Tuesday, June 29, 2010

6/30 - Doctor Michael Ramsay , Andrew Sharon, Bruce Steart, Larry Lipson,

Doctor Michael Ramsay  "The July Effect"
New research shows that the “July effect” is real. There really is a greater chance of dying in the hospital during the month of July. That’s the word from researchers at UC San Diego. The scary statistics keep adding up. Thousands of people already in the hospital die of preventable problems.
The 2010 Patient Safety in American Hospitals study [published by HealthGrades] says more than 99-thousand patient deaths in U.S. hospitals could have been prevented. A new study by the University of California at San Diego [published in the latest edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine] is now calling attention to the spike in fatal hospital errors during the month of July [known as the “July Effect”].  Our Guest is Dr. Michael Ramsay, anesthesiologist and respected expert in the fields of blood and pain management. He will discuss how new medical advancements and technologies are making lifesaving differences at hospitals across America. Each day, over 40,000 patient safety incidents occur at U.S. hospitals—costing $8.9B in excess healthcare costs. *Even a single incident increases the risk of death to 1 in 10. Deaths due to preventable errors spike during the month of July as new medical school graduates begin their residencies. Some hospitals are using new noninvasive, wireless medical technologies as a ‘safety net’ to directly prevent these deaths and injuries. Find out about these patient ‘safety nets’ and how they can protect you/your loved one.

Andrew Sharon  President - Practecol
Practecol is the first home sustainability brand with a cohesive collection of superior, simple-to-install-and-use products that promote sustainability. Our company equips consumers with the tools needed to reduce their environmental impact at home while saving money. Even our packaging is eco-friendly. Every Prac-Pac™ is recyclable, recycled or biodegradable. Practecol uses 80% post consumer waste, prints with renewable, soy-based inks, and all plastic packaging is derived from corn. Andrew has graciously agreed to give a few of these unique products to our listeners .  The first winner can be you if you call 800-336-2225 right now and tell us what Practecal product you would like.  800-336-2225.   Producst to be given away:  Refrigerator Energy Savings Kit – includes temperature monitor, door alarm and coil cleaner, providing $34 annual savings. Retail price: $19.99  /  Remote Control 8 Outlet Surge Strip – stops wasted standby power and protects devices by pressing the remote control, providing $84 annual savings. Retail price: $19.99 / Foot Switch 6 Outlet Surge Strip – stops wasted standby power and protects devices with simple tap of the foot, providing $84 annual savings. Retail price: $14.99  Andrew Sharon is the president of Practecol, the first home sustainability brand to offer a cohesive collection of simple, easy-to-use products that reduce our energy and water bills while protecting the environment. Sharon’s interest in innovation began at Northwestern University where he received an honors degree in mathematics and economics. He also holds an executive master’s of business administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business. Before leading Practecol, Sharon was president of The Nu-Era Group, a leading retail display company, in St. Louis. Practecol is sold at Target stores and on Target.com.

Bruce Stewart -CEO - KGBanswers.com
‘Teen grils" aren’t the only texting fiends these days. Mom, dad and adults of all ages are texting like crazy and believe it or not, you can accomplish some useful things in your life by texting. From traffic updates to transferring money, even ordering food to go, texting is growing up. Bruce Stewart is a mobile technology expert and CEO of KGBanswers.com, and he can explain some of the surprising tasks you can accomplish by texting, and how to get an answer to any question on any subject, at any time of day or night! Talk with Mobile Technology Expert, Bruce Stewart, who will explain how texting is no longer just a teenager's toy, but instead an important and efficient tool for busy adults. He will fill you in on all the coolest, must-know texting secrets and give you a live demonstration of how you can get immediate answers and information - and he'll answer all your questions about how to get the most out of texting today.  Bruce Stewart is the CEO of the global mobile & digital division of the world’s largest independent provider of online and mobile directory assistance and enhanced information services, kgb. His extensive background includes managing Yahoo!'s mobile ,PC desktop, and broadband business in the Americas.

Larry Lipson - From Costa Rica

Former LA Daily News Food Columnist (50 Years) Larry Lipson is live and direct from his research Institute in Costa Rica. He will talk about wine food and the good life and will have comments and comparisons between his new adventure.

6/29 - Christina Scali, David Archuleta, Rabbi Irwin Kula, Ken Denmead

Christina Scali - Oxygen's "Jersey Couture"

The buxom middle child and the emotional princess, Christina is fresh from leaving the protective nest of her parents’ home. Testing the boundaries as a single woman in New Jersey, Christina’s love life is always a topic of conversation in the shop. Combining unmistakable style and no-nonsense attitude, Oxygen’s newest docu-series "Jersey Couture" follows a New Jersey family who runs one of the Garden State’s most sought-after destinations for extravagant women’s formal wear. The Scalis (aka Jersey's First Family of Fashion) reveal how their tight-knit family manages to live and work together while running their glamorous, over-the-top dress shop, Diane & Co.  Tuesday  10/9C

David Archuleta - "A CAPITOL FOURTH TURNS 30!"
This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration will mark 30 spectacular years on the air. The multi-award-winning A Capitol Fourth  will broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; Kicking off  the country’s 234th birthday with a musical extravaganza like no other and  topped off by the most dazzling display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. The 30th anniversary broadcast of A Capitol Fourth will be hosted by  award-winning actor Jimmy Smits with unrivaled performances from some of the country’s biggest musical names including: Reba McEntire; Darius Rucker; Lang Lang with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction  of Jack Everly (additional talent to be announced). A Capitol Fourth will  air live in high definition on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2010, from 8:00 to 9:30  p.m. ET (check local listings) David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop singer-songwriter, best selling author and occasional actor. At ten years old he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search  In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes. In August 2008 Archuleta released "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released two months later, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart; it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U.S. and over 900,000 Worldwide.

Rabbi Irwin Kula  - "Independence Day"

A renowned thinker, teacher, and rabbi, he is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (Hyperion, Sept. 2006) winner of a "Books for a Better Life" award, and selected by Spirituality & Health magazine as one the "10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" and was featured in a national public TV pledge special, "The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings." A leader of religious pluralism, Kula says that the "freedom and openness of America invites us to bring our traditions to the marketplace of ideas.

