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Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

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 Mr. Media®, a.k.a., Bob Andelman, with newsmakers in TV, radio, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, books, websites, social media, politics, sports, graphic novels, and comics!


1141 Marshall Craig, author, "You'll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren't Much About the Fish"
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. Because after all the Mayonnaise my wife mixes in with a can of tuna, it isn’t much about the fish, either. My guest today is Marshall Craig, a Yale man and Wharton MBA who says he frittered away most of his life making a living and raising a family when he could have been fishing. And while I know he loves his wife and family, I think he’s genuinely pretty serious about his lost time away from casting a line. MARSHALL CRAIG podcast excerpt: "We don't just catch the whopper fish. We have friends we got out with, with whom we share the interaction, pushing the boat off, lunch or what we discuss (on the water) -- occasionally what we catch. But fishing is about more than just that finny thing you get at the end of your hook!" If you’re a man or woman who likes to get away from civilization to fish in remote and exotic places, Marshall is the kind of guy you’ll want to do it with. I reached that conclusion based on the humorous essays found in his new memoir, You’ll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren’t Much About the Fish. In the interests of full disclosure, I want to share with you that my wife, Mimi, edited Marshall’s book and we liked it so much that we published under the Mr. Media Books imprint. It is available in paperback or ebook on Amazon or wherever you buy books about fishing. Marshall Craig Website
38:51 11/15/2019
1140 Lynn Johnston, cartoonist, "For Better or For Worse" 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, I can’t remember a time when The Patterson Family was not a part of my own family. I was a college sophomore when Lynn started. I remember becoming immediately attached to John and Elly’s daily adventures, raising their children, Michael and Elizabeth, their dog, Farley, getting to know their extended family—such as when Grandpa Jim started dating—and even the heart-breaking death of Farley. Lynn Johnston podcast excerpt: "Everybody my age was great (when I started in the business). But there were a bunch of old farts that were just awful! At one point, I was president of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) and they would draw naked pictures of me as I was conducting a meeting! But I drew naked pictures of my own and got back at them.It was hard; they would have preferred I make them coffee and serve them tea and not really run the meetings." When Mimi and I got married, we often read the strip together or shared a favorite. When Charlie was born, I related to the Patterson kids in new ways. And when Charlie started reading at four, I introduced him to collections of “For Better or For Worse” which he devoured over and over again. On any given day, “For Better or For Worse” could be funny, sweet, bittersweet or hauntingly dramatic – just like life in my own family or yours. Perhaps nothing about the strip was more shocking than the day in 2008 that Lynn announced she would no longer be producing new strips but would be re-releasing the original strip from day one, with occasional fixes to continuity and timeliness. Would that even work? It has and it does, with the strip continuing to appear in an astonishing 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries around the world. We are conducting this interview just days after learning of the sudden death of the former editor of Universal Press Syndicate, Lee Salem. And here is something Lynn and I share in common: Salem acquired both “For Better or For Worse” and Mr. Media, which started life in 1994 as a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Lynn Johnston Website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Instagram • Wikipedia • Amazon Author Page • Goodreads • Women in Comics Wiki • YouTube
54:53 10/04/2019
