Headlined Guests heard on BBS Radio Overview

Dr. Theresa Nicassio
Guest Occupation: Integrative Psychologist, Radio Host, Wellness Educator and Award-Winning Author
Guest Biography:

Dr. Theresa Nicassio is an integrative psychologist in private practice, as well as a radio host, wellness educator and award-winning author of YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet. 

An agent of change who is fiercely committed to empowerment, Theresa offers simple solutions to everyday problems about health, relationships, & our ailing planet. Her radio show (The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show) reaches over 1/3 million monthly listeners and her website, TheresaNicassio.com, are her way of offering the wisdom she’s learned on her personal and professional journey to as many people as possible. 

As a health, environmental and disability advocate, Theresa is doing all she can to bring to life her dream for everyone to have access to cutting-edge information that can equip them to join the revolution to make the world be a kinder, healthier and more sustainable place.

Her website is: https://www.theresanicassio.com/

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Dr. Denise McDermott, MD
Guest Occupation: Adult & Child Psychiatrist
Guest Biography:

Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. has been in private practice since 2001. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Child Psychiatry fellowship at UCLA. As a medical doctor with board certifications in both Adult and Child Psychiatry, she treats children, adolescents and adults. Her goal is to empower you, your child, and your family to live the best life possible. Her approach is to encourage people to believe in wellness, not illness, and to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.

“When you are going through a crisis in your life, remind yourself that on the other side of that is stabilization and then a place of thriving,” she tells her patients everyday.

Dr. Denise includes a multi-disciplinary approach to medicine, where she integrates many holistic modalities such as Eastern medicine, healers, nutritionists and many more. She has collegial relationships and collaborates with other physicians, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and educational therapists. She believes in prescribing the least amount of medication possible and creates an integrative wellness plan that resonates for each patient.

She is a sought after medical doctor for second opinions, specific diagnostic assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy.

Website: http://www.drdenisemd.com/

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Psychology, Self Help, Variety
J.R. Niklos
Guest Occupation: Owner/Director of Sports Performance
Guest Biography:

J.R. has multiple sports performance related certifications, including ACE, USA Track & Field, and Athletic Republic’s Exercise Science certification. He is also a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. J.R. has been training athletes for the past 8 years, and has studied extensively with Westside Barbell’s “conjugate training”, Russian block periodization, and USA Track & Field. J.R. started training with Acceleration at the end of his 8th grade and continued with the Acceleration program for 15 years until he eventually became the Director of Acceleration Naperville.

Professional: While others were training at professional combine training facilities in preparation for the NFL Draft, J.R. trained himself in Macomb Illinois and posted amazing numbers. At 6’3”, 245 pounds, J.R. ran a 4.48 40 Yard Dash, 3.92 Pro Agility, 6.57 L-Cone, a 10’8” broad jump, a 42” Vertical Jump, and repped out 225 pounds 28 times in the bench press (Western Illinois and Ohio State‘s Pro Days).

In 2002, J.R. signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. During week 3, the St. Louis Rams picked J.R. up to the active roster due to the retirement of Heisman Trophy Winner, Eric Crouch. J.R. spent the rest of the season on active roster for the Rams and was called the “NFL’s Fastest Fullback” by then St Louis Rams coach Mike Martz. J.R. continued to play 6 years in the NFL as a reserve fullback and special teams player also with the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns.

J.R. also played in NFL Europe where he won a NFL World Bowl Championship, scoring the game’s last touchdown to cap off the victory. During last season, he was a lead blocker for Roger Robinson who owns the NFLE record for rushing yards in a season. J.R.’s NFLE Reebok jersey is currently the highest selling NFLE jersey of all time.

Throughout his career, he has trained and played with NFL Hall Of Fame members Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, and John Randall, and future NFL Hall Of Fame members Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez, and Marshall Faulk.

College: J.R. originally signed onto The Ohio State University to play football and run track. As a freshman, J.R. ran a personal best 20.9 200 meter dash. After his freshman year, he transferred to Western Illinois University to focus entirely on football. As a Leatherneck, J.R. was a 3 time All-American, leading the nations tight ends in multiple categories, multiple years. J.R. was recently named to the All-Time Missouri Valley Team, joining Kurt Warner, Rodney Harrison, and Naperville Central Alum, current New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton.

High School: J.R. was a 4 sport athlete in high school playing football, indoor track, outdoor track, and baseball. He earned All-State and All-American honors his senior year in high school for football and track and was a national standout 400 and 200 meter dash sprinter, placing second in the nation in the 4×400 relay, and boasting one of the fastest 200 meter dash times in the nation.

