Danny Goldberg is a music industry veteran. He started Gold Mountain Entertainment back in 1983, and managed Nirvana starting in 1991. He was the CEO of the Mercury Records Group, and president of Atlantic Records. He ran his own Artemis Record label from 1999 to 2006. These days, his management company is called Gold Village Entertainment. Danny's book about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana is called "Serving the Servant" and he talks... Read more
In the mid-Sixties, my sister Jeanne brought home all the Gary Lewis And The Playboys records. We'd stack up those 45s and play 'em nonstop; great songs like "This Diamond Ring,""Count Me In," "Save Your Heart For me," "Everybody Loves A Clown ,""She's Just My Style,""Sure Gonna Miss Her," and "Green Grass." I loved those records. So you can imagine what a thrill it was to sit down with Gary Lewis in October of 2018 and talk abo... Read more
Jeff Idelson has his dream job. He's the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He grew up loving and playing the game, but realized early on that his talents would only take him so far. That didn't shake his determination to pursue a career in baseball. He became a vendor at Fenway Park in junior high school, which led to an internship and later on, a position in the PR department o... Read more
Allan Rich (birthname Benjamin Schultz) was born in the Bronx in 1926 and knew he wanted to be an actor when he was five years old. He appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1940s including a memorable play with Claude Rains called "Darkness at Noon." In the mid-forties, Allan led a Theatrical Action Committee to free Willie McGee, a black man from Mississippi who had been convicted of rape in 1945 and subsequently electroc... Read more
The Amazing Kreskin, professional mentalist, has been thrilling audiences since the late Sixties. He made countless TV appearances with Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and David Letterman. Kreskin was even the subject of his own Milton Bradley board game. These days, the Amazing Kreskin, age 83, makes appearances not only on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but all around the world, including an Off-Broadway show ... Read more
Legoland New York is currently under construction, ahead of schedule and due to open in the Spring of 2020 in the town of Goshen. This will be a 170-acre theme park on a 500-acre parcel of land off Exit 125 on Route 17. As you drive from Middletown to NYC, you can see the site just past exit 125 on the right-hand side. Hayley Coriaty is the Community Relations Director of Legoland New York, and she fills me in on everything th... Read more
Guitarist Steve Hackett played in the classic lineup of Genesis with Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. He left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career, and also formed GTR in the Eighties with Steve Howe. Mr. Hackett talks about those great days with Genesis, his current world tour and recent CD "Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham."
The great actor Chazz Palminteri is the brains behind "A Bronx Tale," which began as a one-man show, then became a popular movie, and is currently a Broadway musical playing over a year now at the Longacre Theatre. I talk to Chazz about the show and growing up in the Bronx in a program recorded at his delicious restaurant, also called Chazz Palminteri, on West 46th Street.
Katy Tur hosts the 2pm hour every weekday on MSNBC. In 2015-16, she was the NBC news correspondent assigned to the Trump campaign and appeared on NBC Nightly News just about every night. She took a lot of heat from candidate Trump, who called her "disgraceful,""third-rate," and "not nice." Katy wrote all about it in her new book "Unbelievable." She talks to me about her new book, politics, broadcast journalism, and life on t... Read more
Longtime concert promotor John Scher shares candid stories about Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and John's days as owner of the legendary Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
John Sebastian was the lead singer of the The Lovin' Spoonful and the voice behind "Do You Believe in Magic?," "Summer in the City," "Daydream," "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" and a whole bunch more, On his own, he had a huge hit in 1976 with the theme song to the ABC sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter." I travel up to Saugerties NY to speak with John about his long career as a musician.
Comedian Vic DiBitetto is one of the busiest stand-up comedians in America. You might know him as the "bread and milk guy" on You Tube. He also appeared in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." I talk to Vic in a very funny episode recorded at the iHeartRadio facility in Franklin, New Jersey
Rob Dyson is a businessman, philanthropist, former race car driver and he once owned radio stations in the Hudson Valley. Without Rob, there probably wouldn't be a Walkway Over the Hudson or a Dyson Center for Cancer Care. I talk to Rob about finance, fast cars, broadcasting and the meanings of legacy and success.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the subject of a new documentary called "Gilbert." He's been a stand-up comic since the Seventies, and has also been the voice of Iago the Parrot in "Aladdin" and the Aflac Duck. I talk to Gilbert backstage before a show in Blairstown, New Jersey.
Rock-and-roll legend Tommy James has been the leader of Tommy James and the Shondells since the 1960s and is the voice behind timeless hits like "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony," "Crimson and Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and a whole bunch more. I talk to Tommy about his long career and his terrific book "Me, the Mob and the Music" in a conversation recorded in Tommy's kitchen in his New Jersey home.
"Elvis Duran and the Morning Show" is heard on over 80 iHeartRadio stations. Elvis talks to me about his long career in radio and how he stays passionate about what he does every morning.