Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has one of the most impressive collections of Rock n Roll memorabilia. The man with the distinct honor of taking care of and adding to that collection is Mr. Chris McKinney.
Chris joins me on the podcast today to talk about some of the legendary rock guitars that make their home in the office of Jim Irsay. There is Jerry Garcia’s one of a kind "Tiger" which is displayed in a glass case behind the Colt’s owners desk. Quite a few Beatles guitars are in the collection, including George Harrison’s 1964 Gibson SG, and a 1963 Gretsch Chet Atkins that belonged to John Lennon. And that’s not all.
The Bob Dylan Goes Electric Guitar is also featured. Plus my favorite, Ringo Starr’s Ludwig 3 piece Oyster Pearl Drum Kit with the original Drumhead from the Ed Sullivan Show!
Chris McKinney has some amazing stories to tell about all of these instruments and more plus the musicians who played them! So join me on this amazing adventure into Rock n Roll history! Thank you Jim Irsay for allowing us to share your treasures!
If you enjoy watching Shark Tank, if you love hearing how big ideas started out small, if you can appreciate the hard work and tenacity of an entrepreneur, then you will LOVE the podcast with the creators of Edwin the Duck, Matt MacBeth and Don Inmon.
The yellow rubber duck may be an internationally recognized toy but Edwin is one-of-a-kind. In fact, Matt and Don created an entire new category of toy that has never existed. Edwin is curious, intelligent. At his simplest he is a waterproof floating Bluetooth speaker. But he has been the answer to many tired, worn out moms. Bring Edwin to the bath and he can report the temperature of the water. Edwin can be placed in a crib at bedtime for a child to find comfort in. Mom with the help of the Edwin app (free to download on iTunes) can manage the sounds and light illuminating from the duck. A familiar heartbeat sound for an infant...no problem. A soothing lullaby for a weepy toddler, they have it covered. You can even record your own 'shushing sound'! Edwin tells stories and has his own band with sing-a-long songs too!
This Indianapolis-based company is taking the technology and toy industry by a storm. They have won multiple awards at the highest levels. And, Edwin can be easily found at Best Buy, Apple and Target. Kristi Lee appreciates the dedication it has taken these former Klipsch employees to bring Edwin to life for many families across the U.S.
In exchange for a ride to the airport, Comedian Al Jackson sat down and dished on the podcast. We find out how a man with a graduate degree and about to go to med school decided on a life of comedy. He reminisces about the early days at the Miami Improv that shaped him into the awesome talent he has become. We learn a secret that both Al and I share.... and we talk prom, famous friends including Hannibal Buress and Jim Jefferies, and Al’s hidden talent! Al Jackson is currently featured on Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown” and “This is Not Happening” as well as the host of the BBC’s “Officially Amazing”. Our visit took place in the comfort of my living room so grab a couch and join us!
After a summer of frolicking on the beach in bikinis, they're back. Well, Britt is back. And, really, we all know her well enough to know she was topless on the beach. And just as you would expect they have some catching up to do. The threesome caught up around the table with a bottle of wine sipped only in yellow plastic cups because they're classy like that. So, now that both Kristi Lee and Britt are wildly single, they wonder if it's alright for them to ask a guy out. Have an opinion? And, what about weirdisms? Do you have any? Like any good conversation amongst friends, they dip into some highly relevant 'mom' topics they're currently experiencing with their kids. Some are college-bound soon which is throwing some unexpected curves. But at the end, they just kept the party going. It was Friday night, afterall.
Let’s get to the know the newest member of The Bob and Tom Show, Josh Arnold! After "guest hosting" for the past few month it’s official, comedian Josh Arnold has been hired full time to round out the cast of The Bob and Tom Show which also consists of Tom Griswold, Chick McGee and me, Kristi Lee.
This St. Louis native stuck around in the studio after a recent show and talks about how he landed this coveted job. We delve into his career as a standup. (which began with his first joke being told in kindergarten!) His detour to teach English in South Korea for a few years. His interest in Horror films and Romantic comedies. His writing skills which has led him into screenwriting and the making of The Impersonators written by and starring Josh.
There is also the more serious side of Josh. Both he and his father suffer from Panic Disorder or Panic Attacks. He explains how that affects his life and how he deals with it on a daily basis.
