Steve Cooper

Straight out of Burbank, CA! Entertainer Steve Cooper is “Only as hip a his guests”. He hosts Comedians, Actors, Writers and Musicians and spends an hour with them for some organic chat about the biz!

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Straight out of Burbank, CA! Entertainer Steve Cooper is "Only as hip a his guests". He hosts Comedians, Actors, Writers and Musicians and spends an hour with them for some organic chat about the biz!

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Willie Nile.  Willie became a popular fixture in the Village’s folk clubs in the late 70’s, while drawing equal inspiration from the emerging downtown punk scene. He won a deal with Arista Records, which released his first two albums, Willie Nile and Golden Down, to considerable acclaim in 1980 and 1981 respectively. Despite a series of legal disputes that caused him to walk away from the music business for nearly a decade, he resumed his recording career successfully in the ’90s, recording Places I Have Never Been for Columbia Records, before going the D.I.Y. route with such well-received indie albums as Beautiful Wreck of the World, Streets of New York, House of a Thousand Guitars, The Innocent Ones, American Ride, World War Willie and the low-key piano-based departure If I Was a River. Throughout his career he’s amassed an enthusiastic international fan base that includes such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s [...]

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Posted: November 18, 2017, 3:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with tattoo artist Freddy Negrete. Freddy is known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black and gray fineline tattooing. A Southern California resident, he got into tattooing at an early age while incarcerated. He ended up working alongside Jack Rudy (best known for inventing the single needle for the professional tattoo gun) at Good Time Charlie’s. He has worked on feature films and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture and his autobiography Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray was recently released.

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Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:26 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comedian/designer/entrepreneur/actress/philanthropist/author Rhonda Shear. Rhonda is best known as being the host of USA’s weekend show Up All Night. For more than four decades, she has acted on hundreds of television shows, posed for Playboy, headlined in Vegas, been Miss Louisiana, built a $100 million lingerie company, paraded down Bourbon Street, and married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Van Fagan. She recently wrote her autobiography Up All Night: From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Mogul, Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist.

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Posted: November 11, 2017, 4:34 pm

Steve Cooper talks with director Jeremy Kagan. Jeremy is an internationally recognized director/writer/producer of feature films and television and a tenured professor. Some of his feature credits include the box-office hits Heroes, the political thriller The Big Fix, The Chosen and The Journey of Natty Gann. Among his many television shows are Katherine: The Making of an American Revolution and HBO’s Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8. His film Roswell, The UFO Conspiracy garnered a Golden Globe nomination and he directed the pilot for the hit series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Some other TV directing credits include The Guardian, The Handler, Boomtown, The West Wing, Resurrection Blvd. and Ally McBeal. His current movie, Shot starring Noah Wyle has been receiving critical acclaim.

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Posted: November 7, 2017, 2:42 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor/musican/writer/producer Bill Mumy. He has worked on over four hundred television shows and is best known by fans around the world for the creation of his memorable roles as the heroic boy astronaut, Will Robinson on the long running classic series Lost in Space, Anthony Fremont from The Twilight Zone and Lennier from in the popular science fiction series Babylon 5 which he co-starred in for five years. He is a prolific voice over artist who gave voice to President Abraham Lincoln in The History Channel’s Civil War: Blood and Glory miniseries and has narrated over 50 episodes of A & E ‘s  Biography series and his voice over acting talents can be heard on animated shows like Rescue Bots, Bravest Warriors, Ren and Stimpy, Scooby Doo, Batman: the Animated Series, Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs, Little Wizard Adventures, The Oz Kids and Disney’s Buzz Lightyear: Star Command.  He’s also voiced dozens of national commercials such as Farmer& [...]

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Posted: November 2, 2017, 3:04 pm

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Mike Portnoy. Mike is one of the founding members of the group Dream Theatre and currently part of the supergroups Sons of Apollo and The Winery Dogs. He has won 30 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and has received accolades from many more publications. He is constantly working and has been part of numerous bands throughout his career including Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and Adrelanine Mob. He has also released 3 instructional videos and was listed as #5 in Rhythm magazine’s list of the Top 50 Drummers of All Time.

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Posted: October 28, 2017, 2:55 pm

Steve Cooper talks with TV writer/producer/director/major league baseball announcer Ken Levine. Ken is an Emmy winner whose career has spanned over 30 years. He has worked on the shows including M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, WIngs, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker and Dharma & Greg and has co-created three series. He and his partner wrote the feature Volunteers. He has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Sand Diego Padres and Dodger Talk. He hosts the podcast Hollywood & Levine and has written and directed three plays.

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Posted: October 23, 2017, 1:54 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician Howard Jones. Howard was one of the defining figures of mid-’80s synth pop. His music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-’60s pop. He racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late ’80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the ’90s.  He released his first single, New Song, in England in the fall of 1983 and it became a big hit, peaking at number three. His second single, What Is Love, was released a few months later and it reached number two and his debut album was released in the spring of 1984 and quickly rose to number one in England. In 1985 he released Dream Into Action. The record became his most successful, reaching number ten and going platinum in the U.S. spawning the hit singles Things Can Only Get Better, Like to Get to Know You Well, Life in One Day and Look Mama. In the spring of 1986, he released Action Replay an EP of remixes that featured [...]

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Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:06 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician Tom Keifer. Tom is best known for being the front man for the rock band Cinderella. Cinderella emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles that videos received heavy MTV rotation.  The band has sold 15 million records worldwide. Tom is about to present a special Deluxe Edition release of his critically acclaimed solo album, The Way Life Goes. It’s a CD/DVD that features two new studio tracks as well as a 30 minutes documentary as well as videos and live footage.

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Posted: October 17, 2017, 2:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Spencer Garrett. Spencer returns to CooperTalk for a third time. One of the busiest actors around he has recently been seen on Dice, Bosch, Room 104, Insecure, Timelss, Survivor’s Remorse and just finished playing Bob Woodward in the movie The Front Runner. The year before that he was a regular on the shows Satisfaction, Aquarius and Murder in the First and co-starred in All the Way playing Walter Reuther. He got introduced to the entertainment field at a young age, his mother was an actress and his father was a talent agent. After college he gravitated towards the industry and studied with the legendary teacher Sanford Meisner. Throughout his 25 year career he has consistently worked on many different projects. His various TV credits include Franklin & Bash, Masters of Sex, Star Trek: Voyager, Judging Amy, The Practice, The X-Files, Carnivale, JAG, Law & Order, Cold Case, Luck, Mad Men, Major Crimes and Satisfaction. He is also a famili [...]

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Posted: October 12, 2017, 1:43 pm

Steve Cooper talks with host Todd Newton. Todd is one of the most recognized and respected faces on the air today and a Daytime Emmy winning personality. Often referred to by industry insiders as The Host with the Most, his amiable persona on E! Entertainment Television brought viewers face to face with Hollywood’s biggest stars for over a decade. Since entering the world of game shows in 1999, he has awarded contestants over thirty million dollars in cash and prizes on shows such as Family Game Night, Whammy, Hollywood Showdown and Monopoly Millionaire’s Club. He also serves as host of The Price Is Right Live stage show, performing to sold out crowds across North America and is the author of multiple books including Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host’s Road to Success & Fulfillment.