1139 Barbara Slate, artist, "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" 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 where the political leaders and oligarchs of Russia want you to be. Oh, and President Donald Trump and his aides are likely complicit in this result. BARBARA SLATE podcast excerpt: "There is all this drama and madness created (around President Trump). Everybody is trying to protect him ... But he says (paraphrasing), 'That's was I did. So what?'" Those are among the clear takeaways from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s massive two-year, 400-plus-page report that few of us have read – including most Republicans serving in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Since we’re Americans living in the 21st century, we need everything boiled down and spoonfed with splendid simplicity. Sure, that’s what CNN and MSNBC have done with the Mueller Report, but graphic novelist Barbara Slate, a frequent guest to this show, has gone them one step further. She’s adopted it into a comic book. Mueller Report Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 reduces the horrifying hacking of American democracy to its essence in just 33 pages packed with political cheating and anti-American conspiracies. BARBARA SLATE podcast excerpt: "This is the most exciting project that I've ever done. I feel som passionate about the Mueller Report ... When was the last time you had a conversation when Trump was not mentioned?" Vol. 2 will soon follow. Our mutual friend, the late Will Eisner, the father of educational comics in the 1940s, would be proud. Barbara Slate Website • Facebook • Twitter
47:40 09/21/2019
1138 Quincy Rose, director, star, Augie Duke, co-star, "The Narcissists" 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 brilliantly titled and whack-a-doodle Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends, while he’s out hustling a budget, writing, directing, editing and submitting his latest creation, The Narcissists, to film festivals and seeking a distribution deal. Where does the time go? QUINCY ROSE podcast excerpt: "I don't know if (my godfather) Woody (Allen) watched 'The Narcissists'; I did send it to him but he's been busy shooting his newest film. But he did call me when my dad (Mickey Rose) was ill and he said, 'So I watched "Miles To Go" and yeah, I gotta tell you -- it's not a bad movie!' I thought that was the greatest compliments I could ever get from Woody. He doesn't think any of HIS films were good, so it was really great (to hear). He said it reminded him of what he used top do in his younger days." The good news is that, thanks to President Trump, at least today we can all spell “n-a-r-c-i-s-s-i-s-t-s,” so that’s one mountain climbed for the young filmmaker, who is the son of the late, legendary comedy writer Mickey Rose, one-time partner of Woody Allen. And Quincy is Woody’s godson, which might explain more tthan a few influences in the film, such as the long, loving camera shots of New York City, the sharp, biting conversation between the four principals, and the naming of the character of “Letty.” Letty Aronson is Woody’s sister’s name. Joining me today are Quincy Rose, who stars in the film as “Oliver,” and one of his co-stars, Augie Duke, who plays “Letty.” Quincy Rose Website •  Twitter • IMDB • Vimeo • Facebook • Instagram • Vimeo • YouTube • Rotten Tomatoes Augie Duke Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Wikipedia • IMDB • Getty Images • YouTube • Rotten Tomatoes
58:59 09/15/2019
1137 Renee Rosen, novelist, "Park Avenue Summer," a roman à clef about Helen Gurley Brown 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 through the eyes of a fictionalized young woman who worked at the nascent blues and rock ‘n’ roll label. And even though she never existed in reality, you couldn’t help but come away from reading the book feeling like she was flesh and blood. I had the same experience with Rosen’s latest book, Park Avenue Summer. RENEE ROSEN podcast excerpt: "Helen Gurley Brown had this little doll's chair (in her 'Cosmopolitan' magazine office) on which she would sit and hold meetings because  she never wanted anyone to feel intimidated. She always wanted everyone to feel bigger than her -- and everyone WAS bigger than her!" Once again, the author delivers up a slice of actual history by taking us through it in the persona of a young woman, named Alice Weiss. This time, Rosen takes her readers back in time to the moment in 1965 when Cosmopolitan magazine is on the verge of shutting down, only to be saved against all logic by an inexperienced new editor named Helen Gurley Brown, best known as the controversial and provocative author of Sex and the Single Girl. Rosen’s portrayal of Brown is incredible, as is her ability to capture an era that most of us know best through the eyes of TV’s Don Draper in “Mad Men.” If you ever watched that show, flip it on its ass and imagine it’s the magazine industry, instead of advertising, and that you’re seeing the start of the Swinging ‘60s and the sexual revolution through the eyes of women, not men. I can’t wait to find out what the author has planned for us next! Renèe Rosen Website • Facebook • Twitter • Goodreads
30:43 09/07/2019
