Fox’s new “Melrose Place.” Meanwhile, his TV wife, Felicity Huffman …

573 Kambri Crews, author, "Burn Down the Ground"

June 19th, 2017


This is not a show people tune into for a lot of heartbreaking conversation. I’m not Oprah and I don’t enjoy fiddling with your heartstrings. So on …

572 Curt Smith, singer, Tears For Fears

June 19th, 2017


Here’s a Tears For Fears story I guarantee you haven’t heard before: I was the pop music critic for the St. Petersburg Times in 1985, assigned to review a Tears For Fears concert. I rushed back to the paper’s Clearwater …

571 John Caparulo, comedian, "Caplets," "Domestic Disputes"

June 18th, 2017


I think the first thing you need to know about comedian John Caparulo is where he was on November 8, 2016. Home. With his beautiful wife Jamie. And …

570 Alana de la Garza, actor, "Law and Order"

June 18th, 2017


Alana De La Garza is part of one TV’s proudest and longest-running dramatic institutions: the “Law & Order” franchise. She plays assistant district attorney “Connie Rubirosa” alongside Linus Roache and Sam Waterson, …

569 Howard Sounes, author, "Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney"

June 18th, 2017


Howard Sounes won’t deny that there have been an awful lot of books about the Beatles and Paul McCartney. But that didn’t give him pause; he just …

568 Richard Brody, biographer, "Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard"

June 18th, 2017


I studied French New Wave cinema in college. Took it twice, in fact, in Professor Robert Ray’s class at the University of Florida. Little-known fact …

567 Marlise Kast, author, "Tabloid Prodigy"

June 18th, 2017


There are people who read supermarket tabloids and – aw, wait a minute. We all know everybody reads the tabs, why lie? And if there are that many readers, there have to be some pretty good writers and editors. Writers …

566 Joe Ariel, founder,

June 18th, 2017


I’m getting hungry already. What do you expect—today’s guest is Joe Ariel, founder and CEO of Eats Media Group, which publishes a regional network of …

565 Tatiana Siegel, journalist, The Hollywood Reporter

June 18th, 2017



How do you measure the summer? Baseball games, picnics, trips to the beach? Around my house, it’s the Monday box office scores – rounded to the …

564 Philip Winchester, "Crusoe," "Chicago Justice," "Law and Order: SVU"

June 18th, 2017


It’s Pirates of the Caribbean meets “Lost.” It’s a man with the skills of MacGyver shipwrecked on a lush, tropical island. It’s the new NBC adventure series “Crusoe,” and it may be the best new TV show you haven’t …

563 Alex Ferrari, director, "Broken" (2007)

June 18th, 2017


Two years ago, Alex Ferrari wrote and directed a short action thriller called Broken. It cost a mere $8,000, looks like a million bucks, and includes more than 100 visual effects shots. The low budget film was a "proof …

562 Star Price, executive producer, "Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t"

June 18th, 2017


Star Price -- a.k.a., Starling Price -- is the executive producer of the Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: Bullsh-t!” The TV BS show, now in its …

561 Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" (2008)

June 18th, 2017


I love “Chuck.” It’s not a gay thing—I’m referring to the NBC TV show that just returned for its second season on Monday nights. And it’s not just me; my wife and son are also huge fans of the goofy, sexy, spy …

560 Adam Falcon, guitarist, Live Performance

June 14th, 2017


In my head, the introduction to today’s show with blues/rock/jazz guitarist Adam Falcon goes something like this: Blah, blah, blahincluding live performances by Adamblah, blah, blah!

ADAM FALCON audio excerpt: …

559 Jonathan Katz, comedian, "Jonathan Katz, Professional Therapist"

June 13th, 2017


Jonathan Katz is neither a doctor nor a cartoon. But he has been known to be one entertaining funnyman. His old show on Comedy Central, “Dr. Katz, …

558 Sarah Colonna, Brad Wollack, writers, comedians, "Chelsea Lately," "After Lately"

June 13th, 2017


A casual viewer of Chelsea Handler’s monologue’s on her nightly E! talk show, “Chelsea Lately” might come away with the suspicion that she has no …

557 Jamie Malanowski, author, "And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart"

June 13th, 2017


When I heard that Jamie Malanowski had penned a book about the days leading up to the American Civil War, I assumed it would be something along the …

556 Dave Gibbons, comic book artist, co-creator, "Watchmen"

June 11th, 2017


Frank Miller must have a guardian angel. How else to explain that, in the days before his latest movie, The Spirit, would premiere to horrendous …

555 Val Valentino, The Masked Magician

June 11th, 2017


There are all kinds of magic. There is the classic Harry Houdini practice of pre-technology stunts that utterly baffled crowds. And there is the …

554 Ally Sheedy, Late Siegel,, actors, Kyle Schickner, director, "Steam"

June 11th, 2017


Kyle Schickner’s new indie drama Steam had me at “it co-stars Ally Sheedy and Ruby Dee,” but made me a fan when Kate Siegel’s character says, “Mom, I’m a lesbian.” I know it doesn’t sound funny, being out of context and …

553 Dave Franco, Donald Faison, actors, "Scrubs"

June 11th, 2017


Picture this: I’m looking up to my left in a thoughtful pose, my right index finger gently tapping against my lower lip. Outwardly, I’m introducing …

552 Andrea Kay, author, "Work's A Bitch," "Life's A Bitch"

June 11th, 2017


It sucks to be unemployed right now and, strangely, it’s not much more comforting to be employed, is it? This seems like an opportune time to talk to …

551 Steven Saville, novelist, "Parallel Lines," "Warhammer," "Doctor Who," "Torchwood"

June 7th, 2017


If you are geography-challenged, buckle in. My guest today, novelist Steven Savile, is a British writer, living in Sweden, whose latest novel is …

550 Neal Baer, showrunner, "Law & Order"

June 5th, 2017


The Law & Order television franchise has passed through numerous stages over its two decades on the air at NBC. There was innovation, as in the split show format of the original; shock, as in the horrible nature of …

549 Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, co-creators, "Elfquest"

June 4th, 2017


You know when you meet someone early in your life how that’s the person they will always be in your mind’s eye? That’s how I’ll always see Wendy Pini. I was a teenager with a comic book fixation, and she was a stunning …

548 Jeff Garlin, comedian, actor, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Goldbergs"

June 4th, 2017


Today is a great day to be Jeff Garlin. And for him, tomorrow will probably be an even better day. The sixth season of the hugely popular and …

547 Anna David, novelist, "Party Girl," "Bought" (2009)

June 4th, 2017


I’m probably not the target market for chick lit books, so I approached Anna David’s second novel, Bought, a little skeptically. On the other hand, who doesn’t enjoy a little fiction about high-end prostitution and the …

546 Anna David, author, "Reality Matters" (2010)

June 4th, 2017


Has your television viewing been subsumed by reality television in recent years? I know mine has. Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmare, Big Brother, Survivor, The Dog Whisperer, The Apprentice

545 Mark Schultz, comic book creator, "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs"

June 4th, 2017


Back in the mid-1980s, when serious comic book fans heard that artist and writer Mark Schultz had created a world that crossed dinosaurs and …

544 Kelli Williams, actress, "Lie To Me," "The Practice"

June 4th, 2017


Kelli Williams is the star of the new Fox drama, “Dollhouse.” Okay, that’s a lie. Kelli Williams is the star of the new Fox drama, “Lie To Me,” which …

543 Miles O'Brien, former anchorman, CNN

June 4th, 2017


Miles O’Brien was a great guy with whom to start your day. Flip on CNN at breakfast and for years, there he was, a calm and reassuring presence on …

542 Jonathan Bennett, actor, "Mean Girls," "Van Wilder: Freshman Year"

June 4th, 2017


When I was a freshman at the University of Miami back in 1978, Animal House was all the rage and the coolest guys on campus wanted to be like …

541 John Fricke, biographer, "Judy: A Legendary Film Career"

June 4th, 2017


In the pantheon of movie stars who will live forever in the memories of cinema fans, few burn brighter than Judy Garland. She lived a well documented life of extraordinariness, from her big screen breakthrough in The …

540 Brian Solis, Deirdre Breakenridge, co-authors, "Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR"

May 28th, 2017


I have a lot of respect for the practitioners of public relations services. Publicists are responsible for many of the interviews you hear on Mr. Media; they’re either pitching their clients to me or I go to them …

537 Michael Uslan, author, "The Boy That Loved Batman" (2011)

May 28th, 2017


I’ve never produced a Batman movie, but other than that slight difference between us, I completely related to producer Michael Uslan’s autobiography, The Boy Who Loved Batman. It probably starts with us both being …

536 Michael Uslan, comic book writer, "Archie Marries Betty" (2010)

May 28th, 2017


I remember the first time I encountered Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose, Mr. Weatherbee, Miss Grundy, Hot Dog and the rest of the Riverdale gang. It was in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1971, and we were …

535 Michael Uslan, executive producer, "The Dark Knight Rises" (2008)

May 28th, 2017


Kids, if you want to grow up to be a successful executive producer of movies like Michael Uslan ("YOU-slin") did, the key is education – and …

534 Kevin Avery, editor, "Conversations with Clint Eastwood," "Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson"

May 28th, 2017


I completely get Kevin Avery – I think. Growing up, he admired the writing and reviews of a long-time Rolling Stone journalist named Paul Nelson. He …

533 Freddie E. Williams II, comic book artist, "The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics"

May 28th, 2017


I am old enough to remember what a sensation Stan Lee and John Buscema caused back in 1978 when the book, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, was …

532 Chuck Workman, Stephen J. Kern, documentary filmmakers, "In Search of Kennedy"

May 28th, 2017


If MTV edited a presidential campaign video, it would probably look and feel a bit like In Search of Kennedy, a new documentary film by Chuck Workman …

531 Jesse Bradford, actor, "Outlaw"

May 28th, 2017


Over the past week, I’ve been delighted to play host to the two leading ladies of NBC’s new legal series, “Outlaw” – Carly Pope and Ellen Woglom. …

530 Peri Gilpin, Candace Cameron Bure, actors, "Make It or Break It"

May 27th, 2017


Could one man possibly be responsible for all of our nation’s salacious schtick? Yes, say sitcom staples Peri Gilpin and Candace Cameron Bure – and …

529 Georgene Lockwood, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life"

May 27th, 2017


Only one of the three of us living in the Mr. Media® residence is organized. The other two? Not so much. It’s a constant pressure point, too, where the one is constantly picking up after the rest. They complain they …

528 Mindi Abair, saxophonist

May 24th, 2017


Not everyone took saxophone player Mindi Abair’s path to being a guest on Mr. Media. Most get booked through a publicist, quite honestly. I get a note or a phone call saying, “Have you ever heard of…” Something like …

527 Christopher Ward, MuchMusic Canada's first VJ, author, "Is This Live?"

May 21st, 2017


What I don’t know about the Canadian music video scene could fill a half an hour or more… as rock ‘n’ roll historian Christopher Ward is about to …

