Mindi Abair - Episode 664

• December 14th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with saxophonist/singer Mindi Abair. Mindi is one of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists and a two-time Grammy nominee. She has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts.  In 2014, she received her first Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg. She was feautured on two seasons on American Idol and has toured/recorded with artists such as Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Perry, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Adam Sandler, Lee Ritenour, The Backstreet Boys, Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Webb, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, The Ides of March, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White. She is currently touring and recording with her band Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers.

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Amy Dresner - Episode 663

• December 7th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer Amy Dresner. Amy is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine TheFix.com. She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to Addiction.com and PsychologyToday.com, where she has her own addiction blog entitled Coming Clean. She just released her debut book My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.

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Jackie Martling - Episode 662

• December 4th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Jackie Martling. Jackie known as The Joke Man. He released three self-produced comedy lp’s, 1979’s What Did You Expect?, 1980’s Goin’ Ape!, and 1981’s Normal People Are People You Don’t Know That Well on his own label, OHR Records. In 1982, after founding Governor’s Comedy Shop in Levittown on Long Island and touring as a national headliner, on a suggestion from a Washington DC comedy club owner, he blindly sent his three LP’s to Howard Stern upon Howard’s arrival at WNBC-AM in New York City. Howard called him to make a guest appearance on his radio show. In 1986, he became a full-time cast member and the head writer of Stern’s show, and as they say, the rest is history. Remarkable radio as well as show business history. Jackie left the Stern show in 2001 after fifteen-year run as head writer of the radio show, four television series, and three Pay-Per-Views. He’s released six dirty joke CD’s … The Joke Man, Sgt. Pecker, Hot Dogs & Donuts, Come Again?!, F. jackie, and snart, as well as three videos, five joke books and countless joke gadgets of all kinds, for children as well as adults. He just recently released his autobiography The Joke Man: Bow to Stern.

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James M. Connor - Episode 661

• November 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor James M. Connor. James is best known for his role as Larry Culpepper the soda vendor at NCAA football games for the national Dr. Pepper ad campaign and as Seychelles in HBO's Vice Principals and Stephen on Lopez. His movie credits include Kong: Skull Island, About Schmidt, Blades of Glory, The Onion Movie, Meet Dave, Horrible Bosses 2 and Watchmen. He has also been seen on countless TV show such as New Girl, NCIS, Big Love, Medium, Desperate Housewives, Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scrubs, Rules of Engagement, Hawaii Five-0, Franklin & Bash, Community, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks & Recreation and the Last Tycoon.

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Willie Nile - Episode 660

• November 18th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Willie Nile.  Willie became a popular fixture in the Village’s folk clubs in the late 70's, while drawing equal inspiration from the emerging downtown punk scene. He won a deal with Arista Records, which released his first two albums, Willie Nile and Golden Down, to considerable acclaim in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Despite a series of legal disputes that caused him to walk away from the music business for nearly a decade, he resumed his recording career successfully in the ’90s, recording Places I Have Never Been for Columbia Records, before going the D.I.Y. route with such well-received indie albums as Beautiful Wreck of the World, Streets of New York, House of a Thousand Guitars, The Innocent Ones, American Ride, World War Willie and the low-key piano-based departure If I Was a River. Throughout his career he’s amassed an enthusiastic international fan base that includes such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s guested onstage on several occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who’s historic 1980 U.S. tour. The list of avowed his fans also includes Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams. He recently his eleventh studio album, Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan, a heartfelt, personally charged set of Dylan covers that honors its subject while exemplifying the same qualities that have distinguished his work since the beginning.

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Freddy Negrete - Episode 659

• November 15th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with tattoo artist Freddy Negrete. Freddy is known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black and gray fineline tattooing. A Southern California resident, he got into tattooing at an early age while incarcerated. He ended up working alongside Jack Rudy (best known for inventing the single needle for the professional tattoo gun) at Good Time Charlie's. He has worked on feature films and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture and his autobiography Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray was recently released.

