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Artist Spotlight: Tyler Rich

May 17, 2016

We spend so much time talking about new artists coming out of Nashville, North Carolina, Georgia and other hotbeds for country music. However, we need to take a step back sometimes and look at artists who were born and raised in what can only be described as non-traditional areas.

Take for instance today’s spotlight artist, Tyler Rich who hails from the Yuba City area of Northern California (we’ll get to more California-born artists in the coming weeks).


During a show I caught earlier this year at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, opening for Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane, Tyler told the crowd a great story about how it was a Garth Brooks show at Arco Arena in Sacramento that cemented his love for country music. Then, three months before his 14th birthday, his grandparents surprised him with a guitar for Christmas. That, as they say, was that. Tyler never looked back.

After countless hours working on his craft, and spending years on the road touring across the U.S. with multiple bands, Tyler decided it was time to pursue his career as a solo artist. This turned out to be a great choice as he’s taken the stage with some of the country music’s top artists including, Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Gloriana, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and a whole lot more (including Dustin Lynch who he’s been touring with). Tyler’s first single “Radio”, landed on iTunes in mid-2015 and is getting airplay on a number of radio stations across the country, including iHeartRadio.


What I loved about Tyler’s live performance during the San Jose show was his stage presence. You could tell by watching him play that it is what he was born to do…and he loves doing it. The passion is there from the very start. Songs like my personal favorite “California Grown“, a song about growing up in California (which I can DEFINITELY relate to being born and raised in the small town of Petaluma), “Brothers“, “Turn it Up” and “I Can Teach Ya” to his first single, “Radio”, grab the attention of the audience immediately and keep them on their feet until the final note of the final song.


I had the privilege of catching up with him after the San Jose show, nearly 3 hours after he first took the stage. It’s funny. He was filled with the same energy and love for his fans that he demonstrated earlier in the evening. I bought his EP that night which has already been worn out on my many drives from Portland to the Bay Area. Definitely take a listen when you have the chance.

Also make sure to also check Tyler on Facebook and definitely follow him on Twitter at@TylerRichMusic. His YouTube channel also has a number of good clips. Finally, as I alluded to earlier, don’t forget to pick up his EP “Valerie” on iTunes.

So what did I miss? Do you own the EP? Have you seen Tyler live? Is the show as good as I’ve noted? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.


The Big Show Presents: The Secret Squeeze

August 3, 2011

We probably shouldn’t have been drinking during this show…as you’ll hear…things got a little out of hand. OK maybe not a little…A LOT! But hey…it was college and we had a blast as always!

Luckily, we didn’t have to abide by FCC regulations for language or content!

As always, if you’re easily offended…or if you don’t like inappropriate language/content…don’t listen! There…I’ve given my disclaimer… 🙂

These are being posted for the enjoyment of our loyal BIG SHOW listeners. Someday…we’ll be back on the air!

The Big Show Presents: Billy the Greek Goes to San Francisco

July 26, 2011

Yet another episode of “The Big Show” with the college crew from back in 2001.

This segment once again features one of my favorite characters that I ever created…Billy the Greek…who once again demonstrates his over exaggerated Male Chauvenism.

Once again…none of our content should ever be considered PG so enter at your own risk 🙂

The Big Show Presents: An Introduction to Billy the Greek

July 24, 2011

…and now for the first time in 10 years…the return of “The Big Show”.

For your background, The Big Show was a radio program that appeared on KSUN 91.5 for more than 3 years featuring yours truly, “The Roaddawg Johnny Kreuz” along with my colleague and good friend “The Bad Ass Brett Anthony”.

The show came to an end back in May of 2001 but only recently have the tapes been discovered and put online for all of the world to hear. We always had a blast…that’s for sure!

Mind you, I did much of the writing for the show and created the many characters who appeared including “Billy the Greek” who became a weekly staple on the show. Let’s put it this way, he was created to be the prototypical “male chauvinist” and when you listen to the bits that he appeared on, you’d probably believe that the guy really acted this way in real life.

Anyways…here’s the first bit that I’m sharing. This was one of our very first episodes back in 1999 when we introduced Billy the Greek. As a disclaimer…most of the content on ALL of our broadcasts is for adult ears only as we do get a bit edgy/racy so listen at your own risk 🙂

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Definitely better than a Casey Anthony radio program would have been 🙂

Howard Stern Signs New Deal With Sirius Satellite Radio

December 9, 2010

Howard Stern announced on his show this morning that he has renewed his contract with the company. You know what that means: five more years of “The King of All Media” on Sirius Satellite Radio!

