Expert Guests

riverapeterguestIconic Rock Singer Peter Rivera.  News/talk radio hosts seem to enjoy occasionally changing the tempo of their shows by interviewing interesting guests from the world of pop culture.  Especially names from the golden era of music and radio that are still actively going strong.  Such is the case with Peter Rivera — the legendary original lead singer and drummer for the eternally classic songs “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Get Ready” by the legendary band Rare Earth. Still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio and strategically placed in many TV commercials, any baby boomer rock aficionado will remember that booming voice and those powerful drums on the group’s long series of hits.  During their reign of stardom, Rare Earth sold more than 25 million records with five top 10 singles.  (Seven gold, one double-platinum, and two platinum albums.) Peter’s story is one of those all-American classics; a kind of “rags to riches” tale in which an obscure white boy, growing up in a red-brick row house in Detroit, Michigan, finds his way out of the grimy, blue-collar neighborhood that spawned a whole generation of factory workers, dock hands, and “tough-guy” bar brawlers to the big time glitz and glam of the pop music industry.  Rare Earth was the first all-white band signed to Motown Records that broke through with hit records.  Now at 70, Rivera still puts out a powerful sound and is a striking figure in concerts perched behind his drums and belting out tunes from a brand new album, It Is What it Is.  To download the album and set up an interview, please click here.

CD cover front  72-100The new GUNHILL ROAD album “Every 40 Years” is something special… and their story is perfect to be told on talk radio!  Four decades in the making, GUNHILL ROAD returns with 19 timeless tracks of compelling melodies, incisive lyrics and organic three-part harmonies that connect the most authentic elements of the 70s to the new millennium, with a few subway stops in between.  This is an amazing story and a pop music industry first!  40 years after their first two albums were favorites among FM rock radio DJs and their hit single “Back When My Hair Was Short” rocketed to the Top 10 at AM radio stations around the country – the legendary GUNHILL ROAD is back!   In November, 2013, the trio of Glenn Leopold, Steve Goldrich and Paul Reisch returned to the studio to work on their very, very, very long-awaited third album, a 19-track CD, “Every 40 Years.”  It delivers what TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher and former WNEW-FM, New York DJ Michael Harrison describes as “a masterpiece that captures the musical and cultural essence of the best years of album rock from a strikingly contemporary 21st century perspective.  What a gift to generations born on both sides of the digital divide!”

The band was formed in Mount Vernon, NY in the late 1960s, and first performed at New York’s premier club, Paul Colby’s The Bitter End. Soon after, they began to open for many of the top acts of the time, and were considered one of the best opening acts in the business.  And the rest, as they say, is history – as this new album, “Every 40 Years,” proves the long story and stunning artistry of GUNHILL ROAD still has miles to go for music enthusiasts to explore and enjoy.  Please check out the following videos: How it all began: Click here.

A really cool song – Everything Passes: Click here. If you would like to interview any of the members of GUNHILL ROAD or receive a download of “Every 40 Years” please shoot an email to Duane Doobie at or call him at 413-565-5413.


On the air for over 20 years, Ric Edelman is an expert on all aspects of personal finance critical to your listeners:  investments, taxes, retirement planning, mortgages, saving for college, buying and leasing cars and more.  Ric has been three times ranked the #1 Independent Financial Advisor in the nation by Barron’s.   Ric is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and his eighth book, The Truth About Retirement Plans and IRAs, was published in April 2014.  Also in 2014, Ric was named among the “Heavy Hundred” in the radio industry by TALKERS magazine.  Ric’s television show, The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, airs on more than 200 public television stations across the country and has won 8 Telly Awards.  He is a member of the CNBC Digital Financial Advisors Council.  More information is available at:  To book Ric Edelman, contact Rick Fowler at 703-251-0109.

weismanwriterSteven J.J. Weisman is an attorney, educator, author and experienced broadcaster whose expertise in the area of identity theft has made him one of the country’s most-sought-after television and radio guests.  Most people think of use of credit cards over the internet as the obvious example if high-risk behavior that could lead to identity theft, but there are many other potential pitfalls via social media and smartphone use that most people don’t even think about – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Weisman has published his most recent book, Identity Theft Alert, and he’s available to speak with your audience about this crucial topic.  Email: or visit to learn more.

laviewriterIf you want a real expert’s  first-hand, direct view of the Arab-Israeli conflict now going on, the person you want as a guest on your show is 15-year Associated Press foreign correspondent Mark Lavie.  Mark has been covering the Middle East from posts both in Cairo and Jerusalem and is now in Tel Aviv.  Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University, he has been an overseas anchor and reporter  for such networks as AP Radio, NBC, NPR and the CBC in Canada.  Mark is the author of a new book, “Broken Spring,” a vivid, hands-on view of Middle Eastern society and the turmoil it is undergoing. To book Mark Lavie for your show: Phone: +972-52-721-2143  Email: