Tony Luke Jr. - Episode 636

• August 22nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with entrepreneur/restaurateur/actor/musician Tony Luke Jr. Tony recently has started a national campaign that deals with heroin addcition that is rampantly spreading across the USA called #brownandwhite. He opened a sandwich shop in South Philadelphia in 1990 and Tony Luke's has turned into an international brand with stores currently open in Bahrain, the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Tony Luke's has twice been hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, renowned by GQ Magazine, The New York Times and is a member of Philly Mag's Hall of Fame. The sandwich shop is featured on episodes of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Dinner: Impossible, Man v. Food and Food Wars. Tony a man of many hats has appeared in many feature films including Invincible, 10th & Wolf and The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, which he co-wrote and co-produced. He also has written and produced songs for Billy Paul, A&M Records and even topped the CD Baby charts with his song, Right Here and was a series judge on SpikeTV's first culinary based reality show, Frankenfood.

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Matthew Quick - Episode 635

• August 18th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer Matthew Quick. Matthew is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, The Good Luck of Right Now, Love May Fail, The Reason You're Alive and four young adult novels: Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a Pen/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. All of his books have been optioned for film.

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Billy Sheehan - Episode 634

• August 16th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Billy Sheehan. Billy started in his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the early ’70’s with the now legendary hard rock trio Talas, he went on to join David Lee Roth in the summer of ’85 when Dave quit Van Halen to go out on his own. Along with Steve Vai & Gregg Bissonette, the legendary Eat ‘Em and Smile record and tour went on to platinum status and sold out shows everywhere. Leaving in 1987 to start his own new band, he founded Mr. Big, who went on to achieve a number one hit in fourteen countries, staying number 1 in the USA BillBoard charts for 3 solid weeks. Along with Mr Big members Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey, they recorded and toured the world for a decade more, till disbanding in 2002. During that time he found time to start Niacin a fusion/blues trio based around the Hammond B3 sound that featured drummer Dennis Chambers. He rejoined his old bandmate Steve Vai for several tours as well as Steve’s Real Illusions record and tour. After he released several solo records and much more, Mr Big reunited in 2009 and performed a sold-out world tour, and then recorded What If… in 2011 to rave reviews and another sold-out world tour. Most recently he joined Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen to form The Winery Dogs. Their first release in July of 2013 entered the BillBoard Top 200 Albums at #27 and has been received everywhere with spectacular reviews and sold-out shows.

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Judith Scott - Episode 633

• August 15th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Judith Scott. Judith can be currently seen playing the role of Claudia Crane in FX's hit drama Snowfall which takes a look back to the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 80s. She began her career as part of the legendary Second City improv troupe out of Chicago. Her acting credits include recurring roles in shows such as Dexter, Castle, Jake 2.0, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and has guests starred on series including The X-Files, Frasier, The Bernie Mac Show, 24, Monk, ER, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Numb3rs, House, Franklin & Bash, CSI: Miami and Murder in the First. She has also been seen in the movies The Santa Clause, Opportunity Knocks, Dunston Checks In and Flightplan to name a few.

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Todd Lowe - Episode 632

• August 10th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Todd Lowe. Todd is best known for his role as Terry Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood and and as Zach Van Gerbig on Gilmore Girls. He can currently be seen on the USA series Shooter and has appeared on shows and movies such as Criminal Minds, Cold, Ave 43, Bunheads, CSI:Miami, NCIS, Without a Trace, The Princess Diaries , Walker, Texas Ranger and more. He also has been a singer and guitarist for Pilbilly Knights a country-rock band based in Los Angeles and a member of another rock country band, The LA Hootenanny.

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Desmond Child - Episode 631

• August 8th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Desmond has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces for four decades. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. His career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut from Aerosmith to ZEDD, Bon Jovi to Ricky Martin, KISS to Kelly Clarkson, Cher to Katy Perry, Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, and from Megadeth to Mickey Mouse and Kermit The Frog. Despite having worked for nearly forty years in the music industry as a songwriter, producer and artist, he remains energized and enthusiastic ready to create hits indefinitely. In 2008 he was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2012 he co-founded the Latin Songwriter Hall of Fame.

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Chip Z’Nuff - Episode 630

• August 3rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Chip Z'Nuff. Chip is best known for being one of the founders of Enuff Z'Nuff a Chicago area band that is best known for their charting singles Fly High Michelle and New Thing. Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 30 years, releasing 13 studio albums and a total of 21 CDs to date. They have appeared on MTV, The Jenny Jone's Show, Mancow's Morning Madhouse and multiple times on The Howard Stern Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

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Michael Wilton - Episode 629

• July 31st, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Michael Wilton. Michael is one of the founding members in 1982 of the band Queensryche. The band has released 14 studio albums, 1 EP, several DVDs and continues to tour and record. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime which is often considered one of the greatest heavy metal concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release Empire, released in 1990, was also very successful and included the hit single Silent Lucidity. The band has received three Grammy nominations for songs from both albums. His nickname is The Whip for how fast his fingers "whip" around the guitar fretboard and he also has his own beer called Whip Ale.

