Maury Brown has figured out how to balance so many personas, it’s a miracle to imagine how each one gets so much energy. By day, Maury has a career as a sports reporter and analyst for Forbes while also consulting around sports through his Bizball LLC company.

Somehow Maury fits in several international radio segments each week, manages a huge social media following, balances a dedicated family life with 2 kids and a doting wife, a successful AC/DC tribute band and a philanthropist dedicating time and energy to charities in the community.

Want to know how he does it? So do I! Join us on All Access Live for a chat and hang!

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Jonathon grew up in a musical family and started playing piano at the age of six. Once he learned about improvisation and groove playing, he veered away from classical studies and moved towards jazz, funk and groove parts. He attended college on a full-ride music scholarship and won several awards for performance before jumping into the bar band scene, playing snowy ski-lodge gigs with 3am drives home on icy roads. However, a professional music career wasn’t in the cards.

He discovered another passion in the form of writing code and building software which led to a successful career as a software engineer. In 2007, while writing code for an internet media company, he had the chance to create tutorial videos for YouTube as part of a company experiment. After one of those videos saw nearly 3 million views, he realized that he could spend time creating educational music tutorials covering original piano grooves.

Join us on All Access Live for an inside look at this virtuoso!

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“Bad” Brad Berkwitt has done a lot in his 52 years on Planet Earth from a career in the Navy, to success in the civilian sector and another career in the boxing world. Not to stop there… He also acted. Acting was in his blood. His late Father, Alvin Berkwitt, studied with Lee Strasberg. After a successful 20 year and 28 days (1986-2006) career in the US Navy with 16 1/2 years of it in the intelligence field, where he served during war and peacetime in (Boot Camp Great Lakes, Illinois), Pensacola, Florida, Sigonella, Sicily (The Gulf War), Washington, DC (2 tours), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Alexandria, Virginia, Seoul South Korea and finishing up his career working at the Pentagon (The Iraq War) where he retired from Active Duty in 2006. “Bad” Brad would go into the Government contracting world, working for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) at the COIC in Virginia for almost three years (2006-2009) in the Personnel & Physical Security Office and was also the Classified Indoctrinations Supervisor.

He would leave (JIEDDO) in early 2009 and go on to work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from (2009-2012), where he worked as a Program Manager, with a staff of 7, managing over a million dollar government contract for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as a Government Contractor. Berkwitt, retired completely from the 9-5 grind in 2012 at the end of the contract with DHS. While retired, he could not fight the urge to follow in his father’s footsteps and act.

Berkwitt took acting classes with the Emmy Award winning Michael J. Baker at the Little Theater of Alexandria in Alexandria, VA in early 2013. Upon graduation, he landed several acting gigs in early 2013-2014 to include, stage work, several shows on the ID Channel, Veep, House of Cards, TV Commercials, Dinner Theater, Industrial Videos and Independent Film.

“Bad” Brad is also a former amateur boxer (80 – 83) who fought all over Florida during that time out of the Allen Park Gym in North Miami Beach, Florida. His nickname “Bad” came from fellow Author and Boxing Ring Announcer, Henry “Dis-com-bob-u-lating” Jones in 2000 and has stuck ever since. In Henry’s words, “I gave him that nickname because he always stands up for what he believes in, and the fighters truly respect him for being so positive in all of his interviews.” This was never more evident than in Berkwitt’s hit boxing book: BOXING INTERVIEWS OF A LIFETIME.

From 2000-2012, Berkwitt was the boxing analyst on the highly rated TV show Sports Talk, with Host Glenn Harris, on News Channel 8. The show was viewed in Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland and West Virginia.

In 2004, he created the website Ringside Report that in subsequent years, has become known as “The Heart of Boxing”. In 2018, he recreated Ringside Report to include politics, entertainment, world news and other sports making it a online magazine with lots of diversity (Berkwitt’s favorite word in the dictionary) for RSR’s daily readers.

