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.
Producer Bobby comes back for a spell to discuss the lack of professional courtesy the Q was shown recently regarding a PR company in the St. Louis Area. Mark and Bobby talk about how many giveaways the Q has done to benefit the fans of the show and how they have never been treated as disrespectfully as they were recently with a "haunted house" in STL.
Then they switch gears to discuss a female student in South Carolina that was asked to leave a classroom by a school security officer and she refused. So the officer took things into his own hands and forcibly removed her from the classroom. This set off a nationwide debate again regarding the treatment of people by law enforcement, which sends the STL guys back into a discussion on Ferguson and Mark's theory on how to handle the police.
Finally Mark and bobby handle a letter from a listener about someone whose ex has a terrible disease is constantly being promiscuous when they shouldn't be.
Dj Gelner a well known STL lawyer/author jumps back on to the show to break down the arrogance and attitude of bicycle riders. Their constant need to cut people off, tell you that you are #1 and many other things that get under the skin of both Mark and DJ. This also leads to a discussion about people with the "Please Watch for Motorcycles" stickers on the back of their cars. All of them tend to have attitude that is misplaced especially considering the show down between a 2500 lb car and a 30 lbs bike.
Next up Mark and DJ break down the Democratic debate and talk about some of the highlights...but this brings Mark around to talk with DJ about who he's backing in the election and of course The Donald comes up. Mark takes it to DJ about Trump and why republicans tend to favor this man. DJ brings up Obama and some of his decisions versus the type that Trump could make. Will it be better for nation? Is Trump a worthy candidate and someone that deserves a solid viable look when it comes election time? All this and more is answered on the newest episode of the Q.
Finally we definitely do some Overtime and welcome our most direct and eye opening Letter from a Listener in quite sometime. Listen in and figure out how you would answer.
Gareth Cliff is first up on this episode of the show. Gareth Cliff is a South African radio DJ at his own Cliff Central Network. He currently presents the early morning weekday show on Cliff Central. Cliff started his radio career at Radio TUKS. He then moved on to Radio 702 as a producer for a year before taking a DJ spot. Cliff has been a judge on the television show South African Idols since 2003. Cliff sits down with Mark to discuss the way Africa is viewed on the worldwide stage and how he feels they as a country should be viewed. He also gives his opinion on the United States and discusses his career and being the judge of one of the original 4 offshoots of Simon Cowells Idol shows.
Then Kevin Harvell is welcomed back to the Q to discuss his new show called "Whose Who in the Lou". Kevin explains why he decided to start the show and his plans from there. Kevin Also discusses some of this situation with a Priest that went on records and BLAMED THE VICTIMS AND CHILDREN for alluring the men of the cloth into having sex with them. Of course, Mark and Kevin won't stand for this at all and discuss the world these people live in. Also, Mark and Kevin touch on the Oregon College Shooter and discuss where we are as a society.
On this episode of the Q, Producer Bobby begins his sabbatical so Mark has to dig deep and bring back Justin Deming (@deyemofo) and Andy Echele to resume hosting duties while the producer is away.
This is an interesting mix because Mark immediately takes ire with something that Andy and another social friend posted regarding POTUS and misinformation. Andy being the Former military guy has an issue with Barack Obama not properly saluting marines as he disembarks from Marine 1. Mark and Justin then dig deeper and the discussion goes past the video and into how good of a job POTUS has been doing the past 7 years. Ofcourse everyone has a say and no one is backing down which makes this a intense half hour you don't want to miss.
Then the guys get back on format and talk about a school that refused an inhaler to a choking student simply cause they didn't know it had been prescribed and the school has a protocol to adhere to. Then its on to Edward Snowden whose in the news again cause he joined twitter and immediately started right back up influencing people via his new page. This pisses Mark off cause he believes that Snowden doesn't deserve popularity for what he did.
All this and Overtime where we discuss Retro Gaming! If you like video games and talking about old NES, the the Overtime is what you want to listen to.
So theres a guy named Martin Shkreli and he owns a company named Turing Pharmaceuticals. They have a drug called Daraprim used for HIV and he proudly announced this week that he raised the price from $13 a pill to $750 a pill like it was a great thing to do! Well this pill has a serious group of users that have HIV and the world went into a tizzy cause Martin is proving why being a conservative greedy CEO of company is not cool. Mark and Bobby discuss this.
Then Mark and Producer Bobby go down a unique path as Mark talks about how we are just not happy with the Status quo anymore, yet we don't come up with anything more ingenius than the status quo. They discuss how Lays potato chips are constantly trying to change the game with new weird flavors and there is nothing wrong with normal old Sour cream and Onion, Cheddar, BBQ and regular potato chips. Where do you stand? Do you like the 900 varieties or were you fine and life worked well with the orignal 5-7 that already existed. See where this goes on this episode of the Q.
