“Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith

Having an Interview on Radio Can Be Beneficial to You as an Author! 

6-9-2010 3;27;15 PM


Join Dr. Mamie Smith Sundays from 5:00 pm (EST) to 6:00 pm @eamtradio.com and talk about you book on “Talk to the Author.”

You will:

  • Have an audience of 5000 to 7000 listeners.
  • Be Marketed on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for 3 Days.
  • Receive a Mini-Review of Your Book to Send to Others.
  • Have You and Your Book Researched and Questions Submitted to You Prior to the Interview.
  • Have Continued Marketing of Your Book Long After the Interview.

This Show is sponsored by Educational Arts Society, Inc. which has as its goal to build, maintain and provide music, art and theater lessons to students who can and cannot afford them; include them in a mentoring program with world renowned, successful musicians and offer encouragement in establishing  and building artistic awareness of the arts.  Targeted students must exhibit a cultivated interest is acquiring those skills through confidence, consistency and commitment.  Objectives include:

  • To establish and provide a school of the performing arts.
  • To provide instruments, art supplies and other related accessories.
  • To provide support and encouragement so that students may advance, develop and acquire potential artistic skills at the highest level possible.

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What Authors Are Saying About “Talk to the Author!”

“When I was studying journalism, we were taught the five w’s and the h:  Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.  Your interview asked a good many “why’s,” something that isn’t often asked any more.  You made me think more carefully and, as a result, your interview was very interesting and got a lot more information from me than others might. In addition, I felt very comfortable because of the supportive atmosphere you created.”  Hildred Corbett – Michigan

Hi Mamie,

“Thank you! I loved how you talked about the story and characters. It was obvious you read it thoughtfully. I really enjoyed our conversation and some of my friends and family did too!
I have a student who has written a book. I’m hoping to get a copy from her to show you soon. Maybe you can interview her as well.”
Cathy Zucker – Rochester Hills, Michigan  
Bless you Mamie!  What a wonderful piece you did on my books!  You saw exactly what I wanted the books to do, make people think about how glorious the Almighty’s creations are and His willingness to let His creatures venture out on their own.  I am very excited to be doing your radio show.  Is that webpage up and running so I can spread the news among my followers etc?  I don’t want to steal your thunder but help promote.   Attorney John Higgins – New Jersey

Questions That Many Authors Ask:

Am I paying to make an appearance on the “Talk to the Author” Show?

No, you are making a nominal donation to a worthy cause to market yourself and your book to a worldwide audience in an effort to get the message of your book heard.   

Is it normal for authors to pay to have their books marketed?

Yes, publishing companies, publicity organizations, radio and TV stations charge thousands of dollars in order to market an author’s book.  Marketing your book is the business aspect not the creative side, and unless you market it, very few people will learn about it. 

What are some costs that authors incur when they market themselves and their books?

Many writers of press releases (some with no journalism experience) charge $300-$800 just to WRITE a press release.  A mini-blog that researches you and your book can cost as much as $1000-$3000.  

Do most radio station hosts research a book and author, prepare questions to give to authors so that they will feel comfortable coming on their shows and write a mini-blog for each author?

No, “Talk to the Author” host Dr. Mamie Smith is very unique in how she approaches authors who appear on the show.  Our experience is that most radio hosts simply bring you on and ask questions “off the top of their heads.”  You do not get any preparation except what you do on your own. 

I am uncomfortable paying or donating anything to an online station to let me come on their show because giving a donation does not guarantee someone will purchase my book.   So, should I do it?

No.  Your comfort level is  key to the success of your interview.  If you do not want to pay anything to market your book, your attitude will affect how you respond to the interview.  Market it yourself  via social media, personal contacts and  family and friends.  Marketing is not easy to get a “handle on” because the  results come in many stages and at various times.  However,  it has been proven that without it, the chances of successful recognition are very limited. 




PT Cruiser



I am a simple person, have a simple car ( a 2006 PT Cruiser) and follow simple directions.  I ask questions when I am not clear on things and give and expect honest answers.  With this in mind, on July 10, 2014 I traveled to  ROCHESTER HILLS – CHRYSLER – JEEP – DODGE at 1301 South Rochester Rd. Rochester Hills, Mi 48207, spoke with a heavy-set man seated on the right hand side of the room facing north and told him I needed my car serviced and also needed a visor mirror replaced on the driver’s side of my car.  The man, (whom I was told later that his name is Advisor Matt) sent me to the ordering department where an order was placed for a visor mirror at a cost of $144.00 plus tax and and additional $55 for installation.  After which, I was told to report to Chris for setting up an appointment to get it installed.   I went to Chris and an appointment was made for Monday, July 14, 2014.