1136 Jon B. Cooke, author, "Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" 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 to you! – Bob Andelman, Mr. Media. I was a little young for underground comix at the height of their anti-establishment run at the end of the 1960s and early ‘70s, but still managed to discover them in my teens at places like Weird Harold’s Head Shop in Milltown, New Jersey, upstairs and around back from the Krauser’s Dairy Store. Most of the social humor and politics of the era went over my head at the time, but I always loved the art and gathered a small stack of those comix over time, spread among my piles of Marvels and DCs. The art of Robert Crumb – a.k.a., R. Crumb, a.k.a., Bob Crumb, a.k.a., just plain Crumb – always stood out. His style was unique unto itself, much as another of my favorites of the 1980s, Drew Friedman’s, was. They drew comics, but their heroes didn’t look like Kirby, Ditko, Romita or even Steranko. JON B. COOKE podcast excerpt: "(Crumb) thinks I'm a nut, so I think he sees a kindred spirit. I am a nut. But this is the book I would want." And Crumb, who often drew himself into his work, was so weird! It all comes together in my friend Jon. B. Cooke’s new oral history of Crumb’s long-running magazine, Weirdo. In The Book of Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology, Cooke interviews dozens upon dozens of creators who worked with Crumb, the man who created the magazine in 1981, and who was followed in time by artist Peter Bagge and Crumb’s artist wife, Aline Kominski, and recreates what it was like to work with Crumb and what the experience meant to them. It is a massive work by Cooke that even Crumb himself questions the logic of, although he admits he learned quite a bit about himself and his magazine by reading it. As for Cooke, who is a graphic designer by day and editor of Comic Book Creator magazine by night, he also worked with his brother Andrew on the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist. This is Jon’s third appearance on Mr. Media. Jon B. Cooke Website • Facebook • Goodreads • LinkedIn • Order Swampmen: Muck-Monsters of the Comics from
43:27 08/29/2019
1135 Jamie Lee Kirchner actress, "Mercy" 2010
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. Showtime has "Nurse Jackie"; TNT has "HawthoRNe" and NBC is back with a new one that adds an "M," a "C" and a "Y" to "E" and "R" and that gives us "Mercy." (Oh, stop groaning—you saw that one coming a mile away.)  JAMIE LEE KIRCHNER podcast excerpt: "It's a friendship show. It's like 'Sex and the City' with cheaper footwear. There's a lot of comedy; just when you think you know who these people are, they make a hard left turn."  But alert Nurse Hathaway! In this network show, the nurses—not the doctors—are running the asylum. Starring Taylor Schilling, Michelle Tractenberg and my guest today, Jamie Lee Kirchner, "Mercy" lets viewers know who's really in charge on the floors. Jamie Lee Kirchner The Mob Doctor • Order Mercy: The Complete Series from
11:48 08/23/2019
1134 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Fugitive Heart" 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 sip. But in the end, I always give in to the impulse of zooming through because it’s just so damned good! Of course, when it’s gone, I’m left wanting another. And another. And with the third book in the series, Her Fugitive Heart, Tantimedh has such a commanding grip on what makes his characters swing through murder, intrigue, a secret, kinky sex club, deception, lies and – yes! – marriage that this installment is as good as the first two combined. ADI TANTIMEDH podcast excerpt: "Ravi is starting to realize that maybe the gods might be real that he might not be crazy after all" The real question: is this the end of Ravi’s adventures? Or is it just the beginning? Joining me today for the third time is the creator and author of the series. 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 Adi and to you! - Bob Andelman, Mr. Media. Adi Tantimedh Twitter • Bleeding Cool • Goodreads • LA Muse
42:46 08/21/2019
1133 Anat Baron, documentary filmmaker, "Beer Wars" 2009
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… beer! Anat Baron is the director of a new documentary called Beer Wars. Now available for sale on DVD, it’s not a movie about rival frat houses—on second thought, maybe it is. Baron presents a sometimes tongue-in-cheek study have how the big three brewing companies—Anheuser-Busch, Coors and Miller—will stop at nothing to gobble up shelf space in your neighborhood convenience, grocery or liquor store and kick the little guys to the curb. Sprinkled throughout the film are familiar pop culture touchstones from old beer commercials to industrial films and even a word about competition from an imaginary beer, Duff. ANAT BARON podcast excerpt: "I was really interested by new consumers who are similar to those going to farmers markets, eating local foods, supporting small companies over large companies. People who are saying, 'Yes, I can buy chocolate from Hershey, but there is a guy down the street making it, too, and I want to support him.'" Baron, as I mentioned, is allergic to beer, but that didn’t stop her from becoming general manager of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, where she took the company from nowhere to $200 million in sales. Anat Baron Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • LinkedIn • Pinterest • YouTube
