Mark Corona

Mark “Kid” Corona

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In this week’s episode of Here’s What We Know, Mark “Kid” Corona joined me to talk about how his career in radio was affected by the shift away from music being the star of radio. And what unique career path he’s on now. Hint: if you like trivia, stay tuned!

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In This Episode:

  • Why Kid sees a decline of passion among radio listeners
  • How streaming affected his career choice
  • Value of podcasts for personalized content creation
  • The creation of Jack Trivia, the world’s first TV-gameshow-style trivia show for bars and restaurants
  • Learning to let others have their moment
  • Admiration for Rick Dees’ radio talent and success
  • What meeting Mark Wahlberg was like
  • Negative experience trying to approach Ben Affleck


“Not a lot of people can do that [create comfortable conversations], and I think it was brilliant of him [Rick Dees].” — Mark “Kid” Corona 

“The Music Is No Longer the Star. Now the radio personality really has the opportunity to become the star. They, in fact, have to be the star now because you have to be able to tune in that radio station and get what you’re not going to get at the other five radio stations in town.” — Mark “Kid” Corona 

“I didn’t know that there was such a thing [trivia company]. It just wasn’t something I ever came across.” — Mark “Kid” Corona 

Pioneering the World’s First TV Style Trivia Show: “We are literally pioneering this whole thing. We are just going, and whatever happens next happens. But it’s worked out so far, and we’re the only ones doing this. And that, to me, is the most exciting part about this whole Jack Trivia thing that I’ve been doing for the last five years.” — Mark “Kid” Corona

“It’s time to think differently when it comes to your parties, meetings, and groups.”— Gary Scott Thomas 

“I’ve had my experience in Country radio where I feel like the Country artists are a lot more humble. The Country artists are the kind to invite us backstage and hang out. ‘Hey, dude, we got whiskey over there. We got some Jack Daniels. Do whatever you want, man. Yeah, let’s go have pictures over here.’ We’ll get some drinks over here. They’re always taking care of you. I remember many of them would come up, ‘You guys good?’ And I’m like, dude, you’re the star, not me. But you’re checking up on me to make sure that I’m good. And your room is full of stock. They’re just more humble than any other types of artists I met through pop and hip-hop radio. And that’s what I love about Country.” — Mark “Kid” Corona

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Guest’s Bio:

Breaking into the commercial radio business at just 15 years old, Corona made his first international cameo on the top-charting hit “AZ Side” by Nasty Boy Klick, which would be his first and last appearance as something other than an absolute goofball of a person. It would all go downhill from there.

In 2008, long before the birth of TikTok challenges, and perhaps even their creators, Corona made national news for an on-air April Fool’s joke called “Tattoo Your Toddler.”

From hosting mornings on Los Angeles radio to a Saturday night music video and entertainment television show, the many talents (and characters) of Kid Corona show just how versatile he is.

And if you aren’t convinced just yet, Google the “Republic of Slowjamastan,” and it won’t take long to find Corona in the mix as the country’s Chief Border Patrol Agent, donning a beret and aviators while wielding a flamethrower as he protects the borders of the world’s newest nation – whose biggest threat is invaders wearing Crocs. True story!

But if you’re hoping to increase your odds of meeting Corona these days – in person or virtually – you’ll want to play along with America’s most exciting trivia game, Jack Trivia! Compete at your local restaurant or watering hole or online –  either way, you’re sure to have a blast. Play solo or with friends as a contestant on this new and addictingly fun take on classic bar trivia.

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Buzz Leer

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This episode is sponsored by Habana Cuba. Get 15% off when you use the code “Gary” online or tell it to your server in person.

You’ve probably seen him on TV or heard his voice. He’s an actor, voice-over artist, model, and so much more. We talked about his career change from being a teacher to acting. We talked about what it was like to go on a date with cameras following him and even the doctor’s office!

