7.21.2015

Brian "Sludge" Haddad: in the zone

Brian Haddad is the Creative Director and on-air host at sports radio 94WIP in Philadelphia and talks about how he handles show prep and production responsibilities; writing with Spike Eskin; how he comes up with effective imaging, including drama and storylines for promos; his work at WRCX Rock 103-5 (where Dave Richards was a great boss) and Q101 WKQX in Chicago; making the transition from music radio to sports radio; what made radio fun; what Metallica is like; Chris Farley in the Hancock; how his agent Steve Mandell has helped his career; why he went to WXCD The Zone from Q101, and how he dealt with being out of work after The Zone’s demise; his brief gig with Adam Carolla; why people should have more than one skill; his successful morning show in Richmond at WDYL Y101; doing mornings in Phoenix at KDKB-FM; how he landed at WIP; what makes a good sports show; how listeners responded to him when he was first in Philadelphia; working in Toledo Ohio at WIOT FM-104; how he got into radio; what's great about Detroit; advice for people who've lost jobs; how he realized that "every day I'm with myself," and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG137.mp3

6.17.2015

Spike Eskin: no yelling

Spike Eskin is the Program Director of sports radio 94WIP in Philadelphia and talks about Delaware county, Philadelphia's idiosyncrasies, if being from Philadelphia helps his reputation with listeners; working at WYSP in Philadelphia and Q101 in Chicago (where he was the assistant program director and music director); working in sports radio vs music radio and the difference between managing a music station and sports station; how music radio has changed; his sports podcast; why people should do their own projects and have their own websites; why he likes being a PD; dealing with air talent; the role of social media and the power of Twitter; how he rebranded himself when he was out of work and how his website helped him get work; why he didn't use his last name for a while; what it's like to be his dad's boss (sports media star Howard Eskin) and what he learned from him; radio yellers, interviewing Howard Stern, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG136.mp3

5.03.2015

Dobie Maxwell: honest expression

Dobie Maxwell is a comedian and has worked in radio throughout the country. He talks about how the comedy world has changed; how the Internet has affected the entertainment business; if TV helps a career; what Craig Ferguson is like; working at Zanies; how to understand an audience; dealing with hecklers; teaching comedy; his blog and newsletter; his upcoming book about a bank robbery that his former best friend was sent to prison for; working with Rick Kaempfer as a publisher and at WLUP "The Loop"; getting fired; working at 93 QFM in Milwaukee; his family; how his perspective on life changed in the past year; what drives people to be successful; why Rosie O’Donnell is a sweet person; why bookers get mad at him; what he regrets; what now-famous people he hung out with in LA; what he thinks of the radio business; how he first got into radio in Lansing, Michigan; why creative people should have a day job; how comedy is different from radio, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG135.mp3

2.11.2015

Lisa Fielding: radio news

Lisa Fielding is an anchor and reporter at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. She talks about the difference between doing radio news and TV, and why she likes radio so much. Her media experience includes WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois; WIFR-TV and WROK-WZOK radio in Rockford, Illinois; Fox 47 News in Madison, Wisconsin; WVTV-WB in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and WSCR radio "The Score" in Chicago.

Lisa Fielding: radio news from Margaret Larkin.

1.14.2015

Bill Moller: writing and broadcasting

Bill Moller has worked in TV for several years, including CLTV in Chicago and First Business News (Weigel Broadcasting), and talks about his early years in Montana at the Montana Television Network and WESH-TV in Orlando. He also talks about news writing, what makes a good story, his consulting business, over-attribution, the broadcast news business, why news matters, presentation tips, how the media has changed, and why he likes radio (as of this posting, his show at WGN Radio is winding down).

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG134.mp3

12.31.2014

Jordan Bernfield: sports show prep

Jordan Bernfield: Sports Radio Prep from Margaret Larkin on Vimeo.


Jordan Bernfield talks about being at the Cubs game during the Steve Bartman incident and explains how he's been prepping for hosting the David Kaplan Show with Mark Carman on WGN Radio in Chicago.

11.23.2014

Spike O'Dell: rewarded by radio

Spike O'Dell is happily retired after spending several years at WGN radio. He talks about his radio career; why he retired; being a top 40 DJ; how he got into radio; how music radio and the radio business have changed; becoming Billboard Magazine's Top 40 Jock of the Year in a medium market; how he went from music radio to talk radio; how he got to WGN; working at KIIK-FM and KSTT in the Quad Cities and Iowa; why he left WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina; what it was like to take over mornings after Bob Collins died; dealing with his house burning down; and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG133.mp3

10.02.2014

Felicia Middlebrooks: 30-plus years at the top

Felicia Middlebrooks anchors the news with Pat Cassidy on WBBM Newsradio, which is consistently the top-rated station in Chicago. She talks about growing up in Gary, Indiana and its revitalization; working in the steel industry; working in radio in Northwest Indiana at WBAA-FM in Lafayette, WLTH, WJOB in Hammond, and WGVE; interning and working at CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) in Chicago; why she got into radio; having a good attitude; facing challenges; being the first woman to anchor morning drive for CBS Radio; how she got the morning news job and why she loves it; the lack of women in radio; advice for people who want to work in the media; the award-winning documentary she did about post-genocide Rwanda; the book Called that she wrote with Lisa Jefferson about 9/11; writing; interviewing famous people including President Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Alexander Haig, and Patti LaBelle; charities she works with; knitting scarves; working with men in the steel mills and radio; how she dealt with opposition, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG132.mp3

