Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just Interviewed Barbara Alyn Woods - A Lot of Grocery Shopping Talk

Well, this morning I got up early, prepared myself, and basically had breakfast with Barabra Alyn Woods (Deb on One Tree Hill). (Just to clarify I say breakfast with her because it was early, haha, I meant it was a phone interview in the morning). We had to do the interview at 8 am this morning because she had to do ADR work later in the day.

Did I mention I HATE mornings. So, I had to get up early, wake myself up, and get ready to talk.

After we got started I forgot it was so early for me. She is so great, funny and personable. We talked about everything, it was a blast.

We joked a lot about running into people at the grocery store and how different grocery shopping is in Wilmington then in LA. And how she sees Hilarie Burton's mom all the time at the grocery store and tells her to remind her daughter to remember her when Hilarie's company, Southern Gothic Productions, takes over Wilmington. LOL

I can't wait for everyone to hear the interview when it airs March 9. Oh, and she is also giving me an autographed picture to give away on the podcast. :)

I was also lucky enough to get some comments from her about her appearance in 617 on March 16 which will air on the March 17 podcast. That should really add insight into the episode.

Friday, February 27, 2009

What is a Fan? What Makes a Community?

What is a fan?

A fan can be described as someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking and enthusiasm for a sporting club, person, group of persons, company, product, work of art, idea, or trend.

But what makes a community?

Could a community be a group that loves and supports, as fans, but for a higher cause or meaning? Or supports someone or something because it inspires them? And what inspires a fandom to become a community?

I think it is a dream.

That is why we love to loose ourselves in the pages of a good book, or follow people’s lives in a darkened theatre, watching their stories unfold on a screen. Or hear the anguish or happiness in an amazing song and be able to relate.

People want something to believe in. Something to grasp, take hold of and make their own. It is a rarity that a fandom becomes a community.

So many times the goals get lost and the experience turns dark. But a community is all about the common goal. Circling the wagons if you will. Creating un-breakable bonds and friendships all because they found something together.

Together, sharing and a feeling of belonging. We all crave it. Accpetance, love, respect, it all ties together. But the respect of a community is born from a spirit, a promise to take a journey and find something utterly amazing at the end.

I was involved in an amazing community when I followed the show Farscape. Promised a fifth season, the show was cut off at the knees after four seasons, leaving the fans with a killer cliffhanger.

But smart, saavy fans rallied around a common cause. They wanted their show back. They pulled from many different backgrounds to create a marketing plan and two years later a mini-series, to tie up loose ends, was born. It is an impressive story, and though others have copied it, no one else can touch the massive undertaking.

But I saw a glimmer of that begin to take root in the fans following Hilarie Burton's Southern Gothic Productions Blog site. The SGP team may have taken that first step alone, but now they can look in all directions, and see so many beside them offering help, love and support.

My friend Velva Carter says "Fans are the new Hollywood Moguls" and I believe her. Check out her comments on this part of her site:

You know that feeling when something big is about to happen and you are standing at the precipice? I get that feeling with the Southern Gothic Productions people. They are on the eve of something very special.

And they asks fans, who have become a community, to come along. How cool is that?

NEW FAVE LYRIC QUOTE: "I want to live my life in video so I can rewind the parts I like the best." - Modern Trick by Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

Southern Gothic Productins Art Project, Musings and OTH Signed Scripts Giveaway

So yesterday was kind of weird. A true rollercoaster.

But a pair of good news parts on my end. I got a Twitter message from Kelly Tenney saying nice words on SGP Voicemails blog and I got three scripts to giveaway on my podcast from One Tree Hill.

The scripts are signed by Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, James Lafferty, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Galeotti. They are sweet. Well, there are four but one is for me. LOL

So, just trying to decide how to give them away. Will take suggestions. I am looking to give the first one away the week One Tree Hill returns, March 16.

And then I am sitting here lamenting and rejoicing it is Friday. Big deal, I have to work two basketball games tomorrow. And then Sunday I have a bunch of editing to do on my podcast.

Not to mention all the messages people left for Hilarie Burton and Southern Gothic Productions I am going to include in my podcast. I really hope they will enjoy them. There are some great ones and they are from all over the globe.

I think I like doing this. Interviews, helping people with projects and just promotion. After all it is part of my real job. LOL The OTH reviews become a chore sometimes but I love asking questions about the intricate work of the inside and out of a project. I am seriously thinking of shifting the focus of my podcast at some point. Just have to find a breather to do it.

Oh, and my friend Em is working on a special project for the Southern Gothic Productions team. I want to show the rougth draft, though I should probably wait, because I am so excited to give it to them. She is inking it today, but check it out:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What Happens When You Email a OTH Music Supervisor After Hours

I finished up my work and was about to leave and remembered. OMG, I hadn't talked to One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington in two days. We usually talk by email at least twice or sometimes three times a week.

I tell her my new musical adventures or what band I am about to interview. Or it is her turn to give me some bands that will be on future episodes of One Tree Hill.

And then there are the rare occasions we do an interview. LOL

Tonight she emails me from her blackberry, fancy pants, and is like I am at a showcase with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Why, the very band that intros my One Tree Hill Podcast with the song "4th of July." The same band who had their song "Hearts in Pain" in One Tree Hill this season.