Upon leaving Chris,  I approached the heavy-set guy again about having my car serviced because he did not address it the first time, but sent me immediately to the ordering department.  I explained that I was going to put the car on the road on July 18th and needed the air conditioner checked, tires checked and overall maintenance to determine if everything was working properly.  His response:


“I will not be able to take your car for two weeks  because we are booked up.”


“Ok, I live in Troy, so I will take it to a dealership there.”


“They won’t be able to take it either because they are sending us their cars.  Is your air conditioner working?”


“Yes, but I would like to know if it needs “freeon” or whatever so that it does not stop working while I am away.  I don’t want to have problems while on the road”


“If it is working now, it does not need freeon.  Trust me.”


“Well, I have heard that before. ”


“We can give you an oil change and check some things, but it will be two weeks before I can take your car.”


Trusting his information, I agreed to the ‘assembly line’ check.  This is a list of the items shown on Customer #123496–the receipt given to me by the dealership:


Change oil, replace filter

Top off washer solvent, top off trans. fluid

Top off Power steering fluid , check tire pressure

Replace lube sticker

Routine maintenance

Mopar oil change 2.4L EFI 03?09




On Monday, July 14th, I reported to Chris for installment of my visor.  After waiting for over an hour, Chris found me in the waiting room and told me the mirror was broken when it was unwrapped, and another order would have to be placed and should arrive by Wednesday.  We agreed on Thursday (because of my having prior commitments)for the installation .  The mirror was installed.  Momentarily, I questioned if the entire flap for the mirror was new, because there were dirty fingerprints on it.  Not wanting to be “picky” I decided I could remove them with a carpet cleanser and said nothing about it.


On Friday, July 18th, I left for my trip to Wisconsin.  A few minutes after getting there, my air conditioner had barely cool air coming from it.  Several Chrysler dealerships were called and only one agreed to look at it.  However, when I arrived there, he said it would be hours to look at it and 3 days for parts and repair.  The windows had to be lowered for the whole vacation and return trip.


On Sunday July 20, 2014,  as I was returning from the trip, about 20 miles from home, I heard a loud “pop” and smelled rubber.  Immediately,  my car became difficult to steer.  I put on my hazard lights and continued to drive.  By now it was between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm and I was alone in the car.  Finally, I reached home.


The next morning, I relayed the incident to Dave Robinson, the General Manager of Rochester Hills.  After which, he immediately defended the position his advisor had taken even though I was not sure of his name, but stated he would look into the situation and return my call.


About a couple of hours later, he returned the call and told me, that I only dealt with two people, Chris the person who gave the appointment and the person who ordered the visor. When I protested that, and said I could walk in the place and point out the person whom I had spoken to about the overall maintenance inspection, he said that was his advisor Matt, but his investigation revealed I worked with only two people.


“No, I dealt with at least three people,” I said.


“Well, if you did speak with Matt, he was only telling you the truth, we were backed up.”


“But you yourself said the backup time was 3 to 4 days, not two weeks.”


“Well, at that time, it was 2 weeks.”


“Why did he try to dissuade me from going to another dealership?”


“He was just telling you the truth, Troy was sending us their people.”


“Are you satisfied that you gave good service?”


“We gave no service, only the visor installation!”


“Sir, are you saying you have no record that you serviced my car?”


“Yes, my paperwork shows we ordered and installed a visor.”


“I have a paper that shows you serviced my car.”


“If you are talking about the oil change, yea, we did that.”  Hm-m-m, I wonder what his definition of service is.  Look at the services AGAIN that they performed!


“I am sorry for your trouble, but my advisors followed directions from me, all they did was tell you the truth.”


“Sir, put yourself in my place, if the same thing happened to you would you feel you got good service?”


“What I’m saying is my guys told you the truth and you did not want to hear it.”


“So you feel your company bears no responsibility for what has happened?”


“No, we don’t lie to our customers, we tell them the truth.”


“No one is asking you to lie, but answer my question, I did not ask you if you told the truth,  I asked if you thought I received good service from you?”


“Yes, because we did not service your car, and we told the truth.”


“Well sir, I will put this in my blog.”


“You make sure when you do so, you tell the truth!”


Now dear readers, I have told the truth.  How would you feel if the exact same thing happened to you?  Which would you prefer Rochester Chrysler’s version of truth or what you believe is good service?  Do you feel the company bore no responsibility?  Do you believe the employees gave good service?  You be the judge!


In the meantime, I will take my car to another dealership for servicing and seek another interpretation of . . .  the truth.


P.S.  I just called the Troy Motor Mall Chrysler Dealership and was also told “We are backed up!”  Back-up time — 3 to 4 days which is the number of days the General Manager at the Rochester Hills dealership said their back-up time was.  That is  . . . until he was reminded that his Advisor Matt said “two weeks.”  The time suddenly got longer — 2 weeks that day I was there!  Hm-m-m-m.






