Ralph Natale was the first mafia boss to turn federal witness. He shares many of his stories in a new book, “Last Don Standing,” by Larry McShane and Dan Pearson. Ralph talked about why the wrote the book, how honor and loyalty are lacking in today’s world, and also gave us his plan for eliminating terrorism.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick called in live from the World News Center on what began as a bright and beautiful day but soon turned into a dark day of impending doom. After a brief chat about Spider-Man Homecoming, we soon learned about self-aware artificial intelligence that is likely to overtake and consume humanity. Plus: Fearless evil meme algorithms, racist twitter bots, and computer-caused pandemics.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The Movie Man called in with a perfectly serviceable piece of radio content as he shared his thoughts on Despicable Me 3, The House, and Baby Driver. Plus: movie theater day care centers, 7pm Thursday night showings for $22, and another “5-star DVR” segment.Follow @bigwakeupcall
On this week’s segment from the World News Center, Bill McCormick assures a listener’s friend she is not an idiot and shares the latest information on warp drive technology and practical applications. Plus: Time-hopping waffles, space travel conspiracy theories, and intergalactic in-flight entertainment.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ray Parker Jr. is featured in the new documentary “Hired Guns: Out of the Shadow, Into the Spotlight,” which is in theaters tomorrow night (6/29/17) for one night only. We discussed the beginning of his career as a teenage session guitarist, getting a call from Stevie Wonder, and recording his first solo album in the middle of the night.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Rudy Sarzo has been a member of Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, and Dio. He toured with Ozzy Osbourne. He’s currently playing with The Guess Who. We discussed his impressive resume and the role of the so-called “hired gun” with his appearance in the new documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight.” Plus: Rudy and I form a power trio with Mick Fleetwood and Rudy helps me go beyond root and fifth.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Mark Slaughter’s new solo album is “Halfway There.” He’ll be performing with Slaughter coming up on August 12th at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. We talked about the writing and recording of the new album, the challenges and advantages of being a one-man band, and the constant search for honesty in music.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris D’Elia called in to chat about his new comedy special, “Man on Fire,” which premieres today (6/27/17) on Netflix. We discussed saying goodbye to a set of material, how promotion is part of the gig for a comedian, and how to best enjoy live comedy in a club.
Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto called in to chat about his appearance in a new documentary, “Hired Guns.” We talked about his work with Billy Joel, the greatness of Ringo Starr, and messing up onstage in front of 19,000 people. Plus: insider drummer discussions of paradiddles and buzz rolls.Follow @bigwakeupcall