Ken Denmead - Editor of Geekdad
KEN DENMEAD is the editor of GEEKDAD, a blog on Wired magazine's Website.  A civil engineer by profession,  KEN is also the father of two sons so GEEKDAD comes in very handy!  GEEKDAD is the ultimate idea book, bringing together Ken's special brand of nerdy know-how with the joys of raising kids - This book is a fully illustrated, idea-packed resource filled with fun, do -it-yourself, affordable projects that modern dads can tackle with their kids! Kids can develop a love and passion for learning and discovery with the book, tapping into the infinite possibility of their imaginations.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

6/28 - Nelson George, Andy Kindler, Saul Rubinstein;

http://crntalk.com/podcast/wcej/2010/wcej-06-24-2010.mp3Nelson George -  ‘Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson’

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie 'Life Support'.  In a new book, Jackson’s chart-topping days are under examination.  Journalistic decorum demands that when someone in the public eye dies, an obituary should accentuate the positive, or at least the neutral, aspects of the person’s life while acknowledging the unsavory details in a perfunctory way, if not glossing over them entirely. This rule was tougher to follow after Michael Jackson died. Despite a superlative body of work, Jackson’s often eccentric behavior and tawdry scandals loomed larger than his art in his later years, to the point that it’s now seemingly inextricable from the plastic surgery and “Wacko Jacko” headlines. Cultural critic Nelson George tries to thread the needle with his new book, Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson, an analysis of Jackson’s discography in which the art and the artist have been forcibly separated. Nelson George is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including his memoir, City Kid, and the classic Hip-Hop America. He is also a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. George was born in Brooklyn, where he still lives.

Andy Kindler - "Last Comic Standing" Judge
Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.  Kindler is a frequent guest and correspondent for "The Late Show with David Letterman." Each summer at the "Just for Laughs" festival in Montreal he delivers the "State of the Industry" address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the '90s was imploding, Kindler wrote the "Hack's Handbook" for National Lampoon. This how-to guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas. Kindler can soon be seen in his second Comedy Central half-hour special. He currently recurs on "Wizards of Waverly Place" and the upcoming animation, "Bob's Burgers." He was also recently a regular comedy litigator on "The Root of all Evil." Other noteworthy credits include the "HBO Young Comedians Special," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Daily Show," "Dr. Katz Professional Therapist," "Home Movies" and "The Larry Sanders Show." Kindler is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character Andy on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

COREY (Contestant, Oxygen's "Dance Your Ass Off")

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY - At 6'5" and 325.9 lbs, Corey surprises people wit his dancing; they often assume he can't move well because of his size. In school, Corey was active in sports including football, lacrosse and wrestling . His weight really became a problem once he stopped being an athlete and wasn't burning the same amount of calories. Corey wants more than anything to get married, but feels girls aren’t attracted to him because of his weight. He wants to put a stop to his bad eating habits and lose weight before he turns 30.

SAUL RUBINEK (Artie Nielsen on Syfy's "Warehouse 13")
Warehouse 13, Syfy 's most successful series ever, returns for its second season on Tuesday, July 6, at 9PM (ET/PT), picking up from season one's finale.  MacPherson (Roger Rees) did more to Warehouse 13 than just blow up Artie (Saul Rubinek). He may have unleashed something into the world that Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) don't even know how to deal with, much less stop.   Season two also features special crossover episodes when Warehouse 13's Allison Scagliotti visits the town of Eureka and Neil Grayston of Eureka visits Warehouse 13. The programs will air on Warehouse 13 Tuesday, August 3, and on Eureka Friday, August 6.  Guest stars will include Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman), Tia Carrere (Wayne's World), Nolan Gerard Funk (Aliens in America), Jewel Staite and Sean Maher (both from Firefly) Philip Winchester (Crusoe) and Paula Garces (Defying Gravity), as well as WWE SmackDown Superstar Cody Rhodes.  Saul Rubinek plays Artie Nielsen a long-time Secret Service Agent who is in charge of Warehouse 13 in Syfy's number one series, Warehouse 13.  Rubinek was born in a refugee camp in Germany after WW II where his father ran a Yiddish Repertory Theatre company. Saul started his professional career as a child actor in theatre and radio in Canada. He was a member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario and later was a co-founder, actor and director of Le Théâtre du Hibou, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Toronto Free Theatre. Rubinek started working in the U.S. in the late 70's as an actor at the Public Theatre in New York, and he divided his time between theatres in both countries for several years.  Many Movies to his credit including "Unforgiven" ; "True Romance"; "Sweet Liberty" ; "Dick" ; "Wall Street";  "I Love Trouble"; "Against All Odds" ; "Man Trouble" ; "Bonfire of the Vanities" and many more.

Friday, June 25, 2010

6/25 - Eric Joseph, Shana Doronn,

Dr. Shana Doronn -  A&E's "OBSESSED" 
Dr. Shana currently treats patients with anxiety disorders, primarily Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder as well as individuals diagnosed with chronic illness, in Barrington, Illinois. Prior to moving to IL she worked at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where for the last 12 years has treated people with chronic and terminal illnesses and with the last five years focused on delivering innovative care to those diagnosed with severe and disabling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders including Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), eating disorders and hoarding. Her treatment modality is Cognitive Behavior Therapy with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Terrified of heights...germaphobic...claustrophobic...OCD about cleaning...pack rats: we all have some quirks and fears. But how, why and when do those idiosyncrasies or anxieties cross the line into mental health issues?  Dr. Shana Doronn can take your questions and discuss what’s healthy and what’s not. She is an anxiety specialist on A&E’s intriguing show “Obsessed.”