And although he claims NOT to have a hidden talent we do find out that Josh is teaching himself to play the harmonica!
All in all, I think you will agree that while Bob Kevoian will NEVER be replaced, Josh Arnold is a wonderful addition. We are lucky to have found him.
If nothing else, Mike Jacki, is an all-around interesting guy. And, considering he hails from the elite gymnastics world, an 'all-arounder' is quite an accomplishment.
Mike was not only the President of the United States Gymnastics Federation (now USA Gymnastics) but he's had his hand in sports across the spectrum, including X-games and even parkour development. Some would argue this Hall of Famer was instrumental in digging the gymnastics federation out of significant debt to paving the way for what the national programs are today. The U.S. dominates in gymnastics but in the early-90s that was certainly not the case.
Mike's hot button for all success in sports is early developmental programs and providing safe environments for kids to progress. Long-time friend, Kristi Lee, and co-host Tiffany Stoner, could talk gymnastics all day but had to limit our time during the podcast. We hope to have Mike on again as Rio is quickly approaching.
2008 Silver Medal Olympian. NCAA All-Around Champion. Hoosier turned UCLA Bruin. And now...a sports commentator. There isn't much Samantha Peszek can't do. She is a compact ball of energy that has a bright future ahead of her.
Samantha grew up in Indianapolis as an elite gymnast. Once she was done competing at the elite level, she packed her bags, headed west to the University of California at Los Angeles where she killed it as a Bruin. The school recently surprised Samantha by retiring her leotard. While her heart and family remain in Indiana, she loves the healthy lifestyle that California provides from both a nutritional and fitness perspective.
We sat down at Deveau's Gymnastics, the gym where she grew up, to chat with Samantha before the Olympics. She discussed overcoming mental blocks, some of her predictions for the Olympic games, and what is in store for the future. For those Instagram fans, she and Olympic teammate, Alicia Sacramone, recently launched The Gympire ('thegympire') to inspire people to keep moving.
Samantha is well-articulate and smart. It was an exciting interview for Kristi Lee and Tiffany Stoner...two enormous gymnastics fans.
WTF! It’s Marc Maron. Yes, that Marc Maron. The one who has had many ups and downs in life and now is on a BIG up. I sat down with Marc in a hotel room in Bloomington, IN where he was performing at the legendary Comedy Attic. We chat about the stand up process, how this whole comedy thing started, and happiness.
As one of the most successful podcasters in the business we delve into how that came about and some of the famous guests he has talked with in his garage studio in California. He shares what led up to one of the most famous podcasts of all time, the The President of the United States, Barrack Obama. And let’s not forget his semi auto-biographical show that just ended on IFC, Maron. After four seasons Marc decided to put an end to the comedy, we find out why.
All of this plus Carnegie Hall! How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Listen now to Marc Maron and find out. Enjoy!
Back in June I had the pleasure of sitting down with the mother-daughter house rehab team 2 Chicks and a Hammer consisting of Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak that star in their own show on HGTV called “Good Bones”. Their first season ended in May, and they are working hard now on season two. During our chat we talk about how they started in the rehabbing business, how HGTV got involved, the dynamic of working as a mother-daughter team and more.....
When we spoke Mina was preparing for her upcoming wedding. (not sure if she is going by her new last name professionally....guess I should ask her) and the pair were just getting started on their latest “project”. We also talk about their love of going into older neglected neighborhoods....where they both live by the way.....and making changes for the good!
I was so excited to meet and speak with Karen and Mina and I hope you enjoy it too!
If you are a beer drinker or have just wondered what the fuss is about all the new “craft” beers out there, this show is for you. We talk to Jerry Connor the co-founder of Bier Brewery In Indianapolis. Jerry along with his son Darren the brewmaster have managed to create quite a stir in the Craft Beer world.
At the recent World Beer Cup awards presented by the Brewer’s Association at the 2016 Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bier Brewery took home TWO Gold medals. Only one other brewery in the world won two gold medals this year.
Bier Brewery won gold for their Sanitarium, Belgian Style Qaudrupel and for ESB, English Style Extra Special Bitter. We taste test these beers and more and learn about the different styles and what sets Bier Brewery apart from other craft brewers.
