Episode 35: Sonja Mereu


Hosts Maggi Mayfield and David Earl Waterman were delighted to sit down with the director of the LA Diversity Film Festival, Sonja Mereu. Sonja grew up bicoastally, with her mom in NYC and her dad in LA. She shares about how she was a "bad kid" and how she overcame that, attended college and started making films.

She has quite a special relationship with her very Italian father, who is on the board of directors of the LA Diversity Film Festival. Sonja's music selections were so deep and empathetic, we learn quickly her secret to life and how intensely she loves others. Sonja's boyfriend was also in studio enjoying the show live and she shared the story of how the met on set in Arizona and their unusual first date when they returned home to Los Angeles.

The gang takes a story break to play Band Or Bar, taking place in Cambridge, England. Try and guess along with Sonja and Maggi before clicking on each!

We learn all about Sonja's Guilty Pleasures before she takes us to her first concert.

Find Sonja Mereu online, on Facebook and on Tumblr.


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Episode 34: Katrina Davis


Joining the YTunes Show this week is Katrina Davis, a comedian/writer/producer based in Los Angeles, but started her career in Florida!

Katrina shared what it was like growing up in Florida, having a dad that worked for the railroad, and what it's like sharing music with your parents. She grew up making "thrift store" music, how her high school parties were super lame and the unusual way she overcomes her fears.


Into college, Katrina had quite a few crazy roommate stories, what it was like hearing music that actually represented HER, and what it was like not being accepted in your own community because of how others labeled her. But, as David so beautifully pointed out "not caring is an option."

More music was brought up inspired by the crazy things her parents did and Maggi and Katrina discussed all of their 90's musician crushes.


This week, our Listener of the Week Story comes from Stephanie Landers and a song from Ray Stevens "Mississippi Squirrel." Then we head to Philidelphia for Band Or Bar. Try to guess along with Katrina and Maggi before clicking on the links to reveal the answers. Then, Katrina's guilty pleasure is anything less than current before we discover that Katrina is particularl good at "blacking out." Hear the whole experience while shares her First Concert Story.




Episode 33: Steve Bean


Actor and former comedian Steve Bean, whom you may recognize from Cheers, Quantum Leap, and Shameless, joined Maggi and David to talk about his early comedy career in Boston with David before digging into the elephant in the room, his fake plastic nose. Steve didn't mind us being "nosy" about his cancer as he talks about his Nose-Picking-Confession and the process of getting diagnosed, treated, and what's next after the tumor.

Steve shares his life long love affair with Paul McCartney, the theme of Chinese Restaurants in his life and proves that ART SELLS MUSIC! Sharing music is different now in 2017 and describes how he and his son, Jake spend hours going back and forth.

The back porch is where most of the great music in his life has been discovered, and coincidentally, Steve and David Letterman share the same taste in music...which according to Steve, is 'excellent.'  Steve rounds out his Fave5 by putting an offer on the table for listeners--he will buy you a particular album because you are GUARANTEED to love it.

The Listener Song Of The Week comes from Arlo in Pacoima, CA with a quite funny story about Boz Scaggs and his father. Want to share a song and story? Make sure to email the show at ytunesshuffle@gmail.com

Band or Bar takes us to Ft. Meyers, FL. Try to guess along with Steve and Maggi before clicking the links to find out more about each!

Steve shares a guilty pleasure before educating Maggi about how to address someone born in Lynn, Massachusetts and a passion project that didn't pan out the way he had hoped.

Reach out to Steve here, or email the show at ytunesshuffle@gmail.com


Episode 32: Dave Yates


Nationally touring comedian Dave Yates brings the funny and the serious in this episode of YTunes Shuffle. We go through his culture shocking move from Chicago to Central Illinois, his start in comedy, quitting drinking, and a bit of name dropping those who have mentored and helped him find his way!

Dave shares what his new definition of family means, his potential Tinder profile bio, and a few heart break stories. One of his Fave 5 songs actually makes quite the impact on Maggi as they swap stories about the significance of a particular song.

Today's Listener Of The Week is from Tune Squad member Stefanie from Petersborough, NH sharing her story behind The Eagles' "Desperado."

Band Or Bar has taken on a new life...see if you can guess which is which from East Los Angeles brought to you by M2M Studios.

Closing out the show is another YTunes Connection with Dave's Guilty Pleasure and a blast from the not too distant past with First Concert.

Catch up with Dave Yates on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or order his hotsauce on his website.


If you'd like to submit your story to be featured on Listener Of The Week, please email ytunesshuffle@gmail.com!


Episode 31: John Murphy


The YTunes Shuffle Podcast visits with radio legend/tv producer/comedy writer/voice over extraordinaire, John Murphy! Host Maggi Mayfield learns all about the long history between guest Murph and cohost, David Earl Waterman and how between the two of them, dear friend John Ennis is the center of the Universe.

John shares stories of long drives with his dad and where they would end up, how his mom ran an FBI sting in her home and why a Boston criminal cheered her up. His background in small town Massachussetts let him to some strange jobs and he describes what a typical Saturday night looked like in Randolph, MA. We also get to learn his 'Kryptonite" and how an album cover drove his mother crazy!

Eventually he would learn the art of writing comedy from Dennis Leary and even Wheel of Fortune made it into the episode because the show plays a big part in his career early on.

The room shares stories of our first loves before digging into a beautiful story from the Tune Squad. Our Listener of the week is David's mother, who shares a song that reminds her of him on his birthday. (This episode was recorded just before his birthday). To share a story and song of your own, please email ytunesshuffle@gmail.com.

