Original MTV VJ Alan Hunter interview from 1983!

Today, August 1, 2011, is the 30th anniversary of the day MTV unleashed "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles on an unsuspecting world for the first time. Neither music nor television has been the same since. I remembered an interview I did 28 years ago with original MTV VJ Alan Hunter on July... Continue Reading →

Robert Knight’s Rock Prophecies: Slash, Hendrix, Stevie Ray! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Robert Knight, rock 'n' roll photographer   Maybe you don’t already know the name of legendary rock ‘n’ roll photographer Robert Knight. But by the end of this half-hour, you won’t be able to forget him. Knight shot the last photographs of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan before his fateful plane crash. He took... Continue Reading →

Pittsburgh rockers 28 North perform Napa Valley live! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: 28 North, rock band, Mystery     Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of well-mannered, heavily sedated former rock stars in the new new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida! It used to be that a handful of multinational record companies and a few indies controlled all of... Continue Reading →

ACIDIC rocks the Whiskey-A-Go-Go! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Michael Gossard, lead singer, ACIDIC Every high school has a bunch of kids that will inevitably form a band. They’ll play a mix of cool songs they like and probably learn enough contemporary dance tunes to get booked at the gym for school functions. For many of their classmates, it will be the... Continue Reading →

Useless Keys rock onto Mr. Media Radio’s heavy space ring! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Useless Keys, image via Wikipedia So many rock bands, so little time. How do we ever choose among them? Seriously, I’m curious: how does one cut through all the noise and make a sonic impact on enough of us to make a living and more? That’s one of the things I want to ask my... Continue Reading →

How David Bowie became David Bowie! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Marc Spitz, author, Bowie: A Biography.   (EDITOR'S NOTE -- Late tonight, February 4, 2017, we learned that Marc Spitz, biographer of David Bowie, and contributing writer over the years to Rolling Stone, Spin, and The New York Times, died suddenly. It's shocking that Bowie and Spitz passed within the same year, each taking their... Continue Reading →

Party with Gene Simmons of KISS in a lost moment from 1985! PHONE INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Gene Simmons, lead singer, frontman, KISS     I met Gene Simmons once. His band, KISS, was touring without the makeup for the first time and we were backstage before a show at the Lakeland Civic Center. Simmons was an imposing figure, even making casual conversation, but we didn’t talk long. Pretty soon,... Continue Reading →

Legs McNeil on The Ramones, Spin, Hollywood porno and more! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Legs McNeil, author, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, I Slept with Joey Ramone   When Spin magazine started, its staff included two fascinating characters. First was Bob Guccione, Jr., the magazine’s founder and namesake son of the publisher of Penthouse. And then there was Spin’s senior editor, Legs McNeil. Legs McNeil!?!... Continue Reading →

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