Guest Category: Games & Hobbies, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
What it takes to live your highest potential in work and life.
Guest Occupation: NATASHE CHE is a PhD-economist-turned tech entrepreneur and personal growth coach. She has a personal and valuable story to tell for anyone going through career transition and trying to find their north star. Natasha helps coaches and experts to podcast.
Guest Biography:

Natasha Che is a tech entrepreneur and a premier expert on podcast conversion. She is the founder of Soundwise, a mobile-centric audio publishing platform to sell on-demand audios. Natasha is a contributor to Huffington Post and Entrepreneur, and author of the book Podcast Conversion Secrets: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Your Podcast Listeners into Paying Customers. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Natasha is known for combining personal growth wisdom with no-nonsense business advices. Natasha holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University and lives in Washington DC.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Education, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Health & Lifestyle, News, Society and Culture, Technology
Instant Intimacy. 15 questions you can ask your partner that will instantly lead to deep feelings of love between you two.
Guest Occupation: Jonathan Robinson who is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 12 books, and a professional speaker
Guest Biography:

Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 12 books, and a
professional speaker from Northern California. Mr. Robinson has made numerous
appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and
articles about him have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.
For the past 30 years he has spoken to dozens of Fortune 500 companies including Google, Microsoft, Dell Computer, Coca-Cola, and Fed-Ex.
Jonathan has written several bestseller books including, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality;” “The Experience of God,” “The Little Book of Big Questions;” and “Communication Miracles for Couples.” He co-hosts the podcast
“Awareness Explorers” with author Brian Tom O’Connor. Through TV, live lectures
and radio, Mr. Robinson has reached over 100 million people around the world. He is
known for providing his audiences with immediately useful information presented in a
fun and entertaining manner.

Guest Category: Business, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Sex, Spiritual
Dr Robert P Holman
Guest Occupation: Interim Medical Director for DC Fire and EMS
Guest Biography:

Dr. Robert P. Holman is currently serving as the Interim Medical Director and Assistant Fire Chief for the Washington, DC Fire and Emergency Management System (EMS). DC has the highest per capita of 911 calls in the nation. He has served as the inter-agency Chair of the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative whose goal is to develop more appropriate avenues of same-day medical care for those with low acuity medical needs. This will involve the development of a nurse triage line for low acuity callers and non-emergent transport to outpatient care facilities throughout the District of Columbia.

Dr. Holman is leading efforts to divert low acuity callers away from the emergency transport system to more appropriate outpatient care settings through the Integrated Health Care Collaborative (IHC). The IHC has involved ~60 members from multiple governmental and non-governmental agencies.

He is also leading several new educational initiatives for the ~1,800 paramedics and EMT's working at DC FEMS. The Office of Medical Director (OMD) is responsible for medical oversight of each of the pre-hospital medical providers who responded to 170,000 EMS calls in 2016. The OMD is also responsible for the Street Calls division (its Community Paramedicine / Mobile Integrated Health program), Continued Quality Improvement, and the Controlled Medication program .

Previously, Dr. Holman was the Internal Medicine Discipline Director for Unity Health Care, and prior to that he was a Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine for nearly 24 years, until May 2013.

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Medicine, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Michael Fitzhugh Bell
Guest Occupation: Screenwriter, Author, Chef and Whistleblower
Guest Biography:

 

Michael Fitzhugh Bell is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is a classically trained chef who has worked in hotels in Austria and has worked in some well-known restaurants and hotels in America. He spent several years working in the entertainment business in Hollywood, California, as a motion picture catering chef and aspiring screenwriter. He also trains for and does high altitude mountaineering, climbing large mountain peaks around the world.

Michael has written articles for Palm Springs Life magazine and won several writing contests while at prep school and college. His book, The Invisible Crime, was written after seven years of exhausting research. Michael is considered a targeted individual, or TI. His book was written for two reasons: to make the American public aware of this technology and the unconscionable crimes for which it is used, and to help other targeted individuals gain control of their lives and cope with this nightmare from which they never seem to wake.

You can find Michael on his websites listed on this page.

http://www.michaelfbell.com/info.html

Guest Category: Literature, Education, Military, Physics & Metaphysics, Motivational, Access Consciousness, Psychic & Intuitive, Technology, Theory & Conspiracy
Dr Toni Galardi
Guest Occupation: Licensed psychotherapist, professional speaker, advice columnist and author
Guest Biography:

DR. TONI GALARDI

Dr. Toni Galardi is a licensed psychotherapist, professional speaker, advice columnist and author of The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How To Thrive (Not Just Survive) During Times of Personal and Global Upheaval. Her ground-breaking philosophy has led to the development of a clientele of individuals and executives who are looking to create both positive change and inner stability, career advancement, better relationship skills, and effective crisis management during stressful transitions.

