The Washington Examiner is excited to announce the launch of a new weekly podcast.
This week, the Washington Examiner launched Mag Men, a podcastfeaturing the magazine editors of the Washington Examiner, offering analysis and commentary of the week’s news and what stories the editors are working on for the week ahead.
It will be hosted by Executive Editor Seth Mandel, Managing Editor Jay Caruso, Life and Arts Editor Park MacDougal and Deputy Editor J. Grant Addison.
“The combined experience of the editors and their diverse perspectives will make Mag Men the most eclectic political podcast out there,” said Mandel.
Peter Robinson and Rob Long, the co-founders of Ricochet and Ricochet CEO Scott Immergut said, “We are of course thrilled to be carrying the Washington Examiner Editor’s Podcast (Mag Men) and extending our relationship with MediaDC”. In the next several weeks, Ricochet and the Washington Examiner will be launching additional podcasts.
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In the latest episode of ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, hosts Cori Murray and Charli Penn talk to Whitney Houston’s confidante Robyn Crawford—who reveals a side of the iconic singer that only ESSENCE can share.
While at the height of a whirlwind tour promoting her book, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston, Crawford shares her own truth with the Yes, Girl! team on life with Houston—weighing in on everything from their bond, the first time they met, their friendship after Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown came on the scene and more. She shares with ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! (time codes included):
ON WHAT WHITNEY WOULD WANT [12:09-12:35]: “…I asked myself that question, what would Whitney want? What would Whitney want? So my intent is to raise my friend’s legacy, honor our friendship because that’s what she deserves. That’s how I feel…”
ON BEING YOUNG, FEARLESS AND FREE WITH WHITNEY [15:06-15:36]:“…We were young, fearless, and ready, and I was a believer. It was happening. Everything she said was happening. She didn’t talk like, ‘I’m going to have a hit record and we’re going to…’ It was none of that. It was like, ‘I’m a singer. I sing. I’m going to get a recording contract, and stick with me and I’ll take you all around the world.’ And that’s exactly what happened…”
ON THE FIRST TIME THEY MET [17:20-17:50]:“…It all happened at that first meeting when I walked in and we met that day. It just clicked, something happened, and it was just a friendship that developed and it kept growing and growing. And it was deep because we were open, we were bare, we were naked. And when I mean naked, with our feelings and we didn’t think about what we were saying, we just said it…”
ON ROBYN’S BOND WITH WHITNEY [26:52 – 27:46]: “It was the bond, and the deepness, and the connection that we had. And it was beautiful. Those moments…I know I am very free when I express it in the book. And that’s because that’s what that moment felt like. Whitney used to always say, if you want a friend, you have to be one. If you love me, love me unconditionally. And that was something else for me to strive for, understanding what the word unconditional meant. And the love that I had for her was really deep. And that love she had for me was the same…”
ON HER FRIENDSHIP WITH WHITNEY AFTER SHE MARRIED BOBBY [35:42 – 38:04]: “…I did not know Bobby before the wedding. We never really got a chance to know each other. And, when they became a couple, I still really didn’t get to spend any quality time with both of them. But, while I will say about Bobby is she told me she loved him. And his behavior and the way I saw him treat her… let’s just say this about Bobby, Bobby’s behaviors played out in the press. And he and I were not squaring off in Everlast shorts and boxing gloves. That never happened. I was still in the same spot that Whitney always wanted me to be. Bobby never approached me personally and said anything to me about the rumors of our relationship. Not once. But I watched him make a mess of her trail. Bobby was funny. He had a way of shifting the attention to him anywhere, any place, at any time. That was Bobby’s talent….But I wasn’t competing for anything. I had her friendship. I was her friend. And he could have been a better friend too…”
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Consequence of Sound and Sony Music Entertainment have partnered together for another season of The Opus, a podcast that explores legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. The fifth season has officially entered the world of Darkness with the Prince himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Host Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis, along with a number of musicians, artists, authors, and metal heads, will delve into how his debut solo record Blizzard of Ozz changed Ozzy’s world and continues to impact music today.
After being fired from Black Sabbath in 1979, Osbourne feared his career was over. Blizzard of Ozz changed a genre with hit singles like “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley”, thus shifting the direction of Osbourne’s entire life.
“The Opus is nothing without its legends, and Ozzy Osbourne is certainly one of them. Millions of people from all over the world can recognize the Prince of Darkness, but very few know how truly dark things once were for the rocker,” shares Consequence of Sound’s Editor-in-ChiefMichael Roffman. “Blizzard of Ozz is a redemption story, sure, but it wasn’t an easy one for Ozzy, which is why listeners should find this season of The Opus to be quite exhilarating.”
Guests throughout the season will include Zakk Wylde (Ozzy/Black Label Society), Joseph Schafer (Kerrang, Decibel, NPR), Steve Brodsky (Cave IN/Mutoid Man), Robert Ham (Portland Mercury, Consequence), Phillip Guiry (ex-Minor League Baseball executive), Chuck Klosterman (Fargo Rock City) and Beth Winegarner (author of “The Columbine Effect” and several other books on Heavy Metal and society).
