Saturday, December 7, 2013

Jolly Holidaze

     It's time to get your jolly on again! And after the fun and success of our Grateful Bounty Thanksgiving shows, we're doing another special; this one featuring your favorite holiday tunes along with seasonal humor and inspiration.
     The TCS elves are already busy loading the radio sleigh with musical treats, so if you want to add your requests and dedications to our list, please get them in by Friday 12/13. Send them via the website or on twitter @abwrites #HOLIDAZE.

                                  JOLLY HOLIDAZE will air live Friday 12/20 at Noon (ET), and thereafter available for podcast.

                                  By the way, if you're still looking for a special treat for the literary types on your list, books make great gifts. I've chatted with a slew of fab authors over our first season.

                                  If your favorite reader enjoys memoir, check out Jessica Handler's moving memoir Invisible Sisters, Eliot Tibor's Taking Woodstock, Jane Devin's Elephant Girl and Tom North's True North.
                                  Mystery and suspense lovers will enjoy curling up with a cozy from my fellow Cozy Cat Press authors including Julie Seedorf, Bart J. Gilberston, Lane Buckman, Lane Stone, Leslie Matthews Stansfield, Stephen Kaminski, Blanche Manos and the irrepressible Barbara Jean Coast. Check out the Cozy Cat website for a title that catches your fancy.

                                 Looking for something a tad grittier? Andrew Cotto's  Outerbourough Blues and Ivan Jenson's Dead Artist make thrilling stocking stuffers. And Joan Steineau Lester's Mama's Child is a powerful family novel with a social conscience.
                                Music lovers will enjoy new music from Caroline Rose, Pete Kennedy, Jerry Strull, Doug Briney, The Tooners,  A.J. Janson, Amy Rose and Western Avenue.

                                  And if you have story to tell we are booking authors, filmmakers, theatre pros, musicians, journalists, social crusaders, justice junkies and media mavens for 2014. Reach out via the website or twitter. And share your story on a popular podcast with a growing audience of literate and engaged listeners.

                                  Wishing you and yours a happy Holiday season and a most merry New Year.

                                    Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.
                                         aba & the TCS elves


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Grateful Bounty Part Deux: The Leftovers

Wow, we're stuffed with extra requests. So after a successfully delicious first annual Grateful Bounty, we'll serve up the leftovers, too. Get set for a tasty collection of tunes, along with the free-flow pop culture convo and inspiration for the season.

Join us live Friday 11/29 9 AM (PT) 11 AM (CT) Noon (ET) or anytime thereafter on demand.

And thank you so  such for the great response. The success of our little (not so) under the radar-over-the radio experiment is a little trippy, but I am deeply grateful to each and every guest, listener and promotional cheerleader who has helped us create an entertaining and enlightening show and garner the buzz it needs to grow.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Grateful Bounty

With such a great response to our Halloween request shows, we are getting ready to serve up some delicious holiday treats.  Our next music show featuring your requests and dedications will air live Monday November 25 and be available thereafter for podcast throughout the holiday season-and beyond!

Send your requests-songs do not have to be Thanksgiving tunes ( only a few of those in the pop culture cupboard), but songs that bring you sheer joy, inspiration, grace and gratitude. Sound familiar? It should to anyone who listens regularly and has dipped into the creative well with us on our Inspiration to Action Challenge.

Dedications, affirmations and notes of gratitude are also welcome.

Please send your requests here or at twitter @abwrites Use the #GratefulBounty.

All requests need to be received by Friday November 22, so Trudi, Aurora and the TCS crew can load all the goodies into our Thanksgiving oven. We will have a few music shows in December for the Holiday season, too. So get set to indulge in a feast of seasonal confections.

I know I have my own grateful bounty to share this year. This show, the enthusiastic response from a loyal and growing audience is among my favorites. So thank you for being part of the success of this little ( not so) under the radar-over-the radio-rainbow experiment.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sandy's Aftermath : One Year Later

It's a year later. And still many people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are waiting on FEMA funds to rebuild their homes and reclaim their lives. What's the delay? Talk about broken government.

For those still waiting: stay strong. Be proactive. Pester your Congressional reps. It's not like they're doing anything productive. Except collecting taxpayer financed paychecks.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

Stay tuned.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School Daze

Yeah, I know, it's been a long time since my mom loaded my Flintstones' lunchbox with a soggy tuna sandwich and I poured myself into my new corduroys ( even if it was 80 degrees outside) and headed back to school, too. But September always leaves me awash in nostalgia. And it's a good time for all of us to start afresh, get that new project in motion, finally tackle that to-do list, actually attach an action plan to those dormant goals.

Easier said than done? Maybe, but a few small steps and a shift in attitude might just re-ignite your creative engine. Join us on The Amy Beth Arkawy Show as we get set to inspire change and growth. Oh, and we'll have some fun along the way. No, really. Stop by. I think you'll want to stay a while.

And if you've got a story to tell--or need help telling yours--send me an e-mail.

Drive safe. play nice. Dream big.

Stay tuned.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

And the Oscar Race Is On...

Movie biggies have finally caught on. Grown-ups want to go to the movies in the summer, too. August unleashes a few contenders long before the pre-Oscar dust settles. On top of the list: Woody Allen's much ballyhooed Blue Jasmine. And it does live up to the hype.

