I have been working on archiving hundreds of interviews, and I’ve a reached the point where I feel they deserve to be out there. Starting today, I’ll share an interview I believe you’ll enjoy every Monday. As always, thanks!
Roy Orbison, dressed in a grey suit, black shirt and black shades, looks around at the Detroit orchestra behind him, making sure everyone is ready. Satisfied, he turns back to his mic, and starts playing his guitar. Wait, Roy Orbison died December 6, 1988. Tonight, at the FOX Theater ‘In Dreams: Roy Orbison In Concert - The Hologram Tour’ will allow a new generation to experience a musical genius.
Pay attention to the man behind this curtain! If you're in radio, you know Fred Jacobs. Fred is the President of Jacobs Media. I met Fred in 1980 at WRIF FM in Detroit. He was my program director. As much as I tried to push back, he pushed me forward. Meet the Wizard!
People throw around expressions like ‘Pioneer’ or ‘Iconic’. Well my friends, Mark Ridley is both iconic and a pioneer. Mark hasn’t changed a bit from the day I met him. Smiling, laughing and always has a kind word to say, and a fresh joke to tell.
I have a good one for you. Detroit has produced some of the greatest comics ever! Gilda Radnar, Lily Tomlin, Keegan-Michael Key, Thom Sharp, Tim Allen, Dave Coulier and Mike Binder. I spoke with Mike Binder. His bio would fill (pardon the pun) a ‘Binder’.
I met Dave Coulier in Detroit in 1977. Dave provided cartoon voices for me in our WABX production department. He followed that up with a meteoric rise in comedy, first in Detroit and then L.A. Then came a little show called 'Full House'. Buckle up!
It's official: Last Man Standing is back. A year after it was canceled by ABC. Fox was happy to bring back the multi-cam comedy starring Tim Allen. LMS premiers Friday, September 28th. I caught up with Tim yesterday and he tells me “It was like we never left!”
If you don’t know the songs ‘What I Like About You’ and ‘Talking In Your Sleep’, I’m afraid I can’t help you. Funny how things work. I got into radio in the 70’s and Wally started playing music in the 70’s. Turns out, we’re long-time neighbors, but have never gone one-on-one. Well, that just changed. Say hi to the ‘Ken and Wally Show’. Enjoy!
The movie ‘White Boy Rick’ will be released on Friday September 14th. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jonathan Majors and a strong cast. No one has put more time and energy into this story than WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz.
On this date in 1966, Donovan went to #1 on the Billboard Chart with Sunshine Superman. I said, wait a minute, I have an incredible interview with Donovan from 1995. We spent thirty minutes chatting. He brought in his guitar. Have a listen!
In this interview Pete Townshend tells me "The music is kept young by the audience not the performers." I was prompted to dig this out after being reminded of Keith Moon's driving prowess at his birthday party in Flint, MI. (He dove the limo into the Holiday Inn pool) ~ Ken
Casey Kasem would have been 86 today. We lost Casey on June 15, 2014. He was the nicest man I've ever met. I found this interview from 1996. Remember, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Tim Allen will hit the stage at 8:30 PM tonight at the beautiful, historic Fox Theater. The show is SOLD OUT. The show benefits Forgotton Harvest. We're old friends and Tim stopped by after sound check
Forgotten Harvest is a non-profit food rescue organization that collects food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to organizations feeding the hungry in Metro Detroit.
Steve Miller and Peter Frampton will start their tour tonight in Kelowna, BC Canada. Steve Miller and Peter Frampton will be in our area on June 17th at DTE – Pine Knob. Steve Miller has sold over 60 million albums and Peter Frampton has arguably one of the most successful live releases ever. Both artists are incredibly friendly guys. I caught with both separately about 6 years ago.
Alice Cooper tweeted out this morning that the single “No More Mister Nice Guy” was released 45 years ago this month from the album “Billion Dollar Babies” I’ve known Alice Cooper for a long time. On December 15, 2010 Alice Cooper was finally elected in to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. The original band Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neil Smith all performed. I caught up with Coop the day after he found out he was finally elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
I found this lost classic from Paul Stanley of KISS. It’s from 1996. The year KISS kicked of a 16-month reunion tour (Alive Worldwide) after a multi-year layoff. I was at News/Talk 760 WJR and I was always concerned that the Program Director wasn’t a big fan of my doing a rock and roll interview on a news talk radio station. This massive KISS world tour kicked-off in Detroit at Tiger stadium in front of over 50,000 fans. The concert sold out in 40 minutes! The tour banked 148 million...
It’s Sunday, and a good day to continue to share these lost classics with you. Today I’m featuring Milton Berle. What a treat it was to grab this one. We recorded it in 1996…and found it in near perfect condition! We were talking about George Burns turning 100 and his big party being just days away. We also talk about Detroit. We did not discuss his Rumored Endowment. Google it!
Brian Holland of Holland, Dozier and Holland Fame turns 77 today. The trio wrote a treasure trove of Motown hits for The Four Tops, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, The Isley Brothers, Martha and The Vandellas and many, many more. I chatted with Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland 20 years ago this month. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy!