Monday, December 30, 2013

Tosca Reno joined me this morning at 9:30am pst on KUCI 88.9fm on Get the FUNK Out!

Getting ready to interview Tosca Reno on KUCI 88.9fm!

Photo credit R Korisky (c)2013

Great morning on Get the FUNK Out interviewing Tosca Reno! If you missed the show, you can listen here.

Tosca Reno joined me this morning at 9:30am pst on KUCI 88.9fm on Get the FUNK Out! We chatted about Eating Clean for the New Year, ideas for kicking those bad eating habits, and suggestions for feeding your kids healthy options! Ella joined me to ask Tosca some great questions (thanks Ella!).
Thanks to Robert Korisky from RK Electronics for coming down and shooting some pictures for the show!

Photo credit R Korisky (c)2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tosca Reno — Author, Cover Model, Columnist & Motivational Speaker joins me on today's show!

About Tosca

If you missed Tosca on today's show, listen here!
Tosca Reno is the New York Times best-selling author of Your Best Body Now and the Eat-Clean Diet® series, which has sold more than two million copies worldwide. She is one of the leading North American health and wellness experts fighting the battle against obesity. Tosca has a B.Sc., B.Ed. and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).

At the age of 40, Tosca took control of her life and transformed her overweight and unfulfilled self into a strong, fit woman by eating clean. For the past decade she has been helping an ever-increasing number of followers lose weight and get healthy with the Eat-Clean Diet®.

In her multiple roles as author, certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, fitness model and motivational speaker, Tosca translates healthy eating into an easily adaptable and enjoyable lifestyle that has attracted big-name celebrity followers such as Angelina Jolie, Bobbi Brown and Paula Abdul. She sits on the board for the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

Tosca is a popular guest on numerous national TV, radio and web programs, including Good Morning America, The Doctors, The Early Show on CBS and Fox and Friends. She also appears regularly as a Lifechanger on the entertainment news program Extra. Her Gemini award-winning reality show Tosca: Flexing at 49, is now featured on Canada’s Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and she has plans to release a much-anticipated follow up series examining life after the loss of her husband Robert Kennedy.

Tosca is also a regular contributor to Clean Eating and Oxygen magazines, and has been on the cover of the latter an impressive seven (soon to be eight) times. When she isn’t in front of the camera, Tosca is spreading her personal brand of inspiration through fitness and motivational seminars at conventions, businesses, charity events and women’s groups across North America.

On a mission to help as many people as possible transform their lives, Tosca has started what she calls an Eat-Clean Revolution. And with one look at the spectacular transformation photos and grateful messages across her extensive social media network, it is clear that this revolution is creating powerful, positive change.
Tosca’s Media Room

The term “mediagenic” doesn’t begin to describe Tosca Reno. A producer’s dream, she is as comfortable as a host as she is a guest. One producer summed it up: “Tosca simply gets TV, and that makes my job so much easier.”

But Tosca understands a lot more than just TV. She is a fabulous guest on radio, and is a fascinating subject for magazines, newspapers and documentaries. One talent manager gushes that Tosca has: “the polish … depth and ability to listen with understanding and speak with true knowledge and compassion.”

She’s funny, smart, gorgeous and fit. And the best part? Women relate to her. Her fan base, which includes men and women from all age groups, is growing stronger and wider every day, but her largest fan base is made up of women between the ages of 35 and 55.

Tosca Reno is available for interviews, photo shoots, and seminars. For more information about Tosca Reno or to book an appearance with her, please send a media request here.

Tosca’s Bibliography

When Tosca began writing for Oxygen magazine she could never have imagined that she would one day be a New York Times best-selling author. Since 2007, Tosca has written numerous books on health, fitness and motivation, including the best-selling Eat-Clean Diet® series. Her most recent book is The Eat-Clean Diet® Vegetarian Cookbook.
The Eat-Clean Diet® Vegetarian Cookbook (2012)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Presents… Just the Rules: Tosca’s Guide to Eating Right (2011)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Cookbook 2 (2011)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Stripped (2011)
Your Best Body Now: Look and Feel Fabulous at Any Age the Eat-Clean Way (2010)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Recharged! (2010)
Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating Cookbook (2009)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Companion (2009)
The Eat-Clean Diet® for Men (2009)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Expanded Edition (2008)
The Eat-Clean Diet® for Family and Kids (2008)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Workout Journal (2008)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Workout (2008)
The Eat-Clean Diet® Cookbook (2007)
The Eat-Clean Diet® (2007)
The Butt Book (2007)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA for the past 30 years, Kirk Bauer joins me Monday!

About Kirk Bauer

If you missed Kirk Bauer on today's show, listen here!
As a disabled Vietnam veteran and Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA for the past 30 years, Kirk Bauer firmly believes that the military philosophy of leadership by example is the most effective way to inspire others to dream big and achieve their goals. True to this, at age 64 he still leads an active sports life participating with wounded warriors, you th and others in skiing, biking, hiking, golf and other sports.

As DSUSA’s executive director since 1982, Kirk has taken a small, all volunteer organization, and made it the nation’s largest sports and recreation organization for physically disabled individuals. For his achievements, Kirk has been awarded the Gene Autrey Courage Award and selected as the 1986 “Healthy American Fitness Leader”, an honor presented yearly by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 2008, he was awarded the “George M. Steinbrenner III Sports Leadership Award” by the U.S. Olympic Committee in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sports. In 2013, Kirk was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the President’s Council on Fitness (Link).

In 2010, he led a team of all amputee veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on a successful summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341’) the highest mountain in Africa. Between them, the three wounded warriors from three wars and two generations had only “one good leg”.

In 2012, Bauer lead a team of 5 wounded warriors, with “four good legs” on a climb of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, which at 20,320’ is the highest mountain in North America and has some of the most severe weather in the world. The team reached 15, 500’ before having to suspend the climb due to severe wind and snowstorms.

He participates in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a one day 26 mile hike in the deserts of southern New Mexico; and in the “Three Notch Century” ride, a 100 mile, one day bicycle ride over three mountain passes in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire. He bikes with only one leg.

In 2006, Bauer received a Presidential appointment to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; and in the 2006 Torino Winter Paralympics and again in the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics, was appointed by President Bush to represent the United States.

While serving in Vietnam as a non-commissioned officer in the 9th Infantry Division, Bauer was awarded 2 Bronze Stars for heroism and the Purple Heart for injuries incurred in combat. Bauer holds a Doctorate of Law Degree from Boston University School of Law.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tune in Monday to hear Cindy Charlton, a professional speaker and author with a valuable message!