Eric Joseph - "News Director  CRN Digital Talk Radio

Eric joins the guys to discuss Michael Jackson on the 1st Anniversary of his death.  His career, musicand the effect on our culture as well as the many rumors and accusations.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

6/24 - Cynthia Sanz, Doug Brode, Whitley Streiber,

Cynthia Sanz "PEOPLE"   "Country Music Special Issue"
Cynthia Sanz was named assistant managing editor for the magazine in October 2005. She had been a senior editor since January 2000, helping to oversee coverage of the entertainment world - as well as a variety of human interest stories. Sanz joined PEOPLE in 1989 as a staff writer on the show biz beat. She was a member of the team that launched PEOPLE en Español and spent four years writing and editing for special issues - including the annual features on "The Best & Worst Dressed," "The Sexiest Man Alive" and "The World’s Most Beautiful People." Sanz has appeared on several news and entertainment shows, including Access Hollywood, The Insider and Inside Edition. Previously, Sanz worked as a news clerk at The New York Times and a feature writer at The Dallas Morning News. PEOPLE will publish its latest Country Music Special Issue, a newsstand-only edition dedicated entirely to the country music scene. This special issue is the third of six issues PEOPLE will publish in 2010 devoted to country music. This time around the magazine picks the Hottest Guys in Country. Find out which sexy men really know how to turn up the heat and make female fans swoon. Will Kenny, Brad and Keith (last year’s cover men) make the list this year? Who will grace the cover?

Doug Brode - "Mr. Pop Culture"  - "Midnight Blue"
DOUGLAS BRODE  is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian, and multi-award winning journalist. Born and raised on Long Island, he traveled upstate to attend SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and never really left. After graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University, he and his wife Sue (Johnson) Brode stayed on and raised a family. Brode became the coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College and then an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is the author of over 30 books on film and the mass media including Films Of The Fifties, Films Of Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington (a biography), Sinema (Erotic Films), Shakespeare In The Movies (for Oxford University Press), two books on Walt Disney for University of Texas Press, From Walt To Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the mouse. Also, Elvis Cinema And Popular Culture for McFarland Press. Most recently, he and Carol (widow of Rod) Serling have completed Rod Serling And The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute for Barricade Books. Brode wrote the screenplay for Midnight Blue, which one critic called "the best of the low-budget erotic thrillers. His produced plays include Heartbreaker and Somewhere In The Night.

Whitley Streiber - "OMEGA POINT"
WHITLEY STRIEBER is the bestselling author of more than 25 books, including the legendary Warday, Nature’s End, and Superstorm, the basis of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. His most recent books, The Grays and 2012: The War for Souls, are both being made into films. His website, Unknowncountry.com, is the largest of its kind in the world, exploring the edge of science and reality.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

6/23 - Chuck Martin, Gary Morgenstein, Clyde Prestowitz, Jim Halsey , Dr. Scott Baldrige,

http://crntalk.com/podcast/wcej/2010/wcej-06-22-2010.mp3Chuck Martin  "Work Your Strengths"
CHUCK MARTIN (Madbury, NH) is the Chairman and CEO of NFI Research, a top management research firm, and a highly sought-after speaker.  Do you panic when your car won’t start or blurt out the first thing that pops in your mind? Can you keep track of your possessions and remember your appointments? How good are you at coming up with long-term plans and then actually sticking to them? The answers are determined by your Executive Skills, a set of cognitive functions hard­wired in the adult brain that define who you are and how you operate. Figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your own skill set and you can figure out exactly what job you’ll excel at. That’s the promise of Work Your Strengths, the most on-target, research-based career advice you’ll ever find. Written by an award-winning author, together with experts in the field of neuroscience and psychology, Work Your Strengths draws on the latest discoveries about the brain and the authors’ original data to help you accurately assess your Executive Skills, pinpoint your ideal job—and avoid potential trouble. You’ll learn about working memory, emotional control, sustained attention, organizational skills, goal-directed persistence, flexibility, stress tolerance, and more—skills that can make or break your chances of success. Take a free online test to gauge your own skill set, then match your profile against the Executive Skills exhibited by more than two thousand high achievers in a multitude of industries and positions. Packed with the authors’ eye-opening findings, this unique book gives you a wholly new, scientifically sound way to play to your strengths—and locate the job that best fits your own strongest set of Executive Skills.

Gary Morgenstein - "Purple Haze Blog Radio" Thursdays

Gary Morgenstein's novels include "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," about a divorced man who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi; "Jesse's Girl," a powerful story about a father's search for his adopted teenage son, and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a political baseball thriller, as well as the baseball Rocky "The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees." His prophetic play "Ponzi Man" played to sell-out crowds at the New York Fringe Festival. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by lots of books and rock and roll CDs.  He alkso is an executive at the SyFy Channel and  cohosts "Purple Haze Blog Radio" on Thursdays

Jim Halsey  "Starmaker: How To Make In It The Music Business"

Jim Halsey has worked in the music industry for more than fifty years and has discovered or guided the careers of such famous performers as Roy Clark, The Judds, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, James Brown, Roy Orbison, and many more. Jim also continues his thirty six (36) year management relationship with the Oak Ridge Boys.  Jim Halsey now shares a lifetime of experience to share the basic principles that guided him through a wildly successful career as a talent manager, agent and impresario. With a focus on music industry education, Jim Halsey helps aspiring artists learn how to make it in the Music Business through The Halsey Institute as well as through personal speaking engagements and consulting services.

Dr. Scott Baldrige, PhD  "Singapore Math"
As schools across America face budget cuts while our students continue to test below many other countries internationally, especially in math, educators are turning their attention to a math program from the country of Singapore as a solution. Dr. Scott Baldrige, PhD, a co-author of the leading US text book for elementary school math teacher-training and expert on Singapore Math is available to speak about the significance of this curriculum and what it means for American students.  “Singapore Math”, as the curriculum is dubbed, has consistently ranked first in the world in mathematics on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study while U.S. students ranked 16th out of 46 participating nations. Some of the major differences with the Singapore Math approach are that it involves a unique pictorial approach to math allowing students to look at problems in a visual way, before moving into abstract, and it focuses on a limited number of topics each year, allowing students to master a concept before building on it. The result is that Singapore Math has spread to a sampling of schools and districts in all 50 states, and has even been approved for use statewide in California, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Oregon and adopted in some 40 countries. 

