Celebrity Salute

Celebrity Salute

Celebrity Salute was created to honor our veterans, active duty military, their families and those who support them. Through conversations with celebrities, we recognize our nation’s true heroes and the sacrifices they make to protect our freedoms. We owe them greatly, and hope to raise awareness and support for them and their families while in active service and as they transition to civilian life —many continue to serve in the communities in which they live.

Episodes

August 8, 2022 36 min

We have a treat for you this week! We welcome the former band leader of David Letterman’s “Most Dangerous Band,” Paul Shaffer to the podcast. We discuss his long-running music career, how he got started as a television band leader, his new interview series, his Christmas Eve trips to visit the troops in Afghanistan and much, much more.

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We welcome one of our favorite musicians, a man who practically wrote the theme song for every other Hollywood blockbusters in the 80s (and don’t forget Down on Pooh Corner): Kenny Loggins! Randy talks with Kenny about his successful and difficult history with recent guest of the show, Jim Messina, their reunion show at the Hollywood Bowl, and some really fun stories about his time in the music industry (and some great party tips!)

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July 25, 2022 54 min

Randy welcomes one of the most sought after motivational speakers in America, Damon West. He shares his struggles with addiction, his descent into a life of crime, and the incredible story of how he overcame his demons to live out his "next mission" of serving others. We hope you enjoy this great discussion on The National Defense!

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July 18, 2022 34 min

We welcome CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky to the podcast! Alex is a West Point Grad and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of captain. Randy and Alex talk about his upbringing, his time in the service, and how it felt to take a leading role in the worldwide effort to produce life-saving vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Alex for appearing on the show and for his...

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We welcome acclaimed director and actor Rob Reiner to Celebrity Salute. Randy and Rob talk about his recent projects, his thoughts on the men and women who put on the uniform of the United States Armed Services, his own family's lengthy history of military service and bravery overseas, and much more in this wide-ranging and entertaining interview.

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We welcome David Feherty, former pro golfer and broadcast host of “Feherty” to the show. Randy and David talk about his work on the links and his incredibly important work supporting military and veterans causes. David also shares some great stories on the PGA Tour, how he became a U.S. citizen and how his upbringing in Ireland fueled his love of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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We welcome star of television and the podcast world Mike Rowe to Celebrity Salute to talk about his career in entertainment, his GREAT podcast series The Way I Heard It, and the work that Mike does supporting members of the Marine Corps. Randy and Mike discuss why veteran unemployment is such a serious and pernicious issue, and how he has pointed his foundation towards helping out those who have served our country. Make sure to che...

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We welcome an incredibly fascinating individual in Skunk Baxter to Celebrity Salute. Skunk Baxter is an American guitarist, known for his stints in the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers during the 1970s and Spirit in the 1980s. More recently, he has worked as a defense consultant and advised U.S. members of Congress on missile defense. Randy and Skunk talk about all of this and much more in this great interview.

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This week on Celebrity Salute, we welcome more Hollywood royalty in Annette Benning and friend of the show Bryan Cranston! The duo is promoting the new Paramount Plus production “Jerry & Marge Go Large,” the true story of how an unassuming couple in a small town find a loophole in the lottery and recruit their fellow townspeople for a wild financial ride. Bryan and Annette also spend some time talking with Randy about our milit...

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We welcome actor Lewis Pullman to Celebrity Salute to talk about his turn as Lt. Robert “Bob” Floyd in the new film Top Gun: Maverick. Randy and Lewis talk about the process of making the film, his interaction with members of the U.S. Navy, and some thoughts on his great acting father, Bill Pullman. No fighter jet interview would be complete without civilians relating their stories of flying along with trained military pilots and h...

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Celebrity Salute welcomes American singer, dancer, actor, television host and former teen idol, Donny Osmond to the show! Randy speaks with Donny about his six decades of work in the entertainment industry, the 11 year residency he and his sister Marie Osmond completed at the Flamingo Las Vegas, and his new multi-year residency at the Harrah's Las Vegas. It’s a great interview with a great entertainer here on Celebrity Salute.

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May 23, 2022 12 min

We welcome, all the way from Dubai, Cedric the Entertainer! Cedric and Randy talk about his long-running comedy career, his new show on CBS “In the Neighborhood,” and about how growing up in the mid-west influenced his own personality as well as the ethos of the characters he plays.

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We are thrilled to welcome America’s Singing Cowboy, with Six Gold Album and multiple Grammy Awards nominations, Michael Martin Murphey to Celebrity Salute. Randy and Michael talk about the very beginnings of his career, his current musical projects and tours, as well as what he is up to in his private life. Randy and Murph talk about members of our Armed Forces, our veterans, and the debt we owe them for being willing to leave the...

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This week on Celebrityt salue, we welcome one of the biggest names in the world in entertainment; Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney. In this episode, Randy talks with Bob about the history of Disney, as well as how the historic ties to the military have shaped the present and future of the company. Randy talks with Bob about some of the special incentives and services that military families and veterans can expect when visiting a Disney pr...

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April 30, 2022 19 min

Celebrity Salute is thrilled to welcome a great friend to veterans and to the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces, LEGENDARY actress Sharon Stone! Randy and Sharon talk about the 30th anniversary of her appearance in Basic Instinct and her work with Robert DeNiro in Casino, as well as her health struggles that sidelined her Hollywood career. Sharon opens up on her feelings toward the military, how we support...

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April 23, 2022 28 min

We have a treat for you this week on Celebrity Salute in actor and writer Jake Johnson. Known for his role as Nick Miller on the hit FOX series “New Girl,” Jake is starring in brand new HBO Max “Minx” comedy series set in 1970s Los Angeles. This is one of the most fun interviews we’ve recorded to date, and we hope you enjoy Jake Johnson on Celebrity Salute.

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April 14, 2022 22 min

We welcome actor, musician, and comedian Fred Armisen to Celebrity Salute to talk about his career on Saturday Night Live, his hit series "Portlandia" on IFC, his turn as band leader on late night television and much much more.

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The legendary actor Michael Douglas returns to the National Defense to talk about the upcoming 30 year anniversaries of his Hollywood blockbuster roles in Wall Street, Basic Instinct, and Fatal Attraction. Randy and Michael take a deep dive into some of his earlier roles as well as take a look at his upcoming role as founding father Benjamin Franklin in a new Apple+ feature based on the book “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, Fr...

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Saying 'thank you' isn't enough when it comes to the troops. Film and TV icon Alec Baldwin says we need to do more to make sure our service men and women all come home safe to their homes and loved ones in this episode of the National Defense Network's Celebrity Salute.

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The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, joins host Randy Miller to talk about his art and the troops serving our nation.

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