526 Terri Libenson, cartoonist, "The Pajama Diaries"

May 17th, 2017


My mother’s maiden name was Kaplan. My favorite person in the whole world—after mom, of course—was my grandfather, Sam Kaplan. I even convinced my …

525 Chris Browne, cartoonist, "Hagar the Horrible"

May 16th, 2017


Hagar the Horrible is getting his due. Finally. The adventures of one of the most unique, consistently funny comic strip characters – a dirty, …

524 Danny Trejo, actor, "Machete Kills," "Spy Kids"

May 16th, 2017


Of course there are stereotypes in Hollywood! Look up “Scary Mofos” in any dictionary and you’ll find a picture of actor Danny Trejo. Even when he’s …

523 Jeremy Redleaf, filmmaker, "Juneau"

May 15th, 2017


Apparently there is a big national election campaign underway in the United States featuring an old man, a black man, a bald man and a woman who …

522 Norm Feuti, cartoonist, "Gil," "Retail"

May 15th, 2017


Does anyone else think that daily comic strips are a lot like local radio shows? And that cartoonists have a lot in common with disc jockeys and talk show hosts? Confused? Let me try to explain. There are hundreds of …

521 Lullwater, rock band from Athens, Georgia

May 14th, 2017


When the first notes from Lullwater’s new CD, Silhouette, begins to play, you’ll know—without question—that these boys have their hearts firmly …

520 Neil Hopkins, actor, "Lost," "Skyline"

May 8th, 2017


I suspect Neil Hopkins might see himself as a man THISCLOSE to a career breakthrough. You probably know him best as Liam Pace, Charlie’s heroin-addicted brother and bandmate in a couple of backwards-looking episodes of …

519 Kate Torgovnick May, author, "Cheer: Inside the Secret World of Cheerleaders"

May 8th, 2017


In the words of the forgotten musical group Max Demian:

Rah-rah-ree, kick ‘em in the knee! Rah-rah-ras, kick ‘em in the… other knee!

That’s the only cheer I ever learned, so excuse me if the world of cheerleading is a …

518 Elizabeth Fournier, mortician, author, "All Men Are Cremated Equal"

May 8th, 2017


I have a particular weakness for men and women with stories of dates gone horribly wrong. And I think I’m already on record as having a general …

517 Andrew Farago, author, "The Looney Tunes Treasury"

May 8th, 2017


My brother Ira was a Popeye fan. Me? Looney Tunes all the way. I lost hours of my youth watching Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Porky, Tweety, the Road Runner, Sylvester and Marvin over and over again the way my son once watched …

516 Barbara Slate, comic book artist, "You Can Do A Graphic Novel"

May 8th, 2017


No greater authority than Marvel Comics’ own Stan Lee asks that you not read Barbara Slate’s new book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel. It’s right there on the cover: Stan the Man says, “I shudder at the thought of having to …

515 Ken Blanchard, author, "The One-Minute Manager," "Lead With Luv"

May 6th, 2017


This year, my friend Cliff is celebrating his 10th anniversary as a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines. By coincidence, we had dinner with our wives this past Saturday night and I got to pepper him with questions …

514 Ken Blanchard, author, "Helping People Win at Work," "The One-Minute Manager"

May 6th, 2017


I figure I’ve got 60 seconds to interest you in today’s interview with Ken Blanchard. If you have to ask why 60 seconds, you obviously don’t know my guest’s work. He’s best known as the management expert and author of …

513 Tom Weschler, former road manager, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

May 6th, 2017


Somehow, in all the years I was a rock ‘n’ roll critic for either the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune or Music magazine in the 1980s, I never saw …

512 Keith Elliot Greenberg, rock historian, "December 8, 1960: The Day John Lennon Died"

May 5th, 2017


Certain days in all of our lives we can’t help but remember. I was sitting at my desk here in St. Petersburg with “The Today Show” on in the background when the first plane flew into the World Trade Center on September …

511 Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, co-creators, "Despicable Me"

May 5th, 2017


This must be an exciting and, at the same time, nail-biting time to be screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. They are the creative minds behind …

510 Kristin Harmel, romance novelist, "The Art of French Kissing"

May 4th, 2017


Kristin Harmel’s new novel, her fourth, in fact, is titled The Art of French Kissing. It’s a sweet, surprisingly gentle story of a young boy-band …

509 Mark Margolis, actor, "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Timeless"

May 2nd, 2017


There are at least three elements to an award winning acting performance: 1) It starts with the source material. Is the writing sharp, evocative, and provocative? 2) Does the actor understand the words on the page and …

508 Harlan Cohen, author, "The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only"

May 2nd, 2017


Three weeks from today, life as we have known it for 18 years in the Mr. Media household will forever change: Rachel is going to college to start her …

507 Jeff Black, singer/songwriter (2 of 2)

May 1st, 2017


I heard the first song on singer-songwriter Jeff Black’s new album, B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two, and that was all it took. One stanza of the …

506 Jeff Black, singer/songwriter (1 of 2)

May 1st, 2017


I heard the first song on singer-songwriter Jeff Black’s new album, B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two, and that was all it took. One stanza of the …

505 Mark Cousins, documentary director, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey"

May 1st, 2017

Today's Guest: Mark Cousins documentary director, The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of American film students who think they know it all after watching all of the Harry …

504 Joe Murray, animator, "Rocko's Modern Life," "Camp Lazlo"

May 1st, 2017


Joe Murray has a natural flair for animation and characters that are bursting with... character. But between you and me—and I gotta be honest here—he is also responsible for creating some of the ugliest cartoon …

503 Dule Hill, actor, "Psyche," "The West Wing"

May 1st, 2017


Dule Hill has led a pretty charmed career as an actor. Today he co-stars in the wonderfully wacky dramedy, “Psych,” now in its third year on USA …

502 Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Rick Kirkman, cartoonists, "Zits," "Baby Blues"

April 30th, 2017


Not too surprisingly, when my son Charlie was born, it didn’t take long for me to see the humor in the “Baby Blues” comic strip by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott.

It was so relatable! And when Charlie hit 6 or 7, he …

501 Howard Cruse, cartoonist, "The Complete Wendel" (2011)

April 30th, 2017


When it came to Howard Cruse’s comic strip character Wendel, the word “gay” really did mean “happy.” That’s one of the first impressions you get from …

500 Howard Cruse, cartoonist, "Stuck Rubber Baby" (2009)

April 30th, 2017


I met cartoonist Howard Cruse in March 2004 at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He was one of the featured guests at the …

499 Paul Fitzgerald, Stuart Henderson, Cindy Jackson, authorities, Will Eisner and PS Magazine

April 30th, 2017


In the pantheon of comic book masters, Will Eisner’s name is at or near the top of pretty much everyone’s list. He was there at the birth of the genre in the late 1930s – he famously turned down a submission from Jerry …

498 Nat Gertler, author, "The Peanuts Collection"

April 30th, 2017


When you’re done reading your favorite comic strip today, wouldn’t it be cool to have some lasting ephemera to put on your desk, in your school …

497 Bret Carr, indie filmmaker, "RevoLOUtion"

April 29th, 2017


Bret Carr made a movie. Lots of people make movies these days. Every idiot with a digital camcorder thinks he is Scorsese, Tarantino, or Apatow, but Carr approached his first feature film, RevoLOUtion, a little …

496 Joel Meadows, editor, "Tripwire: The Genre Magazine"

April 23rd, 2017


Zines dedicated to comic books, science fiction, and genre TV shows and films come and go pretty quickly around the world. They all start with a …

495 Eric Balfour, actor, "Haven," "Six Feet Under"

April 23rd, 2017


Have you watched “Haven,” the first season sensation on SyFy? If you had asked me after the first two weeks if I thought the show had legs, my answer …

494 Nancy Lenehan, actress, "Worst Week"

April 23rd, 2017


It takes a certain kind of woman to play Angela, Sam's mother-in-law on the hysterical new CBS sitcom, "Worst Week." Nancy Lenehan is that woman.

One week, she and her husband—the judge—are getting busy under his desk. …

493 Bruce Jay Friedman, author, novelist, "Lucky Bruce," "Steambath," "The Dick," "The Lonely Guy," "Splash," "Stern"

April 23rd, 2017


How many guys can write an autobiography that is part Andy Warhol Diaries, part Zelig and part Forrest Gump? Even if you’ve never read a lick of …

492 Robert Tinnell, comic book writer, Mark Wheatley, artist, "Lone Justice"

April 23rd, 2017


Artist Mark Wheatley and writer Robert Tinnell are two good reasons that comic book readers are following the crowds to online media iterations of …

491 Samantha Lockwood, actress, "Shoot The Hero"

April 23rd, 2017


What’s a stunningly beautiful actress like Samantha Lockwood doing in a hail of bullets called Shoot the Hero? Breaking up, making up and robbing a …

490 Roger Nygard, documentary director, "The Nature of Existence"

April 23rd, 2017


The DVD of The Nature of Existence hit stores just before the late November 2010 death of The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner.

IRVIN KERSHNER podcast excerpt: "The Force is within every one of us. It's using …

489 Roger Nygard, video editor, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

April 23rd, 2017


The last time Roger Nygard was a guest on this show, he was in a video editing suite in Hollywood and I was where I always am, in the living room …

488 Joseph Dorman, director, "Sholem Aleicheim: Laughing in the Darkness"

April 23rd, 2017


I owe my first kiss to Sholem Aleichem. And my second, too. The first was Loye Neville; the second, not long after, was Diane Dunn. Both occurred …

486 Chuck Dixon, comic book writer, "The Simpsons," "Batman"

April 14th, 2017


One of the most anticipated movies of this summer -- no, not Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix -- and no, Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver …

485 Thesy Surface, actress, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

April 14th, 2017


Think about this for a minute. You’re a beautiful young actress, born in Chicago, raised in London and when you open your mouth, the most delightful, …

484 Joel Gilbert, documentary filmmaker, "Bob Dylan Revealed"

April 14th, 2017


I can’t imagine the challenge of trying to capture the career of Bob Dylan in a documentary film.For starters, which Dylan? Folk Dylan? Dylan gone …

483 Phil Hollows, founder, Feedblitz

April 14th, 2017


In the five years that Mr. Media has been presented as an online podcast – first in audio, now with video in many cases – I would say that my biggest …

482 Dylan Ratigan, talk show host, MSNBC

April 14th, 2017


I know of at least two things that Dylan Ratigan and I have in common. We both follow Piers Morgan and Howard Stern on Twitter, demonstrating that we …

481 Joey Lawrence, actor, "Blossom," Gimme A Break," "Dancing with the Stars"

April 14th, 2017


You’ve gotta give Joey Lawrence credit. He survived being a child and teen TV star, hanging out with Nell Carter for 77 episodes of “Gimme a Break” and “Blossom”—Mayim Bialik— for 114 weekly shows. After that he spent …

480 Patti Lupone, singer, actress, "30 Rock"

April 14th, 2017


(March 3, 2009) I could spend the next hour talking about Patti Lupone’s incredible history on the Broadway musical stage. We’d start with her recent …

479 Richard Kramer, novelist, "These Things Happen," TV writer, "My So-called Life"

April 14th, 2017


“Thirtysomething.” “My So-called Life.” “Tales of the City.” “Once and Again.” I feel confident saying that I have seen the complete runs of two television series with which writer, director and producer Richard Kramer …

478 Ryan Barton Grimley, director, "The Truth"

April 14th, 2017


There are essentially nine speaking parts in Ryan Barton-Grimley’s new indie film, The Truth. And two of those parts are in one scene--a couple of actors playing cops who are virtually superfluous to the story--so let’s …

476 John Caparulo, comedian (2010)

April 11th, 2017


Unfunny times demand the most from those among us with a sense of humor. High unemployment, falling wages, rampant homelessness, political divisions, …

475 Sam Huntington, actor, "Being Human"

April 1st, 2017


It’s not fair. If you’ve been watching Syfy’s new series, “Being Human” – Monday nights at 9 p.m. – you know what I’m talking about.