If you missed Cindy on today's show,
 you can listen here.
Cindy Charlton is a professional speaker and author with a valuable message. As a triple amputee, her story of survival will not only amaze you but give you hope and inspiration to appreciate and make the most of every precious moment. Cindy has a Master’s degree in psychology and is an active member of the Colorado Coalition of working amputees, (CCWA). She, along with the other members of the CCWA, helped write and pass the Prosthetic Parity bill, for the state of Colorado, which was signed into law in 2000. She helped organize and facilitate an amputee support group in the Denver/Metro area and is a certified peer counselor through the Amputee Coalition.

Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Cindy to serve on the state regulatory board for Physical Therapists in 2012, and she serves on the Continuing Competency Committee for Physical Therapists in Colorado. Cindy is known as the “Disability Diva,” from her training programs on disability etiquette and the ADA for corporations and non-profits. Her disability etiquette presentation, “What Do You Say to a One-Armed Lady” has been accredited for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) including one credit for the ethics portion of CLE’s.

Cindy is a contributing columnist for the inMotion magazine and is published in Progenitor literary journal, spring 2013 edition. She has been recently nominated for the Pushcart literary award 2015. She is a contributing author to four Chicken Soup for the Soul Books, including Family Caregivers, Power of Positive, Angels Among Us, and From Lemons to Lemonade. Cindy writes about her life as a Survivor on her blog entitled “The Survivor’s Handbook.” She is the mother of two sons, which she believes is her most important job, and the biggest blessing in her life.

Cindy believes that “if you only look at what you’ve lost, you will never be able to see what you have.”

Find out more about Cindy here:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Joe Cipriano joins me Monday November 25th at 9:30am!

If you miss Joe on today's show, listen here.

Joe Cipriano began his career as a broadcaster in Waterbury,  Connecticut, while still in high school. Since then Joe has worked on  the air for the Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS TV and Radio networks, achieving success on and off camera.

For over 25 years now Joe is known as the Original and best known “Voice” of FOX.

Joe Cipriano is the "Voice" of the Fox TV Network
For  the last 16 years Joe has held a similar position as one of the  Signature Voices at CBS.
He also spent two years as the voice of NBC  Dramas from 2005 to 2007. Wow, this guy gets around!

In the past several years Joe Cipriano has also been the “live”  announcer for many of television’s biggest events such as the  prestigious Grammy Awards which is broadcast live from Los Angeles to  195 countries reaching an estimated 1.7 Billion viewers. Joe Cipriano voiced Emmy Award telecasts Joe has also been the live voice of the 57th, 59th and 60th Annual  Emmy Awards broadcasts. Other highlights include “The Blockbuster  Entertainment Awards”, “The VH1 Honors”, “GQ Magazine’s Men of the  Year Awards”, “Elton John Live” and many other live Television events.

In 1988, the Fox Television Network chose Joe Cipriano to be their  ”Image Voice”, as the fledgling company attempted to become a  bonafide fourth network. With the help of Joe Cipriano as their  youthful-sounding voice, Fox was able to establish itself as a winner  and today Fox is the Number 1 Television Network in America with  adults 18-49.
In 1997 the CBS Television Network looked to Joe to assist in  changing its image to attract a younger audience. His voice is  closely associated with some of CBS Television’s brightest comedies  such as “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “The King of Queens” and today  continues to voice promos for “Two and a Half Men”, “Rules of  Engagement” and “Mike and Molly.”

In 2005 Joe headed to Burbank for a two-year stint as the Signature  voice for NBC dramas including, Heroes, ER, and Law and Order.Joe Cipriano Voice of The Food Network. Joe continues to voice promos for outlets such as ABC, Blockbuster  Ticket, Disney and for years was the signature voice of The Food  Network.

He is also heard as the image voice of radio and TV stations all over  the country including CW50 Detroit, MY24 Baltimore, Fresh 102.7 New  York, WCFS Chicago, Boom 973 Toronto and Star 94-1 San Diego to name  just a few.

From 1993 to 2003 Joe served as co-host on the very successful,  internationally syndicated radio program,   “The World Chart Show.” This weekly two-hour count down show featured the planet’s hottest  hits on 250 Radio Stations Worldwide with stories about and  interviews with international music stars and celebrities.

Talk about  good Karma, “The World Chart Show” dedicated itself to generating  international support for preservation of the planet’s reefs and  rain forests, by joining in a global effort with The Nature  Conservancy, a private non-profit organization.

Joe has also filled-in for Casey Kasem on American Top 40 which is  heard on top radio stations all across America and Worldwide.

Joe Cipriano on American Top 40

Joe has achieved success on-camera in Hollywood , in commercials with  several national spots, and in acting for TV and movies. In 1990, Joe  was a co-star in the NBC sitcom, “Knight and Daye” starring Jack  Warden, Mason Adams and Hope Lange, produced by Babaloo Mandel and  Lowel Ganz.
From 1987 to 1992, Joe produced and hosted two popular shows that  aired in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe, Japan . The “LA Express”  and “Toyota California Classics” scored record ratings in their time  slots and enjoyed a long, successful run on the air in Japan.

Today, Joe and his wife Ann along with their two children live in Bel  Air, CA. Joe is an avid tennis player and supporter of the game who  lends his time to hosting and MCing benefit tennis events throughout  Los Angeles. He is also the Founding Member of the Don LaFontaine  Voice Over Lab at the SAG Actors Center. The Lab is a tribute to  Joe’s good friend Don LaFontaine, who passed away in September of 2008.

In 2010 Joe was awarded the very first Don LaFontaine Legacy Award which recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized  industry committee. Through the criteria of character, longevity,  talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, the voting  committee agreed that Joe embodies much of Don’s defining legacy.

Joe Cipriano has worked as an on-air personality for the following  radio stations.
KIIS AM/FM Los Angeles
KKHR FM Los Angeles (CBS Hitradio)
KHTZ FM Los Angeles (K-Hits)
WRQX FM Washington , D.C. (ABC-Q107)
WKYS FM Washington , D.C. (NBC)
WDRC AM/FM Hartford , Connecticut
WWCO AM/FM Waterbury , Connecticut

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dr. Karen Sherman, a licensed psychologist in New York and author of "Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life" joins me Monday at 9am pst!

IF you missed Dr. Karen Sherman on today's show, you can LISTEN HERE.

Dr. Karen Sherman, a licensed psychologist in New York, has been in private practice for over 25 years. Her focus is relationships/marriage and helping people achieve their greatest potential.
Karen is the author of "Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life” which enables people to let go of conditioned responses and empower them to make their own choices; the co-author of “Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It Last,” and a contributor to "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol. 2," writing a chapter about overcoming stress as well as several other volumes.

Karen is the radio host of the weekly show, Your Empowered Relationship.
She is a featured writer on and podcasts for Karen also conducts workshops, teleseminars and speaking engagements. She's a frequent guest on inter/national radio and her expert opinion has appeared in numerous publications. Additionally, she’s a relationship expert on, was a former relationships expert on the "Bo Griffin Morning Show," and a marriage expert on

Her memberships include American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Nassau County Psychological Association. She’s certified as a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a National Family Life Educator and belongs to The National Registry for Marriage Friendly Therapists.