I still claim I helped get Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers on One Tree Hill. After seeing them live this fall, I talked to Stephen. He mentioned Mark Schwahn had come to see them when Kate Voegele was touring with them and liked their music. Then I talked about them and put their song on my podcast and a few weeks later they are on OTH.

Not sure if I had anything to do with it, but I can claim to. LOL

Well, back to Lindsay.

She told me two other bands she was seeing, she is after all my musical guru, and said I should listen. They are up my alley. Ha, like she knows my alley.

Well, she does. Because her suggestion of Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles rocks.

Check them out. She is awesome.

Well, off of to listen to THE Lindsay Wolfington's new suggestons.

Southern Gothic Productions Voicemails Have Been Amazing

I have been collecting voicemail messages on my One Tree Hill Podcast voicemail all week for Southern Gothic Productions team, and they have been amazing. Everyone is leaving such great messages and I have noticed the underlying theme, besides the support, is how many people have said this project has inspired them to move forward with something in their lives. WOW, I think that is pretty cool.

We all have that secret desire to break out of our shell and do something. But so many times inhibitions and fear of failure keep us in our little boxes. Make us the sheep of soceity.

But sometimes it takes just one person, or even three, to have the courage to go after what they want and it can make others believe they can do it as well. And I think that is what makes Southern Gothic Productions Special - they started this train asking everyone to hop on board and enjoy the ride. And everyone is.

I tip my hat, haha, to all of you at SGP as well as all the supporters who are giving them the words of encouragement to venture forth.

BTW, longest message winner so far went almost two mintues. But hey, that person had a lot to say.

But keep those messages coming if you haven't left one yet. Come on and "ride the train."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Which Cast Members Would You Like to See in One Tree Hill For Season Seven?

With all the talk about season seven and which cast members will and will not be returning, I have included this poll to kind of gauge the feelings of One tree Hill fans. I know the One Tree Hill cast and crew check out the podcast from time to time so I am hoping they can come on and see how the fans feel.

Please vote and I will discuss finding on my March 2 podcast and beyond.

Breakfast with Barbara Alyn Woods

Well, just got an email from Barbara Alyn Woods, aka Deb on One Tree Hill, and she wants to move our interview for the One Tree Hill Podcast to 8 am Saturday. I don't really consider myself a morning person so this should be interesting. So, I guess you could say I will be having breakfast with Barbara Alyn Woods. LOL

The really cool thing is I got the okay from One Tree Hill Assoc. Producer Steve Goldfried to talk to her about her upcoming scenes in 617 on March 16. Now, I got that okay from Steve because I won't run that part of the interview unitl after the ep airs on March 17.

But I am cool with that because it will be a nice addition to my commentary of the episode after getting the commentary from Matthew Caws from Nada Surf about composing the episode. Can I say again how AWESOME Matthew is? He so got into composing that episode.

As for other updates? I am still working on my Jack's Mannequin interview and hoping to tie that in with an interview with The Fray. And still waiting to hear back about a couple of other interviews from some artists and cast memebers.

I just want to thank everyone to listening to my podcasts and weathering the storms of my two latest posts. I have just been running wide open for months and I think it has caught up to me a bit.

I didn' t realize it till this week but my April 27th podcast with be my 50th One Tree Hill Podcast. WOW!!!!

WARNING - Don't Write a Blog on Two Hours Sleep

Interesting what lack of sleep will do to you.

I just re-read my latest blog. I don't remember writing half of it. I would blame my favorite excuse, alcohol, but haven't had any in weeks. Always do my best writing after a couple of beers.

But, this time I blame a four-day road trip, two huge wins by my basketball team, and arriving back home Tuesday morning at 5 a.m.

I think I am jsut a bit burnt out. I don't do anything half way so doing my One Tree Hill Podcast and doing my job has me all over the place.

I want to keep up, ya' know. I asked a friend of mine once, what would listeners think of my podcast one week if I didn't have an artist or other "special people" as a guest on my podcast? She said don't you think people would still listen? I am not so sure.

Being a perfectionist has set the bar pretty high and so I am trying to hurdle it every week. But what if I stumble? What if I lose my place? Where am I then?

Not to mention I barrell full throttle into other things as well. Like doing the voicemails for Southern Gothic Productions. No one asked me to do it, and hell, who says anyone cares that I did. But I am and I guess it will be interesting.

And then people believing I make serious coin off my podcast. Truth? I haven't seen a dime yet. Supposed to soon but, for me, it was never about the money. I was happy paying my 10 bucks a month hosting it myself. They came to me, I agreed, and here I am.

So, don't think I am benefitting too greatly from this. I guess my payment is some perks, cool interviews and one day soon, some great memories. And a great experience.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What is Passion and Where Did Mine Go?

One definition of passion is: feeling very strongly about a subject. I am a passionate person. I find something that peeks my interest and I run with it.

I guess that is why I am good at my job. I love sports, especially basketball, and I love to promote the hell out of my team - love it the most when they are winning. And then you always get that one player that is AWESOME and you can promote them for the "big time" awards. It makes me feel vindicated when I tell them follow me and I will lead you to something special.