The ghost, Sally, is always a ghost. The vampire, Aidan, is always a vampire. But Josh …

474 Mike O'Neil, author, "Rock the World with Your Online Presence"

April 1st, 2017


That’s one of the conceits of an online social networking service: I’m someone you should get to know and, by so doing, you will improve your …

473 Gary Chaloner, comic book artist, "Will Eisner's John Law"

March 30th, 2017


Gary Chaloner is an award-winning artist and writer who is currently creating and publishing the new adventures of Will Eisner’s John Law. I interviewed Chaloner via email the first time around, for my biography of Will …

472 Julian Doyle, film editor, Monty Python films

March 29th, 2017


Oh, so many of you! Well, you’ve come to the right place. Joining me today from London is the author of The Life of Brian, er, I mean, The Life of …

471 Hayley McFarland, actress, "Lie To Me," "United States of Tara"

March 29th, 2017


Something was seriously missing from the second episode of the second season of Fox’s drama Lie To Me: punishment for Hayley McFarland’s character, …

470 Chris D'Elia, comedian

March 28th, 2017


Sure, sure, poor, poor Chris D’Elia is being set up as eye candy for the ladies on the new NBC sitcom, “Whitney.” Boo-frickin’-hoo! Have you seen the pictures of the show’s lead – and his character’s girlfriend – …

469 Angela Dove, author, "No Room for Doubt"

March 28th, 2017


How well do you know your own father? If your stepmother died under suspicious circumstances and everyone around you harbored the belief that your …

468 Kevin J. Anderson, novelist, "Hidden Empire," "Dune" & "Star Wars" sequels

March 28th, 2017


If you create or own a sci-fi or other genre character or franchise, one of the top, go-to guys for a writer who will admirably adapt your property for novelization is Kevin J. Anderson. Anderson writes the Dune …

467 Kinsey Schofield, social media expert (2012)

March 28th, 2017


Kinsey Schofield charmed an awful lot of Mr. Media viewers the first time she appeared on the show in 2010 on one of our first video interviews. That …

466 Kinsey Schofield, social media expert

March 27th, 2017


Do you ever wonder if those celebrities you follow on Twitter are actually writing all that blather? Or is it ghosts??? Do you ever wonder how a …

465 Philippe Quint, classical violinist, actor, "Downtown Express"

March 26th, 2017


Let me see. The last time I stopped what I was doing to listen a world class violinist was… Okay, it hasn’t happened yet. But after watching Philippe …

464 Paul Michael Glaser, actor, "Starsky & Hutch"

March 25th, 2017


Paul Michael Glaser’s life as a public figure is entering its third act by my count. First, of course, there was his big break as Perchik in the 1971 …

463 Larry Ratso Sloman, biographer, Harry Houdini, Howard Stern, Mike Tyson

March 24th, 2017


Writing the biography of a well-known person in pop culture is an assignment fraught with trap doors, two-way mirrors, and shackles. Some writers …

462 Neil Grayston, actor, "Eureka"

March 20th, 2017


Douglas Fargo is a classic television character. At once deceptively innocent and brilliant, he’s also capable of causing the kind of naïve mischief that may one day cause the secret government town of Eureka to be …

461 Lauren Bowles, actress, "True Blood," "Seinfeld"

March 19th, 2017


Could there be a better time to interview actress Lauren Bowles? In a career that’s been steadily on the upswing, she joined HBO’s bloody hot drama …

460 Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, documentary filmmakers, "Queen of the Sun"

March 19th, 2017


One of the favorite songs around the Mr. Media homestead for the past few years is “Johnny Appleseed,” a rather pleasing pop ditty by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros with a very serious message: “Don’t go killin’ all …

459 Guillermo Diaz, actor, "Weeds," "Mercy," "Scandal"

March 19th, 2017


I’m gonna be honest with you—I’m far more interested in talking with Guillermo Diaz about his last role—as, curiously, “Guillermo”—in “Weeds,” in …

458 Marian McPartland, jazz pianist, NPR host

March 19th, 2017


When the news reached me today than legendary jazz pianist and longtime National Public Radio host Marian McPartland has passed away, I was reminded …

457 Gregg Binkley, actor, "Raising Hope"

March 19th, 2017


Gregg Binkley has waited and waited for his breakthrough opportunity and this may well be the year. Binkley was a recurring character in the first season of the Fox sitcom, “Raising Hope.” He played Barney, the …

456 Paula Garces, actress, "Red Princess Blues," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," Alex Ferrari, director, "Red Princess Blues"

March 19th, 2017


Paula Garces’ lovely features may be familiar to you if you saw such movies as Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Clockstoppers, or Man of the House

455 Paula Garces, actress, "Warehouse 13," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"

March 19th, 2017


Paula Garces is beautiful, smart and ambitious, which makes for a combustible mix is Hollywood. She’s held her own on the critically acclaimed FX …

454 Corey Michael Blake, CEO, Round Table Companies, Smarter Comics

March 19th, 2017


It’s been a while since business writer Daniel Pink was a guest on Mr. Media to talk about his first graphic novel, Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. That book was intended for an audience of job …

453 A.J. Jacobs, author, "The Guinea Pig Diaries"

March 19th, 2017


I’m a little worried about A.J. Jacobs. His latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, takes the social tests he put himself through in previous books such as The Know-It-All—in which he read the …

452 A.J. Jacobs, author, "Drop Dead Healthy"

March 19th, 2017


If I were the president of one of the broadcast networks, I’d take another look at signing up A.J. Jacobs to make a sitcom based on his life. (And yes, I know it’s been tried before – as described by A.J. himself in

451 Larry Thomas, actor, "The Soup Nazi" on "Seinfeld"

March 18th, 2017


(UPDATED JULY 5, 2015: When I discovered the original audio player for this interview with actor Larry Thomas no longer played correctly, I went digging in my audio archives, found the original from June 8, 2007 and …

450 John O'Hurley, actor, "Seinfeld"

March 17th, 2017


Who IS John O’Hurley? On Thanksgiving Day at noon, he’s the silver-haired host of The National Dog Show on NBC, a job he’s held for nine years. He’s also written a couple of dog tale-oriented books.


449 Ben Watkins, showrunner, "Hand of God" Amazon Original

March 15th, 2017


The name of the show threw me, no denying it. “Hand of God”?

I’m not a particularly religious guy and the new Amazon Studios series – starring Ron …

448 Peter Carlson, author, "K Blows Top"

March 15th, 2017


Peter Carlson could have taken all the research he did on Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev’s two-week barnstorming tour of the United States in 1959 …

447 Al Jaffe and Arnold Roth, cartoonists, MAD Magazine

March 14th, 2017


My mother bought me my first MAD magazine off the newsstand at a Stop & Shop supermarket in 1969. The cover featured a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid parody that I believe was drawn by Jack Davis. I read that …

446 Laurel Touby, founder,

March 14th, 2017


When Laurel Touby started in 1996, being a freelancer in the media business was a fairly solitary position. She became the …

445 Stephanie Rooker, jazz singer

March 13th, 2017


Some singers have a way with a phrase or a moment that attracts listeners with instant magnetism.

Stephanie Rooker

Stephanie Rooker is in that category. Everyone’s ear will interpret her differently, but I like the …

444 Jon Provost, actor, "Lassie"

March 12th, 2017


I’ve never liked dog-earing pages – you know, when you’re reading a book and you fold back the corner of a page to mark your place, or because …

443 Brittany Perry-Russell, dancer, "Glee"

March 12th, 2017


Maybe the name Brittany Perry-Russell is not instantly recognizable to you. It probably wouldn’t be, not unless you’re in the music business and you …

442 George Gray, announcer, "The Price is Right," host, "What With That House?"

March 12th, 2017


George Gray is having way too much fun on his HGTV show, “What’s With That House?” The show, now in its second season, is kind of a goof on the …

441 John Amato, founder,

March 12th, 2017


It’s not just this generation. Politics has always been dirty, nasty, bare-knuckle affairs. In the American two-party system, one side always blames …

440 Mac Montandon, author, "Jetpack Dreams"

March 10th, 2017


I want a damn jetpack. Is that so hard to understand? There was actually a guy on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show” recently who had one and used it to fly …

439 Danny Pudi, actor, "Community," "Powers"

March 10th, 2017


It’s a shame Lorne Michaels didn’t sign up Danny Pudi for “Saturday Night Live” before the producers of the NBC sitcom “Community” cast him as “Abed.” He is so flexible in body, mind and voice as to suggest a …

438 Barbara Corcoran, businesswoman, "Shark Tank"

March 10th, 2017


Barbara Corcoran has spunk. I, unlike Lou Grant, like spunk. Okay, is that TV reference too old for you? Let’s try one that’s more recent: Barbara …

437 Barbara Corcoran, entrepreneur, "Shark Tank"

March 10th, 2017


Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran has a sense of humor. She must: an incredibly successful real estate mogul, she’s the author of three books, including …

436 Oscar Isaac, actor, "PU-239," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Star Wars The Force Awakens"

March 9th, 2017


Oscar Isaac, my guest today, co-stars with Paddy Considine in a riveting new HBO film, Pu-239. Based upon a short story by Ken Kalfus, PU-239 tells the story of a devoted father and husband -- Paddy Considine -- in …

435 Brittany Snow, actress, "Harry's Law," "Hairspray," "Pitch Perfect"

March 9th, 2017


Actress Brittany Snow is part of a small but growing contingent of Tampa Bay area natives making their mark on network TV. With the debut of “Harry’s Law” on NBC – in which she co-stars with Kathy Bates and Nate Corddry …

434 Jeff Keane, cartoonist, "Family Circus"

March 8th, 2017


We all know where we were when the attacks of 9-11 took place. I was here at my desk, working on a new book, The Today Show playing in the background. I stopped what I was doing for days. The President of the United …

433 Lane DeGregory, journalist, Tampa Bay Times, Pulitzer Prize Winner

March 8th, 2017


The story you’re about to hear is true, even if it sounds implausible even for fiction. It’s about a little girl named Danielle, “The Girl in the Window” described in Lane DeGregory’s story in the St. Petersburg Times …

431 David Fury, writer, "Lost," "24," "Dream On"

March 5th, 2017


Pop quiz: name the man who’s been a writer and/or producer for the following TV shows: “The Jackie Thomas Show,” “House of Buggin’,” “Dream On,” …

430 Jon Bon Jovi, rock star, Bon Jovi (1984)

March 2nd, 2017


Today--March 2--is singer Jon Bon Jovi's birthday. I've been intent on publishing my January 19, 1984, phone interview with him for a long, long time, but I just cannot locate the original print version of the story to …

429 Robert Conrad, actor, "The Wild Wild West"

March 1st, 2017


He’s the original TV tough guy. He’s a formidable ladies man and unstoppable flirt. And now in his late 70s – 70s! – Robert Conrad still doesn’t know the meaning of slow down and smell the flowers.


