Small Town, Big Music book: Kent, Ohio, rocks! VIDEO INTERVIEW

    Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Jason Prufer by clicking on the video player above!  Some ideas for history books are sitting right in front of our noses, waiting for a smart writer to recognize opportunity and put the puzzle pieces together. That’s kind of how I imagine Jason Prufer’s new book,... Continue Reading →

Barrence Whitfield gets to savage guts of rock ‘n’ roll! INTERVIEW 1986

  By Bob Andelman May 16, 1986 If seeing Little Richard perform “Great Gosh A’Mighty” in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” got you going, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages are guaranteed to cause a heart attack. “We just play with the guts, sweat and emotion of any rock ‘n’ roll band that might’ve been... Continue Reading →

Sarah Vaughan: I try to please the people! 1984 INTERVIEW

  By Bob Andelman October 19, 1984 Sarah Vaughan sang at a lot of church and school functions before that fateful day in 1942 in Harlem at the Apollo Theater’s amateur hour. “That’s when I first got discovered. Billy Eckstine discovered me, and within two weeks I was singing with Earl Hines.” It all sounded... Continue Reading →

Al Jarreau sings songs with passion, joy! AUDIO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Al Jarreau, jazz singer, "We're In This Love Together"     (NOTE: On today's show, I'm reaching back in my archives to April 3, 1984 to share a telephone interview I conducted with seven-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau. Al passed away in 2017 just short of his 77 birthday; I... Continue Reading →

Travel America’s deep south in I Am The Blues! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Daniel Cross, documentary filmmaker, "I Am The Blues"     Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Daniel Cross by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of blues fans who love the music but never thought about actually going to Louisiana or Mississippi to... Continue Reading →

Ray Johnston sings his way back to health in HDNet’s Road Diaries! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today I’m going to tell you a story that, unless you’ve heard it before, you’ll likely think is a product of my imagination. But it’s not. It’s 100 percent true. Ray Johnston is at the center of this tale. Today he is the lead singer of the Ray Johnston Band, which is at the subject... Continue Reading →

Spinning with Casablanca Records co-founder Larry Harris! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  (UPDATE - Larry Harris died on December 18, 2017.) Everybody thinks their life story would make a good book. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. Larry Harris is not everybody. He’s 1970s records mogul Neil Bogart’s cousin—and a co-founder of legendary Casablanca Records—for heaven’s sake, and boy, does he have a great... Continue Reading →

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