33:01 08/08/2019
1132 David Mathison, author, "Be The Media" 2010
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 executive with the Reuters news agency, takes the whole notion of 21st century media very seriously. In his new, self-published handbook, Be The Media: How to Create and Accelerate Your Message… Your Way, Mathison lays out how anyone can have a message and spread it using online tools ranging from standbys such as print, radio and video to blogs and podcasts.   DAVID MATHISON podcast excerpt: "We're trying to teach people to repurpose your work and have a back end. The incremental revenue streams may be strong, but when you add them all up..." Forget the so-called media elites, the social media guru says—and as one of them I object!—and take control of spreading the word about your own project yourself, whether you’re the producer of music, films, podcasts, radio or television programs. I couldn’t agree more. And I would add that Mathison’s book, which you can order on or his website,, is a perfect companion bookend for Guy Kawasaki’s most recent book, Reality Check. Together, these are 3 pounds, 13 ounces of paper you really should own and study. David Mathison Website • Twitter • Facebook • Chief Digital Officer Club • Order Be The Media from
30:01 07/28/2019
1129 Dominque Swain, actress, Jon Keeyes, director, "Fall Down Dead" 2009
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 Killer. She’s trying to get into a locked but lighted building. Unfortunately, the security guard on duty is played by the late David Carradine and he does everything slowly. And the agonized woman outside his door doesn’t impress him at all. podcast excerpt: "When David Carradine got to the location, he said, 'I really want to play this guy like Inspector Clouseau.' Bumbling, dropping things, tripping over himself. And David is hysterical in it. And everybody responded the same way--we didn't realize he was sooo funny." For those who remember Dominique Swain from her first starring role—as “Lolita” opposite Jeremy Irons—this is quite a departure. For one thing, she’s all grown up. And for another she’s really freaked out. Joining us today, in addition to Dominique, is the director of Fall Down Dead, Jon Keeyes. He is a veteran of indie horror films including American Nightmare and Suburban Nightmare. Dominique Swain Instagram • Wikipedia • IMDB • Alamy • Getty Images • Rotten Tomatoes
26:50 07/28/2019
1128 Mike Ruggles, Manny, "Supernanny" 2010
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 of the ABC TV series “Supernanny.” And while it would be tempting to be called “Super-Manny,” the title that falls to her associate Mike Ruggles, I don’t think I’d want to be him, either. MIKE RUGGLES podcast excerpt: "When they brought me in, they thought it might be good angle to work with Dad. They were centered on Dad, but it turned out the whole family needed work."  That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to watch on Friday, January 29  when Ruggles takes over the show for an episode of parenting, “Wally World” style. In this very special episode of “Supernanny” titled “Super-Manny Special: Griswold Family,” Ruggles might meet just his match in a family of real-life Griswolds. That’s right, the Griswolds—just like in my favorite holiday movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Mike Ruggles Supernanny Wiki • IMDB
07:54 07/28/2019
1128 Kevin Smith does a commercial for the Mr. Media podcast! 2011
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 daily, online radio show, Plus One Per Diem. The show features Smith, the director of Clerks, Chasing Amy and Red State, and his wife, actress Jen Schwalbach, discussing life, culture and family. I wrote some suggested points for the live read of the commercial, but Smith improvised the best and rest of it. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
04:25 07/28/2019
1127 John Barbour, comedian, author, reality TV creator, "Real People" 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 word to describe my over-arching impression of the man. It wasn’t easy because in the course of 700 pages, Barbour is a comedian, a talk show host, a culture critic, a writer for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and singer Frank Sinatra, a husband and father, and perhaps ultimately, the father of the modern reality show as creator of NBC’s “Real People.” JOHN BARBOUR podcast excerpt: "We would go to church when I was a boy and the service would stop for one minute every Sunday. The minister would say, 'You are now going to have your own private minute with God. You can pray for whatever you want to pray for.' I