On Mic with Jordan Rich

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“THE ART AND BUSINESS OF VOICE-OVER AND MORE”

In “On Mic with Jordan Rich,” Jordan discusses the art and business of voice-over as well as all of the performing arts.  He invites you to listen in to conversations with voice-over artists, broadcasters, actors, directors , musicians and authors. 

Learn first hand about the voice-over industry, film-making, acting and announcing.   

Jordan has been a voice-over artist for nearly four decades. He has been featured on thousands of commercials and narrations for many well known clients, including The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, Sullivan Tire, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Broadway in Boston, Fidelity Investments, Boston Scientific, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and countless others. He has also had a long and fruitful on-air radio career in Boston on such popular stations as WRKO and WSSH. For the last twenty plus years, he has worked on air at news and talk leader WBZ.

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Julie Scolnik is an extraordinary musician who tells an enchanting story of romance, passion, heartbreak and resilience in her beautiful memoir “Paris Blue.”  The book whisks readers away to Paris, where we experience the sights, sounds, tastes and art of the City of Lights through the eyes of a young American student swept away by her first love affair. An affair with an arc that doesn’t always mean happiness.
 
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We welcome back the talented and irrepressible Linda Chorney, singer, songwriter, producer, actress and two time Grammy nominee.   Today, Linda tells us about her latest nomination and like her first in 2012, this one is not without its share of controversy.  Join us as we talk  about award show politics,  fighting for what’s right and how indie musicians deserve respect.  Linda is an artist who walks the walk and doesn’t ever let “The Man” push her around!
 
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Lynn Hightower is the international best-selling author of numerous mysteries including her popular Sonora Blair and Lena Padget series. 
She has also penned many standalone books including her latest called “The Enlightenment Project” a supernatural thriller involving demonic possession and cutting edge science.  Best selling author Lee Child calls it ,” A spooky, suspenseful masterpiece.  Super recommended!”   We know you’ll find the conversation today fascinating!
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In our premier episode of 2022, we salute the U.S.foreign service officers who do so much to insure our nation’s security. Our guest is former state department official Gregory Hicks who served on many fronts including his pivotal mission in Libya before and during the Benghazi terror attacks in 2012. He reflects on lessons learned following that terrible incident as well as his numerous career highlights working overseas. Greg is currently communications director for Gemini Industries, a private firm working closely with the defense department in bolstering U.S. national security. Be sure to check out the earlier podcast interview with Gemini Founder Victoria Bondoc.
 
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Another friend joins us , this one a chronicler of our times with his great new book.   Meet celebrity photographer Allan Dines, who over a thrilling 30 year career, has been in the presence of tons of  famous stars.  His book , “ Front Row Center: How I Met Everyone” takes readers on a fun journey behind the scenes at concerts, clubs and arenas where Allan plied his trade and took scores of iconic photos.  There’s a story behind them all that he is happy to share!

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Talk about a guest who needs no introduction!  Leonard Maltin is famous for so many things—his huge annual movie guides, abundant knowledge and cataloguing of all things Disney, character actors and legendary filmmakers, and critiques of thousands of movies.  Now we get to read  about his lifelong love affair with movies and the stars in his new memoir, “Star Struck.” Fans of film history and lore  will enjoy hearing from this multifaceted chronicler of entertainment!
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Meet James Murphy, an educator and writing coach who has garnered rave reviews and an international fan base with his frightening “Terror Trilogy” of novels. The series is set in Northern Ireland where James makes his home. It’s the backdrop for a terrific series of thrillers in which an unlikely group of newly minted detectives race to catch a wily killer. We share thoughts on true crime along with the joys of reading and writing crafty mystery stories.
 
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Meet Attorney and Novelist Mike Papantonio,  senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated plaintiffs’ law firms. In court, Mike has taken on Big Pharma, the auto industry, tobacco, weapons manufacturers and more.  His exciting new novel “Inhuman Traffic: A Legal Thriller,” tackles the international scourge of human trafficking for sex work and slave labor.  It’s a super charged story based on actual experiences, impossible to put down!
 