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Posted: October 9, 2017, 3:12 pm

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Chris Barron. Chris is best known as the front man for the band the Spin Doctors. They were best known for their popular album Pocket Full of Kryponite that peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. It produced the big hits Two Princes and Little Can’t Be Wrong. The band has recorded six albums over the years and continues to tour. Chris recently finished up a solo album titled Angels and One Armed Jugglers and will hit the road in support of that.

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Posted: October 5, 2017, 5:54 pm

Steve Cooper talks with music personality, TV host, and video deejay Matt Pinfield. Matt is best known for his years working at MTV and VH1.  In 1984, he became a radio DJ on the Jersey Shore rock alternative station WHTG-FM and was the main DJ at the innovative Melody Bar in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1995, he began his television career hosting MTV’s 120 Minutes. Within a year, he hosted a variety of MTV shows including MattRock, Pinfield Suite, Pinfield Presents, Rocks Off and MTV Live and he has also hosted over 100 MTV specials. His music knowledge was showcased on TRL’s Stump Matt and in 1999 he joined Universal Television to host and co-write a live television show about music called farmclub.com. In 2001, he became Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records and in 2006 he returned to VH1. He later took over the morning drive slot for WRXP in New York City and a similar position on KFOG in San Francisco. In 2016 he published a memoir, All The [...]

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Posted: October 3, 2017, 2:34 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Doug Aldrich. Doug started playing professionally in Los Angeles with the band Lion in 1986. Since then he has played with groups such as Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain, Dio and Whitesnake. He currently plays for two supergroups, The Dead Daisies and Revolution Saints. He has also recorded a few solo projects and gigged in Vegas with Raiding the Rock Vault.

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Posted: September 28, 2017, 8:32 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician Lita Ford. Lita shredded the stereotypes of female musicians throughout the 1970s and ’80s, starting with the world’s first major all-female rock group, the Runaways, then as a platinum-selling solo artist who shared the bill with the Ramones, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, and others—and who gave Ozzy Osbourne his first Top 10 hit. After a hiatus from the music industry she is back touring and penned the best-selling book Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir.

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Posted: September 26, 2017, 4:02 pm

Steve Cooper talks with writer/teacher/speaker/radio host Kelly Carlin. Kelly has written a best selling book titled A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George and recently toured with her critically acclaimed solo show of the same name. She has hosted two radio shows―The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM and Waking from the American Dream on SModcast Network, and blogs for the Huffington Post. She is about to teach her online seminar Unplug With Kelly Carlin - 2017 Autumn Cycle. Receive a 20% discount with the code https://app.ruzuku.com/courses/23828/about?price_point=24959&url_hash=fac1ee41d870c9300fe2e8840d40e7

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Posted: September 22, 2017, 5:30 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Curtis Armstrong. Curtis started his show business career with Risky Business. It was the first in a string of classic comedy films and TV shows, including Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, Moonlighting and, most significantly, Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the iconic role of Booger. Since then he has  appeared in films and TV shows including Supernatural and New Girl. He co-created and co-hosted the hit comedy-reality show, King of the Nerds, which brought his nerd narrative full circle and just released a book titled Revenge of the Nerd: Or…The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger.

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Posted: September 20, 2017, 1:30 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician Vicki Peterson. Vicki is best known for being one of the founders and lead guitarist for The Bangles. The Bangles formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They scored several mega hits as the decade continued including Walk Like an Egyptian, Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter and Eternal Flame. After they broke up Vicki went on to play with the Continental Drifters and The Psycho Sisters and also played for the Go-Go’s 1994-1995 tour. She currently plays with a new band Action Skulls that features her husband John Cowsill and Bill Mummy and she still tours and records with The Bangles.

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Posted: September 13, 2017, 8:22 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Dan Lauria. Dan is best known for playing Jack Arnold, the father on The Wonder Years. A familiar face to TV, movies and the stage he has been constantly working for over 35 years. Some of his television and film credits include Growing Pains, LA Law, Cagney & Lacey, Amazing Grace, Party of Five, From the Earth to the Moon, Costello, The Hoop Life, Law & Order, JAG, Ed, Big Momma’s House 2, Independence Day, The Bronx is Burning, Psych, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Harry’s Law, Sullivan & Son, Hot in Cleveland, The Good Wife, Perception, Blue Bloods, Pitch and many, many more. He is also an accomplished stage actor appearing on Broadway in Lombardi and A Christmas Story plus other theatre productions across the country.

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Posted: September 11, 2017, 2:23 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician John Parr. John is best known for his 1985 US number one hit single St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) and in 1984 for his US number one rock single Naughty Naughty. He has sold 10 million albums worldwide, and has written and performed 12 Hollywood movie themes, including for Three Men and a Baby, Running Man, Quicksilver and Near Dark. He has also written for artists such as Roger Daltrey, Meatloaf, Tom Jones and The Monkees. After ten years out of the music business he returned in 2007 and joined Canadian pop-rock artist Bryan Adams on his tour and later was a special guest of Journey on their entire UK tour. In 2011 he was a guest on ESPN show SportsNation where he sang a special rendition of St. Elmo’s Fire replacing the words with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. A reworking of the song’s lyrics with the title Tim Tebow’s Fire, went viral on YouTube and has received over a 1,000,000 views. [...]

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Posted: September 9, 2017, 2:03 am

Steve Cooper talks with musician/actor/radio host Michael Des Barres. Michael currently is the host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21 and is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a weeks. He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter. Over the past five decades, he has appeared in numerous feature films such as To Sir With Love with Sidney Poitier, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, The Man From Elysian Fields with Mick Jagger and Diary of a Sex Addict with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. He was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, [...]

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Posted: September 5, 2017, 4:23 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor/singer/director Don Most. Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series Happy Days. Recently, he was seen in a recurring role on the hit TV show Glee, as well as starring roles in the indie film  The Yankles and Chez Upshaw starring Kevin Pollack and Illeana Douglas. He just finished starring in Campin Buddies, along with a role in the independent film Remember Isobel and the short film Duality. His other feature film credits include ED TV, directed by Ron Howard: Crazy Mama, directed by Jonathan Demme, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich. In television, his other guest starring roles include Men Of A Certain Age, Century City, Star Trek: Voyager, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, Sliders, Dark Skies and The Family Guy. Following in the footsteps of some of his peers, Don has now directed three feature films. His first, The Last Best Sunday, had its World Premiere at the Seattle Internati [...]

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Posted: August 30, 2017, 8:24 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Cathy Ladman. Cathy has not only appeared on The Tonight Show nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Anniversary shows. She made four appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, did her own HBO One Night Stand comedy special, and was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. She is an acclaimed television and film actor. Her film credits include Charlie Wilson’s War, The Aristocrats and White Oleander. Her TV appearances include Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond and NCIS: Los Angeles and has had recurring roles in Caroline in the City, Pretty Little Liars and I’m Dying Up Here. She also appeared regularly on ABC’s Politically Incorrect and Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. Besides writing her standup act and original scripted projects, she was on the writing staffs of The Caroline Rhea S [...]

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Posted: August 28, 2017, 2:18 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor/musician Robert Romanus. Robert is an American film/television actor and musician. He is best known as ticket scalper Mike Damone in the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Natalie Green’s boyfriend Snake on The Facts of Life. He starred in the 1983 series The Best of Times as Pete Falcone. He also starred in the 1985 film Bad Medicine. His other TV roles include Fame as Miltie Horowitz in 1986-1987, and two short-lived shows: the 21 Jump Street spin-off Booker as Tony DeAngelo in 1989, and as Jeff Foster in Maggie Winters in 1998. He has starred on soap operas such as Days of Our Lives as Marvin ‘Speed’ Selejko from 1983-1985, and The Young and the Restless as Lou in 2002. He has guest starred on many shows, including CHiPs, 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation, MacGyver, Providence, Will & Grace, My Own Worst Enemy, Code Black, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cougar Town, Family Guy, Touch, Cold Case and Legit. He directed the 2 [...]

