Teresa Strasser: Emmy-Winning Writer / Television Host / Author (Win Ben Stein’s Money, While You Were Out, Good Morning America)


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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Teresa Strasser
  • Aired: August 8, 2023

Teresa StrasserIn this exciting episode of The Jay Franze Show, we are honored to welcome the multi-talented Teresa Strasser, an American writer, television personality, and Emmy award winner. Teresa’s journey has been remarkable, from her early days as a field correspondent to becoming a beloved co-host on The Adam Carolla Show.

Teresa’s impressive career spans various media, including television, radio, and writing. As an Emmy-winning writer for Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and an Emmy-nominated television host for TLC’s “While You Were Out,” she has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Teresa’s first book, “Exploiting My Baby: Because It’s Exploiting Me,” received critical acclaim and became a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. It transformation into a pilot for ABC, thanks to the collaboration with Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

Not only is Teresa, a prolific writer, but she’s also an influential journalist with contributions to the Los Angeles Times and The Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Her poignant first-person essays have been recognized with three Los Angeles Press Club Awards, including the prestigious Columnist of the Year.

Teresa’s television credits include, her role as a field correspondent for WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York,” and Fox shows like “Good Day Live” and “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” Her engaging presence can still be enjoyed on re-runs of the USA Network’s “Character Fantasy.”

Her credits also include her time on ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and “The Chair.” Teresa has also charmed audiences with her appearances on the E! Network countdown shows, such as “50 Cutest Child Stars” and “101 Celebrity Oops.”

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Teresa holds the role as a spokesperson for prominent national brands, including U-Haul, Home Depot, LG, Domino’s, and Big Lots. Best Western Hotels and Resorts enjoyed collaborating with her on family travel adventures chronicled in print and on YouTube.

Named one of Arizona’s “Top Ten Social Media Moms” by The Arizona Republic and listed as “The Least Annoying People of the Year” by the New York Post, Teresa’s authenticity and charm have endeared her to audiences worldwide.

Currently, Teresa anchors the nightly syndicated entertainment show, “The List,” produced by the E.W. Scripps Company, for which she received a well-deserved 2015 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for Best Host.

Join us for an inspiring and entertaining conversation as Teresa Strasser shares her insights, experiences, and valuable lessons learned throughout her extraordinary career. Tune in to The Jay Franze Show for an unforgettable episode with this talented and endearing television personality.

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Songwriting: Music, Lyrics, and Life – An Intimate Conversation on Songwriting With Mike Errico


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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Co-Host: Jenny Wick
  • Guest: Mike Errico
  • Aired: July 19, 2023

Join host Jay Franze and co-host Jenny Wick on this captivating episode of Franze and Friends as they welcome the multi-talented singer/songwriter and esteemed educator Mike Errico. With a career spanning critically acclaimed albums, composing for film and TV, and teaching songwriting at prestigious universities, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the discussion.

In this episode, Jay and Jenny dive deep into the art of songwriting with Mike, exploring the creative process, the power of lyrics, and the intersection of music and life. Mike shares his insights on crafting compelling melodies, honing one’s songwriting skills, and the role of personal experiences in creating meaningful music.

As a respected professor at renowned institutions like Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Mike delves into his teaching methods and offers valuable advice for aspiring songwriters. Discover the unique approaches and techniques that have made him an acclaimed educator in the field.

Beyond his musical accomplishments, Mike has been featured in esteemed publications such as The New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Tune in as he discusses the intersection of music and journalism, offering his perspectives on the industry and the changing landscape of music in the digital age.

Additionally, Mike recently released his first book, Music, Lyrics, and Life (Backbeat), which delves into his experiences as a musician and the profound impact of songwriting on his journey. Join Jay, Jenny, and Mike as they explore the themes and stories behind the book, offering listeners a glimpse into the inner workings of a versatile artist.

Whether you’re an aspiring songwriter, a music enthusiast, or simply curious about crafting memorable tunes, this episode of Franze and Friends is not to be missed. Prepare to be inspired and gain valuable insights from the remarkable Mike Errico as he shares his passion for songwriting and its transformative power in this engaging and thought-provoking conversation.

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Charles Dye: Grammy-Winning Mixer / Producer / Award-Winning Filmmaker / Novelist / Educator (Ricky Martin, Shakira, Aerosmith)


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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Charles Dye
  • Aired: July 09, 2023

Charles DyeIn this captivating episode of The Jay Franze Show, we are joined by the multi-talented Charles Dye, a Grammy-winning mixer/producer, an acclaimed filmmaker, and a brilliant novelist. With an illustrious career spanning music production, film direction, and storytelling, Dye has left an indelible mark on the creative industries.

As a renowned recording and mixing engineer, Dye’s sonic wizardry has graced the works of music legends such as Aerosmith, Frank Sinatra, Shakira, and Jon Bon Jovi. His incredible contributions have sold a staggering 90 million records, making him a true maestro behind the mixing console.

But Dye’s artistic prowess doesn’t end there. With a passion for storytelling and visual expression, he delved into the world of filmmaking. Studying screenwriting at UCLA, he wrote and directed the award-winning film, “TWO SECRETS,” which garnered critical acclaim and was selected for prestigious film festivals worldwide. His screenplay, “BUTTERFLY,” even earned a coveted spot on Coverfly’s The Red List as a top-ranking thriller short.

Beyond his creative pursuits, Dye’s expertise in production led him to serve as the Director of Production for The Kitchen, an Emmy-winning dubbing company. Over the course of four years, he spearheaded a team that delivered an astonishing 30 hours of television and films each week for a range of esteemed networks and studios.

Currently pursuing a Creative Writing MFA and engrossed in crafting his latest novel, “AURORA,” Dye continues to push the boundaries of his artistic endeavors. Join us on this illuminating episode as we dive into the mind of Charles Dye, exploring his remarkable journey, the interplay between music and storytelling, and his invaluable insights into the creative process.

Tune in to The Jay Franze Show for an unforgettable conversation with Charles Dye, an exceptional artist who has mastered the art of creativity across multiple mediums. Get inspired by his wisdom, innovation, and unwavering dedication to pursuing artistic excellence.

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