November 2013 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – November 2013

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov. 4th, 2013

Ray Kennedy is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. His work spans multiple genres including R&B, pop, rock, jazz, fusion, acid rock, and country. During the course of his career, he has performed or written with many legendary musicians, most notably Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys (with whom Ray wrote Sail on Sailor), Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Mason, Jeff Beck, Michael Schenker, and Wayne Newton

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov. 10th, 2013

Thomas Joseph Leykis is an American talk radio personality best known for hosting The Tom Leykis Show from 1994 to 2009 (nationally syndicated), and April 2012 to the present (internet streamcast/podcast). The show follows the Hot Talk format, which brought Leykis much success, particularly in the Southern California radio market. Due to the provocative nature of the show, Leykis has often been described as a shock jock. (Though we feel this term is irrelevant in this day and age). The show’s best-known feature is “Leykis 101″, in which he purports to teach men “how to get laid” while spending the least amount of time, money, and effort.

He is also the host of The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis, a most-weekly lifestyle program dealing with fine food and drink, airing weekends mainly in West Coast markets.

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov. 11th, 2013

SPONSORS: The Paducah Lions Club and WPSD Local 6. Lions in each state work on fund-raising for their particular state, and the money donated from each state stays in that state to benefit the local center.

BENEFICIARY: Clients of the four centers, one in each state. Easter Seals West Kentucky in Paducah; T.L.C. of Southern Illinois; St. John’s Community Services-TN/CDS in Martin, Tennessee; and Easter Seals Southeast Missouri. All of the centers deal with disabled children and adults, with St. John’s Community Services-TN/CDS focusing primarily on adults. All of the money raised by the telethon goes directly to these centers.

DETAILS: This is primarily an entertainment and information show, with 15 continuous hours of live music with features, client interviews, and officials of the four centers and area Lions clubs interspersed. The Telethon of Stars is one of the longest running, locally produced Telethons in the USA and is telecasted in the 80th largest DMA market in the USA (Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO-Harrisburg/Marion, IL).

TOTALS: The Telethon of Stars has now raised over 23.5 Million Dollars over the past 56 years. We believe it to be among the top telethons in per-capita donations, and ranks as the #1 local Lions Club fund-raising project.


[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov. 14th, 2013
Taken From Carly’s Website (
I’m an actor, teaching artist, clown, emcee and DJ. After growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, I migrated to the midwest to attend Northwestern University. Since receiving a BA in theatre in 2008 I’ve worked as an actor with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre (The House on Mango Street), Collaboraction (1001 by Jason Grote, Reverb), Redmoon Theatre (Winter Pageant 2010), 16th Street Theatre (The Beats), About Face Youth Theatre (The HOME Project tour, Fast Forward tour) and American Theatre Company (Welcome to Arroyos, 10×10 Festival 2012, The Rail Splitter reading). I studied long-form improv at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and at the Second City Conservatory. My most extensive post-graduate training as been in clown. I have studied clown and physical theater in the US with Chicago’s infamous 500 Clown, Paola Coletto, Avner the Eccentric and Eric Davis (bouffon) and abroad in Dublin with Philippe Gaulier. I’ve performed red-nose clown as a company member of the Dal Vivo Theatre Company (formed by students of Paola Coletto) and in various cabaret settings. My clown detective alter-ego Viola Egg can occasionally be spotted solving Chicago crimes with her partner Alfie (Nick Combs) in late-night episodic engagements called Egg & Alfie. As a teaching artist, I’m a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a theatre and education company that teaches writing workshops in Chicago public schools. Our ensemble of actor-educators then takes the students’ stories and adapts them into sketches and songs and returns to the schools to perform them. I have taught improv, clown and ensemble-building workshops to teenagers and adults, synthesizing different techniques from my own training to create a unique process-based approach to the work. Other classroom experience includes workshops for high school students and faculty relating to LGBTQ issues as a performer/teaching artist with About Face Youth Theatre’s outreach tour. Additionally, I spent four years working in Early Childhood Education with Bubbles Academy, an enrichment center for ages 0-7. I taught classes and created curriculum for programs in after-school yoga, pre-school preperation, music, creative movement and even a superheroes class! Through Bubbles Academy, I performed family-friendly acoustic sets at Whole Foods (weekly), birthday parties, and other local events – including a gig at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (in Italian!). As a DJ/emcee for Radio Disney AM1300, I hosted family-friendly events (and danced to a LOT of Justin Bieber) in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for several years, appearing at numerous festivals and amusement parks. I currently spin tunes for grown-ups and kids with Zeke Sulkes and our DJ duo The Bouncy Castle. Together we’ve made music and bumped beats for Chicago’s Families in the Loop (Brunch & Boogie 2011, Spring Fling 2012), Collaboraction (Looking for Love: the Dating Game Show, Carnaval 2012), Barrel of Monkeys (Fancy Schmancy: Big Prom 2012), and just plain old PARTIES. I also honed experience djing weddings, mitzvahs and school dances with Chicago’s Spinnin Discs. I recently moved to Philadelphia to join the cast of the Sunny Side Up Show on Sprout! We’re a live, hosted block of programming for preschoolers, the only one of our kind in the country!

Outside my various creative endeavors, I regularly practice yoga (hot yoga and AcroYoga!) and ride my bike as often as I can.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

[mantra-multi][mantra-column width=”1/3″][/mantra-column] [mantra-column width=”2/3″]Published on Nov. 24th, 2013
(Taken From Justin’s Website

My Story

Food has always played a huge role in my life. All of my earliest memories involve food in someway. I even have my report card from kindergarten that says I weighed 100lbs at age 5. Seriously? Who is in the triple digits before they can count their age on two hands? This guy that’s who! I was an emotional eater. It didn’t matter if I was happy, sad, or even bored I ate and I ate a lot! By the time I was in Jr. High I had ballooned up to 250lbs. I was tormented by bullies everyday, and went into an extreme depression which eventually led me to weigh a massive 600lbs by 26. At this point I had pretty much became a prisoner in my own body. I couldn’t walk far, tie my shoe, or even take care of myself

in the bathroom. It was humiliating to say the least. I was killing myself

bite by bite. I had type two diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea,

arthritis, anxiety, and cirrhosis of the liver. My life was measured in months not years. I knew I was dying with everything in me and decided I would give myself one last chance to live. And the FIGHT began.

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