Clyde Prestowitz is the author of the best selling and critically acclaimed books Trading Places, Rogue Nation, and Three Billion New Capitalists. He served in the Reagan Administration as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce and as a principal trade negotiator for Asia. He was also Vice Chairman of President Clinton's Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region. The founder of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington D.C., Prestowitz advises governments, global corporations, and labor unions on competitiveness and globalization strategy. He has written hundreds of articles and op-editorials in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, The Economist, and other leading publications over the past twenty five years based on his experiences both in the corporate world and in government. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied at both the East West Center in Honolulu and Keio University in Tokyo and holds an M.A. from the University of Hawaii as well as an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Monday, June 21, 2010

6/22 - GK Reid, Suzanne McGee, Mary McCormack,

GK REID (Bravo's "Double Exposure")
Bravo goes behind the lens of celebrity photography duo Markus Klinko and Indrani in the new docu-series  " Double Exposure, " premiering Tuesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. The series follows Markus and Indrani, a former couple, along with high-end stylist GK Reid, giving viewers a taste of the world of high fashion and celebrity photography. Visionary fashion stylist GK Reid has established himself as one of the industry 's most influential cutting-edge innovators. Trusted by numerous high profile celebrities for their most important projects, his editorial and advertising campaigns are world-renowned. Reid is responsible for some of the hottest and most notable celebrity transformations including styling Mariah Carey for her best-selling album  "The Emancipation of Mimi, " Rihanna 's album covers for  " Good Girl Gone Bad, " as well as styling Jennifer Lopez, David Bowie, Puff Daddy, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. He has worked on numerous influential ad campaigns including L'Oréal, Pepsi, LVMH De Beers, and Hugo Boss, and his editorial work has appeared in high profile magazine such as V, Harpers Bazaar, GQ and Rolling Stone.

Suzanne McGee  "Chasing Goldman Sachs" 
SUZANNE McGEE, is a contributing editor at Barron’s. She has written about the financial markets for the New York Post, Institutional Investor, Portfolio.com, and the Financial Times and is a Loeb Award winner for a multimedia series on consumer culture in China. Earlier in her career she was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street is as important to the economy and the overall functioning of our society as our electric and water utilities. But it doesn’t act that way. The financial system has been saved from destruction but as long as the mind-set of “chasing Goldman Sachs” lingers, it will not have been reformed. As banking undergoes its biggest transformation since the 1929 crash and the Great Depression, McGee shows where it stands today and points to where it needs to go next, examining the future of those financial institutions supposedly “too big to fail.”
Fabulous Beekman Boys 
Can a fabby gay couple from the city become fabby biodynamic farmers? Apparently yes, at least in a new Planet Green show dubbed The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Those boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, two out and proud urban men who decide to try homesteading at an upstate New York farm, a.k.a. Beekman 1802. “Who says gays can’t raise kids?” say the couple — while bottle-feeding a baby goat! The Fabulous Beekman Boys doesn’t begin airing until June, but I got to see a few clips at the Television Critics Association Cable Tour Panel earlier today. What I learned: Urbanites look funny when they try to farm. We see Josh and Brent buy a pair of cute piglets — that nimbly escape and tear across the farm, with the would-be farmers chasing after them in wide-eyed panic.
Mary McCormack is Mary Shannon in the third season of the hit USA Network original series IN PLAIN SIGHT,  Wednesday's  at 10/9c.  One of today's boldest and most versatile actresses, McCormack continues to challenge herself with roles that often defy Hollywood standards and bring to light the complex lives of ordinary women. She has shown her immense talent working in film, television, and on stage, and has tackled roles ranging from slapstick comedy to intense drama.  McCormack' s breakout performance, opposite Howard Stern in "Private Parts, " won her universal critical acclaim. She followed that film with a highly successful run opposite Alan Cumming as Sally Bowles in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall-directed 

6/21 - Jim Richardson, Anne Collier, Carole Carson, Danny Teeson,

Jim Richardson - "Nat'l Geographic Photographer"
Many photographers dream of seeing their images in the pages of National Geographic magazine. Now, thanks to the third annual Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, photo enthusiasts of all skills levels will have a chance to realize that dream. The winner will have their photo featured in the December issue of National Geographic magazine in an ad for Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries, and they’ll also be awarded the trip of a lifetime – a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Greek Isles.   “You don’t have to be an expert or have professional equipment to capture a magnificent shot,” said 20-year National Geographic photographer and contest judge Jim Richardson. “One of last year’s Category Winning photos was shot by a zoo employee on a regular point-and-shoot camera. Great photography is often about being in the right place at the right time and making sure you’re prepared to capture the moment when it happens.”

Anne Collier   "MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking"

In this indispensable guide for parents, online-safety experts Larry Magid and Anne Collier demystify the world's largest social network. This hands-on book shows how teens use MySpace and other social networks and explains step by step how parents can use it to help their kids blog and socialize safely. Larry and Anne remove the fear and hype surrounding social networking and take a clear-eyed look at what is really going on in this very public world of teen online socializing and blogging. They step you through how to set up a MySpace account and manage an online social life. In addition, the authors look at how social networks and their users are changing the Web

Carole Carson  - "From Fat to Fit" 
Carole Carson, is the author of "From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself Into A Weapon of Mass Destruction." Carole has inspired people in her community of Grass Valley, California to lose four tons of weight together. Now she's doing the same for AARP members with the "Fat to Fit Online Challenge." On November 11, 2007, I took one of the biggest steps--or should I say the biggest jump--of my life: flying in the SkyVenture wind tunnel in Orlando, Florida.The flying was so intense and took so much energy, I had adrenaline coursing through my body long after I touched the ground. Like many new things in life, it was scary before I jumped in. After that, it was great. I loved it! It was so much fun that my husband, Dick, tried it too--at age 72. And just to prove how much he enjoyed it, when asked if he would do it again, he enthusiastically said, "I think I'll go again at 73," to which I chimed in, "And again at 83."

