Brett Auten is an award winning journalist and writer based in St. Louis. Brett joins Gary Weed and Mark Bland on the Q to discuss the war on media and how he views it from his position.
Brett is an avid MMA fan and the guys find out quickly that he is th head of a regional website for many years named KNUCKLE JUNKIES. It focused heavily on STL MMA independent fighting circles and commentated on larger national things at times. This leads to a convo about the favorite MMA fighters of each person on the show.
Next up is Trump and this impeachment inquiry that has moved into the interview stages in front of Congress. Everyday is a thousand tweets of how he's not the bad guy, but every interview uncovers new crazy things Trump did that were definitely not on the up and up. Where is this all going? The guys aren't sure but they discussed it with Brett!
Finally, It's time for our guest to be on the HOT SEAT. 5 Questions they have no clue is coming and they gotta stay on their toes to answer them. There is no wrong answers, but Brett's first question is "CAKE OR PIE?" This alone could cause a ruckus. See if it did on this episode of The Q!
Mark Bland and Gary Weed return on this episode of the Q to discuss the shooting at the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, Mo. Also Mark breaks down Missouri and it's people as a state for everyone to understand. Of course there was some Donald Trump talk too because of his amazing ability to double down on the dumbest things. And finally, we take some questions from the listeners about things in their life like: Should a guy considered the A-hole if he plays by the rules and the perception of others is in direct opposition of that?
We discuss all of this and much much more on this episode of the Q!
So theres a guy named Martin Shkreli and he owns a company named Turing Pharmaceuticals. They have a drug called Daraprim used for HIV and he proudly announced this week that he raised the price from $13 a pill to $750 a pill like it was a great thing to do! Well this pill has a serious group of users that have HIV and the world went into a tizzy cause Martin is proving why being a conservative greedy CEO of company is not cool. Mark and Bobby discuss this.
Then Mark and Producer Bobby go down a unique path as Mark talks about how we are just not happy with the Status quo anymore, yet we don't come up with anything more ingenius than the status quo. They discuss how Lays potato chips are constantly trying to change the game with new weird flavors and there is nothing wrong with normal old Sour cream and Onion, Cheddar, BBQ and regular potato chips. Where do you stand? Do you like the 900 varieties or were you fine and life worked well with the orignal 5-7 that already existed. See where this goes on this episode of the Q.
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We as a society need to stop creating moments of hostility so we can soapbox in public for no reason other than our own voices. Well this is the main topic of the newest epsiode of the Q. In California, there was a situation going down and out of nowhere a lady starts filing the police and yelling at them for doing their job. Of course this leads to cumbaya songs and everyone happy.....right? WRONG! It leads to a phone being confiscated and destroyed, so we will discuss this further on the show.
Also, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to wage battle the first weekend of May in Las Vegas, but during his ramp up for the fight, Floyd claimed that he is equal to or better than Muhammad Ali. This of course takes everyone but Mark by surprise and the two discuss the virtues of Floyd and whether his background and merits have earned him the ability to make that statement.
Finally, its been a while and Bobby has upped his game as the two bring back the hot game of GAME ON/ GAME OFF. Both Mark and Bobby bring a couple APPS/Websites to get you familiar with and then Mark goes for the jugular singling out a section of society that tends to wear a specific look as if it is still cool.
All this and much more on this episode of the Q. Real Radio, Real Honest!
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Well the business of media in the US has become quite the convoluted and dirty pool. With that comes the potential for miscommunication and things to show up in multiple places. After hearing a morning show in STL read some very similar (almost exact same wording and sentences) letters as Mark & Bobby presented 3 weeks earlier on this here show called the Q, the two decide to sit down and discuss the unwritten rules of radio/media and how you shouldn't do that.
Also, Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriot football player, has been brought up on a Life sentence for a murder he was involved with/did in 2013. This brings about a discussion of sports and some of the more interesting topics such as the famous Back to the Future 2 forecasting of Cubs vs. Miami in the World Series of 2015.
Finally Mark and Bobby are prompte by a tweet from Ricky Gervais to take on and discuss the world of Big Game hunting. Recently a female names Rebecca Francis posted some unflattering pics of her laying next to dead giraffes that she hunted. When it was brought to attention by Gervais in a tweet, it create a firestorm of controversy with Francis getting death threats and being ostracized by people in her own community and throughout the world. But the only thing getting publicity is the hate coming from animal activists towars Francis...there is another gun loving side to this that is now being equally as hateful and Mark illuminates that with this Discussion.
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Funny man Jake Ashlock joins Mark and Producer Bobby for the show to discuss some of the biggest things in current affairs.
First up, Bobby is unhappy with how a interaction with another STL radio personality went down online. Mark and Jake play devils advocate for how it looked on both ends of the situation and try to help Bobby see the silver lining on the clouds.
