Bill McCormick from the World News Center called in for our weekly chat to once again scare the heck out of everyone with news that robots and artificial intelligence continue on their path to make human existence unnecessary. Plus: Kentucky Fried Twitter!Follow @bigwakeupcall
Country Music Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris called in to talk about her appearance in a new holiday special, “A Nashville Christmas,” premiering December 7th on Get TV. We also discussed Emmylou’s Bonaparte’s Retreat dog rescue and our mutual love for shelter dogs.
Music legend Dionne Warwick called in to talk about her participation in a new song, “Let There Be Light,” with all proceeds benefitting Feeding America. We also chatted about her unexpected appearance on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
Emmy Award-winning TV host and Today Show tech expert Katie Linendoll called in to talk about battery anxiety and other tech-related travel tips. We wound up discussing Icelandic Yogurt and those weird batteries that come with kids’ toys that seem to have been made in a country that no longer exists. A fun chat.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jonathan Frakes called in to talk about Star Trek: The Cruise, which launches in January. Fans can interact with Johnathan, as well as George Takei, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn and many more. Jonathan discussed a potential Klingon pub crawl, a “Mystery Science Theater”-type screening event, and how to prevent minds from literally – literally — being blown.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Renowned rock and roll photographer Mick Rock, who has taken iconic photographs of David Bowie, Queen, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Ramones, and especially Lou Reed, called in to discuss a limited-edition book of pictures and stories, Transformer, out now to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the LP that, with the magic help of David Bowie and Mick Ronson, launched Lou Reed into the hero status we know today. We only had 10 minutes for the interview, but I could listen to Mick tell Reed and Bowie stories all day.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Herb Alpert about his new album The Christmas Wish and his two shows at City Winery in Chicago. Despite some pesky phone gremlins, we had a fun talk about recording an album in 2017 vs 1967, how the trumpet turned on him for a while, and how he’s always searching for new sounds.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Best-selling author John Feinstein called in for a fun discussion of his new book, The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. We talked about questionable team bonding over ping-pong games, how the 2016 Ryder Cup squad was inspired by the 1992 basketball Dream Team, and why golf could use more singing fans.Follow @bigwakeupcall
World News Center bureau chief Bill McCormick checked in to talk about seeing the (weather) future, answer some listener letters, and share some insights on Marvel marketing. Plus: the unknown millionaire!Follow @bigwakeupcall
Daniel Shumski is the best-selling author of “Will It Waffle?” His new book, “How to Instant Pot,” is full of great tips and recipes for using the hottest kitchen gadget in recent memory. At our house, we are obsessed with the Instant Pot. It’s like playing mad scientist with food every night! Dan offered some advice on Instant Pot techniques and shared his favorite Instant Pot eats.