Dr. Galardi has been a guest expert on change management and crisis intervention with a wide range of regional, national and international media outlets, including Good Day LA, FOX NEWS, ABC, AOL, Health Magazine, New York Post, More Magazine, Counselor Magazine, the Neil Cavuto Show, Good Day San Diego, “Healthy Advice” with Dr. Gene Steiner on KRLA, “Your Health Matters” with Dr. Tony O’Donnell on KXAM, “The Aware Show” with Lisa Garr on KPFK and “Inner Vision” with Dr. Nita Vallens on KPFK.

Dr. Toni as she is called in her advice column “Ask the LifeQuake Doctor” was carried in Vision Magazine for 6 years and is currently carried in Counselor magazine for the last three years.

A noted public speaker and former adjunct professor of psychology, Dr. Toni has worked with organizations as diverse as Xerox Corp, Interactive Arts Inc, and Auto Desk. (speaking page one sheet) Dr. Galardi has assisted scores of people who are seeking to transform their fear of change into a joyous, meaningful life.

Dr. Toni received her Ph.D. in psychology and organizational development from Barrington University, her Master of Arts in marriage, family, and child counseling from Chapman University and Bachelor of Science in public administration from the University of Arizona. She has been a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California for over twenty years and currently resides in Marin County, Ca.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Mental Health, Personal Development, Motivational
Maria De la Vega and the Wayward Five
Guest Occupation: Jazz and blues quintet fronted by a dynamic female vocalist
Guest Biography:

MARIA DE LA VEGA AND THE WAYWARD FIVE

Maria De la Vega and the Wayward Five are a jazz and blues quintet fronted by a dynamic female vocalist, specializing in blending unique flavors with the classic music of the 20’s, 30’s,40’s and 50’s. The Wayward Five plays an eclectic variety of styles ranging from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day and Alberta Hunter. Their music appeals to a wide variety of palettes from the jazz and blues enthusiast to the casual listener. Their debut CD, Here’s to Life, was released in 2018.

Learn More About Maria de la Vega and the Wayward Five at www.waywardfive.com

Maria de la Vega | Vocals

Maria De la Vega is a jazz and blues singer who, in addition to several other music projects, has headed her own band Wayward Five for the last 9 years. She has a signature style that is both powerfully energetic and lyrical, reminiscent of legendary voices such as Billy Holiday, Alberta Hunter, Anita O’Day and others. Utilizing her extensive classical training, Maria beguiles and elates her audiences with performances that that are lush and playful. Her velvet voice and generous presence have been described as rich, dynamic and glowing. She has been a regular feature performer at such notable venues as Wolfgang Puck’s American Food and Wine Festival at Universal Studios, The Bar and Lounge at Hotel Bel Air, The California Club, The Jonathan Club, Spago Beverly Hills, The Charleston and many other cabarets, nightclubs and restaurants in the Los Angeles and Southern California region.

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Jamieson Trotter | Piano

When Jamieson Trotter was four years old, he went into the den where his father had been practicing the piano, and began playing what his Dad had just finished working on. As the story goes, his father peeked into the room and just said, “I’m in trouble.” He started lessons for Jamieson the next day.

Jamieson Trotter attended school at California Institute of the Arts, learning from the great bass player Charlie Haden. He has also studied with Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, and even the harmonically challenging Waddada Leo Smith (formerly of the Chicago Art Ensemble).

Jamieson’s hands have played small roles in a few movies. He was Val Kilmer’s piano hands in “The Salton Sea,” and Debra Winger’s coach for “Eulogy” with Ray Romano.

Jamieson has eclectic tastes in the kinds of music he enjoys playing. He has been a Temptation temporarily, composes and plays orchestral parts for Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66, and played with Mathew Morrison and Mark Salling of the television show, Glee. Jamieson is featured on piano on Salling’s upcoming follow up to his album “Pipe Dreams.” Recently, Jamieson began recording with Jon Farriss – drummer for INXS.

Carol Bach y Rita and Mark Winkler both have critically acclaimed jazz albums with Jamieson’s hands on keys. He is currently composing in a small room in Highland Park. Don’t disturb him.

