It was my absolute pleasure to welcome Tim Fookes to my show. As a fellow talk show host, it’s always fun to talk shop. However, the nice twist comes from the fact he is from New Zealand and so it was interesting to get his take on American politics and how their media tends to skew information as badly as major American media sources. It was a lot of fun to discuss the current state of social media, the rush to be first and facts be damned and even a few side discussions into sports. I also had a chance to ask how he got into radio and how he approaches his show-prep each day. Hint, you have to read a lot and not just 140 character tweets or cute memes, playing nicely into one of our recent posts by writer @ericwojo, which you can read here.
Published by Alan J. Sanders
Actor - Writer - Director - Radio - Veteran | I like ‘guy’ things: women, sports, video games, dogs, drinking, football, shooting guns, war movies, action movies, sci-fi movies and playing the hero. I am a red-blooded, American male through-and-through. But, I have another side as well, a deep and entrenched creative side, which started with writing and evolved to include acting and radio. As a result, I have appeared in nearly 100 stage shows and been involved in dozens of motion pictures, including two independent features available on Amazon Prime.
I have also been in broadcast radio for over 20 years. Thus far, I have been honored to receive five GAB Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters: Two for Best On-Air Personality and three for Best Talk Show.
It was only natural with these pursuits, podcasting would eventually be added to my plate. In late 2017, I decided to start a show with my buddy and co-host, Walt Murray, called, The Wilder Ride. We examine the films of Gene Wilder in the movies by minutes format. This has opened the door to meeting so many new and amazing podcasters from around the world and led to some amazing friendships! As Shakespeare puts it, “I am amazed and know not what to say!” Afterwards, my wife and I started a show called, 'The Marriage Fit Podcast" where we talk about our lives as a blended family. Our tag line is it's a show about trying to make things fit, staying fit, and not throwing a fit.
Of all the roles I play, though, I want to point out that there are two I consider more important than any I have ever played (or will ever play) and that is being a DAD and HUSBAND. I have four girls, ages, 26, 24, 23, and 21 and there is nothing I won't do for them. And, none of life's ambitions would be possible without the strength and support of my best friend in the entire world, my wife, Susan. Regardless of anything else, nothing will ever outshine them.
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