Jerry and his son Darren have only started the company 5 years ago but immediately wowed customers with a variety of true to style, traditional biers. If you are traveling to the Indianapolis area Bier Brewery is worth a stop. They are located at 5133 E. 65th St. on the NE side of Indianapolis. You can also contact them at bierbrewery.com
So sit back, pour a cold one and let’s talk bier!
Britt returns to shake things up on Kristi Lee Uninterrupted. We talk about dating and shenanigans of all sort. Take a listen and enjoy the wisdom, or sometimes lack thereof, of Britt "you freshman bitches".
If there is something out there that can be driven my guest has probably driven it and done it VERY VERY well. He has 3 Nascar Sprint Cup titles to his name, An IRL IndyCar Series Championship, 4 USAC Championships which is landing him this year into the USAC Hall of Fame and many more as a car owner!
Tony Stewart will retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2016 season as a driver. He will however continue on in the sport as one of the co-owners of Stewart-Haas Racing.
As most of you know, Tony just won his first race of the year ending an 84 race drought in dramatic fashion over Denny Hamlin in the last few turns of the Sonoma Road course. Fortunately for me I had the chance to visit with Tony a few weeks ago following his 7th place finish in Michigan at the Firekeepers Casino 400. I traveled to his incredible log home in southern Indiana for an enjoyable summer evening on his screened in porch with his dog Max and some wonderful conversation.
We discuss his upcoming retirement. You will hear the complete story about how he injured his back in a sand buggy back in January that kept him out of the first 8 races of the season. We talk about the idea and design for his amazing log home. Which comes complete with a 1600 cubic ft fresh water aquarium that flows into an indoor trout stream. You might be surprised who did the decorating. (here’s a hint, it was NOT Tony) The home also contains, a bowling alley, movie theater, bar, workout room, poker room, and one of my favorite features a hibachi grill! There is plenty more to explore on his 414 acre Hidden Hollow Ranch and Tony reveals some big plans for his property. Also find out about his new obsession with learning to fly! His wonderful work with the Tony Stewart Foundation and his love of pets. Plus hidden talents, bucket list items, (line up ladies) and the fact that he has never ever done laundry!
On June 15th George Will of the Washington Post wrote an op-ed piece on how “Purdue has the President that America needs”! Many agree. I happened to have the honor of sitting down with the 12th President of Purdue University and 2 term former Governor of the State of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, just about a week prior to that article.
We talk politics a bit in a roundabout way. We learn about Mitch Daniels rise to political greatness. His advice to college students. Balancing our nations budget. The surprising committee he co-chaired that looked into the viability of humans living in space. And the wonderful technological advances that are happening on Purdue’s campus. Plus even the former governor/university president has a hidden talent!
It’s no wonder so many wanted Mitch Daniels to run for President of the United States. Unless you attend Purdue then you are probably glad he has politely declined and will continue as President of the University for many years to come.
Drew Powell, "Butch" from the hit TV Show "Gotham", is live with Kristi Lee at Indy Pop Con, a pop culture convention bringing movie, tv, youtube, comic books and more together under one convention.
Drew takes us on the journey of how he landed his role on Gotham, how he got his start in TV and what to expect in season thee of Gotham. We talk about working with Jada Pinkett Smith and Robin Lord Taylor (the Penguin). We also talk about his work on Malcom in the Middle and Bryan Cranston.
We take a look at Drew's vocal talents and his web series Man Jam. BTW, don't go to ManJam.com looking for the web series, but do go to ManJam.com if you're looking to hang with men.
We also talk about Drew's family, his friendship with Kristi, his hidden talent, and how his Dad's words have shaped Kristi's views and her signoff to the podcast.
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. has found his calling as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah! He recently joined me while taking a break from headlining the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington. Let’s find out how Roy made it to The Daily Show, what it's like to be a Birmingham Alabama guy thrust into New York City and some big news revealed about his personal life! Also learn how many chicken nuggets Roy can eat in a single day. And let’s not forget his hidden talent!
Jimmy may be a funny guy but he is happy and content with his life after 25 years with Q95 and the Bob and Tom Show. He now works for the Indianapolis Colts securing sponsors and doing off-season radio. But most of all, he feels blessed with a wife of 30 years and five boys. He enjoys entertaining in his pool house and whiffle ball field.
