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  • 00:44

    Thanksgiving Special: Alan Bernhoft's Tribute to John Lennon

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    As a Thanksgiving evening treat for the whole family, actor/composer/singer/author Alan Bernhoft will re-enact his performance for John Lennon's Birthday Party show 2014. Playing the role of the incorrigable Mr. Lennon, Alan will treat you to 5 original songs including "Rockin' Little Baby" and "Imagine Christmas"!


    Your holiday night will be fun and magical as "John" takes the microphone from Jude once again and plays havoc in the studio, reading Lennon's original poetry/prose and quipping his way through another fun episode. Don't miss this one!

  • 00:59

    The John Lennon Hour: Meet Beatles Author Ken Womack Part 2

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    Author of The John Lennon Series, host Jude Southerland Kessler interviews Dr. Kenneth Womack of Penn State Altoona who has just released his second book about The Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia: All Things Fab Four. Listeners will be able to call in and ask Womack questions about The Beatles music and lives. They can also discuss his first book, Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles.

  • 00:26

    The John Lennon Hour: Meet Beatles Author Ken Womack Part 1

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    Author of The John Lennon Series, host Jude Southerland Kessler interviews Dr. Kenneth Womack of Penn State Altoona who has just released his second book about The Beatles, The Beatles Encyclopedia: All Things Fab Four. Listeners will be able to call in and ask Womack questions about The Beatles music and lives. They can also discuss his first book, Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles.

  • 01:00

    Tribute to John Lennon: Tim Piper!

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    Truly a magical "Pied" Piper, Tim Piper IS John Lennon in his multi-media performance, "Just Imagine: A Tribute to John Lennon." And Thursday night at 9pmET, Jude will talk to Tim about the inspiration for his performance, his songs, and his Lennonesque technique. They'll also discuss the history of each Lennon masterpiece played.


    Join Jude and Tim as they play 4 of John's biggest hits, a la Tim...and as Tim gives you the back story on each of these incredible songs. "Strawberry Fields Forever" to "She's So Heavy" : John's greatest moments will come to life tonight with Tim Piper at the interveiw mic! Call in at 646-668-2641 to chat with Tim and ask him your questions as well. Some FUN tonight!

  • 01:00

    The John Lennon Hour Gets Beatledd!

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    A Pennsylvania institution, Beatledd has hosted the Beatledd Fab Four Hour from WRKC in Wilkes-Barre, PA for lo these many years! (We'll ask him how many!) And he's interviewed everyone in The Beatles's world including May Pang, Sid Bernstein, Gary Van Scyoc, Julia Baird and so many more!!! Ed's also talked with the great stars of the 1960's: Henry Winkler and Sally Kellerman. AND he's been instrumental in getting Beatles authors' books into the hands of readers...which we soooo appreciate!!! He's helped Dave Bedford of Liddypool, Lanea Stagg of Recipe Records, Judith Kristen of Once Upon a Time in Liverpool and me! We love Ed Raineri and you will, too. Call in to ask him your questions! He's a GREAT guy! 

  • 01:00

    The John Lennon Hour: Chat With Pat Matthews of BeatlesARama

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    Jude chats with Pat Matthews, the originator of the longest running Beatles internet radio station.

  • 01:00

    The John Lennon Hour: Anthony Robustelli 'Splains Beatles Music!

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    Author and musician, Anthony Robustelli takes Jude (and you!) "behind the scenes" of EVERY single Beatles song (both original numbers and cover tunes) performed on LP by the lads in 1962-1963. Giving us all the scoop about each track (in terms that anyone can understand and appreciate), Robustelli (who once opened for Paul McCartney and recorded with Julian Lennon!!!!) offers a new understanding of old favs.


    Hear "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Little Child" like you've never heard them before. Discover the depths of John's talent with the harp and harmonica. Discuss George Harrison's ability on lead guitar.


    All this and more tonight. CALL in at 646-668-2641 to talk with Anthony about his new book I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of The Beatles and to talk about any song from 1962-63!

  • 00:59

    The John Lennon Hour: Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans Sampler

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    Six prominent Beatles experts COME TOGETHER tonight with host Jude Southerland Kessler as they all prepare to trek to the Mecca of "All Things Beatle," The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans! You'll hear from Lanea Stagg, author of Recipe Records: A Tribute to The Beatles. Then Kit O'Toole, Contributing Editor of "BeatleFan" magazine will talk about the latest in The Beatles' world and her new book on MJ, Michael Jackson! Al Sussman will be up next to give you a bird's eye view of his new work, Changing Times: 101 Days That Changed the World, and Candy Leonard will give a sneak peek at her new book on how the Beatles affected fans worldwide, Beatleness. Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Ken Womack, will let us know how he'll be sharing info from his Beatles Encyclopedia: All Things Fab Four at the Fest. Lots to hear about from some verrrrrry coool peeps! Join us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 01:00

    Kit 'n Kaboodle: John Lennnon's Protest Songs: Righteous or Rubbish?

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    Join Dr. Kit O'Toole (author of Songs We Were Singing) Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series http://www.johnlennonseries.com  as they discuss John Lennon's political protest anthems. They'll exmaine 4 of John's impactful solo creations and pose the question: Are these songs righteous or rubbish? What makes a successful protest anthem? And did John hit or miss the mark? Find out when Kit and Kaboodle (Jude) get together for an hour of informational and fun debate.

  • 00:44

    John Lennon's Boyhood Friend, Michael Hill, Speaks Out

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    Tonight our host, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of http://www.johnlennonseries.com will have the joy of talking to John Lennon's boyhood friend, Michael Hill. Michael attended Dovedale Primary in Woolton with John, and later, QuarryBank Grammar with both John and Pete Shotton! His stories are incredible... and not the same tired tales you've heard a dozen times!


    Michael is the author of a brand new book: John Lennon, The Boy Who Became a Legend, and it is fascinating! In fact, Michael proposes a new story about the event that "hooked" John on rock'n'roll. Don't miss this exciting new info for Beatles fans!

  • 00:52

    Kit and Kaboodle consider: John or Paul? Better Love Song Composer?

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    Who wrote the better love songs in the team of Lennon and McCartney, John or Paul? And what solid evidence is there to back it up? Thursday night at 9pmET, Dr. Kit O'Toole (Kit) and Jude Southerland Kessler (Kaboodle) will square off to debate this topic in the First Kit and Kaboodle Show of 2015!


    Kit will take the case of the magicially melodic Mr. McCartney and Jude will uphold the case of creative genius, John Lennon. Each will play three songs to persuade the listener and will take about the muiscal elements, back story, lyrics, and impact of each song. You won't want to miss this fun and informative Kit and Kaboodle episode.


    The John Lennon Hour will have 6 Kit and Kaboodle shows this year, one every other month in 2015. Next topic: Beatles songs that were panned by the critics which deserve a second look. Coming up April 2015.