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Sunday, January 12, 2020

In early February, Leif Garrett calls in to our KUCI studios to speak with host Janeane Bernstein about his new memoir, Idol Truth, released on November 5, 2019 via Post Hill Press

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Former teen idol Leif Garrett bares his soul for the first time ever, revealing his deepest secrets about the extraordinary highs and devastating lows he has survived over the years.

He was a hardworking child actor in the early 1970s, appearing on dozens of popular films and TV programs. Then he was offered a chance to make a record and “Leif Garrett, teen idol” was born. Millions of teenage girls all over the world covered their walls with his picture. His face adorned hundreds of international magazine covers as he became one of the biggest and most desired heartthrobs in history. There were jet-setting tours, TV specials, and hit records, along with an endless supply of beautiful women, alcohol, and ultimately, the drugs that sent this shooting star into the darkest depths of addiction. Idol Truth is a harrowing survivor’s story as well as a charmed tale filled with compelling pop culture characters—from Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields to John Belushi, Freddie Mercury, and many more. It’s the first time ever that Leif Garrett has come clean about his life, revealing all the details of his spectacular journey.

Leif Garrett burst onto the scene in 1966 at the early age of five, debuting as an actor in the quintessential period film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Garrett starred in over sixty hit television shows, such as being the semi-regular on the critically acclaimed hit television shows, The Waltons and Family. But it was his portrayal of a pony express rider in the television special, Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion that garnered Garrett the honor of being inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. From then on he continued to do more TV and film including Walking Tall and the hit television series, Three for the Road. This family drama was Garrett’s launching pad for the recording phenomena that was to occur.

Having achieved tremendous success as an actor, Garrett took on the music industry. He became a multi gold and platinum recording artist and one of the biggest teen idols of all time, gracing magazine covers all over the world. In 1977, Garrett released his self-titled debut album and climbed the music charts with his remakes of “Runaround Sue” (#13) and “Surfin’ USA” (#20). In 1978 he released his sophomore album entitled Feel The Need. The album quickly became a chart-topper with Leif’s biggest hit, “I Was Made For Dancin'."

After releasing three more albums, Garrett decided to turn his attention to acting once again, co-starring in Francis Ford Coppola’s film classic, The Outsiders in 1983. He continued to choose other notable roles in the eighties in movies such as Thunder Alley and Shaker Run. In 1991, Garrett appeared with fellow former teen idol, David Cassidy, in the seventies spoof, Spirit of ’76. Audiences were amazed and impressed with Garrett’s comedic ability and talent.

It was in 1998 when the music arena became reacquainted with Leif Garrett on VH1’s highly acclaimed Behind The Music series. The response from the viewing public was sensational and it has become one of the highest rated episodes of Behind The Music.
Garrett’s well-documented bouts with substance abuse generated headlines in the next two decades.

Garrett later formed a rock band and toured across the USA while still making appearances on television and doing some theater work. In 2006, Garrett appeared in the Celebrity Edition of Fear Factor. He won the grand prize of $50,000. In 2008, the producers of TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… added Garrett to their cast of celebrity commentators.

Garrett’s memoir, Idol Truth, will be released on November 5, 2019 via Post Hill Press. Idol Truth promises to be a no-holds barred look at the former teen idol’s life, crammer with untold personal stories, wild celebrity anecdotes, and many rare photos from Garrett’s private collection.

About the new memoir, Garrett says, “I’m writing it now because I think I can finally make sense of what happened to me over the years. I’ve thought about it for a long time, but I just need the right amount of distance from all these events. It’s not all going to be pretty, but it’s going to be honest.”

1/13/20 @9:30am pst - Kerry Hannon, a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement.

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Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.

Millions of viewers, readers and listeners have been motivated by Kerry’s can-do, down-to-earth message.

Kerry is the best-selling and award-winning author of a 13 books. Her latest book, Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life, was published by John Wiley & Sons, June 2019, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and was selected by The Washington Post for its Book-of-the-Month Club in September.

Other best-selling and award-winning books penned by Kerry include: Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, Getting the Job You Want after 50, and What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond.

She has spent more than three decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a career and financial expert on The Dr. Phil Show ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Yahoo Finance and PBS.

Kerry is currently an expert columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and is the PBS website NextAvenue.org personal finance and entrepreneur expert. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, personal finance, retirement, wealth management and career transition.

Her advice as a work and jobs expert is a regular feature in AARP publications.

