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Meltdowns Meltdown

In this weeks edition of Meltdown's Meltdown, you get a behind-the-curtain look at the every day workings of WRIF. The awards, the glamour, James' office. Enjoy!

Radio Chatter with Taime Down from Faster Pussycat w/ Don Jamieson

On today's Radio Chatter podcast I talk with Faster Pussycat lead singer Taime Downe and comedian Don Jamieson. Don joins me from time to time on the show, and now he's out on tour with FP, so it was the perfect storm to get a great episode up for you guys. Go see these guys…
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Radio Chatter with Derek Smalls formally of Spinal Tap

I recently did the social media challenge naming albums that shaped me. "This Is Spinal Tap" was on my list. The album is killer, but paired up with the movie, it's the complete package. Now, Derek has a solo album out called "SMALLS CHANGE - Meditations On Ageing". This is a fun conversation. We talk…

Radio Chatter with Amy Lee from Evanescence

Amy Lee is my guest today, and she's killer. She's touring with her band and a different orchestra in every city. She talks about the challenges of that, as well as..... The venerability of playing music this way Working with Lindsey Stirling Playing shows around the world How motherhood has effected her life/profession Social media…

Radio Chatter with Candlebox's Kevin Martin

Candlebox is playing the Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven, Mi. on July 13th, so Kevin phoned in. This is a killer conversation with him, who I talked to back in January. With the 25th anniversary of the debut album this summer, we spent some time talking about it. Fun times recording the record, practical jokes…
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How Did You Get Into Radio.......

.....is the most asked question I get. After reading a blog from our consultant, Fred Jacobs, I thought I'd share my story with you. (It's not true that I slept my way to the middle....fake news!) I was always a hard worker. I knew if I wanted something, I had to go and get it.…

Meltdowns Meltdown

In this weeks Meltdown's Meltdown I give you a little taste of the Bob Probert ride from this past weekend. I was so honored to lead the pack of over a 1,000 bikers through Windsor with ex-NHLer, Scott Parker. I also pay homage to Vinnie Paul. A guy I got to know pretty well the…

Radio Chatter with Lita Ford

I talked with Lita back in December (you can listen to that interview here) and when I got an email to talk to her again, I jumped at the chance. She's as cool to chat with as you think she'd be. She's doing interviews promoting AXS TV's Top 10 Songs Revealed. It debuts July 1st…
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Radio Chatter with Motorhead's Phil Campbell

It's a quick-hit Radio Chatter for today with Motorhead's, Phil Campbell. The new Road Crew beer is out. It has a special Michigan connection, too! We talk about the beer, plus... The solo album he's been working on with another Michigan resident. Road stories about being left behind  Auditioning for Motorhead  The band he's in…
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RIP, VP

I got home last night from a great gig in Waterford to the news of Vinnie Paul's passing. As soon as I saw a picture my friend had texted me, I got a bad feeling that we had lost someone. My inkling was right. We had lost VP. The first time I'd ever met him…

Meltdown's Meltdown

Someone thought it would be a good idea to let Meltdown screw around with video gear. Here's the result! Meet the new RIFF Rock Girl, Hailey. He also plugs his motorcycle run he'll be leading over the weekend for a great cause in memory of a Red Wing legend. Plus, he recaps a recent Radio…

Radio Chatter with Def Leppard's Phil Collen

Today it's Phil Collen's turn on the Radio Chatter podcast. Def Leppard is touring some pretty big stadiums this summer with the guys from Journey. It stops here in Detroit at Comerica Park on July 13th. We talked about the tour he did over the winter with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, his band Delta…
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Radio Chatter with Sebastian Bach

What a great episode of Radio Chatter I have for you today. Sebastian Bach has been a staple in rock music since the late 80's. One thing about him, he's so much fun to talk to and he's one of the funnest people you'll ever have a conversation with. We talked about his upcoming solo album,…
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Radio Chatter with Don Jamieson, Jesse Hasek from 10 Years and Nate and Josh from Shaman's Harvest

Where has Don Jamieson been? He was suppose to be the co-host of this non-award winning podcast, but has gone MIA! Well, he's back and talking all about the world of rock. From tours and concerts, to vinyl and his own shows. What video Don said he would never watch, is Slayer really done, new…
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Radio Chatter with Comedian Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer is coming to the Fox on June 23rd with Sal Vulcano, Nate Bargatze and Kyle Kinane. Bert shot up the comedian ladder with his story about the Russian mafia called "The Machine". We talk about that great story and the impact it's had on his life. He talks about social media, "East Bound…
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Radio Chatter with NASCAR's Chase Elliott

It's a quick-hit Radio Chatter to start up the weekend. With the Firekeepers Casino 400 this Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, we're taking a left turn here on the podcast. Chase tells me about his keys to success, his biggest racing influences (outside of his father, Bill Elliott), music and that's just for starters. M.I.S.…
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Radio Chatter with Steven Adler

