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Celebrity maps to success, The Road Taken BROADcasts are conversations with my hereos ~ people living their dream… the paths they took to get there… the lessons learned, and the tools gathered along the way. Guests to date include: Mike Nesmith, Michael Imperioli, Anson Williams, Rob Morrow, Jim Beaver, Robert Wuhl, Wendy Liebman, Drew Nieporent, Allee Willis, Craig Bierko, Phil Rosenthal, and Tom Bergeron. Inspiration, information, motivation... and, fun. Friends going in, we laugh. A lot.

Celebrity maps to success, The Road Taken BROADcasts are conversations with my hereos ~ people living their dream… the paths they took to get there… the lessons learned, and the tools gathered along the way. Guests to date include: Mike Nesmith, Michael Imperioli, Anson Williams, Rob Morrow, Jim Beaver, Robert Wuhl, Wendy Liebman, Drew Nieporent, Allee Willis, Craig Bierko, Phil Rosenthal, and Tom Bergeron. Inspiration, information, motivation... and, fun. Friends going in, we laugh. A lot.
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Celebrity maps to success, The Road Taken BROADcasts are conversations with my hereos ~ people living their dream… the paths they took to get there… the lessons learned, and the tools gathered along the way. Guests to date include: Mike Nesmith, Michael Imperioli, Anson Williams, Rob Morrow, Jim Beaver, Robert Wuhl, Wendy Liebman, Drew Nieporent, Allee Willis, Craig Bierko, Phil Rosenthal, and Tom Bergeron. Inspiration, information, motivation... and, fun. Friends going in, we laugh. A lot.

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Episodes

Carlos Calvo Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

11/21/2019
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So much fun and music with singer/songwriter/guitar man Carlos Calvo. He talked about starting to play at 3 1/2, being self-taught music reader, taking classical guitar lessons at Carnegie Hall, coming out to LA to attend the Music School... early gigs, no plan B, no non-music jobs, ever, great Stevie Wonder stories, segueing into teaching, gave Maroon 5s Adam Levine his first guitar lesson at age 10 and continued to teach him through High School and Adam's first record deal... teaching...

Duration:01:41:52

Terence Blanchard LIve On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

11/14/2019
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I was more than a little intimidated to sit down with 6x Grammy Winning, Oscar Nominated renown jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard. I’m jazz challenged. I’d forgotten the warm, present, enthusiastic, sans ego, great storyteller with amazing tales I heard speak last year at a BlacKkKlansman screening, In personal conversation he was all that and a can of Gaga. Did we have fun! We talked Terence’s latest film, Harriet, it’s star Cynthia Erivo, New Orleans, his opera singing dad,...

Duration:01:24:23

Robert Wuhl. Newbomb Turk, Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

11/7/2019
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Crazy fun with Robert Wuhl. We talked Newbomb Turk, Mike Binder, Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Danza, all discovered in The Hollywood Knights, alongside Robert, its star. How could we not, it's arguably still his most talked about role. We talked Good Morning Vietnam and Robin Williams, their friendship, Bill Durham, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, neither first choices... and who was... Batman, and Michael Keaton, Clean & Sober and Jack. There's only one. Robert does a great...

Duration:01:27:49

Tony Braunagel On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

10/17/2019
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Ridiculous fun with Grammy Winner, Tony Braunagel. As funny as he is stick gifted––great stories, he even acted some of 'em out. That High School Dracula, and the According To Jim gig paid off, big time. Man, is this boy entertaining. Tony blew out of here post show to hook up (not that way) with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi for a Blues Brothers gig... poor guy. Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Etta James, Robert Cray, Bette Midler, Taj Mahal... does his life suck. Check this funny rockboy....

Duration:01:53:19

Marcus Eaton Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

10/10/2019
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It just doesn’t get much better than this. Marcus Eaton, who David Crosby said is, “… a really brilliant writer. Brilliant musically. Brilliant lyrically. And he just plays guitar like God on a good day." Having borne witness, I say, Amen. Marcus, who composed the score of the recently released, critically acclaimed doc, David Crosby: Remember My Name, and has recorded, toured and written with David, as well as opened for Dylan - that would be Bob, Dave Mathews, Jewel, Train, played with...

