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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


2013 Programs

December 28th – Listen Now
Jennifer Barry: she is a “recovering attorney” who shelved her legal to find her passion. She is now the CEO and Founder of ‘Revolve’: an organization that leases artwork to various companies. Find out why this is beneficial to both the artists and business owners.
Kay Hughes and Harold Dwyer: Authors of “Searching for Stanley, Unforgotten Hero of WWII”. “World War II did not end in 1945 – at least not for the Dwyer family of Hastings, Nebraska…” Years ago, Kay Hughes began the difficult search to find out what happened to her Uncle Stanley, who had become MIA over Austria in 1944. The result is this interesting book about her family’s search and discovery.
Bill Wassem and Jim Ross: They are writers and actors who perform ‘ interactive murder mysteries” at restaurants. The ‘likely suspects killed” on the Fremont Dinner Train for over 20 years. They are now performing every month at Pasta Amore. Find out how you can participate in their murder mystery evening!

December 21st – Listen Now

Robert Davi: One of film’s best-known tough guys, he has added singing to his talents. His acclaimed first album is: Davi Sings Sinatra – On the Road to Romance. He speaks about how Frank Sinatra picked him for his first movie. Davi was also in ‘License to Kill’, ‘Diehard’ with Bruce Willis and ‘The Goonies’.
Adrielle Griffin and Olivia: Adrielle is the Communications Manager of Completely KIDS, an Omaha nonprofit whose mission is to develop youth and their families through out-of-school time. Serves more than 2,000 children and their families in the Omaha area. Olivia is an 11 year old and teaches her own music club, called ‘Sing It Dance It’.
Patrick Kilcoyne and Wai Yim. Patrick and Wai are actors and singers who are in the Rose Theater’s production of “Narnia”, a CS Lewis classic children’s novel. There is an afternoon show today at 2:00, Sunday at 2:00 and Thurs and Friday evenings until December 29.

December 14th – Listen Now
Live from Wheatfields for The Salvation Army’s Kettle Bell Fundraising
Susan Eustice: Director of PR and Communications for the Salvation Army Western Division, based in Omaha. She speaks about how the Salvation Army is trying to help people in our community and surrounding states.
Mary Carrick: A very talented vocalist and cabaret singer whose first album will be released in the spring. Mary sings musical theater, country, jazz , folk and more. Her cabaret shows, with pianist Todd Brooks have been captivating audiences for years.
Dicken’s Carolers sing a few Christmas carols.
Billy McGuigan: Billy is starring in his ‘Yesterday and Today’ show at the Omaha Community Playhouse. This is an interactive Beatle’s concert experience. The audience creates the playlist every night! He rocks our afternoon by playing a Beatle’s song live!

December 7th – Listen Now
Michelle Strom: Are you interested in being in a pageant? Meet a former Mrs. Nebraska, who is the owner and founder of ‘Winning Crown Boutique’ in Rockbrook Village.
Kevin Lawler: He is directing ‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’ at the Blue Barn Theatre, now until December 22nd.
Mark Langan: A retired undercover narcotics cop. Just wrote his book: “Busting Bad Guys” – My true crime stories of Bookies, Drub Dealers and Ladies of the Night.” Now Mark is Vice President of Field Operations for the Nebraska Humane Society. He is responsible for investigation of crimes involving animals.

November 30th – Listen Now
Paul Horsted: Photographer and author of two new books: ‘Yellowstone Yesterday & Today’ and ‘The Black Hills Yesterday & Today’. He will be in Omaha on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30pm at the Sheraton Omaha Hotel for a free program to promote these one of a kind memorable works.
Julie Schram: A local artist who excels in intricate pencil drawings. She can also draw memorial portraits of people who are not living. Her current show is in Fremont at the Gallery 92 West.
Mark Thornburg: He is the bass singer of the Omaha Prime barbershop quartet. Celebrate the season with their Dec. 1st show at 4:00pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Their free Christmas Benefit Concert is Sunday Dec. 15th at 4:00pm at Faith Westwood Methodist Church.

