Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano- Superstar names weekly!

Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio co-hosted by Dr. Mike Lano
Heard Wednesdays  7:00-9:20 PM EST on  Archived 24/7
Featuring the biggest legends live on air in the Arts, music, and sports
Heard in U.S., U.K., Germany, Canada, Russia, Estonia, France, South Korea, Japan, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Chile, Brazil and many more
Heard by an average of 6,000 plus listeners a week
Musical guests have included:
Ray Manzarek of The Doors
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
Wayne Brady
Billy Paul
James Moody
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Grandmaster Melle Mel
Roberta Flack
Judy Collins
Angela Bofill
Garland Jeffreys
Fred Wesley
Jimmy Webb
Sugar Pie DeSanto
William Hart of the Delfonics
Norman Carter of The Delfonics
Dr. Salaam Love of the Delfonics
Wendell Sawyer of Blue Magic
Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites
Eban Brown- current lead singer of The Stylistics
Syl Johnson
Eddie Jobson of Roxy Music and King Crimson and U.K.
Mighty Sam McClain
Tower of Power’s Doc Kupka
Canned Heat’s Stanley Behrens
Ron Dante of the Archies
Handsome Dick Manitoba of the Dictators
Broadway’s longest running Phantom- Franc D’Ambrosio
Wendell Holmes of the Holmes Brothers
Fats Gallon- funk drummer
Music journalism great Ben Fong-Torres
JD Allen
Jazz great Connie Crothers
Lock from The Dramatics
Jazz Bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan
Smooth jazz star Eddie Benitez
Jazz great Azar Lawrence
Blues great Candye Kane
Wanda Vaughn (The Emotions)
Wayne Vaughn (Producer/Writer Earth, Wind & Fire)
Ron Carter of the Persuaders
Violent J of Insane Clown Posse
The Shirts
Carlton J. Smith
Ned Massey
Theresa Sareo
Ekayani and Tom Glide
Michael McHugh
Black Rock Coaltion
Blues ace Felix Cabrera
Blues great Robert Ross
Will Lee
Coole High
Edwin Vazquez
Luanne Surace
Plus countless talent deserving wider recognition!

Stars of Comedy have included:
David Alan Grier (In Living Color)
Paul Mooney
Marty Allen
Marc Maron
The Sklar Brothers
Alex Reymundo
Sebastian Maniscalco
Brent Weinbach
Ian Edwards
Amy Schumer
Ralphie May
Jim Jefferies
Gina Yashere
Robert Hawkins
Lavell Crawford
Dobie Maxwell
Dom Irrera
Pat Cooper
30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander
Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately)
Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling
Shelly Berman
Norm McDonald (Saturday Night Live)
Robert Shields of Shields and Yarnell
Will Durst
Hal Lipson
Anthony Jeselnick
Dat Phan
Paul Mecurio
Tim Lee
Jake Johannsen
Neko White
Rick Herrera

Stars from MOVIES and TV have included:
Jenny McCarthy
Sherwood Schwartz (Creator Brady Bunch)
Robert Vaughn
Marilyn Michaels
Rona Barrett
Larry Flynt
Wayne Brady
Jack LaLanne
Celebrity Chef Joey Altman (Food Network)
Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr
Chauncey Hayden
Marta Kristen (Lost in Space)
Barry Blaustein
Wally “Famous” Amos
Noel (Lois Lane) Neill
Nicole Bass
Dr. Victoria Zdrok
Roddy Piper
Chris Jericho
Chuck McCann
Beverly Washburn
King of the B Films- Conrad Brooks
Tony Burton (Apollo Creed’s cornerman)
Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever)
Roy Frumkes (The Substitute franchise)
Ed “Kookie” Byrnes  77 Sunset Strip 
Sunset Thomas
Annie Sprinkle
Georgina Spelvin
Juliet Anderson
Magician Joshua Jay
Al Guthertz- Hollywood Reporter/Variety
Pulitzer nominated playwright/Obie Award winner Kristoffer Diaz
Johnny Fairplay (Survivor)
Linda Hogan (Hogan Knows Best)
And many more…

Stars of professional wrestling and MMA have included:
Bruno Sammartino
SuperStar Billy Graham
Pat Patterson
Jackie Fargo
Ivan Putski
Dory Funk, Jr.
Harley Race
Stan Hansen
Superfly Snuka
Austin Aries
Honkytonk Man
Tyler Black
Jerry Lynn
Frank Shamrock
Awesome Kong
Mia St. John
Nigel McGuiness
Butcher Paul Vachon
Sid Eudy
Sonny King
Nikolai Volkoff
Les Thornton
Gene Kiniski
Jimmy Valiant
Johnny Valiant
Kevin Sullivan
Colt Cabana
Bob Roop
Dawn Marie
Tito Santana
Brutus  Beefcake
Melissa Coates
Danny Hodge
Judy Martin
Eric Bischoff
The Destroyer
Lanny Poffo
Bobby Heenan
Chris Masters
Ox Baker
Molly Holly
Baron Von Rashke
Greg Valentine
Magnum T.A.
Christie Hemme
Necro Butcher
Larry Zybysko
Tracie Brooks
Jake The Snake Roberts
Blackjack Mulligan
Mustapha Saed
Teddy Hart
Earl Maynard
Manny Fernandez
Baby Doll
Savio Vega
JJ Dillon
Dr. Death Steve Williams
Missy Hiatt
Mean Gene Okerlund
Jimmy Hart
Daniel Puder
Al Snow
Steve Corino
Kimberly Page
Bill Watts
D Lo Brown
Dutch Savage
Sonjay Dutt
Hillbilly Jim
Buddy Landell
Juventud Guerrero
Tommy Rich
Bryan Alvarez
Ted Dibiase
Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer)
Jim Cornette
Austin Idol
Chris Nowinski
Ivan Koloff
Ox Baker
Zach Gowen
Tony Atlas
Jerry Jarrett
And countless others…