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Posted: August 25, 2017, 3:59 pm

Steve Cooper talks with entrepreneur/restaurateur/actor/musician Tony Luke Jr. Tony recently has started a national campaign that deals with heroin addcition that is rampantly spreading across the USA called #brownandwhite. He opened a sandwich shop in South Philadelphia in 1990 and Tony Luke’s has turned into an international brand with stores currently open in Bahrain, the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Tony Luke’s has twice been hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, renowned by GQ Magazine, The New York Times and is a member of Philly Mag’s Hall of Fame. The sandwich shop is featured on episodes of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Dinner: Impossible, Man v. Food and Food Wars. Tony a man of many hats has appeared in many feature films including Invincible, 10th & Wolf and The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, which he co-wrote and co-produced. He also has written and produced songs for Billy Paul, A&M Records and even topped the CD Baby ch [...]

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Posted: August 22, 2017, 12:58 pm

Steve Cooper talks with writer Matthew Quick. Matthew is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, The Good Luck of Right Now, Love May Fail, The Reason You’re Alive and four young adult novels: Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a Pen/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. All of his books have been optioned for film.

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Posted: August 18, 2017, 6:20 pm

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Billy Sheehan. Billy started in his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the early ’70’s with the now legendary hard rock trio Talas, he went on to join David Lee Roth in the summer of ’85 when Dave quit Van Halen to go out on his own. Along with Steve Vai & Gregg Bissonette, the legendary Eat ‘Em and Smile record and tour went on to platinum status and sold out shows everywhere. Leaving in 1987 to start his own new band, he founded Mr. Big, who went on to achieve a number one hit in fourteen countries, staying number 1 in the USA BillBoard charts for 3 solid weeks. Along with Mr Big members Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey, they recorded and toured the world for a decade more, till disbanding in 2002. During that time he found time to start Niacin a fusion/blues trio based around the Hammond B3 sound that featured drummer Dennis Chambers. He rejoined his old bandmate Steve Vai for several tours as well as Steve’s Real Illusions record an [...]

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Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:52 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Judith Scott. Judith can be currently seen playing the role of Claudia Crane in FX’s hit drama Snowfall which takes a look back to the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 80s. She began her career as part of the legendary Second City improv troupe out of Chicago. Her acting credits include recurring roles in shows such as Dexter, Castle, Jake 2.0, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and has guests starred on series including The X-Files, Frasier, The Bernie Mac Show, 24, Monk, ER, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Numb3rs, House, Franklin & Bash, CSI: Miami and Murder in the First. She has also been seen in the movies The Santa Clause, Opportunity Knocks, Dunston Checks In and Flightplan to name a few.

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Posted: August 15, 2017, 2:58 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Todd Lowe. Todd is best known for his role as Terry Bellefleur on HBO’s True Blood and and as Zach Van Gerbig on Gilmore Girls. He can currently be seen on the USA series Shooter and has appeared on shows and movies such as Criminal Minds, Cold, Ave 43, Bunheads, CSI:Miami, NCIS, Without a Trace, The Princess Diaries , Walker, Texas Ranger and more. He also has been a singer and guitarist for Pilbilly Knights a country-rock band based in Los Angeles and a member of another rock country band, The LA Hootenanny.

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Posted: August 10, 2017, 4:53 pm

Steve Cooper talks with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Desmond has reigned as one of music’s most successful creative forces for four decades. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. His career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut from Aerosmith to ZEDD, Bon Jovi to Ricky Martin, KISS to Kelly Clarkson, Cher to Katy Perry, Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, and from Megadeth to Mickey Mouse and Kermit The Frog. Despite having worked for nea [...]

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Posted: August 8, 2017, 5:14 pm

Steve Cooper talks with musician Chip Z’Nuff. Chip is best known for being one of the founders of Enuff Z’Nuff a Chicago area band that is best known for their charting singles Fly High Michelle and New Thing. Enuff Z’Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 30 years, releasing 13 studio albums and a total of 21 CDs to date. They have appeared on MTV, The Jenny Jone’s Show, Mancow’s Morning Madhouse and multiple times on The Howard Stern Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

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Posted: August 3, 2017, 3:02 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Michael Wilton. Michael is one of the founding members in 1982 of the band Queensryche. The band has released 14 studio albums, 1 EP, several DVDs and continues to tour and record. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime which is often considered one of the greatest heavy metal concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release Empire, released in 1990, was also very successful and included the hit single Silent Lucidity. The band has received three Grammy nominations for songs from both albums. His nickname is The Whip for how fast his fingers “whip” around the guitar fretboard and he also has his own beer called Whip Ale.

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Posted: July 31, 2017, 9:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with writer Bill Knoedelseder. Bill is best known for his book I’m Dying Up Here which recently was turned into a Showtime series. Bill was a staff writer from 1977 to 1989 reporting on the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times. His series of articles in the 1980s into corrupt practices in the record business formed the basis for the book Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia. In 2012, his book Bitter Brew, which spans five generations of the Busch family and the foreign takeover of Anheuser-Busch made the New York Times Bestseller list and his latest book Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit is slated to come out in early 2018.

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Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:53 pm

Steve Cooper talks with writer W. Bruce Cameron. W. Bruce is best known for his book the New York Times bestseller A Dog’s Purpose. He is also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (that became an ABC sitcom), The Dog Master, A Dog’s Journey, The Midnight Plan of a Repo Man, Bailey’s Story, Repo Madness and many others. In 2011 he was named Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and recently wrote a book geared to school age kids.

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Posted: July 24, 2017, 8:15 pm

Steve Cooper talks with singer Eric Martin. Eric is best known for being the front man for the band Mr. Big. Mr. Big was orginally together from 1988-2002 and recorded six albums. They had worldwide success playing sold out shows everywhere and had a huge hit with the single To Be With You. They recently re-united and just released a new cd titled Defying Gravity. Before, after and in between his career with Mr. Big he has recorded solo albums and been involved with many other bands including 415, Tak Matsumoto Group and Scrap Metal.

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Posted: July 20, 2017, 3:46 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Rocky Laporte. Rocky has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show. He has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and appeared on on the season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! where he came in 5th place. He was a featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics and the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies, Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog. He has also traveled to Iraq to entertain the troops, was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie and has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few.

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Posted: July 17, 2017, 9:02 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer/director Ginger Gonzaga. Ginger is best known for her role as Christy on the Duplass Brothers’ critical darling Togetherness, on HBO and as Jim Jefferies’s frustrated and immature girlfriend Peggy in FX’s dark comedy Legit. She can currently be seen in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. She was also the lead of ABC’s Mixology, and TBS’s Wrecked, as well as the host of Hulu’s comedic daily pop culture recap show The Morning After, for which she also wrote. Other television credits include her recurring roles on Tad Quill’s Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell for CBS, NBC’s Trial and Error, and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.  