She serves on the undergraduate Psychology Dept. at CW Post University.
Her web site, offers a free newsletter and programs.
She and her husband have enjoyed over 30 years of marriage and have two married daughters and two grandkids.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kalpna Singh Chitnis is an American Filmmaker, Actor and Poet -joined me today at 9:30am pst!

If you missed Kalpna on today's show, listen here.

Kalpna Singh Chitnis is an American Filmmaker, Actor and Poet of East Indian descent based in California, USA. She is also the Founder, Director and CEO of the Silent River and the Silent River Film Festival in Irvine California.

Born in Gaya, Bihar India, where Buddha got enlightenment, Kalpna grew up with much influence of Buddhism on her despite her Hindu background. Educated at Magadh University Bodhgaya, India and at the New York Film Academy in Universal Studios, Hollywood, she began her career as a writer and lecturer of Political Science. She also worked as an actress and a model, before turning to the film directing.

Kalpna found success as a writer at a very young age and won many awards, including the prestigious Rajbhasha Award given by the government of Bihar, India, for her first poetry collection in Hindi “CHAND KA PAIVAND.” Kalpna’s writings have been published in major literary magazines and journal of Indian SubContinent, such as Hans, Kadambini, Saaptahik Hindustan, Dhramyug, Pahal, Aajkal, Navbharat Times and many others. She has also been featured in Times of India, Femina, Care and other publications in North America.

After earning her Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Magadh University, Bodhagaya, Kalpna taught International Relations to the PostGraduate students at the Gaya College for a year. She was given the Title of Bihar Shree (The Jewel of Bihar) for her contribution to the Hindi literature, when she was only 21.

In 1994, after getting married, she moved to the United States and lived in Lisle, Illinois for
seven years, taking a break from her career, making family and children her main priority.
In 2000 she came to California, to realize her dream of becoming a filmmaker. After graduating from the New York Film Academy in 2004, she started to make films. She is now settled in Irvine, where she raises her three young children age 10-15, follows her passion.

Kalpna’s work as a filmmaker was recognized when her short film GIRL WITH AN ACCENT was screened at many film festivals and won Silver Award at the SMTV Mumbai International Film Festival in 2006. She has collaborated in making of many films ever since. Her recently completed feature film GOODBYE MY FRIEND (Adios Mi Amigo) world premiered on September 10th 2011 at the Silent River Film Festival, and had it’s South Asian premiere on January 18th 2012 at the Dhaka International Film Festival, in Bangladesh. Goodbye My Friend has also been officially selected at the 4th Guwahati International Film Festival in India and LUMS International Film Festival in Lahore, Pakistan.

Kalpna, is currently working on taking the Silent River Film Festival to another level, putting
the City of Irvine on international map, now also going to be known for Cinema and an
International Film Festival.

She is also developing the screenplay of her next feature film ALL ABOUT MY FATHER and soon to be published Poetry Collection the BARE SOUL. Her recently published Poetry Album TOUCHED BY THE DEVIL (poetry in paradox) is now available for purchase online at and soon to be available on

Author Patty Chang Anker joined me Monday November 18th at 9am pst!

If you missed Patty on today's show...
You have SOME NERVE!! We had fun!
Listen here!

Author Patty Chang Anker joined me Monday at 9am pst to talk about her latest book SOME NERVE and more! Patty is also a Blogger at Facing Forty Upside Down. She loves stories about people facing fears and trying new things -- perfect guest for Get the FUNK Out on KUCI 88.9fm - streaming live on Twitter: @PattyChangAnker


Patty Chang Anker is the author of the memoir Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave . (Riverhead Books) which Parents Magazine called a “Mom Must-Read.” She blogs for‘s Anxiety section and her own award-winning Facing Forty Upside Down. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, iVillage, The Huffington Post and in numerous other publications and websites. She has been named a Good Housekeeping ”Blogger We Love” and a “Top 25 Funny Mom” on Circle of Moms.

Patty is not adventurous by nature. While other kids were out climbing trees and skinning knees, she was inside reading books about people climbing trees and skinning knees. (“I guess I was more of an armchair kid.”) That, plus a Chinese-American fear of failure and losing face is how she grew up never really learning how to ride a bike, do a handstand, or dive into a swimming pool. And why she started blogging Facing Forty Upside Down three days after turning 39. The mother of two and a yoga teacher, Patty realized she couldn’t expect her children and students to go outside their comfort zone if she wasn’t willing to do it herself.

“We don’t let our kids ‘opt out’ of trying new things and we don’t let them give up if it doesn’t come to them easily. I realized I was giving myself a free pass to say ‘I’m too busy or tired to do that’ when what I really was, was scared.” Patty started doing, writing, and talking about the things that frighten her, and Facing Forty Upside Down was born. It soon became apparent that she was not alone, and that many in midlife are searching for ways to live bigger, braver lives.

Patty’s first book, Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave - an inspiring look at how ordinary people face their fears – will be published by Riverhead Books this fall. Some Nerve draws on Patty’s interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to impart both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of dozens of others (many of whom she helped to triumph over common fears), she conveys with humor and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn’t an end point, but the point of entry to a life of incomparable joy.

Patty is a former Director of Media Relations for The New York Times and veteran book publicist for W.W. Norton, Taunton Press and Basic Books. Her campaigns include the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series “How Race is Lived in America.”

She is a certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, and Reiki practitioner who believes in the power of yoga to uplift and heal. She is certified in prenatal yoga and yoga for children with special needs, and is a sought-after teacher, workshop and retreat leader.

Patty’s media appearances include a live interview on Martha Stewart Living Radio “Morning Living,” and she is thankful she does not have a fear of public speaking because she loves motivating people to live fuller, more joyful lives. Although she does still have a fear of clowns.

Patty lives in a village north of New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kelly Moneymaker joined me Monday November 11, 2013 at 9:30am on KUCI 88.9fm!

Monday at 9:30am pst on KUCI 88.9fm, my second guest for the show was Kelly Moneymaker! We chatted about her new CD release of "Race Against the Sky" and so much more! If you missed the conversation, you can listen here.

Kelly used to be with the 80s and 90s pop group EXPOSE'. But this solo effort is nothing like the trio. Instead, Martinis & Bikinis music newsletter calls her a mashup of 'Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd".

She is also the wife of daytime TV star, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady of NBC's "Days of our Lives")

Fairbanks, Alaska is known more for it’s beauty than a happening music scene, but it did spawn soulful rock vocalist, Kelly Moneymaker. She went pro at thirteen, hit the road a year later and never looked back. Since then, she’s been busy building a diverse body of work–from country love songs for Days of Our Lives to Silvermoney’s hard-hitting, “Goddess Killer” to the rootsy blues of of her upcoming album with In The Black titled "Race Against The Sky."