Danny Teeson  Judge, "Dance Your Ass Off"  Monday(10 PM) on OxygenHosted by Spice Girl Mel B,  " Dance Your Ass Off" features 12 talented, full-figured contestants who struggle with their weight and dance to unleash their inner  " thin".   "Dance Your A** Off" features talented, full-figured contestants who struggle with their weight and dance to unleash their inner thin. Last season, the contestants’ 'thinspiration" resulted in more than 500 lbs. lost. The series pairs each contestant with a professional dance partner who trains them for their weekly stage performances. Then they burn up the dance floor and the calories in front of a live studio audience and a panel of expert judges. The judges score the routines, and then the contestants weigh in to reveal their weekly weight loss. The dance score and the weight loss are combined for an overall score, which determines who is sent home each week. This season will be hosted by Spice Girl and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Melanie Brown (aka Mel B.). Learn more about her at MelanieBrown.com. According to USA Today, Mr. Six is the creation of Doner Advertising of Southfield, Michigan. The success of the ad became such that Six Flags toured the vintage bus featured in the ad to all of its 31 parks and sold t-shirts based on the Mr. Six advertisement. Mr. Six also appeared on the nationally broadcast morning show Good Morning America.  Soon after the character's introduction in television commercials, Mr. Six became an established pop-culture meme. Parodies of the commercials appeared on television shows and on video sites such as YouTube, while media outlets and blogs attempted to unmask the identity of the actor, also noting his striking resemblance to legendary Hollywood agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar and KKK member Edgar Ray Killen. The popularity of the character continued even after Six Flags officially cancelled the ad campaign.After the character's cancellation, as a prank, a dummy representing a dead Mr. Six appeared in the "Brutal Planet" haunted house at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California during Fright Fest 2006. Because of his spryness, it was speculated that he was played by a much younger actor. Blogger Paul Davidson has reported that reality star and dancer Danny Teeson, most noted for his turn on Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, played the dancing Septuagenarian

Friday, June 18, 2010

6/18, Mark Poveromo, David Bromstad, Ernie Campagno,

Mark Poveromo - "Obesity problem for Pets" 
Tasty Treats Are Tantalizing People, but Why Do Your Pets Suffer?
Reuters estimates there are over 17 Million Obese Dogs- Pet Owners are Clueless
OBESITY is an American plague attacking humans and animals alike. Everyone has a viewpoint on health and it’s easier to preach than practice. Doctors, friends, and family members are telling you to lower carbohydrate levels, avoid salt, and decrease sodium intake to live healthily, but what about your pet’s health and weight?  Dog Nutrition Specialist, Mark Poveromo believes, “Snacking and convenience go hand in hand”—you grab a cookie on your way out of the house, and throw the dog a ‘Scooby snack’ too.” Improving health is all about knowledge and while you may not know how to help yourself, Mark Poveromo knows how to help your dog:

• Tips to stimulate appetite

• Making food more appealing with simple add-in’s

• Ingredients to avoid

• Why a better diet and overall health will SAVE YOU MONEY!

Mark Poveromo is a trusted educator and Connecticut Teacher of the Year Recipient. His passion for animals and pet health led him to pursue his long time dream of owning his own holistic pet food store, The Thomaston Feed and Grain. His book, To Your Dog’s Health, reveals his expertise and knowledge on dog health and nutrition
David Bromstad, Designer / Host - HGTV’s “Color Splash: Miami”
David Bromstad, the season one winner of HGTV Design Star, is known for his endless energy and out-of-the-box thinking. David began his career as a design student at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. Earnest, passionate, talented and innovative, David creates awe-inspiring works on many platforms, including custom art, furniture building and interior design. David says he "blends styles that incorporate realism and fantasy." He combines this approach with a love of color and practical advice that shows viewers how to transform tired rooms into unique, vibrant spaces. David Bromstad brings his signature design style to his hometown of Miami, Florida, in his new weekly series  Color Splash: Miami, airing on Saturdays at 10:00PM ET/PT.
Ernie Campagno - "Springboard Marketing"
Ernie is a basketball fan from Boston and now lives in California. The seventh game of the championship series was a fantastic game but some of the Lakers fans outside the Staples center acted like morons and it had nothing to do with Basketball. Ernie now joins us  to talk about the games, the fans and what happened.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

6/17 - Greg Grunberg, Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, Michelle Tan, Larry Manetti,

Greg Grunberg - "Matt Parkman"  -  "Heroes"
POPULAR ACTOR GREG GRUNBERG IS GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS CELEBRITY FRIENDS ----TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST EPILEPSY. IT’S A CAUSE CLOSE TO GREG’S HEART. HIS OLDEST SON JAKE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH EPILEPSY WHEN HE WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD.  GREG JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN HOW HIS FRIENDS ARE HELPING IN THE EFFORT TO PROVIDE MORE EDUCATION ABOUT THE DISEASE.  Greg Grunberg, known for his lead role in the award-winning ensemble drama series "Heroes" in which he played Matt Parkman, a police detective with the ability to read minds, will be starring in NBC's new one-hour love anthology series, “Love Bites.” The series follows several different stories of love and romance and will air Thursday nights at 10PM, beginning this fall.  In addition to his small-screen success, Grunberg has emerged as a Hollywood hyphenate. He and his partner – acclaimed writer/director Lawrence Trilling – just completed principal photography of the feature film "Group Sex." He serves as writer/producer/actor on this project.  Grunberg is also known as the lovable Eric Weiss on "Alias," where he spent four seasons thwarting the menacing plans of the world's most dubious villains. Audiences first fell in love with Grunberg when he starred as Sean in four seasons of "Felicity." He has appeared in multiple episode arcs on "NYPD Blue" and has guest-starred on shows such as "House" and "Monk."   A  philanthropist by nature, Grunberg started the infamous celebrity rock band for charity "Band From TV" (BandFromTV.org) with fellow actors Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Bob Guiney, Jesse Spencer, Adrian Pasdar, and Scott Grimes. Band From TV has performed on "American Idol Gives Back" and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Some noteworthy stars who have jammed with the band are John Mayer, Hayden Panettiere, Teri Hatcher, and many others. Greg's portion of the band's charity take benefits the website he started to raise awareness and funds for people with epilepsy, "TalkAboutIt.org", since his eldest son suffers from epilepsy. Greg is also the official spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundation and TalkAboutIt.org .  Grunberg lives outside Los Angeles with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three young sons.

