It’s the Beat! With Karen Sokolof Javitch and Jody Vinci
On The Mighty 1290 KOIL
Saturdays Noon – 1:00 pm
Sponsored by Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater
December 13th– Coming Soon
Billy McGuigan, Tara Vaughan: Fantastic musician and singer and producer of 3 hit national rock shows, Billy brings with us Tara Vaughan, his keyboard player. You can rock out to his show, “Yesterday and Today” at the Omaha Community Playhouse until Dec. 31st! Don’t miss this highly energetic and creative show, where they will play your favorite Beatles song by request!
Susan Eustice: The director of PR and Communications for The Salvation Army Western Division, based in Omaha. This includes 28 centers across NE, SD and western Iowa. Today at Shadow Lake volunteers will ring bells in Center Court from 1- 4pm. On Dec. 20 at Village Pointe’s Center Court, tv and radio personalities will ring bells from 1 – 3 pm. The Salvation Army needs support from everyone, for they are behind this year in reaching their goal.
Lisa Pelto: She is the founder of Concierge Publishing, an organization that will help you publish your own book! It is their ten year anniversary and they offer editing, proofing, product development and market research. This means they will make sure your book is placed in the correct markets and priced correctly. They have an award-winning design team who will design the perfect cover for your book. Concierge works with all types of books, but primarily nonfiction and children’s books.
Kathy Andersen: She is the host of Omaha’s monthly TEDx Salon. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global non-profit whose mission is to foster “ideas worth spreading” by building a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and with each other. Bringing 50 to 75 people each month, Omaha community members meet to discuss big ideas and relate them to our community. The next TED event is Monday, December 8, 6-7:30p/m at KANECO, 1111JOnes St. The topic is Inspiration and Anti-Inspiration. It is free and you need to register beforehand.
Kristine Gerber, Larry Good: Kristine is the editor and Larry is one of the writers of “The Ranch Bowl, A Party Every Night”. The book is a literary and pictorial toast to Omaha. It is a shout out to a place that entertained Omaha from 1957 to 2005. “Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton made stops at the Ranch Bowl to explore, kick off and conduct campaigns because, like everybody knew, regardless of decade or purpose, the Ranch Bowl was where it was at.” “The Ranch Bowl” is a great holiday gift for anyone who has lived here. There is a book signing Saturday at the Bookworm from 1:00 – 3:00.
Andy Greenberg: Andy is one of the most listened to speakers in America as a result of his “Your Daily High with Andy Greenberg”.. He is also a national motivational TV/Radio Personality and author of “Your HIgh with Andy Greenberg”. You can watch Andy on TV on Saturday mornings at 10:00 interviewing inspirational people in Omaha.
November 29th– Listen Now
Paul Serrato: He is jazz musician who will speak about his exciting new CD, “Love Matters”.
Scott Lerrette: This father weaves an extraordinary tale of the beautiful and extremely touching story of his sons’ brittle bone disease in “The Unbreakable Boy”.
Rita Rocker: She is a national inspirational and educational speaker, communications and image specialist and a career coach. Her latest book is: “Hope at the End of Your Rope: Steps to Rebuild Your Life!”
November 22nd– Listen Now
Mauro Fiore: He is an Italian-American cinematographer who now resides in Omaha with his family. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for the 2009 film, ‘Avatar’. He just finished working on the movie, ‘Equalizer’ with Denzell Washington. Other films he has worked on are ‘Training Day’, ‘Tears of the Sun’ and ‘The Kingdom’.
Kathy Tyree: She is Omaha’s ‘Queen of Soul’ and is performing “The Women I love to Sing” tonight at the Preston Love Jazz Center. Some of the ‘women’ she is singing are Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Aretha Franklin. She received rave reviews for ‘Ella’ at the Omaha Community Playhouse – channeling the musical icon and diva, Ella Fitzgerald.
Karen Sokolof Javitch: Co-host of ‘It’s the Beat’, Jody interviews Karen about her various music and musicals. Karen shares with us her love of songwriting and the outstanding singers and musicians she has worked with in Omaha.
November 15th– Listen Now
Thira Kanti and Joe Higgs: Joe works for the Institute for Public Leadership and is affiliated with OTOC – Omaha Together One Community. Thira is a refugee who came from Burma 5 years ago. They have organized the 3rd annual Refugee Cultural Night which is tonight, at the First United Methodist Church. Starting at 5:30 pm, there will be light snacks and dance performances from various countries from 6 – 8 pm.
Chris Olson & Charissa Hauge: They are involved with Heartland Family Service. This Thursday is the 2014 Salute to Families Nebraska. These families that will be honored represent strong family life in our community.
Dr. Carol Frey: She is the author of ‘Don’t Worry My Mom is the Team Doctor’. Dr. Frey is an orthopedic surgeon who discusses practical tips to help young athletes, their parents and coaches treat, recover from and prevent sports injuries.