In honor of David's Birthday, we also go back to Ithaca, NY, his hometown to play a round of Band or Bar, brought to you by M2M studios.

John's Guilty Pleasure and First Concert take us through the end of the episode; but don't worry, if you'd like to ask John more questions, or follow his work more closely, you can find him here! There are more stories that just didn't quite make the episode, and you can find those B-Side Tracks here!


Episode 30: Ernie G


Ernie G is a nationally touring empowerment comedian, shaping the lives of young people all of the country. Maggi Mayfield and David Earl Waterman where blown away the entire episode because sounds like he is smiling the entire time and his energy definitely matched his Fave 5 songs.

Ernie spills the beans on how Ricky Martin may have spoiled him early on in his comedy career, why he learned the fine art of balloon twisting and why making pinatas started his family in show business! He has an incredible relationship with his Tia, who is one of the only Latina Actresses to have won an Emmy.

We learn all about "cholos" and "chinos" and what it means exactly to "Go Around." Ernie also schools us on break dancing and rapping and demonstrates one of them. We also find out what his time after school was like at the Boys Club and who the heck is "Hair Bear."

Our Listener Story of The Week comes from Shara in Robinson, IL sharing a touching story about a song handed down from generation to generation. Band Or Bar brought to you by M2M Studios, takes us all the way to Dublin, Ireland.

Make sure to check out all the B-Side Tracks that didn't make the final cut as Ernie describes his mama, how he met Maggi, and when he catches himself turning into an 'old man.'


Submit your #TuneSquad Stories at ytunesshuffle@gmail.com


Episode 29: David’s Fave5


YTunes Shuffle went through many planning and trial and error stages before we interviewed and published our first guest. Here is a very early episode pulled out from the archives of David Earl Waterman sharing his Fave 5...even before it was called the Fave5.

You'll hear both Maggi and David discuss their ideas of the show and where they want to go all while Maggi digs into David's iTunes list sharing stories of his time in the Army, what it was like growing up in a biracial household and the universal conept of 'body issues.'

We'd love to know what you think of the show! Send in your musical stories and thoughts to YTunesShuffle@gmail.com or like us on Facebook!


Episode 28: Andrew Solmssen


This episode of YTunes Shuffle kicks off right away with the scary incident that arguably began Andrew Solmssen's weight loss journey. We discuss his new found love for hiking, (find the hawk video he was talking about here) his now typical diet, and the amazing bike share program in West Hollywood. 

We talk about how a car was actually limiting his mobility at his heaviest and that he felt he need to fight to disprove stereotypes about fat people. While at his heaviest, Andrew breaks down the his entire experience of airplane travel and how it should be like a game of Tetris and why hanging out at Starbucks was so much different for him at 500 pounds than his thinner companions.

Andrew shares how he went to the same high school as the Obama children, although at very separate times, and how a Peter Gabriel concert informed his half page memory in the high school year book. Motorcycles  and computers kept him moving from one clique to another in school all while MTV’s “120 Minutes” informed a majority of the soundtrack to his young life.

Born in Brazil and raised in Washington DC with one younger sister, Andrew also discusses the intense pride he feels for his sister and her accomplishments. 


After we go through Andrew’s Fave5, (of which he made an awesome playlist on Spotify for you) we shared our Listener Song of The Week; Justin from Eden Prairie, MN shared a story that involved “FreeBird” as the soundtrack. 

Band Or Bar takes us to College Park, Maryland, and Andrew’s Guilty Pleasure sounded too awesome not play a clip of it.

Find Andrew's Corner of The Internet on Twitter or Instagram. Andrew had so many wonderful stories that didn't make the cut, so if you'd like more...check out our Soundcloud page for more snippets and B-side tracks.


Episode 27: Chad Ridgely


Chad Ridgely is a national touring comedian, who happens to have written and produced and starred in his first feature length comedy/horror film "Massacre On Aisle 12." He has another feature film coming out later this year and is working on a documentary about the underground comedy scene in Southern California. What makes Chad so dynamic isn't just his excellent comedic timing, it's the layers of personality due to years spent as a police officer in Washington D.C. and working security detail for the likes of celebrities like Michael Jackson.

Chad shares his fave five and talks about how he accidentally fell into police work, how being the funny guy on the squad translates into his stand up, how a play he saw in NYC pushed him to leave a girl friend and move to Los Angeles, how he made friends effortlessly when he moved to the West Coast and his philosophy on life.

"Band or Bar" takes place in Lubbock, Texas where we discover what exactly makes a good dive bar...according to Chad. His first concert takes us full circle to his most famous securty detail client.

This episode is deep and inspiring and full of plenty of laughs. Find Chad Ridgely on Instagram or Twitter; then check out the extras that could make the cut but were definitely worth sharing.


Episode 26: Justin Foster


YTunes Shuffle hosts Maggi Mayfield and David Earl Waterman are joined by fellow podcaster, musician, and national headling comedian, Jusin Foster!

We get right down to it and address some Texas stereotypes, the transition from Justin's life as a drummer into full time stand up comedy, heart break, and sobriety. We find out that his super supportive mom doesn't come in the typical "mom-jeans" and that what kids vote you in high school...was particularly true, at least for Justin.

Band-Or-Bar takes us to the island of St. Croix but his guilty pleasure goes back to 2005! Justin remembers his first three concert...and a view that could have killed. Link up with Justin on Twitter or Instagram.


Love the show? Want to share a song that is important to you? We'd love to hear from you. Email us your stories to ytunesshuffle@gmail.com and get featured on an upcoming episode!


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