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Gabe Davis | Bass

Gabe Davis first picked up an instrument before he picked up a pencil. He began his long love of music at the age of four, starting on piano. At age ten he started playing the electric bass in order to form a rock band for his 5th grade talent show. As his musical tastes expanded, so did his repertoire of instruments and Gabe gravitated towards the upright bass. He has since toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe with several different groups spanning various genres. To Gabe, music is a way of life and he loves to share his passion with anyone who wants to listen.

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Mark San Filippo | Drums

Mark San Filippo was born & raised in Los Angeles & began playing the drums at the age of twelve. During high school he was a member of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. He became more seriously involved in jazz while attending Pasadena City College where he earned an AA in music & was awarded the Jazz Ensembles Award for outstanding contribution.

He deepened his knowledge & experience of jazz performance while attending the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He transferred to UCLA & in 2000 he graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a BA in Ethnomusicology, Jazz Studies Concentration. Mark has studied with an impressive array of master jazz musicians including drummers Billy Higgins & Sherman

Ferguson, cornetist Bobby Bradford, band leader Gerald Wilson & guitarists Kenny Burrell & Anthony Wilson. He has freelanced extensively, playing in acclaimed jazz, swing & latin bands all over the world. Out of an extensive list of musical engagements, Mark’s highlights include performing in the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration at UCLA’s Royce Hall, along with guest conductor Lalo Schiffrin & jazz great Herbie Hancock on piano. He currently performs as a band leader, sideman & recording artist.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Beata Pater
Guest Occupation: Vocalist, violinist, composer, arranger and musical visionary
Guest Biography:

BEATA PATER

There are singers, and then there are musicians whose instrument is their voice. Beata Pater is clearly the latter. Whether interpreting lyrics with the emotional depth and lyrical expression of her personal “goddess” Sarah Vaughan and her beloved Shirley Horn; soaring on the fanciful flight trajectories of another profound influence, Betty Carter; or translating her studies on the violin into a fascinating musical narrative, Beata embodies creativity in its purest sense.

Immersed in music in the most organic sense since her earliest memories, Beata grew up in her native Poland with absolutely no sense of genre barriers or subjective classification. Yet she made the decision to pursue her personal path of expression through jazz.

“Why do I ‘sing’ Jazz? Because Jazz is Emotion. Emotions are most important in our lives. They make us and they truly lead us. Life makes no sense without Emotions.”

While there have been many attempts in recent years to define jazz within severely limiting boundaries, Beata embraces the profound art form in its true tradition of unfettered creativity best expressed by Duke Ellington who stated: “Jazz is Freedom. The Freedom to play something that has never been played before.”

A world traveler who after leaving Poland has lived in England and Japan, Beata moved to San Francisco in 1994, finding its open-minded ambiance to be ideal for her limitless creative process.

Embracing both the intimacy of classic jazz vocal artistry and the wide open terrain of adventurous expressiveness with equal commitment, Beata has blended both approaches with her stunning 3-album ‘color’ series, Black (2006), Blue (2011) and Red (2013). Drawing upon a rich and varied repertoire of classic standards, works by such heavyweights as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria and the legendary Polish master Krzysztof Komeda, and her own remarkable compositions along with those of her frequent collaborator Mark Little, Beata has forged a unique place for herself in the forefront of jazz vocal artistry. On Blue, she began to utilize her wordless approach that occupies a special place somewhere between scat and a violin solo, moving deftly from one to the other, but most often blending the two into a concoction of aural delight.

“I know who I am and why I sing. I sing my soul…. without needless words.”

Beata has decided to explore both paths separately – one in stripped down intimacy; the other in a wilder, freely structured boundless adventure. The first foray into the former was 2014’s Golden Lady, a brilliant collection of Brazilian and American songs by a diverse array of songwriters like Tom Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Gordon Jenkins, Marcor Valle, Razao de Viver, Dimitri Tiomkin and Oscar Castro-Neves.

The latter is fully manifested in her stunning 2016 release Fire Dance, featuring a stellar septet and marvelous use of vocal overdubs – as many as 16 tracks on some pieces, ranging from bass to soprano – all sung by Beata in old-school style and woven intrinsically into the musical context. Alongside her highly innovative jazz style, there is a significant World Music influence, evoking the fiery exoticism of Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern European improvisational folk forms with some rich doses of R&B, producing an utterly unique fusion that simply defies category.

Beata’s extraordinary journey is one that would make a fascinating film. Surrounded by music throughout her life, from an age so young that she can’t even recall exactly how and when she discovered some of her earliest influences – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Donny Hathaway, Jaco Pastorious, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and so many others. But not only was she exposed to these artists at home, but also through the progressive, artistically open environment of her schooling in Poland, where her musical talents were recognized in kindergarten. As a member of the Wladyslaw Skoraczewski Choir at the Grand Theater in Warsaw she participated in operas by Bizet, Mussorgsky, Wager and Penderecki, an experience that had a tremendous effect upon the emerging young artist.

