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Lissa Kreisler

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In This Episode:

  • Shot In Your Arm, Not Your Butt…Lissa’s Thoughts After Getting the COVID Vaccine
  • Due to His Southern Accent, People Think Gary Isn’t as Smart
  • How Having Severe Scoliosis Developed Lissa’s Humor and Outlook on Life
  • Why Lissa Got in Trouble For Sharing About Her Daughter’s Breakup on Air
  • The Stories of Their Worst and Best Interview Guests
  • The Weirdest Places Gary and Lissa Have Been Recognized

Quotations:

“Say what you want about me, I’ll laugh along with you, it’s probably true.” – Lissa Kreisler

“I wore a full body brace for 3 years, went from my chin down to my hip.” – Lissa Kreisler

“I don’t know what to call her, I’d like to call her the word that starts with a b.” – Lissa Kreisler

“I think the interview was going fine until I asked him if it was true that he really hit Paris Hilton and then for some reason he did not want to talk to us anymore.” – Lissa Kreisler

“We were interviewing him and he was swimming in his pool naked while we were talking to him.” – Lissa Kreisler

“We were interviewing him live and he’s swimming in his pool naked and he asks me if I’m on the pill.” – Lissa Kreisler
“People like people to ask about them.” – Lissa Kreisler

Guest’s Bio:

She’s a local gal who has been at KLOK 1170 for 10 years. What started as an internship ended as the Ralph Jim and Lissa morning show. She spent 30 years doing mornings at KBAY and was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.
She loves doing Community Storytelling on KCAT-15 in Los Gatos!
She’s a full-time grandma of 3–ages 2-6
She thinks life is wonderful…even in COVID!

Guest’s Contact Info:

Instagram Username: @Lissakreisler

Jimmie Allen

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In This Episode:

  • Charlie Pride and Modern Country
  • The Importance of Switching Up the Setlist and Listening To the Audience
  • How Radio Stations Can Benefit From Spotify
  • Jimmie’s Thoughts on Morgan Wallen’s 2020 CMA Win
  • Possible Revenge For Getting Tackled
  • The Crazy Things Jimmie’s Seen During His Shows

Quotations:

 “I’ve seen people have sex in the audience during the show.” – @jimmieallen

“Music has a way to soften hearts. You know? It’s the one thing that brings people together.” – @jimmieallen

“I have rock influences, pop influences, I have R&B influences and I wanted to incorporate it all, but incorporate it all under the country music umbrella, because that’s where I can completely be myself.” – @jimmieallen

“I was the only black punter in the state of Delaware, so that made me cool, they loved it, I was more famous than the quarterback.” – @jimmieallen

“You can’t tell me if Jay Z was a cashier at Walmart he could’ve pulled Beyonce…ain’t no way in the world.” – @jimmieallen

Guest’s Bio:

For breakthrough country artist Jimmie Allen, a simple phrase sums up his view on life and music: Never give up.

A native of Southern Delaware –the “slower, lower” part of the state, he explains –Allen has carried that mantra with him through good times and bad, whether than meant living in his car or receiving his an ACM Nomination for New Male Artist of The Year in 2019, a CMA Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year in 2020and a subsequent ACM Nomination for New Male Artist of The Year in 2021.

He’s poured out his soul at Music City’s famous Bluebird Cafe, wrote a song that was featured in a Super Bowl commercial, and appeared in a Diet Coke ad with superstar Taylor Swift. But the October 2018 release of his debut album MercuryLane –named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey–on BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, a lifetime of never giving up brought him full circle.“ I didn’t quit, I never will,” he says. “Stuff ain’t easy, and you shouldn’t quit either. There’s a big difference between busting your ass, and sitting on it.”

For Allen, musical dreams and a love of true-to-themselves artists like Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean brought him all the way to Nashville –and eventually around the world for an Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Japan. But it was actually a nightmare that turned this promising singer into the artist he is today.

After a series of bad breaks, Allen was forced to live in his car, too proud to ask for a bailout. For months he worked multiple jobs and finally saved enough for an apartment, but hit then another snag –country music wasn’t ready for him. “People were just trying to help,” he says now. “But they wanted me to change my sound and told me I had to lose my boots. The turning point came when I stopped listening, and finally, let my music be a natural reflection of who I am.”

