WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Television writer & producer Duppy Demetrius sat down with me over some beers and chatted with me about how he got started writing for television, as well as some of his favorite times on TNT’s The Closer and Major Crimes. He also explains why we shouldn’t burn bridges, getting to work with Luke Perry, and G.W. Bailey’s great work with the children’s organization The Sunshine Kids.
Follow Duppy on Twitter: @DuppyD
Donate to The Sunshine Kids: Sunshinekids.org
I was fortunate enough to get a sit down interview with the lovely Gina Grad from L.A. morning radio; as well as The Adam Carolla Show. We recorded this one in the Adam Carolla Studios shortly before Valentine’s Day, and we talked about her recent exit from L.A. morning radio, her 9-11 experience, and the greatest advice she ever received, (it was from Adam).
Follow Gina on social media:
FB: Gina Grad
On a recent trip to LA for a personal thing, I caught up with Josh Denny. Josh Denny is a comedian, a podcaster, and a humanitarian of sorts; but you probably know him from Food Network’s hit TV show Ginormous Food. He was nice enough to sit down with me after a comedy show and talk about everything from podcasting, to making TV shows, and helping out folks who need it. Enjoy guys!
Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshDenny
on Insta-G: @JoshDenny
on Face-B: @JoshDennyOfficial
His Website: joshdennycomedy.com
Longtime Portland D.J. and post punk music lover chats with me about his love of music that took him across the pond. Then we get into a discussion about the post punk music festival he curates and hosts called OUT FROM THE SHADOWS IV and the accompanying compilation album SONGS FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARD VOL 1.
I am giving away a vinyl / digital package, so listen carefully!
Great music in this episode by Sculpture Club and Bernays Propaganda feat. Mike Watt
Follow Dave on social media:
FB: Dave Cantrell (the DJ one)
3-day pass: holdmyticket.com/event/307474
Day one: holdmyticket.com/event/307475
Day two: holdmyticket.com/event/307477
Day three: holdmyticket.com/event/307478
The lineup (in order of appearance):
Thur April 5th:
DIE ROBOT (Portland)
NAKED LIGHTS (Oakland)
RITUAL VEIL (Portland)
THE WHEAL [formerly Seventeen at this Time] (Paris)
Fri April 6th:
BLOODY KNIVES (Austin
ACTORS (Vancouver BC)
TEARFUL MOON (Houston)
WIRE SPINE (Vancouver BC)
SICK WISH [feat. former BTS bassist Brett Nelson] (Boise)
Sat April 7th:
ASTARI NITE (Miami)
AZAR SWAN (New Orleans/NYC)
ARCTIC FLOWERS (Portland)
ANNEX (McAllen TX)
CREUX LIES (Sacramento)
DANCING PLAGUE (Spokane)
WALK ONTO SUN (LA)
A few months ago I was in Las Vegas and saw an article in the local paper about a guy who started an Indie record label where he ONLY releases Cassette tapes of artists. I stopped what I was doing and immediately reached out to him for an interview… and he politely agreed. Super nice guy, fun interview and there is a GIVEAWAY!
Send me an email at Fascinationstreetpod@gmail.com with the subject “Giveaway” and the first 5 people will get either a cassette or a vinyl 45 sent to them by me, for free, no strings.
Check him out on Instagram at @NoSkyCt and at noskycassettetapes.bigcartel.com
This week I talk to Izzy Presley from Another FN Podcast. Currently living in Los Angeles; Izzy is the consummate host! He hosts a couple of podcasts, weekly live music events, even the rare Rock N Roll themed cruise! Super cool dude…. um… did I mention he is in ACK!.. an Ace Frehley tribute band? Enjoy!
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Photo Credit: Tamea Agle
Howie Abrams is a former record executive, turned book author. We chat about everything from being in Manhattan on 911, to managing record labels, to becoming friendly with HR from Bad Brains, and what it was like hanging out at CBGB’s during it’s heyday! Enjoy!
“You think you know, but you don’t know, you know?”- Howie Abrams
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Click on the photo of Howie’s book, for a link to more info,
I got to sit down with Jacob Trevino; the owner and creative mind behind Video Archive, The Overlook Lodge, and Gorilla Cinema! Great interview, really good lessons in perseverance, and you HAVE TO VISIT!
Special thanks to Kevin Smith ( @ThatKevinSmith ) .
And Gina Grad ( @GinaGrad ) for helping me discover this super cool guy.
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Recently I took a trip to Los Angeles and during that trip I was able to get an interview with Serena Scott Thomas. We talk about her early modeling career, her movie career (including being a BOND GIRL!), her relationship with Vinnie Tortorich, and the play she is currently starring in called TWO FISTED LOVE; playing at The Odyssey Theatre in LA.
I also float an idea for a 10 episode podcast for Serena and Vinnie to do together called FIT TO BE TIED!
Help me get that hashtag trending! #FitToBeTied
Reach out to Serena on social media:
@SerenaST09 on Twitter
@SScottThomas on Instagram
This week I got to chat over the phone with veteran comedian, two time Emmy winner, & multiple ACE award winner Jeff Cesario.
Jeff and I talk about starting out in Minnesota, his numerous Johnny Carson appearances, writing for talk shows for Dennis Miller, Larry Sanders, & Queen Latifah, and developing the ridiculous yet lovable Chet Waterhouse into a podcast SENSATION!
Follow Jeff on social media:
Twit: @RealJeffCesario and follow Chet at @ChetWaterhouse
and subscribe to his new podcast PLAY WITH PAIN!
Catch Jeff Cesario every couple of weeks on The Adam Carolla Show.