Talking With Richard Zoglin – May 28, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Richard Zoglin. To listen to the interview click below.

Richard Zoglin, author of “Hope…Entertainer of the Century” (Simon & Schuster, 2014), talks about the legendary entertainer in this comprehensive biography.

Zoglin has spent more than 30 years as an editor and writer at TIME Magazine. After joining as a staff writer in 1983, he served as the magazine’s television critic for more than a decade — reviewing hundreds of TV shows, examining media coverage of such news events as the first Gulf War, and writing cover stories on David Letterman, Bill Cosby, Diane Sawyer, Arsenio Hall and Star Trek, among others.

He later became a senior editor and assistant managing editor for both the magazine and its website,, and is currently TIME’s theater critic. His first book, Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America (Bloomsbury, 2008), is considered the definitive history of that seminal era in stand-up comedy.

Zoglin began his journalism career in San Francisco as a copy editor for Saturday Review magazine, before moving to New York, where he worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer, contributing articles to the New York Times, Village Voice, New Republic and other publications. In 1978 he moved to Atlanta to become television critic for the Atlanta Constitution. He left in 1982 to help launch Time Inc.’s new television magazine, TV-Cable Week, before joining TIME.

Zoglin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a B. A. in English, and also earned a master of journalism degree at Berkeley. He is a native of Kansas City, Mo. His late wife, Charla Krupp, was a magazine editor, Today show contributor, and author of the bestselling books How Not to Look Old and How to Never Look Fat Again.


Talking With Joey Diaz – May 21, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Joey Diaz. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Joey “Coco” Diaz, who will be performing at the South Point Hotel and Casino May 22-24, has become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance.

Diaz’s start in comedy began while serving a short stint at a correctional facility in Denver, Colorado in 1988. “Each Wednesday we would watch movies on the projector, but sometimes it would break,” he shares, “so I would get up and do stand up to fill the time.”

Learning he had the skills to make an audience laugh, Diaz pursued comedy after his release and began performing at an assortment of comedy clubs in the area. While he was touring as a working comic, he began acting in a variety television and film roles, appearing in, among others, “The Mentalist”, “Children’s Hospital,” “My Name is Earl,” and “General Hospital.”

In film, Diaz has performed in “The Longest Yard,” “Spider Man 2,” “Smiley Face,” and “Taxi.”.

In 2015, Diaz continues to perform stand up and act, while also staying on top of new media; he hosts a bi-weekly podcast “The Church of What’s Happening Now,” which ranks among some of the most highly downloaded podcasts online. He is also a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”


Talking With Debbie Boone – May 14, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Debbie Boone. To listen to the interview click below.

Author, actress, and three-time Grammy Award winner Debby Boone will be performing at the Suncoast Showroom May 16th and 17th

In 1977, Debby Boone earned instant fame when “You Light Up My Life” became one of the biggest songs in history, charting #1 on Billboard for 10 straight weeks and selling in excess of four million albums. That year she received the Grammy for Best New Artist and has since received an additional seven Grammy nominations, winning two more. In 2008, the song was ranked #7 in Billboard’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Top-Charting Songs.

In 2013, Boone released her 13th studio album, a take on the songs and experience of the Las Vegas of the ’60’s entitled “Swing This.” The accompanying show, which premiered at New York’s prestigious Carlyle Hotel in March of that year, has memories and stories shared from her formative years when her father, Pat Boone, was headlining at the Sands and Sahara Hotels.

Boone continues to grow her reputation as a singer of the Great American Songbook, building on her previous release for Concord Records, Reflections of Rosemary. The album is an intimate musical portrait of her late mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney. Produced by Allen Sviridoff, Clooney’s own record producer, it is a collection of 14 standards chosen for their significance in Boone’s life with Clooney.

In addition to her recording career, Boone has appeared a number of times on the stage in New York, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982), Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary production of The Sound of Music (1989), and in the part of Rizzo in the long-running revival of Grease (1996). She also toured nationally in Meet Me in St. Louis (1990) and performed the role of Anna in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in California (2001).

Boone lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gabriel Ferrer, who works as an Episcopal priest. They have four grown children.


Talking With Rick Michel – May 7, 2015

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This week, Ira spoke with Rick Michel. To listen to the interview click below.

Impressionist Rick Michel, who will be performing “Sinatra Forever” with his 24-Piece Symphonic Orchestra at the Cannery Casino Hotel on May 9th, has entertained audiences for more than 40 years and has headlined in Las Vegas since 1981.

Michel has shared the stage with many celebrities including Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, John Byner and Sherman Hemsley; opened for comics such as Bobby Collins, John Pinette, Rita Rudner and George Wallace; and performed impersonations for Frank Sinatra, President Gerald Ford, Tony Curtis and Steve Allen.

He also made appearances in an episode of “Baywatch” playing a schizophrenic killer, and on “Entertainment Tonight,” “America’s Funniest People” and the “Larry King Show.”