November 8th– Listen Now
Joy Johnson: Joy and her husband, Dr. Marvin Johnson founded two non-profits in Omaha: Centering Corporation and Ted E. Bear Hollow. Joy is a nationally-known speaker and has written or edited more than 100 books on grief, mostly for children. Her most recent book is ‘The BOOB Girls VI: From the Eye of the Moose’.
Justice Jamaal Jones: He is a sophomore at Millard North High School. Justice has been involved in many productions around the Omaha metro area. He now has a major role in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ at the Rose Theatre. This show is an exciting, spine-tingling thriller with stunning special effects for children over age 7.
Marco LeRoc – He is the author of ‘Cash in With Your Money’. Marco helps people discover the best of themselves, so they can focus and achieve what is most important to them. He guides millennials to succeed in the areas of personal finance and personal development.
Matt and Ben Tompkins: Two brothers that started a sketch comedy show, like Saturday Night Live. ‘Omaha Live!’ airs at midnight following Saturday Night Live every week on WOWT NBC Omaha! (Channel 6) The brothers are hilarious and write their own material.
Scott Kurz: He is one of the founders of Bridget St. Bridget Theatre in Omaha. Scott is an actor who recently appeared in ‘Chicago Fire’ on tv and he impressed us by telling us he was the second choice to play Chris O’Donnell’s part in ‘Scent of a Woman’. He auditions all over the country for movies and tv! Go Scott!
Brian Kent: Since it was Halloween last night, we wanted to have Brian on. He is a Paranormal investigator, author and speaker and founder of Paracon Investigation. On November 7th, Kent will teach the basics of how a paranormal investigation works at the Joslyn Caste from 7 – 11pm.
Warren Francke: UNO communications professor since 1966, his recent book is THE OMAHA COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE STORY – a Theatre’s Historic Triumph. “Big stars, big names, villains and divas make a fascinating book and a great gift for theatre buffs.”
Angel Martin: She is the Director for Girls Inc. at the Katherine Fletcher Center. Their main fundraiser is this Wed., Oct. 29th and features President Bush’s twin daughters, Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. Angel is the moderator for this exciting event.
Bruce Crawford: Omaha Film Historian who will host his 35th tribute to classic films with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS! The star of this movie – Tippi Hedren will be there on Friday November 7th at Joslyn Art Museum to speak and sign autographs.
This show is dedicated to a good friend of ours, Terri Ware, who lost her life last week from lung cancer. Terri has worked tirelessly with her husband, Tom, in building their recording studio business. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and their daughter, Rachel.
Brenda Allen: We have never had anyone like Brenda on ‘It’s the Beat’ before. She is a vibrant country western singer and guitar player who was a friend of Johnny Cash. She speaks about her first meeting with Johnny. Listen to the very talented Brenda sing some of his songs and tell some hilarious stories about country western life in the old days!
Susan Thomas: she is the Executive Director of the Omaha Creative Institute, which is a 501c3 that focuses on support of the arts in our region. Their big fundraiser is Tuesday, November 18th and will feature 4 well-known artists from Nebraska.
October 11th– Listen Now
Nik Fackler: The multi-talented film director and singer joins us to speak about his new film, ‘Sick Birds Die Easy’. The newly-married Nik traveled to Africa to film this experimental documentary ,based around white privilege and ancient religions. Nik made his directorial debut with the feature film, ‘Lovely, Still’. He is in a band, ‘Icky Blossoms’ and they just released their debut album on Saddle Creek Records. There is a special premiere screening and post party at Film Streams on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30.
Karin Campbell: Karin is Joslyn’s Curator of Contemporary Art. She is personally responsible for bring their newest exhibition: ‘In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking’ to the Joslyn. There will be a 3-month run of this artful collection of treasures.
Roxanne Wach: She is a multi-faceted artist who has performed, designed and directed on many Omaha stages over the past 44 years. Currently the executive director of Shelterbelt, Roxanne is featuring ‘Mickey and Sage’ at the theatre from now until November 2. Right after this show, the Shelterbelt is hosting: ‘The Memory House: a playwriting workshop’ with New York playwright, Sara Farrington.
October 4th– Listen Now
Tory Nixon: Since 2007, Tory has been a stand-up comic throughout the Midwest as well as a co-writer of jokes for radio stations. He has appeared in C.S.I. Miami and American Dreams and he is writing his first sketch comedy show for theatres in Nebraska.
Erin Cox: She is the ‘Event Director’ at Omaha Magazine and has planned a fun ‘Best of Omaha’ event today starting at 3:00 at the Ralston Arena. This event will showcase the winners from the magazine’s Best of Omaha contest. There will be live entertainment, including singing by Karen Javitch’ group, ‘Karen & Friends’.
Debbie Gray & Tammy Olson: Two ‘Mommies’ on a Mission! Authors of ‘Alex Chan and His Balanced Body Bands!’ This creative book along with the colorful bands are used for healthy eating and positive behaviors. Debbie Gray is a former Mrs. Nebraska winner and a personal trainer. Tammy is a mental health therapist and instructional designer. She co-authored ‘Heaven Cents’.
September 27th – Listen Now
Jeremy Lipschultz: He is a leading thinker on social media. His book is ‘Social Media Communication: Concepts, Practices, Data, Law and Ethics.’