428 Ali Landry, David Charvet, actors, "The Superstars"

March 1st, 2017


My best friend Bruce Kessler and I would be glued to ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” during the 1970s when it aired its ‘Superstars” competitions, …

427 Jim McBride, founder, (2011)

March 1st, 2017


The 83rd Annual Academy Awards may have been a bit of a snore, but there is nothing dull or flat about the 12th Annual Mr. Skin Anatomy Awards!

423 Johnny Van Zant, lead singer, Johnny Van Zant Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd

February 28th, 2017


This is the telephone recording of my May 1983 interview with Johnny Van Zant, who was then leader of his own Johnny Van Zant Band and today has stepped in to be the frontman of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the classic rock band …

422 Bob Eckstein author, cartoonist, "The History of the Snowman"

February 27th, 2017


My guest today is Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman and a humor columnist and cartoonist. But first, I’d like to set the tone for …

421 Jeanne Martinet, author, "The Art of Mingling"

February 27th, 2017


I knew there was something missing in my life since it became Facebook-, Twitter-, Orkut- Bebo- and instant messaging-centric, but I couldn’t quite …

420 Lisa McMann, YA novelist, "Wake," "The Unwanted"

February 27th, 2017


This is gonna take a minute. It was the last day of our first family vacation in two years and the three of us were unwinding in the enormous Barnes …

419 Amin Matalqa, director, "Captain Abu Raed"

February 27th, 2017


Amin Matalqa made a movie after being challenged by David Pritchard, an executive producer for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.” There’s much more to the story than that, of course, but let me just add a few choice …

418 Donal Logue, actor, "Grounded for Life," "Gotham"

February 26th, 2017


Donal Logue joins the cast of the NBC drama series “Life” this fall. He plays the character of Capt. Kevin Tidwell. My guess is that many of you know Donal than may know “Life.” He starred in a traditional sitcom on …

417 Patricia Richardson, actress, "Home Improvement"

February 23rd, 2017


Guys, see if you know where I’m going with this. There’s a point in the male maturation process where you think “Moms are old. Who would be attracted …

416 Daymond John, co-host, "Shark Tank" (2010)

February 23rd, 2017


2010: You know you’re in for a fun read when the author opens his book by quoting both Nolan Bushnell—the creator of the “Pong” videogame and “Chuck …

415 Daymond John, co-host, "Shark Tank" (2009)

February 23rd, 2017


2009: If you don't like the genre of reality business competition on TV, blame Mark Burnett, the creator of Survivor and The Apprentice. If you like these shows, give some credit to Donald Trump, who brought the …

414 Aziz Ansari, comedian

February 23rd, 2017


Aziz Ansari, who starred in both NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” and ABC’s “Scrubs” was just in Montreal for the annual Just For Laughs Comedy and Film Festival. He went there to promote his new movie, Funny People, …

413 Jeri Ryan, actress, "Star Trek Voyager," "Body of Proof"

February 23rd, 2017


Dear listener, this interview is so not about you. I’ve got the next ten minutes to talk – flirt – with Jeri Ryan. Put yourself in my shoes – don’t – …

412 Judge Robert L. Wilkins, author, Long Road to Hard Truth

February 20th, 2017


First clear giveaway that I’m a white guy: I didn’t even know there was a National Museum of African American History and Culture in the works until …

411 Carey Winfrey, editor, Smithsonian

February 20th, 2017


(2007) Blender. Newsweek. TV Guide. Forbes. Playboy. Mac World. Entertainment Weekly. Wizard. Business 2.0. Esquire. These are the magazines I read as soon as they arrive in the mail each week or each month. They are …

410 George Kennedy, actor, "Cool Hand Luke"

February 19th, 2017


It’s easy to point out that George Kennedy, in a career spanning five decades, worked with some of the greatest names in Hollywood history. Paul …

409 Lana Tailor, TV host, model, "Get Out Canada"

February 12th, 2017


Playmate Lana Tailor is a beautiful young woman who, if the HDNet commercials are to be believed, rarely sits still. Lucky us. As one of the co-hosts …

408 Milo Ventimiglia, actor, "Heroes," "This Is Us"

February 9th, 2017


Milo Ventimiglia is not your average save-the-world superhero, although he does play one, Peter Petrelli, on NBC’s hit series “Heroes.” In real life, he’s an ambitious actor and producer whose company, Divide Pictures, …

407 Eric Wallace, TV writer, "Eureka," "Teen Wolf"

February 8th, 2017


I would have written this introduction hours ago and had plenty of time to polish it, except – as usual – my wife and daughter insisted I drop …

406 A.J. Jacobs, author, "The Year of Living Biblically"

February 8th, 2017


(2007) A.J. Jacobs must have the best magazine job in America. As editor-at-large for Esquire, here are a few examples of recent stories appearing under his byline:

• “My Outsourced Life,” detailing his effort to send …

405 Eddie McClintock, actor, "Warehouse 13"

February 5th, 2017


Eddie McClintock was one of those guys who showed up on a lot of TV shows over the years without finding a permanent place to nest and spread his wings—that is, until SyFy chose him to star opposite Joanne Kelly in its …

404 Eddie McClintock, actor, "Warehouse 13"

February 5th, 2017


I’m a believer in the wonders of SyFy’s new series, “Warehouse 13.” Oh, I won’t lie to you: there were a few moments in the early episodes where my wife, my daughter and I weren’t sure how much longer we’d stick with …

403 Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger, comedians, "The Whitest Kids U Know"

February 5th, 2017


(2009) They’re “The Whitest Kids U’Know”—and if you don’t know them yet, chances are, you will soon.

The Whitest Kids are Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams, and Darren Trumeter. Their third season …

402 Larry Dennison, singer, Country Bones

February 5th, 2017


(2009) Larry “Bones” Dennison has been on the music scene for many years, playing with the likes of Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford. But tomorrow is a pretty big day for the experienced singer: His band, Country Bones, …

401 Scott Adsit, actor, "30 Rock," Second City

February 5th, 2017


(2009) Food for thought: Is Pete Hornberger, producer of “The Girlie Show Starring Tracy Jordan” actually the most normal person on the show’s staff? Or do we only get to see actor Scott Adsit in such short bursts as …

400 Billy Powell, keyboard player, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, Allen Collins Band

February 5th, 2017


1983 I remember the day I interviewed the Allen Collins Band. It was May 5, 1983, and it was memorable for many reasons. First, of course, was that I …

399 Dario Scardapane, showrunner, "Trauma," "The Bridge"

February 5th, 2017


(2009) From what I’ve read, the opening 10 minutes of the NBC drama “Trauma”—and say that five times fast—is the greatest introduction to a TV show ever. It cures cancer, tames global warming and reveals the secrets …

398 Will Packer, film producer, Obsessed

February 5th, 2017


(2009) Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter star in producer Will Packer’s new movie, Obsessed. I don’t know about you, but after learning those two are in it, I don’t really need to hear much more to know I’m going to see …

397 Cristine Rose, actress, "Heroes," "ST:TNG"

February 5th, 2017


If you’re a “Heroes” fan, I’ve got a treat for you today. My guest is Cristine Rose, who stars in the NBC drama as the mysterious, calculating …

396 Maura Tierney, actress, "ER," "The Whole Truth," "The Affair"

February 3rd, 2017


They are two of America’s favorite and most charismatic actors. They are also a man and a woman who have retained their dignity and privacy as we’ve watched them mature and grow on television for the past—dare I say it? …

395 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Nightly Embrace: Ravi PI"

February 2nd, 2017


I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of the detective novel Her Nightly Embrace when I read that the lead character, Ravi Singh, sees visions of Hindu gods wherever he goes. What? Oh, and I subtracted points for the …

394 Claudia Zevallos, actress, "Day of Days"

January 31st, 2017


Day of Days is a painful movie to watch. Don’t get me a wrong – it’s a pretty fascinating two-person indie drama about an old man’s last day on earth …

393 Billy Idol, rock star, "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell"

January 30th, 2017


(I was first introduced to the music of Billy Idol by my then-roommate, photographer Dennis Osborne, in the early 1980s. Dennis would bounce around …

392 Jackson Galaxy, host, "My Cat from Hell"

January 30th, 2017


I hates cats. Maybe “hate” is a strong word. The problem is I’m allergic to them. I can think of many aspects of my life that would have turned out …

391 Ritch Shydner, comedian, "Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Boom"

January 30th, 2017


Comedian Ritch Shydner made a career onstage painting pictures with words, so it should be no surprise that he transitioned easily to doing the same …

390 Alexandra Daddario, actress, "Parenthood" "Texas Chainsaw"

January 29th, 2017


My wife is a huge fan of the NBC series “Parenthood,” but I don’t usually do interviews based on her interests; she’s a tough one to impress. My teen …

389 Scott Cooper, director, "Crazy Heart"

January 29th, 2017


(2009) When a movie director surrounds himself with talent, it makes the first day of shooting a lot more pleasant. So imagine being director Scott Cooper when principal photography began on his new film, Crazy Heart. …

388 Tim Pilcher, editor, Erotic Comics

January 28th, 2017


Tim Pilcher has a dirty mind! That’s what some people think, no doubt. He did just publish the second edition Erotic Comics: A Graphic History and it is filled with cartoon images of men, women, aliens and even a cat …

387 Lea Thompson, actress, "Back to the Future," "Caroline in the City"

January 25th, 2017


Actress Lea Thompson, perhaps best-known for starring in the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City” and the Back to the Future movies with Michael J. Fox, …

386 David Spaltro, indie filmmaker, "... Around"

January 25th, 2017


I get pitched on an awful lot of potential interviews. This one caught my attention: "My name is David Spaltro and I'm an independent filmmaker and …

385 Nathan Fillion, actor, "Castle," "Firefly"

January 25th, 2017


(EDITOR'S NOTE: Unfortunately, this was not one of the show's better moments, technically speaking. I'm a big fan of Fillion's work and everything …

384 David Spaltro, indie filmmaker, "Things I Don't Understand"

January 25th, 2017


Filmmaker David Spaltro was one of my smartest finds of 2009. His first independent production, …Around, was stitched together on dozens of credit cards and a peanut-butter-and-jelly budget. It made for a great …

383 Maulik Pancholy, actor "Whitney," "30 Rock"

January 17th, 2017


As trade-ups go, it’s hard to beat Maulik Pancholy’s change of scenery. He’s just graduated from recurring character Jonathan on “30 Rock” to Neal, a …