November 23rd – Coming Soon
Mark Duin: Mark went from being a ninth grade dropout and drug addict to being a corporate executive. His has written and published two five-star rated books on
Bryan McClure: A Council Bluffs native, he has been cast in a lead role in “Space Command,” a new independent sci-fi project. He won the role after beating out more than 1200 applicants. He got the acting bug in 2007 when he was an extra on the Omaha set of “Lovely Still.”
Betty & Jack Golmanovich: Husband and wife performers who entertain with a carousel organ and an organ grinder monkey. You’ll have to listen to the show to find out if the monkey is real or not!

November 16th – Listen Now
Mary Murphy: A very unique Omaha/ New York artist who puts “visual poetry on canvas”. She displays her paintings in a beautiful gallery in the Master Craft Building in Omaha. Marry commented, “I didn’t chose art. It chose me.”
Bruce Arant: A writer and illustrator, Arant’s colorful book: ‘Simpson’s Sheep won’t Go to Sleep!” just came out. With his 3 kids, he had years of experience “tucking in” at bedtime, fielding all possible childhood excuses to stay awake. Arant enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the magazine and custom publishing industry. Starting on November 22nd, Arant and his delightful book will be at Barnes and Noble at Oakview Mall.
Julie Crowell: Omaha is so lucky to have such a talented singer and actress. Julie just played the role of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’ at the Omaha Community Playhouse. She won the Fonda-McGuire Award for each of these OCP roles: Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’, Guenevere in ‘Camelot’ and Julie in ‘Carousel’.

November 9th – Listen Now

Jeff Koterba: Omaha World-Herald syndicated political cartoonist, author of ‘Inklings’ and guitarist and songwriter for ‘Prairie Cats’.
Tommy Nocerino: Author of a historical novel, ‘Lamplight’. It has great insight into the ‘War between the States’ and all that took place in our country at that time. Tommy will be at the Bookworm on Sat. November 16th, signing his book.
Ellen Struve: She is an award-winning, prolific playwright. In April, her play ‘Nobody Gets Paid’ had its premiere at the Shelterbelt Theatre. The Omaha Community Playhouse produced her play, ‘Recommended Reading for Girls’ in May of 2013. It received fantastic reviews and she is working on two more plays.

October 26th – Listen Now
Chris Acker: Co-owner of The Lauter Tun, which offers drinks plus live music, concerts on the big screen and open mic night.
The Talbott Brothers: The combined musical talents of Nick and Tyler Talbott will be displayed tonight at The Lauter Tun as they play guitar and sing their original songs. They just released their 2nd CD and have been touring nationally to promote it. Jody and Karen are proud to have them sing on their show.
Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette: Filmmakers from Omaha who just completed their first movie: GROWING CITIES: A film about urban farming in America. There is a special one-night only screening at Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater this Tuesday, October 29th.

October 19th – Listen Now

Joe Elsasser: He is a certified Financial Planner who just wrote SOCIAL SECURITY ESSENTIALS: Smart Ways to Help Boost Your Retirement Income. His fellow writer is a radio host from KC – Dean Barber and their book is selling quickly on Amazon right now!
Ingra Winkler Anderson: Do you love to sing? Ingra is a longtime member of the Acappella Omaha Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. The chorus has more than 40 female members who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun! They sing at community events and at an annual competition and at your next event! If you want to join, sign up!
Courtney Kenny: “As Pablo Picasso once said, “The world today does not make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” Courtney has a passion for the unexpected. Her drawings and paintings often contain imagery and situations that are not possible. She calls her work ‘unrealistic realism’. Humor also plays a large part in her work and most of her paintings are black and white. Her motivational presentation “10 Life Lessons I’ve Acquired as an Artist” is on Friday October 25th at 12:00 pm – 1:00pm (with lunch) at Security National Bank – 1120 S. 101st St. in Omaha.