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Bill Knoedelseder - Episode 628

• July 26th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer Bill Knoedelseder. Bill is best known for his book I'm Dying Up Here which recently was turned into a Showtime series. Bill was a staff writer from 1977 to 1989 reporting on the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times. His series of articles in the 1980s into corrupt practices in the record business formed the basis for the book Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia. In 2012, his book Bitter Brew, which spans five generations of the Busch family and the foreign takeover of Anheuser-Busch made the New York Times Bestseller list and his latest book Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit is slated to come out in early 2018.

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W. Bruce Cameron - Episode 627

• July 24th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer W. Bruce Cameron. W. Bruce is best known for his book the New York Times bestseller A Dog's Purpose. He is also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (that became an ABC sitcom), The Dog Master, A Dog's Journey, The Midnight Plan of a Repo Man, Bailey's Story, Repo Madness and many others. In 2011 he was named Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and recently wrote a book geared to school age kids.

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Eric Martin - Episode 626

• July 20th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer Eric Martin. Eric is best known for being the front man for the band Mr. Big. Mr. Big was orginally together from 1988-2002 and recorded six albums. They had worldwide success playing sold out shows everywhere and had a huge hit with the single To Be With You. They recently re-united and just released a new cd titled Defying Gravity. Before, after and in between his career with Mr. Big he has recorded solo albums and been involved with many other bands including 415, Tak Matsumoto Group and Scrap Metal.

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Rocky LaPorte - Episode 625

• July 17th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Rocky Laporte. Rocky has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show. He has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and appeared on on the season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! where he came in 5th place. He was a featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics and the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies, Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog. He has also traveled to Iraq to entertain the troops, was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie and has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few.

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Ginger Gonzaga - Episode 624

• July 14th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer/director Ginger Gonzaga. Ginger is best known for her role as Christy on the Duplass Brothers’ critical darling Togetherness, on HBO and as Jim Jefferies’s frustrated and immature girlfriend Peggy in FX’s dark comedy Legit. She can currently be seen in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. She was also the lead of ABC’s Mixology, and TBS’s Wrecked, as well as the host of Hulu’s comedic daily pop culture recap show The Morning After, for which she also wrote. Other television credits include her recurring roles on Tad Quill’s Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell for CBS, NBC’s Trial and Error, and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.  

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Joel Hoekstra - Episode 623

• July 12th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Joel plays for Whitesnake and Trans Siberian Orchestra. He’s also well-known for his work with Night Ranger, the Broadway show Rock of Ages and his fill in work with acts like Foreigner and most recently, Cher. Frontiers Music recently released the critically acclaimed debut from his new side project Joel Hoekstra's 13 entitled Dying to Live. He has also released 3 solo albums that you should own!

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Tammy Pescatelli - Episode 622

• July 6th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Tammy Pescatelli. Tammy was part of the Final Five on NBC's Last Comic Standing 2 and headlines comedy clubs across the country as well as performing many Corporate gigs. She has appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Dennis Miller and has been a featured comic on An Evening at the Improv, PAX's Balderdash, National Lampoon's Funny Money and Comedy Central's The World Stands Up. She has added her comedic observations to specials on VH1, E!, G4, Country Music Television and TV Land and is featured weekly as part of the Fashion Police panel for US Weekly. She has also had her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli and a Netflix one called Finding the Funny.

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Kyle Turley - Episode 621

• July 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with former NFL all-pro Kyle Turley. Kyle was selected 7th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for 8 season. He played for the New Orleans Saints and a year with the St. Louis Rams before a serious back injury sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He returned to football in 2006 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the last two years of his career before announcing his retirement in December 2007. His high level of play earned him all-pro honors for the 2000 season and a Pro Bowl invite following the 2001 season. His career is best remembered by many for a 2001 incident in which he ripped off an opposing player's helmet and tossed it downfield, playing a key factor in his team losing the game but also earning the respect of many Saints fans for his defense of the quarterback. He has also been outspoken and involved in a number of player health issues post-retirement, particularly in regards to the neurological problems resulting from his football career.

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Mark Slaughter - Episode 620

• June 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer/musician Mark Slaughter. Mark is one of the founders of the band Slaughter. They have sold more than 5 million records world-wide. The group has had numerous top hits on the Billboard charts such as Fly To The Angels, Up All Night, Spend My Life and Mad About You. They also won the 1991 American Music Award for Favorite New Artist. Mark recently released a solo album Halfway There and tours both solo and with the band.

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Mike Watt - Episode 619

• June 26th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Mike Watt. Mike is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose; was also the bassist for the reunited Stooges and a member of the group Banyon as well as many other post-Minutemen projects. CMJ New Music called him a seminal post-punk bassist and in 2008 he received the Bass Player Magazine lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea. He has also had a very successful solo career relasing many albums and touring the world, has written three rock operas and hosts a radio show called The Watt from Pedro Show.