Since then, Allen has been following his own compass, and it’s leading somewhere special. “I don’t regret it,” he explains about his trials. “I think each thing you do adds a layer, whether it’s a layer of toughness, perseverance, motivation, or just a layer of wisdom. At the end of the day, you come back to what you know, and what’s embedded in you. ”What’s embedded in Allen is a powerful, soulful sense of groove – “If my body don’t move in the first four seconds, it ain’t for me,” he says –a love of deep messages and a knack for razor-sharp hooks.

Those driving forces form the bedrock of Mercury Lane, a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B, and pop produced by Ash Bowers and Eric Torres; the project received critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone raving that it “challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music” and The New York Times hailing it one of 2018’s strongest, calling it a “conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details.”Ironically, it’s the same sound he had when he first arrived in Nashville, but now things are different.

“Underdogs” and “Best Shot” reveal Allen’s true story of laying it all on the line, while “Back Home to You,” “Back of Your Mind,” and “Blue Jean Baby” find the singer-songwriter reflecting on his journey to the spotlight –with all the love he left behind and romantic hopes included. Allen’s hard-won dreams are finally a reality, but he knows he can’t rest now. Wrapped around his wrist is a homemade bracelet given to him by a fan. It bears another simple phrase –“explore” –and now it serves as a daily reminder.“

To me, it means to explore every part of your heart that desires to do something,” he says. “No matter what it is. Take a chance and never stop until you figure out where you’re supposed to be.” For Allen, those chances have paid off. He has made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio, with “Best Shot” claiming the No. 1 spot for three weeks and his second single “Make Me Want To” hitting the top spot in March 2020.

His latest project, Bettie James, combines his deep love of family and genre-spanning taste in music. The star-studded collaboration project is a seven-track EP –released July 2020 –that features a wide array of music hitmakers: Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Nelly, Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys, Rita Wilson, Tauren Wells & Tim McGraw. The EP’s title is a tribute to Allen’s late grandmother, Bettie Snead, who passed away in February 2014, and his late father, James Allen, who passed away in September 2019.“

My dad and grandmom were two completely different people, but both played a huge part in my life,” Allen says of the motivation for the project. “Since they died, I have been wanting to leave trails of their legacies throughout my music. ”Each artist on the project has touched the life of Allen, his grandmother, and father in some way, allowing their legacies to weave seamlesslythroughoutBettie James. The result is a musical composition of love, heartbreak, perseverance, hope, and faith.

Jimmie’s current single “Freedom Was A Highway” pairs Allen with his friend and Country music superstar Paisley for a breezy, windows down track that joins Allen’s distinctively breezy grooves with a Paisley signature guitar solo. The two trade lyrics inspired by Allen’s upbringing in Delaware and reminisce over the nostalgia of more carefree, youthful days where simpler moments like innocent childhood crushes reigned supreme.

Bettie James has garnered 120+ million streams since its release, along with critical acclaim for the music, the historic nature of various collaborations, and its subsequent place in country music history. NPR calls the project an “announcement of [Allen’s] arrival” and a “huge step for country” while Billboard hails it “a powerful statement from a developing voice.”

The EP appeared on several “Best of 2020” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Sounds Like Nashville. Rolling Stone describes “Why Things Happen” –which brings together three generations of Black country artists in Allen, Darius Rucker, and Charley Pride –as “part polemic, part proclamation, and part prayer… opening up space for the artists to bear witness. ”Reflecting on Allen’s wide-ranging musical sensibilities, Music Row notes of the project: “While some artists still in the early sunrise of their careers, with a handful of hits to their credit, would be focused solely on extending their chart successes, it’s clear that Allen’s goals for his music are loftier than mere chart hits and No. 1 parties—he’s striving for music that testifies to his full spectrum of creative abilities.”

