Category Archives: Show Recaps

Actor/Director Eriq LaSalle

When NBC needed someone to bring some medical drama experience to their new series “The Night Shift,” they called in Eriq LaSalle.  Eriq called in to promote the episode he directed, and talked about what makes a director an “actor’s director.”

Ian McLagan from Small Faces

I cannot overstate how important an influence the Small Faces have been to me as a music fan, songwriter and musician.  It was fantastic to spend a few minutes with the legendary Ian McLagan to talk about his new album, United States.  Ian also mentioned a few things he’ll personally require before reuniting with Rod Stewart.

 

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Music icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels called in to talk about a cancer awareness event he was hosting.  He also did a freestyle rap for me at the end of the interview.  If my 16-year-old self is somehow reading this:  Yes.  This happens in the future.

 

 

Bianca Kajlich from “Undateable”

Comedy veteran Bianca Kajlich plays Leslie Burton on NBC’s hit summer series “Undateable.”  She dished the dirt on what makes a successful ensemble comedy.

Comedian Todd Glass

Todd Glass was promoting his new book, THE TODD GLASS SITUATION: A Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy.  He mentioned during the course of our conversation that this was the best interview he’d done all day.  Was I that good, or was every previous interview with a pair of wacky morning zoo guys?   You decide!

 

Blake Harris, author of “Console Wars”

Blake Harris has written a new book, Console Wars, about the Sega-Nintendo battles of the late 80s and early 90s.  As someone who actually owned a Sega Master System instead of an NES, I found this book fascinating.  Great read.

 

 

Marcus Lemonis from “The Profit”

Returning guest Marcus Lemonis called in to share some Blackhawks love, as well as some valuable tips for starting a small business.

Actor Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne called into the show to promote his latest movie, The Discoverers.  He also shared stories about hosting Saturday Night Live in the 80s and how he’s still recognized by very particular kind of person from his appearance on Seinfeld.

 

 

 

RG and The Cheese – Your Morning Zookeepers

April 1, 2014

For April Fools’ Day, I decided to fulfill one of my radio fantasies of being an obnoxious host on a Morning Zoo show.

The makeup of a Morning Zoo team is usually like this:   The main guy is either identified as “crazy,” “wild,” or “mad” so-and-so, or just uses his initials.  The other guy (who basically is just there to laugh at everything) is named after an inanimate object.

Thus, “RG and The Cheese” were born, thankfully for one day only.   Talking like a Classic Rock Morning Zoo guy for just a couple hours shredded my larynx.

To help me get into character, I decided that RG and The Cheese are two small market jocks who haven’t traveled much outside of the very conservative town they grew up in, and therefore their idea of what is “shocking” and “edgy” may differ from yours.

Here are some highlights.  First, RG shares a very, very mildly amusing anecdote with The Cheese:

 

Next, RG and The Cheese perform another staple of a Morning Zoo show, a “phone scam:”

 

And every Morning Zoo show has to play stupid games to give prizes away:

 

Listening back, you can certainly tell what I had pre-recorded vs. what was live, as I clearly hadn’t yet decided how severe my Morning Zoo rock jock voice would be.

I’m off to gargle until tomorrow’s show.

–Ryan

 

 

Matt Berninger from The National and his brother Tom on the new movie, “Mistaken For Strangers.”

March 31, 2014

For Tom Berninger, coping with the fame of his rock-star brother — the National frontman Matt Berninger — led to his new documentary film, “Mistaken For Strangers,” which opened March 28 in theaters, on iTunes and video-on-demand.