In 2015, “Bad” Brad took his 18 plus years at that point of conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in Boxing and Hollywood, and created The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show which has become a fan favorite in the United States & around the world. Not to stop there, his viewers wanted more so he created the RSR Video Email Bag Show where those viewers could send in boxing questions and “Bad” Brad would answer them in a show format. The show took off quickly and is viewed around the world.
In January 2021, “Bad” Brad received the news that he will be inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame (FBHOF) Class of 2021 in June. It was an honor that truly humbled him.

Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington Ontario would soon make “Spoons” a different kind of household word. Together with Derrick Ross and Rob Preuss, Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne would help define the sound of pop and New Wave in the 80’s, with hits including “Nova Heart”, “Romantic Traffic”, “Old Emotions” and “Tell No Lies”.

Their album “Arias & Symphonies” would go on to be named one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of The 80’s by “the Chart” Magazine, and their song “Nova Heart” was recently included in Bob Mersereau’s book “the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time”. Not bad for a bunch of kids from Burlington, Ontario!

Their first album, “Stick Figure Neighbourhood”, was recorded in 1981 at Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, with a then unknown engineer by the name of Daniel Lanois. The album garnered rave press reviews and reached the #1 slot on college radio. But it wouldn’t be until the release of their song “Nova Heart”, produced by John Punter of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry fame, that the Spoons became a household name. The Arias & Symphonies album, recorded at George Martin’s famous Air Studios in London, England, solidified the Spoons’ presence on the new wave music front.

With the commercial radio success that followed, the band saw themselves opening for such acts as the Police, Culture Club, and Simple Minds. A little TV show called MuchMusic had also just been launched, and the young Spoons were tailor-made for a whole new video-driven generation. In fact, the very first episode of the show began with, “Welcome to MuchMusic. Coming up we have brand new videos by Duran Duran, Howard Jones and the Spoons.” A new era was launched with those words.

A special 30th Anniversary edition of the “Arias and Symphonies” album followed, released by Sparks/Ready Records/Universal Music, complete with extensive liner notes, historical photos, and live tracks. It also saw the reunion, after twenty-six years, of the original band line-up, for an incredible sold-out release party in Toronto.

In 2019, Spoons Released a bold new album, “New Day New World”, the first studio project to be released by the Spoons in over eight years, once again Produced by Jeff Carter. Their new album plays on the band’s earlier edgy electro-80s sound and evokes the fun, pop sounds of their biggest hits while transporting them firmly into 2019. Four video singles have been released so far: For the First & Last Time, All the Wrong Things (In the Right Places), Landing Lights, and the title track, New Day New World. Three of these videos have been directed by Peter Sacco, winning multiple awards worldwide.

The retro 80s movement, now almost a decade old, shows no signs of slowing down. Not one bit. And as far as Sandy, Gord, and a lot of fans are concerned, that is a very good thing indeed.

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“Having been a Portland native all my life, its been a dream of mine to be established in the community as a source for sharing the passion I have for music through teaching, performing and helping others achieve their goals through my insight, experience and knowledge.”

As the guitarist in Portland’s Dirty Rhythm, Brian Harrison was teetering on the edge of becoming a star in the early 90s. The band went up to Canada to record their debut, Hard As A Rock, with Loverboy’s Paul Dean only to watch the album sink due to poor label support. Fifteen years later the band dipped into their vaults to release Never Cleaned Up.

Today finds Brian actively recording his own music, as well as producing artists and projects in his home studio, overlooking the valley in Portland.

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In the early 2000’s Charlie fronted a band called Rex Aquarium. They made a couple records, toured the U.S., and then broke up for all the usual reasons. Around 2006, he went solo and made an album with film score composer Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko and Me You and Everyone Else We Know). While making the record Michael suggested that Charlie write songs for a movie he was working on called Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Two of Charlie’s songs made it in the film – “Let’s Duet” and “Guilty As Charged”.

