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The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York part 2!

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A whole week of shows in NYC? What a silly idea! But, if Katherine and I could pull it off, what a coup? Unique in British radio. And I think we did. We packed the week full of interviews, guests and new locations. We overbooked. In the whole week we had a total of 3 hours to ourselves, and 2 of those were taken up with buying presents for the kids.

Still, what a thrill!

WEDNESDAY 14th June

Kenny Kramer – www.twitter.com/realkramer the inspiration for the character of Kramer in Seinfeld. Kenny is a delight and a wonderful storyteller. We invited him for breakfast although he Kramerwas on his way to the doctors and couldn’t eat. Still, he told us wonderful stories of Larry David and turning bullshine into an art form. He wasn’t totally convinced Kath and I were really working for a UK radio station so he’s asked that all of you email tourmail@kennykramer.com to tell him we are legit! Please do it! He runs an ace Seinfeld tour that I went on years ago and you can get details at www.kennykramer.com

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WFMU – @WFMU and www.wfmu.org This place is a radio geeks dream! A concept completely alien to the UK, a radio station staffed primarily by volunteers and funded by IMG_4531the listeners. I first discovered it by accident and then was lucky enough that the first person to reach out to me from there was Amanda Nazario, a young lady who presents an absolute powerhouse of a radio show. Her twitter is www.twitter.com/AmNazz and you can see more about her show here http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/AN – expect Lovin’ Spoonful followed by some swear punk band followed by space IMG_4536music. The show is incredible and she is a real inspiration. Her attitude certainly made me up my game on my shows and her and Irwin Chusid are the idea behind my new show on MixCloud www.mixcloud.com/iainlee 

 

 

We also spoke to Kim and Emily, hosts of In Real Life, I hadn’t heard the show when I Kim and emilyspoke to them but I have now and it is delightful. Have a listen here https://wfmu.org/playlists/IL and follow them on Twitter here www.twitter.com/inreallifeWFMU

It was a real thrill to chat to Irwin Chusid at WFMU. He’s the guy that discovered the Langley Schools Music Project music and Chusidmanaged to get it released. It’s an insane album and you should get it NOW by clicking HERE Irwin was a delight and another inspiration behind me getting off my ass as the Americans say and doing a music show in my spare room and spare time. His passion was infectious and we are going to get him back on the show, I promise. Check out his show here http://wfmu.org/playlists/IC

I cannot tell you how amazing I think this station is. Its magical. We recorded too much stuff there so the little tour Amanda gave us will come out as a separate pod. Follow me on Twitter to find out when all the pods get released. In the meantime, here’s a taster of what we experienced there http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-wfmu-wednesday-june-14-17061915378

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York – Part 1

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I can’t remember how or when I came up with the silly idea of taking the show to New York, but I do remember carrying it around with me for a few weeks before daring to share it with Katherine Boyle, my producer and co-host. She didn’t laugh. She just nodded and agreed that we could do it. My boss at talkRADIO, Dennie, also didn’t laugh and said he’d help us anyway he could.

Gulp.

I didn’t just want to do the usual show in NYC. It seemed pointless to fly over there, pay for a hotel and present exactly the same 15 hours of entertainment we could have done at home. Kath and I were adamant we wanted to bring New York home to you, the listener. If we experienced it, we wanted you to experience it. The show had to be noisy, sweaty and packed full of voices you wouldn’t normally hear. With that in mind, we spent the 6 weeks or so before we went away asking you for guest suggestions, going through our iPods and emailing EVERYONE! Some people came back saying no, some didn’t even come back, but, the people that did come back with a positive reaction were amazing. If anything, we overbooked ourselves.

Over the course of 5 days we met musicians, artists, comedians, podcasters, authors and fruitcakes. It was delicious fun and incredibly inspiring. So many voices crammed our show that there is a chance you may have missed a few of them and the links and websites they gave out. So, here’s part 1 of a little catch up where I will do my best to point you in the direction of the people we spoke to.