Some of the places you might recognize him from:

⚡️ Chicago PD
⚡️ Chicago Med
⚡️ neXt
⚡️ American Greed
⚡️ House Detective

Feature Films:
⚡️ “Christmas is Cancelled” with Dermot Mulroney
⚡️ “Reveler” Shudder TV
⚡️ “Being Ian” Thomas Pace Productions
⚡️ ”Silent as a Grave” BP Productions

Also in this episode:

  • Taking an Uber to the hospital when he was having a heart attack
  • Dating in your 70s
  • Modeling

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“It’s gonna take a while. Right? And, and it’s doing that, and it’s funny because you are starting a new career, and you’re learning, even at this age, it’s gonna take a while.” Gary Scott Thomas

“I never had anything to do with a stage at all, all the way through high school.” ~Buzz Leer

“I haven’t had as much, uh, opportunity in TV, and that’s what I’m waiting for. I’m just waiting for that moment when they’re gonna give me that opportunity.” ~Buzz Leer


Currently in Los Angeles, represented for TV/Film by Carole Dibo Talent Management, Taylor Talent Services for Commercial, Host… Represented in Chicago by Gray Talent Group (TV/Film)10 Management Agency and Looks Pro Models Chicago, IL, The Block Agency, Nashville, Moore Creative, Minneapolis, Betty’s Talent, Miami ….I am currently a working actor, model, voice-over artist, live event host. Moving to Chicago 6 years ago, my recent Chicago live theatre credits include; Citizen / Townsperson, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at The Goodman Theatre, Doc Gibb OUR TOWN, Jamie I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN AND DIDN’T EVEN SMILE, and Swifty Lazar / Mike Wallace FROST/NIXON at The Redtwist Theatre. Alice Cooper in WAYNES WORLD and the Narrator in OFFICE SPACE at The Uptown Underground Theatre. TV credits include NEXT, Fox TV, Guest Star, Chicago PD, Guest Star, several national/local commercials, and infomercials, and was the Host of HGTV’S HOUSE DETECTIVE for five seasons (65 episodes). Multiple Short and Feature Films, including the most recent low-budget SAG Film, BEING IAN, Supporting Actor, and upcoming Supporting Role in SILENT AS THE GRAVE.

A Minneapolis, MN native and a graduate of The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND ( BFA Degree/ Acting / Communication).

Mike McGlinchey 

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In This Episode:

  • How long it takes to heal from a season of football
  • What hurts the most after a season
  • Why some football players can’t be in the media anymore
  • The evolution of Offensive
  • At what age he knew he was a little different
  • The point when your dream stops
  • What his motivation is at this point in his career (hint, it’s not the money)
  • What message he’s hoping he sends his younger brother
  • What he thinks Tom Brady’s motivation is
  • Patrick Mahomes


“I got to do a lot of fun things in high school. But I always knew I was gonna be playing offensive line because as soon as schools started recruiting me, that’s what they told me I was gonna be playing.” ~Mike McGlinchey 

“That’s why football’s the greatest game in the world. It’s a team game, and you can’t let your brother and your teammate down, and you’re one 11th of an operation, and everybody’s job is of the same importance.” ~Mike McGlinchey 

“The ultimate goal isn’t looking good on Instagram like these kids worry about, you know, I didn’t worry about that when I was in high school, but it’s a different generation, right? And it’s not about the scholarship offer; it’s not about all those. Obviously, those things are fruits of the labor that you put in. But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is winning.” ~Mike McGlinchey 

“The motivation has to come from inside.” ~Mike McGlinchey 

“He [Tom Brady] was the GOAT at staying on top of the mountain.” ~Mike McGlinchey 

“My grandfather always said, ‘You’re a great teammate first, and that’s the most important, important thing.’ And I’ve always tried to live like that.” ~Mike McGlinchey

Guest’s Bio:

Mike McGlinchey (born January 12, 1995) is an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame.

McGlinchey attended St. Joseph/St. Robert School (Warrington, Pennsylvania) and William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Along with football, he also played basketball in high school.[1] He committed to the University of Notre Dame to play college football.[2]

After redshirting his first year at Notre Dame in 2013, McGlinchey played in all 13 games with one start in 2014.[3] In 2015, he became a starter and started all 13 games at right tackle.[4][5] Prior to 2016, he moved from right to left tackle.[6][7] McGlinchey said he would be returning to Notre Dame for his fifth year of eligibility.[8] He was named a team captain. He ended his collegiate career appearing in 51 games with 39 starts.[9]

The San Francisco 49ers selected McGlinchey in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[12] McGlinchey was the first offensive tackle drafted in 2018 and was the second offensive lineman selected, behind Notre Dame teammate Quenton Nelson (sixth overall).[13]

On July 23, 2018, the San Francisco 49ers signed McGlinchey to a fully guaranteed four-year, US$18.34 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $11.41 million.[14]

