As communicators, the language we use is important. It “says" something beyond the meaning of what we’re actually saying. All languages are just shared agreements among groups of people over time to say that certain words and symbols stand for certain things — and they evolve over time. In this episode of the Emmy-winning May the Best Brand Win, join me as we explore language and give you some tips to tighten it up and cut the crap so that the people you’re trying to reach agree that you’re not completely wasting their time. We’ll also tackle who’s winning and losing this week in marketing & communications. It’ll be epic.  


Los Angeles Chapter Recording Academy Voting Member Darryl F Walker has been blessed with incredible talents. Since early childhood, when he could belt out “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” with the passion of Otis Redding, Darryl has grown into one of the most exceptional vocal talents in the industry, and has graced some of the most prestigious venues and exclusive private events as well as notable jazz and R&B concerts in the country.


Lee David Loughnane is an American trumpeter, flugelhorn player, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for being a founding member of the rock band Chicago

Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. AndChicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. 

Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  This was their first nomination. They’ve been eligible since 1994. A long time coming! 

 Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards, multiple American Music Awards, Founding Artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. 

 From the signature sound of the Chicago horns, their iconic Vocalists, and a few dozen of ever-Classic Songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations.  2017 marks the band’s 50th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date!


Join us as we talk Fluence Pickups, demonstrate a couple guitars equipped with them, and play them through some awesome pedals. Come in to Pitbull Audio and grab these pickups!

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Christian Music band, A Ragamuffin Band, are the featured guest on Intersect for this week. The band was formed back in 1993 by Rich Mullins. What started as a concept album has become much more. The band got it's name from "The Ragamuffin Gospel", a novel by Brennan Manning. Listen as Aaron "A-Train" Smith speaks to this famous band.



Brennan Kilpatrick is a guitarist & vocalist, performer, songwriter, guitar instructor, and session musician. He has toured the United States and performed at many clubs & larger venues over the past decade, including: The Winter NAMM show, Del Mar Beach Camp Pendleton events, The Southern California Fair, The Yost Theater, House of Blues, The Viper Room, The Whisky Agogo, and more. His main projects include Midnight Satellites (alternative rock/blues), Dark Haven (melodic death metall), the Sal & Brennan acoustic trio and a brand new original project titled the Crooked Stones (rock, grunge, alternative).

Endorsed by Zemaitis Guitars, Scira Guitars, SKB cases, and GHS strings. He has received certificates for the following Berklee College of Music courses: Jazz Improvisation, Developing Your Muscicianship, Introduction to Music Production, and Songwriting as well as studying music theory and guitar under John Ziegler. His group, Midnight Satellites, won the 2015 Best Rock Award at the TVMA's for their record 'Past Presence Future.' They have also been featured in the Press Enterprise, Echo & Buzz, the San Diego Reader, and more. The metal project he's involved with, Dark Haven, released their self titled full length album on 1/31/17, their first release following the reunion of the band in 2016. The Crooked Stones is slated to release their debut EP later this year.




My guest today is Dalip Jaggi, “The Principal” at Devise Interactive here in Orange County. He’s a networker, a very creative guy and has his own views about how to get the arrow to the target. 

Raised in the beautiful island state of Hawaii, John Valentine has spent most of his life entertaining in the heart of Waikiki, eventually becoming one of the most sought after live musicians in the islands.

John began his music career sharing the spotlight with high school friend Pat Miguel. The duo, known as Night Splendor, immediately found itself with a large and faithful following in the Waikiki circuit. They eventually joined the Dick Jensen Show performing their favorite impersonations.

John and Pat went on to perform with the Love Notes, an oldies review that was a huge favorite among the locals and tourists alike. With John’s vocal talent and musical direction, the Lovenotes became one of the island’s greatest sensations, taking time away from home to tour the Midwest and Tokyo Japan. While in Japan, John began to train and mentor his sister’s son Peter (Bruno) to dance and sing like Elvis.

The next step in John’s career took him to the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki and the spectacular Hanohano Room. There he performed with the classic trio, Stardust led by Brian Robertshaw. During this time, he moonlighted as an Elvis impersonator in Aloha Las Vegas at the Beachcomber, along with his sister Bernie who paid tribute to Tina Turner and his nephew Bruno Mars who was the show’s Michael Jackson impersonator.

John along with Zanuck Lindsey formed Rock Hard Hawaii – an exciting band that gives a high-energy boost to conventions and other special events. The band features classic rock across the decades including a selection of contemporary music.

Today John is sharing his talent island-wide at a variety of venues including Moana Surfrider’s Beach Bar, Hard Rock Cafe and more. See the calendar for a current schedule.

John is honored and excited to share the stage with both Kalapana and the legendary Henry Kapono, both for shows here in Hawaii and on the road. Teaming up with these great musicians is an incredible opportunity to share the classic music of Hawaii across the globe. New performances are being released regularly. Keep an eye on the calendar and tour schedule for updates.


While entertaining has been his primary bread and butter, John’s true love is working in the recording studio as a producer. The Hawaii Music Award winning Guitars of Hawaii showcases Hawaii’s finest guitar players including the late great Mackie Feary & Danny Otholt.

Power of Two Johnny & Yvette Nii released a CD in 2006 that was honored a Hawaii Music Award nominee. Since then John has gone on to release many more CDs. Find John on iTunes or check out his CD page for more information.


To mark the anniversary of Making It with Terry Wollman, we invite back Melissa Manchester, Terry's first guest on the show, to interview Terry Wollman!


Terry Wollman moved from Miami to Los Angeles after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Arranging.   He quickly built a solid reputation as an in-demand Producer, Guitarist, Music Director and Composer.  Terry has worked with an array of artists including Melissa Manchester, Billy Preston, The Crusaders, Little Richard, Wilson Phillips, Joan Baez, Joe Walsh, Keb’ Mo’, and Eartha Kitt, to name just a few.  

Terry has produced artists including Tony Bennett, Dick Van Dyke, Dave Grusin with Alan Bergman, and Melissa Manchester’s 20th album “You Gotta Love The Life” with special guests artists Stevie Wonder, Joe Sample, Dave Koz, Dionne Warwick and Al Jarreau.  Wollman’s debut album “Bimini” (1988) received worldwide critical acclaim.  He recently released his 7th CD, a 25 year retrospective entitled “Silver Collection”.  His first single “Welcome To Paradise” (featuring Terry with Dave Koz on alto sax) debuted at #1 Most Added on Billboard.


The late Rick Stevens, was the former lead singer for Tower of Power. Rick has served a 36 year prison sentence for killing three men in a botched drug deal and talks about his search for redemption and reuniting with TOP.

Mr. Stevens passed on September 5, 2017. The interview was hosted last year by Ms. Dänna Wilberg on her TV program, “Story Connection” and I am grateful for her permission to broadcast the audio here on Intersect. 
For more info on Ms. Wilberg and her work, she can be contacted at:
Twitter: @dannawilberg
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