Duration:02:06:53

Game Changers Live With Vicki Abelson

10/3/2019
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The show must go on… cause I’m a neurotic, Jew with OCD. L’Shana Tova! I hadn’t missed a BROADcast since starting, July 12th in 2016. When I found out late last night that our scheduled guest, Lainie Kazan, was under the weather, I thought I’d take my first Wednesday off and watch some TV… at about 6:10 pm tonight I realized I couldn’t do it. There are a core of lovely peoples who show up here each week, no matter who the guest, and what the hell, I decided to be here for youes, and for...

Duration:01:00:04

Grammy Nominees Teresa James & Terry Wilson Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

9/26/2019
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If you weren't Live with us and 2019 Grammy Nominees, Teresa James and Terry Wilson (Best Contemporary Blues Album - Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps; Here in Babylon), about 15 minutes into the BROADcast, the camera shut down under heat distress in the studio built for 2, which four of us and a whole lotta instruments were crammed into, closed door, no windows, sans A/C, as it was making a racket… a gift in a way, as it was hotter than hades in there… a few more minutes and you might’ve...

Duration:01:28:53

Erik Eldenius Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

9/19/2019
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We were Live with Billy Idol drummer, Erik Eldenius, who killed it Monday at The Fonda Theatre, backing up Billy, Jack Black, Gavin Rossdale, Juliette Lewis, and everyone else he played with. I call him a full-body drummer, the way he attacks his kit. A monster. In the best possible way. We chatted about growing up Swedish, say what... yup, Swedish is his first language... getting his first kit at 4, playing Kiss, and then many years later playing a festival with Gene and Paul looking on......

Duration:01:01:52

Mike Finnigan Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

9/12/2019
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What was I thinking, or not thinking?!? How did I not make clear that we preferred to go to his place, where keys abound, so that we could have the best of the best, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, Mike Finnigan do his thing?!? How exactly?!? We opened with the video of his What a Life, with The LA Blues Alliance. It’s killer. I’ve been watching it in heavy rotation for weeks. We closed with the debut of Mike’s music video of a Merle Haggard cover, which has yet to be recorded, nor seen...

Duration:01:53:48

Jay Kogen Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

9/5/2019
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We went Live with multiple Emmy award winning writer/producer, Jay Kogen ~ The Simpsons, Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in The Middle, School of Rock, and what a fun ride it 'twas! Had a blast and learned so much about the business of show. Jay has fabulous stories of getting there, being there, and working to stay there. Great humility, huge talent, terrific suggestions. Tales of Tracey Ullman, The Simpsons, James L Brooks, writing for Homer, choosing between Frasier and Seinfeld...

Duration:01:49:09

Jason Butler Harner Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

8/29/2019
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Fabulous conversation with Obie Award winner, Drama Desk and SAG Award nominee, Jason Butler Harner, who's about to co-star with John Slattery in neXt on Fox. You may remember him from Ozark, Ray Donovan, The Blacklist, Scandal, Alcatraz, Changeling, Bernhardt Hamlet… screens large and small, stages from Broadway to the Geffen... here with stories of Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Janet McTeer, Sarah Paulson, Colleen Dewhurst, Ben Gazzara, Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Geri...

Duration:01:36:55

Cindy Chupack Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

8/22/2019
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Great fun with Golden Globe and Emmy Winning writer, producer, director, Cindy Chupack. We talked her just dropped Netflix feature, Otherhood, the ten years and effort it took to get to screen, and the people who brought it to life: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman for three... Jake Hoffman, unbeknownst to me ~ Dustin's son... the close encounter with Meryl Streep. From elementary school poet to working writer's rooms, oft with her partner, the sole women... Coach,...

