Thursday, August 18, 2011

8/19 La La Land & Brett Chapin,, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Broadcasting Legend Ross Porter, Movie Guy Steve Evans

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Brett Chapin, CRN Radio HostDiscusses LA LA Land Radio Show

Brett Chapin grew up in Laguna Beach Ca. His interest in the arts was sparked at a young age after seeing the film version of West Side Story. He began his training at the age of 9 at Sparks Theatre and continued as a teenager at the Laguna Playhouse, graduating with honors and receiving a full scholarship to their highly respected conservatory and repertory programs. He went on to work in several productions there including his first Equity show. He then relocated to Santa Barbara where he had a chance to continue his training, performing in both regional musical theatre and film.

After a short trip back to Orange County for an extended production, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2001. He has continued to work consistently, racking up 8 major Theatrical productions over the last 3 years. He recently performed as Paul in the West Coast premiere of The Good Negro at the Stella Adler Theatre and as C.C. Showers in The Diviners. He is the current Director of Marketing at Theatre Palisades and the co-host of a new show on the Cable Radio Network, LA LA Land with Brett and Netahly. Co-Founders and Hosts, Ari Ecker and Joe Yakacki, Tells Us About Their Show That Rewards Good Punchlines With Cash

",” the hot new online comedy contest, has named Ari Ecker and Joe Yakacki, Northeastern college buddies, as co-hosts. The young comedy duo not only introduce the contestants and the punchlines, but also add their own brand of slapstick style and zany antics to keep the laughter flowing. While the two guys met as students at Northeastern University, Yakacki previously served an internship on “The Drew Carey Show.” Ecker meanwhile performed as standup comic and briefly caught the attention of a Nickelodeon talent agency. Each week a list of "Funny For Money" Top 10 comedy topics is posted on the website. The winning contestant and punchline from the previous week's contest is also revealed. "" punchline contestants receive $100 for each of the 10 winning topic jokes and a $500 prize for the Punchline of the Week. In the coming months there will be a grand prize of $10,000 for the Best Punchline of the Month.

Since Joe "The Face" Yakacki was born, he has been cursed with great good looks and those devastating baby blues. The nurse who took him to his first crib left her card in his diaper. His first recognition came at the Pitter Patter Preschool, when he was voted "Most Likely To Break Hearts". As one would expect, Joe is also an extraordinary athlete. It all started when he struck out 13 batters in his first T-Ball game. Because he developed into a pitcher with pinpoint control, Joe is feared by all concessionaires at local carnivals. To this day, Joe can hit Ari in the head with a bean bag from anywhere in the studio. Now Joe is returning to showbiz. His career started by landing an internship on The Drew Carey Show. Without any prior experience, Joe’s talents were immediately recognized and was named "Head Wiper," in charge of cleaning Carey’s glasses. It sounds like a cushy job, but Drew was a closet lens-ophiliac. Joe finally had to quit over artistic spritzing differences.

Ari is a former teenage stand up comic who made it as far as auditioning for a Nickelodeon talent agency. He was not picked up. Devastated by this rejection, he spent most of his adolescence fighting an Oreo addiction. He is now proud to say he is down to two sleeves a day. Ari has been doing karate since he was a toddler. He now has a black belt, but only because it has never been washed in 23 years. When Ari was 13, he entered a cottage cheese eating contest to impress Mindy Lipschitz. It didn’t work, but he discovered he had a severe case of lactose intolerance. After years of personal rejection, Ari bought an airline ticket to a singles retreat in Peoria. Because of a typing error he ended up in Peking. Making the best of it, Ari spent a year using the stairs of the Great Wall of China to train for the International Slinky Champion-ships in Singapore. He ended up coming in 634th but once again Ari found the silver lining in the experience by realizing he was also allergic to MSG. Ari met Joe at Northeastern University and immediately became a huge annoyance in Joe's life. This still remains true today. After leaving school, Ari worked for the Durham Bulls and Joe for Ecker was the Multimedia Coordinator and Yakacki was in charge of online advertising. Because of their vast life experiences, they are both now perfectly qualified to become the hosts of “ news.” That’s why they co-founded “” and they hope they will never have to have a real job ever again.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

We're Talking With Nic Waller European Marketing Director For Concours About The 2011 PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Once each year, on the third Sunday in August, about 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world. The occasion is the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours has grown into the top-ranking collector car show in the world. People from all over the globe come to compete in or simply enjoy the event here at Pebble Beach.

