Come to a Free Utalk Now! Taping – June 25

Be a part of the audience at our next Utalk Now! Sunday, June 25, from 8-10 PM PST. We’ll be doing a live web cast at Kulaks Woodshed in North Hollywood. This is a free event for high school students and young adults but you must sign up in advance. It’s free to come.

The live webcast will include in-studio music, special guests, audience participation, and giveaways.
The studio audience will be able to interact via social media with the Utalk hosts and be a part of special features. Those viewing online will also be able to ask questions using social media.

*There are a limited number of seats in the studio so you must register in advance for this free event. Plan to arrive early because you must be in your seat by no later than 7:30 PM to be a part of the taping.

Click on the link below for more details and to register for FREE on Eventbrite.


Utalk Hits D.C.!

Usually Utalk is “all about you talking to us. “ But last week Utalk was all about us talking about you to leaders in the nation’s capitol. The UT crew – Steve, Larissa and Kati – were in Washington, DC for 3 days for lots of different activities. We were advocating on behalf of our audience concerning issues we know are important to you.

Space limits us from sharing details from all the activities but here are some highlights.

We were on Capitol Hill for a ‘meet and greet’ at the Hart Senate Building. The Crew had the opportunity to interact with Barry Black, former Rear Admiral of the Navy, and now the Senate Chaplain. He’s the first African-American Chaplain of the Senate with a deep voice that sounds like God speaking from heaven.

The Crew also had a lengthy conversation with Jeff Dove, an Iraq War Vet who’s running for Congress in Virginia. He’s all about going MAD – ‘making a difference’ and is concerned about helping teens and young adults succeed in life. It was a great connection!

Steve and Kati had a meeting with senior US Senator John Thune from South Dakota. He and his wife are long time friends of Steve’s. It was an honor and privilege to have some time with Senator Thune to catch up as well as discuss current issues.

Jason Russell, the contributors editor for the Washington Examiner, interviewed Steve, Larissa and Kati about Utalk. It was a fascinating discussion about the heartbeat of the show and how it engages culture.

After an enthusiastic meeting, we’re excited to announce that Utalk will now be partnering with America’s Promise Alliance which is based in D.C.  They’re all about ‘making a difference by helping to motivate others to fulfill Five Promises to youth to help them achieve their full potential. The Five Promises are: Caring Adults; Safe Places; A Healthy Start, Effective Education and Opportunities to Help Others. You’ll be hearing more about America’s Promise Alliance, as well as other new partner organizations, in future blogs and shows.

                    

Capping off the time in DC was being part of the White House Prayer for Our Nation event. It was held on the White House Ellipse. People attended from all over the country. There were even people from Nigeria at the event. Steve, Kati and Larissa – along with a number of artists including David Longoria – closed the event by performing “We are One” from David’s latest album “The Journey.” The song is similar to Michael Jackson’s “We are the World” only “We are One” has 700 artists performing the tune on the album.

Being in DC was a blast! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about something happening this summer.

 


Cosplayers, Artists, Comic Books and More at Wondercon 2017

                                                        

HI everyone! Over the weekend I had the chance to attend Wondercon in Anaheim. Steve and Larissa were both out of town working on separate projects so I took my sister and we met up with a few friends there and want to give you the inside scoop.

                          

In case you are not familiar Wondercon is a three day annual convention that focuses on comic books, science fiction and superhero/comic films. It’s a cosplayer’s dream event. If you don’t know what cosplay is it is the practice or art of dressing up like a character from your favorite comic, video game, movie, book, ect. Random fact more females cosplay than guys and people up into their 70-80’s are in the cosplay community.

              

Thousands of comic book, video game and TV and movie fans took over the Anaheim Convention Center for three days. There were pop-up shops stocked with limited edition items, cosplay outfit repair booths, comic book booths and more. Along with an “Artists Alley” where you could find all the comic book artists selling their work, signing books and drawings, doing personalized sketches and more. You also had panels of mainstream celebrities talking about their sci-fi and super hero shows and if you were one of the lucky ones who had several hundred to spend you could get a photo and autograph with them.

                                                      

During the weekend I had the chance to interview Comic book artists to Wonder woman and everyone in between. I looked for artists who stood out to me and I think you will like their work as well. A few of the artists I talked to were Levi Craig who does awesome watercolor art, Lamont Hunt who does artwork on vintage items and has the Dakota Kid line, which is looking at the imagination of kids, Mike Matola who does art centered around song or movie lyrics, James Wright writer of Nutmeg comics, and Jessica Rose Davis who kills as Wonder woman in the cosplay world.

                                                     (Levi Craig)                                                                                  (Lamont Hunt)

 

                                        (Jessica Rose Davis aka Wonder Woman)                                                       (Jame Wright)

 

                                                                                   (Mike Matola)

Be on the look out for photos and highlights of the interviews on our Facebook and Instagram pages (@utalkradio) as well as special Wondercon edition of Utalk Radio coming soon. You can also find more photos from Wondercon on my social media pages @officialkatiann.