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Posted: July 14, 2017, 4:19 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Joel plays for Whitesnake and Trans Siberian Orchestra. He’s also well-known for his work with Night Ranger, the Broadway show Rock of Ages and his fill in work with acts like Foreigner and most recently, Cher. Frontiers Music recently released the critically acclaimed debut from his new side project Joel Hoekstra’s 13 entitled Dying to Live. He has also released 3 solo albums that you should own!

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Posted: July 12, 2017, 1:49 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comic Tammy Pescatelli. Tammy was part of the Final Five on NBC’s Last Comic Standing 2 and headlines comedy clubs across the country as well as performing many Corporate gigs. She has appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Dennis Miller and has been a featured comic on An Evening at the Improv, PAX’s Balderdash, National Lampoon’s Funny Money and Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up. She has added her comedic observations to specials on VH1, E!, G4, Country Music Television and TV Land and is featured weekly as part of the Fashion Police panel for US Weekly. She has also had her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli and a Netflix one called Finding the Funny.

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Posted: July 6, 2017, 7:35 pm

Steve Cooper talks with former NFL all-pro Kyle Turley. Kyle was selected 7th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for 8 season. He played for the New Orleans Saints and a year with the St. Louis Rams before a serious back injury sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He returned to football in 2006 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the last two years of his career before announcing his retirement in December 2007. His high level of play earned him all-pro honors for the 2000 season and a Pro Bowl invite following the 2001 season. His career is best remembered by many for a 2001 incident in which he ripped off an opposing player’s helmet and tossed it downfield, playing a key factor in his team losing the game but also earning the respect of many Saints fans for his defense of the quarterback. He has also been outspoken and involved in a number of player health issues post-retirement, particularly in regards to the neurological problems resulting [...]

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Posted: July 5, 2017, 4:09 pm

Steve Cooper talks with singer/musician Mark Slaughter. Mark is one of the founders of the band Slaughter. They have sold more than 5 million records world-wide. The group has had numerous top hits on the Billboard charts such as Fly To The Angels, Up All Night, Spend My Life and Mad About You. They also won the 1991 American Music Award for Favorite New Artist. Mark recently released a solo album Halfway There and tours both solo and with the band.

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Posted: June 29, 2017, 12:34 am

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Mike Watt. Mike is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose; was also the bassist for the reunited Stooges and a member of the group Banyon as well as many other post-Minutemen projects. CMJ New Music called him a seminal post-punk bassist and in 2008 he received the Bass Player Magazine lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea. He has also had a very successful solo career relasing many albums and touring the world, has written three rock operas and hosts a radio show called The Watt from Pedro Show.

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Posted: June 26, 2017, 3:43 pm

Steve Cooper talks with singer/guitarist Janet Gardner. Janet is best-known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the all-woman hard rock band Vixen. She recently recorded her first solo album that will be released this year. Her band Vixen signed with EMI and recorded their self-titled debut album which was released in September 1988. Their lead single Edge of a Broken Heart became their signature hit song. It was co-written, arranged, and produced by Richard Marx. They would go on worldwide tours in support of Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi along with their own headline shows. Vixen recorded and released their second album “Rev It Up” in July 1990. They toured for another year alongside KISS and Deep Purple before the band split up in the middle of 1991 citing musical differences. They have reformed with a different line-up in 1997 and recorded another album in 1998. They currently are back together and do occasional live dates.

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Posted: June 21, 2017, 2:14 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Steve Lynch. Steve is best known for his work with the band Autograph. Steve has published several books and instructional videos on his guitar style throughout his career. He also works as a guitar teacher, teaching: the art of composition and his tapping technique. His band Autograph left an everlasting imprint on rock ‘n’ roll. The platinum-selling Southern California hard rock juggernauts gave the world the ubiquitous hit Turn Up the Radio, seminal albums such as Sign In Please [1984], That’s The Stuff [1985], and Loud and Clear [1987] as well as unforgettable sold out shows alongside everybody from Mötley Crüe and Ronnie James Dio to Van Halen and Aerosmith. They disbanded in 1989 and got back together in 2011 and are touring again.

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Posted: June 18, 2017, 12:31 am

Steve Cooper talks with comic Jonathan Katz. Jonathan is best known for his Emmy and Peabody Award winning lead role in the animated hit series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He has done Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson twice, Leno twice and Conan 7 times. He has had animated roles in many shows including Home Movies, Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time and Explosion Bus and has appeared in movies such as Daddy Day Care, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Things Change and Are We Done Yet and also created Raisng Dad which aired on the WB network. He recently returned to his most popular character in Dr. Katz: The Audio Files which was just released on Amazon and the Audible channel.

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Posted: June 15, 2017, 1:24 am

Steve Cooper talks with musician Michael Sweet. Michael is best known for being the lead singer, guitarist and song writer for the popular band Stryper. Stryper was formed in 1983 as Roxx Regime, the band soon changed their musical message to reflect their Christian beliefs, and the band’s name was also changed to Stryper. They went on to become the first overtly Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream. In 1983, they signed with major label Enigma Record and released their debut album The Yellow and Black Attack. In the mid-1980s, Stryper enjoyed their most successful period beginning with the release of To Hell with the Devil, which achieved platinum sales status. Stryper went on to release two more gold albums before breaking up in 1992. In 2003, Stryper came out of retirement for a reunion tour and subsequently signed a multi-album contract with Big3 Records in 2005. In 2013 they signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records, and have released Sec [...]

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Posted: June 11, 2017, 11:50 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor/writer Fred Stoller. Fred started his career as a stand-up comic and has performed on shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, Comics Only, HBO’s The 13th Annual Young Comedians Special and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to name a few. As an actor he has appeared in over 70 TV programs and movies since the late 1980s. His first role was in Big Man on Campus. He has since held recurring roles in the series Murphy Brown, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Suddenly Susan, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and been a guest star on numerous shows. He can also be seen in the films Dumb and Dumber, Daddy Day Care, and Joe Dirt. He was a writer for one season of Seinfeld and appeared in an episode the following season and chronicled his life as a sitcom writer in his book My Seinfeld Year. He recently just released his 3rd book, Five Minutes to Kill: How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the [...]

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Posted: June 8, 2017, 6:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist James Stevenson. James started his career with the London based punk band Chelsea in 1977 and joined Billy Idol in Generation X in 1980 around the time that band’s “Dancing with Myself single was released. After Gen X he played with Kim Wilde and performed in all of Wilde’s early videos including Kids in America and then formed Hot Club with former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock In 1985, he was asked to join post-punk band Gene Loves Jezebel and still plays with them today. In 1994 and 1995, he provided additional guitar playing for the Cult during their world tour and rejoined them in 2013 and 2014. In 2000 he became guitarist for The Alarm who he will be touring with the next few months. He has also been a member of The International Swingers, Holy Holy recorded a solo album.

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Posted: June 5, 2017, 5:57 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comic Joey Kola. Joey has worked at countless comedy clubs, colleges, casinos, theatres, cruise ships and corporate functions. His TV credits include, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The King of Queens with Kevin James, The Martha Stewart Show, Comedy Central Presents Joey Kola, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Fallon and CBS’s hit show Kevin Can Wait staring Kevin James, where he also plays the role of Larry Anderson, the corn eating Assistant Principal on the show. He has been voted Best TV Warm-up Comic 5 years in a row by Time Out NY magazine. He has warmed up many shows, such as The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Meredith Viera, The Late Show With David Letterman, The Apprentice and Survivor Finales, The Jane Pauley Show and CBS’s Wake-Up with Ali and Jack, Rachael Ray Show, The Marriage Ref produced by Jerry [...]