From the Los Angeles Times:

Ending speculation that he was going to take his show to the next frontier — whatever that might be — radio personality Howard Stern said on his morning show Thursday that he had signed a new deal that will keep him with satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM for five more years.

Stern joined Sirius XM in 2006 in a five-year deal valued at $100 million annually.

From Ad Week:

As part of the new deal, Sirius XM will have the right to transmit Stern’s program to mobile devices. The satellite radio company did not provide any other details of the contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2015.

“Howard is a great talent, and we are thrilled that he will continue to provoke, engage and entertain on Sirius XM. Our agreement is good news on all fronts—it is good for Sirius XM subscribers and good for Sirius XM stockholders. Howard forever changed radio and was instrumental in putting Sirius on the map, when he first launched on satellite radio. He is one of the few ‘one-name’ entertainers in the country, and our 20 million subscribers are lucky to have him,” said Mel Karmazin, CEO of Sirius XM.

Don Imus Has Prostate Cancer

March 16, 2009

Longtime, and controversial radio personality Don Imus has said that he’s battling stage two prostate cancer, but expressed confidence in a full recovery.

Imus is widely known for his battles with Howard Stern and most recently, comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

From the Associated Press:

Imus, 68, made the announcement Monday on his morning show from New York, which airs on ABC Radio Networks and cable’s RFD-TV. He said he wrestled with the idea of making it public, but figured he should because he might have to miss some work due to treatment.

“I’m changing the name of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer to the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with cancer and me,” he said, referring to his charity to help children with cancer.

Prostate cancer is referred to as stage II if it can be detected with a digital rectal exam (physical exam) but there is no evidence that the cancer has spread outside the prostate to other organs.

A one-time shock jock who now does a show heavy on the media and politics, Imus was fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC in spring 2007 for a racial slur of the Rutgers women’s basketball team. He later apologized. He’s built his radio network back to the level it was before the incident, although his influence has waned.

Imus said he was surprised more than anything about the diagnosis, since he’s been intent on following a healthy diet for the past decade.

He noted that doctors seemed reluctant to talk about one of his big worries: What prostate cancer treatment will mean for his sex life.

Paul Harvey Dies at Age 90

February 28, 2009

Paul Harvey, who captivated millions of radio listeners daily with his famous voice and the line “and that’s…the rest of the story”  died today at the age of 90

He was a true legend in the business and he will be missed.

From ABC News:

Paul Harvey, once known as the most listened to man in radio, has died at the age of 90 at a hospital near his winter home in Phoenix.

Harvey’s career in radio spanned more than 70 years, and his shows “News & Comment” and “Rest of the Story” made him a familiar voice in Americans’ homes across the country.

His death comes nine months after that of his wife, Lynne Cooper Harvey, whom he often called “Angel” on air, and who was also his business partner and the first producer ever inducted in the the Radio Hall of Fame.

“My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said. “So, in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents. And, today millions have lost a friend.”

From his humble beginnings as a teenager helping out cleaning up at a local radio station, Harvey went on to have his broadcasts carried by 1,350 commercial radio stations, as well as 400 stations of the Armed Forces Radio Service, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

From Reuters:

Harvey died at a hospital near his winter home in Phoenix, the network said. No cause of death was immediately available.

He was on the air for more than 60 years, becoming a fixture across the United States in 1951 when he joined ABC Radio.

Working out of Chicago, Harvey started his show each day by barking, “Hello, Americans, this is Paul Harvey! Stand by for news!” and would sign off with a forceful “Paul Harvey … good day!” In between, he flung out a variety of trademark phrases that listeners came to expect like, “Stay tuned for the rest of the story” and “May I have your undivided for just a moment.”

Harvey’s twice-daily radio broadcasts at one time reached an estimated 22 million listeners who tuned in for his observations, homespun wisdom and opinions on the news.

“I don’t think of myself as a profound journalist,” he told an interviewer. “I think of myself as a professional parade watcher who can’t wait to get out of bed every morning and rush down to the teletypes and pan for gold.”

Harvey also was a marketing powerhouse, interspersing his broadcasts with commercials he narrated. He said he agreed to plug only products he used himself, which meant turning down 10 sponsors for every one he endorsed.

Products that met Harvey’s expectations could almost always count on a surge in sales after he read their commercials.

In 2006, quoted an ABC executive as saying Harvey was bringing in more than 10 percent of the network’s $300 million in advertising billings. The network was so pleased with Harvey’s work that he was given a 10-year, $100 million contract in 2000.