 

MONDAY 12th June

Maeve Higgins @MaeveInAmerica – we were so thrilled to speak to Maeve. I had been aware of her because she had popped up in my Twitter timeline a couple of times, but I hadn’t listened to her fab podcast Maeve In America https://www.maeveinamerica.com It is funny, touching, sad, weird and full of stories. An absolutely wonderful listen. You can listen to our chat with Maeve here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-maeve-higgins-17061315121

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Andrea Astoria @TheRedBunnyy – we broadcast our first NYC show from Pie By The Pound http://piebythepound.com and didn’t have a guest planned for the first hour. Jeffrey, the owner asked if we’d like to interview a local artist who had her work displayed in the restaurant. We of course said yes and were so pleased to chat to Andrea who does some very naughty pics! You can have a look at http://www.theredbunny.com You can hear our words here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-red-bunny-monday-june-12-17061315118P1000165

 

 

 

 

P1000176Gregg Young – The Bowery Boys http://www.boweryboyshistory.com is a superb podcast detailing the history of NYC in a unique and fascinating way. Each episode is a story focusing in on one aspect of the city’s past. I kind of developed a man crush on Gregg. He was so knowledgable and whereas I just usually make stuff up, he actually knows things! Wanna hear our voices? Go here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-bowery-boy-17061315119

 

TUESDAY 13th June

Steve Guttenberg @steveguttbuck – love this man. Absolute legend and friend. He kindly met us for breakfast and chatted to us about…life really. Such a cool dude. Love that man and you will too if you listen here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-steve-guttenberg-17061415200IMG_7156

 

 

 

Keith and the Girl @KeithAndTheGirl – This was such a thrill. Loads of you had suggested we try and get Keith and Chemda on the show, and I am so glad you did. Not only did we interview the, for our show, but Kath and I also had the honour of appearing on their show. We can only guess that someone else must have dropped out. You can hear our episode here http://www.keithandthegirl.com/Show-Detail/4890/Across-the-Pond.aspx and download all their shows from iTunes or your usual pod providers or http://www.keithandthegirl.com You can listen to them being interviewed for MY show here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-keith-and-girl-17061415203
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While we were there we also spoke to two excellent young comedians. First was Andrea Allen. Here are her podcast and how to contact her

And Hann Cowger also chatted to us. Twitter www.twitter.com/hannahBioticz

You can listen to my show on DAB in the UK and also on the talkRADIO app or the @radioplayer or @tunein apps. Or, you can listen live weeknights from 10pm UK time on www.talkradio.co.uk  There are daily podcasts you can get from all your usual pod providers, or from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2

SILLY VIDEOS

While we were in NYC, Kath and I decided to make some silly videos. Here are a couple of them. You can find the rest in my YT channel www.youtube.com/RabbitHole

Here’s a fun one. Free The Nipples!

 

And I got an exclusive interview with Donald Trump

Please share with as many people as you can, tick your RAJAR diaries and spread the word!

 

So many ways to hear my new radio show!

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Hello team

Some of you still don’t know that I know host a late night phone in show 5 nights a week! Incredible, but true. Almost as if talkRADIO haven’t spent any money on advertising. Never fear, I am here to tell you all the ways you can listen to it.

LIVE

The show goes out 5 nights a week, Monday to Friday, between 10pm and 1am. The BEST slot in the schedule as far as I’m concerned. You can listen live via the talkRADIO website. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk and there will be a handy button at the top of the page. The show isn’t on FM but IT IS on DAB. You may need to do a deep retune of your DAB to get it, please check your manuals. You can also download a handy talkRADIO app for iPhones and Androids. Get it. It’s free. And good.

I also stream most shows on Periscope. www.periscope.tv/iainlee is my Peri address. Follow me for random other things I do on there as well.

LISTEN AGAIN

It is a piece of pish to listen to an entire show after it has aired. Go to www.talkradio.co.uk click on ‘RADIO’ then ‘SCHEDULE’ then pick a date, scroll down, find my show and hit ‘LISTEN AGAIN’. It comes up in 30 minute chunks but it will play through continuously. Here’s a short video walking you through the procedure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS4pn7lKc5Q&feature=youtu.be

PODCASTS

We put out 1 or 2 pods a day. A best of that runs at about 90 minutes, and if we have a guest, that will go out as well. You can get it from your usual pod providers, just type in ‘Iain Lee talk’ and it should show up. Here are some links to help you find it.