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Posted: June 3, 2017, 3:28 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Paul Gilbert. Paul is best known for his guitar work with the bands Mr. Big and Racer X. In 1986 he started Racer X. Their debut album, Street Lethal, appeared later that year, but in the wake of the follow-up, 1987’s Second Heat, that he exited to join Mr. Big, which in 1992 topped the pop charts with the ballad “To Be with You.” Mr. Big disbanded in 1996, and a year later he made his solo debut with King of Clubs. He also re-formed Racer X, who had enormous success in Japan with the 1999 LP Technical Difficulties and 2000’s Superheroes. The ensuing years saw him continuing to release solo albums while recording and touring with Racer X, and in 2011 he teamed back up with Mr. Big and released the album What If. The following year he issued his 12th solo outing, Vibrato, followed by the 2014 covers LP Stone Pushing Uphill Man, and in 2015 the Heatseekers-bound I Can Destroy. In July Mr. Big will be releasing their album De [...]

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Posted: May 31, 2017, 2:14 am

Steve Cooper talks with comic Jim Florentine. Jim was the co-host of VH1’s That Metal Show and was Special Ed from Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and made his mark on the comedy scene not long after his Terrorizing Telemarketers’ prank CD exploded shortly after it’s release. His hilarious, unapologetic deadpan style has him not only among the top touring stand-up comedians in the country, but lending his unique comedic skills to a multitude of shows, films, comedy albums and radio programs including The Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chelsea Lately and far too many others to mention. He also hosts the podcast Comedy Metal Midgets, the radio show Metal Midgets on SiriusXM and recently released a dvd/cd A Simple Man.

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Posted: May 26, 2017, 2:37 pm

Steve Cooper talks with producer/writer/comic Sue Kolinsky. Sue started her comedy career at the NY Improv and for 20 years performed at clubs and colleges and did numerous tours with the USO, along with appearances on The Tonight Show and Bob Hope’s Young Comedians Special. She has written on Brotherly Love, Sex and the City and The Ellen Show. In 2001, she got a call to be a producer on the groundbreaking reality series, The Osbourne’s and after garnering her first Emmy nomination, she went to produce a new MTV show called, Newlyweds, a reality series that documented the early-married life of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. In 2009 she landed a job as supervising producer of the highly touted culinary competition series, Top Chef. She eventually became co-executive producer, garnering two more Emmy nods. Adding to her many hats, she also co-hosted a morning radio talk show with Steve Mason, on NY’s iconic WNEW. She recently produced a season of Last Comic Standing, is w [...]

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Posted: May 22, 2017, 3:09 pm

Steve Cooper talks with rapper/director/writer Young MC. Young is best known for his rap mega-hit Bust a Move and for writing the Tone Loc hits Funky Cold Medina and Wild Thing. In January 1990 he won the American Music Award for Best Rap Artist. In February 1990 he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance and won the Billboard Award for the Best New Pop Artist in December 1990 and to date he has recorded eight studio albums. Songs from his later albums have been featured in network television shows including NBCs Scrubs and Knight Rider, ABCs Ugly Betty, HBOs Entourage and numerous others. They were also used in trailers for the films Four Brothers, Crossover and Barnyard. He has acted appearing in movies like The Player and Up In The Air and most recently directed, wrote and co-starred in the motion picture Justice Served. He also still hits the road performing concerts with an all-star 90’s tour.

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Posted: May 16, 2017, 10:31 pm

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist/singer/songwriter Bill Leverty. Bill is best known for being a founding and current member of the band Firehouse. Firehouse reached stardom in the early 1990’s with many hit singles and ballads. They also remained very popular in Asia, South America and Europe throughout the early 2000s. During his tenure with the band, Bill has also released multiple solo albums including an instrumental one and a Christmas one and he is currently working on new material.

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Posted: May 8, 2017, 12:25 am

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Brian Forsythe. Brian is best known for being the guitarist for the band Kix. Kix achieved major popularity throughout the 80’s and 90’s on both the record charts and performing around the world and still tour together today. When he isn’t busy with them he plays for the LA based band Rhino Bucket.

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Posted: May 3, 2017, 3:03 pm

Steve Cooper talks with stand-up comic Jeffrey Jena. Jeffrey is one of the top corporate and cruise comics working today. His thirty three years of live performance experience and over forty national television shows,both as an actor and comic give him the ablity to work for any audience. In his years as a stand-up comic he has appeared on over forty national television show, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, HBO, MTV, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and The Showtime Comedy Club Network. As an actor he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including Raising the Dead with Allison Eastwood. He has played over 1000 venues including clubs, Las Vegas, and cruise ships. He has opened for acts as varied as Barry Manilow, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Delbert McClintock, and Englebert Humperdinck and has also written jokes for a wide variety of comed [...]

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Posted: April 30, 2017, 4:12 pm

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Patrick Farrell. Troy is appearing on CooperTalk for the second time. He is best known for his stick work with White Lion and Gilby Clarke. He has toured the world 7 times, North America 14 times, performed in nearly 40 countries and has played with the Bulletboys, Jani Lane of Warrant, CC DeVille of Poison, John Corabi, Ugly Kid Joe, Enuff Z’Nuff and jams with a super group Cheap Thrill that includes members of Cinderella. He also drums for The Raskins and did a 60+ city tour where they opened for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper.

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Posted: April 18, 2017, 10:08 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Xander Berkeley. Xander makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He started off playing minor roles in 1981, with appearances in Remington Steele, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and countless other series. Much later, he also appeared on The X-Files, CSI, ER and Law & Order. As for the big screen, he counts Sid & Nancy, North Country, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Gattaca, The Rock, Air Force One, Spawn, Amistad, and Timecode as some of his credentials. In 2001, he bagged a recurring spot as George Mason, head of the Counter Terrorist Unit on the hit series 24. His character was killed off in season 2. In 2009, he was cast on the NBC sci-fi series Day One, which follows apartment residents who survive an unknown worldwide catastrophe. From 2010 to 2012, he starred on The CW’s Nikita as the villain Percy. In the following years, he was seen on Being Human, Longmire, Louder than Words, Salem, The Mentalist, Justified, 12 Mo [...]

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Posted: April 12, 2017, 5:59 am

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist, singer, songwriter Richie Kotzen. Richie has released a long series of more than twenty albums with musical influences ranging from Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Blues, Blue-eyed-soul, R&B and Funk to Jazz Fusion. In 1991, at age 21, he joined glam-metal band Poison and in 1999 played for the rock band Mr. Big. In 2006 he opened for the Rolling Stones in Japan and recently was in the supergroup The Winery Dogs with Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. He currently is embarking on a tour to promote his latest album Salting Earth. 

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Posted: April 7, 2017, 3:54 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Peter Onorati. Peter makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He has amassed quite the resume over his years in the business. He has starred in the TV series such as Cop Rock, Civil Wars, Murder One, Murer in the First and Joe’s Life and has appeared in shows that include How to Get Away with Murder Kate & Allie, Tales from the Crypt, The Pretender, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Sex and the City, Everybody Hates Chris, Monk, NCIS, CSI:NY, Cold Case, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, Glades, Rizzoli & Isles, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Bloods and Castle. He also lends his voice to many different projects including Teen Titans, Justice League and Batman Beyond. He recently had a recurring role on This Is Us and is currently shooting a pilot for the remake of SWAT for CBS.

