It’s the Beat! 2012 Radio Shows – 2014 Radio Shows2013 Radio Shows

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


2012 Programs

December 29th Show – Listen Now
Happy 6 month anniversary to It’s the Beat! We review our show and play our most requested interview, which is the Dick Cavett one! Have fun listening and Happy New Year!!!!!!

December 22nd Show – Listen Now
Tim Halperin: accomplished musician/singer and American Idol top 12 male finalist in 2010 and born and raised in Omaha!
Pat Hazell: Showtime declares Pat Hazell “One of the 5 funniest people in America!” Stand up comedian with more than 25 years experience, Pat is a boomer comedian , also from Omaha.

December 15th Show – Listen Now

Psychic medium Rebecca Rosen. (part 2) Rebecca continues to share with us her gift of being able to speak with loved ones who have passed on.
The real ‘Bah Humbug’ Scrooge, Dick Boyd. He played the title role in The Christmas Carol for 30 years (more than 800 performances) at the Omaha Community Playhouse, never missing a performance!
Radio host Tony Stiles. Tune into his outrageous style on the Mighty 1290 KOIL, Saturdays at 8:00 am. He also speaks about his role in the movie, ‘A Long Way Off’, which Karen is also in.

December 8th Show – Listen Now

Psychic medium Rebecca Rosen. (Part 1) Rebecca has been featured on tv all over the country and she speaks about how her profession ‘chose’ her.
Becky Noble, Keith Allerton: Professional singers and producers in Omaha who happened to be married to each other!
Coleen Christian Burke: A White House Christmas decorator, Coleen wrote the book, ‘Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama’.

December 1st Show – Listen Now
Amy Friedman: Former communications director of Millard Public Schools. Author of new book: ‘Millard Times Remembered’. Stunning photos and stories about those who shaped Millard.

Professor Ken Winkle: UNL professor of history. He has written 3 books about President Abe Lincoln and speaks about his impressions of ‘Lincoln’, the new movie by Steven Spielberg.

Beth Brown-Gershovich: Fusion glass artist. “When they made me, they broke the mold.”

November 24th Show – Listen Now
Cara Churchich-Riggs Cara is the principal of South High School in Omaha, and is the author of an inspiring new book, ‘Hope in the Urban Schools – Love Stories’.
Jennifer Tritz, Tara Cowherd – Jennifer and Tara are classical singers who formed the musical group, ‘Resonance’. You may hear them singing Christmas Carols throughout Omaha.
Andee Hoig – Publisher of Metro Magazine. Andee and her dad, publisher Bob Hoig are the first father-daughter honorees of the “Faces on the Barroom Floor.”

November 17th Show – Listen Now
Gerald Charles Dickens – The great, great grandson of Charles Dickens (bah humbug) He is an actor who tours and performs a one man ‘Christmas Carol’ show, among other innovative productions.
Sarah Gray – She is a luthier (I didn’t know what this was either). Sarah provides expert advice, restoration, repair, maintenance, tonal adjustment and set-up of violins, violas and cellos.
Dr. Donn Crilly – A retired vascular surgeon, he is the author of the in depth book, ‘A History of the World’.

November 10th Show – Listen Now

Kristi Pederson – artist, (includes glass art), singer, actress. Owns ‘Adventure in Art’: special creative art classes for kids and adults, located in the Benson area. Kristi played “Fergie” (Sara Ferguson) in ‘Princess Diana, the Musical.’
Nancy Rips – Known as the ‘Midwest Book Maven’. Author of 3 books and she is featured on radio and tv, discussing new books that are coming out.
Angela Lee – inventor of the ‘Sholdit’ clutch wrap purse. Every woman should have one of these stylish scarf-like wraps that conceals your cell phone and other important items.

November 3rd Show – Listen Now
Michael Beasley: Known as the actor who is the “King of the Hollywood South!” He speaks about his role in the new movie, ‘Flight’ with Denzel Washington, his other tv and movie roles and his relationship with his father, actor John Beasley.
Lisa Worrall: paper-card artist
Jason Birnstihl – singer/musician and member of the group – the 9’s!

