WHAT’S GOOD LISTENERS?! I’M CHRIS COLLINS AND I’M EXCITED TO BE A VOICE FOR OUR GENERATION.
IT’S NEVER BEEN EASY FOR MILLENNIALS TO HAVE AN OUTLET TO EXPRESS OUR POINTS OF VIEW AND I’M HERE TO BREAK THE MOLD! OVER AND OVER, I HEAR COUNTLESS TALKING HEADS DISCUSS OUR TRAIN OF THOUGHT AS IF IT’S ANOTHER PIECE OF RECYCLED NEWS. OUR VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD.
William Shakespeare’s “girlfriend” Linda Bisesti and multi-talented Director/Actor Rob Shields are in the studio proclaiming that Shakespeare would be your typical Millennial—that is, if Willy were still alive! Bisesti and Shields discuss their thoughts on the state of LIVE Theater. How do we get Millennials off their couch and see Classical theater? Where are all the FUN plays?! Tune in to find out!
What in the WORLD is the NEW AGE movement all about? Singer-Songwriter Ben Caron is in the studio embracing his inner peace through the power of music—shining light on the positivity surrounding us in THIS WORLD. Caron wants everyone to know that love is shown on the outside when you recognize yourself first from the inside. Check out Ben Caron’s latest album King Benjamin’s Royal Heart out now on Apple Music + Spotify.
LiLi Joy is back in the studio ditching the wig as she discusses her transition into a fairy pixie sound on her new EP—Colours You Can’t See. Why did LiLi Joy choose to change her image from her earlier look on NBC’s The Voice? What is LiLi Joy’s message behind her 1st music video? Tune in to find out as LiLi Joy talks about her new single and performs an MTV-style of Unplugged with her acoustic performance of Glow.
Actors Samson Klink and Noah Toth are in the studio to discuss Host Chris Collins’ directorial debut of PUMPKIN, which is a film exploring the cultural divisions that exist within the LGBTQ community. Also, two-piece punk band Stations join us during Strike A Chord premiering brand new music for the FIRST TIME EVER on the Chris Collins Show!
Samantha Mehlinger writes the column MILLENNIAL PULSE for the Long Beach Business Journal. She also is a new contributor to the CHRIS COLLINS SHOW! Mehlinger sees MILLENNIAL PULSE as an alternative to the bombardment messaging of social media. Instead of relying on Twitter, Instagram, etc., to give readers an understanding of our generation, she puts current events in a broader context that speaks to our issues. She wants millennials to get involved beyond just reacting to social media posts—doing things that help craft our future!
Author Dr. John Wallace (Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons) is back in the studio to discuss religion vs. spirituality. How do millennials interpret faith? Is spirituality the same as religion? Why does religion have such a negative connotation? Can the Bible or the Quran be a starting point for someone who doesn’t associate with a religion? Listen to 2 Ex-Mormons discuss religion and the power of faith.
Nicole Alexandra aka the Singing Violinist infuses her love of R&B/hip-hop into jazz. Most Millennials see the violin as a decaying fossil—the Singing Violinist does not! Alexandra is an insanely talented singer/songwriter who self-produced her own full-length EP, Dark Moon, as well as hip-hop covers such as SUPER MODEL X THE WORST. Why did Alexandra choose the violin? What does she want her listeners to get out of her music? Tune in to find out!
Did you know that the youngest female mayor in the United States is just 25?! And, it’s not her full-time job! Why does a millennial run for politics at such a young age if there are no benefits? Could it be that public service—which our government was founded on—is still the case today? Mayor Tara Campbell is a patriotic model for OUR generation. If you want to see change, you have to be a part of that change!
Do you have fears of travelling solo and never knew how to begin? Are you like me when it comes to travelling and don’t know what to bring on your vacation? Amanda the Millennial Traveller a CHRIS COLLINS SHOW Contributor speaks to our generation about the importance of traveling outside your zip code—and it’s OK to travel SOLO!
After 25 years of existence, my little brother Kelley and I travel outside the country for the first time. Did you know it’s nearly impossible to find a trash can in the streets of Tokyo? Do you think your pilot should speak internationally? Have you ever wondered how to get stuck on Disneyland’s Space Mountain? Oh...how I dream to go back to Japan!