On the new season of The Opus, Bothwell shares “I didn’t grow up on Ozzy, I knew the hits, but I had never gone any deeper than that on Blizzard Of Ozz. But, after researching for this next season of The Opus, I have become a TOTAL fan! I finally understand why metal heads worship this record, and I fully accept and acknowledge Ozzy Osbourne as the Godfather of Metal, and the one true Prince of Darkness!”
Past seasons of The Opus have explored the ever-evolving legacies of four iconic records: Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland, Jeff Buckley’s Grace and most recently, Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger.
Premiere Networks and Hollywood Unlocked Founder/CEO Jason Lee announced today the launch of a new weekly radio show, Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee.
The two-hour, original program will debut August 17 on 50 iHeartMedia Urban Contemporary stations nationwide, in addition to iHeartRadio.
Co-hosted by Melyssa Ford and DJ Damage, Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee will keep listeners on the pulse of Hip Hop and pop culture in this fun and entertaining program featuring celebrity news, information and gossip, along with candid conversations with the stars who will bring truth to the latest stories and rumors.
Additionally, Lee’s podcast Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored, which is also co-hosted by Ford and Damage and has more than 33 million views on its YouTube channel, will be made available on iHeartRadio.
Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee is the latest extension of Lee’s Hollywood Unlocked multi-platform empire – one of the nation’s top urban and entertainment brands that includes the popular website the Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored podcast; the Hollywood Unlocked YouTube channel; and events like the Hollywood Unlocked Social Impact Brunch awards show.
“When I first started Hollywood Unlocked four years ago, I had a dream of having a national show,” said Lee. “After several years of working hard and never losing sight of my journey, this dream has now come into reality. Joining iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks with the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Big Boy, and The Breakfast Club is not only exciting, but also an honor to be added to this list of iconic trailblazers in the field of broadcast. We are excited to share with the iHeartRadio listeners our unfiltered and sometimes wild and hilarious way of asking the biggest celebrities questions that fans want answers to. Hold on for this exciting ride!” Lee Stated
“Jason has created a brand that connects millions of fans with celebrity news, pop culture and exclusive star interviews across multiple platforms, including events, digital, social media and podcasting,” said Doc Wynter, iHeartMedia Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip Hop Programming Strategy. “He’s a true influencer and we’re excited to partner with him to expand Hollywood Unlocked to radio listeners across the country.”
Culture disruptor and multi-media powerhouse Lee has unlocked the secret to success in Hollywood. He built an ever-evolving brand empire through strategic campaign oversight, event production, and influential relationships with stars including Tiffany Haddish, Cardi B, Kris Jenner and Floyd Mayweather. In the competitive world of entertainment, Lee has elevated his brand recognition as a pivotal voice on “Love & Hip Hop,” MTV2’s “Wild N’ Out,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Dish Nation,” and many more. Lee continues to shine as the talent and face of the Hollywood Unlocked brand, which connects with millions of fans online, and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
iHeartRadio featuring more than 250,000 podcasts, with more than 750 iHeartRadio Originals and is available on over 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee and Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored on your favorite device, beginning August 17.
LA Times Studios today launched “Larger Than Life,” a docu-series about legendary Los Angeles street racer Big Willie Robinson. Reported and hosted by Times staff writer Daniel Miller, the seven-part podcast series tells the true story of a street racer who united Los Angeles — but left behind a tangle of questions.Watch the trailer here.
In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts Riots, a legendary character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to bring people together, across race and class. Big Willie, a 6-foot-6, muscle-bound gearhead, used street racing to heal a city torn apart by violence. Cops and criminals, movie stars and miscreants, even Crips and Bloods — out at the drag strip, Big Willie could get them all to see eye to eye.
His street diplomacy eased racial tensions and united L.A. But what caused Big Willie to fade into obscurity? Exploring the life and legacy of L.A.’s “King of the Street,” the series shares never-before-revealed details uncovered through Miller’s investigative work, as well as personal stories from Willie’s inner circle, including members of the International Brotherhood of Street Racers.
The first two episodes are available now, everywhere podcasts are available (Apple, Spotify, Stitcher), with episodes dropping each week. Listeners can also discover bonus content for each episode on latimes.com, including exclusive footage, images and more. An essay about the project by Daniel Miller will be available in the Sunday edition of the newspaper on July 14.
TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY
Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.
An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery
If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.
“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.
Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.
After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.
“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”
It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.
It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.
For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.
“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”
Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.
Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.
“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”
Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.
360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.
The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.
When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.
“Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”
The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.
As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.
“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.
When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.
When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.
“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”
He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.
Music segments included in the Podcast: An Early Thursday Morning, The Ride, and Making Good Time used with permission of the artist, John Arthur Martinez.
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360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from Door County Wisconsin.
If you’re not familiar with Wisconsin, look at a map of the state and you’ll notice a jutting peninsula (locals fondly refer to the peninsula as Wisconsin’s thumb) on the eastern flank. That’s Door County; cradled on the western flank is Sturgeon Bay and legendary Green Bay.
