Episode 25: Dave McWater on bars, boxing, business

Listen to East Village legend Dave McWater, the ultimate city raconteur. Our guest explains how he left Oklahoma for NYU and achieved success by following his grandfather’s advice about working hard. Dave has owned Doc Hollidays for 25 years, and with savvy acumen has three more classic bars in his portfolio: D.B.A., Library Bar, and Milano’s. He has been involved in sports management since the ‘90s and now heads Split-T Management, which is managing rising Continue Reading →

Episode 24: Actress & Coach Kimberly Faye Greenberg

Our listeners get lucky with this episode of Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show because they get to meet Kimberly Faye Greenberg, a NYC based AEA/SAG-AFTRA actress. She’s a transplant from the Golden State who has worked in the city for 20 years. What’s great about talking to Kim is not only is she working as an actress, but she has a side business as a coach helping others. She tours her own one-woman show about Continue Reading →

Episode 23: Comedienne Maggie Champagne

This has to be one of the funniest guests we’ve had on in 23 shows. We sit down with actress-comedienne Maggie Champagne to find out what’s happening with her comedy career. After a taste of fame in a commercial that became a viral sensation, she’s now working on her career onstage, on TV, and in auditions. She and her old friend Amy Schumer worked together on the Comedy Central series, and Maggie has a monthly Continue Reading →

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss, On TV

I joined Joe Conzo on host Gary Axelbank’s show Bronx Buzz on Bronxnet TV to announce the publication of our forthcoming book, 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons). The book publication date was moved up to mid-May and we made our first TV appearance to talk about the book. It is part of the international hit series 111 Places. I’ve been talking a little about it on our podcast, Joanna Continue Reading →

RIP Commodore Hotel aka Grand Hyatt

My friends of the Guides Association of New York City, of which I’m a proud member, tipped me off to the news today that the Grand Hyatt Hotel is going to be razed. This is sad because 2019 is the centennial of the hotel’s opening. I was immediately reminded of the hotel because it’s an entry in my 2005 book A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (Roaring Forties Press). I wrote a chapter about Continue Reading →

Episode 22: Ranger Joe Korber

The first uniformed guest we’ve had on the show is Ranger Joe Korber, however, due to the government shutdown the day we recorded the episode, Joe had no uniform or Smokey campaign hat on. Joe is a veteran of the national park service, a lifelong Queens guy, and a musician. We chat about the two national parks where he works, Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site (Joanna has never visited) and Governors Island National Monument (Joanna Continue Reading →

Episode 21: Lexi Leban Talks 80s NYC and Changes

The first sibling on our show arrives as we welcome Joanna’s sister, Lexi Leban. The show is about how Lexi graduated from Barnhard more than 30 years ago and what New York was like in the 1980s vs today. She lives and works in California, and relates the stories of being younger in the city and what has changed in the city today. Lexi is the executive director of the Jewish Film Institute in San Continue Reading →

Episode 20: So You’re Dating A Vegan’s Liz & Duncan

Our first episode where we interview a couple and eat something is a fun one with the Elisabeth Pierotti and Duncan Styles, the pair behind the hit YouTube channel So You’re Dating a Vegan. On this show we talk about the vegan lifestyle and the concepts and challenges of making their series, which is really about their life together as a couple. We get the scoop on vegan cooking and what it’s like to both Continue Reading →

Episode 19: Nominated for a Major Award

We’ve only been making podcasts for six months and we get nominated for a major award. The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) hosts the annual Apple Awards, which are awards for people and organization that make NYC great. We are nominated in the category “Outstanding Achievement in a Radio Program or Podcast” and are up against 3 other podcasts (and tough competition). We will find out March 4 if we win. In other Continue Reading →

Episode 18: Astrologist Kathy Biehl

The stars are in alignment on this show as we bring in Kathy Biehl, and expert on astrology who gives us her astro-insights. Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show is all about New York City and what makes it great, and today’s show is about one of those people and her interest in the stars. Kathy is a native of Texas and a non-practicing lawyer. She’s had a passion for the stars and mystical matters since Continue Reading →