It's always a pleasure when a new guest walks into the hallowedstudios for the Q show. And this episode is special causeJordan/Sam Lacey joins the show to partake in manydiscussions!
First up we talk with Sam about his background in wrestling andwhat he does currently for a living. Sam discusses being a part ofthe Carpenters union and how the company he works for came to be. Mark asks about politics and Sam's position in regards towhere he stands in the world of it.
Mark then goes on a rant about doctors. It starts with histrip to the ENT and being levied an extra bill over the top of whathe had already paid. Marks argument is whats the point of aco-pay if there is always going to be more money needed to be paid? Also, the way this was charged out was ridiculous incomparison to what services he actually had. Mark believes wehave a country of shysters and frauds that are going out of theirway to use medical billing as a back drop to gouge all of us. Markand Sam discuss this in a deep manner.
Then Mark does an extended "Hotseat" with Sam. They talkabout Star Wars and wierd feelings and ofcourse the haunted scarytunnel from our childhoods that we all dealt with at one point oranother.
All this and some OVERTIME too. It's the Q, Real Radio, RealHonest!
On this Episode of the Q, Andy Echele comes back and discusses
one of his oldest bits from 5 years ago when the two discuss the
FIRE TAX some people pay in different cities across the country and
what andy's view on that is.
Also, the US government decided to revamp some of their currency and their decision to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. They Replaced it with Harriet Tubman on the $20 and the world went into hissy fit mode. Now all the conservatives are angry a former US President is being removed from the currency and they want answers. Mark and Andy discuss whats going on and how it should be viewed.
Finally Mark and Andy get to Andy's favorite section of the show. Letters from the Listeners gets some M & A treament as well as the two discuss Conor McGregor and how he is fighting for better payouts for the fighters, while at the same time creating the value for the biggest fight in the history of UFC at UFC 200.
All this and much more on the newest episode of the Q!
Producer Bobby and Mark Bland fly solo on this show. Mark is having a week and it shows in the conversation with the on again/off again Producer Bobby. First up Mark and Bobby discuss the biggest story in the USA currently which is Donald Trump explaining that it is alright for women to be punished for having an abortion. Of course, this set off the entire country pitting liberals and conservatives that defend Trump at each others throats. And it wasn't pretty at all. Producer Bobby explains how he feels that Trump is technically right and Mark tries to hone in on what Bobby wants done to fix the issue.
Mark then decides to explain how ABC and other major networks could capitolize heavily on the crop of well known internet based/youtube based talents and their fanbases. Mark was watching his daughter watch this guy that plays Minecraft to the tune of millions of fans and it got him thinking about all the other people on online that have huge fanbases and could benefit from and to major media conglomerates and their current power fanbases that exist.
Finally, Mark and Bobby come across a new social media app called PEEPLE which touts itself as the "YELP for everyday people" . People would join the network and be able to rate people on their personal opinion of the people, just like you do on yelp for a restaurant. Mark and Bobby delve into the dark underbelly of what this could mean and how it could go horribly wrong. Plus they discuss what things the company who created is already doing to combat some of those consequesnces.
It's been a bit but Andy Echele, the former co-host of Absolute Wrestling Radio, brings his unique and direct brand of opinionation back to the Q. And what a perfect time for it too. Mark dusts off the old Tournament of Pop Culture and decides to break down the BEST DRUG MOVIE EVER for your listening enjoyment. Of course the classics make the list like Goodfellas, Scarface and Cheech and Chong.....but are they good enough to outlast and win the best of all time?
But before all that fun starts, Mark has to rant! Walmart has 50 check out lanes and Sams club has 20, but the number of checkers to lanes is not proportianate and sends Mark on a fuel rage because of the lack of common sense within the Walmart family in general.
Plus this past week, some secret documents got leaked out of Panama regarding the offshore accounts and assets of some of the worlds most power people. This has sent the world into a small tizzy, costing the president of Iceland his job and definitely catching the ire of potentially the most dangerous man in the world, Vladamir Putin. Mark and Andy discuss the impact and the eventual fallout if any. Plus Mark gives what he thinks is the US stance on all of this.
