Expert Guests

Al Herskovitz grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut – the son of hard working Jewish Hungarian immigrants. He’s a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Korea during the war. He’s also a “veteran” broadcaster who’s worked for some of nation’s leading radio companies as a manager, newsman, programmer and announcer. His colorful career, spanning almost seven decades and key positions at great radio stations across the country, brought him into contact with some of the world’s most colorful individuals in politics, show business, sports and business. In his new book The Tall Skinny Jewish Kid from Bridgeport: A Radio Guy’s Chance Encounters with the Colorful and Famous (Talkers Books, 2018), he vividly recalls the fascinating characters with whom he crossed paths as a child of immigrants, a young man in the army, and then as a highly respected broadcaster at some of the nation’s leading radio stations. These include show business celebrities, sports stars, politicians, several mysterious international figures (including a spy or two), and even a few mobsters! Today, well into his eighties, Herskovitz is still active in the communications field where he serves as senior marketing director for the talk media trade publication, TALKERS. He lives in Bradenton, Florida and is an active member of the Sarasota-based Media Round Table. To book an interview with Al Herskovitz, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Longtime TALKERS columnist Richard Neer, a 30-year sports talk veteran at WFAN, New York and former WNEW-FM, New York radio great, has released his sixth Riley King murder mystery, An American Storm (Amazon Digital Services, 2018). This one has a strong radio sub-plot as King’s cohort Rick Stone deals with a career crisis after moving from making big dollars at a large market station to a small labor-of-love outlet, attempting to create a free form talk and music format. He is frustrated by a dearth of callers and the aging demo. Neer is well-known for his landmark radio non-fiction FM, the Rise and Fall of Rock Radio (Villard, 2001) and is developing a large following as a writer of the mystery fiction genre. He can be reached for interviews at novelistcafe@windstream.net.

Bernard Kerik has written an exciting and extremely timely novel thriller, Grave Above the Grave (Humanix Books, 2018).  Kerik is a fascinating subject for talk radio interviews.  He served as the 40th police commissioner of New York City from August 21, 2000 to December 31, 2001. Prior to his appointment, he was commissioner of the Department of Correction, following eight years of service, both uniformed and plainclothes detective, with the New York Police Department.  A recipient of the prestigious NYPD Medal of Valor, he is the author of a New York Times best-selling memoir The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice (HarperCollins, 2001).  A law enforcement insider and frequent media commentator on breaking news, Kerik has created a suspense-packed thriller that’s timely and terrifyingly real.  The plot entails the dramatic terrorist-related experiences of a fictitious NYC police commissioner, Rick Raymond, set in the present day.  He still remembers rushing toward the Towers on 9/11, fueled by determination and his duty as commander of the 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan. He still feels his heart stop at the realization that his wife was on the flight that went down in Shanksville, PA.  Now, as police commissioner, he remains committed to protecting the world’s greatest city. But as he’s learned over the 18 months since his appointment, the job demands balancing law enforcement with playing politics with the mayor and managing the press. Then there’s the challenge of keeping his far-from-strictly-business relationship with the D.A.— the smart and strikingly attractive Sheilah Dannis — private.  The plot heats up with a dreaded call: two cops shot, one dead, in Times Square. According to a half-dozen witnesses, the shooter screamed as he opened fire, “Allahu Akbar! God is great!” Leading the chase with his elite team along for the ride, Raymond takes out the suspect with a formidable weapon: his Surburban. Rather than hailed as a hero, the commissioner gets slapped with a Grand Jury investigation, aggravated by an ambitious reporter’s headline: Police Road Rage? While Raymond waits and fumes, investigators find evidence of the dead suspect’s link to something larger and darker than an isolated cop killing spree.  Bernard Kerik is available for interviews.  To book one, please contact Sandy Frazier at sandy@mystic-art.com or phone 919-377-1200

weismanwriterSteven J.J. Weisman is an attorney, educator, author and experienced broadcaster whose expertise in the area of sports law has made him one of the country’s most-sought-after television and radio guests.  Change has been profound in sports law as it attempts to regulate a sporting world filled with new developments, including: fantasy sports, gender issues, concerns of disabled athletes, performance enhancement, and more.  Weisman can explain all of the traditional areas of sports law, including detailed analysis of college sports, professional contracts, and labor law.  But, he’s also well-versed in areas including stadium financing, sports gambling, advanced analytics, and more.  Hi latest book is titled, Sports Law: The Essentials.  To book Steven J.J. Weisman for your show, email him at: stevenjjweisman@aol.com or visit www.scamicide.com.

Bernadette Duncan is author of the positively-received book about talk radio titled, YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016).  For 26 years, Duncan worked in the trenches of big-time talk radio during its most dramatic decades (1983-2009) – set against the backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities when in one fateful day, talk radio went from its post O.J. Simpson default of covering celebrity murder mysteries (Gary Condit, Jon-Benet Ramsey, etc.) to an obsession with the reality and ongoing threat of civilian mass murder at the hands of terrorists.  She worked for some of the biggest names in the business during their glory days – Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more.  This veteran talk show producer and wife of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison chronicles her career in the business in a candid manner and makes a compelling case on behalf of the importance of the position of radio producer – which she describes as being “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.”  Producers and hosts interested in booking Bernadette Duncan on their shows can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

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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.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 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: www.ricedelman.com.  To book Ric Edelman, contact Rick Fowler at 703-251-0109.