Duration:01:13:08

Peter Paige On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

8/19/2019
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Wisdom, inspiration, and guidance from actor, writer, director, producer, Peter Paige, who chartered his course and did the work to live his dreams… even a few he didn’t realize he had. Growing up always moving, and starting over, he became a keen observer of human behavior. Finding his way in drama club, conservatory at Boston University, regional theatre, always doing the work, his best, securing his future and his next step forward. Using his fears to drive himself, there were signs from...

Duration:01:00:55

Mike Lang Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

8/10/2019
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From unknowing to extreme fandom in five easy minutes. For those in the know, this is a given. For those not, the opening of the show, where pianist composer, Mike Lang treats us to his Rural State of Mind, makes the case in certain terms. The man is a musical genius. From his gift at the keys, to his vast knowledge, expertise, finesse and collections, he’s a gift. I had the great good fortune to attend a Jazz concert at Zipper Concert Hall, two weeks past. Great good fortune and jazz in the...

Duration:01:51:30

Dan O'Shannon On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

8/3/2019
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While the Democrats were debating, I was going flat hair to flat hair with 6 time Emmy Winner, Dan O’Shannon. I believe the victor is clear. He has more height, and 6 other Emmy nods. Whilst running the room at Cheers, barely 30ish, the boss of our Tracy Newman, he coined the phrase, “I’m sorry, was that out loud?” I didn’t believe it either, but it’s documented. I know. From a lightning bolt moment at the age 8, Dan made the decision that the next day he was going to make people laugh. It...

Duration:01:31:55

Sandy Helberg On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

7/25/2019
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Sandy Helberg, an original Groundling, sure's got the gift of the gab. From his early days coming over from Germany, there's his dad, who survived the camps and took over Toledo Ohio, boasting about his son, Spielberg's partner, not, Gopher on Love Boat, sorta; a great story teller, no doubt. Sandy sure is. The whole family's doing it... like his brother, the doctor. Not. But practicing. You can't make this shit up. Well, you could, but it wouldn't be as funny. Stories about Mel Brooks, Rick...

Duration:01:33:33

Fred Willard Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

7/19/2019
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Fred Willard’s a national treasure. Spending time with him in his kitchen reminiscing about how he got to Fernwood 2 Night, and all that followed was a thrilling joyride. There’s no way to begin to assess the gazillions of laughs he’s responsible for. In my house alone. We talked about fun at Phil’s with current Emmy Nominee, Phil Rosenthal, Second City, Ace Trucking Company, Fernwood 2-Night, Martin Mull, Norman Lear, Charlton Heston, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Christopher...

Duration:01:28:48

Sam Harris Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

7/11/2019
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Doing this show is always life-affirming, fun, and thrilling for me. Tonight I got all that, plus touched to my core. Sam Harris went balls to the walls and deep to the feet. Alright, shitty metaphor, shoot me. From the left. That's my good side. Yes, Sam, it's still all about me. Except this glorious time we spent together. As promised truths, heretofore kept private, came out in a thoughtful, loving pour. There was Liza, Frank Langella, being parented, parenting, falling in love, living...

Duration:01:38:58

Alvino Bennett Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

7/4/2019
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Crazy fun with Alvino M. Bennett who's played with everyone from Muddy Waters, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Bryan Ferry, LTD, to Dave Mason, and so many more along the way. Starting as a 10 yr old in inner city Chicago, playing in the drum and bugle corps, club gigging at 12, say what?!? Having a manager and playing pro by 14, Alvino told great stories, and included so many of the players beyond the front men and women he hit the stage and studio with. He listed his favorite...

Duration:01:46:52

Steve Resnik The 45 King Live On Game Changers WIth Vicki Abelson

6/27/2019
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If you love the rock 'n roll, and who doesn't... Mitch Miller! (That story here.) Steve Resnik, creator, curator, and owner of the West Coast Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and human encyclopedia of rock 'n roll, takes us through his growing up in Chicago in the 50s and 60s, coming alive as kid with the birth of said, rock 'n roll, walking us through the early days to the glory days. First as a passionate, obsessed listener and appreciator, to college radio program director, interviewer,...

Duration:02:12:14