Janie Peterson: She and her husband, Roger founded ‘Behaven Kids’ in 2000. They have helped children and families work through behavioral challenges for more than 3 decades. Their mission is to “passionately teach effective skills that change children’s lives and ultimately change our future.” Janie has authored two books: ‘The Sleep Fairy’ and ‘Mini Methods or Madness’.
Rachel Gilmore: Rachel debuts with Opera Omaha as Gilda in “Rigoletto”. ‘Rigoletto’ is the story of a court jester protecting his daughter from the lecherous Duke of Mantua – the man she loves and the man Rigoletto hates! She recently reprised the role of Alice in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
September 20th – Listen Now
Jeff Koterba: A cartoonist, writer and a musician. You can see Jeff’s drawings every day in the Omaha World-Herald. He recently finished his book of cartoon collections: ‘Koterba Drawing You In’ and he has a book signing coming up at the Bookworm.
Thomas Wilkins: He is the music director of the Omaha Symphony since 2005 and the guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Thomas is devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music.
Nancy Lepo, Madalyn Bruning: Nancy is primarily a pen and ink artist and Madalyn is a watercolor painter. Next Saturday morning, September 27th, Nancy will create origami shapes (so can you) and Madalyn will share her watercolor painting at an event at the Omaha Creative Institute.
September 13th – Listen Now
Dr. Viv Ewing, Kenny D. McMorris, Kathy Tyree: They all work for the Charles Drew Health Center, which presents: America’s Healthy Chef – Spending the Evening with Chef Marvin Woods, on Tuesday, September 23 at the Hilton Omaha at 6:00pm. You will learn about wine tasting, nutrition and cooking techniques. Kenny is the CDHC’s new Chief Executive Officer. Viv is the President and CEO of the ALZHEIMER’S Association.
Amy McCae: Holistic Health Expert, Speaker and Life Coach. She was ill for nearly 10 years, and then healed herself through natural methods. Amy is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Visualization Specialist and Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach.
Katie Edwards: Passionate singer and Omaha performer. She was a lead singer in a country cover band. Music runs in her family, as her dad is a singer and guitar player. She wants to go into singing Christian music.
September 6th – Listen Now
Lin Leahy: She is an Omaha chef who aims to throw the world’s biggest spaghetti dinner to help fight hunger – September 21, from 11am to 3pm in 13 serving sites in Omaha. They hope to raise $100,000 for the Food Bank for the Heartland.
Melissa Marvin: She is the general Chairman of the 2014 Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show, September 12 – 21. Activities, lectures and learning opportunities all three days.
Stephanie Hillier: She is an improv comedienne, performing comedy for over 12 years. She also teaches stand up and improv classes for adults at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
August 30th – Listen Now
Pippa White: Pippa is an actress, storyteller and speaker. Audiences call her performances unique, captivating and touching. She blends her theatrical talent with her love of history to create marvelous stories that entertain and instruct. Her shows include: ‘the Story of the Orphan Train’, ‘Voices from Ellis Island’, and ‘On Our Own Soil’, to name a few.
Tracy Wells & Maurice Kimsey: Tracy is the director of volunteers for ‘Partnership 4 Kids’ and Maurice is a mentor for the program. He mentors four 8th grade male students at Monroe Middle School.
Nancy Feldman & Rebecca Crofoot: They are the authors of ‘Family Medical History: Unknown/Adopted’. Nancy was happy with the loving family she had and never took an interest in finding her biological parents until diagnosed with a disease that she passed onto her son. She wrote to the NE Children’s Home Society for help in finding her birth parents and was assigned to Rebecca Crofoot. Thus began the 17 year journey between the two women.
August 23rd – Listen Now
Paul Schneider: “Enron” is a satirical comedy showing the collapse of the Enron Corporation. Paul is ‘Ken Lay’ one of the main characters in this tragedy, now showing at the Omaha community Playhouse. Enron is “well-acted, smartly staged, verbally and visually bursting with ideas”. Paul is an adjunct professor of English at Bellevue University. The show runs through Septrmber 14.
Milt Kleinberg: He is the author of “Bread or Death – Memories of My Childhood During and After the Holocaust”. Mr. Kleinberg recounts his childhood as a Polish Jew during the Holocaust era. “Bread or Death” is a true story of survival, resilience and redemption.
Dori Settles: Dori is an artist who opened ‘Smiling Turtle Art Spot’ in west Omaha in late summer, 2013 with two business partners. This art center incorporates gallery, classroom and studio space for multiple artists. There are art classes, camps and retreats and art parties for all ages.
August 16th – Listen Now
Matt Whipkey: A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, guitarist and bandleader from Omaha. He is performing at the Maha Festival in Omaha this weekend and plays one of his songs for us on the show. His newest album is titled “Penny Park”.
Drew Duncan: He is an opera singer who has performed as a tenor soloist in multiple shows around the country. His other talents include playing the piano, saxophone, oboe and percussion.