Then the discussion quickly turns to the Robin Thicke and his recent lawsuit loss regarding his song "Blurred Lines" and how similar it sounds to a song by Marvin Gaye (per the lawsuit). Mark, having worked in music for 20 years discusses how slippery a slope this creates for other artists from here on out. Plus they discuss the potential retroactive things that could come from this. And throughout the show, this discussion rears up a few times.
Next the guys tackle the dumbest move by a group of politicians in years, as they tackle the 47 Senators that sent a letter to Iran encouranging them to not listen to THEIR Commander in Chief! Then Mark takes on Hillary-Gate (sigh) and the fact that she had an email address outside of hers that is given to be used by the White House and it's staff. Mark tries to explain the ludacris nature of people turning this molehill into a Mountain, when there are obviously bigger fish to fry.
Finally, Ashlock hits the Hot Seat and discusses some of his more intimate backgroud. Plus there is OVERTIME where the Moral Dillemas are presented again, and find out if Producer Bobby through his family under the bus again at all.
Mark and Bobby are fliying solo today after their guest no shows for the Q. So the two guys are never short on thngs to talk about and this time is no different.
First off Mark goes on an epic rant regarding the morbidness of the Super Bowl commercials and how Nationwide specifically needs to stay in their lane and not try to open up "conversations".
Next, Mark and Bobby discuss the ISIS murder of a Jordanian fighter pilot killed in a 22 min long video where he is eventually set on fire in a cage to execute him. Mark has some unique feelings on this video and what it is telling the attention span lacking people of 2015.
Finally, since their guest decided to no show, Mark has a Hot Seat that needs to be fulfilled and Bobby has never been on the Hot Seat at all. So Mark puts Bobby through the ringer. See what he has to say on the newest episode of the Q!
So the year of 2015 starts off on a sobering note. Stuart Scott, the great sportsanchor of ESPN, passes away from cancer at the age of 49. So Andy Echele jumps onto the show to discuss this. The guys discuss what Stuart Scott meant to them and how the world of ESPN styled sportscasting goes. Including Andy breaking out his old school phrase he used for Combat Showcase.
Next Mark goes on one of his famous rants about Walmart and the inability of our society to learn from simple things and act accordingly. Evidently they don't ptu enough energy drinks of a certain style in the local Walmart cooler cases and this sends Mark on a tirade about the cooler cases and other places/situations that no one thinks about until after the fact.
Finally the crew gets into a discussion about how Mark is noticing more people since the Ferguson riots complaining about "White Privilege" and what it means to three white people who could potentially be accused of it at moments notice. Also, Mark discusses his some of his stereotype pet peeves and who should, or shouldn't, be allowed to do certain things. This brings out everyone throwing their issues about many people out in the open. So sit back, turn on the laptop, bring up your spreadsheet and listen to the newest epsisode of The Q.
Well the time has come and the Grand Jury decision was rendered as a "NO TRUE BILL", which means former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not have any charges brought against him in the shooting death of Michael Brown just outside of St. Louis, MO. This judgement didn't go over well and the protestors that have been hot since the August situation took to the streets in a violent manner. Burning buildings, hurling objects and disrupting life for one solid night based off the decision. Mark and Bobby come back from their Thanksgiving break to do a special 1-hour episode of the Q discussing the reprecussions of the decision, their opinions on the rioting that took place and where they go from there. Mark also discusses a twitter war he was involved with do to OUTSIDE sources wanting badly to be a part of the Ferguson discussion and his interacting with them.
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On this episode of the Q, Mark reaches back into his past and brings in his old college basketball teammate Adam Hunziker, who just happens to be a legend in the motorcycle trick riding community world wide. Adam and his two friends formed the wrold reknown St. Louis based StreetFighterz motorcycle club and haven't looked back since. With millions of youtube views and multiple DVD's out, the guys have proven to be someone to reckon with when it comes to the world of trick riding. Whether filming scenes two on a cycle at 170+ mph, or flying down the highway at 90 standing straight up on the seat, these guys live the adrenaline lifestyle to the fullest and Adam talks about all of it.
Then Mark, Producer Bobby, Dan Walsh and Lucy Mendez discuss Dan's family and how he never talks about them, but his sister was brought up online during a discussion. Then the guys get a pizza sent to them by Frank and Helen's and dig in heavily (so delicious) before they jump into a new game that Bobby put together for the fans and the crew. Then the crew discusses all the townhall meetings and round tables being put together in the wake of the Mike Brown shooting and Ferguson riots. Mark explains that there just isn't anyone that is truly paying attention except for the people that go to these and make no moves. Dan then explains how white liberals are kinda being more racist than everyone thinks they are.
Finally the hate flows as Mark brings up a hate mail sent to the show that not only knocks him but also takes shots at the rest of the crew. Bobby is picked on specifically and he goes on a tirade of epic proportions in regards to the idiot that wrote the letter. And then before Overtime and Dan questioning the authenticity of the story a fan writes in about, Bobby goes on his pulpit and discusses Derek Jeter retiring from baseball. Plus, does Lucy cuss at all in this episode? Find out all that an more on this episode of The Q.
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