380 Carlen Maddux, author, A Path Revealed: A Path Revealed: How Hope, Love, and Joy Found Us in a Maze Called Alzheimer's

January 16th, 2017


For nearly two decades, I have worried about my friend Carlen Maddux. Carlen published some of my best work as a journalist for more than 20 years as the man behind the Maddux Business Report, a long-running Tampa Bay …

379 Ben Linden, musician, Fools Rush In

January 15th, 2017


If I talk to someone from Australia or England, it’s pretty easy for each of us to think, “That guy’s from London” or “That guy’s from Down Under.” But when that same person sings, the accent largely disappears What’s …

378 Regina King, actress, "Southland," "American Crime"

January 15th, 2017


Regina King plays Lydia Adams, a dedicated daughter and detective in NBC's new drama series "Southland." But like her partner on the show, Tom Everett Scott, she comes to “Southland” best known from an armload of …

377 Jeff Kreisler, comedian, "My Wall Street Journal"

January 13th, 2017


Joining me today is one of the executive editors of My Wall Street Journal - which he will insist is a parody, but seems true enough to me. Jeff Kreisler’s name may not be familiar to you, but if you’re a fan of comedy, …

376 Scott Shuffit and Will Russell, founders, Lebowski Fest

January 11th, 2017


(2007) There are a lot of famous uses of the word dude in pop culture. Sean Penn, as Spicoli, in Fast Times at Ridgemont High comes to mind. Or Keanu …

375 Peter Mills, author, The Monkees, Head, and the 60s

January 10th, 2017


There are some truly horrific movies in the history of cinema. I didn’t realize until yesterday that one of them starred The Monkees – Davy Jones, …

374 Mark Spitz, biographer, David Bowie

January 8th, 2017


(2009) Even Marc Spitz admits, in the opening pages of his new book, Bowie: A Biography, that he wasn’t  sure the world needed another treatise on the life, loves and music of David Bowie. After all, as a writer for Spin

373 Michael Molenda, editor, Guitar Player magazine

January 7th, 2017



My son had a guitar — acoustic — for several years but the instrument never really captured his imagination. Not, that is, until a neighbor sold us …

372 Deborah Sharp, novelist, "Mama Does Time"

January 6th, 2017


In Himmarshee, Florida. And Mama’s middle daughter, Mace, an animal trapper, is pissed. That’s all you need to know to get interested in the first …

371 Joe Flanigan, actor, "Ferocious Planet"

January 6th, 2017


(2011) The great thing about Syfy network TV movies is that the titles tell you everything you need to know to know that you want to watch ‘em. MegaPython vs. Gatoroid! Alien Apocalypse! Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson!

370 Mark Tatulli, daily cartoonist, "LIO"

January 6th, 2017



Today's Guest: Mark Tatulli, daily cartoonist and creator of "LIO" and "Heart of the City." Order 'Lio: Happiness Is a Squishy Cephalopod' by Mark …

369 Charlyne Yi, actress, "House, M.D."

January 4th, 2017


Charlyne Yi is a young woman whose name you may have heard in the past year or two, maybe as an actress in Knocked Up or Paper Heart, which she wrote, executive produced, composed music for and starred in with her then …

368 CCH Pounder, actress, "Warehouse 13"

December 31st, 2016


(2010) When we announced on Facebook that “Warehouse 13” star CCH Pounder would be my guest this morning, listener Craig Pittman made this …

367 John Denver, singer, 1984 interview

December 31st, 2016


In the years that I was a pop music critic for the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune back in the mid-1980s, one of the best parts of the job was interviewing musicians by phone before they came to town. I always …

366 Bo Diddley, classic rock star, "Bo Diddley"

December 30th, 2016


(AUTHOR'S NOTE: I found this 54-minute interview with Bo Diddley from May 10, 1985 by accident after digging up the print version of the interview. The audio isn't great, but if you spent an hour with  the man, you'd …

365 Alison Brie, actress, "Community," "Mad Men," "BoJack Horseman," "G.L.O.W."

December 29th, 2016


(2009) Alison Brie is a supporting actress on two hit series—“Community” on NBC and “Mad Men” on AMC. Not bad for a young woman whose previous acting resume is still thin enough as to include performances in community …

364 Michael Cudlitz, actor, "Southland," "The Walking Dead"

December 29th, 2016


(2009) I’ve always watched a good deal of TV cop shows. "Hill Street Blues" was must-see TV in our house; I even watched the "Dragnet" remake with Ed O’Neil, who played Al Bundy on "Married… With Children." But the …

363 Milo Ventimiglia and Adrian Pasdar, actors, "Heroes"

December 29th, 2016


(2009) Tonight, the final episode of “Heroes” season 3 airs and I’ve got a special treat for you. Joining me today are not one but two stars of the show: the Petrelli brothers, Peter and Nathan, played by actors Milo …

362 Roy Thomas and Danny Fingeroth, co-authors, The Stan Lee Universe

December 28th, 2016


Every Marvel Comics fan knows the names Roy Thomas and Danny Fingeroth, curators of a new book, The Stan Lee Universe. Both have been editors at Marvel Comics during its long and storied history and both have gone on to …

361 Deborah Calla, producer, "A Beautiful Life"

December 27th, 2016


I haven’t spoken with her yet, but my sense is that Deborah Calla, who produced and co-wrote the new indie film A Beautiful Life, feels a strong …

360 Michelle Borth, actress, "Hawaii Five-0," "Tell Me You Love Me"

December 24th, 2016


(2007) The ironic thing about Michelle Borth’s role as Jamie, a woman whose fiancé won’t commit to monogamy in the new HBO series "Tell Me You Love …

359 Diedrich Bader, actor, "The Drew Carey Show," "Outsourced"

December 24th, 2016



I imagine that after playing Oswald for nine seasons of "The Drew Carey Show," Diedrich Bader probably never dreamed he’d get another shot at anyone quite as wacky, socially limited and yet lovable. After all, who …

358 Tony Isabella, comic book writer, creator, "Black Lightning"

December 23rd, 2016


I remember the day I met Tony Isabella back in the mid-1970s. I was in the back of my friend Bob Pinaha’s brown Ford Pinto—the car in which I later learned to drive—and we drove to Newark International Airport to pick …

357 Sue Ann Jaffarian, novelist, Booby Trap

December 21st, 2016


Someone is killing beautiful blondes all over Laguna Canyon and once again, plus-size paralegal Sue Ann Jaffarian—I mean Odelia Grey—is called upon …

356 Jonathan Mahood, daily cartoonist, Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog

December 21st, 2016


What little boy in the last hundred years didn’t grow up wanting to own or even build his own robot? And a robot dog? Zoinks! What a great idea!

Jonathan Mahood knows what I’m talking about. He may not have built his …

355 Larry Keltto, author, The Solopreneur Life

December 21st, 2016


Larry Keltto has worked from home for a long time. Being a writer and editor, that’s a pretty sweet arrangement. He gets to eat his own food from the refrigerator, take a break when it suits him, work late when projects …

354 Tamara Lush, romance novelist, "Tell Me A Story"

December 17th, 2016


I would love to poke around inside the mind of Tamara Lush and listen directly to whatever her inner narrator whispers to her during the course of a …

353 Brendan Burford, comics editor, King Features Syndicate

December 14th, 2016


If you read the comics in your daily newspaper, my guest today has probably touched your life. Spider-Man, Hagar the Horrible and Curtis all report to him at his day job as comics editor for King Features Syndicate. But …

352 Mayim Bialik, actress, "The Big Bang Theory"

December 12th, 2016



(2010) To be honest, I didn’t want to play the opening theme from the long-running NBC family series, “Blossom.” But it certainly reminds you of how well known its star, Mayim Bialik, was before she largely dropped …

351 Jimmy Hawkins, actor, "It's a Wonderful Life"

December 12th, 2016


I have to admit I was a little surprised when I read up on actor Jimmy Hawkins’ life since he played Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart’s son, Tommy …

350 Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Legend, "Spartacus"

December 8th, 2016


(We're re-posting this 2008 interview to celebrate Kirk Douglas' 100th birthday on December 8, 2016.)


Legendary Hollywood movie star Kirk Douglas …

349 Brian Raftery, author, "Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life"

December 8th, 2016


(2008) There are only two places that I will sing out loud: number one, if I’m alone; and number two, if I’m driving somewhere with my son. I’ve been singing out loud to him since the first day I drove him alone in the …

348 Jane Peden, romance novelist, The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement

December 7th, 2016


What is there in my DNA that makes me, in middle-age, suddenly enjoy reading a good contemporary romance novel? There’s that word “good,” for starters. For the second time in a year—and despite being the antithesis of …

347 Johnny G. Lyon, rock star, "Comb My Hair"

December 6th, 2016


Johnny G. Lyon has a voice that was built to sing rock ‘n’ roll.

And the rumors are true: I once spent a night with Johnny G.

Oh, it was innocent …

346 Hilary Price, daily cartoonist, "Rhymes with Orange"

December 4th, 2016


(MARCH 2010) Things I learned about “Rhymes With Orange” syndicated cartoonist Hilary Price by reading her blog:

• She wears a size 40 shoe—by Euro measures.

• She went to Cuba with several cartoonists recently. The …

345 Hicks, country singer, "Stomp A Little Louder"

November 29th, 2016


The first time Swedish country music singer and guitarist Hicks was my guest on Mr. Media, I remember being surprised how “country” he really …

344 David Michaelis, biographer, "Schulz and Peanuts"

November 28th, 2016


(2007) Peanuts Treasury was the first hardcover book I remember getting as a kid, somewhere around 1968, 1969.

I spent hours reading and re-reading it, losing myself in the comic misadventures of Charlie Brown and …

343 Billy Bob Thornton, actor, Bad Santa, singer

November 24th, 2016



(JULY 2007) You just can’t pigeonhole Billy Bob Thornton.

Think about the movie roles he’s most famous for and see what, if any, connection there …

342 Kate Moretti, novelist, The Vanishing Year

November 20th, 2016


Zoe Whittaker is not who anyone thinks she is. She may not even be who she thinks she is.

KATE MORETTI podcast excerpt: "I don't think the average person has faced the amount of tragedy and bad decision-making that Zoe …

339 Rolonda Watts, romance novelist, TV talk show host

November 15th, 2016


If you’re in the public eye, folks love to read deeper meaning or intent into everything you do or say.

That’s why I’m betting that Rolonda Watts …

338 Tim Dorsey, novelist, "Hurricane Punch"

November 10th, 2016



The first time I tried my hand at fiction in high school, it was a way of dealing with people and issues that I couldn’t handle in real life. My …

337 Robert K. Elder, author, "Hidden Hemingway"

November 3rd, 2016


If you’ve ever been to one of the Disney theme parks, you know that a “Hidden Mickey” refers to sightings of Mickey Mouse in unexpected places. For example, you can find “classic” Mickey locks hanging on the cabinets …

336 Louie Cronin, novelist, "Everyone Loves You Back," "Car Talk" producer

October 31st, 2016


Bob Boland, at middle age, is a mess.