Kathy Tyree: Omaha’s premiere musical icon, who has been singing professionally for thirty years. If you haven’t heard her sing, you are really missing something! She just starred in ‘Ella’ at the OCP. Kathy ‘ has a very special, powerful way of expressing herself through her music,” Says Susie Collins, director of ‘Ella’. She has a show this weekend, “The Men I Love to Sing” at the Love Jazz and Arts Center.
August 9th – Listen Now
Ritch Cassidy: Marketing Director of the Ralston Arena. He is bringing the ‘Superstar Legends Tribute Music Fest to Omaha the August 15th and 16th, featuring tributes to Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and the Beatles.
Karen Javitch: Jody interviews her co-host about her songwriting and musical career. You’ll get to hear some of Karen’s latest recordings.
Nick Hudson: Co-founder of Omaha Fashion Week, which will start its 7th year on Monday, August 18th. This week long show is a professional platform to showcase the work of regional independent fashion designers and has become the Midwest’s largest fashion event.
Brandon Miller: Organizer of the Hullabaloo Festival in Omaha and member of the Kris Lager Band. The band plays soul music and Boogie Trance. Their new album is called: ‘Swagadocious’.
Marcia Kapustin: She is a multi-talented video production specialist spanning 25 years and multiple industries. She has produced live and online video content for Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, James Taylor The Eagles and more. She is currently traveling with Paul McCartney on his world-wide tour.
Dan McCollister: A Westside High School graduate, Dan lives in LA where he is the lead singer in the indie rocker band ‘City City’. Check out their first official video – ‘I Don’t Dance’.
July 19th – Listen Now
Ryan Tewell: Creative Director of the Apollon theater on 18th Vinton. The Apollo Moon landing took place 45 years ago, and the Apollon Theatre has a special show in honor of that milestone. Matt Uehling is the stage director for “The Eagle has Landed: An Apollo 11 Tribute”. June 18-26.
Melissa Wurth: Do Omaha Girls Rock? They sure do as Melissa is the Executive Director of Omaha Girls Rock! – a week long day camp where 53 girls learn the basics of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, vocals and songwriting. Then they form there own bands and perform at the Slowdown which is tonight! they gain confidence,k as some of themn have never been on stage.
The Weisenheimers Improvisational Comedy Troupe: Monty Eich and Cullen Chollett. These two hilarious comedians are joining forces with 3 others to appear at the Slowdown on Sunday, July 27th at 8:00pm to benefit the residents of Pilger, NE. They have been performing around the Heartland for over 15 years.
Shelley Wilson: Children’s author of the “Mokie and Kade” series, two new adorable books for young readers about a boy and his puppy. The first one is titled ‘Puppy Love’ and the second one “Backyard Adventure.’ There are also informational videos that relate to each book. Saturday, August 9th is her book launch party at The Green Spot – at The Shoppes at Aksarben. Free ice cream for you and your four-legged friend!
Amanda DeBoer Barlett: She is a classically trained soprano who brings music to audiences all over the world. Born and raised in Omaha, she is the coordinator of ‘Omaha Under the Radar’ – bringing together a mix of local and nonlocal performers in multiple locations in Omaha, July 10-13. Amanda incorporates storytelling, movement and multimedia. Her beautiful voice is a delight to hear.
Tony Bock: Can Tony Bock be put into mere words? We will try. He started performing as a precocious stand-up comedian at the Funny Bone in Omaha and the Midwest. This led to an internship at the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. Laugh with Tony as he tells of his comedic adventures and the future ones when he moves back to LA.
Marcia Forecki: A prolific author, her first book, ‘Speak to Me’, is a first person account of discovering her son’s profound deafness. Her novel for middle grade readers is ‘Better Thank Magic’. Most recently she wrote a medical thriller, ‘Blood of the White Bear’. Quoting the News Media Services, Inc., “Marcia Forecki and Gerald Schnitzer know how to write a fast-paced, compelling novel. All the ingredients for a page-turner are here!”
Alex Jochim, Jaime Hardy: Co-founders and organizers of ‘Benson First Friday’, a monthly local art extravaganza in Omaha! They also began ‘Petshop Studio’ in Benson, where artists work alongside one another and feed off of each others’ ideas. Every first Friday of the month in Benson, come and see lots going on in the art and music world, starting at 4:00 and continuing through the evening.
Nellie MacCullum: Marketing Director for ‘Shakespeare on the Green’ In Elmwood Park. A Shakespeare enthusiast, she prepares for the other Nebraska Shakespeare programs throughout the year. She is excited that last April was his 450th birthday! Happy birthday William!
Nancy Schulze: Heartland Family Services and Sara Sabaliauskas – Development Coordinator for the “Strike a Chord” fundraising event. All proceeds from this June 27th event will benefit the Heartland Family Service programs in southwest Iowa. Come and hear the music of DeJa Blu!
Karen Sokolof Javitch: The founder and co-host of ‘It’s the Beat!’, she speaks about her two new albums, “Men in Love…” and “Women in Love…” Karen wrote and produced these albums in support of the LGBT Community in this country. Listen to some of Karen’s favorite songs from these two innovative CD’s.