9.15.2014

Sam Panayotovich: driven (and youngest?) sports guy

Sam Panayotovich says he is the youngest guy on sports radio in Chicago; he hosts a show on 87.7 The Game with Jerry Riles, and hosts Preps Plus Chicago on WGN Radio and Campus Tailgate on The Game, both with Jordan Bernfield. He talks about his broadcasting start with Most Valuable Network in high school; being on the air on WEFT at the University of Illinois; how his dad was a state representative and was very good friends with infamous politician Ed Vrdolyak; working hard; talking sports on Garry Meier's show; reporting for the Blackhawks and Bears; interviewing Jay Cutler; why basketball is his favorite sport; how playing sports has helped him in media; why he respects Dan Patrick; his ultimate media gig; why he likes play-by-play (he currently does it for UIC men's basketball; advice he got from Roe Conn; why he likes doing radio; Serbian Christmas; Bob Collins; Mark Carman and napgate; cupcakes at Ken Smith's, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG131.mp3

8.07.2014

Derrick Young: positive TV talent

Derrick Young is a traffic reporter on CBS-TV in Chicago, and was discovered through a talent search. He talks about his schedule; working in the mortgage industry; how he got on TV; how he prepared for the contest; how Bart Shore, producer Beth Godvik, meteorologist Megan Glaros, Jim Williams, and others helped him; how working at IBM influenced his optimism; how he stays positive; how to change negative thinking; helping and mentoring kids; his speaking engagements; how to set goals; dealing with challenges and failure; his fitness and diet plan; being bullied; how to get into the media business; how being on TV has helped him; persistence, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG130.mp3

7.16.2014

Brian Tallerico: Roger Ebert and more

Brian Tallerico is the Content Editor of RogerEbert.com and talks about TV on Bill Moller's show on WGN Radio. He talks about his career; his interviews with Michael Pitt, Robert Redford, Jodie Foster, Errol Morris, Will Smith, Will Ferrell, Andy Sandberg, and Wes Craven; advice for interviewing; why Shia LaBeouf was his worst interview; what famous people are usually like; the value of criticism and film critics; if bad reviews matter; how he got into the reviewing business and became a film and TV critic; how he stayed motivated before he became part of the special class of critics; how the Internet has affected criticism; how he knew Roger Ebert; what he thinks of the Chicago TV and film scene; what makes a good review, and more. He also is Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association and helps organize their film festivals, edits the Magill's Cinema Annual, is the Playstation Guide for About.com, and writes for Film Threat and other sites.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG129.mp3

7.03.2014

Jeffrey T. Mason: super-passionate music radio host

Jeffrey T. Mason is on the air at WJMK/K-Hits in Chicago, and has been working in radio since he was a teenager. He talks about how he got into radio; his early gig at WYCL-FM in Boyertown-Reading, Pennsylvania; why stations don't want music DJs to talk too much; why he loves Chicago; working at 92.7 KISS-FM/WKIE-FM/WDEK-FM/WKIF-FM, WXXY-FM, and 94.7 WZZN the Zone; doing mornings on the dance station Energy 95.7/5; working in Indianapolis and how luxurious Emmis Communications' headquarters are; advice for getting into the biz; how he's dealt with changes and firings; why CBS is a great company; being talent vs being management; how to make a music station successful; being a teenage program director; working at 94.5 KOOL-FM in Phoenix, Arizona as an Assistant Program Director and on-air host; the worst interview with singer Jewel Kilcher; interviewing Cher; dealing with record reps; why he doesn't like doing morning shows; being persistent; his jingles and other audio; his online music station, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG128.mp3

5.20.2014

Ken Smith: Al Roker Jr and more

Ken Smith was known as "Al Roker Jr." on the Mancow show, and now does sports updates on Jonathan Brandmeier's show and has his own show on The Game Chicago. He talks about how he got his nickname; why he got gastric bypass surgery; the south side and living near President Barack Obama; working at V103/WVAZ-FM with Richard Steele, John Davis, George Willborn, John Monds, and Bonnie DeShong; meeting Ray Charles and James Brown; working at white and black radio stations; being a Rush and Duran Duran fan; how he got on the Mancow show; being the only black person around white people; working for Mancow’s show at Q101 and Rock 103.5; naked adventures; the Howard Stern/Mancow rivalry; his podcast, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG127.mp3

5.02.2014

Bernie Eagan: lifelong radio fun

Bernie Eagan is on the air afternoons/evenings at B105.7/WYXB in Indianapolis, and has spent his entire career in Indiana. He's amazingly been with Emmis Communications for over 30 years. He talks about his start in radio when he was 14; working in Hartford City, at WERK in Muncie, and at WENS; what it's like to be blind; how people have responded to him and helped him; braille; how he successfully studied in school; Eric Garnes and Paul Mendenhall; how radio has changed; getting fired; famous people he's met; his DJ business; why he loves radio; advice, perseverance, and more. I got to know him when he contacted me after he listened to the Greg Brown interview I did.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG126.mp3