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2

Overcast FM – https://overcast.fm/itunes1090367473/late-nights-with-iain-lee

PocketCasts – http://pca.st/2S4M

Podcast Addict – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Acast – https://www.acast.com/latenightswithiainlee

TuneIn – http://tunein.com/program/?ProgramId=840092

RSS Feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/late-nights-with-iain-lee

YouTube

I often post videos of particularly funny bits on my YouTube channel. The channel address is www.youtube.com/MrIainLee Here’s an example of the stuff I post, an hilarious game called ‘Tastes Like Food’

 

Soundcloud

We will often post clips of the show on SoundCloud. Here’s an example from a recent show when some ‘lads’ phoned up to talk to Cundy and Goldstein on talkSPORT. The muppets.

I think that’s it. I really appreciate your continued support for my show, it means so much to me. May I humbly ask that if you find a video or clip of mine you enjoy, then please do share it? It all helps raise my profile, increase my audience and make my job all the more secure. Thanks for reading and sharing this post.

 

Mike Love

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I am a huge Beach Boys fan. Easily one of the greatest groups of all time. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Brian a couple of times. Once he was disinterested and giving one word answers, while the first time he was engaged, honest and quite rude about Al Jardine! This goes against one school of thought that says Brian is ALWAYS polite in interviews (sorry Smilers, it simply aint true). Anyway, both times were a huge thrill and I was dead happy.

I’ve been trying for ages to get an interview with Mike Love, the lead singer and lead lyricist of the Boys for quite some time but he has always proved elusive. I met him briefly backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, and he couldn’t have been nicer. I was inspired to write an article for Record Collector magazine suggesting that popular folklore had got it wrong and that Mike wasn’t the villain in the BB story. So many people seem to hate him and raise Brian to a saintlike status. Both are human. Both are flawed. Both have made mistakes. Both have also contributed to my life in immeasurable ways with their music and lyrics. I am deeply grateful to both men.

Mike has a book out and it’s a cracking read. Because of this, I was able to get him to call my show one evening and chat to me for almost half an hour. Sure, he told a couple of old stories, and no one in the UK knows what Full House is or what a John Stamos does, but, but, but….I think I managed to get him to answer a few new questions that he hadn’t been asked before. Come on, how many times in an interview has he been asked if it’s true he taught Dennis Wilson about cunnilingus?

I enjoyed it, and I think he did too. I had so many people get in touch afterwards saying it totally changed their opinion of him. Hey, he’s messed up but who hasn’t? He’s been in showbiz for over 50 years, so of course so it would be impossible for him not to have made some missteps. Give My Regards to Broad Street and Press To Play are two examples of McCartney getting it wrong.

Here’s the interview. If you enjoyed it, please do subscribe to my podcast on iTunes by clicking on this link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2 or searching your usual podcast provider.

The Delightful Scroobius Pip

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I’ve been aware of Scroobius Pip for a while. I first heard his music when Russell Brand picked one of his songs on Desert Island Discs. Thou Shalt Always Kill is absolutely brilliant. Musically excellent and packed full of ‘jokes’ but it’s not a comedy song, it’s much much more than that. Gets you finking as well, which is a novelty in itself in not just music but culture as a whole.

I’d seen him win an award at the Radio Academy a few years back, the same year my team and I won Best Breakfast Show for the BBC 3CR show. I was thrilled when I discovered he followed me on Twitter, but I still didn’t know much about him. I knew his podcast was good, because people who’s opinions I really rated said it was good, but I didn’t listen because I don’t really listen to podcasts.

I decided to buy his book Distraction Pieces (which you can get HERE)and was so pleased I did. It is absolutely inspirational, not at all preachy, and bloody enjoyable. I devoured it in 2 days.

People had suggested I ask Pip to come on the show but I HATE asking people directly, especially in a public forum like Twitter. What if they say no? What if they feel pressured to come on because I’ve asked them publicly? What if they think I’m shit? Genuinely, I have all of these negative thoughts and more. Anyways, I did ask him and he was incredibly gracious in accepting.

He came on my show last night and we got on so well. He’s lovely, taller than me, hilarious, charming, warm and sympathetic. If you’re a friend of his, you are a very lucky person indeed. I could listen to him for hours. He’s invited me onto his Distraction Pieces podcast (which I have started listening to and you can subscribe to by clicking this link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/distraction-pieces-podcast/id929136539?mt=2 )

Click the player below to hear the hour of my show with Pip. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed hosting it. If you want to subscribe and leave nice comments (it all helps) please click this link here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2 Thanks for listening, I really do appreciate your company.