Chris Raabe: He is a 7th grade English teacher with students who didn’t like to read. He asked them if they would read a book if he wrote one for them…thus he wrote “The Phenomenon Trilogy” – 3 books for young male readers: ‘The New Phenomenon”, “On the Run” and “End Game” The first book begins, “After a terrifying accident, Christian finds out he is one of the Phenomenon children, each of them possessing a special gift.”
June 14th – Coming Soon
Pat Hazell – Omaha-born, Pat was one of the original writers on Seinfeld and a regular on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The OCP presents a limited run of his show, ‘The Wonder Bread Years’ from June 13 – 29. Jerry Seinfeld called it “milk-snorting funny” while LA weekly called it “infectiously charming.”
Billy McGuigan – A national super-talent who brings you ready- to-rock and roll shows! Buddy Holly, the Beatles and more! He is bringing his shows home to Bellevue East High School. Last year at Turner Park, more than 10,000 people came to rock with him! Go Billy!!!!!
Van Jensen – Small-town Nebraska native – now big-time comic book writer. He started writing for DC’s “Green Lantern Corps” last year. Now he writes the DC title: ‘The Flash”. Living in Atlanta now, he is very busy with Superheroes!
June 7th – Listen Now
Rachel Jacobson: Founder of Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, the metro area’s only nonprofit arthouse film theater. “Our mission is to enhance the cultural environment of the Omaha – Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Alexander Payne is a huge part of making this endeavor succeed.” This theater will have its 7th anniversary this July.
Adam Van Osdel: Exhibit Coordinator and Special Projects Designer at the Durham Museum. The ‘Design Zone’ exhibit examines math and its application in the world of design, presented in a way that is understanding and fun. This exhibit runs through September 14th.
John Stanfield: A retired US Army officer, he has written a science fiction – fantasy novel depicting a broken man’s journey to recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. “Faerevold – Nils’ Passage” is the title of his new novel.
May 31st – Listen Now
JP Hansen: He is a bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker and life coach. For the past 20 years he has helped thousands of people find their dream jobs. His books include “The Bliss List – The Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!”, “The Bliss List Journal” and his new novel – “Pink Slips and Glass Slippers”, which became number 1 on Amazon within its first week.
Barb Malek: Barb has always been fascinated by a love of the written word – especially stories of real people portraying great courage. Thus her dream was realized this year with the release of her first novel, “Soft Like Steel.” The novel is based on the life of her beloved grandmother, who managed to raise 8 children during the Dust Bowl in 1930’s Nebraska without her husband, who abandoned his family.
Matt Gutschick: Artistic Director of The Rose Theater. Matt is responsible for choosing “Tarzan” to be performed at The Rose from June 6 – 22. Accompanying Matt is the humorous Walter Shatley, who plays the roles of Clayton and Father in “Tarzan”. The music and lyrics in the show are by Phil Collins.
Karen Watson: A motivational speaker and author of “Letting God See Me Naked”. Through her book, “I have a renewed intimacy with God and I no longer try to shield or hide who I am or what has happened in my life.”
Robin Donovan: Who said advertising executives can’t be funny? Robin Donovan is the author of “Is it Still Murder, Even if She Was a Bitch?” – a lighthearted romp through murder. Her next book will be called, “I didn’t kill her but that my have been shortsighted.”
Gina Barlean: Gina has published 4 books since 2012. “I write about small town life and my characters could be anyone you know.” Her latest book, “Thorns of Rosewood” is a cozy mystery in the vein of ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ She has a midwestern voice that speaks to life in the breadbasket of America.
Andy Greenberg: He is promoting the world-wide premiere of the Christian film, ‘A Long Way Off”. The movie is a modern day retelling of the timeless Prodigal Son Parable. Both he and Karen Javitch are in the movie. Karen is singing her ‘Coffee Shop’ song.
Daena Schweiger: In 2002, her first full length play, ‘Love is Strange’, was produced by the Shelterbelt Theatre. She has also directed 21 full length productions and appeared in over 10 plays. Her newest play, ‘Voices from the Closet’ premieres at SNAP Productions on May 29 and will run through June 22, 2014.
Todd Brooks: He is a graphic artist, but moonlights as an award-winning director, arranger, writer and actor. Todd sings and plays the piano for a cabaret show he does with Mary Carrick. He is currently President of SNAP Productions and is one of the directors of “Voices from the Closet’.
Nila Nielsen: “Kids laugh up to 300 times a day…while adults only average 5 to 7 times! Isn’t it time to find the kid in you?” Thus says Nila Nielsen, who was a teacher,
a principal and made a huge change in her career to become a national humorous motivational speaker! She utilizes her training in Reality and Humor Therapy to offer positive support to others.
May 10th – Listen Now
Mary Carrick: A dynamic singer from Omaha, who is releasing her debut album: ‘Let’s Fly’. Selections on the album include American Standards, musical theater songs, jazz, fold and country. HEr CD release party is Friday, May 16th at 8:00 at the Slowdown.