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Rhonda Shear - Episode 658

• November 11th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comedian/designer/entrepreneur/actress/philanthropist/author Rhonda Shear. Rhonda is best known as being the host of USA's weekend show Up All Night. For more than four decades, she has acted on hundreds of television shows, posed for Playboy, headlined in Vegas, been Miss Louisiana, built a $100 million lingerie company, paraded down Bourbon Street, and married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Van Fagan. She recently wrote her autobiography Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Mogul, Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist.

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Jeremy Kagan - Episode 657

• November 7th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with director Jeremy Kagan. Jeremy is an internationally recognized director/writer/producer of feature films and television and a tenured professor. Some of his feature credits include the box-office hits Heroes, the political thriller The Big Fix, The Chosen and The Journey of Natty Gann. Among his many television shows are Katherine: The Making of an American Revolution and HBO's Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8. His film Roswell, The UFO Conspiracy garnered a Golden Globe nomination and he directed the pilot for the hit series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Some other TV directing credits include The Guardian, The Handler, Boomtown, The West Wing, Resurrection Blvd. and Ally McBeal. His current movie, Shot starring Noah Wyle has been receiving critical acclaim.

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Bill Mumy - Episode 656

• November 2nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/musican/writer/producer Bill Mumy. He has worked on over four hundred television shows and is best known by fans around the world for the creation of his memorable roles as the heroic boy astronaut, Will Robinson on the long running classic series Lost in Space, Anthony Fremont from The Twilight Zone and Lennier from in the popular science fiction series Babylon 5 which he co-starred in for five years. He is a prolific voice over artist who gave voice to President Abraham Lincoln in The History Channel’s Civil War: Blood and Glory miniseries and has narrated over 50 episodes of A & E ‘s  Biography series and his voice over acting talents can be heard on animated shows like Rescue Bots, Bravest Warriors, Ren and Stimpy, Scooby Doo, Batman: the Animated Series, Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs, Little Wizard Adventures, The Oz Kids and Disney’s Buzz Lightyear: Star Command.  He’s also voiced dozens of national commercials such as Farmer's Insurance ,Ford, Bud Ice, Blockbuster, Twix, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is half of the infamous novelty rock recording and short film making duo Barnes and Barnes who are best known for the classic demented song and film Fish Heads and has worked with the pop group America off and on for over thirty years, composing, producing and performing with the band.  He is currently finished up an album as part of a new rock trio, Action Skulls, featuring Vicki Peterson of the Bangles and John Cowsill of the Beach Boys and the Cowsills.

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Mike Portnoy - Episode 655

• October 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Mike Portnoy. Mike is one of the founding members of the group Dream Theatre and currently part of the supergroups Sons of Apollo and The Winery Dogs. He has won 30 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and has received accolades from many more publications. He is constantly working and has been part of numerous bands throughout his career including Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and Adrelanine Mob. He has also released 3 instructional videos and was listed as #5 in Rhythm magazine's list of the Top 50 Drummers of All Time.

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Ken Levine - Episode 654

• October 23rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with TV writer/producer/director/major league baseball announcer Ken Levine. Ken is an Emmy winner whose career has spanned over 30 years. He has worked on the shows including M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, WIngs, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker and Dharma & Greg and has co-created three series. He and his partner wrote the feature Volunteers. He has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Sand Diego Padres and Dodger Talk. He hosts the podcast Hollywood & Levine and has written and directed three plays.

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Howard Jones - Episode 653

• October 19th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Howard Jones. Howard was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. His music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. He racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s.  He released his first single, New Song, in England in the fall of 1983 and it became a big hit, peaking at number three. His second single, What Is Love, was released a few months later and it reached number two and his debut album was released in the spring of 1984 and quickly rose to number one in England. In 1985 he released Dream Into Action. The record became his most successful, reaching number ten and going platinum in the U.S. spawning the hit singles Things Can Only Get Better, Like to Get to Know You Well, Life in One Day and Look Mama. In the spring of 1986, he released Action Replay an EP of remixes that featured a new version of No One Is to Blame which became his biggest U.S. hit, peaking at number four. In 1989 his single Everlasting Love became a number one adult contemporary hit in America, reaching number 13 pop. Since then he has continued to release new music and constantly tours, whether it be his solo show or as part of the Retro Futura Tour.

