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

12.31.2013

Donna Halper: Rush and Radio

Donna Halper is best known for bringing Rush to the USA, but she's had a long career in radio. She talks about the radio business; her start in radio at Northeastern University, where she was the first woman on the air; her consulting biz; if radio can be revived; overcoming obstacles; her books and essays about baseball and the media; women in radio; being weird; how she got on the air; Arnie Ginsburg; why she hated Cleveland; getting fired for not doing drugs; sexual harassment; being persistent; WMMS in Cleveland, where she introduced Rush to the United States; why Rush is different; her friendship with them; why it took a long time for Rush to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; what Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are like; the Alex Harvey Band; Bruce Springsteen; WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where Howard Stern started out; being a Mercury Records talent scout; WLIR in Long Island; WRVR in New York (a jazz station); Barney Kessel; Phil Woods, who played on a Billy Joel song, Boston, and lots more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG119.mp3

12.11.2013

Kipper McGee: management talks

Kipper McGee is best known for being a Program Director at WLS in Chicago, but has worked in radio all over the country, doing music radio in Wisconsin towns and Milwaukee, Santa Fe, Rochester (Minnesota), then as a Program Director and General Manager in Milwaukee, Des Moines (Iowa), New Orleans, San Diego, St. Louis, and Orlando. He's now a radio consultant and runs America Weekend syndicated programming. He talks about what makes good talent; how to tell what listeners want; advertising and marketing; being a GM vs PD; corporate radio; if consultants are a waste of money; older listeners; why WLS got rid of Jerry Agar, what's happened to talk radio; Rush Limbaugh, Don Wade, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG118.mp3

11.27.2013

James VanOsdol: music radio and more

James VanOsdol worked at alternative Q101/WKQX for several years and wrote We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm: The Oral History of Q101. He talks about the meaning of the title; why he used Kickstarter; what it was like to meet Rush; his brief gigs at WXRT and WZZN/The Zone; getting fired; his previous podcast about comic books; sci-fi; and his current podcast at Steve Dahl's network.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG117.mp3

11.14.2013

Paul Lisnek: TV, radio, and much more

Paul Lisnek hosts "Politics Tonight" on CLTV, but he does a lot more: he was the only "white guy" at WVON Radio, where he hosted a show and where he fills in for Cliff Kelley; loves theater and hosts "Broadway in Chicago Backstage" on Comcast; hosts the "Comcast Newsmakers" TV show; got a PhD in Communications at the same time as a J.D. (law degree) at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana; created the Paul Lisnek Chair in Law & Communications and donated money to U of I, including The Paul Lisnek Cafe, two faculty conference rooms, and the Paul Lisnek Trial Advocacy Awards at the law school; was a jury consultant for his company Decision Analysis and worked on many well-known cases; wrote several books, and a lot more!

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG116.mp3

10.23.2013

Tom Petersen: Bob Collins memories and more

Tom Petersen started his long media career in Milwaukee as a disc jockey, and worked at WEMP in Milwaukee, WXYZ in Detroit, KWWL-TV in Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at a rock station in Duluth, Minnesota, and at WGN Radio, where he worked with Bob Collins for several years. He talks about his news career, Chicago and Detroit's corruption, Bob Collins and Wally Phillips stories, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG115.mp3

10.16.2013

Doug Cummings: from crime reporter to crime author

Doug Cummings was a TV and radio reporter in Kansas City and in Chicago at WMAQ and WGN Radio after he was a deputy sheriff near Kansas City. He talks about his career, his passion for crime stories, criminals he encountered, crime stories he covered, seeing dead bodies, how he comes up with story ideas and plots, his writing process and how he stays motivated to write, why he left radio and law enforcement, his new book, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG114.mp3

10.15.2013

Jordan Bernfield: Steve Bartman and Show Prep (video)


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