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Issue Date: August 2006 Issue


Girl Talk


Joanna Bello

It’s 11:15 a.m. and Jacquie Chakirelis is trying to track down ESPN’s Mike Greenberg. She and Caroline Kruse are in the middle of taping their weekly “Family Matters Radio” show at a studio in Independence and the cable sports channel personality is late calling in for his interview.

But Chakirelis and Kruse have been in the radio game for 10 years. The occasional missing guest happens. A few phone calls and 15 minutes later, Greenberg is on the line discussing his parenting experiences and new book, “Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot.”

Though they’ve spent the last decade on the air together, Chakirelis and Kruse have known each other for 25 years. The idea for their radio show came in 1996 when the friends remarked how tired they were of listening to the “boys’ club” of talk radio. Their work is paying of with the pair recently striking a syndication deal with GreenStone Media, which is taking the show to other cities across the nation. The first outside market to air the show is WIIN in Jackson, Miss.

You can listen Sunday mornings at 6 a.m. on local stations WFHM 95.5-FM or WHK 1420 AM. We recently sat down with the duo to discuss the show’s success, Oprah and what keeps them motivated.

Q: What did you want the show to be about when you started?
Caroline:
We wanted to talk about issues that weren’t being talked about. For instance, we had Al Roker on and he talked about infertility.

Q: Why do you think your audience is attracted to the show?
Caroline:
We try to bring our own life experiences to it. We want listeners to think they are talking with their girlfriends. We had singer Judy Collins on talking about her child’s suicide. I had a family member who committed suicide, and I could talk to her about that.
Jacquie: Women feel like they are sitting around having a cup of coffee with their girlfriends. Women always use their girlfriends to vent about their problems, talk about their spouses and also where to find a great purse or pair of shoes. That’s how the show feels.

Q: Do you think the popularity of “Oprah” and “The View” has created more radio opportunities for women?
Caroline:
Yes. Our show is similar to “The View” in the way that we’re friends who sit around and talk with each other and our guests.
Jacquie: The only difference between “The View” and our show is we don’t talk over each other … a lot of our guests also appear on “Oprah.” Sometimes we get to talk to them first.

Q: What keeps the show fresh for you?
Jacquie:
There have been lots of times we’ve wanted to give up, but then we would get an e-mail from a listener who would say we really helped her and it would change our minds.”

Can’t listen Sunday mornings? Check out the show at www.familymattersradio.com.

 

Retail Oriented

From the comfortable symmetry of the PlayStation 2 controller to the tortoiselike life spans of its electronics, we’ve been hooked on Sony’s creations for years. So a press release introducing a new Sony Style store at Beachwood Place — a “fashion retail store” aimed at female electronics shoppers — made a visit mandatory. The high-rent space is full of cushy d√ƒ¬©cor, while a 40-inch Bravia XBR flat-panel TV ($3,299.99) costs the same as it would at a big-box retailer. The only jarring part was the service. Ignored on our first visit, we talked to a salesman during our second who inexplicably confided, “my manager needs to make a sale today” as we admired a $13,000, 70-inch television. We’ll chalk it up to opening jitters. www.sonystyle.com

 

On the Rebound

The last time Cleveland heard from David Lee Roth he was about to be yanked from WNCX airwaves by CBS Radio, just five months into his new gig behind the microphone replacing longtime syndicated morning man Howard Stern. So, we were surprised yet pleased to find the former Van Halen front man back on his feet so quickly, now singing bluegrass versions of “Jump” and “Jamie’s Cryin’ ” on “Strummin’ with the Devil,” a new tribute disc to his former band. And though Diamond Dave shot us down for a one-on-one talk about his countrified cameo and CBS silencing (we were told Dave couldn’t find 15 minutes in his schedule prior to our deadline), we assume he’d still like us to mention his live voice will be heard at House of Blues Aug. 20 for the first time since his radio ouster.www.hob.com/cleveland

 


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