Ed Burns Talks 'Nice Guy Johnny'

When WFAN first came on the air in New York in 1987, Ed Burns and his best friend, both huge sports fans, couldn’t comprehend that Mike Francesa, Chris Russo and their colleagues were getting money for their “jobs.”

“We could not believe that you could get paid to BS about sports on the radio all night long,” Burns, a hardcore Knicks fan, said in a recent phone interview.

Now Burns, the director and star of The Brothers McMullen, has created a wonderful independent film for under $30,000 called Nice Guy Johnny that premiered at Tribeca and stars two up and coming actors Matt Bush (Adventureland) and Kerry Bishe (Scrubs).

Nice Guy Johnny centers on baby faced 23-year-old Johnny Rizzo, who is about to trade in his dream job in sports radio for some snoozeville gig that will pay enough to please his fiancé. To read more of this story, click here

My Day With Denise & Night With Minka

Yesterday I spent the morning with Denise Richards and the evening with Minka Kelly.

And I even had my wife’s full blessing.

I began the day by joining Fox’s Duke Castiglione on “Good Day New York” to preview the Knicks and Nets and talk a little NBA.

Before my segment, Richards was on to promote her show, “Blue Mountain State.” To read more of this story, click here

Springsteen, Bruce Willis & $6,000 Rock Photos

True story.

A couple of years ago, my wife and I were in the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in New York and this iconic Frank Stefanko photo of a young Bruce Springsteen was going for $1,500 or $2,000 a pop. I can’t remember which.

Avid rock fans and supporters of the Morrison Gallery, we own several iconic photos of Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan and George Harrison.

We thought long and hard but just couldn’t pull the trigger on the Springsteen photo at that amount. To read more of this story, click here

Antoine Dodson Getting Rich Off 'Bed Intruder' Song

Only in American could a man get rich off a song about the attempted rape of his sister.

Huntsville, Ala., native Antoine Dodson became a YouTube sensation when Auto-Tune the News took his rant about the attempted rape of his sister, Kelly Dodson, and transformed it into an R&B masterpiece.

According to Techland.com, “the song reached the top 50 on the iTunes music charts, was redone by Mario Paint and members of Paramore and New Found Glory and Relient K came up with a punk version. The entire North Carolina A&T State University marching band performed it on the football field. NPR did a story on the societal implications behind the fact a song about an attempted rape in the projects could become so popular.” To read more of this story, click here

Bruce Hornsby Talks Hoops, Music

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Last week at the Peach Jam I got a chance to interview musician Bruce Hornsby, whose son, Keith, is a 6-3 rising senior at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy committed to UNC-Asheville.

UNC-Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach recruited David Thompson to N.C. State, I was told by my Peach Jam roommate, NYC recruiting expert Tom Konchalski.

“Eddie Biedenbach is a legend of N.C. State basketball,” Hornsby said.

The elder Hornsby, 55, said he played basketball growing up but opted for a career in music instead.

“I played basketball in high school,” he said. “I had an offer to play at Randolph Macon when they were Division 2. Now they’re Division 3. But I told the coach I wanted to play the piano. I think it’s the only time he’s ever been told that.” To read more of this story, click here