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Posted: April 3, 2017, 12:20 am

Steve Cooper talks with Chuck Darrow. Chuck is a freelance writer and host of a weekly, entertainment-based radio program in Philadelphia who has been covering the Philadelphia/Atlantic City entertainment scene for more than 40 years. During his 23 year run During his time at the Courier-Post, he published thousands of articles on everything from the legendary Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to the opening of multiple casino-hotels to feature stories filed from the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla and later wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News. He has also been the creative partner of entertainer and form [...]

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Posted: March 28, 2017, 3:15 am

Steve Cooper talks with rock star Stephen Pearcy. Stephen is best known as lead singer and songwriter for the heavy metal band RATT and has released four solo albums under his label Top Fuel Records, the latest being SMASH. He has also written music for NHRA ESPN2 Drag Racing, co-sponsored Top Fuel cars since the mid 1980s and has written the book 2014 Sex, Drugs & Ratt n’ Roll and has another in progress.

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Posted: March 22, 2017, 4:29 am

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Luccketta. Troy is best known for the drummer of the band Tesla which is celebrating 30 years together of making music and touring the world. He also produces other artists and has played drums on recording sessions in the studio with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Marc Bonilla, Eric Westphal, and others.

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Posted: March 17, 2017, 4:39 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer Liz Vassey. Liz is best known for her roles as Emily Ann Sago on All My Children, Captain Liberty in The Tick, Wendy Simms in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Nikki in the Web series Nikki & Nora. She has been a regular or recurring character in many other series including Maximum Bob, Brotherly Love, Necessary Roughness and Two and a Half Men. She has also guest starred or co-starred in many other shows such as Castle, Dharma & Greg, Dawson’s Creek and Early Edition. Lately she has been writing and selling screenplays and TV projects and is producing and directing the documentary The Human Race. 

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Posted: March 12, 2017, 9:46 pm

Sreve Cooper talks with guitarist Ace Von Johnson. Ace is currently the lead guitarist and tours nationally with the popular LA based band Faster Pussycat. He was previously a member of metal bands such as Cheap Sex, Madcap, The U.S. Bombs, The Generators, Unwritten Law and Murphy’s Law.

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Posted: March 8, 2017, 4:16 am

Steve Cooper talks with singer Tony Harnell. Tony is an American singer, best known for his work with the Norwegian hard rock band TNT. As a vocalist, songwriter and producer, he has led a career as a recording and touring artist since the mid 80’s. He has sold close to two million albums worldwide, has been a solo artist and been involved with such bands as Morning Wood, Westworld, Starbreaker and SKid Row. He also did tracks for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.

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Posted: March 5, 2017, 12:57 am

DISCLAIMER: There were technical difficulties in the first 18-19 minutes of this interview. The dialogue is a little choppy but listenable. At 20 minutes it reverts back to normal and is a great interview with a iconic figure in music.

Steve Cooper interviews Slim Jim Phantom. Slim Jim is best known for being the drummer for the legendary rock trio the Stray Cats. Alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, he spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. He continues to play music with very respected artists, heads up the Slim Jim Phantom Trio and just released his autobiography A Stray Cat Struts: My Life As A Rockabilly Rebel.

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Posted: March 2, 2017, 2:22 am

Steve Cooper talks with musician Jeff LaBar. Jeff is best known as Cinderella’s lead guitarist. He joined the band when original guitarist Michael Smerick left in 1985, and remained with the group through its subsequent configurations and revivals through the first decade of the 21st century, as well as working with side projects like Naked Beggars and Cheap Thrill. He released his first solo album, One for the Road, in 2014, in which he played all the instruments himself except for drums, and handled all the songwriting and singing.

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Posted: February 26, 2017, 1:38 am

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Kenny Aaronson. Kenny has had a very prolific career playing with many rock bands over the years. Some of the highlights of his career include playing with Foghat, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Billy Idol Sammy Hagar, Leslie West, Billy Squier, Rick Derringer, Dave Edmunds, and Graham Parker. He also was one of Joan Jett’s Blackhearts for 5 years and was named Bassist of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1988. He currently plays for the Yardbirds.

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Posted: February 20, 2017, 4:34 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Stuart Pankin. Stuart is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO’s award-winning series Not Necessarily The News and is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning Dinosaurs. Some of his film credits include Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, The Hollywood Knights, Mannequin on the Move, The Dirt Bike Kid, Second Sight, The Artist and Fatal Attraction. He has also been a series regular on nine prime time television productions and pilots, has guest starred on over 300 television shows and has provided many cartoon voices for the popular series Animaniacs, Batman, Superman, Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch and Darkwing Duck.

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Posted: February 15, 2017, 3:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with photographer/director/host Sam Jones. Sam is an acclaimed photographer and director whose seminal portraits of President Obama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Kristin Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Jack Nicholson, and many others have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Men’s Journal. He is also an acclaimed director, creating numerous national commercials for Skype, Sonos, Canon, Target, Dove and many others and is a sought after music video director who won MTV’s music video of the year for Foo Fighters Walk. He has directed videos for Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty John Mayer, and many others. In 2002, Jones started his feature-length documentary career with I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, which chronicles beloved indie-rock band Wilco’s tumultuous recording of their acclaimed fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and most recently he launched Off Camera with Sam Jones on D [...]

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Posted: February 11, 2017, 3:34 am

Steve Cooper talks with Mike Royce. Mike has co-created the shows Men of a Certain Age and the remake of One Day at a Time. He has also won two Emmys for writing on Every Loves Raymond and has written on such shows as Spin City, Lucky Louie, 1600 Penn, Enlisted and The Carmichael Show.

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Posted: February 8, 2017, 2:15 am

Steve Cooper talks with producer/writer/musician Tracy Newman. Tracy is a founding member of the improvisational theater troupe The Groundlings and was co-creator and executive producer of the 2001-09 sitcom According to Jim. Her TV writing credits include Cheers, The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen which she won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for. She also is the lead singer/songwriter of the folk music band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements and has released three albums, her latest being I Can Swing Forever which is for children and was released with a coloring book.

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Posted: February 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mike Starr. Mike is best known for his roles as Frenchy in Goodfellas, Joe in Dumb & Dumber and Frankie in Miller’s Crossing. Over the years he has worked with top directors in movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, Clockers, The Bodyguard, Last Exit in Brooklyn, New York Stories, Funny Farm, Billy Bathgate, Son of the Pink Panther, Mad Dog and Glory, Ed Wood, Cabin Boy, Summer of Sam, Bad Santa 2 and many more. His numerous TV credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Public Morals, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Psych, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Black Dynamite, The Office, CSI: NY, NCIS and Scrubs.

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Posted: January 30, 2017, 3:34 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Laila Robins. Laila has had a very successful career on both stage and screen. She has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Hearbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing and has toured the country in many major theatre productions and starred in the fiftieth anniversary production of A Street Car Named Desire at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has also landed roles on the small screen, including Victoria Heller on ABC’s Gabriel’s Fire, as the younger version of family matriarch Livia Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, as Claire Williams, the mother of lesbian Reese Williams on the daytime drama All My Children, playing Tammy Kent on HBO’s In Treatment and many others on shows such as Murder in the First, Homeland and Quantico. Some of her popular movie credits include The Book of Daniel, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, A Walk on the Moon and The Good Shepherd.