 

Noel Edmonds Called My Cat…

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…well, not mine, but he DID phone up the cat of Peter Ormerod. Ages ago on the show we were looking at Noel’s website and spotted a feature on there where you could register details about your pet and he may call it up. We thought nothing more of it until an eagle eyed listener called Aaron spotted a wonderful story in the Guardian about how his cat received a phone call from Edmonds.

I had to get Peter on the show. Luckily for us, he was gracious enough to come on and talk about it.

Click the link below to hear the podcast or click this linkhttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2 to subscribe to the daily podcast via iTunes.

 

Daily www.talkRADIO.co.uk Podcast

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Some of you don’t know thatI now present a daily late night show on www.talkradio.co.uk Well, now you do. Immediately after leaving BBC Three Counties I fell into a massive funk, a very deep existential depression that threatened to tear me apart. I still haven’t really climbed out of it. Breakdown? Probably. I was heartbroken. Luckily, talkRADIO was being relaunched and they were more than keen to get me on board. And I was thrilled to be asked.

So, every weeknight from 10pm Katherine and I, along with Ed, host a phone in show unlike any other phone in show. That’s not me being immodest, it’s true. If I’m wrong, please do let me know because I am trying to make the kind of show that I would like to listen to. Anyways, it’s about nothing. I go in, turn the microphone up, open the phone lines and see what comes out. I have no agenda when I go. Well, mostly I don’t. Sometimes I have something especially shitty or brilliant that’s happened to me that day that I have to get off my chest, for example, what’s going on with my mum and her care home situation.

It’s not all doom and gloom. Sure, people can come on and be honest about their feelings. We’ve had alcoholics and suicidal callers sharing where they are, trying to grab a gasp of air before they get pulled back under the sea of whatever demons are haunting them. We also twat about a lot as well and have a laugh. It really is driven by your calls and what you want to talk about.

I also try and get on guests you won’t hear anywhere else. They have to be people who have had an impact on me and touched my life in some way. Sometimes people frown at the people I choose to invite on but USUALLY I win them round because I know the guest has something special to share, a unique story. Hey, look, we even had Mike Love of the Beach Boys call in! And so many people got in touch to say the interview completely changed their opinion of him. Have a listen and see what you think.

The show is fun, I’m still not sure I’m on the right track with it. I have gaping periods of self doubt about treading such a lonely path. If more people were doing this kind of show I’d feel more secure. Maybe there’s a reason people are going on air with heavily formatted shows and relying on the tried and tested call in subjects of Muslims, immigrants and whatever the front page of the Daily Mail is shouting angrily about that day. I dunno.

Finally, there is a daily podcast of the show as well. iTunes subscribers can get it by typing Iain Lee talk into iTunes or simply by clicking this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gaOa4H0xtw It’s available on all your usual podcast platforms as well, if you email me the links you use I’ll add them on this page. If you get the hooky full show pods, please do consider getting the official pods as well as the higher the numbers, the more secure my job.

Thanks for being there team.

Iainly

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talkRADIO Daily Podcasts

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If you wonder where I am these days, you can find me weeknights from 10pm-1am hosting a nightly phone in show. Anything goes really, except sport. We don’t do sport. Or Muslims. Or immigrants. Or any of the usual phone in stuff. For me, late nights should be a laugh. And while we do occasionally get a bit heavier (it’s all cool, lot of talk about depression and mental health) it’s mainly just messing about.

Saying that, the shows are dictated by YOU. You can call in about anything you want. You won’t get turned away. A lot of the regulars are there – Vinny, Dennis, Barry from Watford – but also loads of new callers which makes me so happy!

You can listen in several ways. Download the smart phone app, retune your DAB radios to get talkRADIO, online at www.talkradio.co.uk or you can even watch the shows on my Periscope channel www.periscope.tv/iainlee

Katherine is still my producer (I rescued her from a life of mediocrity at the BBC). We also have a daily podcast. You can get it from your usual podcast providers. Type in Iain Lee talk radio and it should pop up. Any problems, let me know. I’m including the link for iTunes because that’s what I use. Hope that’s cool! Subscribe here Iain Podcast.

Do call in weeknights from 10 – 0844 499 1000 – don’t worry, we call you back.

Oh, and below is a clip of me arguing with a man about poppies. Enjoy.