On July 13, 2021, Allen will publish his debut picture book, My Voice Is a Trumpet, with Flamingo Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. Illustrated by veteran illustrator Cathy Ann Johnson, the book is a powerful story about speaking up for what you believe in, at any age. In My Voice Is a Trumpet, all voices are as diverse as the characters and heard loud and clear–from voices that roar like a lion to voices small as a bee, all it takes is confidence and a belief in the goodness of others to change the world.“It’s very important to me that kids learn at a young age that they have a voice and that it is powerful. It is up to us as adults to teach them to use their voice to encourage and show love,” Allen says of his first-ever book. “Being a father of two kids, I try to encourage them to be themselves and love everyone around them. I’m hoping this book inspires at least one child and they always remember their voice is a trumpet.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

Instagram Username

@jimmieallen

Scott James

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In This Episode:

  • The Blunt Advice Scott’s Mom Gave Him
  • Why Scott Sat in a Ferris Wheel for 51hrs
  • Nature VS Nurture, Adoption, and the Goals of Parenthood
  • The Moment Scott Knew That His Wife Was “the One”
  • The Joys of Radio and a Touching Memory Shared With Scott
  • Why Gary Doesn’t Do Audience Calls Ins On Air Anymore

Quotations:

“You’re trying all that you can try to be as cordial as you can possibly be and all I know is my ass hurts.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“They might be smarter, they might be prettier, but they’re not gonna work harder than I do.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“I want to use the skills and abilities that God gave me to go the farthest that I can for His glory.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“I don’t sing, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.” – Scott James

“We’re all blessed in certain ways, we are all the best at something.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“Even in this day and age of media fragmentation, there’s a magical thing that happens when a radio station serves the community it’s licensed in.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“What is the spirit of Fatherhood? Is it spreading my genetic material across the land? No, it’s not. The spirit of Fatherhood is bringing a young person up to hopefully affect good in their community and to know God.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“You could learn from your mistake and move on and not make that mistake again, today that one mistake might cost your livelihood and I don’t like being in that environment, but it’s the environment we’re in.” – Scott James @CommishScott

“You’ve gotta realize that that person that represents you in the elected office is just like you and they will make a mistake and more than anything you want them to be honest about it rather than try to cover it up.” – Scott James @CommishScott

Guest’s Bio:

A community-involved Northern Colorado native, Scott James is a 38-year veteran media personality and host of Scott & Sadie in the Morning heard weekdays on Big 97.9 (KXBG-FM). Awarded Best Morning Show, Best News/Talk Personality, and Best Station Entertainment Personality by the Colorado Broadcasters’ Association, Scott, his wife, Julie, and 14-year old son, Jack, call Johnstown, Colorado, home. A former Mayor of Johnstown, Scott delights in public service and continues that service as a Weld County Commissioner representing District 2.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://jamesforweld.com

Twitter & Instagram Usernames
@CommishScott

Troy Cartright

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In This Episode:

  • Health Insurance Stress
  • Country Music’s Freedom of Expression, Pop Country Is Working
  • Chasing Your Dreams and Not Letting Them Beat You Down 
  • Steel Sharpening Steel in The Nashville Music Scene
  • Miranda Lambert and Degenerate Sadness
  • The Paradigm Shift of Interacting on Zoom and When It Goes Wrong With Dating

Quotations:

“…No social distance, no masks, just a real-life concert the way it used to be. I mean…I don’t even know what that’s gunna feel like.” – @troycartwright

“I did not grow up a huge Country fan.” – @troycartwright

“I did not want to go to college, I had no interest in it, I just wanted to play music.” – @troycartwright

“It doesn’t have to be the hook of the century with the greatest Country twist you’ve ever heard to be a great song, sometimes just the simple truth is the right thing for the song.” – @troycartwright

“I think I relate to that sort of degenerate sadness, it resonates with my soul.” – @troycartwright

“It always works out. No matter what and it may not be what you wanted or it may look different or take longer, but it always works out.”
– @troycartwright

Guest’s Bio:

Troy Cartwright is a fascinating mix. Certainly a product of Texas’ rich heritage of dive bars and honky-tonks, he’s also a Berklee trained musician, a one-time youth worship leader, and an all-around good guy. Part of what makes his music so compelling is his heart, and the way he views the world around him: always something to take apart and understand, to bring his sense of grace to turning points, difficult moments and the thrill of being alive, in love and on fire.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://troycartwright.com

Twitter & Instagram Usernames
@troycartwright