The ALL NEW Big Wakeup Call with Ryan Gatenby

The ALL NEW Big Wakeup Call with Ryan Gatenby

Ryan Gatenby chats with actors, authors, athletes, comedians, musicians, and experts in their field in each episode featuring selected interviews from The Big Wakeup Call radio program. New episodes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Episodes

April 17, 2024 6 mins

Heidi Brasher is the Senior Director of Movement Engagement, Strategy, and Innovation at YMCA of the USA.  In this role, she helps leverage innovation and strategy at the national level in support of the diverse needs of the 2,600+ local YMCAs and their communities across the country. Heidi’s work within the Y Movement spans over 20 years, with local program development experience in the areas of early care, afterschool, day camp a...

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Singers, Songwriters, Partners, and YouTube stars Sam Tsui and Casey Breves joined the show for a fun chat about their new book Why Do We Sing? Sam & Casey also sang a song inspired by the book! 

Sam Tsui and Casey Breves are married singers, composers, and content creators who live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Elaia, and cat, Alfie. They are graduates of Yale University, where they met singing in an a cappella ...

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April 12, 2024 8 mins

Andrew Nelson discusses his new book from National Geographic, Here Not There.

An award-winning writer and editor for National Geographic Traveler, Andrew Nelson has roamed all 50 states as well as numerous countries for the magazine and website. He served as director of editorial projects for National Geographic Travel in Washington, D.C., and has taught in institutions such as Loyola University New Orleans and the Colleg...

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April 8, 2024 11 mins

Aida Salazar chats with Ryan about her new book Ultraviolet.

Aida Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the middle-grade verse novels The Moon Within (International Latino Book Award Winner), Land of the Cranes (Américas Award Winner), the picture book anthology, In the Spirit of a Dream, and the pictur...

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April 5, 2024 14 mins

Chantal Nchako visited the show for a fun and lively chat about her childhood growing up in Cameroon, her early career, current project Diarra From Detroit, now airing on BET+, and working with the incredible Eddie Murphy in her upcoming role in the much-anticipated Beverly Hills Cop: Alex F, premiering on Netflix July 3rd.


Chantal Nchako is a French West African actress. Her multicultural and global experiences are i...

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April 3, 2024 11 mins

It was fun re-living childhood memories of action figures and local UHF TV programming with Brad Balukjian as we chatted about his new book THE SIX PACK: On the Road in Search of WrestleMania

Brad Balukjian  has chosen two careers – journalist and scientist
– which converge on pursuit of the truth. He has been published in Rolling Stone,
Smithsonian, National Geographic, and many others. His first book, The Wax P...

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April 1, 2024 9 mins

It's always fun when we have a returning guest, and after talking about weirdness in the Middle Ages last time, we discussed weirdness in the U.S. Government with his book WEIRD BUT TRUE!  KNOW IT ALL: US GOVERNMENT.

Michael Burgan is a historian specializing in writing biographies and current events for younger audiences. His published works include Who Was Henry Ford?, Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?, Breaker Boys: How a Photogra...

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March 29, 2024 15 mins

Joey Angelo, a liquor industry entrepreneur, launched products such as VIVA XXXII Tequila; MARGS – the canned margarita beverage; and Su Casa Mezcal – which, in less than a year after its launch, is now one of the top-selling brands in the mezcal category. Outside of the liquor industry, Joey Angelo was a seed investor in the celebrity fitness concept Rumble Boxing and played a key role in its launch prior to its sale to Xponential...

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March 27, 2024 8 mins

Joe Yogerst returned to the show for a fun chat about his new book 50 States, 1000 Eats: Where to Go, When to Go, What to Eat, What to Drink .

During more than three decades as an editor, writer, photographer, and speaker, Joe Yogerst has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Islands magazine, the International New York Times (Paris), Washi...

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March 25, 2024 9 mins

Affectionally dubbed the “octopus whisperer”, acclaimed author SY MONTGOMERY, returns to the species she knows and loves, offering current and compassionate stories about the scientists on the front lines of octopus research and conservation.  

 In SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS, Montgomery, dives deep into the extraordinary life of one of nature's most intelligent and complex animals. Enhanced with breathtaking National Geographic pho...

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March 22, 2024 11 mins

While Eric Cogorno is best known for the golf lessons he gives to more than 400,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and Instagram, he’s actually spent nearly 20 years building a reputation as a highly respected Performance Golf Coach.  He intuitively combines the art and science of golf to teach to each individual student (seemingly) simple strategies that lead to cutting handicaps in half and significantly improving performance...

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March 20, 2024 7 mins

From October 27, 2021: Anthony DeCurtis called in for a fun and lively discussion of his book THE ROLLING STONES: UNZIPPED.

 For almost 60 years The Rolling Stones have helped shape popular culture around the world. The Rolling Stones: Unzipped traces their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography, and filmmaking. Packed with evocative archival photos, artworks, outtakes, and memorabilia, this stunning v...

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March 18, 2024 7 mins

From September 17, 2017: Jorma Kaukonen, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, talked about his career and his memoir Been So Long.

ABOUT JORMA KAUKONEN

As a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen has achieved incredible success. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, Kaukonen has played with many well-known and hi...

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March 15, 2024 7 mins

From September 23, 2020: Comedian, actor, SNL alum, Spinal Tap bassist and Simpsons legend Harry Shearer discusses his career and his new album, The Many Moods of Donald Trump.

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March 11, 2024 7 mins

Award-winning author Ann E. Burg discusses her latest book Force of Nature: A Novel of Rachel Carson.

ANN E. BURG’s debut novel, All the Broken Pieces, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Jefferson Cup award winner and an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, among its many honors. All of her subsequent novels in verse have garnered multiple awards and starred reviews. Serafina's Promise was named an ALA N...

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March 8, 2024 10 mins

Best-selling author Steve Berry discusses his latest Cotton Malone novel, THE ATLAS MANEUVER.


 Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eighteen Cotton Malone novels, five stand-alone thrillers, two Luke Daniels adventures, and several works of short fiction. He has over twenty-six million books in print, translated into forty-one languages. With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the fou...

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March 6, 2024 12 mins

Worldwide #1 best-selling author and friend of the show Mark Greaney talks about his latest Gray Man novel, THE CHAOS AGENT.

In THE CHAOS AGENT, someone is killing the world’s leading experts on robotics and artificial intelligence. Is it a tech company trying to eliminate the competition or is it something even more sinister? It’s an irresistible lure for most, but not for the Gray Man. His quest for a quiet life has led ...

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March 4, 2024 11 mins

Ryan talks with #1 bestselling author Tiffany Jewell about her latest book, EVERYTHING I LEARNED ABOUT RACISM I LEARNED IN SCHOOL.

TIFFANY JEWELL is the Black biracial #1 New York Times bestselling and #1 Indie bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist and The Antiracist Kid. She is a twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, and anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator who has been working with children and...

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March 1, 2024 10 mins

From May 9, 2018: Rock journalist Steven Hyden called in to discuss his new book Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock. We discussed the Classic Rock upbringing of Gen X'ers, why Lennon-McCartney will be discussed like Mozart, and 90s bands becoming the new classic rock. Plus: we share our love of Styx: Behind the Music.

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February 29, 2024 7 mins

March is National Ladder Safety Month, and in this special public service episode, Ryan Moss, President of American Ladder Institute discusses important safety tips for DIYers and home renovators.


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