Erik Estrada called in to talk about his returning gig hosting The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, airing this Friday (12/15) at 8/7c on the CW. We also discussed why the “Chips” merchandise when I was a kid only kind of sort of looked like him.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Award-winning pianist and composer Jim Brickman called the show to promote his new holiday album, A Joyful Christmas. We talked about Jim’s own radio show, tracking down celebrity guests in an unusual way, and how he’ll have to skip the levitating piano and pyrotechnics when he plays at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville this Sunday.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jeff, Nick, Justin and Drew — 98 Degrees — called in to talk about their new Christmas album, “Let It Snow,” and their upcoming tour, including a stop in the Chicago area at the Genesee Theatre on December 16th. We also discussed having a new generation of fans and why you can always use more sleigh bells.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Mary Lane Haskell stars as the lovely & sweet Miss Moody in Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” which airs again December 23rd at 8CT on NBC. We discussed how she approached the character, setting herself in that time period (and playing an “old maid” at age 26), and the force-of-nature incredible awesomeness of Dolly Parton. (including her My People Fund which is helping those who lost their homes in the Great Smoky Mountains wildfires.)Follow @bigwakeupcall
it was great to have John Oates return to the show, this time to talk about his fun new Christmas single, “Santa Be Good to Me,” which features a fun, modern lyric backed with a traditional-style holiday tune. We discussed working with an amazing studio band like the Time Jumpers, how working with a tight established band differs from working with an assembled group of studio musicians, our love of vinyl, and what we’re going to read in his upcoming memoir to be released next year.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Diedre Hall has played Dr. Marlena Evans on “Days of Our Lives” for decades. I was once so addicted to “Days” I basically needed an exorcism to get over it. Diedre is now starring in a new movie for Hallmark Channel, “My Christmas Dream,” which premieres this Saturday night at 8/7c. We discussed the family atmosphere at Hallmark, shooting a Christmas movie the heat of July, and the timeless message of the movie.
Willie Aames is featured in a new movie for Hallmark Channel, “Every Christmas Tells a Story,” which premieres Saturday night at 8/7c. We talked about our love for traditional holiday movies, the family atmosphere at Hallmark Channel, and working with the great Lori Laughlin.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Paul O’Neill is a founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who have just released a new album, “Letters from the Labyrinth,” and are about to embark on a Winter tour, where they will feature a live debut performance of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” We talked about the serious topics covered on the new album, how to coordinate a live rock show with band members on two separate stages, and why selling out a show in Chicago had a particularly significant meaning.Follow @bigwakeupcall