October 12th – Listen Now
Simon Winchester: He is a brilliant world renowned historian and a New York Times bestselling author. (and a lot of fun to talk to!) Born in London, Mr. Winchester just came out with his latest book: THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES – America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. “Winchester organizes this sweeping saga of interconnections around the five so-called classical elements: wood, earth, water, fire and metal.” He will be at the Bookworm Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 for a book signing.
Ryan J. Thomas: A fun magician whose forte is amazing card tricks, as Jody and I are still trying to figure out the one he did for us at the radio station. Book Ryan for your next party or luncheon for a very unique and special time. He is at Grrandmothers every Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Rachel Jacobson: The founder and director of Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theatre. (and our sponsor!) Rachel’s dream became a reality in 2007, when she founded Omaha’s first and only non-profit theatre, showing the best of old and new cinema and presenting educational programs around the films. Feature V will be in November with special guests Bruce Dern, Will Forte and Alexander Payne.

October 5th – Listen Now

Kelli Miller: Kelli knew she was different at a very young age, but hid it from everyone until she was an adult. Now she is a down-to-earth, hilarious and professional psychic/medium and life coach in the Omaha area! Very reasonable prices for half hour or hour sessions. You can also set up psychic/medium parties with Kelli.
Nancy Liebermann: She is the executive director of Phoenix Academy, a non-profit school – K through 8th grade, for students who need extra help in reading and math. There will be a fundraising lunch on Tuesday, October 22nd at Century Link Center with former first lady Laura Bush as the guest speaker.
Jennifer Tritz: Lovely Jennifer will speak about her role as Cosette in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Les Miserables. Don’t miss this fantastic production with Jenn as one of the leads!

September 28th – Listen Now

Elaine Jabenis – Omaha’s iconic ‘Lady of Fashion’ and ‘Grand Dame ‘ of theatre. She speaks of her two years working with Johnny Carson in radio. Her new novel, “The Burning of Georgia” will be out next month!
Carol Bicak: Omaha World-Herald ‘Community’ writer. She also reports on the zoo and Joslyn Art Museum. Her new book, ‘The Littlest Lion’ is in stores now! It is based on the new cubs born last December at the Henry Dorly Zoo.
Mark Thornburg: He has many important roles in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of ‘Les Miserables’. Mark plays the Bishop and has 11 other parts, with 13 clothes changes. ‘Les Mis’ has gotten rave reviews and plays until October 27th.

September 21st – Listen Now

Angie Thorell: She will speak about the Lauritzen Gardens upcoming Antique and Garden show – from Thursday night, Sept 26th to Sunday Sept. 29th. A major fundraiser for the Gardens, with many valuable speakers and lots of antiques for sale!
Chuck Penington: Musical conductor for Mannheim Steamroller, Chuck joins us again to tell us about the October Aksarben Coronation. He is the song arranger and orchestra conductor. He is an iconic figure in Omaha’s music scene.
Patrick Roddy: A nationally renowned choreographer, Patrick teaches tap and jazz at Creighton University. He has choreographed for local theatre and dance companies for 30+ years. He worked and studied professionally in New York and Los Angeles for 14 years. Highlights for Patrick were working with Mitzi Gaynor and Ginger Rogers. Karen met Patrick when he choreographed her musical about the late Princess Diana, shown at Joslyn Museum, and has been in awe of his work ever since.

September 14th – Listen Now

Claudia Brown – Jackman & Lloyd McWhirt: If you want to find out about Aikido and self-defense classes, these guests are for you! Due to the increase of assaults in the Omaha area, their classes have been in great demand.
Kevin Coffey – Omaha World-Herald reporter and critic for the music scene! Also has his OWH blog – “Rock Candy”. Hear about all of the great concerts Kevin has been to and will attend in the Omaha area!
Ben Beck – Ben is a man of many talents – actor, director and playwright. He also is the voice of Caruso on the CBS cartoon series, Dino Squad. Ben comes by all of this naturally as he is the son of Susan Baer Collins and Carl Beck, artistic directors at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