always prayed that when I got home, that my father would be there. And every Sunday I'd rush home, open the door and look for my father. He was never there. I did that for 12 weeks and it wasn't working. In the 13th week, I got up and walked out." You may not know Barbour by name, but he is truly a man who has done it all – sometimes twice. The word I finally landed on was “unapologetic.” It’s a word that I think connotes both the curse and success of Barbour’s career. Because he always did things his way. Sometimes that worked to his advantage, giving buoyancy to his career; sometimes, as the mark of a man who preferred steering his own ship, being undisciplined cost him greater opportunities because he always preferred his own counsel and his own path. I really enjoyed Barbour’s book and look forward to discussing it with him. John Barbour Website • Facebook • Twitter • Wikipedia • IMDB • BBS Radio • YouTube
67:28 07/28/2019
1126 Dennis Haskins, actor, "Saved By the Bell" 2010
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 principal on the show through multiple incarnations, starting with all 72 episodes of the original series from 1989-93, on through an episode of “Saved By the Bell: The College Years,” the movies “Saved By the Bell: Hawaiian Style” and “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” and 80 episodes of “Saved By the Bell: The New Class,” from 1993-2000. DENNIS HASKINS podcast excerpt: "TMZ is very liberal with the truth. Sometimes they're nice to you, sometime they're not. If you believe the good stuff, you've got to believe the bad stuff. I had one situation where they put stuff on that was a complete fabrication. There's nothing you can do about it."  There are even rumors of a “Saved By the Bell” theatrical release in the works. Honestly, though, I’m more interested to talk with Haskins about his recent multi-episode arc on the first season of the new TNT dramedy, “Men of a Certain Age.” His certain were with Scott Bakula. Haskins is here to promote his upcoming gig as host of “ACME Saturday Night” this Saturday, March 27, 2010. You can watch the online comedy TV show streaming live online @ Dennis Haskins Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Wikipedia • IMDB • Rotten Tomatoes
24:25 07/26/2019
1125 Ming-Na Wen, actress, "Two and a Half Men," "Mulan" 2010
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, we’d both be single… I’m sorry—where was I? MING-NA podcast excerpt: "As much as I'm proud to be part of the Disney legacy as 'Mulan,' I'm also proud to be one of the Charlie Harper women--that legacy. We're acting, we're working. And even though we're in bed together, it's just part of our crazy, crazy job."  Most of us probably remember Ming-Na best from her run as a young doctor on the long-running NBC medical drama, ER. Or, if you’ve got a daughter, like I do, you’ve probably sat through the Disney animated films Mulan and Mulan 2 a couple hundred times. That’s right, Ming-Na was the voice of the heroic Mulan. More recently, she did an eye-popping arc as one of Charlie Sheen’s love interests on Two and a Half Men, which somehow led to her joining the star-filled ensemble of SyFy’s new series, Stargate Universe.  Ming-Na Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Wikipedia • Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC-TV • IMDB • Rotten Tomatoes
11:44 07/26/2019
1124 Rick Arquilla, president, Roto-Rooter, "Undercover Boss" 2010
2010: When the producers of the CBS reality TV hit “Undercover Boss” brag that their show is about corporate presidents getting their hands dirty, they couldn’t be more accurate than this week’s episode. Because on Sunday, April 4, 2010, the boss going undercover is Rick Arquilla, president of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Roto-Rooter Services Company. That’s right, the top guy at America’s largest plumbing and drain cleaning service will be shown as one of the guys, one of the grunts, repairing and snaking America’s pipes. I know I want to watch that episode—don’t you? RICK ARQUILLA podcast excerpt: "I can assure you that there were certain jobs that no one in their wildest dreams would hire me to do at Roto-Rooters. I was incompetent on numerous levels!"  Arquilla, whose background is in sales, not plumbing, joined Roto-Rooter in 1989 and rose from regional vice president to president and chief operating officer just three years later. Roto-Rooter Website • Twitter • Facebook
27:13 07/26/2019
1123 Peter Richmond, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home" 2010