In addition to practical advice for mid-life workers seeking to land rewarding jobs, find financial and personal rewards and ride the age wave of longevity with grace, a key passion for Kerry is helping and advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

Her earlier books include Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows and The 10-Minute Guide to Retirement for Women.

Kerry is a former National Press Foundation Fellow, a former Fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is also a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging.

She has testified before Congress about the importance of older workers.

Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is currently a member of an editorial board. Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Zena.

Follow Kerry on Twitter @KerryHannon, visit her website at KerryHannon.com, and check out her LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/kerryhannon.

Coming up 1/13/20 at 9:00am pst - Laura B. Whitmore shares all of the details of the up-coming SHE ROCKS AWARDS January 17th!


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with featured guest Laura B. Whitmore!

Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry, Lzzy Hale, Suzi Quatro and More to be Honored at the 2020 She Rocks Awards

Iconic vocalist Gloria Gaynor, multi-platinum producer and songwriter Linda Perry, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, and legendary bassist, singer and musician Suzi Quatro are among this year’s diverse recipients

Tickets on sale now

Top row L to R: Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry, Lzzy Hale, Suzi Quatro, Beatie Wolfe
Bottom row L to R: Myrna Sislen, Judy Schaefer, Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Ebonie Smith, Tara Low

PHOTO CREDITS: Beatie Wolf – Ross Harris; Linda Perry – Angela Izzo; Suzi Quatro – Tina K

ANAHEIM, Calif., October 2, 2019 – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), proudly announces a stellar array of honorees for the 2020 She Rocks Awards. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the eighth annual She Rocks Awards will take place at 7:30p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the House of Blues Anaheim, during the NAMM Show. This high-energy evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, amazing gift bags and much more.

The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at sherocksawards.com.

The 2020 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

Gloria Gaynor, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductee, and the legendary voice behind the iconic hit “I Will Survive"
Linda Perry, GRAMMY, Golden Globe, Critic's Choice-nominated artist, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, multi-platinum producer and former frontwoman for 4 Non Blondes
Lzzy Hale, GRAMMY Award-winning artist/songwriter and frontwoman for Halestorm
Suzi Quatro, pioneering bass player, singer, musician and actress who played the role of Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days
Beatie Wolfe, Singer-songwriter, pioneer of immersive music formats, UN Women role model
Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation
Tara Low, Music-based entrepreneur and editor and founder of Guitar Girl Magazine
Myrna Sislen, Owner of Middle C Music in D.C., classical guitarist, philanthropist, former music professor
Judy Schaefer, Marketing Director at PRS Guitars
Ebonie Smith, Founder and President of Gender Amplified, Inc, and Atlantic Records audio engineer and producer
Additional honorees and featured guests will be announced soon.

This year’s opening performers will be Japanese act D_Drive, hosted by Marshall Amplification. Consisting of Seiji and Yuki on guitar, Toshi on bass and Chiiko on drums, they play high energy, instrumental rock music with a combination of jaw-dropping guitars and a fireball rhythm section delivering a unique sound.

“We’re ready to kick off 2020 in a big way, and our upcoming honorees are an exciting part of that,” says The WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “These women go above and beyond in their respective corners of our industry and are perfect examples of why we are proud to celebrate women in music.”

Gearing up for its eighth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, The B-52s, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Orianthi, Lisa Loeb, The Bangles, and many more, plus a collection of role models from all walks of the music and audio industries.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 She Rocks Awards, available in four tiers that include dinner and more. This event is open to the public; a NAMM Show badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. Find out more and purchase tickets at sherocksawards.com.

The 2020 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Sweetwater, PRS Guitars, Marshall Amplification, Reverb, NAMM, Rat Sound Systems, Zildjian, Fishman, D’Addario, PreSonus, Shure, Roland, M.A.C Cosmetics, Monster Energy, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Soundgirls, Parade magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, The Music & Sound Retailer, KVR Audio, IK Multimedia, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at sherocksawards.com.

L to R: Nita Strauss at the 2019 She Rocks Awards; Aiza performs at the 2019 She Rocks Awards
photo credits: Andie Mills

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the #SheRocksIt panel & networking series, WiMN She Rocks Showcases and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.

Leslie Buttonow
Mad Sun Marketing


Friday, January 10, 2020

Rachel Friedman, author of AND THEN WE GREW UP: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood speaks with Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm.