So, that "passion" sometimes finds itself in my recreational activities. Like reading, music, viewing habits and also the podcast I do. My "passion" for my podcast is what got me a syndication deal. It was the first thing they said about me when they approached me.

But lately that fire, that passion is waning. I don't know, maybe because I am all over the place with everything I am trying to do. A balancing act between my job, my interests and things that makes me happy. And "March Madness" approaching.

I never wanted my One Tree Hill Podcast to be a job, but it now feels like it is. I am not complaining and I have gotten to do and see some amazing things because of it.

But I get bored easily and sometimes my passion fades. I have found an aspect of this podcast that is taking my interest in another direction. I love the "artist alley" segments. The funny thing is that my syndicator told me I needed to step it up a notch and I added the artist interviews to help with that.

Now, it is the most important part of the podcast to me. I will never forget how excited and nervous I was to interview Jarrod Gorbel from "The Honorary Title." Pretty sweet first interview wasn't it?

Then interviewing Matthew Caws of Nada Surf was like a really WOW moment. And he was so cool and down to earth.

Now that I have contacts with music managers and such, and the ability to name drop Lindsay Wolfington (sorry THE Lindsay Wolfington - and thanks for allowing me to name drop) I am getting some amazing people to email me back.

The cast of One Tree Hill interviews have been fun as well but I want something more.

I love talking to the indie artists because it is music at the purist form. Hearing how a song is formed and what it means to them.

Before the announcement of a seventh season of OTH I thought of transitioning the podcast to just muisc and I may still do that. Unless I re-discover my passion.

Hilarie is the Pied Piper - We are Mice

We were chatting on the SoGo blog chat and I was talking about a promotional project I am working on. Then I was talking about the Southern Gothic Productions blog site and how it really is tapping into a strongly built fan base - fans of Hilarie Burton that is.

And what a great tool the blog site is and how it kind of lets people know what they are doing and making them feel they are working with them from the ground level. Letting people know the passion of their project and sharing it with them.

I said well, it is like the pied piper effect. And since we are all very creative "cool kids" Becca came up with this equation: hilarie=pied piper us=mice

Haha seems to fit doesn't it?

ETA: This was all said in fun and jest and hopefully no one is offended by this analogy. It was truly meant as a compliment.

One Tree Hill Gets 7th Season

Just started hearing and reading grumblings that a seventh season of One Tree Hill has been confirmed.

Always hesistant to believe, I texted my contact at One Tree Hill and it is true.

Congrats to cast and crew for securing another season. I know fans will be unsure about this but I think there are still some cool stories to tell.

Plus, means another year with the One Tree Hill Podcast. Wow, I guess I better get to work.

Here is the official release from The CW


“Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” To Return Next Season

February 24, 2009 (Burbank, California) ─ The CW announced today the early pickups of six series, including five of the network’s signature dramas and the reality hit AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which will all return in Fall 2009.

“As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW. “By securing these signature hits for next season, we’re furthering our commitment to deliver high-quality, original programming to our viewers, advertisers and affiliates.”

Among the series receiving early pickups for next season are The CW’s Monday tandem of sophomore sensation GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL, which combined to lift The CW to become the fall’s #1 network on Monday with women 18-34. Both GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL have scored double-digit gains compared to their previous seasons. Freshman hit 90210 has improved the network’s Tuesday night by double-digit increases in key demos. Wednesday anchor AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which consistently wins its time period with young women, will also be back with superstar Tyra Banks and new groups of aspiring models for cycles 13 and 14.

Also renewed were the network’s established Thursday team of SMALLVILLE, in its ninth season, and SUPERNATURAL, which after posting ratings growth this season, will enter its fifth season next year.

Musing and Reality - It Can Sober You

So, I was going to get on the blog today and talk about some things Kelly Tenney said in the Southern Gothic Productions blog chat today. It is some pretty cool stuff, but then reality kind of reared it's head.

My best friend, Shelby, texted me and told me her mom has stage one breast cancer. That is like a BAM moment for me. See, we have been doing these Pink Zone Games at our women's basketball game, since I work in college athletics, for breast cancer awereness.

We wear our pink, play our games and do it for the cause. But "the cause" has never hit so close to home for me. Shelby's mom is like a second mom to me. She was there for me through some tough times two years ago. And I feel bad because I have kind of lost touch with her lately. So, how do you text or call someone after hearing that? What do you do.

It is true. We all get wrapped up in our own lives. We enjoy those amazing fun streaks life puts you on sometimes where everything seems to be going your way. But there are others that must weather the storm life throws at them. And it kind of jerks you back to the real world and real life.

My life has been a whirlwind of 20 different things going on at once. My work, my podcast and my other interests have my brain like swiss cheese. All over the place.

But news like this grounds you. Makes you want to do something and makes me realize "really realize" why we wore pink.

But back to Kelly for a moment. He said that he and Hilarie are looking to produce music for a local artist in Willmington. So that is pretty cool. I think these two are on that ride of life where things are going well.

And I think it proves, though it is cliche, you HAVE to take each day and make it special and enjoy the light. Because you never know when the dark ones will come.

Monday, February 23, 2009

One Tree HIll Promo 617

New One Tree Hill Podcast - Lindsay Wolfington Interview (Talks Southern Gothic Prod)

I am so excited to post the 41st edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast.