Steven Adler and his band "Adler's Appetite" are playing this Saturday at Motor City Harley Davidson's Harleyfest in Farmington Hills, Mi., but first he talksed to me. First up, it's MyGNRforum admin, Russ Robinson. He gives us some updates on what's going on in the GNR world. Then, it's Steven's turn and the topics are…

Radio Chatter with Poison's Bobby Dall

Poison's Bobby Dall is my guest today on Radio Chatter. His band is out on their "Nothing But A Good Time" tour throughout the summer with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil, making a stop in my neck of the woods on Friday June 8th at DTE. I've never met or interviewed Bobby so I was…
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Radio Chatter with Geoff Tate (Queensryche/Operation: Mindcrime)

Believe or not, "Operation: Mindcrime" just turned 30 years old in May. Geoff is out on tour doing the entire album at each stop. We talk a lot about the album and how it was recorded. He told me about the now famous "Dr. Davis, telephone, please....Dr. Davis telephone" and how it ended up on…
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Radio Chatter with Robert DeLeo from STP, Tony and Shannon from Godsmack, John from Baroness and Eric from I Prevail

What an episode of Radio Chatter I've put together for you today. Some of the final interviews from Rock On The Range. First up, it's Robert from STP talks about the band, his keys to success, how Motown influenced him, the Kings of Chaos and more. He even answered the question if he thought they…
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Radio Chatter with Buckcherry's Josh Todd and Andrew W.K.

Last week it was all about the guitarists. Today, it's the singers turn. Up first it's Josh Todd. Buckcherry is going out on the Gen X summer tour with P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm. It will touch down in Novi on June 30th. He told me all about the upcoming BC record and what's…
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Radio Chatter with Josh Rand from Stone Sour, Barry Stock from Three Days Grace and Padge from Bullet For My Valentine

It's a hat-trick of guitarists to wrap up the week on Radio Chatter. First up, it's Josh Rand from Stone Sour. Right off the bat we talked about his recent stint in rehab. He was real open with me about the whole experience. We talked about some of his guitar influences, keys to success, his…
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Radio Chatter with Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt

Gary Holt is making two appearances this weekend in S.E. Michigan. First, he'll be at Rock City Music in Livonia on Saturday between 3-6 pm for a clinic, storytelling and meeting and greeting the fans. Then on Sunday he'll headline the show at Freedom Hill. We talked about the Detroit rocker who inspired him to…
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Radio Chatter with Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold

One of my favorite interviews from the Rock On The Range weekend was with Zacky. I was suppose to talk to him around 8:15 Saturday night, but with the weather delay that afternoon (it was more like a 'too much sun' delay) we busted this out earlier. It's nice to sit in a clean, quiet…
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Radio Chatter with Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory

The new FFDP album "And Justice For None" is out today, so I got a return visit from Zoltan. I talked with him a couple months ago, and you can listen to that interview here. Today we talk about the new album, a couple different cover songs they included on the record and Ivan's sobriety. According…
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Radio Chatter with Tobias Forge from Ghost

To say I was pretty excited for this interview would be an understatement. Ghost is one of those bands I've really started to get into the past few years. "Rats" is the first single off of the upcoming album "Prequelle", which comes out on June 1st, and if the first single is any indication about…
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Radio Chatter with The Cult's Billy Duffy

Billy Duffy is one of those guys who is just easy to talk to. His band, The Cult, is heading out on the road with Bush and Stone Temple Pilots on the 'Revolution 3' tour. Of course, we talked about the tour, how he's become friends with Jeff Gutt from STP and his connection to…
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Radio Chatter with Music Producer/Mixer Jay Ruston

Man, the pressure was on mixing this podcast. I mean, Jay is a professional. Me? I'm not! If you're a rock fan, chances are you've got some of Jay's work in your collection. Stone Sour, Steel Panther, Anthrax, Avatar and Fozzy are just some of the bands he's produced and/or mixed throughout the years. He…
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Radio Chatter with Myles Kennedy

Myles is such an easy-going guy to talk to. His solo record 'Year Of The Tiger' is out right now, and it's a bit of a departure from what you're used to hearing from him with Alter Bridge or Slash. This is more of a blues based, songwriter album with a theme to it. The…
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Real Moments With Rock Stars

There are several reasons I love doing my Radio Chatter podcast. I've always been a big music fan and it gives me the chance to discuss songs and music, from the people who brought them to us. Plus, I really enjoy pulling out real moments, and stories from these artists. One example is Brad Arnold…

Radio Chatter with Jackyl's Roman Glick

This is a pretty in-depth interview with Roman Glick. He's been around for a couple decades battling through this crazy business we call rock-n-roll, starting in the mid-90's with Brother Cane. After a recent Radio Chatter podcast with the BC front-man Damon Johnson, I hit up Roman to see if he'd be interested in talking…
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Radio Chatter with Testament's Alex Skolnick

