Joseph Bruen: Evan take us back to your childhood. What was it like being a young Evan Ginzburg?
Evan Ginzburg: I grew up on the tough streets of East Flatbush, Brooklyn in the 60s and 70s where I was the only white kid on the block in a turbulent and crime-ridden time. My Dad drove a taxi and never broke 25K in a year. I come from a blue collar family. Loved Kung-Fu flicks, Hammer Horror, American International films, Blaxploitation, R&B, WWWF, etc. Chronicled it all in my book Apartment 4B, Like in Brooklyn.
Joseph Bruen: At what point in life did you decide you wanted to work in the entertainment industry?
Evan Ginzburg: I left teaching kids in the NYC school system and having always loved wrestling, just kind of fell into wrestling working in virtually every capacity in the business short of actual wrestling- agent, publicist, play by play, occasional heel manager, etc. This led to my radio debut in 1991 and one thing ultimately leads to another if you have the perseverance to stick it out.
Joseph Bruen: Tell us about your relationship with Nicole Bass, how you first met and your thoughts on Nicole.
Evan Ginzburg: When you’re involved with pro wrestling you eventually meet everyone active in your geographic area and there was Nicole, literally larger than life with this incredible warmth and kind nature and we just hit it off and became good friends and we’ve been on the road off and on since.
Joseph Bruen: You have been a lifelong wrestling fan. Who were your favorites growing up as a kid? Who are some of your favorites today?
Evan Ginzburg: As a kid, Bruno, Strongbow, Monsoon, Valiant Brothers, SuperStar Graham who had more charisma than today’s entire RAW locker room, Stan Stasiak, the great Johnny Rodz, Nikolai, Kowalski, Albano, Blassie, Grand Wizard live in WWWF and Gordman & Goliath and John Tolos out of L.A. TV. My God did I ever love John Tolos. “How do you spell wrestling? T-O-L-O-S!” A normal sized guy, it’s a shame there’s not more footage of him today. What a magnificent heel and as great a talker as anyone. Saw him wrestle Bruno live at MSG. Loved Gordon Solie and Florida Championship Wrestling on TV, too. They were all larger than life, Marvel and DC Comics super heroes and villains come to life to a kid.
Joseph Bruen: Tell us about Legends TV and what it`s all about!
Evan Ginzburg: It’s in the tradition of Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Arsenio Hall, Evan Ginzburg’s Legends TV appears every Saturdaymorning 11AM-12:30PM on www.madhousetv.com for a worldwide Net audience and then archived 24/7 on You Tube and all social media. We have not only top show business names including million selling recording Artists like Martha Wash, but also the greatest independent musicians, actors, writers, comedians, artists, filmmakers, and even colorful pro wrestlers on our weekly spectaculars.
Joseph Bruen: Obviously you have a huge appreciation for music. Who are some of your all-time favorite music stars whether it be groups or solo acts?
Evan Ginzburg: My all-time favorites who I saw live were/are James Brown, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Sun Ra, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Roger Troutmann & Zapp, The Spinners, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Rush, Chuck Brown, George Clinton & P-Funk, Larry Graham, Fela, Maxwell, Little Anthony, Stylistics, Blue Magic, Little Richard, Eddie Jefferson, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Prince, Rudy Ray Moore, Antibalas, I could go on forever.
Joseph Bruen: Who have some of your favorite guests on your show been