4.17.2014

Marcus Leshock: super TV talent

Marcus Leshock hosts segments on the WGN­-TV Morning News, and fills in for the "Around Town" segment (hosted by Ana Belaval and produced by Tom Barnas). He started in television hosting the "Metromix" show on CLTV, and talks about being a pop culture geek; his Fantasy Football Festivus podcast with Steve Lippo (a WGN sports producer); talking sports on The Game radio station with Harry Teinowitz and Jarrett Payton; doing TV vs radio; how he got into TV; advice for getting in the biz and on his segments; what makes a good story, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG125.mp3

4.01.2014

Dan Levy: Game on

Dan Levy is a producer and does audio production for the new sports station, The Game, where he also works with Mark Carman & Connor McKnight; he talks about working at WSCR The Score; what's wrong with sports radio; being on Sirius XM's Howard Stern channel with the Gabe Kanan show; how they got on the Howard Stern channel; what Gary Dell'Abate (Howard Stern's producer) is like; why the Abe Kanan show was cancelled on Howard 101; Tim Sabian, and more. He was also one of the first people to be on this podcast.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG124.mp3

3.20.2014

Glen Kozlowski: super-nice football guy

Glen Kozlowski hosts Sports Central on WGN Radio with Jim Memolo, and he played with the Chicago Bears from 1984-1992. He talks about getting drafted by Mike Ditka after he was a successful wide receiver at Brigham Young University; his helpful Hawaiian-Samoan mother and Polish father; his brother, who played with the Miami Dolphins; how Polish was his first language; working in pineapple fields; how he made it to the NFL; problems in school; Jim McMahon; injuries; leaving the Bears; how football has changed; the media; how Bob Collins helped him; volleyball; coaching high school football; what he thinks of college players being paid; football dangers; advice; what he misses about his pro days, Harry Caray, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG123.mp3

2.26.2014

Bionce Foxx: shining star

Bionce Foxx was on the air at WGCI in Chicago for several years and now does mid-days at Star 92.7 in the Cayman Islands (Caribbean and urban music). She talks about how she got into radio; working in Bermuda at a hip hop R&B station; voicetracking; meeting famous people; stalkers; John Legend; her Foxx on the Box show on WGCI; hearing Ordinary People live on the air; working at WGCI's gospel sister station; Steve Harvey; why music radio is still vibrant; meeting Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z; voicetracking for Clear Channel in Tyler, Texas and at WKKV V100.7 in Milwaukee; doing TV at CLTV, WGN and NBC-5; advice; mid-days in Las Vegas at a hip-hop R&B station; helping other people; volunteering at Pacific Garden Mission, LaRabida Hospital, the Jordan Boys & Girls clubs, Changing Life Education, and Top Box Foods; racism; what it was like to work for the Kennedy family and Chris Kennedy at the Merchandise Mart, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG122.mp3

2.04.2014

Courtney Stewart, Tamara Berg, John Comerford: buzzing and busy in L.A.

Courtney Stewart, Tamara Berg, and John Comerford host very popular podcasts at AfterBuzz TV, created by Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro. They started there discussing the shows "Beyond Scared Straight" and "The Game" and now they do a "Downton Abbey" podcast together. Courtney also does "Real Housewives" and "Celebrity Apprentice", plus hosts "Black Hollywood Live Fashion 411" and "Black Hollywood Live This Week" at Black Hollywood Live. And she's in the web series Not Quite Fabulous. Tamara appears on TV as a lifestyle expert. They talk about what they do in Los Angeles, haters in the entertainment industry, watching TV, their success, doing the red carpet, and more.

(A slightly different version of this interview airs on Rivet News Radio.)

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG121.mp3

1.16.2014

Roy Leonard: fun success

Roy Leonard has had a long career in media: radio, TV, and online. He talks about his start in the 1940s; his radio work in Salem and Framingham Massachusetts; army radio in Nome, Alaska; his theater background and meeting his wife, Sheila, there; working at WHDH and WNAC in Boston; finding out about WGN from sportscaster Curt Gowdy in the late 1960s; filling in for Wally Phillips; moving to Chicago in the late 60s; broadcasting Chicago Bulls home games with Vince Lloyd; living in Kenilworth; how he helped get Johnny Mathis exposure; the early days of TV and heydays of radio; why he likes Garry Meier's show; how he was the first theater and movie reviewer and interviewer; Kathy & Judy; Larry Lujack's real personality; his good attitude; interviewing John F Kennedy, John Cleese, Timothy Dalton, Henry Fonda, and Tippi Hedren; celebrity worship; his passion for theater; knowing Pearl Bailey, Marcel Marceau and Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits; hosting Family Classics; why he talked about his family on the air; his son Kelly Leonard (a Second City executive); why he retired; what he thought of Garry Meier and Steve Dahl making fun of him on their show; why he put Nick Digilio on the air, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG120.mp3