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Posted: January 25, 2017, 1:31 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Robin Thomas. Robin may be best known for his roles as Mark Singleton on Another World, Geoffrey Wells in Who’s the Boss and Vice Principal Phil Gills in Summer School. He has had recurring roles in many series such as Murphy Brown, Matlock, Life Unexpected, Queer as Folk, Fuller House, The Division and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and has appeared in numerous films like Pacific Rim, About Last Night…, The Contender and Banger Sisters. His long list of television appearances includes the shows Midnight Caller, Party of Five, NCIS, Pacific Blue, CSI: NY, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, Manhattan, Franklin & Bash and Castle. He is also an accomplished sculptor.

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Posted: January 21, 2017, 6:16 pm

Steve Cooper talk with comic Sarah Colonna. Sarah is well known as a popular roundtable regular on the hit late night talk show Chelsea Lately. She also served as a full time writer on Chelsea Lately, as well as a producer, writer and star of the show’s spin-off scripted series After Lately. Her first book, Life as I Blow it, debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list, followed with a sold out book tour in several major cities in the country. It was also sold to NBC to be developed for television with producers Happy Madison two years in a row. Her second book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants? was released in March 2015 to the same rave reviews and tour. Her writing success has led to a current collaboration with pop star Demi Lovato on Lovato’s upcoming memoir. She continues to tour across the country headlining comedy clubs regularly and has appeared on several other TV shows, including The Steve Harvey Show, The United States of Tara, Scare Tactics, and Monk, and [...]

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Posted: January 14, 2017, 4:41 am

Steve Cooper talks with singer Mike Score. Mike formed A Flock Of Seagulls with his brother Ali in Liverpool in 1979. By 1981, with the addition of Frank Maudsley and Paul (Reno) Reynolds, the classic line up was complete. With being the first band signed to Jive Records and (BeBop Deluxe guitarist) Bill Nelson and (Gong bassist, OMD and Teardrop Explodes producer) Mike Howlett at the production helm the third single, I Ran from A Flock of Seagulls’ 1982 eponymous debut, became a worldwide hit charting at number 1 in Australia and Top 10 in the US. The album achieved similar acclaim, winning a Best Rock Instrumental Grammy Award for the song D.N.A.. More success, including the UK Top Ten smash Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) from their second album Listen in 1983 and The More You Live, the More You Love from 1984’s The Story of a Young Heart followed as they became one of the darlings of MTV. Unfortunately, personnel problems forced the original band member [...]

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Posted: January 11, 2017, 3:22 am

Steve Cooper talks with comic Wendy Liebman. Wendy returns to CooperTalk for the sixth time. She has been doing stand-up for over 25 years and has been a regular on the Late Show with David Letterman and has appeared on the Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live! In addition she was the first comedian to appear on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and has done comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. She has also performed or been seen on dozens upon dozens of various other TV shows, was seen on America’s Got Talent and continues to headline across the country.

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Posted: January 5, 2017, 2:12 am

Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer Clay Heery. Clay is one of the founding fathers of the comedy scene in Philadelphia. After starting comedy nights at different bars in Philly he eventually opened up the legendary Comedy Factory Outlet that brought some of the biggest names in comedy to the city. He also was the character Captain Cranky on the top rated moring show in town during that time. He currently lives in LA where he is writing and producing various screenplays and television projects.

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Posted: December 26, 2016, 6:41 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Kevin Corrigan. Kevin is best known for his roles as Eddie Finnerty in Grounded for Life, Milkshake in Dice and Jackie Moreno in The Get Down. He has recrurred in Tv series such as Community, The Mentalist, Public Morals, Damages, The Mob Doctor, The Black Donnellys, Fringe, Pearl and others and has guest starred in countless shows like Claifornication, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, Medium, Freaks and Geeks and Portlandia. His long list of Movie credits include Goodfellas, Pineapple Express, Buffalo 66, Big Fan, Seven Psychopaths, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, American Gangster, Superbad, The Departed and Love Bites. 

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Posted: December 20, 2016, 2:52 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Ivanir. Mark got his first big break in the Steven Spielberg’s OScar-winning Schindler’s List. He has rejoined him twice after in The Terminal and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. He has also appeared in The Good Shepherd, What Just Happened, Johnny English Reborn, Big Miracle, 360 and many others. His biggest part to date was starring in A Late Quartet that also featured Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He has also had an extensive TV career in the US and over seas and had recurring roles in Homeland and Royal Pains and guests starred on series such as 24, Monk, CSI: NY, Law & Order, Fringe, CSI Miami, Nikita and Hawaii Five-0.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: December 16, 2016, 4:35 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Michael Nouri. Michael is beginning his fifth decade in film, theatre and television. He recently starred in TV series Blue Bloods opposite Tom Seleck, Heartbeat, Chicago PD, co-produced and starred in the movie The Squeeze and appeared in the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries The Slap. In the course of his distinguished career, he has appeared in such popular films as The Proposal with Sandra Bullock, Last Holiday with Queen Latifah, Steven Spielberg´s The Terminal with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the cult classic The Hidden and of course, the iconic film Flashdance. He has starred on numerous prestigious television series including Damages opposite Glenn Close, NCIS, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, South Beach, Enterprise, Cold Case, The Practice, The West Wing, Law & Order SVU and Criminal Intent. His major recurring roles were on ABC’s popular show Bay City Blues, Downtown, Love and War, The Young and the Restless and Brothers and [...]

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Posted: December 13, 2016, 5:47 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Jon Gries. Jon is best known for his roles as Uncle Rico in Napolean Dynamite, Lazlo Hollyfeld in Real Genius and Casey in all three Taken movies. He started his acting career at the age of 9 co-starring in Will Penny with Charlton Heston and hasn’t looked back. He has been in numerous movies such as More American Grafitti, Running Scared, The Grifters, Get Shorty, Men in Black, The Astronaut Farmer and The Big Empty to name a few. On the TV side he co-starred in the series Martin and The Pretender and has recurred or guest starred in countless shows including Lost, Seinfeld, The White Shadow, The Jeffersons, 24, Dice, Criminal Minds, The Bridge, Supernatural, Cold Case, Sons of Anarchy, Pysch, CSI: NY, Las Vegas, ER and many more.

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Posted: December 10, 2016, 11:48 pm

Steve Cooper talks with comic/radio host Big Daddy Graham. Big Daddy has performed over 5000 shows at comedy clubs, colleges, corporate and private parties, sports banguets, golf outings and fund-raisers in the tri-state area for over 20 years. He has also headlined across the country and appeared on Showtime and his video “Let’s Call in Sick” has appeared on MTV. He currently is in his 16th year as a host on the #1 sports talk radio in the country and can be heard nightly Monday through Friday. He has also written books, plays and recently performed as as Oscar Madison in sold out shows of The Odd Couple at theatres in Philadelphia.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: December 8, 2016, 1:58 am

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Liberty DeVitto. Liberty is best known for his work as drummer for Billy Joel’s recording and touring band for 30 years. He has also played with the NYC Hit Squad and The Lords of 52nd Street and has been a session drummer for various recording artists such as Karen Carpenter, Meat Loaf, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Carly Simon and many others. In 2014 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and has been an official supporter of Little Kids Rock since 2003, a nonprofit that provides free musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged youth. 