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A brand new IMAX film invites you to explore the world’s most remote and beautiful caves.   “Ancient Caves” is a breathtaking documentary film featuring paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley on a mission to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves.  Joining us on the podcast to talk about the film is undersea photographer Jonathan Bird and writer/producer Art Cohen.
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Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Dorie  teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and is a bestselling author with several books to her credit.  Her latest is entitled, “ The Long Game: How to be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World.”   Enjoy a conversation with one of the nation’s top coaches, a proven leader who has helped millions!
 
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Meet Brett Miller, a force of nature!   Brett is the author of an inspiring memoir, “It’s a Beautiful Day to save Lives: A Medic’s Journey to His Destiny.”
 
From life-saving situations on a plane to life-saving situations in the military, the author inevitably is placed right where he needs to be as if it was planned by the universe until the roller coaster of emotions and life’s pressure puts his own life in jeopardy.  He overcomes great challenge to ultimately create 110 Fitness, the first of its kind inclusive wellness center for individuals afflicted with disease and/or a development or physical disability.  Brett continues to save lives and his story will captivate you.
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Meet Juliette Fay, a Boston based best-selling novelist who has a gift for crafting “hard to put down” books. We will chat about her latest novel and its themes –addiction, meaningful relationships, baseball and more. Juliette shares how her unique background led to her writing successful novels. Enjoy a conversation with a smart, funny and compelling storyteller!

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Peter Funt joins us with funny stories about one of television’s most enduring and memorable shows, “Candid Camera.”  Created by Peter’s dad the late Allen Funt, “Candid Camera,”  became a cultural touchstone with Peter producing and hosting new versions of the show  for decades.  Peter Funt is also a respected columnist and professor of journalism.   Now, Peter Funt releases a hysterical memoir—sort of—called “Self-Amused: A Tell-Some Memoir.”  Smile!  You’re ON MIC with Jordan and Peter Funt!
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Boston’s “Queen of Cabaret” stops by and she’s brought her friends Tom LaMark leader of the Tom LaMark Orchestra  and playwright, author and actor Jack Neary.  The three are producing a one-woman show starring Carol entitled, “The Rat Pack…And Me,” coming up November 13th at the Club Café in Boston.  We talk  about “The Pack” —Frank, Dean, Sammy et al, as well as the music and culture of that sexy, swingin’ era.  Jack conceived of and directed the show and Carol, along with the fabulous Tom LaMark, delivers her usual powerhouse performance!
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Tom Nicoli is a nationally recognized, award-wining hypnotherapist and life coach.  He joins us to talk about the innate power  of the subconscious mind, how hypnotherapy has proven to help people manage pain, overcome fears, improve performance as well as overall  health.    He founded “International Hypnotism Day” and is a sought after leader in the field of personal improvement. Tom is a positive force of nature  and super inspiring.  Sit back and  learn about the path to “A Better You!”
 
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Meet Victoria Bondoc, the dynamic founder and CEO of Gemini Industries, providing highly  critical  U.S. defense solutions during challenging times.  She is the author of “Mission Impossible? The Power of the Gemini Way,” helping readers  seize the power to set bold goals, persevere through difficult times, and succeed.   Victoria shares her own story of resilience and we focus on the incredible courage and tenacity of our armed forces and what we can do to support them.
 
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Today we welcome  Dr. Christopher Quigley, author of “After the Crash : A Comprehensive Guide for Victims and Attorneys to Recover Your Health and Protect Your Rights.” Dr. Quigley  is chief chiropractor at Charles Street Family Chiropractic in Boston’s Back Bay.   For nearly three decades he and his skilled team of professionals have administered help to thousands of patients. Listen in as we discuss the benefits of chiropractic care, dispel any fears or myths some may have, and discuss current research and techniques that chiropractic uses in the healing process.
 