Fortunately for him, the life-long bachelor and radio station engineer has hit a sweet spot where every woman …

334 Ina-Alice Kopp, actress, "Flytrap"

October 18th, 2016


Flytrap is the kind of fantasy that would scare the crap out of Donald Trump – what if there are aliens living among us and they’re from much farther …

333 RIP Tommy Ford, comedian/actor, "Martin" (Oct. 8, 2015) REPOST

October 12th, 2016


Just received news that comedic actor Tommy Ford, friend and co-star of the long-running Martin Lawrence sitcom “Martin,” died suddenly today (October 12, 2016)at the age of 52. Ford was a guest on my Mr. Media in …

332 Jackie Collins, novelist, "Goddess of Vengeance"

October 4th, 2016


The first time Jackie Collins was a guest on Mr. Media, I have to admit I was a little nervous. This is a novelist who has sold about 4 billion …

331 Jackie Collins, novelist, "Poor Little B*tch Girl"

October 4th, 2016



Sex? Check. Scandal? Check. Thinly veiled portraits of Hollywood celebrities? Check. Breathless, page-turning details? Check.


330 Saul Austerlitz, author, "Another Fine Mess"

October 1st, 2016



If it’s a choice between watching drama or comedy, I always pick comedy.Why choose to get all weepy and sad when the other option is to fall off your chair laughing? I think the die was cast for me back in 1978, when …

329 Vik Sahay, actor, "Chuck"

October 1st, 2016


A week ago, I was concerned that this interview might be tinged in sadness. Was it possible that NBC’s rollickin’ good fun spy rom-com “Chuck” might …

328 Marc Maron, comedian, podcaster, "WTF with Marc Maron"

September 28th, 2016



If you love stand-up comedy and enjoy listening to intelligent conversation with America’s funniest men and women on TV and in film, meet Marc Maron.

Maron is one of those guys — like Richard Belzer, Louis CK and the …

327 Tony Hendra, editor, The Final, National Lampoon

September 26th, 2016


(JULY 2011) I always knew of Tony Hendra’s magazine work, being of the generation who were teens and then college students during the best years of …

326 Monte Wolverton, author, "The Wolverton Bible"

September 25th, 2016



Cartoonist Basil Wolverton was known for his grotesque drawings, fantastically odd creatures, spaghetti-like hair, smoothly sculpted caricatures …

325 Drew Friedman, artist, "Old Jewish Comedians"

September 22nd, 2016


Drew Friedman is BETTER than Picasso!

So says Howard Stern, and who is Mr. Media to argue with the King of All Media?

Drew is the king of modern caricaturists. His work has been featured on almost every major American …

324 Gary Groth, Kim Thompson, editor, "The Comics Journal"

September 18th, 2016


(JULY 21, 2009) They are probably the best-known good cop/bad cop team in comics today. “They” are Gary Groth, the founder of The Comics Journal, and his partner in Fantagraphics—and fellow editor—Kim Thompson. …

323 James Sheehan, novelist, "The Law of Second Chances"

September 12th, 2016


I met James Sheehan at a St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading event back in 2005. I was there promoting my biography of Will Eisner and he was riding a wave of excellent reviews for his first novel, The Mayor of …

322 Craig Pittman, author, "The Scent of Scandal," "Oh, Florida"

September 12th, 2016



Craig Pittman’s beat at the Tampa Bay Times is covering Florida’s environment in all its politically skewed glory.

Want to know how an oil spill …

321 David Sterritt, film critic, author, "The B List"

September 11th, 2016


Just a few weeks ago I was telling my wife about the scariest movie I ever saw: Tales From the Crypt.

This 1972 gore fest came replete with a psycho Santa and a beating heart – left in a crumpled up letter, as I recall.

320 Mike Sacks, author, "And Here's the Kicker"

September 11th, 2016


I wouldn’t mind spending a day or two in the shoes of Mike Sacks. During the day—and probably quite a few nights—he is a mild-mannered writer for

319 Geefwee Boedoe, documentary director, "Let's Pollute"

September 10th, 2016



Apparently, Geefwee Boedoe watched a lot of filmstrips back in elementary school.

You know the kind I’m talking about. The ones that broke down …

318 Joe Perry, guitarist, Aerosmith

September 10th, 2016


(EDITOR'S NOTE: September 10th is Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's birthday and I'm using it as an excuse to dig way back in my archives to share my December 13, 1984 telephone interview -- and subsequent December 24, …

317 Julia Roberts, author, "From Motherhood to Otherhood"

September 10th, 2016


Guys, get lost. This one is for the ladies.

And ladies, I know what you’re thinking – who does Mr. Media think he is? Oprah? Hell, he’s not even …

316 Kyle Bornheimer, actor, "Worst Week"

September 10th, 2016


(December 15, 2008) The only person who doesn’t find the new CBS TV sitcom “Worst Week” hysterical is the person who isn’t watching it.

Last night, less than 45 minutes before his marriage to Melanie, Sam managed to set …

315 Sergio Aragones, artist, Mad magazine

September 7th, 2016


(2010) My first issue of MAD magazine was purchased near the checkout counter at a Stop & Shop supermarket in my hometown of North Brunswick, New …

314 Josh Alan Friedman, blues singer, Sixty, Goddammit

September 7th, 2016



Thinking of asking singer-songwriter Josh Alan Friedman how 60 is treating him?

Not sure that’s such a good idea – even if he did title his first new album in 15 years, Sixty, Goddammit.

Hard to believe the former New …

313 Raquel Welch, actress, sex symbol

September 6th, 2016



(2010) Raquel Welch is… well, c’mon, she’s Raquel Welch!

Beautiful, funny, enigmatic and smart, she will always be the epitome of the American sex …

312 Mort Walker, cartoonist, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, join us on Mr. Media!

September 4th, 2016


Mort Walker is the dean and -- in some ways -- the curator of American cartoonists.

Best known for his long-running strips “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi & Lois,” Walker, 84, is also a bedrock member of the National …

311 Gene Colan, artist, Marvel Comics, Daredevil, Dracula, Howard the Duck, Iron Man

September 1st, 2016


(2008) Anybody who tells you that one comic book looks just like the next doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

It doesn’t take much effort to tell Jack Kirby’s blocky drawings from Steve Ditko’s otherworldly …

310 Scott Gerber, author, "Never Get A Real Job"

August 31st, 2016


Scott Gerber puts into words what a lot of people need to hear: Not everybody is going to succeed in Corporate America – and more than a few of you …

309 Michael Chiklis, actor, "The Shield," "No Ordinary Life," "The Commish"

August 31st, 2016


Michael Chiklis, the star of ABC’s new superhero dramedy “No Ordinary Family” knows a thing or three about playing a hero. His first ABC series, "The …

308 Guy Kawasaki, author,"Enchantment," "Reality Check" (2011)

August 31st, 2016


I defy you to pick any page in a Guy Kawasaki book – any page at all – and not come away a little smarter, a little inspired, or at least a little entertained. And that’s setting the bar pretty low; I found there was …

307 Amy Rose, country singer, "Put A Lime In It"

August 24th, 2016



Amy Rose may not be the only country music singer to sing songs about drinking and partying, but she’s certainly staking her rising career on them! The first time she was on Mr. Media, in 2012, it was to promote and …

306 Barbara Eden, star, "I Dream of Jeannie"

August 24th, 2016


In a moment, I’m going to be talking to Jeannie. The character who bedeviled Dr. Alfred Bellows. The innocently seductive soul who tamed …

305 Sheaun Mckinney, actor, "Vice Principals"

August 18th, 2016


In the first couple episodes of the new HBO sitcom, “Vice Principals,” actor Sheaun Mckinney’s moments on screen are short, but sweet.

Oh, and funny. Very, very funny.

SHEAUN McKINNEY podcast excerpt: "My character on …

304 Brian Alexander, author, America Unzipped

August 17th, 2016


Sex, sex, sex.

Seems like that’s all there is on the Internet some days. Well, this is one of those days, my friends. My guest today is Brian Alexander, author of America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction.

303 James Dashner, author, "The Maze Runner"

August 16th, 2016



Recommendations are worth what you pay for them, so I don’t always accept them at face value. But the same literary agent who turned me on to young …

302 Lisa Roth, co-founder, Rockabye Baby Music

August 1st, 2016


The first rock ‘n’ roll my infant son heard almost 20 years ago was AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” It was the first time we were alone in the minivan – …

301 Jeremy Redleaf, actor, director, 3rd Street Blackout

July 18th, 2016


Whatever happens in a blackout stays in a blackout. But eventually, secrets about things that happened before the blackout are likely to escape the cone of silence. 3rd Street Blackout is a romantic comedy written by …

300 Scott McEwen, author, "Ghost Sniper," "American Sniper"

July 13th, 2016


There is a rogue, American-trained sniper tearing up the Mexican countryside – and, more importantly, the country’s political landscape – in Scott …

299 Kevin Willmott, actor/director, "Destination: Planet Negro"

July 6th, 2016


The movie is called Destination: Planet Negro and it is as twisted, smart and funny as the title implies.

KEVIN WILLMOTT podcast excerpt: "I know 'Destination: Planet Negro' was so crazy that I wasn't even going to talk …

298 Bob Keeshan, children's TV host, "Captain Kangaroo"

June 28th, 2016


(EDITOR'S NOTE -- Today, June 27, 2016, would have been the 89th birthday of the great CBS-TV children's TV host, Bob Keeshan, better known to the …

297 David Bushman, Arthur Smith, co-authors, Twin Peaks FAQ, join us on Mr. Media!

June 27th, 2016


Can I be honest? I don’t think anyone has really asked a lot of questions about the TV series “Twin Peaks” since the theatrical sequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me flopped at the movies in 1992. There. I’m glad I got …

296 Joshua Malina, star, Scandal, Rob Kutner, writer, Conan, join us on Mr. Media!

June 17th, 2016


Radio sitcoms were read their last rites back in the 1950s when Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Bob Hope and all the rest gave up the original broadcast medium for TV. And yet it seems like every modern comedian now has …

295 Charlotte Stewart, actress, "Twin Peaks," "Little House on the Prairie"

June 13th, 2016


When you pick up a memoir – particularly a celebrity memoir – part of the inherent appeal is that you can safely be a voyeur at arm’s reach. But when …

294 Michael Pare, actor, "Traded," "Eddie and the Cruisers"

June 9th, 2016


“Take your glasses off.” That’s the moment when a cowboy played by Michael Pare, a previously loving, respectful father and rancher in the Old West, …

293 Bill Plympton, animator, "Hitlers Folly"

June 2nd, 2016


When you start watching Hitler’s Folly, the new film by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, the action starts immediately and you can’t help but get …

292 Vicki Lawrence, comedian, "The Carol Burnett Show"

June 1st, 2016


The reputation of “The Carol Burnett Show” has always been that of extraordinary sketch humor, enduring laughs, and a brilliant ensemble cast. Yet …

291 Tim Hanley, author, "Investigating Lois Lane"

May 30th, 2016


Lois Lane has enjoyed a remarkable run, considering she has been around for more than 75 years in the pages of Superman comic books. But life has never been easy for the journalist best known as “Superman’s Girl Friend, …

290 John Doe, singer, songwriter, X

May 23rd, 2016


John Doe and Exene Cervenka probably never dreamed, when they met at a Venice, California, poetry workshop in 1976, that one day they would be …

289 Dave Thompson, author, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ"

May 19th, 2016


I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I’ve seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the big screen. It’s a lot.