For 5 years, Mark has been calling out 97.1 FM News host Jamie Allman to come with some balls and discuss politics and current affairs face to face with him.... Jamie Allman finally sits down with Mark and Producer Bobby to discuss the lead up to this battle of ideals, a little about making clocks and getting arrested and some discussion on Guns/policy. There literally is so much going on here it is difficult to list the high points out. But find out if Mark and Jamie bury the hatchet or fight like Cats and Dogs on this weeks episode of the Q!
On this episode of the show, Producer Bobby and Mark setup the explanation and story for the next Episode of the Q and the interview with STL radio host Jamie Allman. Bland has been calling out Mr. Allman since 2010 in a multitude of locations and the hundreds of call outs fell on deaf ears. Until a person Mark went to High School with corners Allman and he accepts Mark's call outs 5 years later. Now Mark gives the backstory to how this all came about.
Plus Kim Davis is Back in the news because of the rock group Survivor deciding to hold it against her that she used the song "Eye of the Tiger" in her jail release Speech. After years and years of Mark working in the music business, he has a unique and somewhat controversial stance in comparison to his counterparts in the industry.
Finally, Last July, an 18-year-old Massachusetts man named Conrad Roy III killed himself by placing a gas-powered water pump in his pickup truck and letting the carbon monoxide consume him. Prosecutors say that Roy’s girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, spent months convincing Roy to commit suicide, and text messages between the two entered in court make a compelling and sad case that she did. The guys break down the case and discuss the value of people in 2015 and what would make someone go down this horrible path.
All this an much more on the Q. Taking talk radio and turning it up to 11!
Producer Bobby is off for the week, so what was a three-way turns into a two way but that other member is a doozy. Andy Echele, former co-host, joins the show to talk with Mark about whats been up in his life.
This leads to Mark and Andy breaking down the St. Louis area for the people listening around the country and throughout the world. Mark brings up the fact that STL people tend to be riddled with bad attitude and the guys try to figure out where this attitude comes from. Is it upbringing? Maybe? Is it the water? Maybe?
Then the two tackle a special story out of the STL area about a mother and father sticking up for their kid at a local park...by pulling a gun. Mark poses this to Andy to find out who was in the wrong in his mind. Was the mother being overly protective or just out right lawless?
Finally, the discussion turns to Kim Davis. Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Court clerk who has persistently refused to issue gay marriage licenses, has asked the Supreme Court to hear her case. Mark and Andy break down the ill will she is throwing out there and figure if she is a worthless idiot or making a strong case for others. This in a weird way leads to a discussion about Motorcycle Riding clubs and their backgrounds, as well as their ranking system amongst each other.
In Overtime, Andy brings up Umar Lee and his mild dislike for people within the STL community in the past year taking sides on racial inequality. They discuss the value of racial inequality in the area and a recent story regarding neighbors not getting along because of loud dogs (go figure in STL).
Crazy, crazy, crazy world we live in when a person decides through their racist manifesto to go and kill a news anchor and cameraman live on TV. All because he felt that a race war needed to start in the US and he was going to be on the forefront of that and a catalyst for it.
Bryce Williams was told in 2012 to seek counseling or risk losing his job at WDBJ-7, according to internal memos from his personnel file. Williams, real name Vester Flanagan II, was fired from the station in early 2013 after getting one final warning about his aggressive behavior toward colleagues. On Wednesday morning, he opened fire on reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, two of the people he apparently blamed for his dismissal, killing both of them. He fatally shot himself hours later, after fleeing from the police.
Mark, Producer Bobby and their guest Matt Krueger decide to talk about the value of social media being used in murders in 2015. Is this the first real attempt capitolize on social media for showcasing blame? What has been the ramping up of this? Did Ferguson and the Boston bombing open this door further and Vester just kicked it in hard? All these things will be discussed in detail.
But before that, Krueger has decided that his life was a mess and that his attitude was a real problem. So he has come to an epiphany of why this was the case, but it doesn't sit well with Mark because Mark claims to have been telling him all these things for years and years prior to this new knowledge...can the guys get to a middle ground in regards to life...find out on this next episode of the Q.
After a hiatus to better their lives and take a few week vacation, Mark and Bobby are back with author Matt Murphy to discuss Matt's upbringing in trailer parks and foster homes in North Eastern Missouri.
Next, Mark announces a huge opportunity for the Q as they have been tapped to broadcast throughout South Africa on CliffCentral.com . Bobby takes to this news to heart and decides he wants to start speaking in the native tongues of South Africa.
Next up is the topic of this week. NFL player James Harrison decided that he was going to give back his kids participation trophies from their local sport teams. Kurt Warner, former STL Ram, also supports James thoughts on this decision too. This brings us to the Q and who would accept a participation trophy or not. Mark and Bobby get into a heated discussion because Mark refuses to just throw every parent that has no issues with Participation trophies under a bus.