For the third time in our shows history, ED REGGI decides to bring all his flamboyant opinions and thoughts to the listeners of the Q. Oh, but he is not the only blast from the past. Matt Krueger joins in to mix it up with Mark and Ed.
First up, Matt breaks down his upcoming wedding and Ed lets us know whether he is a purveyor of the herbal spirits that some are into. This ofcourse leads into a talk about munchies and a to new soda's that Pepsi and Mountain Dew just introduced. Matt buys both soda's to test live on the air and let us know what he thinks of each new take.
Next Mark rants about some treatment he recently recieved from commenting on a FOX facebook post. Its the video of a young woman claiming a Trump supporter grabbed her breats and then she hauls off and punched him right in the nose. The rant is regarding the treat Mark recieved because of the starting point of the video. Mark has a common rule to implement across the board for all people posting video from hear on out in social media....but thats when Matt gets to writing in his NOTEPAD of EVIL and starts questioning and attacking Mark.
Finally the guys discuss the current political climate and who the candidates might choose to be their VP. This leads to a discussion of how Ed would like to see an overturn in the current political system and the most level playing field of all. Matt talks about Ted Cruz being president potentially if the convention is contested and how that would plan out for everyone.
Also there is overtime where things get down and dirty for the webdownload of the show only and the guys answer some questions!
Well Vitaly has been in the country since December and its time for him and his wife to make that fateful trip back to the USSR here in a week. But before he goes, Mark decides to bring him onto the show one more time to talk about Donald Trump, The Brussel's Attacks and the value of living in 2016. But he forced us to have Proucer Bobby on the show too if he came on...begrudgingly we said OK.
First up is a fun filled rant from Mark. Being a father and family man, Mark understands the value of a Family LockerRoom at a local pool. Evidently the people at the new complex in a local STL municipality do not appreciate the value of said family sized things and spent all their money not making proper accomodations in Mark's opinion.
Next up Mark discusses the Brussels Attack and how he feels that it might have been deterred if two things happen:
1. focus on why they are choosing these french speaking areas to attack
2. Start being more judgmental of the people in their country and start using a little profiling to tighten up the ranks. Not negative stereotyping, but focusing on similarities that lead to dangerous situations.
Finally Mark, Bobby and Vitaly discuss the Donald Trump phenomenon and how our society in the USA kinda created this vitriolic rheotric and attitude. Explaining why Trump seems to reasonate with the base of voters that love him. And also discussing the potential for the convention to be contested.
Oh its the 255th ep. of the show and there are so many things going on, its impossible to figure them all out.
First up, Marco Rubio has dropped out of the Primaries (for now) and is watiing till the convention comes along to see who walks out of the convention as the Republican nominee.
Next up, St. Louis Comedian Jon Maddy joins to wax poetic about the STL comedy scene. He and Mark discuss how actors like the Rock and Johhny Knoxville should be viewed within the world of Stand up comedy. They also talk about Louis CK and others within the business and whether they have comedy writers working with them at this point to help them stay on top.
Next the guys breakdown how this election will go down and how there is need for the GOP to unify or else they will split the vote and walk Hillary right into the presidency. A lot of this is from the fact that people think Trump is polarizing and originally thought that Obama was the "most polarizing person of all time". Mark feels this stems from the super sensitive nature and emotional inability of many conservative voters in the country.
Fianlly, Mark and Jon do the HOT SEAT for Jon and they do a little Over Time where they take on the famous Moral Dilemmas.
First we had Evan Gelistico and now his Tag Partner Pierre Abernathy decides to sit down with Mark Bland and discuss the world around us.
Pierre breaks down how he got into wrestling and the people that he met along the way. Which eventually leads to his owning and running Anarchy Wrestling. It definitely was not a easy transition for the wrestler whose been performing for 10+ years, but a necessary move that tested him in ways he didn't realize it would.
Then Mark starts to discuss politics and the unbelievable staying power of Donald Trump. Pierre jumps in and discusses his beliefs on the Donald and whether he thinks there is value to him as a President or not. This Leads Mark to beg people across the great nation to not support or vote for Donald Trump.