Evan Ginzburg is a 20 plus year radio veteran formerly with 50,000 Watt WBAI-FM 99.5 NYC (Pacifica Radio). He is the Associate Producer and appears as himself in The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke. He is a Producer on the upcoming documentaries Theresa Sareo-Alive Again ( and Tiger Khan- Fire in the Blood.
Dr. Mike Lano is a journalist and photographer since 1966 whose work has appeared in worldwide media including the U.S., Japan, Mexico and numerous books.
Legends Radio is produced and engineered by Rick Hendrickson who also appears on air as our in-house MMA expert.

All interviews are done at the guest’s convenience via phone. Inexpensive sponsorship/advertising opportunities available- inquire at Reach thousands worldwide weekly with the most eclectic show on radio.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On legendary radio DJ Hollywood Frankie Crocker

When I think of why I have “good ears,” it’s not only because of my parents (who played “everything” at home) but also Frankie Crocker who I owe a huge debt of gratitude to.
Frankie played all genres of music from R&B to jazz to Latin Jazz to disco to funk on down. Everything. If it was good he played it. And he told you just THAT. And that was the era when Top 40 radio was king, where you’d hear the same songs over and over again. But Frankie didn’t care- he played what HE liked. As a teenager it was a real musical education and later I “graduated” to pure jazz stations and such, but Frankie was just awesome. And my own radio programming- where I’ll play everything down to hip-hop in Spanish- is due to absorbing that philosophy, as well as learning from my radio mentor at WBAI-FM 99.5 NYC, the also late, great Fred Geobold.
I loved listening to Frankie. And I mean LISTENING. Not like today where I’m so busy that music is generally in the background while I’m on the computer. LISTENING to the great stuff he played like Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (thank you Frankie for turning me on to my all-time favorite group!) as well as listening to the wisdom he instilled. The guy talked on all subjects- it wasn’t the typical patter between hits that you heard elsewhere. He spoke on relationships and about LIFE. And living it to the fullest.
The guy was also, as Morris Day would say, COOL. I’m talking c-o-o-l, COOL. He was “Hollywood” Frankie Crocker and he dressed the part. And he was wise as well. In a very real way, although I rarely saw his face, he was a hero to me.
Ironically, Frankie’s theme song, Moody’s Mood For Love, was also my Mom’s all-time fave so there was even a stronger connection.
If I’m off by a word or two forgive me, because it’s been decades now, but I remember him always signing off with…

I hope you live to be a 100.
And me 100 minus a day.
So I never know.
That nice people like you have passed away.

And I’m so sorry that you have passed away. RIP, Frankie. You were truly great.

Evan Ginzburg

Wednesday, February 15, 2012



Multi-act theme shows can be a wonderful smorgasbord of talent, or a bit of a mess.
This “Tribute to Motown“ proved to be both.
The packed, older crowd was primed for some soul, and when I saw a huge orchestra appear on stage, I hoped they wouldn’t suck the soul right out of the world famed classical venue. My fears proved unfounded though, as a glamorous Melba Moore proved to be in strong voice, surprise guest Dennis Edwards blew the roof off with his Temptations hits, Ryan Shaw did a lovely, My Cherie Amour, Boyz To Men killed during their Four Tops tribute, and in the greatest surprise of them all, Anita Baker sounding more like Sarah Vaughn every day, tore the place up.
But not all fared as well.
Martha Reeves’ voice, for example, just isn’t what it used to be, Nonetheless it proved thrilling to see this Motown original out a half century later still doing her thing. Dionne Warwick was ill-suited for a Supremes cover. And Paul Schaeffer’s singing on Function in the Junction and another number fell under the category of “so bad it’s good.” In fact, innocent kittens were throwing themselves off rooftops upon hearing some of the notes he wasn’t hitting. Great player, but leave the singing to the other folk, will you Paul?
During the intermission, oldheads bemoaned the ironically poor sound that hurt some of the artists. Shrieking mikes at Carnegie Hall proved frustrating and somewhere Beethoven rolled twice in his grave. But to their credit, the sound issues seemed resolved for the second half, and what an incredible set this proved to be.
Dennis Edwards joined Boyz to Men for a Temptations medley that was just amazing and highlighted by a joyful My Girl sing-along with the standing, clapping crowd. BeBe Winans proved once more why he is one of the greatest vocalists alive today. Kindred, the Family Soul were show-stoppers on Marvin-Tammi duets. Anita did Just My Imagination and beautiful wouldn’t be a strong enough word to describe her memorable rendition. Dionne sung her heart out on a lovely If This World Were Mine with a powerful Eric Roberson.  And the grand finale of Reach out and Touch with everyone on stage and with Nick and Valerie’s family on hand, proved to be a fitting finale.
In looking back at the event, I have some other minor quibbles. The projectionist was obviously a high schooler (or an old classical fan), because when Soledad O’Brien discussed a Motown great, the wrong picture would inevitably be shown. For example, “The Four Tops” proved to actually be a classic shot of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Close, I guess, but this ultimately proved distracting. I have to also question why the great Ryan Shaw only got one song to do, Boyz to Men didn’t do any of their hits and plenty of Marvin and Stevie classics weren’t performed, while lesser songs were. The show easily could have been a half hour longer if not more.
Nonetheless, I didn’t see a single person walk out without a smile on their face or a lift in their step.
Kudos to Ray Chew for conducting and producing a memorable show. Although it was far from flawless, it was nonetheless a tremendous night of music and star power.