September 7th – Listen Now

Tunette Powell – Author of ‘The Other Woman’ – her memoir chronicles her father’s 30-year crack addiction. She is an inspiring 27-year old who is an accomplished journalist, author and public speaker who was featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass. One news reporter describes her book as being “Packed with several lifetimes worth of turmoil. The memoir is raw, gritty and absolutely enthralling in its bare honesty.”
Al Anderson – Al has been playing lead guitar in a variety of groups since the 1970’s. He plays all types of music with a number of bands – Texas Moon and Syncopated Swing being two of them. Hear him play a little of his music today – live on our show!
Judy Mallory – Executive Director of Arts for All Inc. – a non-profit organization with the mission of making the arts available and affordable for all. Guitar – piano – violin – painting – ballet – tap – flute – drums – voice – film – drama – cartooning – sculpture are some of the classes offered! There are many locations around Omaha for after school and Saturday programs. 402-556-7821

August 31st – Listen Now

Deb Brockmann: “I am a huge goofball and have passion and curiosity for life. I’ve been a psychic all my life but have been a professional psychic/intuitive for over 13 years. Now I am moving into writing and teaching others to open their intuition via my blog.”
Ray Williams: Local and national ‘piano man.” He plays regularly at Mr. Toads in the Old Market and Regency Lodge. He also gives lessons and performs at private events.
Kim Schenkelberg, Celeste Snodgrass and Natalie Guenther: Mothers and authors who are releasing their first book – a humorous account of pregnancy: “It’s Really 10 months – Delivering the truth about the glow of pregnancy and other blatant lies!” They won the Mom’s Choice Award for their new book.

August 24th – Listen Now

Erica Spindler: New York Times and International bestselling author. Published in 25 countries, her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.” She has more than 20 novels and she speaks about her new thriller, ‘Justice for Sara’.
Lonny Lynn: The vibrant bandleader and drummer of the Lonny Lynn Orchestra, a ballroom dance band. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary on October 12th in Wahoo with their 5th CD release! Lonny’s orchestra has 10 musicians and one female singer, Lonny’s wife, Denise.
Teresa Hamilton: Mother of 4 small children who wrote: ‘It’s Okay – Let’s Get Real About This Thing We Call Parenting’. This is a collection of true stories about life with young children – “humorous parent screw-ups”. Hamilton writes, “Everyone is the perfect parent until they actually have children.”

August 17th – Listen Now

Deborah Neary serves as the executive director for the Midlands Mentoring Partnership and leads the efforts of this newly-formed collective impact organization. She and her husband have cared for 8 foster children.
Lyndi Rongisch opened Aerial Bombshell! New to Omaha, her classes focus on two different forms of exercise: aerial hammock (yoga) and pole fitness. With the pole fitness, you can burn 450 calories in one class! Jody and I are there!
McKayla Marso recently played Princess Diana in the Twin Cities production of “Princess Diana the Musical”, written by Karen Javitch and Elaine Jabenis. She has toured in “Spamalot” for 2 years and “The Wizard of Oz”. She is moving to New York City to pursue her acting dreams.

August 10th – Listen Now

John Beasley: Movie and television actor. Watch him on his new tv show, “The Soul Man”.
Sandi Holmes: Artist, designer and seamstress. Featured in the 2011 “Les Femme Follies” book.
Nick Hudson: He is the founder of Omaha Fashion Week, which will start on Monday August 19th and run until Saturday, August 24th! In just six years, OFW has emerged as one of the top fashion weeks in the Midwest! (10th and Capitol streets area)

August 3rd – Listen Now

Matt Gutschick: Very enthusiastic Artistic Director at The Rose! Great shows coming up this season! With a mission to enrich the lives of young people and their families through live theater and arts education the theater welcomes more than 84,000 people each session.
Rob Baker: Actor, comedian, scriptwriter, former teacher at Omaha Community Playhouse. Rob is a seven time OCP award winner. He has produced, written, directed and acted in over 275 Omaha productions! Wow! Currently nominated for a TAG award for best featured actor in a drama for August: Osage County.
Melissa Stephens: Owner of The Cordial Cherry, Melissa just opened her second business: Stories Coffeehouse. It’s the first of its kind and it is designed to be an umbrella company to help new women business owners get started. Right now there are two pasty chefs, a cook, a popcorn maker and a chocolatier and a photographer. A few slots are open now for other businesses!

