A Chatter Of Fact
Conversations over coffee (and Irish cream) with actors, singers, directors, writers and many other types of entertaining and engaging people. You’ll be enlightened, amused, inspired, intrigued, or at the very least...temporarily distracted.
info_outline Kevon Carter: Succeed By Being You 03/10/2021
Kevon Carter: Succeed By Being You Branding can be fun when you sell who you really are. Kevon Carter's musical talents and natural wit has created a unique and entertaining persona that has garnered online success. This episode highlights ideas and tips that can encourage any life journey.
info_outline EP56: Brian Dunne, Saying It's So 01/26/2021
EP56: Brian Dunne, Saying It's So Brian plays for Hall & Oates/Live From Daryl's House and has performed/recorded or toured with Bobby Caldwell, AWB, Ariana Grande, India Arie, Todd Rundgren, Jason Mraz, Patti Austin, Mayer Hawthorne, Allen Stone, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sammy Hagar and many more. You'll hear Brian's wonderful story as well as a fascinating inside musical peek into working with Daryl Hall and John Oates. (With a surprise guest!) Listen and enjoy.
info_outline EP55 A Perfect Event is Up To You 11/24/2020
EP55 A Perfect Event is Up To You Building your perfect event takes patience, know how and an ability to "herd the cats". Enjoy Megan Estrada as she shares the perfect plan along with a grand life/career story. From surviving 9/11 to forging her own life's path to dealing with the effects of a COVID induced shutdown, this episode has it all!
info_outline EP54 Kenny Braasch. Eat right. Work hard. 10/08/2020
EP54 Kenny Braasch. Eat right. Work hard. Diversify! Kenny Braasch has ventured into booking, modeling, television and marketing. He's figured out how to be successful behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Listen to this self made Southsider discuss capturing success on the Chicagoland scene and beyond.
info_outline EP 53 How to lead, live and voiceover. 09/28/2020
EP 53 How to lead, live and voiceover. Great perspective! Great voice! Listen to this master class on leading a band (amusing stories included), building a voiceover career and finding your place in life. Domingo Castillo not only has a great story to tell, but a GREAT voice to tell it with. Enjoy!
info_outline EP52 A Music Life 08/04/2020
EP52 A Music Life A colorful and varied story of a true musical crusader. Tom Lounges is a classic, almost storybook character who's tale is filled with hard work and passion. Sit back and enjoy as we explore the life of a music lover who delved into so much including record store ownership, promotion, radio hosting and music journalism. (Just to name a few) Big or small, this man has interviewed EVERYONE! (Prince being my favorite name drop) Put this in your ears and thank me later!
info_outline EP50 Barenaked Ladies and Beyond 05/12/2020
EP50 Barenaked Ladies and Beyond Celebrating Episode 50 with Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies! Featuring origin stories, band philosophies, doo wop songs, The Persuasions and Punjabi chili. Creeggan's intelligent, insightful and hilarious personality shines in this awesome chat.
info_outline EP48 Melissa McGurren 02/04/2020
EP48 Melissa McGurren A special treat for you Chicago listeners! The lovely and talented Melissa McGurren (THE MIX- 101.9FM) graces your ears with her story of major media success. From radio to TV and Tom Hanks to Matt Damon, this episode has it all. Strap in for a helicopter ride of a chat!
info_outline EP47 The Recipe of You 01/07/2020
EP47 The Recipe of You Using all that you are to succeed- Cover Girls Violin show owner/operator and performer Jen Lowe tells her tale of creating an incredibly successful business built around her very unique talents and passions. It's a fun tale that ends up on stage with the iconic band Chicago among other places. Listen, learn and enjoy!
info_outline EP 45 Aladdin Speaks! 10/08/2019
EP 45 Aladdin Speaks! Disney's Aladdin speaks! Adam Jacobs, a bonafide Broadway star discusses the role he made famous on stage as well as many other iconic characters. (Spoiler- He was also Simba!) This is a true "build your own adventure" story featuring a talented and inspiring performer.
info_outline EP 44 The Machines Have Taken Over 09/03/2019
EP 44 The Machines Have Taken Over Knowing where you are - The ups and downs of social media - Also, live sax, music stories and deep thoughts and concepts discussed in the friendliest of ways. Robby invites Cherry Poppin Daddies member (Among other groups) Josh Hettwer for an all encompassing chat.
info_outline EP 43 Jingles and Singles 08/06/2019
EP 43 Jingles and Singles Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ministry, Michael McDonald...Yvonne Gage has worked with these legends and so many others. But wait there's more! This amazing vocalist has been on just about every mainstream jingle ever produced. Her story (which contains one of the most interesting Aretha factoids you've ever heard!) is truly epic and her insight is a gift to anyone interested in the music industry. Enjoy!
info_outline EP 40 - What's China Like? (Relaunch) 08/07/2018
EP 40 - What's China Like? (Relaunch) (Relaunch) What's China like? What does a 14 and 1/2 hour flight do to your body and mind? You'll enjoy this hilarious and informative tale of Robby's trip to Shanghai and it's surrounding villages. The episode features everyone's favorite sounding board, Paul Celestin. (How To TED Talk EP 31). You'll feel like you were there! Sort of.
