Bill McCormick on too much television

Bill McCormick checked in from the World News Center to give us a rundown on the approximately 2,952-ish Sci-Fi and Horror series that will be coming this fall to a television and/or streaming device near you.

 

Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom is, of course, the drummer for the Stray Cats.  His new book is “A Stray Cat Struts:  My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.”  It was great to talk to Jim about the continuing appeal of rockabilly, the amazing list of musicians he’s had the pleasure to work with (and his relationship with George Harrison) and share a little fan gushing about how influential he was in my becoming a drummer.

Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins called in to talk about season two of the Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “Casual,” which is available for streaming on Hulu.  We talked about how this smart, funny show found its voice almost immediately (as a result of impeccable casting by producer Jason Reitman), the support they’ve received from Hulu, and the freedom that support allows them as writers and actors.

 

Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone

Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone are two of the co-authors of “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.”  It was an honor to speak with them about their experience in stopping a terrorist attack, how they dealt with feelings and emotions in the aftermath, and why they felt they were put on that train for a a reason.

Noah Galloway

Noah Galloway is a proud father, retired Army Sergeant, star of “Dancing With the Stars” and “American Grit.”  He’s also the author of a new book, “Living With No Excuses: The Remarkable Rebirth of an American Soldier.”  We discussed why he felt people had an incomplete image of who he was (if solely based on his TV appearances), what made him decide to write the book, and what he hopes readers will take away from it.

YouTube star Matthew Santoro

Matthew Santoro is one of the biggest stars on YouTube with more than 5 million dedicated subscribers.  He’s also the author of a new book, “Mind = Blown: Amazing Facts About This Weird, Hilarious, Insane World.”   We discussed how he became a YouTube star, how he chooses the topics featured in his segments, and what we can expect from the book.  Also:  Why “As Seen on YouTube” has replaced “As Seen on TV.”

Pat Boone

Music legend Pat Boone called in to talk about his new EP, “He’ll Never Walk Alone,” which features original songs dedicated to raising awareness of survival training for law enforcement officers.   We discussed why he’s been a longtime supporter of law enforcement, his little-known career as a songwriter, and if we’ll ever see him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (45 million records sold & 38 top 40 hits make a strong case).  Pat also talked about his dream concert lineup featuring himself along with his peers Fats Domino and Little Richard.

James Andrew Miller, author of “Powerhouse”

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist and a best-selling author.  His newest book is “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.” After spending some time talking about his previous work, the critically-acclaimed “Live From New York” that told the history of “Saturday Night Live,” we discussed why he wanted to explore CAA as a subject, what he was surprised to find out about the agency, and whether or not he feared that one false move could ruin his career.

 

David Stanley, author of “My Brother Elvis”

David Stanley is the stepbrother of Elvis Presley.  David began working for Elvis at the age of 16 and has chronicled his stories of Elvis’ last few years in a new book, “My Brother Elvis.”  We discussed why he wanted to share his story, how he wanted to make sure fans understood Elvis the man versus just Elvis the hero, and what he hopes we’ll take away from the book.

Joel Selvin, author of “Altamont”

Joel Selvin is a best-selling author who knows a thing or two about the history of rock & roll.  His newest book is “Altamont: The Rolling Stones, Hell’s Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day.”  We talked about why he wrote the book, how he reached out to the key players involved, and whether or not such an event could take place today.