Alicia Malone

Film expert and TCM host Alicia Malone returned to our show with her thoughts on the upcoming Oscars and to chat about some of her favorite films.  Watch Alicia on the red carpet during ABC’s coverage on Sunday.

Mark Greaney

New York Times #1 Bestselling Author Mark Greaney joined the show once again to discuss his new novel, the latest in his popular Gray Man series, Mission Critical.  We talked about his travels, his writing process, the surrealism of writing in coffee shops on the road, surrounded by writers who want to be him, and how he stays organized (or not) while working on multiple books at once.

Robots, Zombies, and Robot Zombies

Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in to totally run what had been a very pleasant Friday with stories about slow motion Ebola, homicidal deer, self-sustaining robots feeding on flesh, and satellite-eating robots building a death star.

Andrew Zimmern

Four-time James Beard award winner and Travel Channel star Andrew Zimmern returned to the show for the first time since 2016.  After catching up a bit, we discussed his new book (and kid lit debut) AZ and the Lost City of Ophir, featuring a boy, his travels, and of course, his food.

Garrett Morris

Garrett Morris called in to talk about his new movie Granddaddy Day Care and share stories about working in Chicago, his time on SNL and owning a comedy club.

James Rollins

James Rollins returned to the show to discuss his new book, Crucible, which explores humanity’s potential extinction at the hands of artificial intelligence. Despite James frightening the you-know-what out of me while describing his book, we managed to have a brief discussion of baseball and favorite local roast beef restaurants while also becoming best friends.

The Big Wakeup Call’s 2018 End-of-the-year Show!

Screen Shot 2018-12-21 at 2.05.52 PMIt’s The Big Wakeup Call’s 2018 End-of-the-Year Show, celebrating yet another year of how we inexplicably continue to be allowed to do this show.  Ryan invited many of his favorite guests to call in, and those who actually returned his call were Scott Aukerman, Ben Gleib, Dylan Brody, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, and Bill McCormick!

This episode is brought to you by Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride.  Diphenhydramine, just as potent as ammonium sulfonate, only with a little more salicylic acid.

If you’d like to skip ahead to the interviews, you could try:

Scott Aukerman 5:22

Ben Gleib  12:55

Dylan Brody  19:10

Heather & Jessica 27:00

Bill McCormick 35:00

 

Wolfgang Puck

unnamed (3)Wolfgang Puck called into the show for a fun chat about opening new restaurants, his new online Masterclass series, cooking with seasonal ingredients, and the first time he knew he could make it as a pro chef. I also shamelessly ask him about opening a new place in my neighborhood.

 


Bobby Berk

zYQr-JZO_400x400Bobby Berk, one of the nation’s top designers and one of the stars of the new “Queer Eye” on Netflix gave us a call live on location from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design museum to celebrate National Design Week.  Bobby gave me some tips on re-doing my place on a radio money budget, including how to keep an organized, functional home with two teenagers and a 3-year-old.


John Michael Higgins

unnamedJohn Michael Higgins returned to the show as promised to talk about season 2 of his hit show America Says, now airing weeknights at 9/8c on GSN.  John talked about what makes a good contestant, the new twists, turns and special effects this season, and whether or not I could be the loud, overly enthusiastic announcer.