Jim Fannin

im Fannin is a motivational speaker and is America’s #1 ZoneCoach.  Jim’s new book is “The Blueprint:  A  Proven Plan For Successful Living.”  Jim discussed his background as a pro tennis player, working with athletes, how he developed his “SCORE” system, and how to stay in the moment and avoid negativity.  Jim says he’s been awesome without any negativity since 1962! I hope to start a similar streak beginning today.

Lash Fary

Lash Fary is the gift guru behind Distinctive Assets, the company that provides the much-discussed gift bags given to nominees at major awards shows.  This will be their 17th year handling gifts for the Academy Awards.  Lash answered my many questions about the gift bags (with which I’ve always been fascinated), including whether or not there is an actual bag, how the gifts are chosen, and the feedback he receives from the celebs.  Plus:  why any negative reaction to the gifts make no sense if you really think about it.

Mark Greaney

Mark Greaney is a New York Times #1 Bestselling Author and creator of the Gray Man series.  His newest book is Agent in Place.  We discussed his writing process, working through deadlines, creating realistic dialogue, and the distinction between the story and storytelling.

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan from “Go Fug Yourself” called in to offer their helpful hints on throwing a red carpet-style Oscar party at home.  Along with party drinks and snacks, discussion topics included everyone being an hour late, Canadian Tuxedos, amateur Project Runway competitions, and floating heads.

World News Center: Donald Trump, Black Panther, and Batgirl

Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center for his weekly visit and answered a listener’s question about a supposed new presidential rating system (there is none).  We also talked more about Black Panther, including our appearance in an upcoming issue of ICC Magazine. Plus:  Frank Zappa & Dee Snider vs. Tipper Gore, Ryan’s Batgirl fan fiction, retro cliffhangers, and awkward yet undetectable edits.

Ed O’Bannon

Ed O’Bannon called in to discuss his new book “Court Justice” about his court case against the NCAA.  Ed talked about the history of the case (originally inspired by an EA Sports video game), his thoughts on athletes today willing to be more outspoken for their rights and representation, and thoughts on how to improve college basketball.

World News Center: Black Panther Discussion

Bill McCormick from the World News Center joined the show to discuss the new Marvel movie “Black Panther.”  Using his connections with The Big Wakeup Call, Bill was able to get into a special screening including a live via satellite Q&A with the stars of the film.

Discussion topics included the how the film hits on many different levels, a wacky human trafficking scene that turns into a love story, and the most knee-slapping bullet-in-the-spine scene ever.


Rachel Stavis

Rachel Stavis is the world’s only non-denominational exorcist, and she shares her stories in the new book “Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist.”  We discussed how she discovered her abilities, the mental and physical challenges of performing an exorcism, and why we attract “attachments.”

Kate Dobson

Kate Dobson is the co-author (along with her husband J.D. Dobson) of the very funny new book “Hottest Heads of State,” examining the attractiveness of our U.S. Presidents.  We discussed how Kate’s childhood crush on James K. Polk inspired the book, the special section on “Match the Mistress,” and a potential volume 2 featuring a certain current Canadian Prime Minister.

Jonathan Abrams

Jonathan Abrams is the author of “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.”  We talked about the show’s continuing impact, how big it would be if it debuted today, and how it straddled the line between the VHS and digital era.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since the series finale.