July 27th Show – Listen Now

Alex Kava : New York Times bestselling author of thirteen critically acclaimed books. The Maggie O’Dell series and two stand alone novels have been published in more than twenty countries. She speaks about her newest Maggie O’Dell Novel: Stranded.
Tony Endelman : Omaha based author of two humorous books: Randy Penny: Cordially F@#*ing with People and I Hope There’s Pie
Marilyn Tipp : Humorist and actress. Tells about her out of body experience.

July 20th Show – Listen Now
Maria Newman is an award-winning composer, violinist and pianist. She was born into one of the most famous and influential musical families in Hollywood, being the youngest daughter of the late 9-time Oscar -winning Film Composer Alfred Newman. She is in Omaha to promote one of her works at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Ruth Meintz, the executive director of the Conservatory is also on the show!
John T. Price: Award-winning author who recently wrote ‘Daddy Long Legs – The Natural Education of a Father.’ This is a funny memoir about the joy and vulnerablilty of parenthood. He wrote it after his heart-attack scare.
Brian Bogdanoff: A former Omaha police detective who wrote the book, ‘Three Bodies Burning’, about the investigation of one of Omaha’s most gruesome drug-related homicides. He was the lead investigator in the case.
Tobias Caballero: Our first tattoo artist and illustrator! He has been an artist for some time now, but only recently started tattooing. He says he is “tattooing at the very best shop in Omaha now, Liquid Courage.”

July 13th Show – Listen Now
Timothy Schaffert: Nebraska fiction award-winning author of several books. His latest “The Coffins of Little Hope” got a good review from the NY Tijmes.
Mandy Maynard, Missy Maynard: Two-thirds of The American Idol Maynard Triplets. They are extremely talented singers, songwriters and their banter is hilarious! Karen produced and wrote the songs for their CD – Take Three, which shows off their rare harmonies.

July 6th Show – Listen Now
Michaela Cawley: Fashion Designer, owner and founder of KKINI – luxury women’s swimwear.
Rachel Ware, Dylan Rohde: Improv comedians. Dylan is the founder and director of Omaha’s Backline Improv Theatre. Every Friday night is an improv show at 4965 Dodge St. Dylan teaches improve classes.
Ean Garrett: Inspiring young man who wrote ‘Rebirth of a Dream’. Motivational speaker.

June 29th Show – Listen Now
Tim Barry: Artist/potter. Tim is the founding member and managing partner of ‘The Hot Shops’ in downtown Omaha. 56 studios and 70 artist in the building. the Hot Shops is a for profit art center “where dreams and ideas are explored, created and shared.”
Ron Nadherny: He played the trumpet in area bands for more than 60 years! He was recently honored for his contributions to music. “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
Laurie Richards: She is a trained pianist and flutist. Laurie discovered a non-traditional way of teaching piano: Simply Music. She has opened “Keys to Harmony, LLC” – by Rockbrook Village. Simply Music is a revolutionary Australian piano method and all ages and abilities are welcome. “A world where everyone plays.”