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: December 2, 2016, 6:46 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor/host/V.O. artist Gary Kroeger. Gary is best known for his three seasons on SNL and as a successful game show host of such hits as the revival of The Newlywed Game, Beat the Clock and Press Your Luck which was called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He has acted on the big screen and on TV in such projects as The Big Picture, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Hidden Hills. He also hosted Fox’s Comic Strip Live and the 26th Mrs. America pageant and has lent his voice to many projects including the popular animated series Dilbert. A few years ago he moved back to his home state of Iowa and recently ran for the Iowa House of Representatives. 

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Posted: December 1, 2016, 2:32 am

Steve Cooper talks with singer Jack Russell. Jack is a founding member of the hard rock band Great White. The band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band hit the mainstream in 1987 for their album Once Bitten which featured the hits Rock Me and Save Your Love. They followed that up with Twice Shy which was certified double platinum and had their best selling single Once Bitten, Twice Shy which they received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. Jack has been touring with his version of the band Jack Russell’s Great White and recording for the last 20 years and they recently released a new album.

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Posted: November 29, 2016, 12:47 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor Rose Abdoo. Rose is best known for her roles as Gypsy on The Gilmore Girls and as Senorita Rodriguez in That’s So Raven. She has co-starred or been recurring on various series like Johnny Bago, Malcolm in the Middle, Bunheads, The Comeback, Shameless, Parenthood, The Grinder, Veep and Scandal and has guests starred on countless shows such as Mike & Molly, Major Crimes, The Odd Couple, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Baby Daddy, Dr. Ken, Psych, The Mentalist, The Millers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many, many more. She has also been seen on the big screen in movies including Legally Blondes, My Best Friend’s Wedding, U.S. Marshals, The 40-Year-Old Virgin abd Good Night, and Good Luck.

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Posted: November 27, 2016, 2:18 am

Steve Cooper talks with actor/singer/songwriter Johnny Dowers. Johnny is best known for his role as Detective Tim Cooper in the FX series The Bridge. He started his career singing at Country and Bluegrass Gospel at ten years old and eventually ended up in Nashville. He got his acting start when he landed a part in the movie The Last Castle. Since then he has appeared in many national commercials, movies, tv shows and even a Chris Cornell Video. He also co-wrote and co-starred in the cult classic film Pickin’ & Grinnin’. When he is not acting he is recording music with his band.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: November 23, 2016, 5:16 pm

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Carmine Appice. Carmine is a legendary drummer who first came to prominence with the late 1960s band Vanilla Fudge. After 5 albums he left to join the popular band Cactus and then joined the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. He later joined Rod Stewart’s backing band and co-wrote the hits Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? and Young Turks. Through the years he has recorded albums with artists such as KGB, Paul Stanley, Ted Nugent, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Sly Stone, Pink Floyd, Michael Schenker and many others. He also penned the best selling drum instructional book The Realistic Rock Drum Method and recently released his biography Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums and Rock ‘n’ Roll. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: November 21, 2016, 4:43 pm

Steve Cooper talks with singer Martha Davis. Martha is best known for being the singer of The Motels. They recorded six albums for Capitol. In 1981 their sophomore effort Careful went top 50. Then, in 1982, they released All Four One and the smash single Only The Lonely rocketed into the top 10 and the album went gold. 1983’s Little Robbers album went gold on the top 10 single Suddenly Last Summer and the second top 40 hit Remember The Nights. Eventaully the group broke up and Martha went on to record solo albums. The group has reformed and are now touring under the name Martha Davis and The Motels.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: November 16, 2016, 3:39 am

Steve Cooper talks with singer Gary Cherone. Gary is best known for being the lead singer of the Boston based band Extreme who had the huge hit More Than Words. He also served a short stint as the lead vocalist for Van Halen on their 11th album Van Halen III and subsequent tour.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: November 12, 2016, 7:26 am

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Gioia Bruno. Gioia made her mark on the music scene as a member of the chart busting pop group Expose’. Expose’ started releasing platinum selling albums and numerous top ten singles including the Billboard’s number one Seasons Change. She also made many TV appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Solid Gold, Arsenio Hall, MTV and VH1 to name a few. After health reasons made her leave Expose’ she embarked on a solo career and released Free To Be which became a hit and anthem for the LGBTQ community. In the past few years she completed a Christmas album, is working on a new studio album and is back touring and recording with Expose’.

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Posted: November 7, 2016, 3:06 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor J.C. MacKenzie. J.C. is currently playing Governor Sam Evans in Madam Secretary and recently co-starred in HBO’s Vinyl as Skip Fontaine. A veteran of both the big and small screen he has been in 3 Martin Scorsese movies (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator) and starred or guest starred in countless TV series such as NCIS, 24, The Shield, Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, Medium, In Plain Sight, Ghost Whisperer, Dark Angel, Monk, Murder One, The Practice, Hemlock Grove, Elementary, House of Cards and The Good Wife to name a few.

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Posted: November 5, 2016, 10:01 pm
Steve Cooper talks with actor Paula Marshall. Paula has consistently working in Hollywood since 1990. She has starred in various TV series such as Snoops, Wild Oats, Chicago Sons, Cupid, The Weber Show, Hidden Hills and Gary Unmarried. She has recurred on popular shows including Californication, The Wonder Years, Murder in the First, Spin City, Sports Night, Nip/Tuck and Just Shoot Me and has guest starred on countless programs including Seinfeld, Major Crimes, Law & Order: Special Victim Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Soul Man, Game of Silence, Fathers & Daughters and many more.

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Posted: November 2, 2016, 4:03 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Antoine McKay. Antoine is best known for his role of Bunkie in Fox’s hit Empire.

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Author: coopertalk
Posted: October 27, 2016, 2:57 pm

Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian Howe. Brian can currently be see playing Sheriff Pickett in HBO’s Westworld and was a recurring character on the same network’s hit Vice Principals. He began his TV career during the mid-’90s, as an occasional guest player on episodes of such series as Law Order and Spencer for Hire and the short-lived sitcom The Bonnie Hunt Show. He re-teamed with the venerable Hunt for a small role in his first feature, which the actress directed: the romantic comedy Return to Me. Supporting turns in an uneven series of films ensued, ranging from K-PAX to Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. He later was cast in the short-lived sitcom A Minute With Stan Hooper then landed a trio of supporting roles in A-list films during 2006: one in the Robin William’s in RV, another with Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness and a third in Tony Scott’s Deja Vu. Clint Eastwood cast him in the 2008 drama Gran Torino. He appeared in [...]

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Posted: October 22, 2016, 2:55 pm

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Rich Redmond. Rich is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. His versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today’s top talents.  While he’s not in the studio or on tour Rich is motivating others with his CRASH Course for Success a meticulously crafted program that anyone can follow to achieve success. As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star Jason Aldean, he has recorded 17 #1 singles with over 7 million albums sold and well over 13 million single downloads. As a high-energy live showman, he plays sold out shows of 20-60,000 fans nightly in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums across North America .A musical showman in the spirit of Gene Krupa, He has toured/recorded/performed with: Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, [...]

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Posted: October 19, 2016, 3:57 pm

Steve Cooper talks with music journalist Bob Mehr. Bob recently finished his first book Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements which is a New York Times best seller. He is a music critic for The Commercial Appeal and a longtime correspondent for MOJO magazine. He has also contributed liner notes to the Grammy-winning Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky and has written essays for reissues by The Replacements, Kinks, Warren Zevon, The Dixie Chicks, Al Green and many others.                                    

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Posted: October 17, 2016, 3:14 pm