Summertime is crazy-busy tourist time with vacationers from around the midwest who have a multi-generational fondness for the rural county.
It’s a rural paradise where cherry orchards remain king, but today family-owned wineries have also become part of the landscape, alongside the ever popular roadside farm stands.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin–symbolizes Door County’s multi-generational family owned businesses. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Summertime rocks with legendary lakeside fish boils and beachside barbecues with live music.
Legendary Fish Boil at Rowleys Bay Resort & Restaurant Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Photo Credit Tom Wilmer
Innkeeper at Rowleys Bay Resort Ellison Bay, Wisconsin shows off the end result of the fish boil. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Sundowner barbecue and live music on the bay at Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Around back–at Al Johnsons Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Actually they are legend for their goats who mow the restaurant’s sod-roof during the summer months–oh and they serve great food too! Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
If you’re based in a southern state or on the West Coast you might presume that come wintertime the locals in the Northern Tier states hunker down by the fireplace until the spring thaw.
Outdoor adventuring on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in the heart of Door County. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Come up for a visit in the midst of winter and you will see the locals just as busy playing and adventuring in the outdoors as they do in July or August.
Great fun to ride a vehicle across the bay to go ice fishing. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating–and ice fishing are super popular winter activities.
The northern end of the Door County Peninsula exhibits a distinctive, intoxicating beauty. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
A cool mid-winter adventure takes place at the northern end of the Door Peninsula–that’s where you board the ice-breaker ferry for a ride across the straits—dubbed long ago by pioneer adventurers Deaths’ Door.
The roots of the name stem from the potentially brutal and sometimes deadly experience when early settles traveled by boat between the peninsula and ports around Lake Michigan.
Washington Island Ferry. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Today the Washington Island Ferry transports locals and visitors every day of the year–shuttling passengers between the peninsula and nearby Washington Island.
The Washington Island Ferries are equipped with hardened ice-breaking bows that carve their way across the straits skirting the fringe of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
Crossing the straits of Death’s Door on the fringe of Lake Michigan en route to Washington Island. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Settled long ago by Norwegian and Icelandic pioneers, Washington Island remains populated by descendants of the first homesteaders (the island today claims a large population of Icelandic descendants)–of course along with a new generation of hardy souls, many attracted specifically because of its remoteness and unspoiled natural beauty.
Washington Island’s revered Norwegian Stavkirke (church of Staves) is based on drawings of a church in Borglund, Norway constructed in 1150 AD. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
A saving grace for the island’s pristine environment is that it has experienced minimal development and claims around 700 full-time residents, swelling to more than 1,500 during the summertime.
One of the big draws is a visit to one of the island lavender farms, and lunch at one of the local diners.
In addition to the natural beauty of Washington Island, and Door County, a precious attraction is the friendliness and welcoming attitude of the locals.
Innkeeper at White Gull Inn shows off his classy ride. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
A stop at a coffee shop is an integral part of life year round on the Door Peninsula. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Fun with the locals at Rowleys Resort Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Jon Jarosh with the Door County Visitor Bureau. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer
Cipha Sounds What’s Ur Thing? airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET on FM – Fuse Music. From DJ, comedian and radio/podcast/TV host Cipha Sounds – creator of the world’s first hip-hop podcast (Juan Epstein) and also known for truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, The HOT 97 Morning Show and more – the multiplatform series takes the concept of an audio podcast to the next level.
What’s Ur Thing? dives deep into an artist’s obsession – what’s that unexpected “thing” they focus their energy on outside of the studio? What’s that uncommon or surprising hobby that keeps them sane on the road in between tour dates? From Cross-Stitch to Cross-Fit, Cosplay to Calligraphy, Cipha gives new insight into an artist’s passions, and teases out that ‘thing’ that helps clear their mind, keeps them motivated, and possibly inspires their next project.
Already a voice of his generation on his own Beats 1 Radio show, Travis Mills is launching his own podcast entitled ADHD With Travis Mills starting this Friday (November 30). Every week, Mills will offer a unique insight to Travis’s world of pop culture without borders or time restraints featuring a new and eclectic guest each week.
Mills shares: “ADHD is the hub for guests to chat about off the wall topics, have conversational interviews that offer insight and point to the current projects our guests are working on. This is THE destination for fans. This is THE chat for creatives. This is ADHD.”
Travis records from a high-rise, penthouse studio overlooking Sunset & Vine, transformed to look like his bedroom, surrounded by panoramic views of the city. The hour-long episodes will release every Friday on all podcast streaming platforms, and are paired with a video component posted to Mills’ YouTube channel.
On his debut episode Mills talks with entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk who discusses his two new business ventures.
“Gary is someone who has inspired me and pushed me for the last few years. He offers unique insight into culture that motivates, has quality content on just about every medium and is one of the most POSITIVE people I have had the pleasure to work with. A true OG and someone I am proud to have as my first guest.”