June 22nd Show – Listen Now
June 22, 2013
Nancy Rips and Tom Ker: Nancy Rips is the book maven of the Midwest. She wrote her fourth book: ‘My First Berkshire ABC’. Tom Kerr is the illustrator. It is a very colorful and educational book about Berkshire Hathaway! Ex: “A is for Acme, B is for Borsheims, C is for Clayton, D is for Dairy Queen”. Both kids and adults will learn from this book and the illustrations are fantastic! Tom is an internationally recognized illustrator and cartoonist. Sold at the Bookworm in Omaha.
Tracy Shell: Co-founder of Clementine Porcelain. The Plate Project: functional porcelain plates that are decorated by children. The kids know that they are making the plates that will be sold in order to make money for the Food Bank of the Heartland. This is a creative project for kids and they learn that they are helping other children.
Michael Fitzsimmons: I’ll bet you’ve never heard anyone play a ‘hang.’ Well, Jody and I hadn’t either, until Michael Fitzsimmons, percussionist and award-winning composer, brought one to the radio station and played it for us. These sounds are like nothing you’ve heard before – very ethereal and spiritual. You’re in for a real treat!

June 15th Show – Listen Now

Almeda Berkey – Conductor, lyric soprano and lyricist. Co-founded Nebraska’s Professional Chorale Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum in 1988. 46 years conducting credits. Master of music degree in voice. Played keyboard with Mannheim Steamroller since 1973. Married to Jackson.
Jackson Berkey – Composer, pianist, teacher, Jackson’s published catalog offers over 400 titles encompassing choral, chamber ensemble band and concerti. Best-known nationally as a pianist and recording artist. He celebrated 39 years as featured keyboardist with Mannheim Steamroller. Married to Almeda.
John Beasley – Actor of screen, stage and television. HIs movies include: The Apostle, Rudy, the General’s Daughter and The Sum of All Fears. John stars in the tv sitcom The Soul Man with Cedric the entertainer which will start its second season on June 19th.

June 8th Show – Listen Now

Ezra & Adeev Potash – The Potashim! Identical twin 19-year old musicians. Adeev plays the trumpet, Ezra the bass trombone and tuba. Live performance in the studio! They play every year at the Berkshire Shareholders Party and have their own website.
Debra Joy Groesser – Not only is she the “First Lady” of Ralston, but she is a renowned Nebraska artist whose landscape paintings are sold all over the country. Her portrait of Richard and Mary Holland is hanging in the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.
Leo Adam Biga – Author, journalist and blogger. He “Celebrates the stories of people, their passions and their magnificent obsessions.” He speaks about director Alexander Payne and his new movie, Nebraska. Biga’s book. Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film, A Reporter’s Perspective 1998-2012 is available online and at The Bookworm in Omaha.

June 1st Show – Listen Now

Kerry Ecklebe – Dancer, actress and model. Director of Education at the Humane Society.
Pippa White She is in her 17th year as a storyteller. She calls her ‘One’s Company” productions part storytelling, part theatre and part history. Pippa has toured 31 states with her one woman shows. Her shows include: Voices from Ellis Island, The Story of the Orphan Train, Woman’s Work, A Tribute to Teachers and more.
Kirsten Kluver – Actress, dancer and singer, she is currently performing in the Blue Barn’s “The 39 Steps”. Licensed massage therapist and free-spirited artist.

May 25th Show – Listen Now
Ric Swanson – Music producer, percussionist and composer.
Billy McGuigan – Very talented Buddy Holly star of ‘Rave On!’. New musical projects coming up!
Mark Ferrill – Producer of Bellevue Little Theatre’s show, ‘Leaving Iowa’. May 31 – June 16th. Also, Memorial Day is Monday and Mark served in the Navy for 21 years.

May 18th Show – Listen Now
Richard Ness – Violinist who specializes in healing people with his music.
Judy Torneten – Music Teacher

Bruce Crawford – a film historian, documentary producer and promoter and organizer of film tributes here in Omaha. He also is a writer, lecturer and entrepreneur. On May 24th he is bringing Shirley Jones and the movie ‘Carousel’ to Omaha.