“There was something magical in all that, a different world, in which one wanted to be as long as possible. I recall that time as though some beautiful, fairytale dream.”

Her violin studies began at six – a love/hate relationship due to the rigidity of the process, but it also opened the door for her vocal career. Her teacher’s wife, a noted opera singer, recognized her strong vocal qualities and helped Beata begin her career as a vocalist, freeing her up to sing what she could not master on the violin.

Beata Pater – Biography

By the age of 14, she formed her own band FunLight, a genre-defying ensemble, which gained a good deal of notoriety in Poland and established her as a strong presence on the Polish scene. This was also where she began developing her wordless vocal style. Excursions into rock and punk rock, performing with the group Deuter and a variety of studio-based productions, further attuned her professional skills.

An exchange program brought her to England where she also taught, and that led to what was supposed to be a 6-month stay in Japan. Instead, it turned into a 10-year journey.

“I thought that Japan would be a good environment for experimentation and adventurous exploration. It was just the opposite, as very traditional jazz vocals were expected of me. But it really honed my talents in that area and I’m most grateful for the experience.”

Her decade in Japan was a whirlwind of non-stop activity, playing consistently in clubs with local and visiting foreign musicians, and teaching regularly at the Yamaha School of Music. It also gave her an opportunity to play with some visiting traditional jazz masters like Walter Bishop, Jr. (who was also the first musician she played with in New York City at Birdland after she moved to the States). And Japan is where she met another longtime musical collaborator, bassist Bootza Necak, a relationship that continues to this day. Her 1993 debut solo album, Session featured Necak and pianist Donny Schwekendiek, and five years later she and Necak recorded her second album, Duet.

Also heavily involved on the studio scene – singing for films and television commercials – Beata learned the production skills that have become so invaluable to her as a producer on her own albums. Still enormously popular in Japan, Beata has toured throughout the country five times since she left, most recently in 2017. Other recent major tours include a 2011 tour of the UK, and tours of the Czech Republic and Poland in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

A fully seasoned, mature and enormously versatile artist, Beata has been on a non-stop mission to explore every nuance of her diverse and expansive musical vision. Calling upon a wide-ranging team of exemplary musicians to achieve her goals, every touring and recording project of Beata’s is specially conceived and specifically assembled to deliver her powerful message as vocalist, violinist, composer, arranger and musical visionary. Her newest project, accompanied by a string octet, is being recorded in April of 2017.

With 30 years of vividly conceived and fiercely inventive artistry in hand, the real journey has just begun.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Lizzie Sider
Guest Occupation: American singer/songwriter, recording artist, actress, and anti-bullying activist.
Guest Biography:

LIZZIE SIDER

Seen as a guest performer on The Queen Latifah Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family and Entertainment Tonight, Lizzie Sider is an American singer/songwriter, recording artist, actress, and anti-bullying activist. Lizzie’s tracks, “Butterfly” and “I Love You That Much,” landed in the Top 40 on the Nashville charts, and one of her most recent releases, “Summer Love Song,” opened the 2016 Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “A Time To Dance,” starring Jennie Garth. Whether it’s performing with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Aaron Tippin or Jamie O’Neal, or playing character roles in live musical theater productions such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Martha) or The Ballad of Cat Ballou (Cat), it seems that the stage is Lizzie’s second home.

However, Lizzie’s most important venture has been her anti-bullying advocacy. Bullied as a young girl for years, Lizzie would come home in tears, most of her school days. Through her parents’ love and her father’s words of “nobody has the power to ruin your day,” Lizzie grabbed ahold of her inner strength and let it lead her through the bullying. She became stronger because of it, and has made it a mission in her life to help others harness their own inner strength and beauty, and spread their wings, like a Butterfly.

Lizzie is Founder of Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day, a non-profit organization for anti-bullying. Her current reach is over 7,000 schools worldwide (representing over 5 million students).

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, News, Philosophy, Psychology, Society and Culture
Shawn Noles, Director of Veteran Services at Volunteers of America of Florida
Guest Occupation: Director of Veteran Services at Volunteers of America of Florida
Guest Biography:

Shawn Noles is the Director of Veteran Services at Volunteers of America of Florida. He resides in Tallahassee, Florida and has been marries for 10 years to his wife Dana and has two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Jordan.  After high school, he started college at Tallahassee Community College and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1991, where he trained in the medical field and separated in 1997.  After his tour was over, he returned to Tallahassee and started his own company with a partner in the cellular tower business.

