Rita Coolidge

It was a pleasure to chat with Grammy Award-winning music legend about her memoir, “Delta Lady,”  which is full of fascinating stories about her musical & personal relationships with Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton, and many more.  We discussed how her drummer talked her into writing the book, how she dealt with re-visiting potentially painful emotions, and what she hopes readers will take away from the book.

People magazine’s Kate Coyne on her new book “I’m Your Biggest Fan”

Kate Coyne is a veteran journalist and current executive editor for “People.”  Her new book, “I’m Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters & Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity Journalism” is a fun & fascinating book about trying to maintain a journalist’s perspective while talking with superstars, many of whom you absolutely love.   We had a very entertaining chat about our respective celebrity encounters, and Kate was funny and polite with my own awkward questions for her.

Bill McCormick on More Marvel Movies

Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center to talk about the latest comic book movie developments, including a license re-acquired by Marvel and soon to be Sub-Marining to a screen near you.

Jimmie Walker

It was a very fun conversation with Jimmie Walker, who called in to promote his latest comedy series, “Hospital Arrest,” which is now on YouTube.  We discussed the continuing popularity of “Good Times” (and the 1/4 of a cent checks he still gets in the mail), his early days in radio and stand-up comedy, and how a diverse group of comedians came together on a very low budget (all sharing one orange at the craft services table) to produce the new series.

Stephanie Soechtig, director of “Under the Gun”

Stephanie Soechtig is the director of the new documentary film “Under the Gun,” which was executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and is now available on iTunes and other digital platforms.  We discussed the inspiration for the film,  how the gun safety issue is manipulated by one major lobbying organization, some of the controversy surrounding the film, and what she hopes viewers will take away from it.

Ben Gleib is Back!

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Ben Gleib returned to the Big Wakeup Call for his 3rd appearance because:

A) he likes us

B) we like him

C) he’s got new projects to promote

Answer:  All of the above!

We had a fun chat discussing Season 3 of “Idiotest,” airing Tuesday nights at 10/9c on GSN) and his new standup special “Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster,” which airs throughout June on Showtime.

Scott Aukerman on Season 5 of Comedy Bang! Bang!


Scott Aukerman remains our #1 favorite guest of all of our all-time favorite guests, and we had a fun chat about Season 5 of Comedy Bang! Bang!, which premieres with back-to-back episodes tonight at 11/10c on IFC.  Scott discussed what we’ll see tonight (and on every subsequent episode this season — the interview got rather lengthy), shared some memories of the CBB Podcast World Tour (traveling together on individual Partridge Family buses), and opened up about his working relationship with his new bandleader Weird Al Yankovic (Scott may or may not have said that Al is “an inveterate liar” who “can’t tell the truth”).  Listen for the shocking details!


Bill McCormick with breaking superhero news

Bill McCormick called in live from the World News Center with breaking news regarding the future of the “Supergirl” series as well as an unprecedented super lineup on the CW.

Emily Paster, author of “Food Swap”

Emily Paster is a food writer and blogger who is also the author of a terrific new book, “Food Swap,” filled with recipes and ideas for making your own pickles, jams, and bread and sharing with a local food community in the form of a “food swap.”  We discussed how to get involved in a food swap,  how to successfully host a food swap event, and how the DIY canning/jarring movement has participants of all ages (and isn’t the exclusive domain of Logan Square hipsters).


Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells starred as “Mary Ann” on the legendary sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” and is now the marketing ambassador for the “ME-TV” network, which is airing “Gilligan’s Island” weekdays at 8:30CT as part of the “Summer of Me.”  We talked about the timeless appeal of the series, the importance of shows the whole family can watch together, and the possibilities of coconut radios.  Dawn also shared some of her favorite memories of her fellow cast members.