May 11th Show – Listen Now
Melissa Stevens – Owner of ‘The Cordial Cherry’. Great Mother’s Day gift. Her candies were placed in Emmy Gift Bags.
Felicia Webster – Poetry, performance and Spoken Work in the African-American tradition.
Lori Sassen – Well-known psychic, clairvoyant, medium. “All my life I have had the ability to see and feel things others cannot. I believe everyone has this ability. I will be publishing a book which will explain how anyone can do what I do and even tap into some of their own abilities! I love helping people become their truest potential!”

May 4th Show – Listen Now
Ringling Brother Clowns – Two very entertaining clowns who preview the circus which is coming to Omaha in May!
Mike Lavelle – Visual artist. “My art includes the exploration of the nature of our own dual existence as human beings.”
Rachel Shukert – Acclaimed author of her memoirs: Everything is Going to be Great and Have You no Shame? Her third book has just been published: Starstruck, which can be ordered at or bought at the Bookworm.

April 27th Show – Listen Now
Roberta Wilhelm – Executive Director of Girls Inc. Chelsea Clinton is the special guest at the May 10th luncheon.
George Walker – blues jazz guitarist. Played with many great artists – Lou Rawls, Bill Cosby, Barry White. Been on Saturday Night Live, Smothers Brothers.
Frank O’Neal: Poet of 3 books: Fireside Chats series: A Surrealist’s view of the world, The Awakening, I Am a Man, and soon to be out: Yalla.

April 20th Show – Listen Now
Cheryll Wallace – Artist, writer and educator. She opened the “Soul Kitschn Studio and Gallery.”
Paul Serrato – He is an accomplished jazz pianist and composer.
Carole Zacek– With her sewing talents, she “saved the Taylor Swift tour!”

April 13th Show – Listen Now
Michael ‘Gooch’ Gurciullo – After 15 years in Las Vegas, Gooch moved back home to Omaha. Mike and his Las Vegas Big Band play every Monday night at Anthony’s Restaurant. Charismatic Mike sings, plays the trumpet and leads the band.
Tyler and Sandy Smith – Husband and wife singers and songwriters. Pop, folk duo. Their CD is called ’37 Years’. That’s how long they were apart before reuniting.
Mark Musick – Researcher for the fascinating book by Douglas Wellman titled, BOXES: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.

April 6th Show – Listen Now
John D’Arcy – Master storyteller. Author and illustrator of children’s books.
Holly Hackwith – Corporate Art Co. – She is an art appraiser. Works with corporates to get art into their business. Head of the Equestrian Art Auction at Century Link.
Bob Mancuso Jr. – Head of Mid-America Expositions, Inc. Next Saturday, his company is putting on the Omaha Health Expo at Century Link.

March 30th Show – Listen Now
Roxanne Nielsen – Well-known choreographer and executive director of the ARTery.
Rachel Rosenberg and Dr. Robert Urban – Dr. Urban helped Rachel, a Holocaust survivor, write her book, The Holocaust Scream.

March 23rd Show – Listen Now
Carolyn Anderson – Executive Director of WHY ARTS?
Jason Hanley – Executive Director of the rock and roll ‘Hall of Fame’ in Cleveland. He is speaking at the Durham museum March 26th.
Kyle Knapp – Folk music singer/songwriter

March 16th Show – Listen Now
Bette Swanson – Producer of the ‘Sugar’ Musical at Bellevue Little Theater
Christina Tayler – Omaha Children’s Museum permanent ‘Walker Tire’ display
Sally Deskins – Author/artist/poet. Her second book: ‘Les Femmes Folles 2012’

March 9th Show – Listen Now
Ron Cooley – Well-known, versatile guitarist from the Grammy award-winning group, Mannheim Steamroller. Also musician in the group, Pam and the Pearls.
Mandy Maynard – One of The Maynard Triplets, Mandy has gone solo and is quite a talented singer/songwriter. Visit her youtubes to hear and see her!
Tim Halperin – singer/songwriter who was one of the 12 male finalists from American Idol 2011. Born and raised in Omaha, he now lives in Texas and just opened for a famous American Idol alum!