Lindsay Wolflington is the special guest in the 41st edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. In the exclusive “Behind the Scenes of One Tree Hill” interview Lindsay talks about the music so far in season six, music she thinks defines One Tree Hill and the song that should play when One Tree Hill airs for the final time.

Also, as a show of support for Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney in their new endeavor, Southern Gothic Productions, I am opening up the One Tree Hill Podcast voicemail for listeners to give words of encouragement to them. The voicemail will be open now until February 28. The messages will be sent to Hilarie and Kelly. Call the voicemail number and give your support – 828-398-0310.

Also, don't miss Lindsay and I mentioning Southern Gothic Productions.

NEXT WEEK: An exclusive interview with Antwon Tanner and listen to fan messages to Hilarie and Kelly.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

New One Tree Hill Podcast Monday

A new One Tree Hill Podcast begins airing tomorrow, Feb. 23. It is always like Christmas for me when it is time to launch a new podcast. I always have to control myself NOT to post it early.

Especially when it is a podcast like the one tomorrow. We get to spend the whole podcast talking to One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington. Almost an hour with the musical selection queen of One Tree Hill.

We talk songs of season six so far, songs that she thinks defines One Tree Hill and THE song she thinks should close out the series when it airs for the final time.

I am also pleased to go into detail about how fans can leave a message for Hilarie, Kelly, Nick and Austin about Southern Gothic Productions and their film "Pedestrian."

Again, check out the info about leaving a voicemail here:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Great Last Couple of Days, I Won't Lie

Okay, have you ever had a run of just GREAT and amazing days strung together? I am on that streak right now I guess.

It all started yesterday with my interview with Matthew Caws from Nada Surf for my One Tree Hill Podcast. Matthew was, well, totally awesome. We talked music, how he composed the music for key scenes for 617 and I got clearance to totally dissect the episode even before it airs.

I felt very honored the One Tree Hill people trusted me with that information. And now, don't worry Steve, I am not spilling spoilers. You have me trained.

Now, you are wondering could it get better? Read down to the last two blogs, yes it did. Hilarie stops by the Southern Gothic Productions blog chat and then, WOW, I get my shoutout from Hilarie in her vlog. And as I stated before, I think it is time to make a name change.

You may now call me Podcaster Denise. LOL

But wait, it gets better. I am on a road trip with my women's basketball team, from Western Carolina, right now.

Well, today we played our big rival Chattanooga. In 65 meetings, Western Carolina had only won nine times. Well, after today make that 10!!!! Yes, Western Carolina's Lady Catamounts defeated Chattanooga 56-52 on their home court and on their senior day. It was awesome, the girls played tough "D" and I always love to write about a win. LOL

So, on a pretty good high right now. Hope it continues.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hilarie Burton Gives Me a Shoutout on Southern Gothic Productions New Vlog

So, I was watching Hilarie Burton and Nick Grey on Southern Gothic Production's new vlog they just posted and my mouth hits the floor. She is giving some shoutouts to people visiting and supporting the SGP blog and then she says "Podcaster Denise."

I had to replay it to make sure she said my name. Apparently now I have lost my last name and associated with what I do. Maybe I should change my name. No more just Denise or my handle blueaeryn.

I have been deemed by Ms. Hilarie Burton herself and "Podcaster Denise." LOL

You know, I can live with that. :)

Check out the new Southern Gothic Productions vlog here:

Hilarie Burton Drops by Southern Gothic Productions Blog Chat

So, as you have read I have kind of found a new home and some great new pals. I have been hanging out at the Southern Gothic Productions Blog chat. I have met some amazing people.

Yesterday Kelly Tenney, aka one half of Southern Gothic Productions, stopped by. Today, the one and only Ms. Hilarie Burton dropped by. She just wanted to stop in and chat a moment and say hello.

There is just a handful of people who visit the chat regularly for now, so for those of us who consider ourselves on the ground floor, it was a pretty cool moment. I have a feeling their site and chat is about to explode.

So stop on by, you never know who might be there.

Below is a log of the chat with Hilarie Burton on SGP Blog site (Thanks Megan Mary)