Former Member of Platinum Pop Trio, Exposé.


Love Theme for Bo & Hope on NBC's Days of Our Lives
Days of Our Lives Love Songs CD
International Songwriter's Competition &
Independent Music Awards Finalist
PLACEMENTS ON: Grey's Anatomy, American Pie Naked Mile, Guitar Hero, Gossip Girl, Hawaii 5-0, Burn Notice, Sony's Play Station 2, Confessions of a Go-Go Girl, Teen Cribs, Parenthood, The Heat 2013 Official Trailer with Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bullock & more.


Theme Song for The Grove 2013
Riptide Music 2006-Present

KELLY HAS SHARED STAGES AND/OR STUDIOS WITH: Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, Enya, Exposé, Diana Ross, Jewel, Meatloaf, Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, Johnny Winter, Phillip Walker & more...

OTHER FEATURES ON TV/COMMERCIALS: Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Bold & The Beautiful, Without A Trace, CSI Miami, Nissan, Sony Playstation 2, O'Douls, America's Next Top Model and more...

UP-COMING GIGS! December 5th @ 8pm with Original in the Black Band at
740 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 
and January 30th, 2014 
with the Bluebonnets at MOLLY MALONE'S at 9:30pm!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Deana Martin (daughter of icon Dean Martin) joined me Monday November 11, 2013 on KUCI 88.9fm -- Deana has a new CD out "Destination Moon" which includes a duet with her Dad - singing Cole Porter's "True Love".

What a wonderful way to start the day! Deana Martin called into the show this morning to talk about what it was like growing up with Dean Martin, meeting Elvis Presley, her memoir “Memories Are Made Of This,” her fabulous new CD "Destination Moon" and so much more! If you missed our conversation, you can listen here.

Ms. Martin made her television debut in 1966, performing on her father's legendary television show, “The Dean Martin Show”. She soon became a frequent guest, taking part in both musical and comedy numbers with a wide array of guests including Frank Sinatra.

Having trained professionally as an actress at the Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom, Deana amassed an impressive array of theatrical credits, including the English productions of Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and A Taste of Honey. She made her North American theatrical debut with George Hamilton in the critically acclaimed Neil Simon play The Star Spangled Girl, while later adding to her list of stage credits with appearances in Wait Until Dark,Six Rms Riv Vu, A Shot In the Dark and The Tunnel of Love.

Concurrent with her theatrical work, Ms. Martin was a Reprise Records recording artist. Her hit single, "Girl of the Month Club", was a radio favorite and a chart topper. In demand as a performer, Ms. Martin appeared on many of the top television shows including The Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas Shows. She also made a fabled appearance playing the dual roles of Daphne & William on a memorable episode of the popular series The Monkees entitled "Some Like it Lukewarm."

Ms. Martin was introduced to motion picture audiences in 1968's "Young Billy Young", a classic of the western genre, in which she co-starred with Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickinson. Her promising debut led to subsequent film lead roles in "Strangers At Sunrise" with George Montgomery and "A Voice In The Night" with Vito Scotti. In addition to her film and television work, Ms. Martin was a busy nightclub entertainer headlining at the nations top showrooms including Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ms. Martin channeled her enthusiasm for health and exercise into a successful fitness company -- Bodies by Deana. This lead to her top selling workout video, The Deana Martin Total Body Workout. She also stared in her own talk show, The Deana Martin Show, which ran for four seasons and over 40 episodes.

She currently entertains audiences internationally with her “Memories Are Made Of This” concert tour and also tours internationally with her best selling book “Memories Are Made Of This.”

Deana's desire to continue her fathers lifelong tradition of support for various children’s charitable causes has lead to her role as the driving force behind The Dean Martin Festival, a yearly event in her father’s hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. Proceeds from this event fund the Dean Martin Music Scholarships; awarded to worthy young people in the Steubenville area.

In 2003, Deana returned to television with a memorable musical performance with Jerry Lewis on the annual MDA Telethon. Martin and Lewis were together again as Deana and Jerry performed a touching duet of Time After Time in honor of her father. Also that year she was invited to speak in Washington D.C. where her father, along with Sophia Loren and Robert DeNiro, where honored by the National Italian American Foundation. This event served as the launch of a new Dean Martin Music Scholarship.

In 2004 Deana broke new ground as an author with her best-selling memoirMemories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eye’s, published by Random House which became an instant best-seller in the US and subsequently attained No. 6 in the Australian best-seller list and reached to 10 in the UK best-seller list. Memories Are Made Of This continues be a best-selling book around the world.

2005 brought Deana back to the concert stage with her critically acclaimed national concert tour Deana Sings Dino. Also that year, Deana joined the Music of Your Life Radio Network, where she hosts the Deana Martin show, a daily nationally syndicated show.

In 2006 Deana began the “Memories Are Made of This” concert tour, in which she sings the fabulous hits of her father Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, and many other of her father’s Pallies. She has performed from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to the legendary Paramount Theatre in New York, from the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Florida to Harrahs in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Recently Deana was the special guest star, performing with Regis Philbin at the prestigious Grand Palace Theater, in Branson, Missouri. Their largest performance Art Theatre and in a reunion concert with Davy Jones of the Monkees at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois.

In 2007 Deana performed in over 200 concerts with Les Brown and His Band Of Renown.

In 2008 Deana is touring Domestically and Internationally. She has recently returned from a sold out concert tour with Les Brown Jr. and his Band Of Renown. From the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerittos, CA to 5 shows at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle WA. to the Ford Theatre in Dearborn, MI. Deana is also turning Internationally, from London, England to Dubai in the UAE. Later this year she will be returning to England, as well as performing in Wales, Scotland, Spain and Italy.

A favorite of the media, Deana has been profiled on countless televisions shows both domestically and internationally such as, CBS Sunday Morning Show with Bill Geist, The BBC, The Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, A&E Biography, CMT (Country Music Television), Sky Italia, all the BBC top rated shows including Big Breakfast and many BBC Documenteries including Bruce Forsyth On Vegas. She has been profiled in publications such as, Jazz Times, with a feature story in July 2008AOPA, one of the US’s top selling Aviation magazines, Family Tree magazine, a feature profile in 417 Magazine, Razor Magazine, and featured in one of the largest selling magazines in the world HELLO, as well as numerous newspapers and publications around the US and abroad including, England, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia and being an accomplished pilot, Deana was also featured as a cover story for Twin Cessna Flyer.

Her debut album, “Memories Are Made of This,” was released August 2006, and has to date, remained on the top 10 charts for 40 consecutive weeks. Deana’s arrangements were written by the world-renowned arranger/conductor Charles Calello. Deana will continue her extensive concert tour throughout the US and abroad.

