The Free Press, Mankato, MN


August 18, 2013

'The Five Count' packs summer schedule with celebrity interviews

'The Five Count' packs summer schedule with celebrity interviews


FP: When you first started doing the show, was it your goal to be doing band and celebrity interviews? Or when and with whom did that begin?

DW: We did our first “celebrity interview” about six months after we started the show with an actor named Bill Moseley. He was in a lot of horror films and stuff we liked and was a real nice guy. We’ve always had interviews here and there, but we didn’t start doing them on a regular basis until like four or five years ago. There’s a never-ending list of people we would like to have on the show.

JC: Talking with Bill Moseley in the beginning was really cool but I never expected it to be the premise of the show. It just sort of went that way on its own.

FP: You seem to take a different approach to lining up these guests. Most media select people to interview who are of interest to the public right now (maybe they have a concert in Mankato coming up, or they just released an album or film). You seem to choose people from your past, whom you personally have an interest in talking to. Did you worry that would be a risk with your audience?

DW: We go through a lot of those same channels, too. We keep an eye on who is playing a show in the area, who has a book coming out, who just recorded an album, etc. Other times we just say, “Hey, I wonder what this person is up to now” and then try to find them.

Since we aren’t presenting these interviews in a “news context” like a lot of other media outlets, we’re able to pick and choose who we want to have on. We’ve had a pretty eclectic mix of guests over the years, so if you don’t care for someone we have on one week, there’s a chance you’ll love the person we have on the next.

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