Next up Mark and Pierre tackle the controversy that is Hulk Hogans junk. Well techinically it's not Terry's junk, cause he said that on the stand. Hulk Hogan is embroiled in a sex tape trial and recently brought up his theory on his penis and who it belongs to or not. Mark and Pierre ruin their childhoods through discussing this weird stance Mr. Bollea takes.
Finally Mark and Pierre discuss a little NBA basketball and Pierre makes a absolutely cruical mistake by choosing Michael Jordan as a better all around player than Lebron James. This leads to a discussion of how he can assume this. Also Pierre jumps on the HOT SEAT for a few questions and Evan Gelistico joins in Overtime while discussing Pierres unique Ghostbuster and TMNT movie/character theories.
DEYEMOFO is back on the show and ready to dive into all the heat that came out of the last show he was on two weeks ago. First up, Mark decides to lead off with some hate mail because....well because he gets a ton of it! This letter chastizes him AGAIN for the SCOTUS discussion a few weeks back and that leads right into the first topic being the Super Tuesday Primary results.
Mark wasn't paying attention to the winners...nope. He was paying attention to something else much more important that will have impact on the main election in November. You must listen to find out what was so glaring and potentially problematic for one of the political parties involved.
Then a video hit the social media and media of STL that has taken the Black Live Matter movement off their feet a bit. Protestors took to the streets in the racial hot bed of St. Louis, MO because of a claim that a police officer held a gun on a child. Of course this lead to people up in arms because of racial inequality and police mistreatment of citizens....BUT....that wasn't the case at all. Police camera footage shows that it didn't happen at all and was a made up attempt to stir the pot in STL. It worked, but backfired and Mark and Justin discuss their views on how this affects the movement in general.
This leads to a discussion where Mark once again defends the fact that Stereotypes come in all shapes and sizes...and they aren't always negative and can be very influential in specific situations. This comes on the heels of a Triumph the Insult dog video circulating the interwebz with students who need "safe spaces" in New Hampshire.
So much to hear and so little time!
Producer Bobby makes his return to catch up and discuss all that is right and wrong with the world. Mark is immediately set to making the record straight regarding some things he said in the previous show because many angry conservatives (its always just angry conservatives) were mad he didn't detail the SCOTUS situation regarding the 2000 election out enough for their liking. Not that what he said was incorrect, it just seemed incorrect without the extra detailing...yet Mark is an honorable person so he brings it to the table to discuss and apologize.
Then TRIFORCE JOHNSON is back to talk ESports and a sort of revolution taking place currently. Triforce discusses the current situation with players and teams getting tons of money thrown into a major mainstream video gaming attempt to take Esports and make it a major player in the sports world. This comes on the heels of the #1 Street Fighter player in the world taking a a hardcore loss to a rapper by the name of Lupe Fiasco. Fiasco winning the match he shouldn't have won has TriForce taken aback quite a bit and OPENL CHALLENGES LUPE FIASCO to Street Fighter match! Also he talks about Daigo and what he thinks happened in that match.
All this and OVERTIME available on this episode of the Q.
Antonin Scalia has passed away and the candidates and the conservatives are just besides themselves with fury and anger over Obama possibly appointing a successor.
Mark is joined on the jaunt to discuss this issue with none other than former Q co-host and visitor Justin Deming! Justin also has a couple choice words for the conservatives of america that have decided to become a obstacle for the Leader of the Free World. Mark and Justin discuss the death, the conspiracies and finally the layout of what this means. Remember the 2000 Election and the need for the Supreme Court to step in and decide that Bush would be the president? Well that couldn't happen this year and the Republican Senate leaders have gone out of their way to explain that they will not allow Barack Obama to do the job he was elected for and pick a new replacement for Scalia.
This is a politics heavy episode as we are starting to see the primaries shake out and now with the successor needing to be chosen, this episode of the Q is very important for you to listen to.
Do you know Evan Gelistico? Well get to know him on this episode of the Q. Evan is a pro-wrestler and pop culture afficianado that decided to jump on the show to talk with Mark.