In 2009, he started his current journey with Volunteers of America of Florida (VOAF) at a transitional housing program as the housing and property manager and quickly realized that he had a new mission, to help his fellow veterans through the many different programs around the state offered by VOAF.   Shawn currently oversees the North Florida region (Tampa to Pensacola) as the operational lead covering multiple Veteran programs and non-veteran programs as well.

In his off time he enjoys spending time with the family at the beach, and many outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, hunting and coaching girls’ softball.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Military, News, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Writer/Producer/Host of Noir Alley
Guest Biography:

EDDIE MULLER is a second generation San Franciscan, product of a lousy public school education, a couple of crazy years in art school, and too much time in newspaper offices and sporting arenas. No college, but he's compensated by always hanging around smarter people, an effortless feat typically accomplished in bars.

Despite repeated warnings, he followed in his father's footsteps, earning a living as a print journalist for sixteen years. No scoops, no big prizes, but he left behind a thoroughly abused expense account that got him into (and out of) various intriguing parts of the world.

His career as an ink-stained fourth estate wretch sidetracked Muller's early goal of becoming a filmmaker. A stint in George Kuchar's notorious "narrative filmmaking" class at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1970s resulted in the creation of a 14-minute, 16mm hommage to Raymond Chandler called Bay City Blues, one of five national finalists for the 1979 Student Academy Award. He also appeared as an actor in several Kuchar movies of the period.

Since 1998 Muller has devoted himself full-time to projects that pique his interest, ranging from the creation of a Historical Boxing Museum, to a fully illustrated history of Adults Only movies, to acting as co-writer and -producer of one of the first completely digital theatrical documentaries, Mau Mau Sex Sex. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis Studio, which enables him to design, as well as write, his non-fiction books. He has achieved much acclaim for his three books on film noir, earning the nickname "The Czar of Noir."

His father, the original Eddie Muller (he's not a junior— long story, don't ask), was a renown sportswriter for the San Francisco Examiner who earned the nickname "Mr. Boxing" during his 52-year run. The senior Muller served as inspiration for the character of Billy Nichols, the protagonist of the younger Muller's two critically acclaimed novels, The Distance (2002) and Shadow Boxer (2003).

Eddie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Kathleen Maria Milne.

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, TV & Film
Natalie Graves
Guest Occupation: AM, LCSW, CADC, Mental Health Counseling Specialist for Athletes
Guest Biography:

Natalie Graves, AM, LCSW, CADC

Natalie Graves has a private practice specializing in athletes’ mental health & wellness. She received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University. She was a visiting student at the University of Maryland where she studied abroad in London, England in the Sport, Commerce, and Culture in the Global Marketplace Program. Natalie also completed an Addictions Studies Program at City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College. 

Natalie has worked in social service agencies for many years and has also worked in Illinois School Districts in the role of a school social worker. As part of her private practice she now consults with schools, social service agencies, organizations and sports teams. She also created the only one of its kind sport social work clinical supervision group. Here, Natalie meets with social work students and professionals to discuss sport social work cases and best practices.Natalie also works with athletes individually with issues that affects them on and off the field.

Natalie is a member of the University of Michigan's Social Worker and Sports Association.Natalie is also the founder and president of the 1 in 4 PROJECT. This organization is comprised of social workers focused on bringing awareness of mental health and wellness to the sport community. Natalie is a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

In April 2018 the NBA asked Natalie to present on mental wellness to their the players in a new gaming league. In New York City, she presented three days at their rookie transition program on mental health, self-care and goal setting.

Natalie was interviewed by the magazine Social Work Today for their 2014 July/August article Youth Athletes off the Field.Natalie speaks throughout the United States and England on topics relating to mental health and sports. She has been a guest on several radio shows discussing various issues within sports. Natalie Graves is a Certified School Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Natalie has two published magazine articles on mindfulness and runners. 

Info:

Email: socialworkandsports@gmail.com

Blog: nataliethesocialworker.blogspot.com 

Twitter: natalie_graves1 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Stacey Chillemi
Guest Occupation: Founder of the Complete Herbal Guide
Guest Biography:

I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at thecompleteherbalguide.com.  I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books.  I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years of practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington).  I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.

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Guest Category: Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Biography:

Sophia Rae is an independent student of spirituality, metaphysics, and a Tarotist. At a very young age, Sophia has felt an unknown presence of something more to life that is unseen.. She started to have spiritual encounters during dreams as early as age two.  Experiences of  telepathic communication became prevalent as she entered kindergarten.  Even as a young child, her increased curiosity of subjects such as spirituality and science became focal points of interest for years to come.
 