Michelle Tan    Staff Editor  "PEOPLE Magazine"
For the first time, PEOPLE Magazine will reveal Hollywood’s hottest bodies. The sizzling summertime issue has it all covered (and uncovered) with celebrities in bikinis at every age and in bikinis after one, two and three babies! Find out how they got in sensational shape – plus hunks in trunks, hot summer action guys and family day at the beach.  Staff Editor, Michelle Tan, can tell you which stars made the “best list” and which model masters the bikini pose. This star also shows us how to look good – at the right angles – in a bathing suit

Dr. Brenda Shoshanna   "The Fear-Factor: Rational To Insane: Conquering The Monster Under Your Bed" -  Snakes. Planes. Heights. The dark. We all have things we are afraid of to a certain extent, but what happens when something causes us to become completely paralyzed with fear? From rational fears such as public speaking to some ridiculously irrational fears (such as having some creature crawl up from inside your toilet), sometimes these fears can make us completely powerless, even if we’re aware that our feelings are totally unreasonable.  Dr. Brenda Shoshanna is a psychologist and fear-expert who has discovered ways that anyone can face their own monsters head on. In her book Fearless, Dr. Shoshanna describes the 7 principles of peace of mind that can dissolve any fear and transform it into strength. She provides the ways to weaken any fear, until it is eventually eliminated and replaced with a sense of safety and well-being. She can share with the audience the best way they can become fearless.

Larry Manetti - "Aloha Magnum" 
Larry Manetti started acting in his hometown of Chicago. After studying acting with the Ted List Theater Players, Larry drove to Los Angeles in 1972. Larry landed an agent and was sent to Universal Studios to audition for an opening as a contract player. Luck was on his side. Jack Webb was casting a new series for NBC called The Chase. Larry played a young detective.  After attending acting school at Sal Dano's at night and doing bit parts by day, he scored. Baa Baa Black Sheep was being produced and cast at Universal, and the now famous writer Stephen J. Cannell was the executive producer and the role was a natural for Larry. He was cast as a cocky, hot shot pilot named Bobby Boyle. The show was a big hit for NBC but was cancelled within two years.  Because the network was so impressed with Larry's on-screen presence, they cast him in a new series called The Duke. Bad luck! The Duke was cancelled in one year. Larry was back to playing whatever Universal told him to.  Hoping to catch lighting in a jar, along came Magnum, P.I. and the role of Rick. This was his elevator...the show became a mega-hit for 8 years. Since Magnum, P.I., Larry has done co-starring roles in 25 feature films and guest starred on many hot TV shows.  Larry is the author of a book titled Aloha Magnum.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

6/16 - Melissa Joan Hart, Tad Fryer , Aaron Barlow,

Melissa Joan Hart -  “America’s Secret Ingredient”
Memorial Day has come and gone, and now barbeques and picnics are in full swing and the Fourth of July is quickly approaching~making it a challenge to find recipes that are both delicious and healthy and that everyone can enjoy!  And who better than actress and mother of two children Melissa Joan Hart to reveal simple, creative, and healthy ways to make your summertime favorite recipes like chicken wings and raspberry layered bar to grilled fish and blueberry muffins. Melissa will chat about how these recipes can reduce fat and calories in your diet while adding a boost of cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamin C.  In addition, Melissa will dish about the “America’s Secret Ingredient” contest in which your listeners can submit their apple-themed recipes for an opportunity to win a trip to New York City to attend the “Food Network” New York City Food and Wine Festival in October and meet some of the “Food Network” stars. Also, for every recipe that is submitted, Tree Top will donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network.   Actress Melissa Joan Hart, who skyrocketed to fame as Clarissa on “Clarissa Explains It All” on “Nickelodeon” from 1990 through 1994, became a household name after starring as Sabrina in the television movie “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” which later became a hugely popular television series of the same name also starring Melissa as Sabrina! Melissa also danced her way into American households and captured their hearts on “Dancing with the Stars”!  Having guest-starred on such television series as “Another World”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The 70’s Show”, “Just Shoot Me!”, “Superman”, “Clueless”, “Boy Meets World”, “Teen Angel”, “The Equalizer”, and “Touched by an Angel”, Melissa has also graced the screen in numerous television movies for the past 24 years!

Tad Fryer  -  VP  Office Manager -  Charles Schwab

As global markets are on an ongoing rollercoaster ride and the economy begins to recover,  we talk about  local Investment Strategist,  financial planning and investing tips to help your listeners better manage their finances and create/update their investing plans and goals so we never get into this economic mess again.

Aaron Barlow  "Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes" 
Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes explores the uses of violence in the films Tarantino has written, directed, and produced. Arguing that extreme violence is central to Tarantino's art, the book helps readers understand its purpose in his films—as metaphor, as movement, and as motivation. For Tarantino, the book explains, violence serves the purposes of film. In each of his movies, he explores the boundaries of taste and audience reaction, using violence and shock to bring questions of responsibility and expectation to the forefront of discussions on cinema.  After introductory chapters placing Tarantino and his films within the broader context of American cinema, author Aaron Barlow focuses on Tarantino's six major directorial efforts. Each film is discussed from its genre starting point and the differing directions the films take are explored, as are the structural elements. In the end, readers will see how Tarantino deliberately pushes film in new directions through old techniques, styles, and even actors, crafting original art from what others have discarded.

Larry Lipson - Live from Costa Rica

Former LA Daily News Food Columnist (50 Years) Larry Lipson is live and direct from his research Institute in Costa Rica. He will talk about wine food and the good life and will have comments and comparisons between his new adventure. He also has recommendations and suggestions to make your dining experience Top Rate.