McGlinchey entered training camp slated as the starting right tackle, replacing Trent Brown, who departed via trade. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named him the starting right tackle to begin the regular season, opposite starting left tackle Joe Staley.[15] As a rookie, he started in all 16 games for the 49ers.[16]

In 2019, McGlinchey played in 12 games and helped the 49ers with 13 games. He missed four games during the season due to a knee injury. He helped the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers to reach Super Bowl LIV. However, the 49ers lost 31–20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

On May 1, 2021, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on McGlinchey’s contract.[17] The option guarantees a salary of $10.9 million for the 2022 season.[18] He suffered a torn quadriceps in Week 9 and was placed on injured reserve on November 10, 2021, ending his season.[19]

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Tyler Rich

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Country artist Tyler Rich has such an incredible connection with his fans, and you’ll see why in this episode. Enjoy moments of laughter and meaning as Tyler expands on the work it took to become a world-famous songwriter and country artist.

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In this episode:

  • Pumpkin Pie, Salmon, and Quail Eggs; A Critique
  • Radio Tour and the challenging yet rewarding experience it is
  • What’s more intimidating? 15, 50, or 500-Person Audience
  • Tyler’s childhood introductions to live music
  • The many influences that shape Tyler’s music
  • From a hometown in LA to touring in Nashville, Tennessee
  • A dream, a business card, and a lie
  • 6 Hour French Lesson produces a Top 10 Hit

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“It’s one of the coolest, stressful, inner growth-creating, expanding, artistic experiences I’d ever been through. Every person in every station and every listener, every person that comes in, is so different. And you’re not just playing for yourself on the air.” – Tyler Rich

 “I do miss Radio Tour a lot because I’ve made so many cool friends in radio along the way. And it’s fun! You sit there and try to figure people out. Try to figure out, ‘What version of my story is this person gonna connect to the most? What version of my story does this person want to hear?’” – Tyler Rich

“It’s so funny because I feel like- say if Luke Combs called me up, ‘Hey dude, you wanna do a stadium date?’ I don’t think there would be an ounce of nerve like, ‘Oh, there’s gonna be 80,000 people!’ It would just be, ‘Look at us go!’ Because when you’re looking out, it’s crazy, and there are so many lights, there are so many people, but you’re still only looking at 15-50 people at a time.” – Tyler Rich

“The only thing my dad listened to growing up was Rock. The only thing my grandma listened to was Classical. You know, I listen to Classical on planes and listen to Classical at the house. Still to this day, it calms me because of that, and I love that all of my influences show up in my music and our show because I think that’s how it’s meant to be.” – Tyler Rich

“And I was like, ‘Why would I wanna take meetings with anybody else?’ I was like, ‘We found somebody that’s passionate.’ And somebody might be like, ‘Oh, I love you too! I’ll give you more money,’ or something. But the initial passion, the initial like, ‘I want you when nobody else cares’’ is what really drove me to Dustin and my manager Neil, who I’m still with.” – Tyler Rich

“I was like, ‘I’d love to see your hands if you got one of my cards when I lied to you and said I’d be playing at Stage Coach next year, get my free download- years ago.’ And not only did probably like 400 or 500 people hold up their hands, but at least 50 to 100 held up the card.” – Tyler Rich

Guest’s Bio:

Northern California-raised, Nashville-rooted Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside family singing holiday classics and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fast forward to graduating college with a degree in Economics, Tyler moved to LA to pursue a different game of numbers–music–exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before taking the leap as a solo artist. Since, he has been named a 2018 CMT Listen Up artist, 2019 Pandora Artist, and Rolling Stone touted him as “the newest member of country music’s radio-minded incoming class, with a homecoming king’s swagger and a valedictorian’s songwriting smarts. ”Amassing over 394.4M+ total global streams with his debut album TWO THOUSAND MILES (The Valory Music Co.), featuring GOLD-certified “The Difference,” plus subsequent releases “Better Than You’re Used To” and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston-produced “A Little Bit of You.” With “Thinkin’ We’re In Love,” an English and French duet with one of Canada’s most successful bilingual singer-songwriters, Marie-Mai, Tyler has announced a headline tour of the same name. Tickets are on sale now for his headline THINKIN’ WE’RE IN LOVE TOUR. His music embodies the feelings all people have in common –the need for acceptance, devotion, and a place to call their own–and that empathetic spirit extends to animals too. With Rich Rescues, Tyler visits local shelters while out on the road to raise awareness for pet adoption.

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