Jimmy Matis (aka Dog) joins Kristi Lee live at Morty’s Comedy Joint to reminisce about the old days of the Bob and Tom Show, along with the wild and crazy times...road trips, excursions in the Bahamas, singing backup, among many more.
What happens when George Lopez, Chick McGee, and Jimmy ‘Mad Dog’ Matis hang out in Tijuana? Find out on this live version of Kristi Lee Uninterrupted. If you’re into Bob and Tom history, then you’ll love this show.
In the studio, Kristi Lee was joined by Tim and Tiffany Stoner of Familyprint in celebration of Memorial Day. As unique as a fingerprint, each family survives and thrives differently under challenging circumstances. Army Reservist and Bronze Star recipient Lt Col Timothy Stoner, commander of Indiana's first Black Hawk unit in Iraq, and his wife transformed their experience of his deployment into the catalyst for efforts to pay it forward. Trading wingtips for combat boots and managing four children under the age of six, they turned difficulty into an experience of graciousness, growth and gratitude. On the podcast, they share their personal account of what it was like to be a military family during a time of war.
After a jagged military path that left him put him rare ground as not only an Airborne Ranger but an Aviator, Tim describes when he was deployed to Iraq the overwhelming sense of accountability to the soldiers under his care. He not only had close relationships with the soldiers, but their spouses, parents and children.
He describes Medevac as the last Hail Mary on the battlefield, and discusses the ethical choices Medevac teams face when saving U.S. soldiers, and even the enemy. He suggests the transition on the 'pain-healing' side of the equation was a good place to be after years being enlisted in the infantry.
Tim and Tiffany Stoner published a book and launched a nonprofit called FamilyPrint. It is a coffee-table book which includes amazing images that Nathaniel Edmunds Photographycaptured during Tim's deployment to Iraq. Since the launch, they have donated over $30K benefiting children with a deployed parent.
Josh Kaufman, winner of season 6 of "The Voice" shares his biggest and most exciting news post "The Voice"… His first single "Truth be Told" is released today and he gives us a LIVE taste.
Josh has proven that you should never stop following your dreams. We learn all about the audition process, favorite judges, performing on the hit TV show and how it felt to actually win. More importantly we learn what has happened to Josh since his victory. Including a run on Broadway in the musical Pippin!
Take a journey with Becky Kevoian, wife of legendary Bob and Tom host Bob Kevoian, as we discuss how she ended up traveling this great country in an Airstream! We learn a bit more about the woman behind the "man" Bob! The lady who has almost 17,000 Twitter followers and loves to tweet! Her close ties with family, obsession with morel hunting, and of course trips in the June Bug documented in her blog June Bug Journeys! Throw in Bob and you will also learn the difference between clean, gray, and black water. (And it’s not just the color!) Oh and nudie trailer parks!
Find out how the June Bug got it’s name and how Bob and Becky decided to spend much of their retirement in the Airstream trailer. Settle in for a delightful trip with the Kevoians from inside the June Bug complete with hot coffee and a nice spring breeze!
Jay Baker and Whit Grayson have been around Kristi and the Bob and Tom show since the beginning of time, or so it seems. Travel back in time and listen to the stories of how the Love Brothers and many other Bob and Tom favorites were born.
We dig deep into the stories that are too hot for radio and at the end of this live event, you will hear a brand new, never heard before Love Brothers sketch.
The Month of May in Indianapolis is exciting. But no one can deny that this year, with the 100th Anniversary, the engines are roaring even more loudly. If you are a race fan, you must listen in with Kristi Lee and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President, Doug Boles.
Doug has an extreme passion for the sport, and has been a lifelong fan of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Like many, that passion grew as a young boy, when he visited the Speedway with his father. With Kristi, he shares some of his favorite Indy 500 memories, his racing hero,and his prized memorabilia.
Doug lends some inside information on what his team is doing to make the 100th running even more spectacular, and some of the outlandish stunts that are being done to promote the IMS, such as jumping out of airplanes, pulling an Olympic skier around a yard of bricks,and camping out in a tent to promote the camping opportunities at the Speedway.