20 Feb 09, 14:43
HilarieBurton: Okay, have to go visit my mama, but I wanted to stop in and say thanks to you guys.
20 Feb 09, 14:43
carmen: A cemetary ?! what are you guys doing there
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Denise: We are at baseball today so I am wearing a baseball hat
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Megan Mary: I was referring to a burro, a donkey - if you will
20 Feb 09, 14:43
missa: ha! can't wait for the hat either
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Denise: Sounds ominous
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Sue: awesome - i feel I may have to wear my hat to watch!!
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Megan Mary: even better!!!
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Ali: MM - cussing - tuttut
20 Feb 09, 14:43
HilarieBurton: and I'm in a cemetary
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Mandi: awesome!
20 Feb 09, 14:43
Denise: Yeah hats
20 Feb 09, 14:43
mega <3: aww yay awesome, can't wait to see it!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Pfeiffer: you know it
20 Feb 09, 14:42
HilarieBurton: I'm totallly wearing a hat
20 Feb 09, 14:42
niamh: allegedly hats are involved, which always makes for a good time :p
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Megan Mary: I hope you're wearing a sweet-ass hat, Hil
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Ali: *grins*
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Sue: lol - the chat is RAMMED!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Denise: Yeah vlog
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Pfeiffer: this is so badass
20 Feb 09, 14:42
carmen: I cant wait to see it!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Mandi: Yay! i cant wait until it goes up
20 Feb 09, 14:42
missa: whoa, Hi Hil! can't wait to see the video
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Sue: Cool - looking forward to watching!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
carmen: Oh yeah, new Vlog!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Megan Mary: i never heard it on here
20 Feb 09, 14:42
mega <3: hi guys!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Megan Mary: go for it!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
niamh: what time is it in usa?
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Denise: MM maybe we should play Hilarie your message LOL
20 Feb 09, 14:42
HilarieBurton: I can only stay for a second, but i wanted to tell you guys that nick and i just recorded a new vlog that Kelly will bve posting really soon
20 Feb 09, 14:42
Sue: oh the time zones!
20 Feb 09, 14:42
niamh: it's like half seven here
20 Feb 09, 14:42
carmen: Hello Hilarie!
20 Feb 09, 14:41
niamh: yeah
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Denise: And timezones
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Megan Mary: ok, cool! HI Hilarie!
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Ali: we'll get it sorted
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Denise: Typing is the issue here
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Pfeiffer: click the profile link and choose whatever you want
20 Feb 09, 14:41
niamh: if you can type, you're good!
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Pfeiffer: you might want to password protect that username
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Sue: Yeah im sorry too! Ha, HI
20 Feb 09, 14:41
HilarieBurton: it's cool
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Pfeiffer: oh wow. sorry
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Denise: Ali raises her head
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Ali: Yay - Hil!
20 Feb 09, 14:41
HilarieBurton: I'm just figuring it out
20 Feb 09, 14:41
Megan Mary: oh the creeper creeps!
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Ali: Kelly must not have told her :-p
20 Feb 09, 14:40
HilarieBurton: Kelly is the pro with the online stuff
20 Feb 09, 14:40
HilarieBurton: cause I'm at home
20 Feb 09, 14:40
carmen: yes
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Pfeiffer: Ali had me set up a name for Hilarie with a password, why aren't you using that one?
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Megan Mary: haha.. yes...
20 Feb 09, 14:40
HilarieBurton: Um, do you want to ask me a trivia question?? Haha
20 Feb 09, 14:40
niamh: aloha!
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Ali: Hil - be gentle - you'll give 'em a heart attack
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Denise: True. Lets do a test
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Sue: no its not i dont think
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Denise: Sweet. Hey Hilarie
20 Feb 09, 14:40
Megan Mary: how are we supposed to know for sure?
20 Feb 09, 14:40
HilarieBurton: Yeah. I'm just learnig how to do all this stuff
20 Feb 09, 14:39
Mandi: Hil is that really you?
20 Feb 09, 14:39
carmen: Hil is that you??!
20 Feb 09, 14:39
Pfeiffer: no it's not
20 Feb 09, 14:39
niamh: once i took six flights in like 10 days, twas insane
20 Feb 09, 14:39
Megan Mary: no way
20 Feb 09, 14:39
carmen: really?!?!
20 Feb 09, 14:39
Pfeiffer: I like talking with the random people on the plane
20 Feb 09, 14:39
HilarieBurton: Hi guys, it's Hil

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leave a Message for Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney at OTH Podcast Voicemail

I will be talking about this more extensively in the Feb. 23 podcast, but I am working with Southern Gothic Productions and its blog site, to help promote Hilarie Burton (aka Peyton Sawyer) and Kelly Tenney’s (Co-producer of OTH) new company.

Sometimes when you are starting a new project you just need to hear words of encouragment.

And that is where you guys come in. I am opening up the One Tree Hill Podcast voicemail for everyone to leave a message for Hilarie and Kelly, hey even screenwriter Nick Gray and Austin Nichols if you want.

Please just keep your message directed to and about Southern Gothic Productions. Say hello, wish them luck, whatever you want. They are very excited about this and want to hear everyone’s voices.

Some of the messages will be played on the March 2 podcast and others will appear on the Southern Gothic New site. And check out the blog site at: Southern Gothic Productions Blog

So, get to calling. The number is 828-398-0310.

Nada Surf's Matthew Caws to Be Interviewed on One Tree Hill Podcast

I am so excited to finally announce that I will be interviewing Matthew Caws from Nada Surf for the One Tree Hill Podcast. Beside the obvious, they are awesome, there is another reason Matthew is coming on the podcast.

You will hear it here first ... Matthew Caws composed the music for the 17th episode of season six of One Tree Hill. He joins the ranks of artists Matthew Ryan, who did music for 603, and Grace Potter, who did music for 607.

The One Tree Hill Podcast will be the only place you can hear this exclusive interview with Matthew Caws. The interview will run March 17 after One Tree Hill airs March 16.

Make sure, if you haven't, to check out this week's One Tree Hill Podcast at

And make sure not to miss next week's podcast with an exclusive interview with Lindsay Wolfington.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Southern Gothic Productions Has Cool Chat Site

So I was surfing around the web this evening and happened upon the Southern Gothic Productions blog site, run by Hilarie Burton and Kelly Tenney. I check in there from time to time to see what is up.