First up, Evan discusses his early days learning to be a pro-wrestler and wrestling in trailer parks and inclimate weather to perfect his abilities. Evan jumps through tons of stories about his early days and some of his influences in the business. Next Mark opens up a can of worms and starts to get into talking about Deadpool and other comic book movies that he's seen. This leads to further discussion about comic superheroes and who Mark "thinks" is the toughest and best....of course Evan is there to correct him!
Next up the pair talk about the New Hampshire Primaries and how well Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did in their stumping. Evan talks about some of his political beliefs and other assorted feelings with regards to that realm of life.
Finally there is overtime and things get deep, personal and the two touch on the MEDIOCRE seat (instead of Hot Seat!)....all this and much more on this episode of the Q.
Producer Bobby is back and chocked full of NFL talk since the SuperBowl just happened. But lets not get ahead of ourselves.
First up is Phillip Andrew Morton, the director of Spanish Lake, a documentary on Netflix about White flight and re-zoning in a blighted area of St. Louis County that used to be a typical area for people to raise their families in. But after the Pruett-Igoe housing projects was closed, those people that were displaced found themsleves in Spanish Lake, MO and the dichotomy of area changed. Some say for the worse. Crime increased and Real Estate agents came in to make money off fear. All of this as well as how Ferguson changed the view/or didn't, is discussed between Mark and Mr. Morton.
Then its back to the old grind with Bobby coming in to discuss some antics and decisions by Super Bowl players prior to the big game. Also, Mark breaks down a list of the Best Oscar winners and who should have won those years instead! It's a solid epsiode of the Q and there is much much more beyond what you see here. Enjoy
An amazing show in store for everyone this week! First up is John Lee Dumas. Mark and JLD have been trying to get together on the air for a little bit and were finally able to pull it off. John is a respected and influential social media and podcast host who talks with entrepeneurs weekly on his show. After 6 years, JLD has amassed over 1700+ interviews and worked with some of the top people across this country to bring his message of positivity and financial success to everyone. John joins to discuss his college days in Kansas, how he started the show and his new project he's been working on.
Then we switch gears to Raymond Chandler. Raymond is a lawyer in the St. Louis area who joins to discuss poltiics and law. Raymond ran for a state representative seat a few years back and has an interestingly moderate view of this years jockeying for the national presidential seat. As well as Raymond sits in to discuss that wildlife refuge situation going sideways and at least one getting killed over it. Finally Chandler sits on the Kenny Kinds Hot Seat to field a bunch of questions he had no idea were coming.
All this and much more on this episode of the Q! Taking talk radio and turning it up to 11!
Last year, the Academy Awards turned heads when they seemed to nominate no people of minority background for their Academy Awards. Immediately the world took notice and Mark's guest April Reign was the first to social media with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite . Well it happend in 2016 too. And the hashtag re-emerged too bring attention to the travesty at hand.
Mark discusses the situation and hashtag with April, including: Why the creation of the hastag? The affects of Ferguson on the decision to have the hashtag and controiversy now as opposed to 2007 or 2001 or 1994. Also the two discuss and have a very heated debate on whether things should be based on merit or not.
This is the deepest discussion in the nation on the topic. Sit back and enjoy as Mark and April discuss this controversy.
Well it wsa a rough week for the St. Louis area as they lost their NFL franchise, but fret not....Mark decided it was time to bring an old friend of the show back from obscurity. Vitaly jumped on a plane in mother Russia and cruised over here to the US of A to sit down with Mark and Producer Bobby to discuss the Stan Kroenke NFL decision. Mark discusses how this type of decision making applies to the Donald Trump lovers of the world and how he doesn't think it should be so painful for the STL fans. Producer Bobby has a differing opinion and the two discuss.
Then the Bundy guys in Oregon are just unravelling and the people around the situation ain't helping. They are allowing them too much freedom to do what they want. Mark discusses this mentality and Vitaly chimes in with what he thinks Putin would do in the same situation.
Finally the guys take some letters from the listeners in Overtime and some questions live on the air. And Sean Penn got a chance to interview El Chapo and it lead to his capture by the Mexican Government. Now Chapo is not happy with the Penn and the guys discuss the value of his threats.