6/15 - Denny Hamlin, Roxana Shirazi , John Oliver, Scott Steinberg, Hank Kaplan,

Talk with Denny about the season thus far and FedEx Race Time - the opportunity for a small business owner to feature their business logo on Denny Hamlin’s #11 FedEx Toyota for a Nationally Televised Sprint Cup Race. Now in his fifth full season in NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series, Hamlin has been a perennial Chase for the Sprint Cup contender since winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2006. He has already recorded four wins this season and has posted five top-ten finishes through 14 races   Hamlin, currently third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings, will be available for one-on-one interviews to discuss the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign and promote FedEx Race Time. FedEx Race Time offers eligible FedEx small business customers the opportunity to be featured on the #11 FedEx Toyota during the high-profile Sylvania 300 on September 19, 2010. Go to www.fedex.com/racetime for more details.  FedEx has launched the FedEx Race Time Promotion providing an opportunity for an eligible small business owner to have its company logo placed on the #11 FedEx Toyota for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire on Sept. 19, 2010. For more information on FedEx Race Time, visit www.fedex.com/racetime

Roxana Shirazi -  The Last Living Slut - Born in Iran, Bred Backstage
The Last Living Slut is the salaciously literary and sexually liberated account of one young woman’s transition from traditionally-raised Iranian to rock and roll groupie for Guns N Roses, Motley Crew, and many others. Paired with a powerful introduction by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Strauss and Anthony Bozza, Roxana Shirazi’s The Last Living Slut is a passionate tale of jilted love, brutal revenge, and backstage encounters that make Pamela Des Barres’s I’m With The Band read like the diary of a nun. The outrageous, yet surprisingly moving, memoir of a girl who fled the Iranian Revolution—and found her salvation in the deliriously sexy life of a rock-'n'-roll groupie.  Honest, provocative, and vividly written, The Last Living Slut is the memoir of Roxana Shirazi, who was raised traditionally in Tehran. After her family spirits her to the West in flight from the Iranian Revolution, Shirazi is led far astray by the sound—and the sex appeal—of rock and roll. Caught between her sexual appetites, passion for music (and musicians), and fear of being a bad seed, Shirazi bares her soul to offer a raw account of her life as an eager-to-please rock groupie. With appearances by members of Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Velvet Revolver, and many more, The Last Living Slut is a moving memoir of growing up in the political turbulence of Tehran; an unflinching portrayal of teenage cultural dislocation in London; a backstage romp that makes Pamela Des Barres's I'm with the Band read like a nun's diary; and a white-knuckled tale of jilted love and brutal revenge.

John Oliver - World Renown Psychic
John J. Oliver is one of America’s premier psychic intuitives, living in New York City. He has an extensive background in psychic police work, ghost investigations, and personal readings, and will be starring in a Court TV series, "Haunting Evidence". Known for his amazing accuracy and uncanny insight, he has worked professionally as an in-demand psychic since his teenage years. Having presented thousands of seminars throughout the United States and Europe on how to develop your ESP, he has also given over 13,000 powerful readings to individuals from all walks of life. For seven years John taught courses in "Psychic Development" for the University Union at the University of Virginia and at J. Sargeant Reynolds College’s Continuing Education Department in Richmond, VA. In 1997, John presented a special program, "The Enlightened Individual: The Key to an Enlightened World" at the United Nations. During John’s childhood, he showed great promise of psychic skills and abilities. As early as age five, his talents came to fruition when he began seeing spirits of people who had "crossed-over". To most, the very idea of seeing an apparition would seem downright frightening, but it became a regular experience in life. He also was able to pick up distinct impressions from antiques and old furniture, with regard to their history and previous owners. He could sense energetic vibrations and auras, not only around people and animals, but objects as well.

E3 Expo is the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.E3Expo.com or http://www.theesa.com/.

Hank Kaplan - Chairman Mentor Interactive
Hank has over 25 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the children's interactive entertainment industry. He was co-founder and CEO of two New York City based children's interactive entertainment companies that developed and marketed children's “edutainment” computer/ video games on a global basis. He was responsible for general management with emphasis on relationships with major entertainment licensors including Disney, Sesame Street , Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft. Hank has also maintained close relationships with key retailers and distributors on a global basis. Additionally, he has worked in a large corporate environment, serving in a variety of capacities at CBS including Executive Vice President of CBS Software and Vice President for Corporate Planning. Henry has a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

6/14 - Pam Yellin, Danny Lipford, Gary Fong, Gary Wright, Drew Kransy,

Pamela Yellin -  "Bank On Yourself"

Pamela Yellen is a Financial Security Expert and author of the best-selling book "Bank On Yourself" for her 100K challenge  http://www.bankonyourself.com/ .  Pamela Yellen has worked with over thirty-thousand financial advisors since 1990, helping them build their businesses. Over the course of those years, she has investigated over 450 financial products, tools, concepts and methods that were touted as sure bets for growing wealth. Most turned out to be not even worth the paper they were printed on. All this learning the hard way came at a costly financial and emotional price. One investment opportunity cost her every penny she put into it, and then some.

Danny Lipford - "Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford"
Danny Lipford, a veteran remodeling contractor, is an expert on homes and home improvement. As Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated television show, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford®, and the radio show Homefront with Danny Lipford, Danny helps homeowners keep up with the latest trends and understand the steps and products involved with both small and large home projects.  In addition, Danny is in his tenth season as home improvement contributor on The Weather Channel and The Early Show on CBS where he provides home tips and advice. He also has appeared on other national television shows including LIVE with Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray, and CNN’s Open House. He is a contributing editor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and his advice has also appeared in Parade, The New York Times and other publications.  As a contractor for more than 30 years, Danny speaks from experience. His friendly, reassuring manner and expert advice take some of the mystery—and fear—out of the home improvement process.