Tonight I noticed their little chat box was back up and people were chatting. I stepped in and introduced myself and began chatting. Some very cool and nice people there. And I was surprised how many people said they have heard and listened to my One Tree Hill Podcast.

I got to talking to some of the people and then one person who was running the chat asked me if I would like to be a moderator. I was like, okay, no worries. So, 20 minutes later, after making my first chat post, I found myself a moderator of the Southern Gothic Productions blog chat.

Pretty cool. I also sent the SGP folks the clip of my interview next week with OTH Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington in which we mentioned Hilarie Burton and her production company.

I am planning on doing a little update on the Southern Gothic Productions blog site in the intro of my podcast next week. I know what it is like to try and get a project off the ground, even though mine was on a smaller scale, and getting your name out no matter how big or small is always helpful.

So, make sure to stop by the Southern Gothic Productions Blog site and jump on the chat and see what these talented folks are trying to accomplish. It seems they are moving in the right direction. :)

Guest News For One Tree Hill Podcast - Barbara Alyn Woods

Well, I was bummed when I got word a new episode of One Tree Hill will not be until March 16 now, instead of March 9. But, there is always a reason for things and the one week push has allowed me to secure a great interview for March 9 podcast.

I have just gotten an interview with Barabara Alyn Woods who plays the role of Deb on One Tree Hill. This will be my third cast member I have interviewed that has been with the show since the beginning. And it is cool because she will follow a week after my interview with Antwon Tanner.

Still working on some more great musical guests. I just have to have patience, I am being told, and so I wait. After all, half the battle is getting these music managers to email you back.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Where Are The One Tree Hill Podcast Listeners From?

I have been looking over the stats page my syndicator, Farpoint Media, provides me and I am kind of blown away by the varying contries and places people are listening to my One Tree Hill Podcast.

The top four countries are:

  1. United States
  2. Great Britan
  3. Canada
  4. France

I saw that and I was like WOW. And what are the top two states in the US? California and New York with Illinois a close third. It is crazy.

Not to mention other countries range from Austrlia to Thailand to Switzerland to Germany and basically all over the world. It kind of makes me step back. I mean, I do the podcast here in North Carolina never imagaining how far it goes out and who it touches.

Add to that my small accent people say I have, I don't hear it, and I wonder what listeners from other countries think about that.

What is so funny is that I don't know how many emails I have gotten from listeners asking me when I am going to have Hilarie Burton on the podcast as a guest. They all say they would love to her her Virginia accent, when she lets it out, go up against my Tennessee accent. Again, I maintain I lost my acccent when I was a junior in high school thanks to my English teacher and then numerous classes in speech presentation in college at the University of Tennessee.

Come on, all that and my master's degree in sport administration and a minor in marketing and business has to account for something. LOL

Anyway, just wanted to comment on the listeners to the podcast ACROSS the globe.

Oh and if listeners want to help with my standings on iTunes, drop by the podcast iTunes store at "The One Tree Hill Connection" and leave a commet. I normally don't ask for comments but it would be cool to get the podcast a little pub on iTunes.


Getting Nice Comments and Feedback

It is always nice to get feedback. I got a couple of really cool emails yesterday about my One Tree Hill Podcast.

The first was by one of my recent interviews, Alexandra Sgambati who plays a younger Peyton the One Tree Hill movie storyline. Alex was great and when the podcast ran with her interview this week I sent her the link. She emailed me back and said she listened to the whole podcast and it sounded great and wished me luck on everything in the future.

It is funny. You never know what a word or a gesture will mean to someone else. I emailed her back and told her it was my pleasure and I was sure I would be able to say I knew her when later down the road.

Alex emailed back and said I didn't know what that comment meant to her. It was a nice gesture and I truly do think she is going to go far in her persuits of acting. So, good luck Alex, though I don't think you will need it.

I also got a message from a listener of the podcast who said she started watching One Tree Hill last January after her niece got her hooked. She then got caught up on the show on SoapNet. She then said she had also been catching up on my podcasts and said I was doing a great job.

You never know who is listening when you do a podcast like mine. I started the podcast last May just to get my views out. I never really put very much thought into who might be listening. I was doing it for myself and some friends. But then it kind of grew and now the podcast kind of has a life of its own. Which is kind of scary at times.

I really enjoy doing the podcast, especially all the interviews. But, it is out there on the wonderful internet, and you really don't know who might be listening. Which can be kind of daunting.

But then I get nice comments or reviews and it kind of makes it all worth while.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Show Has to Have a WOW Moment to Interest me; Like Farscape or One Tree Hill

I watched the premiere of the Fox show “Dollhouse” this weekend thanks to my wonderful DVR. Joss Whedon never fails to have that WOW moment, and he delivered in Dollhouse. We were all wrapped up in the lead character, Echo’s plight, that the introduction of Dr. Saunders, played by the wonderful Amy Acker, slaps you in the face. As you see the compassion on her face that is covered with scars and I sat there and thought, now I HAVE to know what happened to her.

But maybe that is just me. If I really get into a show I have to have that WOW moment. It has only happened to me twice. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Dollhouse but it is not something that I will rush home to watch. And though there was a small WOW moment it wasn’t one of those real WOW moments.