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with featured guest Rachel Friedman.

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2019! 

What happens when early artistic promise doesn’t materialize into fame and fortune?

Rachel Friedman was a talented viola player who attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as a kid. She quit music in college but never stopped fantasizing about what her life might be like if she had never put down her bow. In her 30s, a freelance writer in New York, she again found herself struggling with her fantasy of an artist’s life versus its much more complicated reality. In search of answers, she decided to track down her former Interlochen campmates—actors, writers, fellow musicians, and more—to find out how their own creative promise has translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities.


On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood

AND THEN WE GREW UP: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood is a funny, insightful exploration of how Friedman and eight of her talented childhood friends have reckoned with creativity mid-life. Each of these men and women reveal important insights about creativity: that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, that success isn't always linear, that sometimes it's okay to quit.

Those interviewed include Michelle, a violist who got the musical career Friedman thought she wanted; Dalia, a former actress who struggles as an adult to satisfy her creative impulses; Sarah, a professional flutist who quits at 29 in spite of success; Daniel, whose day job at a special effects studio turns out to be far more fulfilling than his earlier aspirations to be a screenwriter. AND THEN WE GREW UP provides a warm and whip-smart way forward for anyone struggling to write, play music, or make art, while also balancing things like having a family, making rent, and finding contentment.

Creativity Myths Debunked:

· A real artist makes her full-time living from her art.

· A real artist is an “art monster” (unbalanced, selfish, lonely, uncompromising, etc.) who sacrifices everything in service to her art.

· A real artist’s hard work and ambition is eventually rewarded with “making it.”

· A real artist never gives up.

· A real artist has a sustained and specific creative output.

· Someone out there – whether outlier or peer – is living the exact life we could have had if we made different choices or had more talent or gotten luckier, etc.

· A real artist is free.

· A real artist is special.

Find out more about Rachel:www.rachel-friedman.com

Twitter: @RachelFriedman

Rachel Friedman is the author of And Then We Grew Up and The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. Her work has appeared in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals, The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her son.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

1/9/20 - Kelly McGonigal, PhD speaks with Janeane Bernstein about her latest book The Joy of Movement. The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.

In THE JOY OF MOVEMENT, health psychologist and Stanford University lecturer Kelly McGonigal, PhD combines her passion for fitness and background in health psychology to investigate movement as a source of joy. THE JOY OF MOVEMENT is a love letter to movement and exploration of what is most human about us.

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Author of


How exercise helps us find happiness,

hope, connection, and courage

Dr. McGonigal tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe. From Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson's disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure.

Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers to clear up some common misconceptions about the brain on exercise.

Fascinating insights include:

· The so-called ‘runner’s high’ and other post-exercise satisfaction is more than just an endorphin rush

· During physical activity, muscles secrete hormones into your bloodstream that make your brain more resilient to stress. Scientists call them “hope molecules.”

· Physical activity is instinctual—our brains are designed to get us to move

· Exercise can remodel your brain in ways that make you more sensitive to pleasure and more open to social connection

· Movement can fulfill core human needs, like the desire to connect with nature or belong to something bigger than yourself

· Today’s most popular fitness trends harness both our individual strengths—the ability to persist, endure, learn and grow—and our capacity to work together

· How you move changes how you think and feel about yourself at a fundamental level – you can challenge inner self-critical voices through movement, and create a whole new sense of self built on strength and skill

· Exercise can improve treatment outcomes for depression, anxiety, and addiction

· Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to build trust and belonging in a community

People who are regularly active have a stronger sense of purpose, and they experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed. These benefits are seen throughout the lifespan, apply to every socioeconomic strata, and appear to be culturally universal. Importantly, the psychological and social benefits of physical activity do not depend on any particular physical ability or health status, and they have been demonstrated in people with chronic pain, physical disabilities, serious mental and physical illnesses, and even among patients in hospice care. The joys described above— from hope and meaning to belonging— are linked first and foremost to movement, not to fitness.

THE JOY OF MOVEMENT is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. As McGonigal’s research shows here, movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.


Twitter: @kellymcgonigal

Facebook: @kellymcgonigalauthor

Instagram: @kellymariemcgonigal


Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, a lecturer at Stanford University, and an award-winning science writer. She is the author of the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and Yoga for Pain Relief. Her work has been published in twenty-eight languages. Since 2000, she has taught dance, yoga, and group exercise in the San Francisco Bay Area.