Well for the second Q-view interviews, Mark decides to sit down with Moe Rock, a producer and music artist. But Moe goes deeper than that. Moe is also founder of one of the most influential hip hop websites of the past few years called NowHiphop.com. Moe discusses his early years in the Twin Cities before jumping out to the west coast to pursue his music career. Mark finds out about his fanbase in other countries which leads to a discussion about how you can be a superstar in other parts of the world and they wouldn't look at you twice in other places. This also leads to a talk about the current state of Hip hop and who Mark and Moe feel are the best in the game at this moment. A really in depth look at someone many people don't realize is a huge mover and shaker in the business. Enjoy!
Well the lunatics have taken over the asylum again and this time around Sam Richardson a noted Pro-Wrestler and Trainer from the St. Louis area joins in to discuss all the fun.
Sam and Mark go back a few years and Sam explains his love of comics and all things geeky, as well as his involvement in prowrestling and beginnings to his career. Sam is also a comic book author and he discusses his background in selling and distributing a comic book in 2016.
But things then switch to the STANDOFF....Oh yes.... Ladies and gentlemen we have a group of Trump loving hypocrites that will claim Darren Wilson was sent through the judicial system and what they decided was exactly as it should be. BUT, BUT, BUT..... The Bundy family is up in Oregon and they have taken Wildlife Refuge hostage from the federal government with 150 "armed" men. They did this because they are declaring war on the US government and their friends, who commited arson and were JUDGED in a court of law, are now in jail....and they don't like it! So their answer was to do this. Mark and Sam are going to explain where the situation stands, whether they have merit to their argument, or if they are just setting up a new Waco/Ruby Ridge situation that will end the same way.
All this and Mark breaks down a special Hotseat with Sam where he goes above and beyond for an extra 6th question that has never been done before. Witness this epic first epsiode of 2016...
PS....they talk about Force Awakens too and may hint on spoilers, so be prepared.
St. Louis film maker and documentarian Jim Dreyer joins the show to discuss some of his recent documentaries. Jim produced an award winning film on the rise and fall of Ozark Airlines, a midwestern airline that was eventually purchased by TWA 20+ years ago. Jim is currently producing and directing a new film regarding the sport of Disc Golf called "Game of Throws". The documentary focuses on the rise of the sport in the Midwest and some of the history and current state. Jim also discusses his upbringing in the St. Louis area and how he got involved in TV and film making .
Mark also makes sure that the Christmas show doesn't disappoint. Mark and Jim discuss 10 of the gifts you only give to people that you absolutely dislike....but they find themselves also disagreeing with some of the gifts cause of personal preference. Finally we got a letter from a listener and Jim, being new to the show, has to figure out how we help the young man in question with potentially breaking up with his girlfriend before christmas or after.
Josh Gilbert, a producer and radio guy from 550 KTRS, joins Mark on this weeks show. Mark discusses the amazing time he had at the Missouri Botannical Gardens glow chirstmas walk and how many others need check it out and make it their yearly go to from here on out. Plus Mark talks about the Richard Grenell show and how well it turned out.
Josh and Mark start talking about their early days in radio and what made them get into the business that they are in. Mark talks about Johnny Carson being a huge inspiration to him and a little about Carsons early days. Also discussing NPR and Diane Rehm.
From there, Mark discusses the main reason for the show. Mark goes into a gas station and a kid wants some smokes for his father out in the truck. The lady behind the counter denies the request due to current laws, but this gets Mark thinking about his own childhood and how he bought smokes for his Dad multiple times...never smoking them and it never being a problem. Josh brings his own story of how he was denied cigs as an adult.
Finally Mark and Josh discuss the antagonizing ways of conservative that think they are getting one over on people. As if adults can't for the most part read between the lines and figure out the crux of whatever is the focus at the time. All this and much more on this episode of the Q!
An action packed show is what is in store for you. First and foremost, we are joined this week by friend and talking head Matt Thomas who brings his unique personality and focus to the current events of the day.
Right off the bat, Mark sits down with Videogame professional and legend TriForce Johnson to discuss his career in gaming. Mark caught wind of TriForce from a well known documentary called the King of Chinatown which tackles TriForce and friend Justin as they ascend to the top of the Streetfighter tournament world. Triforce discusses his early days in the industry and his multiple Guiness World Records. Plus Mark goes for it all by really delving into why videogame players really don't have a crossover mainstream rockstar to put them on the map. They delve into stereotypes and discuss some of the games Triforce loves and hates.
