Ernie Watts - Making It as a "First Call" Saxophonist (Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa, Tonight Show Band)

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Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music.  It has been nearly 60 years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school.  Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.  

His signature sound was heard on countless TV shows and film scores, and recorded with Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Commodores, Earth Wind and Fire, Diana Ross, the Jacksons, Barry White, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and pop acts Glenn Frey, Carole King, Steely Dan, Stevie Nicks, Herb Alpert, Elton John, and a live recording, ‘Still Life”, with the Rolling Stones when he toured with them in 1981. A record with James Brown, “Soul On Top,” had James singing standards. Jazz artists recorded with included Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, Henry Mancini, and Doc Severinsen, (Watts also was in Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991.)




Michael Cole - Making It as an Actor with Mod Squad

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Michael Cole is an American actor. His career includes a leading role as Pete Cochrane on the television crime drama The Mod Squad, which ran 1968 to 1973. 

Cole has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, beginning in 1961 with a role in the film drama, Forbid Them Not. Other film credits include the role of Mark in the 1966 science fiction film, The Bubble, later re-titled Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth, Spivey in the western Chuka (1967), Alan Miller in The Last Child (1971), which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award,a nd as Cliff Norris in Beg, Borrow or Steal (1973). He did a great deal of stage work after The Mod Squad went off the air, such as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.


Let’s face it, most marketing today is a money pit and sometimes…it really sucks.  Sometimes it’s a lack of thought, sometimes just focusing on the wrong things and sometimes it’s just laziness.  But fear not, because joining me on the show is a true expert in taking the sucking right out of PR and marketing! Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Gini will help us figure out the way forward through the suckage to the promised land of reasonably decent PR and marketing.  And we’ll also hit who’s winning and losing this week on another stellar and potentially award-winning episode of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Media.


Jeff Paris is an accomplished keyboardist, guitarist, singer and award winning songwriter. “

He has performed with Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo', Frankie Valli, Dave Stewart, Cinderella, Y&T, and Eric Burdon.

Jeff’s songs have been recorded by artists including Tower of Power, Jeffrey Osborne, Slash, George Duke, Sheena Easton, Billy Preston, Lita Ford, Vixen, Mr. Big, Johnny Halliday, Valeria Lynch, Coco Montoya, Robert Cray and Keb' Mo'.


UK MTV “Gods of AOR” interview


“Waiting For Love” – Top 10 single by Jeff Paris and Brett Walker


Mr. Big “Lucky This Time” by Jeff Paris


Lita Ford “Gotta Let Go” by Jeff Paris and Lita Ford



Episode 100: The Modern Marketing Stack

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Today, advertising is pretty much on autopilot, SEO changes every time Google blows its nose and companies everywhere are searching for the right strategy and tactics to persuade their audiences to care even a little bit.  To be in marketing today, you have to have quite a stack of skills and keep up with the latest while not forgetting why we do this stuff and how to ground the latest tech and tools with a real marketing strategy.  In this episode, which is numero 100 btw (yay free set of steak knives for me!) we’ll talk about the stack and how best to stack up some results to go along with it.  We’ll also dig into who’s winning and losing this week on the 100th episode of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Media.  


On a very special episode of Rekt Reviews, the reking crew, ever-hungry for the affection of strangers, reviews "The Predator" with live streaming video on Caffeine.tv. Caffeine is a brand new live streaming video platform, (think Twitch, minus the sexist, racist troll infestation). 

Amy - "The Predator is a national treasure!"
Paul - "The greatest movie since "Gremlins!"
Shark - "I can't believe you made me watch this piece of $H!t"
Erik - "Kffshsst" (sound of microbrew cans openig"


Beth Lapides - Making It as a Comedian, Writer and Performer

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Beth Lapides is the creator of UnCabaret, now celebrating it’s 25th year. She’s hosted and produced it as a live show as well as for Comedy Central, Amazon and Comedy World Radio. She’s appeared in or on Sex and The City, NPR’s All Things Considered, Politically Incorrect and written for O Magazine, Elle Decor and all the LA Weekly, LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine and LA Yoga. She coached thousands of creatives, won numerous NEA’s and is the author “Did I Wake You?”. Her latest one woman show is “100% Happy 88% of The Time” which she has toured nationally and is currently writing as a memoir. 


Episode 99: Celebrities and Branding

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Since that first guy wrestled down a velociraptor (or time-period appropriate dinosaur), while others watched in amazement people have absolutely worshipped celebrities. And because brands want that level of trust and love too, they often hire celebs to be their face and this can go well and it can go badly too. Joining me on the program is celebrity branding expert Harold Weitzberg of Weitzberg Consulting who will share a bit of his story and tell us all about the wild and crazy world of working with these modern day dinosaur wranglers. Harold and I will also tackle who’s winning and losing and he’ll share some of his tips for working effectively with celebs on what is sure to be another Emmy-nominated episode of May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio.  


Frenchie Davis - Making It as an Actress and Vocalist

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Songbird, Frenchie Davis is a world-renowned vocalist from Los Angeles, California and a graduate of Howard University. Her Theatrical credits include the Broadway cast of RENT, Dreamgirls, Cinderella Enchanted, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the National Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’, for which she earned a Grammy Nomination. She was also a top-five finalist on the first season of NBC’s The Voice; a featured performer in Wanda Sykes’ Herlarious; and she's done voice over work on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets. An outspoken advocate for artists, the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color, Frenchie continues to wow audiences with her unique and versatile talent. She is currently enrolled in graduate school, earning an MBA in music business and she sits on the national advisory council for Human Rights Campaign's Historically Black Colleges and Universities project.






Episode 52: Coffee Jones - Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist

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Coffee Jones is a 2 time grammy nominated 5 time Dove Award winner with over 800,000 albums sold.0
His platinum single OOH AHh was featured in The Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, Big Momma's House 2 starring Martin Lawrence, and Mtv's The Buried Life...
The GRITS song "Here We Go" was featured in the Jack Nicholson movie Something's Gotta Give.

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