Here's a crazy story for you, I interviewed Alex exactly one year ago on this very date. You can check out that interview here if you'd like. Today we talk about gearing up for Slayer's final tour with Lamb Of God and Anthrax. What a heavy bill! Alex gives me his keys to success, talk…
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Holding A Physical Copy Of Music

This past Saturday was Record Store Day across the world. A manufactured 'holiday' created to keep mom and pop record stores afloat. Every year more and more bands/artists release rare or bootleg versions of their music. Some of you may, or may not know, that I got back into vinyl last year, and it's reinvigorated…

Radio Chatter with Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke

Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke joins me today. If you've never heard BBS, and you like the southern rock/rock/country, give them a listen. Their new album 'Find A Light' is out and it's a pretty good indication of what this band is all about. He talks about a fellow rocker who helped him write four…
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Radio Chatter with Road Warrior Animal

The Legends of Wrestling is coming to the Fraser Hockeyland Arena this Saturday, April 21st. Some big-time wrestling legends are coming including Ric Flair, Sting, Mick Foley and tons more. Click here for all the info. Today, I talk with Joe Laurinaitis, known worldwide, as Animal from the Road Warriors. What a great conversation! He told…
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Radio Chatter with Damon Johnson from Black Star Riders

This is one of those interviews that's just fun to listen to. Damon Johnson is a really nice guy and so easy talk with. He recently came through Detroit with the Judas Priest tour and I asked him if he'd sit down with me and discuss what he has going on in his life. He…
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Radio Chatter with 311 and The Offspring

This is a funny interview with P-Nut and Nick Hexum from 311, along with Noodles from The Offspring. From the extremely short answer that Noodles gave me to the keys to their success, to talking about the newly inserted guitar solo on the version of Five Finger Death Punch's cover of "Gone Away". Both bands…
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Radio Chatter with Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down

Every so often I get a chance to interview someone that gives me more than I anticipated. This, is one of those interviews. Brad actually did press for Rock-N-Roll Express tour with Collective Soul and Soul Asylum last week, but because I was on vacation he hopped on the phone with me today. I've known…

Radio Chatter with Biff Byford from Saxon

Before I left for vacation I did a couple of interviews and this is the first one, with metal legend Biff Byford. I can remember as a kid 'playing DJ' in my basement, and one of the songs I always played was their classic "Denim and Leather". I met Biff for the first time at…
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Radio Chatter with The Dead Daisies Doug Aldrich and Deen Castronovo

The new Dead Daisies album "Burn It Down" drops on Friday, so the guys agreed to chat about it today on Radio Chatter. They give me the flavor of the new record and how Deen joined the band....in November! Deen talks about his sobriety and what he credits it with. They talk about other members…
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Radio Chatter with Dorothy Martin from Dorothy

This week it's a vacation edition of Radio Chatter. This first episode is my conversation with Dorothy front-woman, Dorothy Martin. We talk about the new album "28 Days In The Valley", a real psychedelic, bluesy rock record. It was produced and co-written by Linda Perry. We talk about that, her sobriety, her key to success…
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Radio Chatter with Sully Erna from Godsmack

The new Godsmack "When Legends Rise" comes out on April 27th, so Sully called in to talk about it. To say he's fired up about the new album is an understatement. He talks about his writing for the record and what he did in 'rebuilding' his own life and how it came out on this…
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Radio Chatter with Chris Jericho and Don Jamieson

First up, it's the Fozzy frontman, Chris Jericho. He's playing in Detroit this Friday night and will be making an appearance earlier in the day for a special cause. Jade and I give all the details about where it's going to be, and how you can meet Y2J. He gives me his keys to success,…
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Radio Chatter with Jeff Gutt and Dean DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots

Today, I'm joined by Dean DeLeo and new singer Jeff Gutt, from Stone Temple Pilots. The new album is out and it's pure STP. We talk about the story of Jeff getting into the band. That's a two part answer. First, I'll let Jeff talk about it, then Chris 'Godzilla' Doliber from Madam X, in…
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Radio Chatter with Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Scott Travis

How cool is this? The "Metal God" on Radio Chatter! He's joined by drummer extraordinaire, Scott Travis. The new album 'Firepower' is out and it's as powerful as it's name. This record smokes! Of course, we talk about it, along with the fact that Glenn Tipton joined the band on stage last night for the…
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Radio Chatter with Ronnie Romero from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is releasing a 2 CD, 1 DVD set called 'Memories in Rock II' on April 6th. Today, on the podcast it's lead singer Ronnie Romero. He told me how he got into the band, who introduced him to Rainbow/Deep Purple as a very young kid, as well as other early influences. We…
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Radio Chatter with Zoltan Bathory from Five Finger Death Punch

Zoltan Bathory is my guest today on Radio Chatter. Five Finger's latest album was actually finished in December of 2016, as Jason Hook told me last Fall, so it's been under wraps for a long time. "And Justice For None" comes out May 18th and Zoltan tells me why the named that, the flavor of…
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