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August 18, 2013

'The Five Count' packs summer schedule with celebrity interviews

'The Five Count' packs summer schedule with celebrity interviews

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JC: We have followed that format to some degree but ultimately this is volunteer public radio and part of the fun in that is being able to do what you want on some levels. So we try to make sure we are talking to celebrities that are truly interesting to us.

FP: This summer seems to have been particularly packed with high-profile interviews. Who have been some of your favorites so far and why?

DW: Every year we always wonder how we’ll top the year before. For me, we’ve had a lot of “bucket list” people this summer. “Weird Al” Yankovic, John C. Reilly, Les Claypool, Crispin Glover, Larry Graham, the list goes on and on.

I’ve been a huge fan of these people for years. I always become a bigger fan of someone when we have them on the show and they turn out to be cool and down-to-earth. Luckily, that’s been the case across the board for the most part.

JC: It's pretty cool how often we end up in that conversation of, “How can we top that?!” But it just keeps happening.

For me this year talking with Bill Manspeaker of Green Jelly and Sean Yseult, formerly of White Zombie, was equally as awesome as all those big names.

FP: Looking back over nine years, who have been your overall favorites and why?

DW: Most of my favorites are people I loved growing up. Talking with Townsend Coleman, who did the voice of “Michelangelo” on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, would’ve blown 10-year-old Dustin’s mind.

Another one was our interview with Fred Wesley. This guy was the band leader for James Brown and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. He had a hand in some of the greatest music ever recorded.

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