Tags: Chrysler, PTCruiser, RochesterChrysler,TheTruth, carRepair




Your Country Music Festival Must Be Planned

Your Country Music Festival Must Be Planned

A visit to a country music festival is becoming more and more popular in the lives of many fans. They see it as an opportunity to not only listen to several of their favorite artists in one location, but an opportunity to get a well-deserved vacation as well. The surrounding areas for many festival locations provide beautiful scenery, historical attractions, sumptuous eating places and upscale resorts. Using Jambase.Com to carefully select a festival can make your experience an enjoyable one.

Typically music festivals are held during summer months—May to September, but with the level of sophistication today, fall festivals are on the rise. The primary role of a festival is fun, fun, and more fun! So, in order to have that fun, careful planning is essential. The first step is to nail down your budget and work everything else accordingly.

Check out the cost of tickets, what is included with the ticket, showcasing of artists, sleeping arrangements and the distance between the stage and those arrangements. Are tent accommodations your specialty or are hotel accommodations a good fit? These ingredients are key factors in determining whether your festival is fun-filled or filled with glitches.

Diversity is the goal of most festivals. Artists range from classic country, western swing, folksongs to modern day music. Select a country music festival that is unique, colorful and rich with artists whose harmonies and melodies are reminiscent of early country music, present day country soul and those using heart and soul to further their own impressions and endeavors.

Some musicians take country music from its deeper roots, move it forward, while others concentrate on heart-wrenching blues, soul and gospel. Getting it all in one package is gold!

A Country Music Festival Loves Brad Paisley

Make Your Music Festival a Vacation

Combining a festival with vacation can be a delightful experience! Well-planned festival seekers explore tons of information, view site maps, take-in videos, view picture galleries and check-out nearby restaurants. Landing a location near mammoth mountains and calm waters can be a needed change of pace from the festival’s boot-kicking and hand-slapping performances.

Another idea could be to do the festival first and vacation second. Lying in a comfortable bed in a hotel room for a day or two after a “swinging” good time at a festival, is a welcomed sight to tired legs and aching feet. Use the vacation time to relax, feel safe and let life’s worries drift away. Take in the beauty and serenity of cities and islands. Be ready to rub shoulders with the natives, relax over dinner and wind down. You deserve it!

A summer country music festival is a must for country lovers. So . . . grab your money, tent, sunglasses and get ready to sing along.

Country Music Festival Video

The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire

The FLYER T.U.M.o.t.ME


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Walter Duane Parham, II 248.705.7229 

                                       e-mail:  theparham@gmail.com





Detroit, Michigan – December 27, 2013.  Duane Parham, the man with the saxophone, laid it aside for a few minutes to investigate why horn players of the Motown Empire have been overlooked, underrated and maybe . . . forgotten.  History talks about Motown singers, percussionists, keyboardists, bassists and pianists, but is silent when it comes to the great horn players who contributed so much to make the “Motown sound.”


What did Parham do?  He made a documentary entitled The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire—a documentary which will be shown at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on December 27, 2013.   Accentuating the debut of the documentary will be a performance of Parham’s new song “Detroit City is Coming Back” by  The Original Vandellas . . . a must see and hear, so grab your ticket and get ready!



Tickets are available at the box office at the Museum (313) 494-5800 or (248) 705-7229.


Parham says, “These great “Unsung Musicians” blew (the) breath of life that formed music into their instruments on some of the greatest memorable celebrated hit recordings. However, they have been un-named and un-celebrated until now. This documentary will . . . educate and enlighten you . . . !”


Educational Arts Society Inc, spearheading the song with Parham, expects the documentary to correct an overdue wrong and shed light on these musicians.

For questions or more information, call 248 702-7229 or email admin@easzmusic.org.



About:  Educational Arts Society (E.A.S.)



EAS is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the personal, creative and professional development of aspiring young artists and objectively, develop a network of resources that young artists can positively explore.  http://easzmusic.org.

To purchase a ticket online — click here:



Exciting! Bustling! Energy! All of these words describe Gatlinburg, Tennessee! I could not wait to put my feet on the streets.

It was a sunny, hot day when the van driven by my brother-in-law Willie pulled into the parking lot of the hotel. There were four of us–sisters Shirley and Nell, Willie and myself. We were anxious to explore everything the little town had to offer.
Gatlinburg is a mountain resort city located in Sevier County, Tennessee. In 2000, it had a population of 3828 residents. I would surmise it is much larger today. Resting on the border of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, it is hemmed in by high ridges, abundant greenery and calm waters.