Matthias Jeske: “Mister 1960 – he’s unique, retro, weird-looking and he doesn’t mind a bit!” He’s also hilarious as he impersonates the presidents and does a heck of a JFK impersonation! He loves the music of 50 years ago and plays those songs on his radio show. “When I go on the air, Mister 1960 is who I wish I was – cool, hip and confident – everything I’m not in real life.”
Karen Schutte: About 8 years ago, Karen felt compelled to record her family’s history of German immigration. The unexpected result was her first novel: ‘The Ticket’, which won a writing award in 2013. Her second family saga novel is ‘Seed of the Volga’, and she will be speaking about this book this July in Lincoln. “Writing to me is a cherished gift that I have pursued with gusto.” ‘Flesh on the Bone’ is third in the trilogy and will be out this summer.
May 3rd – Listen Now
Madeline Wiseman: She is a poet whose latest book is: ‘Intimates and Fools’. She collaborated with Sally Deskins who did the artwork. “What a delightful duo. Their book is a captivating aria praising that most maligned of all intimates – the brassiere.” Madeline is the author of more than a dozen books.
Mike Kelly: The Omaha World-Herald’s most public face is lead Metro columnist Michael Kelly. He has had a more than 40 year career at Omaha’s major newspaper. “Mike Kelly has endured as a popular columnist because he knows what make Omahans tick. He understands the people and our culture and he has deep sources within the community. People trust him and want to talk to him”
Jen Arricale: In her book, “Healthy Recipes for a Busy Life – Easy to prepare, fun to share!”, celebrity fitness chef Jen Arricale makes it easy for healthy food to taste great!” Jen’s recipes are created from a passion for healthy eating and crafted with common ingredients and simple preparation methods.”
Margaret Lukas: Author of ‘The Farthest House’, which has gotten rave reviews: “Margaret Lukas creates a complex, moving story with brilliant lyricism and hard won realism. She is a rare writer who makes you devour her words.” “Following Willow’s life and her incredible passion to paint despite loneliness, a physical handicap and being raiser by a father plagues with secrets, Amelie weaves together the lives of four enigmatic generations.”
Karen Linder: Investor, entrepreneur and accomplished artist who wrote “The Women of Berkshire Hathaway”. This book examines broad trends of women in corporate America and looks at case studies within Berkshire Hathaway. Karen has an upcoming seminar on May 1st – The 11th Value Investors’ Conference. She will also be signing her book at this seminar.
Lucy Lipiner: Lucy is the author of “Long Journey Home: A Young Girls Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust”. On September 1, 1939, six-year old Lucy was woken by her parents and they fled their Polish town (with other relatives) before the invasion by Nazi Germany. She shares their ten-year flight to freedom which takes her family to the United States.
April 19th – Listen Now
Timothy Schaffert: He is a prolific writer who will speak about his 5th novel, “The Swan Gondola” which is already getting rave reviews. he has combined colorful Omaha history with unforgettable characters and a tale of finding love, losing it and finding love again. The year is 1898 and the world is coming to Omaha for the Trans – Mississippi (World’s Fair)Exposition.
Lauren McNeese and Sharon Brodkey: Sharon is the Director of Marketing for Opera Omaha. Lauren plays the lead role in their latest opera about Cinderella, titled, “La Cenerentola”. Lauren is a mezzo soprano whose colorful, resonant voice and beautiful stage presence have established her as a sought out artist in the leading lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. There are two performances next weekend at Opera Omaha.
Natalie Guenther, Kim Schenkelberg and Celeste Snodgrass; Three thirty-something women who were pregnant at the same time. They shared their questions, fears, humor and experience through emails and compiled them in their book – ‘It’s Really 10 months – Delivering the Truth About the Glow of Pregnancy and other Blatant Lies!’ They also include Dr. Bob – a specialist in high-risk pregnancies to offer medical information about their pregnancies.
Kristi Andersen: Director of Communications for the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority . (MECA) Kristi will tell us about many exciting events coming up in Omaha this spring and summer – especially at Century Link!
Eric Barrett: Creator and co-founder of ‘Omaha Fast Foods.com’ – Nebraska’s largest independently owned home grocery delivery service and the new sponsor of “It’s the Beat!
Marilyn Tipp: On the new cartoon series, ‘Aunt Molly & Friends’, Marilyn plays the role of ‘Tippy’, one of Aunt Molly’s friends. The cartoon is filmed in Omaha and is shown on Sunday mornings. The director says, “Marilyn has incredible comedic timing with this funny, zany energy that is a huge hit with the kids. She is a riot!”. We look forward to seeing Marilyn on this fun tv show.
April 5th – Listen Now
Julia Cook: She is the author of 63 books that help kids cope with disasters and violence. Seven more are on the way! Her latest book is “The Ant Hill Disaster” which aids children coping with school shooting tragedies. Other tough topics: “The Kid Trapper” (sexual abuse), “Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” (anxiety) and “Tattle Tongue.” Julia has presented in more than 800 schools in the country.