--Evan Ginzburg

Monday, February 6, 2012

Reminder- Wrestling- Then & Now Documentary & Marc Raphael at Gizzi's Tues

7PM & 9PM (Rescreening) Evan Ginzburg hosts documentary screening NY Premier-Wrestling- Then & Now at Gizzi’s 16 W 8th St. NYC. No Cover $10 min.
8PM Singer-Songwriter Marc Raphael

Wrestling Then and Now- The Movie was a fantastic documentary and the first of its kind coming from and focusing on the granddaddy of nostalgic monthly publications.  Evan Ginzburg has worked hard for well over twenty years, involving all the many colorful characters from pro wrestling as well as the arts like jazz, world beat, and most forms of music.  Killer Kowalski and the late Tiger Khan and so many have been a part of WT&Now and are now further immortalized on film.   It's a wonderful piece of history and art and I can't wait to re-watch it all over again!  
-Mike Lano, radio host and wrestling writer/photographer/historian from 1966 to current

"Wrestling- Then & Now- The Movie is a must see for both die hard fans as well as casual fans of the sport."
- Brett Schwan

"An Interesting, entertaining and informative documentary. Evan Ginzburg intelligently shows perspectives from Pro Wrestling's past performers, present performers, future performers as well as their fans. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this video, it's that good!"
-"Your RoleModel" Ric Lieb
(Indy Wrestler & Co-Host for Smart Mark Radio)

"Wrestling Then And Now is a MUST for any wrestling fan. It was great to see my old deceased friends, Killer Kowalski and Tiger Khan.  It was also great to see Evan Ginzburg, Don Arnold and Jeff Archer!"
-Lanny 'The Genius' Poffo
WWF (now WWE) Wrestler

"I got it very soon after it was covered it all very well…”
-Geoff Brown Wrestling Historian (Australia)

It was seven years in the making. 
But it's finally here.
Wrestling- Then & Now- The Movie is a documentary from noted underground film director Dwayne Walker and the Associate Producer of The Wrestler, Evan Ginzburg.
Go on the road with Evan as he talks to the greats of the sport in a film that has something for everyone.
If you're a fan of "old school"- who better than the late, great Killer Kowalski, Nikolai Volkoff, and Don "Dr. Death" Arnold to show you the ropes as they talk about not only wrestling but their philosophies on life and the extraordinary experiences they've had travelling the world?
And if you're a fan of today's wrestling, see a young, outspoken Homicide, hardcore icon Lowlife Louis Ramos and indie stars from coast to coast talk about all aspects of the sport:  injuries, "the road", the women's division, overzealous fans, the ever-present "paying dues," and much, much more.
Plus one of the casualties of the wrestling game, Tiger Khan, talks about the path he was on- filmed just a few years before his untimely passing at age 33.
It's a film that takes you deep inside the pro wrestling world- and particularly the real East Coast indie scene.
And for you fans of women's wrestling, you don't want to miss the clips of ultra stiff body builder, Kasie Kavanaugh, in her ring debut with former WWE worker Bryan Walsh. This is something truly different.
For a taste of the movie check out this You Tube link:

Whether you're "old school" or love the wrestling of today, you won't want to miss Wrestling- Then & Now the movie.

(Live out of state and can’t make it? DVD ordering info at

Plus! Noted Singer-Songwriter Marc Raphael performs at 8:00PM

Marc Raphael traveled the south and California in his youth and after gaining a BFA in Theatre at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, headed to NYC where he appeared off and off-off Broadway as an actor and director.
Always a lover of folk music, as well as the great American Song Book and classic rock, he began composing and performing contemporary American folk tunes and story songs at the beginning of this millennium. Singer songwriters that have influenced Marc's songwriting are John Prine, John Hiatt, Harry Chapin and Steve Earle.
His story songs express the longings, hardships and passions of the American landscape past and present. Through working with Pat Wictor's Manhattan Song Circle he created songs for his first CD Been There Too. He is currently working on his second CD with Philip Carroll and the great folks at RAD. He lives and performs in New York City.