Along with the classic car competion, one of the most unique accomplishments in the history of racing will be celebrated, when John Surtees travels from England to attend the 61st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The only man to win world championships in both motorcycle racing and in Formula 1, will be reunited with two of his championship rides.

While in California, Surtees will participate in a number of Pebble Beach Concours activities, including the pre-event news conference the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20 The son of an English motorcycle dealer and British sidecar racing champion, Surtees’ first racing experience came at age 14 in his father’s sidecar. The Surtees team won that first race, but was disqualified when John was found to be underage. He began racing motorcycles a year later, moving up the ranks until in 1955, at age 21, he accepted his first factory-sponsored ride aboard a Norton motorcycle. He performed well, even defeating Geoff Duke, the reigning world champion, at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. From 1956 to 1960, Surtees raced 350 cc and 500 cc motorcycles for famed Italian manufacturer MV Agusta, winning seven class world championships in that span. In 1958 and 1959, Surtees won every Motorcycle Grand Prix event he entered in 350 cc and 500 cc classes. He posted 12 straight Grand Prix wins in the 350 class during that time, and from 1958 to 60, he won 17 consecutive Grand Prix events in the 500 cc class. It was during this time that Surtees began test driving automobiles and was hired by Team Lotus for the final four races of the 1960 Formula 1 season despite his relative lack of experience in auto racing. “My biggest challenge was I had never seen a car race until I took part in my first car race,” said Surtees, now 77. “By the time I’d done four races total I was driving Formula One. I was a bit green. It all came from the heart.” In 1962 he helped to develop the first Lola Formula 1 car. “I was always able to work with the engineers very well on the development of the cars,” he said. “A car or a piece of machinery has to be able to talk to you, in the way it conveys what it’s all doing, and you’ve got to be able to analyze this. In those days of course, we didn’t have all this electronic gadgetry, telemetry and everything else to be able to look at everything happening out there. It depended on the stopwatch, temperatures of tires and that one important thing – the driver’s feedback.” By 1963, Enzo Ferrari hired Surtees for the Scuderia Ferrari team when he notched his first F1 race win at the German Grand Prix at the famous Nürburgring circuit. He finished fourth in the F1 points standings that season. Then, in 1964, behind the wheel of a V8-powered Ferrari 158.

We're Joined By Legendary Sports Broadcaster, Ross Porter, Who's Telling Us About Joining The IBN Sports Team And His New Position As A Play-By-Play Announcer

IBN Sports announced today Ross Porter will be joining the network as both a play-by-play announcer and studio host. iBN is one of the most innovative digital sports networks in a changing media landscape, but when it comes to telling the stories of sports heroes and rising stars they know it’s best to rely on the proven skills of industry veterans. Having established a network of high quality sportscasters across the country, the network now adds Ross Porter as a strategic partner for play-by-play work as well as production and distribution of his already popular “Real Sports Heroes.” The veteran broadcaster, known for his 28 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers broadcast team and for his work with UNLV had this to say, “I have been blessed with a remarkable career. I now have the exciting opportunity to call high school and college football and basketball games in a truly unique format. Online distribution of this content is exploding and I am thrilled to be working on the forefront with iBN on play-by-play as well as studio programming including my ‘Real Sports Heroes’ feature.”

Ross Porter is a two time Emmy award winning announcer, ranked as one of the top 60 baseball announcers of all time, and a member of the Southern California Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Known for announcing games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and UNLV, Ross also announced NFL games on NBC-TV for seven seasons. Ross started his broadcasting career at age 14 in his hometown of Shawnee, OK announcing high school football, high school basketball and minor league baseball.

iBN Sports is an online broadcast network featuring live sports action and video on demand (VoD). In addition to game day coverage, the network produces original content featuring sports news, highlights and entertainment programming for underserved sports markets across the globe. Currently, the top tier sports categories at iBN Sports include: high school sports, mixed martial arts (MMA), professional baseball, collegiate and club basketball. Content is streamed online at and distributed through a growing alliance of global media partners.

Movie Guy Steve Evans Gives us the Movie Hits and Misses!
Steve Evans, the Movie Guy, is going to tell us what we need to run out and see and what we can avoid in the movie theaters, this week!

So, grab your popcorn, folks! Get your movie news and reviews right here on the What's Cookin' Today show! Steve “The Movie Guy” will take a look at what’s hot at the box office and the new films being released this weekend.

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