Cindy Smilley: She has been the executive director for Keep Omaha Beautiful for 24 years. There are more than 7,000 volunteers who do so much community service. City-wide spring clean-up, compost education, litter clean up, helping hands for disabled citizens, homeless shelter clean up and others.
Eric Williams: He is chairman of the board of ‘Earth Day Omaha’, April 19th from 11am – 6pm at Elmwood Park. There are bands all day long and health and wellness events and a children’s area. There will be food booths and dogs are welcome!
March 29th – Listen Now
Cassandra Zywiec: Community Outreach Manager for Douglas County Historical Society. They are honoring Elaine Jabenis at a luncheon on Thursday, April 3rd. She is winning the “Women Defining History” award.
Daniel Smith: Humorous author of “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety”. He will be in Omaha Wed. April 2nd at Temple Israel. “Here’s one less thing for Daniel Smith to worry about. He sure can write. In ‘Monkey Mind’ he defangs the experience with a winning combination of humor and understanding.
MIke Echols: Author of “Your Future is Calling – A practical Guide to the Education you need to have the Future you Desire”. The only way to end up with a career you love is to start with an honest assessment of what you like doing, what you’re good at and where you want to be.
March 22nd – Listen Now
Andy Myers: Psychic Medium and Author. His accurate and compassionate readings have changed the lives of thousands. He holds gallery readings and lectures across the country. His book, “Flying Paint Rollers from Heaven: Messages of Hope, Humor and Love from Beyond” came out one month ago and is already a bestseller on Amazon’s KIndle! It’s the perfect book for spiritual seekers of all ages.
Heather Jones: She is an Omaha based comedian who has been performing stand-up comedy for the past seven years, starting when there was a local contest for ‘moms’. She became hooked and for 6 years has been a house comic for the Funny Bone, also performing at comedy festivals and clubs around the country. She and her husband have 6 children, so she does not lack for material!
Terry Shanahan: He is the ‘Paleo Diet Guru!’ A life-long sufferer of chronic illness and fatigue, Terry spent more than a decade in and out of doctor’s offices. He took his health into his own hands and became a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Certified CrossFit Coach. He is the nutritionist for Chicago Bulls NBA player Kyle Korver, who says, “I would strongly recommend Terry’s services to anyone who wants to improve their health or athletic performance.” Tenille Boseman: She credits the Paleo diet for the renewed energy she has. Tenille is the owner of Paleo Plate, a protein/energy treat company based in Omaha.
March 15th – Listen Now
Jason Levering: Executive director and co-founder of the Omaha Film Festival, now in its 9th year. He co-wrote the first ever stage adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, which will be at Sokol Hall Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. This is a world premiere and is a fundraiser for the Benson Theater. A word of caution – if you don’t like being scared, this probably isn’t the show for you!
Susan Baer Collins: She and her ex-husband, Carl Beck have enriched the Omaha theater scene for 30 years! The Omaha Community Playhouse will never be the same, as they are both retiring in June from being the Director and Associate Artistic Director, respectively. ‘Ella’ is playing now at the Omaha Community Playhouse and Susie’s last show will be ‘Frankenstein the Musical’! She will continue to act and teach and they will both receive the ‘GAA Outstanding Artists Awards’ on Tuesday March 25th.
Jenna Blum: She is the New York Times and #1 International bestselling author of ‘Those Who Save Us’ and ‘The Stormchasers’. Jenna is also one of ‘Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers’. She will be speaking at the College of St. Mary’s on March 19th
March 8th – Listen Now
Hosts today are Karen Javitch and Pegi Georgeson
David Murphy: Very talented songwriter and producer of 5 CD’s, including his latest: My Fraudulent Memoirs. CD release party will be May 1 at PS Collective
Elaine Jabenis: Nebraska icon in theatre and fashion, 93-year old Elaine has written her first novel: ‘Georgia’s Secret’. Her book signing event is Sunday, March 9 – 2:00pm at The Bookworm in Countryside Village.
Patty O’Bryan: Patty is the director of marketing and public relations at the Durham Museum. Now through May 4, 2014 is THE 1968 EXHIBIT: “A president steps down. Two leaders are shot down. Love and hate. Violence on the front lines and on the home front. 1968 was erupting with extremes. In one single year we saw it all!” Don’t miss this unforgettable exhibit at the Durham Museum!
March 1st – Listen Now
Nick Hudson: An Omaha entrepreneur (originally from England) who is the owner of Design Parliament. He is also the founder of Omaha Fashion week, which begins Tuesday March 4 & ends Sunday March 9.
Anita Kobuszewski: Author of the hilarious book,”Food, Field to Fork: Ho to Grow Sustainably, Shop Wisely, Cook Nutritiously and Eat Deliciously”.
Greg Harries: Artistic Director or RESPECT: an anti-bullying theater group and a Teaching Artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective. He was named the Best Slam Poet in the 2013 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.
Grace Bydalek: Eighteen-year old Grace is starring in the Omaha Community Playhouse musical: ‘Next to Normal’. The musical (and Grace) have gotten rave reviews! Grace has recorded more than 30 songs with Karen at Ware House Recording studio.