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David Skal is the expert on all things monsters! He’s the author of several great books on the horror films of Hollywood and the legend of Dracula.  A respected cultural historian, David is very proud to be known as a “monster kid,” and shares with us insight into the Universal move monsters and much more.  The perfect Halloween podcast for your listening pleasure!
 
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Andris Nelsons is the esteemed music director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He joins us talk about the return of live music at Symphony Hall, the enormous impact music has on our lives, and his life path that has led him to conduct music across the world.
 
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Liz Hauck is the author of the highly acclaimed new book,  “Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing up — and What We Make When We Make Dinner.”
 
This young teacher tells the story of her living out a dream of her late father to begin a cooking program that would instill hope, dignity and a sense of community in the lives of troubled teenager.  Rich in character and dialogue, it’s a relatable tale that will touch your heart.
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Meet Martin Dugard, co-author of the mega-hit series of “Killing” history book thrillers with Bill O’Reilly.    Today Martin joins us to talk about a solo project entitled, “Taking Paris:   The Epic Battle for the City of Lights.”  It’s a fascinating inside look at the Nazi capture of Paris and the efforts of Charles De Gaulle, FDR, Churchill, General Patton and Eisenhower to recapture it from Rommel and Hitler. And shift momentum in Europe during WWII.
 
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T.F. Murphy is a Chicago-based writer who focuses on stories that probe the depths of human experience. He is educated in both philosophy and literature, as well as having a love of film, all of which influence his work. He’s an avid reader of classic literature, loves spending time in the great outdoors, and hopes to inspire others to think outside their comfort zone.   His opus of a debut sci-fi novel is entitled, “The Ways of God to Men, Vol 1”
 
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Today’s guest is definitely the bearer of  good news.  More specifically,  The Power of Good News, which just happens to be the title of his latest book.   Meet Hal Urban, writer and internationally renowned speaker who relays the research that shedding light on the positive is indeed much healthier for our brains, our hearts, our society.   It’s time to end bad news overload.  Hal is just the guy who can help!
 
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Bonnie Hagemann is the co-author of a new book called “The Courage to Advance: Real Life Resilience from the World’s Most Successful Women in Business.”
 
She interviewed dozens of women from around the world who have overcome challenges to reach the top of their professions.  One of the subjects in the book joins the discussion.  Roberta Sydney is a nationally recognized leader in board service and happens to be married to Jordan.  Women take the lead in today’s episode with inspiring stories for women and men alike!
 
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Rick Wills is one of Rock N Roll’s greatest bass guitarists.  This legendary artist got his start in Cambridge, England in the 1960’s and ultimately played with David Gilmour, Peter Frampton and of course the multi-platinum group Foreigner.   Rick is back on the road this summer with Foreigner and reflects on  the music business and how much fun he’s having today.
 
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Bob DiCicco is a strong advocate of the Great American Songbook, and as a fine singer and cabaret artist he has entertained thousands with his beautiful voice abilities as a storyteller.  But along with our  conversation today about music and art, Bob shares a personal tale of nearly losing his fight against Covid 19,  how he valiantly clawed his way back to health, and how appreciative he is of the fans and friends who were pulling for him.  It’s a story of rebirth and recovery that will stay with you.
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Meet Kate Isler, author of “Breaking Borders.”  She shares her incredible story of blazing business trails in the early days of Microsoft, uprooting her family to live in foreign lands,  and making more than just one leap of faith to pursue her dreams.
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From her unique vantage point, Diane Hessan paints a picture of a nation deeply divided by politics, but not as polarized as one might fear .  Diane is a superb listener, interviewer and journalist whose work is motivated by a deep sense of concern and patriotism, and she  shows us that our common ground crosses the partisan divide, and gives us hope that this country can rediscover its united purpose. We talk with Diane about her book, Our Common Ground.
 
