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“It got down to this: we’re doing everything ourselves anyway. Why don’t we just do this last part ourselves too? Start a website and sell it.” So says Adam Carolla, entrepreneur/comedian/racer/bestselling author/podcast king. He’s talking about his new company, Chassy Media, which produces and markets historical documentaries, particularly about automobiles and racing. The Chassy website is a premium platform which delivers content for the automotive connoisseur to rent, stream, or purchase. Adam says, “We realized that if we were going to start making movies -- and especially with the automotive theme -- instead of taking it to some place in...

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“It was unbelievable,” marvels TV producer Peter Engel, when visiting the Saved By The Bell diner in Chicago. “It was almost like I stepped back in time. I was sitting in the famous Bell booth. That’s where I used to sit with the kids after rehearsal and give them notes.” The notes must have been brilliant, because the teen-oriented sitcom Peter created and produced, Saved By the Bell, is the stuff of TV legend. Even Peter’s credit (Executive Producer - Peter Engel) has become iconic (to his credit!). The original series, about an assorted group of impossibly good-looking high-school friends,...

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Radio, TV, and now the web: it’s really only ever been about delivering audiences to advertisers. Sorry to break it to you – it’s not about how good your favorite show was last night. It never was. From the early days of radio, the idea – the only idea – was to create programming that fed consumers to advertisers. The sneaky trade off: the networks will give you free programming if only you will pay attention to a few words from our sponsors. It’s the same story now, but in the digital age, the task is harder than it’s ever...

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“I believe that everyone has a story,” says KC Armstrong, a 20-year broadcast veteran who has launched an inspirational Internet radio station, WMAP, which rightfully stands for World’s Most Amazing People. “I interview people who are helping other people, or entrepreneurs who didn’t have anything given to them and they just worked their balls off, who made something of themselves,” he says of some of his intriguing, inspiring guests. “Also, people who help animals, doctors who help people…it’s all positive.” Add to that guest list the chief of the Maasai tribe. KC’s mom, Virginia, is a retired English teacher and...

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“If you can picture five busy guys with kids and other jobs, you can get why it would take that long,” says accomplished actor and musician Dermot Mulroney, talking about the long-awaited debut album from Cranky George: Fat Lot of Good. The wait: five years, but worth it. “It wasn’t for lack of interest or indifference,” Dermot explains. “We always knew we had something good, and wanted to do it right, and take the right amount of time.” The something they have is indeed good. Unique too. The folk-influenced, indie-rock Los Angeles band includes Dermot, a steadily working film/TV actor,...

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