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 once the safest of investments. PETER RICHMOND podcast excerpt: "A pre-approval means you actually made a formal application for the loan. It's been under-written and you do have a loan. If you're in a competitive seller's market, having a pre-approval is absolutely the gold standard. It gives you an advantage, absolutely."  Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions that most people will ever make. First-time homebuyers in particular have no idea where to start. What they need is a road map and an experienced guide that can advise when to shop and when to not, what’s a gem and what’s a scam. Peter Richmond is probably that guy. He’s the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Home. If anyone can offer good, simple advice on how to do it, it’s got to be him. Peter Richmond Website
28:56 07/26/2019
1122 Mike Watt, editor, "Exploitation Nation" 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 comics-related subjects on Mr. Media, so seeing previous Mr. Media guests Howard Cruse and Trina Robbins on the cover, plus art by Will Eisner – whose authorized biography I wrote 15 years ago – it was a pretty easy reach for me. In fact there is a story inside about Eisner that I edited and reviewed as a favor for Watt some time ago, not realizing it was intended for Exploitation Nation. MIKE WATT podcast excerpt: "Mike Diana's 'Boiled Angel' comics were gross. They're disturbing. There's sexual connotations with children... Mike was definitely working out some horrifying issues. They were Xeroxed, they were mailed out from Tampa throughout the country. One undercover cop tried to tie him to a serial killer in Florida. And even though he was cleared, the police still decided to haul him in for obscenity charges. Not only that, he was convicted! He served some time! And part of his probation was that he wasn't allowed to draw!" Another topic that caught my eye was a look back on the controversial underground comix of Mike Diana, who was a local First Amendment sensation here in the Tampa Bay area two decades ago with his comic, Boiled Angel. My friend Chuck Shepherd, long-time nationally syndicated “News of the Weird” columnist – and a former lawyer – covered the trial for alternative newspapers. This issue also remembers the late National Lampoon magazine artist Vaughn Bode and has a piece about comics artist Steve Bissette. So I’ve invited Watt here to talk about Exploitation Nation and hopefully introduce its content to a few new readers. You can find all six issues available for sale on As for Watt, he is a writer, journalist and screenwriter whose work has appeared in Fangoria, Film Threat, The Dark Side, Cinefantastique, Femme Fatales and Sirens of Cinema. He also edited the 40th Anniversary printing of Paul Schrader's Taxi Driver screenplay, featuring a new interview with Robert De Niro. Mike Watt Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • All Author • Amazon Author Page Happy Cloud Media Happy Cloud Media website
44:48 07/24/2019
1121 Brie Bella, WWE wrestler, Bella Twins 2010
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 Things I Hate About You” star Lindsay Shaw and Mulan’s Ming-Na. Today brings another lovely treat as WWE diva Brie Bella—who works with her twin sister Nikki Bella on “Raw”—joins me to discuss her appearance this Sunday, April 11, as a special guest with Nikki on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” hosted by Ty Pennington. BRIE BELLA podcast excerpt: "We're not scared of dirt. When we threw the toilet out, the window was so strong, the toilet rejected back and along with it came the toilet water. I got it all over me."  If you somehow have missed catching the Bellas on the WWE—and for you non-rasslin’ fans, that’s World Wrestling Entertainment—the WWE ladies don’t just hold up “Round3” cards, they actual wrestle. You can catch the Bella twins on “Raw” every Monday at 9 p.m. on USA Network: Bella Twins Twitter
14:59 07/22/2019
1120 David Russo, author, "17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent" 2010
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 past, except that instead of wanting to enhance their operations, many need this knowledge just to stay in business. For that reason, a solid book of business lessons, taught by someone who has been in the trenches and led—and studied, himself—is always a hotly sought-after commodity. DAVID RUSSO podcast excerpt: "Maybe you have a lot of regeneration of trust to go through if you've not been forthright with your employees. But most organizations, when they deal with their employees, have a behavior pattern that indicates that either they don't trust their employees to know the truth or they don't think their employees can handle the impact of the truth." Enter David Russo, author of 17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent: Why Engaged Employees Are Your Greatest Sustainable Advantage. Russo spent 19 years as VP of human resources for SAS Institute, which won numerous quality-of-work and quality-of-life awards during his tenure. More recently, he founded Eno River Associates to consult on best practices and workforce strategies with companies of all sizes.
