Breaking In with Rick & Jeff

February 12, 2010

I recently discovered a great radio show in Los Angeles on KFWB 980 AM every Saturday from 6-7pm. And for those who don't reside in LA, you can listen to it on their website. It's called Breaking In with Rick & Jeff and it's a show devoted to breaking into the entertainment industry. It's hosted by Rick Shoemaker and Jeff Maxwell.


Rick Shoemaker has been an executive in the music business for over 30 years. Initially startingin radio in the mid-seventies and most recently completing a 20-year tenure as President of Warner Bros. Music, Rick’s Rolodex is fat. He has seen and heard every pitch imaginable from songwriters, performers, record labels and managers. Rick intimately understands the process of achieving success in those fields from the artistic and the corporate side. Some of the artists he has discovered and mentored include: Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Nickelback, Sugar Ray, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, AlanJackson, Ricky Martin, Dwight Yoakam, Van Halen. In addition to his success in the music business, Rick is also the father of a child actor. His son, Emmett Shoemaker, was a successful actor starring in numerous TV shows and films (ER, Malcolm in the Middle, Finding Nemo, etc.). Rick brings to the program first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations of parenting a successful showbiz kid.


Jeff Maxwell, a 30-year veteran actor (Young Frankenstein, Kentucky Fried Movie, 9 years as Private Igor on M*A*S*H, etc), comedian, writer, producer and best-selling author also enjoyed the unique experience of being a casting director for Twentieth Century Fox. As the founding partner in Smash Cut Entertainment, a company formed to produce motion picture and television product, Jeff brings to the show an impressive, wide range of knowledge about the business of acting, writing, casting, and television and film production.


Recently, I was a guest on the show. My segment is about half way through. Hope you enjoy!




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