Today, Sophia’s primary areas of passion and interest lies within spirituality. She has diligently researched ancient and religious texts such as the Emerald Tablets, Enuma Elish, Epics of Gilgamesh, The Secret Doctrine, and the Gayatri to name a few.  Sophia holds a very strong love for science, philosophy, UFOs, metaphysics, holistic healing, and the life and writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.   She has also studied Theosophy independently for the past 6 years. She is a part time Tarotist at a metaphysical bookstore in Minneapolis, MN.

Guest Category: Arts, Education, Paranormal, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics
Evolution happens when original thoughts become actions that have never been taken before.
Guest Occupation: Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life.
Guest Biography:

Arjuna Ardagh is a Radical Brilliance Coach, writer and public speaker, and he was the original founder of Awakening Coaching. He has trained more than 2000 people to become Awakening Coaches over the last 25 years. Arjuna is the author of nine books, including the 2005 #1 national bestseller The Translucent Revolution, featured in “O” magazine.Better than Sex, is the complete introduction to Awakening Coaching. He co-authored Conscious Men with John Gray.Arjuna has been a speaker at conferences all over the world, and has appeared on TV, radio and in print media in twelve countries. He has spoken at Google and at the United Nations. He is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Sex, Spiritual
High performance coaching for men. Iraq War veteran
Guest Occupation: Are You Ready to Become a Man Who Is Living His Life to the Fullest?
Guest Biography:

Anthony Treas, an Iraq War veteran, is on a mission to radically change men's health. His mission in Iraq was to provide personal security for U.S. generals and government officials, now his mission is to empower men to thrive and reclaim their greatness.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Military, News, Psychology, Science, Self Help, Sports & Recreation
Journey/Tubes/Todd Rundgren 'Drumming Great' Prairie Prince
Guest Occupation: Musician and Graphic Artist
Guest Biography:

P  R  A  I  R  I  E     P  R  I  N  C  E

EXTRAORDINARY DRUMMER 

WITH

THE TUBES & TODD RUNDGREN

AND

ACCOMPLISHED GRAPHIC ARTIST

During the course of 40+ years, while continuing to record, perform and tour the world with The Tubes (15 albums and world tours) Prairie Prince performed and recorded with many of his heroes and fellow artists alike, and fulfilled many desires to execute various drum techniques in a wide variety of musical styles.

In the early 70’s Prairie worked with legendary pianist, Nicky Hopkins, recording two albums with musicians such as George Harrison, Mick Taylor, Ron Wood, Ray Cooper and Klaus Voormann, among others. Prince started the band Journey with Neal Schon and Gregg Rollie shortly after and recorded the demos that got them their first contract. Prince opted not to join the band on a permanent basis for his dedication in The Tubes. After session work with Tommy Bolin, Brewer and Shipley and others in the 70’s, the 80s’ brought work with Chris Isaak and he played drums on his first four albums.

Prince was honored to record with Brian Eno and David Byrne on the innovative album “My Life in a Bush of Ghosts” in the early 80s. Prince worked extensively with Todd Rundgren recording 7 albums and touring the world with him several times. He played drums on XTC’s “Skylarking” LP in the mid-80s, then again on their 2 CDs “Apple-Venus Vol I” & “WaspStar Vol 2” which was released in 2000. Also, in the 80’s Prince recorded with Glen Frey, David Pack, three albums for Richard Marx and taped a Showtime Special with John Fogerty.

The 90’s brought live performances with Tom Waits. Prairie was the drummer on legendary “King of the Surf Guitar” Dick Dale’s 3 CDs. Then Prince became the full-time drummer for the re-formed “Jefferson Starship” featuring original members Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jack Casady and Papa John Creach. After 4 CDs and several world tours he bowed out as their full-time drummer in 1998 but continued to perform as their international gig drummer.

In 2006 Prince toured with The New Cars featuring Todd Rundgren as the lead singer, bassist Kasim Sulton, and original The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes.

Prince continues to perform and tour with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren.

VISUAL ART
Visual Art has always been a huge component In Prairie’s life. He’s painted murals, designed stage sets and have a thriving business creating custom finishes on drums, guitars, motorcycles and vehicles.

Early in his career he teamed up with Michael Cotten (former Tubes member) to create Cotten/Prince, an artistic design partnership. They combined their art expertise and worked with The Tubes choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, High School Musical) to collaborate as the artistic team responsible for devising the production design and theatrical staging for The Tubes live shows and videos. They also designed the album covers and graphic design for the band.