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Tom Keifer - Episode 652

• October 17th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Tom Keifer. Tom is best known for being the front man for the rock band Cinderella. Cinderella emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles that videos received heavy MTV rotation.  The band has sold 15 million records worldwide. Tom is about to present a special Deluxe Edition release of his critically acclaimed solo album, The Way Life Goes. It's a CD/DVD that features two new studio tracks as well as a 30 minutes documentary as well as videos and live footage.

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Spencer Garrett - Episode 651

• October 12th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Spencer Garrett. Spencer returns to CooperTalk for a third time. One of the busiest actors around he has recently been seen on Dice, Bosch, Room 104, Insecure, Timelss, Survivor's Remorse and just finished playing Bob Woodward in the movie The Front Runner. The year before that he was a regular on the shows Satisfaction, Aquarius and Murder in the First and co-starred in All the Way playing Walter Reuther. He got introduced to the entertainment field at a young age, his mother was an actress and his father was a talent agent. After college he gravitated towards the industry and studied with the legendary teacher Sanford Meisner. Throughout his 25 year career he has consistently worked on many different projects. His various TV credits include Franklin & Bash, Masters of Sex, Star Trek: Voyager, Judging Amy, The Practice, The X-Files, Carnivale, JAG, Law & Order, Cold Case, Luck, Mad Men, Major Crimes and Satisfaction. He is also a familiar face on the big screen appearing is such movies as Yes Man, Mississippi is Burning, Charlie Wilson's War, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Thank You For Smoking and Public Enemies.

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Todd Newton - Episode 650

• October 9th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with host Todd Newton. Todd is one of the most recognized and respected faces on the air today and a Daytime Emmy winning personality. Often referred to by industry insiders as The Host with the Most, his amiable persona on E! Entertainment Television brought viewers face to face with Hollywood's biggest stars for over a decade. Since entering the world of game shows in 1999, he has awarded contestants over thirty million dollars in cash and prizes on shows such as Family Game Night, Whammy, Hollywood Showdown and Monopoly Millionaire's Club. He also serves as host of The Price Is Right Live stage show, performing to sold out crowds across North America and is the author of multiple books including Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host's Road to Success & Fulfillment.

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Chris Barron - Episode 649

• October 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Chris Barron. Chris is best known as the front man for the band the Spin Doctors. They were best known for their popular album Pocket Full of Kryponite that peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. It produced the big hits Two Princes and Little Can't Be Wrong. The band has recorded six albums over the years and continues to tour. Chris recently finished up a solo album titled Angels and One Armed Jugglers and will hit the road in support of that.

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Matt Pinfield - Episode 648

• October 3rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with music personality, TV host, and video deejay Matt Pinfield. Matt is best known for his years working at MTV and VH1.  In 1984, he became a radio DJ on the Jersey Shore rock alternative station WHTG-FM and was the main DJ at the innovative Melody Bar in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1995, he began his television career hosting MTV’s 120 Minutes. Within a year, he hosted a variety of MTV shows including MattRock, Pinfield Suite, Pinfield Presents, Rocks Off and MTV Live and he has also hosted over 100 MTV specials. His music knowledge was showcased on TRL's Stump Matt and in 1999 he joined Universal Television to host and co-write a live television show about music called farmclub.com. In 2001, he became Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records and in 2006 he returned to VH1. He later took over the morning drive slot for WRXP in New York City and a similar position on KFOG in San Francisco. In 2016 he published a memoir, All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life. He currently hosts 2 Hours with Matt Pinfield which is syndicated worldwide.

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Doug Aldrich - Episode 647

• September 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Doug Aldrich. Doug started playing professionally in Los Angeles with the band Lion in 1986. Since then he has played with groups such as Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain, Dio and Whitesnake. He currently plays for two supergroups, The Dead Daisies and Revolution Saints. He has also recorded a few solo projects and gigged in Vegas with Raiding the Rock Vault.