Finally there is Overtime, where a man with a donut fetish writes into the show to get good advice on whether he should seek the help of a doctor or let the Doctors of Love on the Q give him sound advice.
What a busy week in news! Paul Huddleston the St. Louis radio veteran joins us again for a discussion on the big story of the week. Evidently a dentist named Walter is an avid hunting fan of big game. So he paid some hunting guides to take him to Zimbabwe and help him hunt a lion. Well, thats where things go sideways because the lion that eventually gets killed is named Cecil and he's super protected and well known. So of course this opens up the ethical premise of hunting internationally so Mark, Producer Bobby and Paul Dsicuss.
Next up, the wierd controvesy of the week happens to be a fabricated and spliced video of Planned Parenthood attempting to sell fetuses on the black market. Well that wasn't the total truth and once the full video comes out, it becomes fodder for Mark to go on to one of his rants about the consevrative movement and their need to spin things. This becomes a point for Mark to discuss with Paul and Bobby about their feelings on the stories and everything they touch.
Finally the guys are presented with some really interesting letters from the listeners that lead to everyone divulging some of their thoughts on polygamy and mutiple partners. A hell of a way to end the show!
The Q is a worldwide leader in opinionated talk/discussion and it is proven again when we welcome a fan of the show and guest from Russia, Vitaly (and his wife) to the show to discuss the differences in Russia and the USA. Vitaly is quite timid at first hoping to not sway the boat and say anything that might make Putin hate him....but before you know it, he calms down and spits that beautiful Russian Language.
And there is irregularity afoot when Mark walks in on Bobby doing food prep for his Rollin Around Egg Rolls and realizes that he puts onions in the Chicken Teryaki??? No one puts onions in Chicken Teriyaki except Producer Bobby! This becomes a running theme on the show as Mark asks Vitaly to back him up....but it doesn't go well.
Finally, its been a while, but the guys are ready for the next Tournament of Pop Culture. This time around they break down 32 GUY MOVIES to find the absolute best Guy movie of all time. Could it br Rocky, Predator, Goonies, Godfather or one of the others...we don't know, but we guarantee if you listen you won't turn it off as you see why the tournament breaks down the way it does. Eventually the guys crown the best guy movie and its a weird twist!
A much welcome surprise joins the Q today when Deyemofo (Justin Deming) decides to show up and play radio host with us. And what a great show to be a part of...so much in store!
First up is Nick Bryant joining us to discuss his co-authored book, Confessions of a DC Madam. His Co-Author Henry Vinson was the head of high powered and connected gay liason service which was the front for the government to get info to blakcmail people. In the book many notable individuals play a part in this cover-up and amazing story. Mark and Justin throw Nick for a loop when Mark brings up he doesn't feel there is value in blackmailing people with the homosexual card anymore....this leads to discussion about the value of people and power players in 2015 Washington DC.
Then our periscope becomes more offline than online when Sally Periscope calls in to discuss our opinions on the Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential situation as it lines up today. Mark explains just how out of touch the caller is with their belief that Trump will win the nomination and how disconnected the conservative people are to understanding the general malaise of the country at this point.
Finally the guys tackle pro sports and discuss the fact that the Cardinals got booed at the AllStar Game and that Pete Rose was given then good ole welcome back to the fold by MLB. All in all a very entertaining show and you will be happy you listened.
For the first time in a while, HD Reeves steps back into the fold and onto the Q as our esteemed guest. The comedian brings his strong wit and comedy but he ain't prepared for the ranting that Mark goes on. And all done live once again for the Periscope on Twitter an worldwide.
Mark recieves a letter from someone chastizing him for talking about his Twitter verification and how he thinks he's "Hot Sh-t" now talking about it on the radio show. Mark decides to put everyone on point with the help of Producer Bobby and HD, and he lets the masses know that he is better than them (he kids...or does he). And, this individual who calls Mark out is a Podcaster....not a broadcaster, which just opens back up that can of worms that has been discussed on the show before.
Next up, Mark decides to broach the subject of body odor with two heavy set males and discuss the finer points of grooming when you are a bigger person. This leads to the national story of Jared Fogle of Subway Sandwich fame getting his house raided by FBI on the heals of a potential child pornography charge. The guys discuss the seriousness of the charges and whether they believe that Jared could do it at all. HD is merciless in his attack of the subway spokesman.
Finally, HD came in with questions. On the backside of recent stories in the media about flags and racial tension, HD wants to know where Mark and Bobby stand on the issues and give his two cents about them too. Mark brings up his grief poaching argument and the need for minorities to gravitate towards making a bigger deal out of past transgressions than the people that were affected in past did.
All this and much much more on this episode of the Q!