---------------------------the "two o'clock show"
Actress Mimi Kennedy ("Homefront," "Dharma & Greg," "Mom") - a four time guest
Award-winning actress Jayne Meadows (a.k.a. Mrs. Steve Allen, R.I.P.) - a two time guest
Actor - Director Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law," "Psych," "General Hospital")
Sidney Sheldon (R.I.P.) - TV producer, screenwriter, playwright and best-selling author
Eileen Fulton from CBS' "As the World Turns"
CNBC Senior Analyst Ron Insana
Emmy Award-winning director John Rich ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "All in the Family," and many others; R.I.P.)
Television writer/producer and author Stephen J. Cannell (R.I.P.) - whom I interviewed four times
Singer/dancer/actress/author Shirley MacLaine
"Good Day Live" co-host Steve Edwards
Radio talk show host Bruce Williams
Former NBC correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot
Actress and television personality (and former New York City first lady) Donna Hanover
Financial advicetress Suze Orman
Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press political reporter Walter Mears
"Love Boat" creator Jeraldine Saunders
Composer Vic Mizzy (R.I.P.) - he wrote the music for "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres"
New York talk show legend Joe Franklin (R.I.P.)
Former Hollywood reporter and gossip queen Rona Barrett
Author Jane Porter ("Flirting With Forty," "Odd Mom Out," "Mrs. Perfect")
Futurist and visionary Faith Popcorn
BBC-TV sex & relationship expert Tracey Cox (co-host of TLC's "Date Patrol")
"Texas Justice" Judge Larry Joe Doherty
Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton; he appears on ABC's "Good Morning America"
Businesswoman, speaker and author Tina Flaherty
and in addition . . .
Mark McEwen (formerly of "CBS This Morning" and "The Early Show")
comedian/director Wil Shriner
country music broadcasting legend Ralph Emery
fitness trainer Denise Austin
Court TV's Catherine Crier
Syndicated home improvement experts James and Morris Carey
THE STORY BEHIND "THE TWO O'CLOCK SHOW"
In the spring of 2000, when the KPQ management gave me the 2 p.m. hour and said, "It's yours," I honestly had no idea what I would do. Me, a talk show host? I couldn't do a monologue to save my life - all my broadcast training was based in keeping it "short and sweet." Get in and get out. Now I had an hour to do interviews and the like? I was at a loss.
So I turned to the person I most admired as a talk show host, Tom Snyder.
I couldn't call Tom a friend, but we had e-mailed each other a time or two over his website. I was the first one to send him a message when he opened his site, and we followed up every so often. So before my new show premiered, I asked him for some advice.
What he said was so basic and true: "Be yourself. Everything else will follow."
I always tried to live up to that statement in every show I did after that. I just hope I succeeded more often than not.
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