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19:04 minutes Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill talks to Iris

With the holidays on the way, we are all looking forward to the annual visit from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but 2009 will be even bigger and better says Paul O'Neill. There's a new CD to look forward to as the highly anticipated "Night Castle" is released on October 27th. Paul takes time to chat with Iris about the new album, the band, the tour, and our favorite charity for Kidsgiving, the Community Transitional School.

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7:07 minutes "Comedy's Loveable Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli, talks to Iris

Lisa's book "Chocolate, Please" is a tell-all, funny, real life tale from one of the funniest women on the planet. She's down to earth, and honest about what she's gone through in the past. Iris and Lisa chat about the book, her new Italian boyfriend, past mistakes, and Jethro Tull. That's actually funny if you've read the book.

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7:52 minutes Iris interviews Laura Morett from Salem on "Survivor:Samoa"

Oregon native, Laura Morett made it on this season of Survivor, starting 9/17/09, 8pm on CBS. She works at the Oregon State Capitol, which means she's familiar with politics, and she's a former fitness instructor who's able to keep up with anyone in a physical challenge. She hopes to "do Oregon proud" this season.

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6:01 minutes Gloria Interviews Phil Collen of Def Leppard
Gloria Johnson and Def Leppard in the early 1980's.

On September 3rd, 2009, Def Leppard's Phil Collen called in to talk to Gloria Johnson about everything Def Leppard and their upcoming show at the Amphitheater at Clark County on September 11th.

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10:19 minutes Def Leppard
Gloria and Def Leppard

Def Leppard 1981

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22:25 minutes TSO's West Coast musical director, and lead guitarist, Al Pitrelli, talks to Iris
Iris and Al Pitrelli 2007

KGON fell in love with Trans Siberian Orchestra when they first started coming to Portland. It's the most amazing show! The lazers are like something you would see at a Pink Floyd show, unbelieveable pyrotechnics, things exploding, making it snow inside the Rose Garden Arena...PLUS it ROCKS! Al Pitrelli has quite a musical resume as well. He's worked with everyone from Michael Bolton to Megadeth, BOC, and Alice Cooper. Al talks about all of this and more with Iris prior to the 2008 TSO show.

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11:30 minutes Michael Gates Gill, author of "How Starbucks Saved My Life" talks to Iris

This is an amazing story of a man who had it all, lost it all, and gained amazing perspective. More than that really because it's a true "riches to rags to riches" story since his book is a best seller, and Tom Hanks has optioned the rights to the story which will be directed by none other than Portland's own Gus Van Zant! In these times of layoffs, downsizing, and a very crazy economy, Michael's story has a lesson for all of us. This interview was a true gift for me. Please enjoy the message and the journey!

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10:12 minutes Shannon talks with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

A conversation with RUSH from November 2008, about the Snakes and Arrows Tour, the new DVD, Plus, Shannon poses questions from the band's Portland fan base and, the boys talk about their plans for 2009 and beyond.

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11:49 minutes Iris gets organized with Simple and Clear's Jeff Williams!

Clutter getting you down? Too much stuff and you're paying for storage? Need space? Jeff Williams has the answer and it's Simple and Clear...which is also the name of his business and website!

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9:16 minutes Iris talks to Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana is starting a run of dates at the Hard Rock in Vegas for the rest of the year. Subjects discussed are everything from Woodstock to God.

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42:51 minutes Doc Neeson and Angel City talk to Gloria Johnson

Angel City, or as they are known in their native Australia, The Angels, honed their craft along with fellow countrymen AC/DC in the bars "down under." Portland LOVED this band and the feeling was mutual. They filled the old Paramount for two shows in the height of their popularity, opened for The Kinks and were kicked off the tour because they absolutely slayed the audience, and put out fantastic albums which KGON was more than happy to play. When they came to town, they were known to go check out the local music scene and sit in with bands.

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6:52 minutes Ted Nugent #2

From the KGON archive.....

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26:56 minutes Neal Schon

Neal Schon from Journey, mid '80s

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14:24 minutes Loverboy

Loverboy interview from 1981

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15:24 minutes Ted Nugent
Ted and KGON staff!

The Nuge from 1979!

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25:46 minutes Billy Squire

Billy Squire from July 1981

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7:29 minutes Rod Argent
Rod Argent of the Zombies

Iris interviews Rod

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14:40 minutes Ray Davies

Iris interviews Ray Davies from The Kinks

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15:56 minutes The creator of TSO, Paul O'Neill, talks to Iris

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a holiday tradition for so many people. It's a unique blending of the stage lighting on the level of a Pink Floyd show, the pyrotechnics of a KISS show, and the magic of Christmas and rock music. This was their conversation in 2008.

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8:00 minutes Kelly Hansen

Iris intervies Kelly Hansen from Foreigner

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