Today, Deana remains very busy hosting two top nationally syndicated radio shows. One on the largest adult contemporary radio network, “The Music Of Your Life Network”. Deana hosts a daily show with her husband John Griffeth that has over 120 million listeners domestically and 26 million listeners worldwide. On the XM Satellite Network, she hosts “The Strip” (as in Las Vegas). “The Strip” is one of XM’s top rated shows.

Deana Martin is an internationally acclaimed entertainer, performing to sold-out audiences worldwide. She is an accomplished actor, Top-10 recording artist, and daily nationally syndicated radio personality. In her best-selling book, "Memories Are Made Of This", Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes", Deana delights in sharing wonderful, never-before-told stories about her father and his "Pallies" known as the Rat Pack. Her book is soon to be made into a movie directed by actor Joe Mantegna and screen play written by actor/writer Bonnie Hunt. In 2009, Deana released her new hit CD "Volare", working with multi-Grammy Award-winner Al Schmitt at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California.

Deana and her husband John Griffeth divide their time between Beverly Hills, CA and Branson, MO.

Find out more about Deana on her website:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jayme Ritchie, Executive Director of WeeCycle called in to today's show!

Jayme Ritchie, founder of WeeCycle joined me on today's show! If you missed the conversation, listen here

Jayme was born and raised in New York. Jayme came to Colorado in 1996 to attend college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Philosophy. Jayme then attended the University of Denver and graduated in 2004 with a law degree and a legal masters degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She practiced environmental and natural resources law and commercial litigation for several years prior to becoming a mom and creating WeeCycle.

Jaycutive Director, WeeCycle

Helping neme Ritchie

Exew and gently used baby gear find another home.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Nicholas Carr joins me Monday on Get the FUNK Out!

If you missed Nicolas Carr on today's show, you can listen here.


Nicholas Carr writes about technology, culture, and economics. His most recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller. Nick is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Nick has been a columnist for The Guardian in London and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New Republic, The Financial Times, Technology Review, and many other publications. His essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” has been collected in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009, The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, and The Best Technology Writing 2009.

Nick is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica's editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum's cloud computing project, and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. He writes the popular blog Rough Type and is a sought-after speaker for academic and corporate events. Earlier in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American Literature and Language, from Harvard University.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs), joined me on today's show!

 Photo credit: R Korisky (c)2013

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) joined me on today's show!

Find out more about KID CHOCOLATE on his website:

If you missed Peter on today's show, you listen to
our conversation here.

A Chicago native who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan (the hometown of Floyd Mayweather), but who now proudly calls New York City his home, middleweight Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin has garnered plenty of attention for his habit of throwing chocolate candy kisses to the crowd after his victories, but he’s also struck fear into opponents for his habit of knocking people out with frightening efficiency.

Such charisma and talent has led many to call him one of the top prospects in the fight game today, praise he hopes to live up to.

A boxer since the age of seven, Quillin quickly made a name for himself locally and he added to that name by adopting the nickname ‘Kid Chocolate’ in honor of his father’s Cuban heritage. By 2002, Quillin had relocated to New York City, and after two stints in the New York Golden Gloves he decided to turn pro in 2005 at the age of 21.

That night, Quillin stopped Anthony Hunter in a single round, and the love affair between the Big Apple and the new ‘Kid Chocolate’ began. Four of Quillin’s first six bouts – all victories – ended in the first round, so in September of 2006, his team decided to step up the level of competition against 8-1 prospect Brad Austin.

But Austin only made it to round two against the fast and furious attack of Quillin.

Two fights later, a 38 second blowout of 34 fight veteran Steve Walker improved his record to 9-0, and kicked off a 2007 campaign that saw him compete like an old-school pugilist as he fought an impressive eight times. All eight fights turned into victories, and included wins over well-regarded prospects Victor Paz (TKO2) and Jamal Davis (W8), as well as 34-fight vet Troy Lowry, who had been in the ring with Hector Camacho, Yuri Foreman, and Anthony Bonsante.

In 2008, Quillin continued to garner rave notices during a nine month period that saw him add four more wins to his ledger, including a 10 round decision over former world title challenger Antwun Echols, but then the injury bug bit, and Quillin would be sidelined for nearly 17 months.

Amazingly, when he returned in February of 2010 with a near-shutout victory over seasoned contender Fernando Zuniga, it was as if he never left, and after a keep busy knockout of Martin Desjardins in December of 2010, he made three big statements in 2011 with early stoppages of Dennis Sharpe, Jesse Brinkley and Craig McEwan.

Monday, October 21, 2013


Kelly's Lot at Grand Annex in San Pedro
Friday, October 25 at 8:00pm
The Grand Annex in San Pedro, California

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ms. Senior America Elisabeth Howard and CEO for the Ms. Senior California Pageant program, Pamela Wheeler, join me on Get the FUNK Out tomorrow at 9am pst!

Ms. Senior America Elisabeth Howard and Pamela Wheeler, the CEO for the Ms. Senior California Pageant program joined me this morning on Get the FUNK Out!. Oh, and did I mention Elisabeth is an opera singer and looks amazing for 72 years of age?! The show aired LIVE Monday at 9am pst on KUCI88.9fm and streaming on If you missed it, you can listen to the entire show here.

The reigning Ms. Senior America Elisabeth Howard (from Los Angeles) will be giving up her crown at the end of this month in Atlantic City! She represents the American woman 60 years and older for our Nation!

The newly crowded Ms. Senior California is Alise Richel (from Santa Monica). She won the title August 25th and will be going to Atlantic City to vie for the crown of Ms. Senior America October 25th. Alise bested 13 women from across the state of California to win the title. Oh, and did I mention she is 80 years old!

BOTH ladies are opera singers and represent the "Age of Elegance" - those seniors over 60 years of age; Elisabeth is 72 and Alise is 80 years old AND they don't look it or do they act it!

Alise had a standing ovation during her talent competition when she sang Puccini opera Turandot, the aria Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep). It was like being at the Met!

These ladies are a great example of how age is NOT deterring their dreams or stopping them from living life to the fullest! And they certainly don’t look or act like senior citizens!


Pamela has a background in corporate leadership, management and relationship development after serving many years in the public sector where she was the Senior Vice President of an Irvine-based staffing company. Upon announcement of the retirement of Marilyn Kohler, former director of the California program, Pamela was selected by the Board of Directors of the Ms. Senior California of America Inc. 501(c)3 to assume leadership of the Board as CEO to include overall responsibility for the rapidly growing California pageant program.

During a successful career in leadership at the California-based firm, Ms. Wheeler was responsible for business development and branch operations for 37 business units. Under her leadership, top line revenue of the organization grew from less than $10 million annually to exceed $100 million in 2005, 2006, and 2007. She was responsible for executive relationship development with all major clients, in addition to leading the ongoing development and refinement of Managed Staffing program protocols for high-profile clients. Responsibility also included contract negotiations with large clients as well as transactional clients. As a senior executive, she participated in setting the strategic direction for the organization. Her leadership role also included her involvement in the development of branch-related performance metrics, customer-oriented protocols and best practices for business units.

