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Brian Phelps loves new show, live streaming coming soon
Interviewing Brian Phelps and Jill Whelan at the same time is a challenge. They leave you laughing from the moment the conversation begins, and it quickly becomes easy to join their party and forget to take notes.
Fortunately, I captured enough of their stories to share here, the first of two parts. Brian and Jill – yes, I will use first names here – debuted their podcast Sept. 10 at www.brianandjillshow.com.
On Twitter, you can follow them @brianwphelps and @whelanjill. There is also @brianandjill1. On Facebook, it's The Brian and Jill Show.
I'm giving you the contact information up front because that's how their staff alerts listeners to the topics of the day, guests and what Brian calls "homework where the listeners are given fun assignments. So, even though we're not live yet, the phones are always packed."
Plans call for streaming the show live within the next month and a half. Right now, they start recording the show around 11:30 a.m. weekdays.
The Mark and Brian show on KLOS/95.5 FM ended Aug. 17. Mark Thompson has moved on to start a podcast with his wife Oct. 22 at www.markandlynda.us. Brian said he was going on vacation.
"My plan was to take two and a half weeks off. I drove up to the central coast to decompress, recharge, eat unhealthily and read a ton of books. That two and a half weeks turned out to be just 4 days. Not great at relaxing when there are matters at hand. I knew next to nothing about podcasts and was getting progressively 'antsy' to get back and begin building a new show from scratch.
"I was initially attracted to doing a podcast for a number of reasons. Not the least of which was the fact that I could live normal hours and have more free time to pursue other interests. Pardon the text-speak here but, 'LOL'.
"I'm working longer hours than I have in years and, believe it or not, enjoying every minute. Jill and I meet everyday at my house to set up the show rundown, go over news stories and work on sketch ideas. Then we head to Burbank and spend an hour or two with the staff making last minute changes, pulling sound effects and laughing our butts off. Once the show's over, we spend another hour or two planning the next show. It sounds like a lot but i'm absolutely loving the challenge of creating something new again. The hours will get shorter as go," he said.
Brian and Jill easily finish each other's sentences, in-between laughter. In a phone interview, Jill said, "We are similar in a lot of ways, it's what we feel in our gut. All the people who love Brian know he is pure of heart. What you see is what you get. He is sweet, self-effacing, and he really does like tomatoes and onions."
Brian adds, "Jill and I have known each other for many years. We dated for a short time early on but since then she's been married twice and has had two great kids (neither of which look anything like me). We are extremely close and love each other dearly but to answer your readers and fans, she's one of my best friends."
Next week: How Brian and Jill met, what we will tell you about Jill that may surprise you, and updates on the KLOS staffers who were let go when the Mark and Brian show ended its 25-year run.
NAMES IN NEWS
KFI/640 AM and KOST/103.5 FM's Mike Nolan has returned to traffic reporting duties at the two stations.
From LA Radio.com: "KABC/790 AM 9 a.m.-noon weekday talk host Geraldo Rivera is on a nationwide tour to help the unemployed find work. He hosted his radio show from the Put Texans Back to Work Expo at the Irving Convention Center. His goal was to match as many people as possible with the more than 120 recruiters at the expo. More than 5,000 people attended the event, which was hosted by Cumulus Media Dallas.
Congrats to Album Rock KSWD/100.3 FM "The Sound" for designating Sept. 21 as "SoCal Day," playing local artists and songs. If you read this after it aired, go to thesoundla.com for listings and see if your favorite song was played.
"The Pet Place Radio Show" airs 7:30 a.m. Sundays on K-Mozart 1260 AM. The Sept. 23 show with Orange County host-producer Marie Hulett features Judie Mancuso on the California Pet Lovers License Plate and Maria Dales of German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. More info: www.kmozart.com, www.petplace.org, and www.facebook.com/PetPlaceRadio.
Orange County chef Jamie Gwen's Sept. 23 guests on her 8-10 a.m. KFWB/980 AM Sunday show include The Food Network's Ted Allen, host of "Chopped;"chef Elizabeth Faulkner on Cooking at Home; Bob Hodson on "How to Photograph Food;" and Kathleen King of Tate's, on recipes from her new cookbook. More information: www.chefjamie.com.
Talaya Trigueros will be at Spaghettini in Seal Beach Sunday (Sept. 23) for KTWV/94.7 FM's "Wave" Sunday Brunch. KTWV is also at The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. More info on the OC brunch: www.spaghettini.com.
Jeff Gehringer features singer Natalie Cole on "Jazz at the Spa" at 4 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 23) on KSPA/1510 AM. Also check out Manny Pacheco's "Forgotten Hollywood" weekly at 3 p.m. Saturdays. More information: www.forgottenhollywood.com, www.thesparadio.com.
Bob Goodman's "Whole 'Nuther Thing" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 profiles Bonnie Raitt on KSBR/88.5 FM. More info: www.ksbr.org. Previous shows are available for download at bobksbr.podomatic.com.
Pat Matthews 10 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 23) show plays John Lennon's "Rock 'n' Roll" album. More info: beatlesarama.com.
John and Larry Gassman's "Same Time Same Station" continues its salute to Janet Waldo. It streams on demand beginning every Sunday at Jerry Haendiges's OTR site www.vintageradioplace.com. It is available from Radio Out Of The Past beginning Monday or Tuesday. Download it at www.radiooutofthepast.org.
Contact the writer: Freelance writer Gary Lycan is the Register's radio columnist. Write: Show, The Orange County Register, P.O. Box 11626, Santa Ana, CA 92711. E-mail: email@example.com