 
 
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Innovation is alive and well! Meet one creative guy Steven Bock, Founder of a dynamic new marketing enterprise called Swaponz. It’s a challenge to succeed in a busy culture.  Listen to how one company is doing it!
 
 
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Matt Haig is an international best selling author with over three million books sold.  His children’s books, novels and works of non-fiction have delighted fans around the world.  The author of the award winning novel “The Midnight Library” is out with his latest called “The Comfort Book. ”   I think you’ll agree, it’s just what the doctor ordered for a stressed out world.
 
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Dan Bullock is a language and communications specialist/trainer at the United Nations Secretariat, training diplomats and global UN staff.   Dan is also a college professor at NYU with expertise in languages, negotiation and communication. Raúl Sánchez is an award-winning clinical assistant professor and the corporate program coordinator at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. He has designed and delivered corporate trainings for Deloitte and the United Nations, as well as been a writing consultant for Barnes & Noble Press and PBS.   Together they have authored the most engaging and entertaining study on communication in a book called, “How to Communicate Effectively—with Anyone, Anywhere.”  I just had to communicate with these two gents!
 
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Dick Syatt is a long-time friend and colleague who has loved radio since he was a kid.  He began his talk radio career very early in major markets such as Dallas before making his way to Boston to launch WRKO The Talk Station some decades back.  He’s a fine interviewer and raconteur with limitless curiosity and energy.  Dick also developed and hosted  the iconic Hotline Dating Show on radio, long before online matches became the rage.  Settle back and enjoy a fun trip down radio memory lane with a great pal!
 
 
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Today we welcome Bob Katzen, entertainer, disc jockey, reporter and nostalgia fan.  Something unscripted and hilarious happens as Bob REFUSES to talk about himself.  Instead the tables are turned and he interviews old Jordan@chartproductions.comTurned out to be a lot of fun for me and I hope you  enjoy some of the backstory that this  probing journalist and wise guy uncovers!
 
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Don Bentley is an American of service with a background that sounds more like that of a fictional hero. He was an Apache helicopter pilot winning medals for service in Afghanistan, then a special agent for the FBI and a member of the elite Dalla Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. He’s also a best-selling novelist of the Matt Drake thriller series. Now Don is stepping into the Tom Clancy universe , penning the new Jack Ryan Jr. action packed thriller “Target Acquired.” You won’t be able to put it down!
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For years women have made up the majority of college-educated workers in the country.  Still the wage gape persists and women are underrepresented in the workforce, particularly in leadership positions.  Harvard Business School professors Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg explain  why the disparity still exists and what is being done to correct it.  Their book “Glass Half-Broken: Shattering the Barriers that Still Hold Women Back at Work” is a superb resource for managers and leaders at all levels!
 
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It’s one of the hottest books of the summer and we’re thrilled  welcome the author.  She’s Mary Dixie Carter with her debut novel “The Photographer,” now garnering terrific reviews.  Mary offers insight into this intriguing psychological thriller, what she believes makes for a successful novel, and she loving recalls her famous show-biz parents, the late Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook.   Conversation with a writer’s writer!

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Meet a young man who has never let physical limitations slow down his dream of writing and performing music.  I met Michael Maloney when he was barely into his teens.  His parents were Michael’s  number one promoters and hoped that I would mention him on-air.  Once I heard his music and learned more about this remarkable young man, I just had to invite him to join us in studio.  He wowed the audience and since then has been composing and performing both in the U.S. and Europe. His music is heartfelt, a style reminiscent of Paul McCartney.  And his story is worth hearing!
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Guy Finley is the founder of the Life of Learning Spiritual Foundation Center, a world-wide organization mentoring and inspiring hundreds of thousands.  His books and coaching address practical life issues as well as crises, love, spirituality, centeredness and more.  He’s a longtime friend and today we focus on his latest book, “”Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together.” is the founder of the Life of Learning Spiritual Foundation Center, a world-wide organization mentoring and inspiring hundreds of thousands.  His books and coaching address practical life issues as well as crises, love, spirituality, centeredness and more.  He’s a longtime friend and today we focus on his latest book, “”Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together.”
 