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Janet Gardner - Episode 618

• June 21st, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer/guitarist Janet Gardner. Janet is best-known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the all-woman hard rock band Vixen. She recently recorded her first solo album that will be released this year. Her band Vixen signed with EMI and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released in September 1988. Their lead single Edge of a Broken Heart became their signature hit song. It was co-written, arranged, and produced by Richard Marx. They would go on worldwide tours in support of Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi along with their own headline shows. Vixen recorded and released their second album "Rev It Up" in July 1990. They toured for another year alongside KISS and Deep Purple before the band split up in the middle of 1991 citing musical differences. They have reformed with a different line-up in 1997 and recorded another album in 1998. They currently are back together and do occasional live dates.

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Steve Lynch - Episode 617

• June 17th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Steve Lynch. Steve is best known for his work with the band Autograph. Steve has published several books and instructional videos on his guitar style throughout his career. He also works as a guitar teacher, teaching: the art of composition and his tapping technique. His band Autograph left an everlasting imprint on rock 'n' roll. The platinum-selling Southern California hard rock juggernauts gave the world the ubiquitous hit Turn Up the Radio, seminal albums such as Sign In Please [1984], That's The Stuff [1985], and Loud and Clear [1987] as well as unforgettable sold out shows alongside everybody from Mötley Crüe and Ronnie James Dio to Van Halen and Aerosmith. They disbanded in 1989 and got back together in 2011 and are touring again.

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Jonathan Katz - Episode 616

• June 14th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Jonathan Katz. Jonathan is best known for his Emmy and Peabody Award winning lead role in the animated hit series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He has done Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson twice, Leno twice and Conan 7 times. He has had animated roles in many shows including Home Movies, Bob's Burgers, Adventure Time and Explosion Bus and has appeared in movies such as Daddy Day Care, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Things Change and Are We Done Yet and also created Raisng Dad which aired on the WB network. He recently returned to his most popular character in Dr. Katz: The Audio Files which was just released on Amazon and the Audible channel.

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Michael Sweet -Episode 615

• June 11th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Michael Sweet. Michael is best known for being the lead singer, guitarist and song writer for the popular band Stryper. Stryper was formed in 1983 as Roxx Regime, the band soon changed their musical message to reflect their Christian beliefs, and the band's name was also changed to Stryper. They went on to become the first overtly Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream. In 1983, they signed with major label Enigma Record and released their debut album The Yellow and Black Attack. In the mid-1980s, Stryper enjoyed their most successful period beginning with the release of To Hell with the Devil, which achieved platinum sales status. Stryper went on to release two more gold albums before breaking up in 1992. In 2003, Stryper came out of retirement for a reunion tour and subsequently signed a multi-album contract with Big3 Records in 2005. In 2013 they signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records, and have released Second Coming, which includes 14 re-recorded songs from their first three albums and an album, No More Hell To Pay, released on November 5, 2013, and Fallen on October 16, 2015. He also was lead singer for the legendary band Boston for 4 years and has released 7 solo albums and is currently on tour.

See Michael this Wednesday 6/14 at Market on Main in Hickory, NC.

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Fred Stoller - Episode 614

• June 8th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor/writer Fred Stoller. Fred started his career as a stand-up comic and has performed on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Comics Only, HBO's The 13th Annual Young Comedians Special and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to name a few. As an actor he has appeared in over 70 TV programs and movies since the late 1980s. His first role was in Big Man on Campus. He has since held recurring roles in the series Murphy Brown, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Suddenly Susan, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and been a guest star on numerous shows. He can also be seen in the films Dumb and Dumber, Daddy Day Care, and Joe Dirt. He was a writer for one season of Seinfeld and appeared in an episode the following season and chronicled his life as a sitcom writer in his book My Seinfeld Year. He recently just released his 3rd book, Five Minutes to Kill: How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the Lives of 1989's Funniest Comics.

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James Stevenson - Episode 613

• June 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist James Stevenson. James started his career with the London based punk band Chelsea in 1977 and joined Billy Idol in Generation X in 1980 around the time that band's "Dancing with Myself single was released. After Gen X he played with Kim Wilde and performed in all of Wilde's early videos including Kids in America and then formed Hot Club with former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock In 1985, he was asked to join post-punk band Gene Loves Jezebel and still plays with them today. In 1994 and 1995, he provided additional guitar playing for the Cult during their world tour and rejoined them in 2013 and 2014. In 2000 he became guitarist for The Alarm who he will be touring with the next few months. He has also been a member of The International Swingers, Holy Holy recorded a solo album.

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Joey Kola - Episode 612

• June 3rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Joey Kola. Joey has worked at countless comedy clubs, colleges, casinos, theatres, cruise ships and corporate functions. His TV credits include, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The King of Queens with Kevin James, The Martha Stewart Show, Comedy Central Presents Joey Kola, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Fallon and CBS's hit show Kevin Can Wait staring Kevin James, where he also plays the role of Larry Anderson, the corn eating Assistant Principal on the show. He has been voted Best TV Warm-up Comic 5 years in a row by Time Out NY magazine. He has warmed up many shows, such as The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Meredith Viera, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Apprentice and Survivor Finales, The Jane Pauley Show and CBS's Wake-Up with Ali and Jack, Rachael Ray Show, The Marriage Ref produced by Jerry Sienfield, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Chew.

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