Within a few years of retiring from her Corporate Life, she participated in the Ms. Senior California of America Pageant and won the Ms. Senior California title in 2010. Over the course of the past several years, she has directed the Orange County Preliminary Pageant and judged several pageants in other national pageant programs. Her corporate background and leadership experience positioned her well for the CEO role of the California pageant program.

Pamela is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Concordia University Foundation, Irvine, California. Additionally, she is a Board member of South Coast Children's Society, headquartered in Santa Ana, California. She is a member of the Gary Bonner Singers, and as a professional singer, she performs with "Classic Touch" and "The Eternelles."

Friday, October 18, 2013

Get into the Spirit of Underground Radio! Donate to KUCI between October 28-November 8 and show some love for independent radio!

New promo airing soon to promote KUCI's up-coming Fall Fund Drive!

Listen here to get into the Spirit of Underground Radio!

BOO! (Scared you didn't it?)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nick Jordan, creator of Wells of Life, and Advisory Board Member, Michelle Yegsigian joined me at 9:30am today!

President of Wells of Life Nick Jordan and Advisory Board Member Michelle Yegsigian joined me today to talk about how they are inspiring people of all ages to build water wells for the people of Uganda.

If you missed the show today, you can hear our entire conversation here.

Each well serves approximately 1,000 people, and changes their lives forever. To date, Wells of Life has helped provide lifesaving water wells that serve over 200,000 people. Here's some footage about their organization:

Wells of Life exists to solve the world water crisis, one well at a time. We were founded in 2008 with a commitment to bring clean water to one million people by 2020 with the funding of 1,000 water wells. We have worked closely with Fields of Life and witnessed the tremendous lifesaving work they have been doing since 1995 in many areas including Health Education and bringing the gospel message to thousands in Uganda. Wells of Life holds the committed belief that the tap root of poverty is lack of clean water. We focus exclusively on raising both awareness and needed funding to provide communities with the gift of clean water. We work alongside Fields of Life who own and operate the drilling equipment and who drill the water wells. Based in Laguna Beach, we received our own charitable status earlier this year (2012).

We are focused on three main areas: corporations, schools and families. We see all three as spanning a bridge of human awareness that will grow our outreach into all areas of the community around us. By providing a water well and dedicating it in the donor's name, we make this one of the most personal and most measurable gifts possible. A water well offers the gift of life to a community that lacks clean water. With clean water this community can begin to grow into a self sustainable community. Everything begins with clean water and with it, anything is possible.

In the future we hope to arrange for trips to Uganda so donors can see first-hand the miracles their donations bring about every day. It is our mission to create a world where each person has access to water as a basic human right. With your help we can accomplish this. For more information, visit:

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Marcelo Lewin talks about his Comic Book Adventure tomorrow at 9am pst!

Coming up tomorrow morning at 9am on my Get the FUNK Out Show....Marcelo Lewin joins me!

If you missed today's show, you can hear my conversation with Marcelo right here.

About Marcelo

Marcelo Lewin started his career as a web developer and has always stayed a very technical and hands on person. Through the years, he's held many positions in the technology industry including that of a Senior Web Developer, Project Manager, Product Manager, Director, VP, General Manager and Director of Interactive Media.

Being an entrepreneur at heart, Marcelo has created 3 companies in the past including My Internet Desktop, which was acquired by Internet Appliance Network; Pixel Heads Network, which was acquired by ProMAX Systems; and Filmmaking Webinars, which was acquired by Moviola.

Marcelo recently became a huge fan of comic books and has started an online business called Comic Book Tracker, where users will be able to track their comic book collections, get notifications on upcoming issues, plus much more. This new website is scheduled to go live in December of 2013. To instill a spirit of entrepreneurship in his sons, Marcelo along with his 2 sons have created a small company called JCM Cards where they sell Magic The Gathering Cards online.

Marcelo loves comic books, movies, TV shows, photography, podcasting, shooting videos, plus anything related to media creation. He also loves spending time with his wife and 2 sons watching geeky shows and playing geeky games. Feel free to contact Marcelo via email at

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Olivia Vicky Lee joins me Monday on Get the FUNK Out!

If you missed Vicky Lee on the show this morning, you can listen to our entire conversation here.
Come meet Vicky at The Shed in Dana Point, at one of her FREE events October 12 and 19. Details below:

Wanted to remind you of Vicky's upcoming workshop at The Shed in Dana Point. It's FREE and they have a few spots open on Sat 12th or Sat 19th (10AM- 11AM).
The Shed fine Art will feature an intimate setting with Olivia Vicky Lee ( She is the Author and Life Coach to Fortune 100 Company Executives. AKA "the CEO's secret weapon to solve problems and map out the path to success".

RSVP to:
Address: THE SHED (located in Coastal Arcadian)
24471 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point, CA 92629

About Olivia Vicky Lee & Vision Boards!
I help individuals and corporate teams build a visual map of their challenges. The results are personal transformation, increased profits and improved relationships.

Why talk to her?

After the first few minutes of talking with her, you will probably be astounded at how well she knows you. You’ll suddenly have realizations, eye-opening clarity.

She's spent her whole life with this ability to touch someone’s soul. Your soul is the same thing as your personal power. When you feel deeply inspired, ultimate self-confidence, at your peak performance— this is when you are living in pure alignment with your soul.

You can see then, why she tends to attract high-powered, high-profile individuals such as CEO’s, serial entrepreneurs and those who have a lot at stake. Their success will make or break them. Often times, it does both. These are the kind of folks who need her.

Have you ever searched your whole life for something? Maybe it’s true love, maybe it’s your big break to be named partner at your firm, maybe it’s funding for a new business venture or to be declared cancer-free? That’s the moment! That feeling, that surge of power… when you get it.

She sees that moment often in her coaching practice. She sees people “get it!” And it’s like watching someone find their soul, their true love, their power, their highest self and fulfill their maximum potential for the first time. To her, it’s beautiful. It’s the reason why she was born.
How did she become a coach?

When she was 13, an angel landed on her windowsill. She was blinded with a soft white light while praying. God or the angel? Someone from up above whispered inside she heart. She knew who she was. She helps people succeed.

For the next 22 years, she studied with Native Indian shaman, Hawaiian kahuna, Brazilian miracle healers, New Age philosophers, religion, self-empowerment programs and lived with indigenous tribes learning their sacred ways of healing.

While farming knee-deep in mud with a family of native taro farmers on the north shore of Kaua’i, she realized that it was time to fulfill her calling. All her life, she had been hand-plucked by the best to become the best.
How will she help you?

She's developed and refined a proven methodology she uses in her private practice, New Age classrooms and in corporate boardrooms. It’s called, “Vision Mapping.” It’s your roadmap to your success.