They also came up with a style and air-brush technique which allowed us to design and paint some of the world’s largest murals. 

One of their most famous murals was the “Flying Records” on the exterior of the A&M Records building in Hollywood, Ca. The mural’s demise was mourned by many in the music community, Jerry Moss, founder of A & M Records. The destruction of the mural was documented in a 2012 NPR interview.

Other iconic murals include “Crashing Waves” on San Francisco’s Cliff House and the interior of The Chemical Bank of New York at Rockefeller Center in New York City.  

Their artistic vision and ability to produce innovative and artistic projects led to working for the world’s top live performers, high-end retailers and companies around the world.

Working with longtime collaborator Kenny Ortega they created set and stage design for some of the world’s biggest musical touring acts (Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan, Bette Midler, The Tubes and Todd Rundgren).

They also collaborated on the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and the Super Bowl XXX Half-Time Show, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson’s 1997 “History” tour and “This Is It.”

They also painted murals across the United States for companies including Macy’s (Federated Dept. Stores) and The Limited. Also painting murals and interiors for international clients in Spain, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and Japan. Other major mural commissions include grand scale interiors at the Ho-Chunk Casino and the Potawatomi Casino in Wisconsin.

Prince continues to design and paint murals and custom interiors in private residences across the country.

Prince is also the Artistic Director of MouthMan, a company founded with Ross Valory, founding member and bassist of Journey. They’ve designed a line of shirts where graphic designs of jaws and teeth on the sleeves form a mouth when the wearer “hugs themselves”.

For more information about Prairie Prince visit http://prairieprince.com/

www.facebook.com/PrairiePrince

With the Tubes www.thetubes.com

And with Todd Rundgren www.todd-rundgren.com

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Blues Guitar Great Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner on The Ray Shasho Show
Guest Occupation: Blues Guitarist
Guest Biography:

E  D  D  I  E   "DEVIL BOY"  T  U  R  N  E  R

BLUES GUITAR WHIZ

SPECIAL GUEST ON 

THE RAY SHASHO SHOW

Eddie Turner has done just about everything. A guitarist since age 12, he honed his skills alongside San Francisco's legendary Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth in the '70s and Denver's hard-hitting Zephyr in the '80s, before becoming a founding member of the Otis Taylor Band in the '90s and then earning a prestigious Blues Music Award nomination for his own solo career in the mid-2000s.

The Denver-based guitarist, singer and bandleader has toured the world, garnering countless fans and an outpouring of critical acclaim in the process.

But "Naked ... In Your Face" marks a first for Turner, who has never before released an in-concert recording. The title tells you all you need to know: No shrinking violet of a live album, this varied, vibrant set finds the musician at his most stylistically audacious, crossing boundaries with the same brazen confidence he's shown throughout his career. Recorded last August at The Blues Can in Calgary, Alberta, during a tour of Canada and the western United States, the album features Turner in a power-trio format. Joining him are bassist Anna Lisa Hughes, a fellow Denver resident who sings lead on several cuts here, including covers of classics such as "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "Buried Alive in the Blues" as well as her original composition "Mistreated," and drummer Kelly Kruse, an in-demand sideman in Canada who also plays guitar with Calgary's Adele & the Krusers.

"I still get emails saying, 'That was one of the best bands I've ever seen. When are you going to tour again?'" says Turner. "And I loved the way Anna Lisa's voice and mine meshed together. The three of us came together and threw all our influences into a pot, ending up with something that's completely different. I wanted to record songs that, without this particular band, I'll probably never do again."

Fitting for a man who grew up outside of Chicago watching iconic blues figures such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf ply their trade -- but also seeing acts like Jimi Hendrix and Cream take the music to new, more rock-influenced directions -- Turner has developed a sound that's informed by tradition yet adventurous enough to not be limited by it. As the man himself puts it, "If you want to be a purist, be one not because you started there and stopped there. Be one because you went everywhere else and decided to come back. Because no music is truly pure. Everything has a little dirt in it."

Eddie proudly endorses

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLIDES - http://www.rockymountainslides.com/

2011 Blues Blast Nominee " BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES CD " 
2006 BMA " BEST NEW ARTIST " Nominee 
10th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominee " BEST BLUES SONG "

For more information about Eddie “Devil Boy” Turner visit www.eddiedevilboy.com

And www.facebook.com/eddieturnertroubletwins/

Purchase the latest album by Eddie Turner entitled

Miracles & Demons at amazon.com

Guest Category: Music

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