The main traffic artery, Route 441, runs through the center of the town. The ride is slow . . . cautious and with constant lookout for foot traffic, crowded streets and vacation-minded pedestrians. Numerous unique shops line the streets . . . from restaurants to studded boots, wide-brim cowboy hats and mouth-watering chocolate candy . . . one of my favorites.
Pigeon Forge is 6 miles to the north and the Great Smokey Mountains 2 miles to the south. Gatlinburg owes its beginning to Cherokee hunters and South Carolina native William Ogle. In the late 18th to early 19th centuries, they hewed and notched logs in the flats and erected a cabin. Ogle, however, succumbed to malaria fever and did not see his labor reach fruition.

Gatlinburg bears the name of Radford Gatlin, whose store became the first post office for the town around 1856.

Our First Day

Quality Inn Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge

After checking into the Quality Inn in Pigeon Forge, we jumped into the van and toured downtown Gatlinburg. The hustle and bustle of vacationers was exciting and energizing! They hurried about seemingly, with no special destination other than to find out everything the city offered. Later, we had dinner at a Chinese Restaurant, where a pleasant waiter with a deep sense of humor waited on us. As we devoured our food–everybody was hungry, we chatted about what we had seen, were seeing and would see. The meal was topped off with a walk across the street to Ben and Jerrys for ice cream.
Later, as I climbed into the spacious bed and snuggled between the crisp, white sheets, I wondered what the next day would bring.

Day Two

The continental breakfast was not my version of continental … because we had everything from hard boiled eggs to pancakes and syrup. After eating heartily, we visited several antiques shops. This is what we all love to do–rather than visiting shopping malls. Why? When you see one mall … you have seen them all. Each, with very minor differences, is a replica of the other. However, with antique shops, one sees uniqueness, carefully selected items, quality, the old and the new and … good deals! Gatlingburg and Pigeon Forge were no exceptions! Sister Ruby beat-out all of us in deals … coming away with books, dresses and jewelry. I found a beautiful French painting for my townhouse and a book entitled “Start Late, Finish Rich” by David Bach. Somehow, I enjoy the “money thing.” Shirley and Willie have so many antiques that it is very difficult for them to find something to fit in their 5000 square foot house. Really, I kid you not … their house is a mini museum.

The highlight of the day was a visit to “Dixie Stampede”— a western show backed by the style, quality and money of Dolly Parton.   If you have not been there. It is a “must see.” Situated in a large area about the size of a football stadium, surrounded by bleachers … bleachers with a backside to relax on and a table in front to eat on … and that is exactly what you do–eat and lots of it, the seemingly hundreds of well-trained waiters and waitresses “plop-down” food like soup (which you drink from a small bowl), hot biscuits, baked potatoes, baked pork, cornish hens and apple turnovers in front of their waiting audiences.  And … you get to eat while watching spectacular horses, skilled riders, costumed servers, singing and dancing, trick riding, pig-chasing and … racing ostriches! The costumes are spectacular! Dolly really “did herself proud.”

The show ends with a heart-warming song by Miss Parton.  It urges that we see ourselves as one country, united by more than that which divides us. I brushed back … a couple of tears.

Day Three

Because Shirley and Willie had a meeting to attend, Ruby and I were able to sleep-in, but emerged just in time to attend the Soul of MOTOWN at The Grand MAJESTIC. That was truly my “cup of tea.” I am a die-hard Temptation fan, a Michigander and a lover of all Motown sounds! Wow! Nothing could have pleased me more!

There are five young men, one being a relative of Temptation lead singer Dennis Edwards, and a polished, well-trained, sophisticated young lady. Their moves were very “motownish,” harmonies superb and choice of songs “right-on.” We sang, danced in our seats and reminisced of the “good old days.”

Plan a trip to Pigeon Forge and hear songs of The Temptations, The Platters, The Drifters, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, The Commodores, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Sam Cooke, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays, Lionel Ritchie, Boyz II Men, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and more!
Afterwards, Ruby, “the family picture-taker,” made pictures of them and … with them. Visit their website at http://www.thegrandmajestic.com/.

Fourth Day

After breakfast, it was check-out time and … the good times were about to end.                                       
One last item … have you ever seen an upside-down house? Well, get ready for one in Pigeon Forge.  I visited it on my walk around the town… had a peek at the “magical museum,” chatted with the greeter and ate my favorite chocolate-covered peanut candy. Time did not permit me to schedule one of the shows. Well … I had to leave something for the next time.

Gatlingburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are cities that should be on every American’s vacation itinerary. It has a “strip” of its own–not the Las Vegas Strip, but nonetheless—a strip. Take a walk or ride on it, you will be happy that you did.

What Does the Country Music Entertainer-of-the-Year Award Really Mean?

Entertainer-of-the-Year means what?CMAawards Surfing the web for an answer was very challenging. No one seemed to really know! Some said it is the person who makes the greatest fan connection, others say, politics or “giving the fans the most for their money.” Here is what the CMA guidelines say:





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