You can build a vision map of anything that you want—- an abundant lifestyle, romance, a great body, a stunning career. The first step is similar to the conventional vision boards you see on Oprah and The Secret.

From there on…. everything else is different. The real reason you’re not living the dream life pictured on your vision board will quickly surface. You get your first “aha,” right away. It seems like a huge breakthrough! Wait, we’re not done yet. We keep going higher and higher, further and further…. until you’ve got a detailed game plan with concrete next steps that practically guarantee your success.

The only coaching that happens from this point on is making sure you’re executing the secrets of your success outlined on your vision map. Naturally, you will want to build more vision maps of other areas of your life. You will have a powerful tool that you can use over and over again, that always works for you. Your vision map helps you get unstuck and move forward. The best part is I teach you how to use your vision map and how to re-create it whenever you want.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Special guest Claire Jean Kim, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at UCI, joins me on today's show!

Special guest Claire Jean Kim, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at UCI, joined me today on Get the FUNK Out! If you missed our conversation, you can listen here.

About Claire
Claire teaches classes on race, multiculturalism, and human-animal studies. She is the author of the award-winning Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict and the forthcoming Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age. TUNE in at 9am pst on KUCI 88.9fm and streaming on!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Hear the latest show promo right here!

Interested in being a guest on Get the FUNK Out? Want to call in to the show and share your story of how you survived a crazy funk, only to become a stronger, more courageous person? Well, what are you waiting for?! E-mail Janeane, share your story and tell why you think you would be a great inspiration to others going through a funk! You can even share your mantra (if you have one) and brief story of your funk and how you made it through. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Alma Schneider joins me Monday on Get the FUNK Out!

If you missed Alma on today's show, what's the matter with you?! She was inspiring, enlightening and a delight to have on the show! Listen here to hear our conversation, especially all of you parents who feel you have lost your 'creative sparkle' after having kids and juggling this crazy roller coaster ride of adulthood!

In 2005 Alma combined her love of music and background in community organizing to found Parents Who Rock, in order to help parents re-connect with their musical past through organized performances for charity.

Prior to that, Alma worked as a Social Worker in a New York City settlement house, and in private practice as a therapist. Alma holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Hunter College.

Alma is also Founder and CEO of Take Back the Kitchen LLC (, where she combines her background in counseling with her other passion, cooking, to help women overcome the common and individual obstacles to achieving their goals in the kitchen.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Author Judith Whitmore joins me Monday 9am on Get the FUNK Out!

Judith Whitmore is the author of Come Fly With Me, a novel inspired by her life in the clouds. The novel debuted April 2013 and has already earned several awards and honors. 

If you missed Judy on today's show, you can listen to the entire conversation here.

To learn more about Judith Whitmore and her other works, please visit
About Judith Whitmore
My parents named me Judy...after Judy Garland. I was blessed with a mother who believed exposure to the great musicals of the 1940's and 1950's was as important as learning your ABC’s. She would often rush into my room and say something like, “Your algebra can wait, Singing in the Rain is on TV,” her attitude no doubt prejudiced by her father’s position as a violinist in the MGM Studio Orchestra. Whenever you see The Wizard of Oz or Meet Me in St. Louis, and you hear those amazing of them was Grandpa. Skipping homework to watch movies was sort of like spending time with him. Grandma was also a musician. At thirteen, she supported herself as a pianist in silent movie theaters.

With an eye toward growing the family’s musical tree, Mom enrolled me in singing and dancing lessons early on. I “Shuffled Off To Buffalo,” with my pre-adolescent imitations of Ginger Rodgers, Doris Day, and Carmen Miranda for my parents’ friends, our Japanese gardener who spoke no English, and lost travelers who knocked on the door of our then rural San Fernando Valley home seeking directions. I practiced the piano every day, because my mother said it would make me popular.

My immersion into the world of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers and Hammerstein led to a bizarre obsession. I spent my childhood waiting for a hidden orchestra to materialize at Riverside Drive Elementary School, tormented by the thought: How would my classmates know the dance steps when that happened?
During college I got a gig singing background vocals for Capitol Records, and appeared on stage with a local band in Berkeley, California. I also played Frau Schrader in a production of The Sound of Music. I pursued the “performer” path, while harboring an equally desirous goal. If anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always the same. “I want to be a bride.”

And why not? My mother’s life was glamorous - - a house with a swimming pool, a charge card at Saks, and a weekly afternoon card game where she and her friends ate coffee cake and smoked cigarettes. Dad loved seeing her enjoy herself. She was the love of his life.

Dad’s family came from Russia...Poland...Russia...Poland. The border kept changing, so they had to learn a lot of different languages. When I was fifteen, my folks wouldn’t let me go to Palm Springs for Easter break, but when my grandmother was fifteen, she kissed her parents goodbye and walked across Europe by herself...from Russia to Amsterdam. She arrived in New York, found work in a sweatshop, and eventually earned enough to bring her eight brothers and sisters, her parents, and her own grandparents to America. Whenever I have to do something really difficult, I remember I have her genes.

My Dad and Mom met when they were both in the army. Yes, that’s right. I am the only person I know whose mother served in the Army during World War II. On my piano is a photo of a woman in uniform. It looks like a head shot of Rita Hayworth. It’s not. Dad thought Mom was a knockout. She was. When my father was wounded during WWII, Douglas MacArthur came to his bedside to personally award him two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star along with a Purple Heart. Dad taught me to be relentless when setting goals for myself, and his life and deeds speak volumes about the value of hard work, perseverance, and loyalty. To this day, my heart belongs to him.

I held out for someone just like Dad, adopting Snow White’s mantra -- “Someday My Prince Will Come.” He finally showed up in the form of a fine young man from Beverly Hills. We married, had two children, and promptly gave up the family castle for a mountaintop home in Aspen. I learned to ski, can peaches, and saddle a horse. Our closest neighbors were the singer John Denver and his wife Annie. I cherish the memory of a camping trip we all took with our children. Instead of an alarm clock, I was awakened to John sitting outside our tent, strumming his guitar and singing Rocky Mountain High.

I served as President of American Theatre Company in Aspen for six years. During that time we presented Julie Harris in The Belle of Ameherst, Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight, Vincent Price as Oscar Wilde, and numerous other wandering minstrels. We produced our own shows in the summertime; among them, Barefoot in the Park, The Voice of the Turtle, The Tavern, and Mass Appeal with John Travolta and Charles Durning. During the same period, I was president of The Aspen Playwright’s Conference. We premiered fifteen American plays, including A.R. Gurney’s The Golden Age, and Mark Medoff’s The Majestic Kid.
When I had had my fill of pulling porcupine quills from my dogs’ noses, I returned to L.A. where I undertook my first independent theater endeavor- - producing Taking a Chance on Love. With a rave review from Variety, I headed to London. I bought a house in Chelsea and co-produced Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. About that time, my second Prince (this time it would be “happily ever after”) came along and I settled down in Pacific Palisades, California.