27:00 07/20/2019
1119 Robert Lusetich, biographer, "Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season" 2010
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 plummeting print business claims you as its latest victim. ROBERT LUSETICH podcast excerpt: "Tiger Woods is a guy I first met in 1996 when he was still an amateur. I always liked the guy; I thought he was a decent guy. You look at his character failings and they're significant. But if I had to cut off every married man I know who's had an affair, I'd lose some friends. There is more to this guy than tabloid headlines." You’re out of a job but want to stick with the PGA Tour. You have a brilliant idea: Write a book about a year in the sporting life of the world’s greatest golfer, Tiger Woods. A publisher snaps it up and you seemingly have it made. Except you pick the wrong year to focus on the wunderkind, who self-destructs as your year on his tail comes to an end. Even worse, you miss catching him at his real sport, mistressball. But you and your publisher move forward and the result, Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season, still captures a fascinating year on the links with Tiger. It’s a well-written book, perfect for golf enthusiasts, as it captures a young man whose game seems in decline for reasons no one can yet identify. Robert Lusetich Twitter • Fox Sports • LinkedIn • Goodreads
28:24 07/18/2019
1118 J.C. Hutchins, Dana Willhoit, Michael Hinman, Tommy Duncan, bloggers live, BlogOrlando Unconference 2008
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 Winter Park, Florida, it has been missing in action--albeit hiding in plain sight in the archives of my old BlogTalkRadio account--for more than a decade. It was a fun day, the first time I hosted Mr. Media® as a live remote, thanks to the then-advanced technology of BTR. It was also the first time I juggled four guests, each of whom was standing close by to me but had to call in to the show from their cell phones.Ah, high tech! Appearing on this episode, in order, are: • J.C. Hutchins, science fiction novelist; • Dana Willhoit, freelance writer and internet marketer; • Michael Hinman, podcaster, "Syfy Radio"; • and Tommy Duncan, blogger, "Sticks of Fire." Of the four, I was able to find somewhat current information about all but Tommy Duncan, who seems to have dropped from sight. Hutchins, for example, is still publishing his sci-fi novels. Willhoit is a presence on the web, but her business is a bit vague. And Hinman sold his podcast's name to the Syfy Channel years ago and is now editor-in-chief at Riverdale Press in New York City. You can learn more about them by clicking on the links below. I hope you enjoy the show! J.C. Hutchins Website • Facebook • Apple Podcasts • Wikipedia • Goodreads Dana Willhoit Facebook • Instagram • Flickr • LinkedIn • Goodreads Michael Hinman Facebook • Twitter • YouTube • LinkedIn • Riverdale Press • IMDB Tommy Duncan Facebook • Twitter • Creative Loafing Tampa Bay • Whatever Happened To ... • Reddit
38:45 07/18/2019
1117 Robert Dilenschneider, author, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations" 2010
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 mission. In that regard, public relations practitioners are like plumbers: they’ll always have work maintaining a flow and, in an emergency, unclogging a pipe. ROBERT L. DILENSCHNEIDER podcast excerpt: "(Joslyn James) and the other fourteen see this as a platform for themselves and to move ahead. But Gennifer Flowers saw that, Monica Lewinski saw that. Others of the same character saw that. John Edwards' wife has seen that... I wish we would all say to ourselves this guy (Tiger) should be much more repentant and we should all learn lessons."  Hmmm. That analogy worked a lot better in rehearsal. Anyway, my guest today is Robert L. Dilenschneider, founder and chairman of the New York City-based Dilenschneider Group and former president and CEO of one of the world’s best known and most successful public relations agencies, Hill and Knowlton. He is also the author of a new book, The AMA Handbook of Public Relations. AMA, in this case, stands for the American Management Association, by the way. The Dilenschneider Group Website • HuffPost •  LinkedIn • Amazon Author Page
30:36 07/14/2019
1116 Christopher Ventura, Peter LaSala, co-producers, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor” 2009
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 are under assault by cable TV and… a guy named Joe. That’s right, Joe. Joe is the star of an Internet reality TV series called, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor.” You can watch it yourself at ItsOK.TV. CHRISTOPHER VENTURA podcast excerpt: "We have to look up all these products we do to be sure we're not encroaching on any trademarks. When we were looking up ManPooh, we found somebody had registered it. But we figured it's just promotion for them."  Originally from Ellsworth, Kansas, Joe moved to Brooklyn to pursue an acting career. While he looks for his big break, Joe is the subject of an online reality series in which a camera crew documents his life, 24/7. It’s not always pretty. Like the episode in which we discovered that Joe had crabs. Or when he cheated on his ex-girlfriend with a stripper—although the jury is still out on whether it’s cheating if it’s your ex-girlfriend. Christopher Ventura, a 2009 graduate of the film program at Syracuse University, is the man behind Ventura Creative, which produces “It’s OK! I’m an Actor.” Also joining us is Ventura’s co-producer, Peter LaSala. He’s created several film and video shorts in both narrative and documentary genres. If you're a fan of such shows as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you may feel right at home watching “It’s OK!” And you may agree that the Television Academy should keep looking over its shoulder.