DAVE THOMPSON podcast excerpt: …

288 Bobby Rydell, singer, "Volare"

May 16th, 2016


It never registered with me. Rydell High, that is – the name of the school where Danny Zuko and Sandy reunite, where the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies …

287 Rachel Butera, comedian, impressionist, "Howard Stern Show"

May 11th, 2016


When Rachel Butera appeared on the TV show “America’s Got Talent” in 2014, the man who declared himself “America’s Judge” had to disqualify himself from voting on the impressionist’s talent because he was the one who …

286 Steven Gore, novelist, "White Ghost: A Graham Gage Thriller"

May 9th, 2016


Whether San Francisco private eye Graham Gage solves his latest case or not, his odds of lining up his next one are looking pretty thin. Graham Gage …

285 Mike Edison, author, "You Are A Complete Disappointment"

May 5th, 2016


In his past appearances on Mr. Media, I pretty much swooned over the arc of Mike Edison’s career as a writer and editor:

Editor, High Times magazine.

Foreign correspondent, Hustler magazine.

Paid letters writer,

284 Rabbi Susan Silverman, author, "Casting Lots"

April 29th, 2016


Rabbi Susan Silverman is a bit of an alarmist. Don’t believe me? Just read her book. From the Prologue: Page xi:

“At recess, I’d puposely get an out …

283 Frank Morsani, philanthropist, automobile dealer, author, "To Be Frank"

April 28th, 2016


Frank Morsani is one of the finest men, bar none, with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to spend time. That’s noteworthy because I got to know the Tampa Bay auto dealer at one of the lowest points in his business career, …

282 Toni Tennille, singer, The Captain and Tennille

April 20th, 2016


Toni Tennille: A Memoir is an okay title for the Alabama native’s life story, but once you read it to the end, you might agree with me that “Toni Tennille: Happy At Last” is more fitting. I cannot deny that I had low …

281 Owen Gleiberman, film critic, "Movie Freak," "Entertainment Weekly"

April 1st, 2016


If you thought that Straight Outta Compton was an at times brutal account of the entertainment business, ready yourself for the all-out brawl that is …

280 Jen Senko, documentary filmmaker, "The Brainwashing of My Dad"

March 25th, 2016


Jen Senko was worried about her dad. A self-described Kennedy Democrat, Frank Senko was a peaceful, loving husband and dad whose political views were …

279 Chip Jacobs, author, "Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler"

March 22nd, 2016


If you are determined to title your book Strange As It Seems, you damn well better deliver. Chip Jacobs does that and more in a loving, funny and …

278 Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, documentary filmmakers, "Boom Bust Boom"

March 18th, 2016


If you will only sit still for one lesson in how Western economies work – or, don’t – I recommend you watch Boom Bust Boom by filmmakers Bill Jones …

277 Dustin Walton, acrobat, Helen Day, puppeteer, Cirque du Soleil

March 16th, 2016


There are two cinematic sequels in production to the No. 1 box-office film of all time, Avatar. An Avatar-based theme park is also coming to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in 2017. But what if you can’t wait that long to …

276 Cleveland Wheeler, legendary radio DJ, WAPE Jacksonville, Q105 Tampa, SiriusXM

March 9th, 2016



One of my first real magazine assignments after graduating college was writing a story for Tampa Bay Monthly about the unique chemistry between …

274 Quincy Rose, director, Jillian Leigh, actress, Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends

March 1st, 2016


Guity secret: some of my favorite movies are sex comedies. Porky’s, American Pie, Hollywood Knights – I’m a big, unapologetic fan of one of the most …

273 Shawn Mullins, singer, songwriter, “My Stupid Heart"

February 24th, 2016


If you’re looking for a troubadour whose songs of love and the road might speak to your heart, you’ve come to the right place today. My guest, Shawn …

272 Sydney Finkelstein, author, "Superbosses: Why Smart Executives Fail"

February 19th, 2016


I just know there will be people watching or hearing this podcast who will hear that my guest’s new book is called Superbosses and they’ll have a common response: Supershmucks! Okay, get it out of your system now, …

271 Drew Chapman, novelist, "The King of Fear," "The Ascendant"

February 15th, 2016


Don’t you just hate when you become totally engrossed in a thriller or mystery novel and then it just ends? I always wanna scream, “NOOOOOO!” and beg the author to make it go on a little longer. That’s probably the lure …

270 Ritch Shydner, comedian

January 28th, 2016


Today’s interview with comedian Ritch Shydner is unusual for at least three reasons. First of all, Shydner is the first guest of my 10th year of producing the Mr. Media podcast.

Second, he may be the first guest I’ve …

269 Jeffrey Brown, cartoonist, "Clumsy," Darth Vader & Son," "Neanderthals"

January 27th, 2016



It was probably about two years ago when my family gave me a copy of Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown for my birthday. I will admit that I thought it was a gag gift, a trifle, something that was an after …

268 Lida Sideris, novelist, Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

December 19th, 2015


Here’s a great title for a mystery novel: Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. It’s writer Lida Sideris’s first crack at fiction writing and the …

267 John Kenneth Muir, author The X-Files FAQ

December 7th, 2015


When my future wife and I started living together, the first appointment TV series in our lives was ABC’s daytime soap, “All My Children.” Her addiction, not mine, but it was silly fun. We always watched TV together …

266 Kent Crowley, author, The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson biography, Long Promised Road

December 4th, 2015


Is it fair to call Carl Wilson the “accidental” Beach Boy? He was the youngest brother – and cousin – in the world’s most enduring and prominent …

265 Rachel Reenstra, comedian and host, “The Wildlife Docs”

November 30th, 2015



Rachel Reenstra’s got a great job: she hosts ABC’s “The Wildlife Docs,” a Saturday morning not-just-for-kids TV series.

RACHEL REENSTRA podcast excerpt: "I got my first gig working with animals in 2006 on the Animal …

264 Madelyn Victoria, country singer, live performance

November 25th, 2015


For me, the best country music songs are the ones that bring a smile to my lips when I hear the title. Sometimes it’s because they’re clever, sometimes a bit smartass, and sometimes, in the case of Madelyn Victoria’s …

263 Bill Griffith, cartoonist, "Zippy the Pinhead," "Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist"

November 20th, 2015


(Tech Note from Mr. Media: For some stupid reason, my audio during this interview is engulfed in static; I don't know why. The good news is that my …

262 Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan, co-authors, The Incredible Herb Trimpe

November 17th, 2015


In the introduction to the biography The Incredible Herb Trimpe, former Marvel Comics editor Tom DeFalco sums up artist Trimpe’s unusually long run …

261 Marc Guggenheim, show runner, "Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"

November 13th, 2015


Marc Guggenheim is one of those onion guys, where every time you peel back a layer, two more costumed characters appear in its place. A year ago, when he first appeared on Mr. Media, we spent most our time talking about …

260 Mark Clark, author, Star Wars FAQ

November 9th, 2015


If there is nothing else in life I have to brag about, it’s that I was in attendance at the Loews Astor Plaza Cinema in Manhattan for the red carpet, world premiere of Star Wars in 1977. My buddy Bob Pinaha and I took a …

259 Tamara Lush, novelist, Hot Shade, reporter, Associated Press

November 2nd, 2015


To paraphrase the 39th President of the United States, I have lust in my heart… for Tamara Lush. We’ve never met in person, never even laid eyes on each other before this video interview commenced, but having read her …

258 Cheryl Hollon, novelist, "Pane and Suffering: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery"

October 31st, 2015


First novels are hard. Writing them is a challenge, finding a publisher is a major mountain to climb, and promoting them may be the hardest task of …

257 Jeanne Martinet, author, "The Art of Mingling," "Life is Friends"

October 28th, 2015


When Jeanne Martinet told me she had rewritten and revised more than 50 percent of her 1992 guide, The Art of Mingling: Fun and Proven Techniques for …

256 Lloyd Handwerker, documentary filmmaker, "Famous Nathan"

October 20th, 2015


Growing up in New Jersey, my grandparents frequently took me by bus and train out to Brooklyn to visit my Great-Aunt Bess and Great-Uncle Max. Sometimes, we stayed in their tiny apartment and Aunt Bess cooked. But …

255 Tommy Ford, comedian/actor, "Martin"

October 9th, 2015


Is it wrong that, in watching Tommy Ford’s new web TV series, “The Club,” I found myself rooting for his character, Rev. Lamont Holmes Jr., to fail? …

254 Brian Johnson, lead singer, AC/DC

October 6th, 2015


(NOTE FROM MR. MEDIA: I recorded this interview with AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson on November 26, 1983 for a St. Petersburg Times print interview [published December 4, 1983] when I was the pop music writer for the …

253 Dewayne Staats, Tampa Bay Rays play-by-play announcer, co-author, "Position To Win"

October 5th, 2015


There are some genuinely, truly nice people in the world. You might not know this if your only friends are Facebook friends, but it’s true. I suspect …

252 Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, creators, writers, "Benders," executive producers, “Rescue Me,” “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” “Maron”

October 3rd, 2015


If you liked the amateur hockey, lockerroom and post-game bar moments found on the Denis Leary FX dramedy “Rescue Me,” you’re gonna love the new IFC comedy “Benders.” You might say it’s the former show without the …

251 Sandra E, Lamb, author, "Writing Well for Business Success: A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and Usage at Work"

September 29th, 2015


I may be the worst writer in the world to be interviewing someone who has written a book with the subtitle “A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and …

250 Jason B. Kohl, film director, author, "Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision"

September 25th, 2015


Little known fact: my bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida is in film studies. Not that anyone studying film there or anywhere else today …

249 Rob Paulsen, voice actor “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”

September 17th, 2015


Who didn’t love “Pinky & the Brain” and “The Animaniacs”? Delicious animated antics for the kids, word play, pop references and in-jokes for the …

248 Jane Peden, romance novelist, “The Millionaire’s Unexpected Proposal”

September 14th, 2015


Long-time Mr. Media fans – and you’re not the only one, Mom – are probably aware that it has been a while since I’ve had a romance novelist as a guest. I can’t explain why that is except there are hundreds, perhaps …

247 Kate Geis, director, Robert Aberlin, executive director, "Paul Taylor: Creative Domain"

September 10th, 2015


For all of my pop culture tastes – superhero movies, detective novels, losing sports teams, loud sitcoms – there has always been a place in my heart …

246 Jim Barrens, author, "In Our Time (Nostra Aetate): How Catholics and Jews Built a New Relationship"

September 9th, 2015


Like a smart lawyer, I rarely enter the professional arena without knowing everything I can about the subject at hand. Except today. I’m just being honest: When it comes to understanding the conciliar Declaration Nostra …

245 Lou Aguilera, VP/GM, scale model maker Revell, Inc.

September 4th, 2015


When it comes to Star Wars, only America’s nuclear codes are held to a higher standard of secrecy. But today we’re tearing the seal off one top secret corner in the universe: the one where scale models of the new Revell …

244 Mark Proct, former tour manager for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

August 28th, 2015



The first time I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan live in concert, he was close enough to reach out and touch. Literally. Vaughan and Double Trouble were playing at a long-gone Clearwater, Florida nightspot, Mr. T’s Club 19 in …

242 Mark Voger, author, "Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze in America 1957-1972"

August 21st, 2015


1957. That must have been a helluva year to be alive. I wouldn’t know – my birth was still a few years off. But coming on the heels of the comic book …

241 Mark Fields, president of the Americas, Ford Motor Company

August 6th, 2015


(This interview was originally recorded September 10, 2009 for a Ford-sponsored report on Your host was compensated for his work.)

