#0407: John Rogers; Chris Nihmey; & Lloyd Kahn

TV Writer/producer John Rogers; Chris Nihmey, author of Two Sides To The Story; Lloyd Kahn, author of Small Homes: The Right Size

TV writer/producer, John Rogers, talks about TV showrunners and explains exactly what the job involves.

Chris Nihmey is a mental health advocate, illness survivor, author and teacher who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2001.  He’s written a memoir called Two Sides To The Story.

Lloyd Kahn is the author of Small Homes: The Right Size, a book where 65 builders share their knowledge of building and design.

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by 6-year-old Jaxson Miles from Arizona.  He’s the son of Dan Miles, host of Every Friday with Dan & Olivia and also The Friends of Dan Podcast.

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#0406: Gabrielle Stone, Tristan Donovan; & Stuart Nulman

Actress Gabrielle Stone makes her directorial debut in the short film, It Happened Again Last Night, which she also stars in

Tristan Donovan, author of It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

Stuart Nulman with another edition of Book Banter.  This week’s reviewed title is Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Terry Zinoman  (Harper, $35.99).  You can also read Stuart’s reviews in The Montreal Times

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by Will Sterrett President & CEO of Rockcastle Media Networks; providing programming to radio stations across the USA and Canada.

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#0405: Kathy Coleman; Mike Dover; & Dan Miles

Kathy Coleman, author of Run, Holly, Run!: A Memoir by Holly from 1970s TV Classic “Land of the Lost”; Mike Dover, author of Dante’s Infinite Monkeys: Technology Meets The Seven Deadly Sins; & Dan Miles, host of Every Friday With Dan & Olivia & Friends Of Dan Music Podcast

Former child star, Kathy Coleman, who played Holly Marshall on the hit show Land Of The Lost, shares the roller coaster experience of being a child star in her book Run, Holly, Run!: A Memoir by Holly from 1970s TV Classic “Land of the Lost.”

Mike Dover, author of Dante’s Infinite Monkeys: Technology Meets The Seven Deadly Sins, a look at the dark side of today’s technology.

Musician & podcaster, Dan Miles, the mind behind two shows, Every Friday With Dan & Olivia and also Friends Of Dan Music Podcast.

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by voice talent & broadcaster Kim Handysides.

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#0404: Alexander Finbow; Garth Sundem & Stuart Nulman

Alexander Finbow, co-author of When Big Bears Invade, a book that features the Godzilla styled destruction of Canadian cities.

Garth Sundem, author of Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World & Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Character: Choices That Matter Around the World.

Stuart Nulman with another edition of Book Banter.  This week’s reviewed title is Rock Solid: My Life in Baseball’s Fast Lane by Tim Raines  (HarperCollins, $32.99).  You can also read Stuart’s reviews in The Montreal Times

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by Michael Stewart.

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Great Conversations: Introduction

In the almost forty years that I’ve been conducting interviews, mostly for radio, I never thought of it as just a job, but rather, an opportunity to have a real connection, often with someone I greatly admired—because, I’m not just an interviewer; I’m also a fan.

I’ve been lucky enough to have job opportunities that allowed me to pursue celebrities without having the spectre of deadlines or “must-gets” hanging over my head. I went after people who wanted to talk, and the ones who didn’t weren’t a big deal. I wasn’t concerned with stalking or being paparazzi-like. I welcomed the conversations because people were welcoming. Plus, early in my career I learned, what was for me, a very valuable lesson.

In August 1987, Christopher Reeve was in Montreal to attend the Montreal World Film Festival. (Earlier that year, he and Morgan Freeman appeared in Street Smart (1987) that was filmed there.) As a young entertainment reporter for a local radio station, I thought it would be a good idea to get in contact with the big screen’s “Man of Steel,” so I searched out the hotel he was at, found his room number, and knocked on his door.

When I told him who I was and why I was there, Reeve’s temperament was that of almost every role we had come to know him in. He was courteous, polite, and warm, but he was also not happy. I had broken the sanctity of his space, had not gone through more appropriate channels, and came to his hotel room unannounced.

Reeve politely told me my actions were unacceptable. If I had gone through proper channels, he would have the option of saying “yes” or “no.”

Even if I had asked him on the street or in the lobby (where I had spotted him earlier), he could have accepted to make arrangements at a suitable time or declined.

The reason why this encounter was such a valuable lesson to me was because, even though I had managed to anger someone who was considered to be one of Hollywood’s “nice guys,” his demeanour in rebuffing me was forceful yet extremely kind. It captured the humanity of the man. His actions have played back in my head for years to follow, guiding me in my interactions with others. I have had conversations with people who agreed to be interviewed, who were far less warm and friendly than a seemingly angry Christopher Reeve. While he may not have been officially recorded and part of my great conversations, it was still a memorable chat indeed; one that I won’t forget.

One of my other long-standing working relationships was with another festival of world renown in Montreal, Just for Laughs. I have worked with the festival in several capacities for the better part of twenty-five years, which gave me the opportunity of working, partying, and chatting with some of the biggest names in comedy that came through town. I actually used to take my vacation from my regular radio gig to work at the festival, and I did double duty, recording interviews for later use when I got back on the air.