Gary Wright - Musician
Gary Wright (born Gary Malcolm Wright, April 26, 1943, Cresskill, New Jersey) is an American musician, best known for his song, "Dream Weaver. He was the piano player on Harry Nilsson's version of "Without You".  Wright was born and raised in Cresskill, New Jersey, and attended Tenafly High School.  A former child actor, Wright appeared in the 1954 original Broadway production of the long-running musical, Fanny (888 performances), having originated the role of Acolyte and then subsequently replacing Lloyd Reese in the role of Cesario, the son of Fanny. The title role of Fanny was originated by Florence Henderson who later gained worldwide fame as matriarch Carol Brady in the long-running TV series, The Brady Bunch. According to Henderson, Reese had to be replaced by Wright because (in her own words): "He (Reese) was a New York boy and puberty struck very early. It wasn't long till he looked like my boyfriend!"  In 1959, Wright made his first recording as part of a duo along with Billy Markle (being billed as Gary & Billy) for the 20th Century Fox Records label. The songs released were "Working After School" and "Lisa". In the 1960s, Wright went to Europe to continue studying psychology. In 1967, he joined the band Spooky Tooth as singer and keyboardist. In 1970 Wright was involved as a record producer with the Liverpool based folk music band, Arrival, and was also a member of the folk rock band Howl the Good who had played, alongside Arrival, at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. During this period, he also befriended George Harrison and was invited to contribute piano to Harrison's All Things Must Pass.  After Spooky Tooth split up in 1974, Wright continued his solo career, culminating in "Dream Weaver". The single peaked at #2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1976.[3] It was also later featured in the Wayne's World film and soundtrack, as well as in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt. Later in 1976, his follow-up single "Love is Alive" also reached #2 (for two weeks). Ronnie Montrose played guitar on the song "Power of Love" from Wright's album, The Dream Weaver. Although The Dream Weaver was a hit album and would go multi-platinum, his subsequent releases did not catch on, either critically or commercially, and his career quickly stalled. But Wright continued to make albums throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Wounded Bird Records reissued The Light of Smiles, Touch and Gone, Headin' Home and The Right Place in October 2008; all except Headin' Home featured extra tracks.  Wright's last success on the Billboard Hot 100 was in 1981, when he returned with "Really Wanna Know You" (co-written by Ali Thomson).  His 1981 song "Comin' Apart", from the album The Right Place, was sampled by Armand Van Helden for the 2004 club song titled "My My My". The song was remixed in 2006 by Andreas S. Jensen. "Heartbeat", also from The Right Place, was re-recorded in 2007 as a dance track by Topmodelz. In 1984 Chaka Khan included her cover version of "Love is Alive" (re-titled "My Love is Alive") on her album I Feel For You. In 1986, Wright contributed the song "Hold On to Your Vision" to the soundtrack of the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra. "Better By You, Better Than Me," a song written by Wright for Spooky Tooth, was covered by Judas Priest on their 1978 album Stained Class. In 2008, Wright toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In November 2008, Wright released the six-track EP, Waiting to Catch the Light, on the Larkio Music label. In late 2008, Wright also released The Light of a Million Suns, which featured a re-recorded version of "My Love is Alive" in which son Dorian gets a recording credit..In 2010, Wright is set to tour again with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, along with Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Richard Page, and Gregg Bissonette. Wright released a new album in June 2010 called 'Connected'. Special guests on the record include Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.

Gary Fong (b. December 6, 1960 in Seattle, WA, USA) is an American entrepreneur and former photographer. Fong ended his photography career in 2002 to pursue business interests such as marketing photography products. Starting in a bedroom of his parent's apartment, Fong started shooting weddings for $150/no time limit. While this entry price severely undermined the pricing standards, he was able to sell comprehensive designs at an option that was far more costly than the basic package. He would go on to photograph such people as, Sylvester Stallone, Ronald Reagan, Sidney Sheldon, Lee Remick, Paul McCartney, Peter Criss, Bruce Lee, Todd Rundgren, Priscilla Presley, Pia Zadora, Michael Landon, Florence Henderson, Shelly Fabares, among others.  Here Comes the Guide, a respected "bible" of wedding planning has said, "Every once in a while someone comes along to revolutionize an art form; for wedding photography, that someone Is Gary Fong." His photographic images have been used for national ad campaigns for Fuji, Kodak, Canon and Hasselblad. Fong was selected in the telecast, Weddings 2000 as one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world. This live simulcast was broadcast to movie theaters around the world, and was a first of its kind. Fong is also the co-founder of Pictage's Digital Photo Lab. With the advent of digital, Fong knew that online presentation of images would be best matched to an instant print delivery service. So, joining up with Pictage's online presence, Fong brought his own personal print lab into Pictage's headquarters, and installed it in the kitchen. Joining the Board of Directors and Senior Management team, Pictage started with seven employees in a small office, and within years the employee count would top 150, making Pictage the largest dedicated online digital/web solution anywhere in the United States. Apax Partners invested $29 million dollars to acquire Pictage in 2006. In 2009, Fong began focusing on a style of management called vertical integration. Because the scale of his photographic accessories company had reached a sufficient scale, Fong began acquiring companies in the Midwestern United States to produce and distribute his products. The first such acquisition was the assets of the former Mailer's Plus Corporation, a logistics warehouse operation in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Keeping the assets, leasehold, management and staff of the previous company, Fong re-opened it as a new corporation, Consolidated Fulfillment, Inc. On January 19, 2009, Publisher's Marketplace announced the acquisition of world publication rights to, Gary Fong's THE ACCIDENTAL MILLIONAIRE: How to Succeed in Life without Really Trying, described as "a humorous, poignant memoir of the man said to have revolutionized wedding photography", to Glenn Yeffeth at BenBella Books, for publication in October 2009 (World).

Drew Krasny  -   Nationally Recognized Consumer Trends Expert
Drew Krasny began his career in college answering fan mail for comedienne Joan Rivers. He then went on to "warm-up" over a thousand television studio audiences for stars such as Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Leeza Gibbons, Terry Bradshaw, and shows such as The Mommies, America’s Most Talented Kid, Prime Time With Jiminy Glick, Film Fanatic and couspin ntless others. He also found success behind the camera producing on both Emmy nominated Leeza and The Martin Short Show. Eventually, his irreverent personality led him back on-stage with on-air correspondent positions with talk shows including Crook & Chase, Donny & Marie, Caryl & Marilyn, Mars Venus, The Martin Short Show, Ebay TV, The Dennis Miller Show and the Emmy Award winning Wayne Brady Show. Most recently, Drew hosted the relationship show Crush on the USA Network. He also lends his enthusiasm and expertise of consumer trends, toys and gadgets to countless TV shows, news and radio programs. Krasny can be seen on Direct TV’s "Living LIVE!" and just wrapped up his fifth season on Soapnet’s Soaptalk. Drew has spoken on behalf of companies including HP, Philips Electronics, The Home Depot, The Sharper Image, Kmart and Levi Straus, just to mention a few. He also travels the country extensively as a corporate host and motivator, and emcee’s professional tennis tournaments for both the Sony Ericsson WTA Women and ATP Men’s tours. and services to help all pet owners including NBC Nightly News, Eye on L.A and over 350 local, national, and international broadcast media outlets. Produced for: Arm & Hammer Spinbrush and LG phone.