Like I said, that has only happened to me twice. The first time was a spring Friday evening on a rare occasion I was home. Working in college athletics you relish your weekends off, and you take that time to hang out with friends, and maybe go out and let off some steam at a local bar.

It just so happened I passed on that as we had been traveling for six straight weekends and I just want to chill at home. I happened upon the final 30 minutes of a show called Farscape – and to say my life was never the same was an understatement.

It piqued my interest and after watching the season finale the next week, I spent the next few weeks catching up on the show. And yes, it did have a wow moment.

The premise was that astronaut John Crichton was flung across the universe, thanks to a wormhole, into a world far different from his own. There were strange creatures and he found himself on a ship called Moya with escaping prisoners. They also picked up a soldier, a Peacekeeper as they were called, that had been chasing them and the ship got caught in the starburst streak as they were escaping.

John was placed in a cell with the Peacekeeper who was dressed all in black. When the soldier took off the helmet it revealed a beautiful raven-haired woman that appeared to be human. But she wasn’t. She was a soldier through and through, tough and hard-nosed and assured that John was a lesser species.

Her name was Aeryn Sun and from that day forward John Crichton’s life was never the same.

Farscape was gritty, full of complex storylines and a hero that didn’t always wear the white hat. John found romance with Aeryn Sun but it wasn’t easy, in fact it was almost impossible at times.

The fans were on the edge of their seats because no one could imagine where the writers were going next.

I got hooked. I joined a fandom and message board for the first time. I went to my first convention, called DragonCon in Atlanta, six years ago and it has now become an annual event.

I started my own website for a while and got bloggers from various aspects of the show to blog for me. That is how I met the late Peter Rasmussen who was the producer of the Australian film Stolen Life, in which Claudia Black (who played Aeryn Sun) was the star of the movie. Peter did a blog for me and then I found myself handling the US publication of the movie and even hosted movie premieres for the film in Atlanta, Ga. and Burbank, California.

With all good things, it must come to an end. Farscape was cancelled and though the fans got closure with a mini-series, my time was ending with Farscape. It will always be in my heart though, because it was a special time.

As I have stated before, last year I was looking for something to watch on basketball road trips and help with the writer’s strike. I found it in the season one DVDs of One Tree Hill moment. And that is when I found my second WOW moment.

What was my WOW moment there? There were actually three. When Peyton almost hit Lucas with her car, the scene between Lucas and Peyton on the river court after he beats Nathan and of course when he looks at her and tells Peyton “Your art matters, it’s what got me here.”

There was such a connection and longing between both of them. Both Lucas and Peyton fighting their own brand of loneliness and fighting the attraction to each other.

And my all-time fave scene is when Peyton is running the red lights as if the devil himself is chasing her. Cursing fate for sparing her each time she clears the light and the intersections and lamenting why fate didn’t afford that some luxury to her dead mother.

I stuck with One Tree Hil, but to be honest, I almost didn’t. The connection between Lucas and Peyton got muddied with triangles and fake conflicts. So, I spoiled myself and looked ahead to season four when the fated couple finally found themselves back to each other.

I wish they would have gone the route of John and Aeryn. For John and Aeryn it was always the internal road blocks that kept them apart. Not once did the show, Farscape, introduce a tired triangle to create tension. It was all between them. And I would have liked to see that with Lucas and Peyton.

Check out Farscape if your heart can take it, because it is a wild ride. Not to mention Ben Browder, who played John Crichton, is totally hot. A southern guy who was born in Tennessee and raised in North Carolina.

By the way, just noticed that the wonderful Kelly Tenney, from One Tree Hill and Southern Gothic Productions, is following this blog. Thanks Kelly.

40th Podcast Posted And more

WOW, just posted my 40th podcast. A long way from the scared girl who hosted her first podcast way back in May.

I am sometimes amazed how this podcast exploded. The people I have interviewed and the friends I have made. It truly is a small world, thinks Disney, if you think about it.

I was sitting at a player's families' house, I work for a women's basketball team in college athletics, Friday night just chillin on Friday the 13th when I got this call out of the blue. I am trying to get this really great band to come on the podcast, I won't mention who because I don't want to jinx it, but I get a call from the manager of the band about them coming on.

The cool thing is that I have worked with this guy before for another artist. He remembers me, asks me if I am affiliated with One Tree Hill, I answer of course and he can check with Lindsay Wolfington or one of the Associate Producers, he says no need he believes me.

So, the band is heading out on tour late this week but I would really love the interview to go with my podcast next week, and then he says he will try and work something out. BAM work something out.

When I hung up, I looked around where I was, dealing with stuff for my real job, just hanging out with my players and coaches I consider family and told everyone. They were so excited for me.

And it turned out to be a great weekend. The basketball team won in overtime and then I got to spend all day Sunday at home, and off from work. That is HUGE during basketball season.

So, yes, I am still hustling for new guests for the podcast and savoring the ones I have right now.

But most of all, I feel blessed I got this opportunity. Because, if One Tree Hill ends, I know what I want to do next. I want to turn the podcast into all music. I love music, and the artists that make me feel so much with just a simple song.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Heading Back on the Road, but Feel Accomplished

Well, I am headed back on the road with my women's basketball team today. We are headed to Greensboro, N.C.