My first car—and I suspect yours, too—was a Ford. I loved that car …

240 Nicholas Nigro, author, "Seinfeld FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Show About Nothing"

August 4th, 2015


You may think you know everything about “Seinfeld,” the long-running 1990s NBC sitcom, but do you know enough to fill a 385-page book? Nicholas …

239 Tony Little, HSN fitness, exercise guru, author, "There's Always A Way"

July 29th, 2015


The Tampa Bay area of Florida – where Mr. Media has been recorded twice a week since 2007 – has produced its share of national brands and personalities.

• Remember the “Morning Zoo” radio phenomenon of the 1980s? …

238 Elliot Mintz, longtime friend, confidante, John Lennon and Yoko Ono

July 22nd, 2015


I’m going to school today and you’re all invited to sit in on a master class with me. Teaching a course on getting the “get” and not screwing it up …

237 Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki, documentary filmmakers, "Caffeinated"

July 15th, 2015


I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mother without a cup of coffee in her right hand to start the day. As far back as I can recall, it seemed like the first thing she did every day was start a pot of coffee – I remember the …

236 Donelle Dadigan, founder, president, The Hollywood Museum

July 12th, 2015


I’ve been to some great big museums around the world – MOMA in New York, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, The Tate Modern in London – to name just a few. But, to be honest, I’ve always gotten as big a thrill out of …

235 Arlen Schumer, comic book historian, author, "The Silver Age of Comic Book Art"

July 1st, 2015


Wanna give your eyeballs a real treat? Pick up a copy of Arlen Schumer’s The Silver Age of Comic Book Art – which was recently released in a revised edition – and turn to any page. And I mean any page. Wherever your …

234 Bruce Ferber, TV writer, “Home Improvement,” novelist, “Cascade Falls”

June 22nd, 2015


I’m going to risk offending my guest right at the top because I can’t help but think of his latest work, Cascade Falls, as a “small” novel. In my mind, describing his book thusly is a compliment; I just don’t know if …

233 Chuck Dixon, "Batman" comic book writer,co-creator of Batman's greatest enemy, Bane

June 17th, 2015


If you were building a fantasy league team of modern comic book writers, Chuck Dixon would have to be on it. Sure, he’s best-known as the co-creator …

232 Steven Grant, comic book writer, Spider-Man, The Punisher, Green Lantern, Cops for Criminals, Enemy, X, creator, "2 Guns," co-creator, Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' character Mockingbird

June 12th, 2015


What I knew about comic book writer Steven Grant before inviting him to be a guest could be summed up pretty simply: He wrote a run of X for Dark …

231 The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist

June 11th, 2015


(ORIGINALLY RECORDED MARCH 12, 2009) If you’re old enough to remember “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and “The Mike Douglas Show,” then you’re …

230 Mark Blake, author, "Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and The Sixties"

June 1st, 2015


I read Pete Townshend’s memoir, Who I Am, about a year ago, my interest in 1960s British rock icons fired up by Life, the compelling autobiography of Keith Richards. But whereas Richards’ book astounded me with its …

229 Hicks, Swedish-based country music singer, live performance, “Mama’s Kitchen,” “I Belong to You"

May 29th, 2015


Many American country music fans won’t want to hear this, but your favorite genre of music has long since blown past national borders. Shania Twain? Canadian. Keith Urban? New Zealander. Jo Dee Messina? Boston – …

227 Cynthia Kraack, novelist, "The High Cost of Flowers," "Ashwood" trilogy, "Minnesota Cold"

May 18th, 2015


Here’s how I know novelist Cynthia Kraack is a top-flight author: Coming off publication of the final book in her generations-spanning, speculative …

226 Cameron K. McEwan, author, "Unofficial Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists," "The Who's Who of Doctor Who," blogger,

May 9th, 2015


It’s a given that if you’re a fan of something, anything, you’re going to absorb quite a bit of trivial knowledge about it. Best Avenger? The Vision. Worst Avenger? Moondragon. The same is true of whatever fandom you …

225 Ed Greenberg, intellectual property attorney, Jack Reznicki, photographer, co-authors, "The Copyright Zone: A Legal Guide for Photographers and Artists in the Digital Age"

May 6th, 2015


As a writer and podcast host, I’m a strong believer in protecting my intellectual property rights and exploiting them for every penny that they are worth. That’s how I make my living, quite frankly. And in my line of …

224 Paul Provenza, comedian, director, "The Aristocrats," actor, "Northern Exposure"

May 2nd, 2015


Do atheists get a bad rap? Or do they just need a better public relations rep? Either might explain the “No God But Funny Contest,” a new TV scriptwriting competition that offers $40,000 in prizes to writers who portray …

223 J.J. Sedelmaier, animator, "Saturday Night Live": "The Ambiguously Gay Duo," "The X-Presidents," "Fun with Real Audio"; "Tek Jansen" for Stephen Colbert; "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law"

April 27th, 2015


This year’s 40th anniversary of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” became a time to reflect back on so many great characters that came out of that show over four decades: • Roseanne Roseannadanna • Stefon • The Blues Brothers …

222 Daryl Cagle, editorial cartoonist

April 24th, 2015


Don’t tell Daryl Cagle, but the real reason I wanted to see the internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist as a guest on Mr. Media was to match …

221 Dale Sherman, author, "Quentin Tarantino FAQ"

April 20th, 2015


How much does anyone really need to know about Quentin Tarantino that can’t be derived from watching movies such as Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers

220 Bill Plympton, animator, "Cheatin"

April 17th, 2015


As much as I love all kinds of motion pictures, the genre I’ve always been most in awe of is animation. Not so much the modern, computer generated …

219 Steven Gore, novelist, "Night is the Hunter"

April 13th, 2015


For a guy with a bum hip, Harlan Donnally continues getting around with more ease and is far better at intimidating the criminal element than I am.

That probably owes a lot to his creator, Steven Gore, knowing his way …

218 Joel Fishbane, novelist, "The Thunder of Giants: A Novel"

April 7th, 2015


Is Joel Fishbane’s first novel, The Thunder of Giants, more fact or fiction?

To be honest, I hadn’t even considered the possibility that any part of this fascinating novel about two nearly 8-foot-tall women, a …

216 Kirk Honeycutt, author, "John Hughes: A Life in Film"

March 31st, 2015


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. I was already a college graduate by the time it appeared in the mid-1980s, …

215 Kevin Bartini, warm-up comic, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show"

March 28th, 2015


There’s nothing worse than a cold, cold room in late night television. I said “cold” the first time because the air conditioning in TV show studios …

214 Robert Crane, author, "Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder"

March 25th, 2015


Nazis ain’t funny. Most of the time. Two exceptions come immediately to mind, though. One is the Internet subtitling meme based on the 2004 Hitler film Downfall, which has parodied Der Fuhrer endlessly and to great …

213 Nora Armani, founder, Socially Relevant Film Festival New York

March 20th, 2015


 Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of socially irrelevant filmmakers trying to put on a brave face in hopes of being reevaluated for next year’s Socially Relevant Film Festival … in the NEW new media …

212 Amy Rose, country singer "Show Up Naked and Bring Beer" (2015)

March 13th, 2015


Amy Rose is a flirt. She’s also blind as a bat. I know this because every text message from her addresses me as “Handsome.” I’d complain but, well, she may be blind, but I’m not stupid. A little flattery goes a long way …

211 Richard Loren, former manager, Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, author, "High Notes: A Rock Memoir"

March 6th, 2015


Thanks to my college buddy Jim Doten, I have been to a Grateful Dead concert.

It was sometime in the early 1980s when the San Francisco circus came …

210 Batton Lash, comic book creator, "Supernatural Law," "The Punisher Meets Archie"

March 3rd, 2015


Whether you’re an art student or a comics fan, you’ve probably heard the name “Will Eisner” at some point. Eisner, whose best-known comics creation, “The Spirit” celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, died a decade …

209 Adam Falcon, guitarist, "The Light Shines"

March 1st, 2015


You know how there are some people who just make better house guests than others? They’re the ones who light up your home when they arrive at the door and when it’s time to go, you’re already counting down the time …

208 Jason Stuart, comedian, actor, podcast host, “Absolutely Jason Stuart”

February 22nd, 2015


So much has happened in the world since the first time comedian Jason Stuart was a guest on Mr. Media, back in June 2009. For one thing, he and I can now wed in at least 37 of these 50 states. For another, the big gay …

207 Jeremy Whelehan, documentary director, "Now: In the Wings on the World Stage"

February 17th, 2015


Have you seen 'House of Cards'? Kevin Spacey is so deliciously creepy in the Netflix series that I simply can’t imagine being around him for more than a few minutes. (Of course, I felt that way after The Usual Suspects

206 Lucy Cioffi, a.k.a., Little Lapin, singer-songwriter, live performance

February 13th, 2015


I often wondered why the world didn’t see more women who wrote music and sang like Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders.

You know her music – “Middle of the Road,” “I’ll Stand By You,” “Brass in Pocket,” “My City …

205 Spike Gillespie, author, Sit. Heal. Stay.

February 10th, 2015


I always imagined that a woman named Spike Gillespie had to have a great backstory. I just never dreamed I’d actually get to read it. Spike first came into my life when I was editing and publishing an alternative …

204 Sergio Bruna, host, “El Pelado de la Noche” (Ora.TV)

February 2nd, 2015


Right about now, I’m figuring that Sergio Bruna, star of Ora TV’s popular late night TV variety series, “El Pelado de la Noche,” is wondering what …

203 Catherine Nichols, author, "Alice’s Wonderland: A Visual Journey through Lewis Carroll’s Mad, Mad World"

January 27th, 2015


Honestly, I was never a big Alice in Wonderland fan. I remember reading Lewis Carroll’s classic in its entirety for a freshman lit class at the …

202 Tara Butters, co-showrunner, “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection”

January 23rd, 2015


Here’s what we knew about Peggy Carter before the launch of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” TV series on ABC in January 2015:

• She first arrived on the …

201 Chelsey Reist, actress,“The 100”

January 19th, 2015


I cannot tell a lie: I like having pretty young women as guests on Mr. Media.

There: my dirty little secret is out.

But I still like to think I’m a discerning host; good looks alone can’t land you an invitation here. …