A tragic comedy with Allen hitting all the right notes is a essentially a fictional portrait of Ruth Madoff as a middle aged wealthy ex-wife of a real estate crook nabbed gone mad. Cate Blanchett is already on the Best Actress short list. But there are star turns here, too, from Sally Hawkins as her lower-rent, more centered sister, Bobby Cannavale as the sis's bombastic boyfriend and who knew Andrew Dice Clay could actually conjure pathos? Alec Baldwin, a now a perennial Allen player, offers the least nuanced role as the crooked ( and, natch, wife cheating) honcho.

Blue is Jasmine's free-fall,. and Blanchett does it with such frenetic and captivating power, it is truly a tour de force of a mental breakdown.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

Pass the pop corn. And stay tuned @abwrites

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Everyone Has a Story

The fab cartoon based on the fab Four's quirky classic tune "Paperback Writer," reminds me that we all tell ourselves the stories of our lives. Twists and turns, color, comedy, tragedy there all in the living , the telling, the sharing.

As The Amy Beth Arkawy Show continues to grow we'll continue to reach out to an eclectic array of storytellers. From authors to filmmakers, social crusaders to comedians, theatre folks to musicians, come aboard and share your story, your inspiration and influences.

I invite you to reveal a part of your life with a growing audience of literate, engaged, creative people eager to learn and grow from your experiences.

Reach out via the website or @abwrites. We are currently booking for the fall and beyond.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

Stay tuned.

Cheers and onward,


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Birthday. America

As imperfect as our little American experiment may be, it is still the best place to dream big. Contentious political and social divides are all part of our national growing pains. So as we celebrate another all American birthday bash, let's cherish the red, white and blue that paints the different shades of the American dream.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

And go easy on the fireworks. And hot dogs!

Stay tuned @abwrites


Monday, June 24, 2013

Wrestling The Elephant In The National Living Room

Race is the elephant in our national living room. People like to ignore it or tiptoe around it, but it's still there. Always has been . Always will.

We've been talking about the racially charged George Zimmerman murder trial on my radio show.
And last Friday, before Food Network dropped the Queen of Southern Mean Cuisine's career in the deep fryer where it belongs, I predicted her demise. But here's one of the most insightful posts I've read on the subject by my social media pal, Leslie Parsley : "Oh, darkies, how my heart grows weary"

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

Stay tuned @abwrites


Friday, June 21, 2013

Beyond Soprano: James Gandolfini, R.I.P.

He will forever be immortalized as Tony Soprano, one of television's most complicated and iconic characters. But James Gandolfini was more than that. He was a consummate actor's actor, a pro who started out in the theatre, cherished the ensemble and never ever expected to be a star.

His vulnerability, his kindness off the stage and screen are remembered by his colleagues. And those qualities, too, seeped into all his work, even in his portrayal of the dysfunctional mob boss.

For those of us who missed him on stage, that opportunity is sadly gone. And there are, of course, all the roles he might have played. But still, there are some fine performances--beyond Tony Soprano--to savor. He has fine supporting turns in In The Loop, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Zero Dark Thirty, Get Shorty and The Mexican And stands out in Cinema Verite as the the creator of Reality TV, and is magnificent as a grieving father in the moving indie, Welcome to the Rileys. Do yourself a favor: take the time to watch this gem on DVD.

And embrace your your life and nurture your talents while you can.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

Stay tuned @abwrites


Monday, June 17, 2013

Indie Film

I had a wonderful conversation with John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr, the director and producer of the brave, new indie RADIO FREE ALBEMOUTH. If you're a fan of sci-fi master Phillip K. Dick and/or indie film, you can join their 'creative conspiracy' to distribute their acclaimed adaptation. The Kickstarter campaign runs until July 2.

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.

And reach out to the show @abwrites


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Radio Return

My myriad adventures: writing books, coaching, teaching and all the promotion they entail has forced me to neglect my beloved Radio Graffiti blog.

I will try to use this outlet to promote my new Internet radio show. For those who have found me on the 'airwaves' again, I am grateful and delighted to be back in my natural habitat. Radio has always been a passion and being behind the mic is a good fit. Just like riding a bicycle

The show weaves together a mosaic of notable and emerging voices in the arts, pop culture, personal growth and justice,. The focus is storytelling, and  the  inspiration and influences that fuel a creative life. We mix in cultural commentary, too,. Yeah, I can't help myself. And some of the most popular shows have been those dealing with true crime.

I've already featured an impressive array of guests including authors  Tania Grossinger, Eliot Tibor, Jessica Handler and Bill Deane; true crime experts Dr. Daniela Schreier and David Diamond; filmmakers Lora Lee Ecobelli and John Alan Simon; theatre pros Mike Selkirk and Mary Catherine Wilson; and pop culture gurus Chris Lucas and Kristen Burtt.

I always ask for listener input: so if you have a compelling story to tell, feel free to query me. the easiest way is through my website . We're always looking for authors, filmmakers, theatre folks, musicians, social commentators, etc. We also have Coffee Klatch editions, where we feature our free flow pop culture convo. So if you're a loquacious free thinker who likes to dish TV, movies, hot topics in the news, be in touch and we'll talk.

It's been great to hear from so many 'old' fans. Your kind words of encouragement. mean so much.

Please join us: The Amy Beth Arkawy Show  live Fridays @ 1 PM ( EST) and Mondays  at Noon (EST). Or anytime on demand. that's the beauty of the Internet podcasts. you can listen anytime. The only drawback: we don't get as many calls as I'd like. As my hearty radio irregulars know: I love interacting live on the radio with listeners. So if you get a chance, please call in and join the conversation.

We've just begun. Again. So stay tuned!

Drive safe. Play nice. Dream big.