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Lita Ford - Episode 646

• September 26th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Lita Ford. Lita shredded the stereotypes of female musicians throughout the 1970s and ’80s, starting with the world’s first major all-female rock group, the Runaways, then as a platinum-selling solo artist who shared the bill with the Ramones, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, and others—and who gave Ozzy Osbourne his first Top 10 hit. After a hiatus from the music industry she is back touring and penned the best-selling book Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir.

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Kelly Carlin - Episode 645

• September 22nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer/teacher/speaker/radio host Kelly Carlin. Kelly has written a best selling book titled A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George and recently toured with her critically acclaimed solo show of the same name. She has hosted two radio shows―The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM and Waking from the American Dream on SModcast Network, and blogs for the Huffington Post. She is about to teach her online seminar Unplug With Kelly Carlin - 2017 Autumn Cycle. Receive a 20% discount with the code https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/23828/about?price_point=24959&url_hash=fac1ee41d870c9300fe2e8840d40e7

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Curtis Armstrong - Episode 644

• September 20th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Curtis Armstrong. Curtis started his show business career with Risky Business. It was the first in a string of classic comedy films and TV shows, including Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, Moonlighting and, most significantly, Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the iconic role of Booger. Since then he has  appeared in films and TV shows including Supernatural and New Girl. He co-created and co-hosted the hit comedy-reality show, King of the Nerds, which brought his nerd narrative full circle and just released a book titled Revenge of the Nerd: Or...The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger.

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Vicki Peterson - Episode 643

• September 13th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Vicki Peterson. Vicki is best known for being one of the founders and lead guitarist for The Bangles. The Bangles formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They scored several mega hits as the decade continued including Walk Like an Egyptian, Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter and Eternal Flame. After they broke up Vicki went on to play with the Continental Drifters and The Psycho Sisters and also played for the Go-Go's 1994-1995 tour. She currently plays with a new band Action Skulls that features her husband John Cowsill and Bill Mummy and she still tours and records with The Bangles.

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Dan Lauria - Episode 642

• September 11th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Dan Lauria. Dan is best known for playing Jack Arnold, the father on The Wonder Years. A familiar face to TV, movies and the stage he has been constantly working for over 35 years. Some of his television and film credits include Growing Pains, LA Law, Cagney & Lacey, Amazing Grace, Party of Five, From the Earth to the Moon, Costello, The Hoop Life, Law & Order, JAG, Ed, Big Momma's House 2, Independence Day, The Bronx is Burning, Psych, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Harry's Law, Sullivan & Son, Hot in Cleveland, The Good Wife, Perception, Blue Bloods, Pitch and many, many more. He is also an accomplished stage actor appearing on Broadway in Lombardi and A Christmas Story plus other theatre productions across the country.

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John Parr - Episode 641

• September 8th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician John Parr. John is best known for his 1985 US number one hit single St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) and in 1984 for his US number one rock single Naughty Naughty. He has sold 10 million albums worldwide, and has written and performed 12 Hollywood movie themes, including for Three Men and a Baby, Running Man, Quicksilver and Near Dark. He has also written for artists such as Roger Daltrey, Meatloaf, Tom Jones and The Monkees. After ten years out of the music business he returned in 2007 and joined Canadian pop-rock artist Bryan Adams on his tour and later was a special guest of Journey on their entire UK tour. In 2011 he was a guest on ESPN show SportsNation where he sang a special rendition of St. Elmo's Fire replacing the words with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. A reworking of the song's lyrics with the title Tim Tebow's Fire, went viral on YouTube and has received over a 1,000,000 views. 

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Michael Des Barres - Episode 640

• September 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician/actor/radio host Michael Des Barres. Michael currently is the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21 and is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a weeks. He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter. Over the past five decades, he has appeared in numerous feature films such as To Sir With Love with Sidney Poitier, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, The Man From Elysian Fields with Mick Jagger and Diary of a Sex Addict with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. He was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, he was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, he penned the song Obsession, a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.

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