Brad Dickson: Listen to Brad’s analysis of Jay Leno, as he wrote jokes for him for more than 14 years. Now Brad is an Omaha World-Herald humorist whose ‘Breaking Brad’ column brings much humor to our newspaper.
Suzanne Allen: Do you have guests coming into Omaha and you want to show them the finest eateries around – mixed with a little Omaha history? Then contact Suzanne Allen – one of the owners of Omaha Culinary Tours, a new start-up in Omaha.
February 15th – Listen Now
Christine Lustgarten: She is a divorce mediation lawyer. Using what’s called ‘collaborative divorce’, this process will hopefully be less painful for everyone involved, including the children. Collaborative dissolution is for anyone who doesn’t want to ruin her/his life by a divorce.
Tim Halperin: American Idol runner-up and Omaha born Tim Halperin has emerged as one of the brightest young singer/songwriters in the U.S. He has just released his 2nd album, ‘Heart Tells Your Head’. Tim has appeared with some of the music industry’s biggest artists, including The Fray, Kelly Clarkson, Ben Folds, Blake Shelton, The Jonas Brothers and LeAnn Rimes.
John Witzel: He served in the US Air Force as a navigator and was a volunteer in the Iranian Rescue Attempt in 1980. John has written an exciting book, ‘Saving Tres Rios’. He remarked, “Once you read the first chapter, you won’t be able to put it down!”
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Camille Metoyer-Moten: She is the “most versatile singer in Omaha” and a very accomplished actress, winning all of the awards at the Omaha Community Playhouse! Camille received rave reviews for her latest show at the OCP – ‘Having our Say’ – which is about the Delaney sisters, and she plays her role with her real life sister, Lanette.
Rachel Shukert: Rachel is a very prolific writer who just finished her fourth book: ‘Love Me’, the second in a series of books about Hollywood in the 1930’s. The first in the series is ‘Starstruck’ and this writer (Karen) couldn’t put it down! “This sizzling sequel (Love Me) definitely delivers the goods: think ‘Valley of the Dolls’ meets ‘Gossip Girl’. Rachel is from Omaha and a Central High Graduate.
Rachel Jacobson: Rachel is the founder and director of Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater which opened in 2007. Film Streams purpose is to “Enhance the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form.” This non-profit art-house theater has the involvement of Oscar – winner Alexander Payne.
Harry Friedman: An Omaha native and Central High graduate, he is the executive producer of “Wheel of Fortune” & “Jeopardy”. Harry has earned two Guiness World Records, both relating to how many Emmy Award wins and nominations he has had.
Richie Love: The son of renowned saxophone player, Preston Love, Richie is a composer, arranger, vocalist, teacher and mentor. He is an “explosive musician/performer”, whose sax performances are featured on over 20 CD’s.
Abraham Mangar: His fascinating journey is told in his book: “My Life Under the Trees – The Story of a Lost Boy from South Sudan.” He was six years old when he and other boys from his tiny village were taken from their families, never to see them again. Jim Thompson, Abraham’s friend and mentor, encouraged Abraham to write his life’s story.
John Hlavacek: Prolific writer and international traveler. John moved to Omaha in 1964 to become a news analyst at KMTV. He is working on his 12th book.
Lisa Pelto: You say you want to write a book? Then call Concierge Marketing! Lisa is the owner and founder of this publishing house, which provides publishing services, book production and marketing for the independent author. Omaha Public Library Author Fair – Sat. Feb. 16.
Grant S. Reid – Born and raised in Scotland, Grant is both a photographer and artist. His work can be seen at Gallery 72 in Omaha. He has had exhibits in Austin, Houston, Glasgow and Omaha. This interview is worth hearing just to hear his accent!
January 18th – Listen Now
Alex Meyers: The award-winning author of “Revolutionary (Simon & Schuster). The protagonist, Deborah Gannett, feeling suffocated in her puritanical Massachusetts society, runs away from home, disguises herself as a man and fights valiantly in the Revolutionary War. Also, Alex speaks honestly about his own transformation from a woman to a man.
Chris Richardson: He is president of the Board of Directors of the Heartland Chapter of JDRF. Their mission is to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), which affects both children and adults. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with T1D. Their fundraising gala is on February 22nd.
Josh Heard: Meet a real life ghostbuster! Josh has been a paranormal investigator for more than 16 years. His first book: “When Ghost Hunting Goes Wrong” was released last October. He has a new book out called “Haunting the Hunters”.
January 11th – Listen Now
Donovan Johnson: An exceptional pianist and songwriter, his music is a mixture of contemporary, New Age and Celtic musical styles.
The Potash Twins: Ezra and Adeev are jazz musicians, entertainers and foodies! You’re in for a special treat when you hear these amazing twins!
Chuck Penington: Chuck is vastly talented. He is the featured keyboardist for Mannheim Steamroller and has performed with Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Wayne Newton and George Burns. There is too much to say about Chuck – you’ll have to tune in to hear!
January 4th – Listen Now
Leo Adam Biga: Author,journalist and blogger, Leo is the author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film.” His next book will be about Nebraskans in film.