After having enough therapy to undoubtedly pay for my therapist’s swimming pool and her Mercedes, I decided I liked the process. I went back to college and earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology. I gave up my West Los Angeles practice in 2001 when I moved to Newport Beach and became a writer.
I am passionate about Beethoven’s Ninth, New York theater, and The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials in Washington. I cry every time I visit. I adore thin-crust pizza, In ‘n Out Burgers, and pasta with truffles. I’m in awe of my sister and brother, who have devoted twenty-five years to the kids at the Dream Street Foundation, and I love my children more than life itself. Flying has been a lifelong passion since the day I took my first lesson to overcome my fear of planes. My pilot’s license says the FAA trusts me to fly single and multi-engine planes, a Learjet, a Citation jet, a seaplane, and a hot-air balloon. During my time in Aspen, I worked on quite a few search and rescue operations as a member of Air Rescue.

I love to cook, especially the recipes I learned from my two grandmothers, and I still try to practice the piano every day. My favorite pastime is making music surrounded by my family and friends. I do a great rendition of The Best Things in Life Are Free.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jerri Rosen, CEO/ Founder Working Wardrobes, joins me Monday at 9:30am!

If you missed Jerri Rosen on today's show, you can hear our entire conversation here.

Twenty three years after it was conceived, Working Wardrobes is going strong and looking forward to many more years of ensuring great success for its clients. We are committed to helping men, women, veterans and young adults emerging from life crises re-enter the workforce with career development and wardrobe services.

In 1990, Jerri Rosen, now CEO, and five friends were disturbed by the growing statistics of domestic violence. The group set out on a mission to help those in need. Intending to last for only one year, they gathered clothing and accessories, stored them in Jerri’s office, and held the first-ever Day of Self-EsteemTM. Serving 67 women from six shelters, the event was a life-changing experience - the first effort of this kind in Orange County- and the foundation on which Working Wardrobes is based.

A few years later Jerri introduced an idea to expand the base of clients served by Working Wardrobes. Her idea was to help men, as well as women, reclaim their dignity and return to work. In 1997, a partnership with George Zimmer and the Men’s Wearhouse took Working Wardrobes to a new level with the introduction of a Men’s Day of Self-Esteem. Now women and men could receive a helping hand as they emerged from addiction recovery centers, prison re-entry services and CalWorks programs.

In 2000, Working Wardrobes expanded its client base again, this time reaching out to emancipating and at-risk youth. The goal was to encourage young adults along a positive educational and career path, helping them recognize and avoid the pitfalls that lead to unemployment and poverty. A separate Day of Self-Esteem was held, and an extensive series of life and career skills workshops were developed that included goal-setting, career coaching and presentation skills.

Two years later, a Cinderellas for Life event was added to the lineup to help young ladies from low-income families prepare for prom. After seeing the impact made in the young ladies lives, Working Wardrobes wanted to serve young men as well. In 2011, Working Wardrobes created Dream Girls and Distinguished Gentlemen to provide prom dresses and tuxedos, along with all of the necessary accessories, to young ladies and gentlemen from low-income families. The event also helps teens plan for the future with workshops on etiquette, self-esteem and goal setting. In addition to helping participating teens, Dream Girls and Distinguished Gentlemen provides a lifetime of memories for hundreds of volunteers. Remaining dresses are donated to female Marines and military wives so they can attend the annual U.S. Marine Corps Ball at Camp Pendleton.

Another inventive aspect of Working Wardrobes is its ability and resources to help veterans reintegrate back into civilian life. Although the organization has been serving veterans for eight years, in 2011 it expanded the scope of services it provides to veterans by creating VetNet, a safety net for veterans. From outreach to enrollment and through job training, placement and follow-up, VetNet uses an integrated case management approach to directly link clients to supportive services available through the partnerships.

Today, Working Wardrobes is located in Costa Mesa, California in a facility that houses its administrative offices, Career Center and Donation Center. With the expansion of services and support, Working Wardrobes helps 5,000 men and women re-enter the workforce each year. Days of Self-Esteem and Success Graduations for women and for men continue to be exciting annual events that draw hundreds of volunteers who often find many other ways to support the organization. The Career Center provides vital services on a daily basis. Here, clients receive access to a nationally-recognized customer service certification program, career and life-skills workshops, a full-service computer lab to post resumes, career assessments and online job searches, as well as access to wardrobe services. Working Wardrobes has also expanded its enterprise to include two upscale boutiques and two thrift shops. All of the proceeds from these stores benefit the clients served by Working Wardrobes and allow clients to get on the job customer service training.

Working Wardrobes owes much gratitude to the Board of Directors, The SMART Women giving circle, generous corporate and individual donors, and the thousands of volunteers that have made success possible.

A few of the corporations that have helped Working Wardrobes along the way are:


BDS Marketing

The Boeing Company

Cookie Lee Jewelry

Cox Communications

Darden Restaurants

Decision Toolbox


Disney Resort


Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP



Men’s Wearhouse

Miss Professional Nail


Bonnie Toth Advertising and Desig

Union Bank


US Bank


Wet Seal

Working Wardrobes has made a difference in nearly 65,000 clients’ lives and many more thousands of volunteer lives and will continue to do so well into the future. The Career Center in Costa Mesa is open for tours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please contact Megan Harless, VP Business Development at to schedule a tour.

For more information, please visit

Accomplished singer, songwriter, percussionist and engaging front woman Stacy Robin joins me at 9am pst on Get the FUNK Out!

If you missed Stacy on today's show, you can hear our conversation here.

TUNE in this Monday August 12th, when I chat with special guest Stacy Robin! We'll be chatting about her latest CD, listening to a few tracks, and finding out how she continues to juggle career, motherhood and a drive to create inspiring music (her latest CD is the BOMB!).

Accomplished singer, songwriter, percussionist and engaging front woman Stacy Robin creates a colorful musical palette with a fusion of pop, rock, folk & world music, lush vocals and intimate lyrical style. Her music takes you on a journey from playful odes to painful laments, from infectious hooks to deep introspection, and touches every emotion in between.

Stacy’s songs been heard on TV and film including the movie “The Stranger Beside Me” starring Mark Harmon, the CBS drama “The Unit” and TV ads for Gateway Computers and Toyota as well as radio ads for Wal-Mart. She has also donated the use of her music to non-profit organizations such as Step-Up Women's Network, Americans for Medical Progress, and Cedars-Sinai.

LIVE on KUCI - 7/17/24 9:00am - Janeane chats with Producer Jay Silverman about his latest film CAMERA, starring Beau Bridges

LISTEN ‘CAMERA’ starring Beau Bridges, centers around a young mute boy who uses an old film camera to express his point of view, with the h...