I do feel accomplished, though. I finished my One Tree Hill Podcast for next week already. I have to say, I think it is one of my best. Minor character guests, but all three girls were great. I am speaking with Cassandra Jean, who plays Brooke in the movie, Alexandra Sgambati, playing Peyton in the movie and Kelsey Chow who plays Gigi. All three are awesome.

I was most impressed with Alex. She is still in high school trying to balance her pursuit of acting with a normal life. Very smart young girl. She was probably one of my favorite interviews.

I also had a blast this week interviewing OTH Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington. We have become kind of friends I guess, and I think that shows in the interviews. I have already edited that interview and can't wait for you guys to hear it on Feb. 23.

As I have said, working hard on other interviews. I have to set up a time for another guest next week. And looking at a few musical artists as well.

I have mixed feelings about the is the show ending or is it not. I have had a great ride with this podcast and I don't think I could find the passion in something to start another one, on a show at least.

I may take my contacts with music managers and such and begin an Indie Artist Podcast. I think that would be fun.

But just like Lindsay said at the end of her podcast interview, she and I both aren't ready to pull the curtain on OTH. If certain actors leave, I think it can live on. Or maybe I am just being selfish because I don't want this ride to end.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why the Female Lead is De-Clawed When She is Happy?

You can tell we are on a long hiatus from One Tree Hill when I get into philosphical mode. I can't really muse like this on my podcast because, lets face it, I have been accused of my biases.

Yes, it's true. Peyton Sawyer is my favorite character on One Tree Hill. She is my POV and the only reason I stuck with the show while catching up from season one on on DVD starting last February.

I love a strong female character. One that can have a seperate identity but also find way to open up completely to those she loves - especially the man she loves. It took Peyton a while to get there but she made it. It was a long journey, though.

But I also loved that Peyton didn't take any crap. That she conformed, in a way, without losing her individuality. And basically didn't give a damn what people thought about her. Even though I totally disliked sason two, I loved the scene with Peyton when she wore the short bearing the word "Dyke" on her shirt. She knew she wasn't a lesbian. She knew it was a hateful word and others could label her with that manacle but she knew who she was and others be damned.

But I have noticed a tendency with female leads when they finally find their happiness. They seem to get declawed. Maybe it is because of all the male writing or maybe it is because TPTB want to show a softer side.

I guess it really hit me that the Peyton character has been declawed in the last new episode, 616. Here she was trying to be all independent and strong while Lucas was "busy." And not even a snarky smart-ass comment when the director basically called her old when she went to meet Lucas.

Where is the girl that learned to stand up for herself thanks to her brother Derek? Where is the girl that told Lucas she loved him and came back for him? Where is the girl that had the strength to back away from Lucas for his happiness or finally decided to go after what she wanted and write her feelings on the river court?

She is resorted to erasing heart-felt messages off Lucas' voicemail and pretending all is well. She is a ghost of who she was. I am not saying I don't believe in growth. I truly believe in that.

I was a huge hot-head when I was younger. Now, I just kind of go with the flow. And I guess, to an extent, Peyton is doing that as well.

But, I want to see Peyton open up more. Show more fear, more excitement and maybe throw out a biting comment once and a while.

You can be grown-up Peyton but still BE Peyton.

Again, need a new episode.

But on a side note, hustling very hard to get more great interviews for the One Tree Hill Podcst. Had a great interview with Lindsay Wolfington - listeners will love it.

And again, Hilarie Burton, if you happen on this podcast. Steve Goldfried is going to ask you to come on the podcast. Come on, say yes. :)


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Helping One Tree Hill Fans Survive the five week break

So, One Tree Hill teases us with one new episode on Feb. 2 and now fans have to wait five weeks, until March 9, for a new episode.

I always hate this and then you find there really isn't a lot of news that goes during this time. Well, working on the One Tree Hill podcasts, I am striving to bring fun and interesting new content during breaks. The upcoming schedule includes the following:

Feb. 9 - Ashley Rickards (Sam) and artist Tim Hanuaer

Feb. 16. Kelsey Chow (Gigi) as well as speaking with actresses Alexandra Sgambati and Cassandra Jean who play Peyton and Brooke in the movie storyline

Feb. 23 One Tree Hill Music Supervisor Lindsay Wolfington

March 2. Antwon Tanner

I am also working on some other great interviews. My goal of course, is to get some of the core five (Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Galeotti) to agree to come on the podcast.

I have found with this podcast all it takes is persistence and hard work and things can come your way. I never dreamed I would be on the One Tree Hill set, but there I was in October of last year, watching them film the 40s episode.

And I just emailed and asked Fox Home Entertainment for a DVD of The Secret Life of Bees to give away, since Hilarie Burton has a small role, and they agreed.

Working in college athletics you take a lot of stuff from a lot of people. And also learn to deal with demanding coaches. It is all about hustling and getting your name out. And if someone tells you no, leave them alone for a bit, and then ask again. Someone saying no is not going to kill you. Rejection just makes your stronger.

So, let us all survive the One Tree Hill hiatus and enjoy the fun upcoming interviews on The One Tree Hill Podcast.