March 2nd Show – Listen Now
Ruth Meints – Executive Director of OM Conservatory
Kevin Lawler – Guest director of a new Blue Barn show.
Becki Jelinski – New Hills’ Montessori Health food program at the Bright Day Café.

February 23rd Show – Listen Now
Nick Hudson – Former owner of Nomad, Nic founded the Omaha Fashion week with his wife.
Janet Mocaska – ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ photographer. Featured at Durham Museum this week.
Sheri Garner – she is an artist and art teacher who specializes in ‘Painting with Pencil’ classes.

February 16th Show – Listen Now

Barbara Boicourt: Visual artist who creates beautiful calendars! One calendar was inspired by a Marilyn Monroe photo.
Marilyn June Coffey: Prolific and humorous Great Plains writer.
Michael Murphy: Flutist, pianist and songwriter.

February 9th Show – Listen Now

CAROL CRISSY NIGRELLI – A tv broadcaster for 23 years in Buffalo, New York. She now lives in Omaha is a writer for Omaha magazine. Carol is married to Craig Nigrelli, Action 3 news.
RITA ROCKER: A former Mrs. Nebraska who is a national inspirational speaker and founded Omaha’s Transformation Academy.
PEGGY JONES: An artist and playwright who is the assistant professor at UNO department of black studies. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for her play, “The Journey,” which tells the story of Aaron Douglas, the first black graduate from the art department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1922.

February 2nd Show – Listen Now

ANDY GREENBERG: Motivational speaker and radio personality, heard by millions daily. His new book, ‘Your High’ features 80 of his vignettes to help you grow personally and professionally.

CAMILLE METOYER MOTEN & DAVID P. MURPHY: Musical talents who, along with radio host Dave Wingert, will entertain us on Valentine’s Day at a show at Brix restaurant. They are both coming out with new CD’s, and Camille will perform in the next shows at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

RITA RAE ROXX – Author of ‘Once Upon a Rock Star’. Rita tells us about her associations with rock stars in the 1980’s.

January 26th Show – Listen Now

Barbara Eymann Mohrman: A lifelong educator who has just written her first book:about her family’s history – called “FOUR BLUE STARS IN THE WINDOW –One Family’s Story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and the Duty of a Generation.”
Janet Sieff: Executive director of Centering Corporation, a worldwide grief resource center, and Creative Director of Grief Digest Magazine.
Kim Reid, Teal Gardner: Do you want something fun to do every Friday night in Omaha? Artist and curator Kim Reid, and artist and singer Teal Gardner tell us about the Sweatshop’s First Friday February that sponsors different musicians and artists in Benson. Sweatshop’s First Friday February will be featuring CLUB NO QUIET, a new record label.

January 19th Show – Listen Now
Mark Wehner: CEO and founder of REESULTS COACHING. Author of “1440 -Empowering Entrepreneurs Every Minute of the Day”
Sandra Wendel: A highly experienced book editor who specializes in helping authors write, polish, and publish their manuscripts. If you have written a book and need an editor, contact Sandra.
Susan Kruse & Mike Carta: Do you ever have an idea for a new game? This brother and sister team invented the new game, “Caption Throwdown.”

January 12th Show – Listen Now
Dan Mirvish: Film director, producer and author. His films include ‘omaha the movie’ and ‘Between Us’. He has news about omaha the movie.
Mary Maxwell: Book her for your next event! Omaha humorist who has more than 7 million hits on her comedic youtube video.
Logan Penington: Mannheim Steamroller’s awesome drummer/percussionist. He is the youngest member of this Grammy award-winning group. Also starting his own band.

January 5th Show – Listen Now

Sebastian Anzaldo: accomplished singer & musician & Frank Sinatra impersonator: Las Vegas performer. He’ll be here on March 22nd for his Rat Pack performance.
Carmelita De la Guardia: former Mrs. Nebraska. Beautiful, classical singer.
Bill Ramsey: Iconic PR man in Omaha and prolific author.

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