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My Friend Alan O’Day’s New Site is Up!

March 14, 2007

If you are a fan of 1970’s pop music or just know a lot of the great hits you will have heard songs that were either written or performed by my friend, Alan O’day. I know Alan from when I produced the music video for his new version of Rock and Roll Heaven, which we are now calling Rock and Roll Heaven 2007, has a nice ring to it don’t you think? The year was added because the song that was originally sung by the Righteous Brothers has become hopelessly out of date as we have lost so many great performers since the 1970’s. Among other songs, Alan also wrote and performed Undercover Angel and wrote the music and lyrics for Angie Baby.

Alan and I have become good friends over the last few months, sharing creative ideas and generally offering council when one or both of us need it. This post is to inform surfers that Alan’s new and very modern website is up and viewable right now. If you take a look to the right of this post at the blogroll, you will see a link for Alan O’day, click that and you will be at Alan’s awesome new site. You can hear samples of Alan’s work and even buy a CD of his latest cut of Undercover Angel which surprisingly is a rap remix!

If this sounds like an advertisement I assure you its not, Alan doesn’t even know I wrote this, until I tell him! Check out his new site and buy a CD! (Now that’s an advertisement!)


EXCLUSIVE – The First Published Interview with “The Man Behind the Vloggy Curtain”

November 5, 2006

Joe KleinI had a chance to interview JOE KLEIN the announcer and co-producer of “The Vloggies” last night’s smash hit event in San Francisco!

The Vloggies brought down the house, while bringing all those in attendance to their feet as the ceremony drew to a close.

I just got off an hour long Skype call with my good friend Podcast Voice Guy, Joe Klein who had just returned from a long day of rehearsing and staging the show and then partying into the small hours of the morning in celebration of the overwhelming success of the event.

Joe told me that the reaction to the ceremony was – to use his words “an army of thumbs up!” He went on to say that “everyone he encountered after the show was still buzzing and bathing in its warm afterglow and riding along with him on one big giant cloud nine!”

Joe KleinJoe tells me that PodTech CEO JOHN FURRIER was also basking and beaming in the spotlight following the standing ovations and cheers from the crowd as the show reached its climax. The hugs and high-fives that immediately followed the ceremony continued on at the party afterward.

Joe went on to say that Furrier interviewed him at a special video booth at the ceremony’s after party to record statements from all the Vloggy winners that didn’t have a chance to come up on stage. “I’d like you to meet the man behind the scenes, the man behind the curtain, at the Vloggies. This is the Wizard of Oz that made it all happen”was how John started the interview.

“Frankly, to hear the head of the company behind the Vloggies describe me in this way came as quite a surprise and kind of blew my mind”, Joe added.

When Joe and I spoke, he wasn’t even aware that mega blogger/vlogger ROBERT SCOBLE had already blogged his own personal kudos to Joe for rocking the Vloggies in a blog post released just hours ago. Scoble said:

Joe Klein announced the Vloggies tonight and did an awesome job. He also did it for free. Which I greatly appreciate. He does this stuff professionally. He’s an accomplished voice over guy.

Other notables Joe encountered after the ceremony had similar raves, including Steve Gillmor who repeatedly told Joe “You did a terrific job!” Diggnation star KEVIN ROSE, one of the celebrity presenters (and winner of the People’s Choice Vloggy for Favorite Tech Vlog) really “dugg” the show himself telling Joe he had a total blast.

I asked my exhausted friend how he personally felt the show went down.

“Of course the ceremony had its glitches. Every live event like this one does. We had a couple of major stumbles early on, and it got a little scary there for a moment but, like the actor who trips and stumbles onto the stage in his opening scene, we pulled it together, recovered from our minor injuries and, rose to the occasion. It seemed almost like we had angels on our shoulders from that point forward. The show just kept getting better and better. By the last award, people were literally on their feet cheering, and those of us running the show were, understandably releived.”

Joe promised there will be more stories in the days and weeks to come and also agreed to provide me some exclusive “behind the scenes” photos of the show that you’ll see here first!!

As a close personal friend of Joe’s, I couldn’t be more thrilled for him and appreciate that he took the time to speak to me before getting some badly needed rest!

Finally to supporters of me and my endeavors, although I am a bit disappointed that my video “Rock and Roll Heaven” didn’t win a Vloggy, it was still a thrill to be part of this historic competition. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the winners to all the Judges Picks and People’s Choice Vloggy recipients.

Beautiful photos courtesy of Scott Beale of Laughing Squid.

The Vloggies ARE TONIGHT! 7PM PST, Only a FEW Hours Away!

November 4, 2006

Vloggies LogoA couple of weeks ago I announced that my video Rock and Roll Heaven was entered into the video awards that are taking place in San Francisco, the Vloggies! Well those awards are tonight. Although my categories, Best Editing, Best Original Music and Best Experimental video are not being presented for awards at the show there will be a video screening the non-live announced awards. Cross your fingers and send some mojo my way and maybe I can bring home a Vloggy!

Not only is Rock and Roll Heaven in the running for a Vloggy, my good friend and associate, Joe Klein, of the Podcast Voice Guys will be the announcer at the awards. As I stated before the audience is in one hell of a ride with Joe on that mic!

Vloggies SponsorsThe Vloggies are now being sponsored by multiple online companies, including but not in any order, Intel, Yahoo Video, Revver, Pandora and a quite a few more. See logos on left for some and for a complete list. I was really excited to learn that big companies like Yahoo and Intel are jumping on board but also Revver the up and coming video community website where the producers are actually paid for their content, unlike the popular YouTube.

I really wish I was there this evening for promises to be one hell of a blast of an evening! I have it on good authority that the guest list is really impressive. Appearances from popular blogger/vlogger Robert Scoble, CEO of PodTech John Furrier, and Diggnation star Kevin Rose are expected.

For more details on the Vloggies see my previous Vloggies announcement.

For official details go to the Vloggies website at