On different occasions, I asked two of NBC’s biggest comedy stars for interviews. One was David Schwimmer from Friends; the other, Jason Alexander from Seinfeld. In both cases, the response was a polite “no.” In the latter case, I was with another journalist when I made the query. As we walked away, my colleague turned to me and said, “Boy, what an ass!”

That was a response that I’ve never understood. Jason Alexander was in Montreal to work, and while he was there, like so many others who come to town for the festival, he was hounded by the big guns at Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and Extra, plus all the print and radio journalists who flocked to the city for the festival each year. Saying “no” to me was not a big deal. I asked politely, he declined politely, and we went our separate ways. We spoke later in a casual setting without microphones, just sharing generalities, but an interview was not in the offing, and that was fine by me. Unlike some others in my business, I don’t believe a famous face or voice owes me an interview. What they owe me as a fan is a good performance.

What they owe me as a broadcaster is absolutely nothing. What I want to share in this book is the humanity of the folks that I did get interviews with, because communication was a two way street. Striking up a civil conversation usually brought the best out of people in return. I’ve always treated interview guests as if they were dinner guests in my home. My job was to make them feel comfortable enough to talk openly, without asking pointed “gotcha” questions. In the end, that’s what led to hundreds
of great conversations.

#403: Ryan McCormick; Stuart Nulman; & Nancy 3 Hoffman

PR specialist Ryan McCormick; Stuart Nulman on the BBYO March of the Living; & Nancy 3 Hoffman‘s Umbrella Cover Museum

Reputation Management Specialist, Ryan McCormick, co-founder of Goldman McCormick PR on how to rehabilitate the image of United Airlines.

Stuart Nulman recounts the emotional trip, the BBYO March of the Living, that took him to Poland and Israel, including a visit to several Holocaust concentration camps.

Nancy 3 Hoffman, founder of the Umbrella Cover Museum in Maine.

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by 9-year-old Zachary Miles from Arizona.  He’s the son of Dan Miles, host of Every Friday with Dan & Olivia and also The Friends of Dan Podcast.

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#0402: Karin Roest; John Huber; & Ernie Smith

Former celebrity talent agent, Karin Roest; Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Dr. John Huber; & Tedium‘s Ernie Smith

Former celebrity talent agent, Karin Roest, shares her plan on how you can become “purposely famous.”

Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Dr. John Huber, Chairman of Mainstream Mental Health, on the connection between social media and depression.

Ernie Smith, founder of Tedium, on the history of lickable adhesive stamps.

This week’s opening guest slate is presented by actress, singer/songwriter Olivia d’Abo.  She’s also the co-host of the weekly podcast, Every Friday with Dan & Olivia.

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#0401: Andrew Fazekas; Jack Newton; & Frank Kermit

Science writer, Andrew Fazekas, Jack Newton, co-founder of the Arizona Sky Village community; & relationship coach, Frank Kermit

Science writer, Andrew Fazekas, “The Night Sky Guy” on the latest news concerning the possibility of life exiting on one of the moons of Jupiter and one of the moons of Saturn.

Jack Newton, co-founder of Arizona Sky Village.  A community that cherishes star gazing where there are no lights at night and most of the houses have individual observatories.  (You can find out more about this community from a recent article in the UK’s The Guardian).

Relationship coach, Frank Kermit, on people who have been deemed “undateable.”

This week’s opening slate is presented by listener Thomas Hoehne.

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#0400: Ron Kaplan; Don Nunley; & Susanna Janssen

Ron Kaplan, author of Hank Greenberg in 1938; Don Nunley, author of Steve McQueen: Le Mans in the Rearview Mirror; & Susanna Janssen, author of Wordstruck!

Ron Kaplan, author of Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War looks at the anti-Semitism Greenberg faced in Major League Baseball.

Hollywood Property Master, Don Nunley, co-author of Steve McQueen: Le Mans in the Rearview Mirror, looks back on McQueen’s passion project for which he was the prop master.

Susanna Janssen, author of Wordstruck!: The Fun and Fascination of Language talks about the use of “hello” and “goodbye” when answering and ending phone calls.

This week’s opening slate is presented by, me, Peter Anthony Holder, host of The Stuph File Program as we mark the 400th episode.

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#0399: Chuck Barris; military historian, David O’Keefe; & Peter Franklin, the Gabby Cabby

Chuck Barris, host and creator of The Gong Show; military historian, David O’Keefe talks Vimy Ridge & Peter Franklin, the Gabby Cabby

Remembering Chuck Barris, the creator of such classic game shows as The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game and the host and creator of The Gong Show.  It’s a retro interview from 2003 with a TV icon who passed away on March 17th

Military historian, David O’Keefe, author of One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe, talks about the importance of Canada’s WWI battle at Vimy Ridge on the 100th anniversary of the event

Peter Franklin, the Gabby Cabby, shares a slice of The Big Apple from his yellow mobile conveyance lounge

This week’s opening slate is presented by Dino Congonidis, a cameraman, video editor and director of photography

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