In the next few years he released two EPs under his name and an EP with Priscilla Ahn under the band name Sweet Hearts. He’s also had songs placed in the movies Bad Teacher, Cyrus, and the t.v. show Men In Trees. He has played shows with Daniel Johnston, Jonathan Richman, and toured opening for Bird and the Bee, as well as David Lindley. On May 6th 2014, he released Out at the Bar. It was recorded, produced and mixed by Gus Seyffert (Black Keys, Norah Jones, Beck, Michael Kiwanuka). His latest album entitled Undying Light was released in August of 2016.

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When you see Kyle Baltus play drums, the first thing that’ll cross your mind is “HOW can that kid play that hard for that long?” He’s sought after for his feel, intuition and powerhouse drumming.

I believe that some people are put on this planet to play music – it’s their life’s calling. I know this to be true about Kyle. He’s got all of the ingredients of the perfect bandmate: he’s a talented drummer, has the showmanship part nailed, and is an easy hang (which is SO important!).

We’ll talk about his international touring, recording, music video production and the experiences he’s had along the way. Kyle’s got some great stories, and we’ll get the inside scoop on ’em backstage on All Access Live.

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Damian Erskine is known for his ability to fit into most any musical situation, extraordinary reading and improvising skills as well, as being an educator and columnist.

He has played in the studio or on the stage with • Peter Erskine • Gino Vannelli • Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band • The Jaco Pastorius Big Band • Les McCann • Skerik Band • Jeff Lorber • The Buddy Rich Alumni All-Star Band • Bob Sheppard • John Beasley • George Colligan • Vardan Ovsepian • Antonio Hart • Charmaine Neville • and many others as well as being featured on the GospelChops.com “Shed Sessionz Vol. 1” DVD. Damian is an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

In addition, he regularly teaches abroad with JEA (Jazz Education Abroad) in Shanghai, Bangkok, Cyprus and Beirut. Additionally, he has taught in the US at Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the National Guitar Workshop and Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Week. Damian is also a regular contributor to the popular bass education site, scottsbasslessons.com.

Damian has written for Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, as well as continuing to maintain a popular weekly column at NoTreble.com. Damian has also authored two books, “Right Hand Drive” and “The Improvisor’s Path”.

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Barry Davis is a Canadian sportscaster formerly of Sportsnet and current host of the Outta The Park podcast.

Davis began his broadcasting career in 1992 as a Technical Operator at CJCL 1430 (currently 590 The FAN) based out of Toronto, Ontario. In 2002, he became a reporter for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Sportsnet. He would later go on to become a Toronto Blue Jays field reporter at Sportsnet and followed them on their latest playoff runs of 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, Davis left Sportsnet to pursue “new and exciting” opportunities. He began his own media company No Suit Required Media. He currently hosts the Outta The Park podcast which airs three times a week and he has over 50,000 Twitter followers.

As the lead singer and guitarist of a Tom Petty tribute band named We Ain’t Petty, Barry and I share our experiences in both original and tribute projects. He’s got SO much enthusiasm and support for music in his community around Ontario. This guy has passion and compassion – it oozes from his pores! Hang out with us as we talk music, sports and how he manages his passions amidst the pandemic.

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Francis Ruiz has paved his path through persistence and focus to develop a long-term drumming career.

While living in Los Angeles, Ruiz immediately became a drummer in high demand, playing with a wide variety of bands and musicians on virtually every venue on the Sunset Strip as well as in Orange County, Calif. Ruiz has performed and toured with artists such as Samantha 7, Great White, Motorhead, John Corabi, Robbie Crane, Rocky George and Mike Duda.

In late 2018, he was asked to join the platinum-selling veteran rock band Buckcherry. His work as a tenured drum tech is impressive, working with the industry’s biggest names, proving that Francis’ reputation as a pro in all aspects is well-earned. He’ll share some of those secrets and insights when we hang out live, backstage!

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