Then Mark and Mr. Thomas break into discussion about the topic on everyones mind, mass shootings. Fresh off the San Bernadino shooting and all the mystery surrounding it, the two guys dsicuss the value of guns in America. Plus why violence runs so deep throughout our culture.
Finally Mark goes on a rant discussing bathroom ettiquette once more. Have you ever been using the restroom and someone oversteps the common understood unspoken rules of public restrooms? Well Mark went to see Michael McDonald at the Fox and encountered one such issue. It was definitely ILL COMMUNICATION!
The Q is taking a week off for the holiday break, but that doesn;t mean the world of radio does. Mark welcomes noted FOX NEWS contributor and outspoken conservative Richard Grenell to the show. Mr. Grenell was a memeber of the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012 and has had an illustrious career in politics. Mark and Richard started this whole thing off with a wars of words on Twitter when Mark called Mr. Grenell out for his views on the Paris attacks. Quickly this interview/discussion came together and the two men discuss Obama, Muslims, Paris and everything in between. Always Real and Always Honest...this is the Q!
Paris was attacked. It was horrible and horrible people need to be punished for it. But there is more to it than that. Andy Echele joins again to discuss the Paris attacks, it's implications and everything surrounding it. Should we fear ISIS? This is a major question brought up in the show and discussed at length. Is Obama to blame for any of it? This is discussed in detail to.
This all leads to a focus on the Syrian refugees that seem to be a focal point of the hate at this point. Mark and Andy discuss if there is a need for the refugees in the USA. Also, should the US citizens view them in a worried way. Should this wave of terrorism be thrown on the souls of people fleeing Syria just looking for another place to live and not die.
Finally, Mark and Andy get down and dirty cause Mark has been seeing some memes regarding the country's lack of Veteran care in the way of their 50-60,000 homeless former military people. Mark has a serious problem with this cause these stats are being used to promote anti-Refugee vibes and nothing more. Mark finds his muse by reading a piece by Jim Wright (@stonekettle on twitter) regarding his views on this homeless veteran situation. Jim is a former military man himself and veteran.
All this and much more on this episode of the Q!
The University of Missouri is up in arms currently cause the students feel that they're complaints about racial issues are not being taken seriously. This has thrust the University into the national spotlight regarding racial issues and the state and country are split. But there seems to not be a lot of examples to hang our hats on and Mark welcomes Adny Echele on the show to illuminate these relatively non-existent issues that seem to have no pictures or video/audio proof.
Then the two take on a story that Andy brings to the table about Oklahoma law enforcement and how they have a new rule. Now, officers of the law, whether on duty or not, are absolved from being involved in certain situations when they announce they are a police officer. Andy feels this is a slippery slope and Mark tee's off on Andy after a little more research.
Also Mark and Andy decide to play a game. Andy is a former member of the military and with Veterans Day fresh in the minds of US citizens, Mark breaks out a game of "Were they a Veteran?" Mark poses multiple famous people to Andy and it's his job to figure out if they were indeed in the military at any time in their life! Finally Mark and Andy tackle a letter from a listener, something special for everyone!
Shane Presley of the Rock Paper Podcast decides to sit in with Mark and Producer Bobby to talk about his love of podcasting and the formation of his show. Shane explains his background of what got him involved in the local scene and his love of music and comedians. This sends Mark down the path of bringing up the background of comedians (not all, just many)and how they tend to be people that are broken in some form or fashion on a personal level...and thats what drives them to be successful comedians.
Next Mark runs into a rant hes been holding on to for a while. You ever goto the grocery store and when you are finished checking out, the cashier asks if you wanna donate a dollar to a charity. Well this has set off Mark on an epic rant about our society and how many places have picked this up and run with it over the past few years. Also the guys discuss the story of a man, his tooth and a wedding ring! Only in Merica!
Finally, Mark and Bobby throw Shane on the HOT SEAT to find out a little more about the man that has decided to brave the studios of the Q.