October 27th Show – Listen Now
Legendary talk show host, Dick Cavett (2nd part)
David P. Murphy – ‘zombie’ author, musician
Gene Klosner – singer, musician
October 20th Show – Listen Now

Ron Hull – television pioneer with PBS
Dick Cavett – legendary tv talk show host

October 13th Show – Listen Now

Sandra Dallas – New York Times best-selling author
Marcia Kapustin – videographer who tours with Paul McCartney, Elton John and the Rolling Stones
Tracy Distefano – Nebraska born singer/actress who performs in Branson, Missouri

October 6th Show – Listen Now
Ruvane Kurland – musician – singer/songwriter
Beth Dotan from Institute for Holocaust Education
Mark Ludwig – Boston Symphony – Terezin Foundation Music
Maya Taylor – choreographer, daughter of the late Mary Waugh-Taylor

September 29th Show – RECORDED LIVE! - Listen Now
Chuck Penington, music conductor for Mannheim Steamroller
Leo Adam Biga, author of a new book about Alexander Payne
Grace Bydalek: 16 year-old Omaha actress/singer who recently had a Broadway audition

September 22nd Show – Listen Now
Guests were:
Dr. Patricia Newman – founder of RESPECT – using theatre to help kids with bullying and other problems.
Beau Bonness – young actor beginning his career in Los Angeles
Maynard Triplets – Erin, Missy and Mandy Maynard – Triplet singers and entertainers!

September 15th Show – Listen Now
Guests were:
Christine and Mauro Fiore- Husband and wife team working on a new movie: ‘The Persian Pickle Club.’ Mauro is an Oscar-winning cinematographer for ‘Avatar.’
Steve Marantz- author of ‘The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the ’68 Racial Divide’
Tuffy Epstein- jazz musician: Omaha music teacher for 32 years.
September 8th Show – Listen Now
Guests were:
Tom Ware – Grammy-nominated recording engineer and owner of Ware House Productions

Manya Nogg, Randy Nogg – founders of Theatre-to-Go,

Andy Greenberg, James Wagner – co-host and organizer of Nebraska’s Got Talent.
September 1st Show – Listen Now
Guests were:
Sally Deskins – art activist, founder of Les Femmes Folles book and blog
Maureen Dunkel – owner of 14 of Princess Diana’s dresses, author
Elaine Jabenis – iconic Omaha actress and author
August 25th Show – Listen Now
Guests were:

Kathy Byrnes – owner of Village Canvas and Cabernet

Rick Chudacoff – musician, songwriter and producer

Eric Crouch – Heisman Winner, Business man, singer
August 18th Show – Listen Now
Guests were:

Erich Hover – Actor in film, stage, television

Twin Musicians – Ezra and Adeev Potash

Dan Reynolds -author
August 11th Show – Listen Now
Guests were:

Singer/actress Camille Metoyer Moten

Omaha World Herald columnist Mike Kelly

Vocalist Heidi Joy Howard Omaha concert 8-26-12

August 4th Show – Listen Now

Broadway singer/actress Joanna Young

Alana Stewart – actress, model and best friend of Farrah Fawcett. Wrote “My Journey with Farrah”
July 28th Show – Listen Now


Billy McGuigan: Buddy Holly-Rave On Star!

Beehive Cast – 20 year reunion

Andy Greenberg – co-producer of “Nebraska’s Got Talent”!

July 21st Show – Listen Now


Billy McGuigan: Star of “Yesterday and Today” Beatles show

Rachel Shukert: author of 2 acclaimed books

Sugar Thieves: Arizona Blues/Americana Band – Omaha roots

July 14th Show– Listen Now


Alexander Payne, Two-time Oscar /producer/director

John Beasley, Actor –Film, Stage, TV; Founder John Beasley Theater


July 7th Show– Listen Now


Rachel Jacobson, Film Streams Founder/Director

Jill Anderson, Producer, “Oscar Wilde” at The Castle

John Beasley, TV and Film Actor, John Beasley Theatre – Omaha


It’s the Beat!” is an hour long radio show on The Mighty 1290 KOIL in Omaha, Nebraska. The humorous banter of co-hosts, songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch and voiceover talent Jody Vinci, will entertain you as they dialogue with special guests – authors, actors, musicians, film directors – people in the arts world, both locally and nationally. “It is an hour of insight, laughter and music and will make you appreciate the talent that is around us, and inside of all of us,” explains Javitch.


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