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BC Radio Live: Troy Johnson, Christopher Tennant, AirPlay’s Chris Bull, and Ralph Peters

BC Radio Live is the flagship program of the BC Magazine station on BlogTalkRadio. It's hosted by Phillip Winn, Eric Olsen, and Lisa McKay and airs weekly on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Shows are archived and available for streaming or download after the live broadcast. Our guests on August 6 were authors Troy Johnson, Christopher Tennant, and Ralph Peters, and AirPlay's Chris Bull.

Growing up is tough enough for most of us, but for author and radio personality Troy Johnson, adolescence was further muddled when his lesbian mother was unexpectedly outed by a former lover. He's written a book about all of this titled Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay. Johnson stopped by BC Radio Live to talk with us about the book, but unfortunately technical difficulties ended the conversation prematurely. We found Johnson to be a funny and engaging guest in the short time he was on the air, and the book has been enthusiastically described by reviewers as "scathingly funny," "honest and effectual," and "touching." Not aimed at a specific audience, Johnson's narrative touches on adolescence, sexual confusion, growing up, and being loved, which certainly makes it sound like a book that will have relevance for most readers. BC Magazine reviewer Garon Cockrell describes Family Outing as "already one of my favorite books of the year," and recommends it highly.

If you thought being filthy rich was easy, guess again. Christopher Tennant, who has written for New York magazine and the New York Times, stopped by the show to disabuse us of any such silly notions. Tennant, the author of the recently published The Official Filthy Rich Handbook, has a good handle on how much hard work goes into being filthy rich (and the definition of "filthy rich" may surprise you). Tennant shared with us the genesis of this witty book and talked about some of the archetypes he presents (which you can enjoy on the book's website, along with some entertaining excerpts and other materials). Whether you're wondering what to wear, what to drive, or what to listen to now that you've made/married/inherited millions, Tennant's witty, and perhaps slightly-more-than-true tome will get you there in style.

If you enjoy sports or reality shows on TV, then you're in good company. AirPlay is a gaming website that aims to bring you more bang for your buck by allowing you to participate in games while watching your favorite things on TV. AirPlay's mission, according to their website, is "to create and deliver the premier wireless game experience based on real time televised events." What this means is that viewers can, by logging on to their AirPlay account while watching a televised baseball game (for example), make real-time predictions about various aspects of the game. Players score points for correct predictions and are entered into a weekly prize sweepstakes. AirPlay's VP of Marketing, Chris Bull, stopped by BC Radio Live to chat about the site's current offerings, the most exciting of which is playing along with the tenth season of Big Brother. Players have a chance to win a trip for two to the show's season finale. There are also opportunities to play games while watching Major League baseball games, NFL football, and more. If you enjoy a bit of sport with your sports viewing and would like to compete head-to-head with kindred spirits, check out AirPlay.

Our last guest for the evening was author Ralph Peters, whose resume includes job titles like military troubleshooter, best-selling novelist, popular columnist, and adventurer. Peters stopped by to talk about his recent memoir, Looking for Trouble: Adventures In A Broken World, in which he recounts his far-flung adventures and discusses how these experiences have come to shape his world view. A retired Army lieutenant colonel (having risen from through the ranks), Peters has had an opportunity that many authors who write about world affairs have lacked — the experience of observing events first-hand. Peters talked with BC Radio about the book, his colorful life, and the problem with contemporary political discourse in this country. For a treat, listen to the archived show to hear Peters and Eric Olsen veer into a fascinating, if brief, discussion of philosophy.

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