29:28 07/14/2019
1114 Mary Ewing-Mulligan, author, "Wine For Dummies" 2011
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 For Dummies and Italian Wine For Dummies — as well as her latest , Wine Style. She has taught hundreds of wine classes  and visited nearly every wine region in the world. Mary is president of International Wine Center, a New York City wine school that offers credentialed wine education for wine professionals and serious wine lovers. MARY EWING-MULLIGAN podcast excerpt: "We drink Barbera more than we drink any other single type of wine. We have dear friends who live in Northern Italy and they are Barbera specialists. It's really hard not to be consumed by the same passion." As U.S. director of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the world’s leading wine educational organization, she works to make the courses she offers in New York available in more and more parts of the United States. She is also the long-standing wine columnist of the New York Daily News. Mary’s most impressive credential is that she’s the first female Master of Wine — MW — in the United States, and one of only 22 MW’s in North America. She is also a columnist for the online wine magazine, and is an accredited  Certified Wine Educator. Learn more about the "For Dummies" book series here: The show is hosted by Bob Andelman of Mr. Media Radio, who was paid for his work.
29:52 07/14/2019
1115 Across The Board band, "Wild Ones," interview, two songs 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 Ones, so I invited them on the show today and figured we could just dive in and learn about them together. Jackie Auguste podcast excerpt: "Our new album, 'Wild Ones," is a collection of songs about two things: the internal struggle of being independent, and the external struggle of having chaos on top of it." Plus, singer Jackie Auguste and bass player Andy Ramjattan agreed to perform two songs -- “Calling,” from their new album, Wild Ones, and “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard” from 2018’s Sonic Boom -- so why not? Across The Board Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • YouTube
30:40 07/13/2019
1113 Debi Gutierrez, comedian (first), Patrick Muldoon, actor, singer (second) (2011)
2011: Two interviews in one show: first up is comedian Debi Gutierrez, followed by Patrick Muldoon, actor in "Starship Troopers" and singer in The Sleeping Masses. Debi Gutierrez Website • Facebook • Twitter • MySpace • YouTube • Instagram Patrick Muldoon/The Sleeping Masses Website • Facebook • Twitter • MySpace • YouTube
24:39 06/22/2019
1112 Parke Puterbaugh, biographer, Phish 2010
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 Grateful Dead, and to be perfectly honest, I’ve had little exposure to the music of the band Phish—and that’s spelled P-H-I-S-H for those of you who listen regularly but may be musically clueless. PARKE PUTERBAUGH podcast excerpt: "I don't know what struck them about me, but I do know what struck me about them. First, before I ever heard a note of their music, at their insistence, I flew up to Burlington, Vermont, which is their home base, and hung out for a weekend. No tape recorder turned on, no interview--it was a 'get to know' session. I had never had anything happen like that before. So I get to know Phish as people, first. I became fascinated by the music they were making and captivated by the whole scene." But what I do recognize is a good story, and that’s what Phish biographer—and former Rolling Stone magazine staff writer—Parke Puterbaugh has in his new book Phish: The Biography. Even though I’m not a Phish-head, I thought by reading the book and talking to Parke, maybe I’ll see the light. Let’s see what happens. Parke Puterbaugh Facebook • Rolling Stone archive • Order Phish: The Biography from Phish Website
28:35 06/22/2019
1111 Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution 2010
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 policy—some would say “system”—emerged after long debate. One day it will likely be remembered as a key accomplishment of President Barack Obama. By sheer luck of timing, my guest today is Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is a woman who wears her beliefs on her sleeve, in her newspaper—via syndication, in a lot of newspapers—and in an online blog. CYNTHIA TUCKER podcast excerpt: "Unfortunately, sometimes you can lose elections if you do the right thing. Doing the right thing can be unpopular. I think back to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. There were certainly Southern politicians who voted for civil rights legislation who lost their seats. And there are going to be some who will lose their seats in November."  You can read her column in your local newspaper on online @ or read her blog @ If I had any doubt Ms. Tucker would be comfortable discussing health care—among other political topics of the day—the headline on her blog this morning clinched it: “Does the GOP really want to run against health care reform?” I’ve been wondering the same thing for weeks. Cynthia Tucker Website • Facebook • Blog
30:51 06/21/2019