What’s lurking beyond the palm trees and sunny coastal shores of Walt Disney’s Florida? Co-Directors Pat McGee and Adam Linkenhelt sit down in the studio to discuss their latest feature film American Relapse following the heroin epidemic and corrupt rehab practices used in South Florida. American Relapse gives the viewers a raw reality of the plague that has tarnished the Sunshine’s State. Following their Viceland series Dopesick Nation, the co-directors talk about their experiences handling a death rattle, using a narcan, documenting the ugly truth, and what Florida can do to reverse these unsettling number of deaths happening in the state. When is there a point to stop recording and how do you make a film about heroin without making it a needle porn? Tune in to find out!
FACT: Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the Vietnam War.
Throw up your horns and your hair! Punk band Bad Ass vocalists Helen and Mikie Farber also stop by the studio to play music and talk about their decision as parents to change their lyrics.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go thrift shopping with LiLi Joy or how theater played a major role in her musical career? LiLi Joy sits down in the studio to discuss her massive success from THE VOICE at just 15 years old! At such a young age, LiLi Joy speaks about her passion to advocate for mental health, depression, and to be the voice of Generation Z with her music. LiLi Joy talks us through her excitement of country artist Blake Shelton buzzing the pop sensation in to be a contestant on THE VOICE for #TeamBlake.
Miss Princess is in the studio discussing her career as a solo artist while also being a member of The Era Queens. This pop diva and UCLA Grad isn’t like your average musician. Miss Princess is a singer/ songwriter, scientist, linguist, actress, model and philanthropist—and plays violin, flute, xylophone, classical piano—and the trombone!!! Did you know that playing classical music instead of rock n’ roll will show a higher growth rate in plants because the vibration of sounds affects the consciousness of all living things?!
Punk legend drummer Chris Dalley from Authority Zero (also known for his work in Pulley, Implants, and Death By Stereo) calls into 22West Radio on 88.1FM HD-3 to discuss the band’s first self-released studio album, Persona Non Grata. Is there a difference between North American fans vs European fans? Is rock n’ roll a dying artform? Check out drummer Chris Dalley’s new album below!
Enough is enough! It’s time for our generation to speak up and address the issues that has put a dark cloud over 2018. Opioids are NOW the number one cause of death in the United States and are continuing to rise to this day. Director of Sacramento Sober Living Homes and Author of From Judas To Me, Anthony Sparzo calls into the studio to expand the conversation of the dangers among the use of prescription drugs. “What is being lost in this fight is—LIFE! What is the solution?”
Comedy is the best source of medicine and when Marcus Hawkins comes around – you know it’s a GREAT time! Hawkins sits down in the studio at 22West radio to discuss his upcoming shows at the Ice House in Pasadena to Laugh Factory’s Chocolate Sundae. Also, we discuss the use of strict cellphone policies at comedy shows and whether it’s cool for comedians to recycle old jokes. Is there nothing untouchable in comedy?
Jazz Singer Maria Schafer known for her on-airtime with KJAZZ’s 88.1FM and winner of Outstanding Soloist at Reno Jazz Festival showcases her brand-new album, To Know Love... out on major digital outlets. Schafer sits down in the studio with sidekick Marissa Pitts and I to explore the upcoming Jazz musicians today that have made her what she has become today.
It’s Thanksgiving and I don’t cook! Marissa doesn’t cook! Well, I do a mean Hot Pocket — one minute 30 in the microwave, done. But that doesn’t cut it for the bird. We need a chef! Thankfully, Chef Asencio comes on air to talk about his nontraditional Thanksgiving, complete with Red Neck Turkey. How does that compare to Friendsgiving? Plus, he joins in to play Turkey Trivia — did you know, only the male gobbles?
Yeah there's lots of cool horror movies, but none have the raw authenticity of The Blair Witch Project. Still an audience shocker, this cult classic’s executive producer, Kevin, lets us in on its backstory. Hear about the unorthodox screenplay, military on the set, actors disappearing — and more!
*!&^@*! how can the pain of getting a tattoo compare to taking one off? Find out as we chat with Jacob, producer of D’Inked, winner, Best Documentary, 2018 Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards & Festival. Hmmm…me get a tattoo? Hmmm...
Also, Marissa Pitts joins the show as my official sidekick! Watch out Howard, you may have Robin but I’ve got Marissa — game ON!
My inaugural guest on the show is up-and-coming recording artist, Justin Delgado aka MyCalvinMusic. He didn’t recognize his talent until his late teens, but since then this multi-faceted musician has grooved in every genre. Not like the normal Synth Lord you come across every day in the galaxy, young padawan, check in to hear his iconic song Addicted to You and you’ll get why he doesn’t plan on stopping until he reaches the top!