info_outline EP39 The Strings of Life Pt.2 07/17/2018
EP39 The Strings of Life Pt.2 Have you ever heard someone groggily converse before the coffee kicks in? That's how it starts before the one second break in which Zara and Robby return fully caffeinated. It's time to dive into the second part of Zara Zaharieva's fascinating story. In Part 2 we find out how to deal with a language barrier, how to find work in the music in world and how to maintain a positive attitude. Along the way laughs and other insights are joyously brought to life. Enjoy!
info_outline EP38 The Strings of Life - Part 1 06/05/2018
EP38 The Strings of Life - Part 1 Strap your ears in and hang on! This hilarious, thought provoking and sexy roller coaster of a chat features violinist Zara Zaharieva. She came to Chicago barely speaking English armed with $200 in her pocket, passion in her heart and world wide talent. Enjoy!
info_outline EP 36 - Looper 03/07/2018
EP 36 - Looper Do it all. Be it all. And do it well. From looping, writing and singing to voice over work to acting on television, this is the life journey and story of Taylor Mallory. Listen in and be inspired. This episode will remind everyone how to stay on track and keep moving.
info_outline EP 35- Surviving Social Media 02/13/2018
EP 35- Surviving Social Media Social media strategies- Also- Do you rant? Do you promote? If so, where and when? Master of fashion and social media Sararose is back with a twisty turny tale as well as tips and info for building your brand on social media. Your ears will give this a "Like".
info_outline EP 33 - Smile til it hurts. 09/12/2017
EP 33 - Smile til it hurts. A real life take on being a top 15 contestant in the Ms. America Pageant. Life's twists and turns took a young beautiful singer/songwriter from a town in Massachusetts to the national stage. This will be the most fun, down to earth take on the pageant world you'll ever hear! Alissa Musto shares her story about starting out as a piano player at 16 and ending up in front of millions as Ms. Massachusetts. Wrap this episode around your ears like a fancy sash!
info_outline EP 32 - Don't beat around the bush. 08/08/2017
EP 32 - Don't beat around the bush. Working hard, being fearless and using what you got can yield amazing results. Molly Callinan does this and more. Whether she's traveling the world with Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, bouncing around the US in theater productions or singing in the popular Chicago based band Catfight, this girl succeeds! Robby and Molly swap hilarious stories and thoughtful insights. From performing for the troops overseas to taking it all off for a stage play - this episode covers (and uncovers) it all!
info_outline EP:31 - How to TED Talk. 07/06/2017
EP:31 - How to TED Talk. Rome walkin' and TED talkin'! Robby and his wonderfully witty brother Paul Celestin talk you through the streets of Rome. If you've never been (or if you just want to hear a twisted and crazy take on the ancient city) listen to this hilarious Roman tale. But that's not all - Robby gave a TEDx Talk! He dishes on the entire process and experience. This is a fun behind the scenes look at a great city, a great TED event, and a GREAT brotherly chat. You will laugh, giggle and even learn a thing or two if you're not careful.
info_outline EP: 30 - Defeat Your Demons 05/30/2017
EP: 30 - Defeat Your Demons A fun informative and important conversation. The first half of the episode explores Brittany Lee Moffitt's self discovery as an amazing singer songwriter and local brand. (The chat also touches on Chris Cornell and Hanson. Ever thought you'd see those two in the same sentence?) The second half features her courageous battle and victory over alcoholism. This wonderfully inspiring story is a fascinating look at how you can overcome a demon that threatens many artists in the industry. Listen, learn and enjoy! See Brittany's music and pics at brittanyleemoffitt.com
info_outline EP: 29 - How to be a class act. 05/02/2017
EP: 29 - How to be a class act. How do you keep your heart in the job? What's it like to perform for troops on a USO tour? As you learn these things, prepare to be charmed. 83 year old vocalist Billy Shelton is a walking piece of music history. As a member of the Spaniels (Goodnight Sweetheart) and the Soul Stirrers (The only gospel group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Billy brings a wealth of knowledge and wonderfully diverse stories. His rich history and experiences are highlighted by his incredibly kindhearted disposition and loving ideals. From dealing with racism in the 60's to performing for current day USO shows, this man has done it all. You'll also learn how Billy was a driving force behind Robby's success as a singer. Laugh and smile as we take a stroll through the wonderful world of Billy Shelton.
info_outline Episode 28- Real News 03/28/2017
Episode 28- Real News EXTRA! EXTRA! Get your chat right here! Let's talk about the art of real journalism and all that it entails! Chicago Tribune writer Shannon Ryan unpacks the journalistic world and shares her unique journey and insights. *How do you find the angles of a story when you're covering the same sport again and again? *What's it like working in the ever changing and uncertain world of newspaper journalism? *What's it REALLY like reporting in a locker room? **How in the world do we identify real or fake news? These questions and more are covered in this fun and enlightening chat delivered right to your ears like the morning paper.