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Kaleel Sakakeeny is one of a handful of ordained Animal Chaplains and Credentialed Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselors  in the United States.  Reverend Sakakeeny is here to share stories of his work with people and pets,  addressing  questions of love, loss and the unique relationships we have with our animal companions.
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Meet an extraordinary talent, a woman who does it all musically!  As a singer,  Krisanthi Pappas has been compared to Carole King, Norah Jones  and Diana Krull, with “the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt and the swinging playfulness of Ella Fitzgerald.   She is also a prolific composer and producer who has toured this country as well as Europe and the Caribbean.  We’ll preview her new song “Hug a Million Times,” a timely, heartwarming anthem  celebrating the return to normalcy following the earth changing pandemic.  So happy to share Krisanthi’ s  story and some of her sweet music with you.
 
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In a special bonus podcast, we’re proud to chat with CEO of Boston MedFlight Maura Hughes.  Boston MedFlight is a nonprofit organization that provides transport to the sickest of the sick, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. For 35 years, Boston MedFlight has been the region’s primary provider of critical care medical transport by air and ground, caring for more than 4,700 patients annually, including the most critically ill and injured infants, children and adults.
 
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Susan Bregman is back for an encore.  The author/photographer joined us in the past for her book  “New England Neon” and now she returns to talk with us about her Images of Modern America book, “New England Candlepin Bowling.”  Hitting candlepins with those little bowling balls?  Now that takes skill and patience!  Susan’s telling of the candlepin story, unique to the northeast, is great fun and the book’s rare photos remind us all of our younger days.  Many reasons to smile.  Oh, and good news.  For this podcast, you don’t have to rent shoes.
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We welcome a pioneer in growth and development Julian Sturton.  Since 1994, hundreds of people working with leadership coach, Julian Sturton, Founder & CEO of New York City-based The Business of Leading, Inc., have achieved breakthrough results — first by deciding to expand beyond the status quo — and then by applying the fundamental tools in The Language of Leading, that focus on the things that truly matter.
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Meet Lon Davis, movie lover and comedy fan, who along with his wife and  co-author Debra brings us the hilarious and fascinating tale of one of Hollywood’s most successful B-movie series. It’s the definitive book about Ma and Pa Kettle, the origin story, the actors, producers, fans and more. Take a trip back to the good old days with Ma and Pa Kettle and their brood of young’uns and enjoy some great movie lore!

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Erica Dhawan is a globally recognized leadership expert and keynote speaker helping organizations and leaders innovate faster and further. Her new book is so timely and loaded with terrific helpful tips for both individuals and businesses, helping them to better connect.  Today we talk about the book entitled, “Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.”  You will come away informed and inspired to handle digital communication with a lot more success!
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Paul Steven Stone is a highly successful creative advertising pro who for years worked as a newspaper columnist. But its his novels we’re focusing on. They are thoughtful, witty and spiritual.  His latest is called “Souljourner:A Karmic Crime Story,” and we’re thrilled Paul is joining us for our 200th podcast episode to talk about it and more!

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Bill Diehl has had a celebrated career in radio  spanning over five decades.  An experienced network newsman, Bill gained fame as an entertainment reporter for the ABC Radio Network, where his interviews with hundreds of celebrities from the studio and the red carpet were heard by millions!

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There is no funnier family than that brought forth upon this earth by Minnie Marx.  Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo remain popular with audiences over a hundred years since breaking into show business.  Today’s guest is Robert Bader who is one of the leading authorities on the Marx Brothers.  Among his many scholarly pursuits is his book entitled, “ Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage. “ The esteemed Professor Quincy Adams Flagstaff calls it a “Masterpiece!”  Hello, I must be going!