Doug is very active on Twitter. If you're a fan, he is a great guy to
follow because he's always posting updates on the changes and exciting things that are happening leading up to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
You won't have to be a wine connoisseur to thoroughly enjoy this podcast with one of Indiana's most polarizing, young sommelier's. His colorful commentary on spirits, wine, and travel are enlightening.
Erase whatever picture you have in your mind of what a sommelier looks like. Arthur Black is the opposite, in his tight, black t-shirt, tattooed arms, man-bun, and Buddhist necklace. He is the Corporate Wine and Spirits Sales Manager for RNDC, a leading national wholesaler of fine wine and spirits.
In addition to his role at RNDC, Arthur is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Spanish Wine Educator, a Certified French Wine Educator, a Certified Sake Specialist, Certified Spirits Specialist, Advanced Sommelier, Level 1 Cicerone, Advanced Level III through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, a wine, beer and spirits writer and has lectured and taught at copious venues and several universities. As an active educator in the American sommelier community, Arthur has competed in many sommelier competitions, winning the honorable Best Young Sommelier in America Championship.
His motto, "The customer is always right." So, if someone wants to sit down with Proseco and pair it with salt & vinegar chips then they should do so. But he is clear on his opinion about one type of person..."cork sniffers are ass holes!"
In 2015, Arthur created and is the current president of the non-profit, the Indiana Craft beverage Association, a promotional body dedicated to engaging both trade and consumers to increase quality beverage appreciation and Indiana beverage industry sustainability. Arthur is also the creator and organizer of Indiana’s first cocktail festival, Mixture – An Indianapolis Cocktail Tour, which experienced a successful first year in the summer of 2015.
Join IndyMixture on September 16-17. It is a two-day Cocktail Tour, featuring live music, food, beer, cocktails, and booze. The fun begins along Georgia Street then travels to Mass Ave, Fletcher Place, and Fountain Square for Indy’s best bartenders to tempt you with samples of their wares.
Kristi Lee and Tiffany Stoner talk more Shit with Britt. Not only they do indulge in mid-afternoon Friday wine but Britt makes some bold discoveries that have to do with men and butts.
They covered what it means to have painted white rocks in front of a yard. Is it a myth or could it be a sign you may be living next to a swinger...you may just want to ring the doorbell!
Kristi describes how she gets hit on by young men quite often while Britt thinks only toothless men are interested in her. They agree to a night out shortly in which Kristi can lend Britt some tips on flirting. Perhaps she should wear no undies!
They reminisced about the bad things they did as children, getting caught snooping for Christmas presents. Kristi even declares something she has NEVER admitted on air before.
Better listen in.
Just like Kristi Lee is taking a break from traditional radio, Greg Ballard was in the studio discussing what keeps him busy after serving in public office for eight years as Mayor. Not only is he an avid reader but he loves to cycle along some of the very trails and bike pathways he put in place during his time as Mayor. He feels passionately about sustainable energy particularly as it pertains to transportation. In fact, he is writing a book that he hopes to have published by 2017.
Mayor Ballard shared with Kristi Lee, and her co-cost, Tiffany Stoner, some of his favorite memories as Mayor. Superbowl XLVI was certainly on top of that list. And, he thinks he had something to do with the weather!
From his completely unplanned run for Mayor to his 23 years in the Marines, you will find Greg Ballard a great guy. And, we just might find him in office again after a much deserved break.
Joining Kristi Lee on Uniterrupted is full-time stand-up comic, Costaki Economopoulos. Kristi has always considered him a smart persons comic. In fact, she mentions that she feels like she should take a history class before going to see one of his shows. Growing up as a 'cul-de-sac-kid', he was a match and chess whiz which then led him to get a Master's Degree in Political Science. However, stand up comedy was the only thing he really loved.
He has combined his love of comedy with his equal love for fantasy football. In fact, you can catch his Podcast called Quick Snaps on iTunes or you can follow one of his leagues called "Megatrondemopolis."
He and Kristi share daughters both named Ava. He explains what it is like to raise a child in NYC understanding there are some significant benefits to urban-dwelling. Costaki jokes that all comics should get divorced because then you can book your gigs when you aren't parenting. He absolutely loves spending time off the road with his Ava.
Oh...and his hidden talent? You will have to listen in.