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Founded in 1925 by business leaders, entertainment figures and politicians, the Los Angeles Breakfast Club is the weekly gathering place for those seeking camaraderie and those who love the history and culture of Los Angeles. “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” is a tribute to the days of yesteryear when the LABC was a fixture on the radio and it's a monthly review and preview of happenings at the Democracy of Ham 'N Eggs. The show is hosted and produced by podcast veteran Phil Leirness.

The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AI‪R‬ Phil Leirness

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Founded in 1925 by business leaders, entertainment figures and politicians, the Los Angeles Breakfast Club is the weekly gathering place for those seeking camaraderie and those who love the history and culture of Los Angeles. “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” is a tribute to the days of yesteryear when the LABC was a fixture on the radio and it's a monthly review and preview of happenings at the Democracy of Ham 'N Eggs. The show is hosted and produced by podcast veteran Phil Leirness.

    Episode 40

    Episode 40

    Like Cupid shooting an audio arrow through your ears and straight to your heart, host Phil Leirness offers up a bonus-length love letter to the Los Angeles Breakfast Club and its members on this Valentine's Special!
    Good Ham an' Eggers Dorothy Rupert and Charles Coulombe get the ball rolling with a couple of New Year's wishes that Phil neglected to include in our New Year's show.  Then, after an historic clip about plastic surgery (!), and a celebration of member birthdays, Reverend Barbara Adams offers some truly inspiring words and Lily Leirness offers her Presidential Report. 
    Phil then conducts heartfelt, insightful and frequently hilarious "check-in" interviews with the Nurse's Table's Betsy Zajko and ("Colonel") Christopher Monger, with the Konrad Monti Smoking Section's Joanna Linkchorst, with the 60's Mafia Table's Oleg Korolov, and with the Rooster's very own Mr. L.A., Tom Sanchez. 
    And as if all that weren't enough, Don Snyder performs two romantic songs, announcer Marc Hershon provides a lot of laughs, and Phil pays tribute to longtime Breakfast Clubber (and mother of current club member Paul Currier), Peenie Currier, who died at the age of 97.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 39

    Episode 39

    Make it your New Year's resolution, to ring in 2021 with this brand new installment of "The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR". Episode 39 is a celebration of the holidays, of friendship, of Los Angeles, and of the one and only Democracy of Ham an' Eggs!
    Full of comedy, poetry, music and heartfelt expressions, this episode boasts contributions from Don Snyder, Richard Gilson, Adam Mellema, Nick Maiorino, Carole Nese, Jonathan Reich, Steven Smith, Joanna Linkchorst, Sandi Hemmerlein, Joe Selph and Marty Bracciotti. Announcer Marc Hershon provides plenty of laughs, host Phil Leirness curates the affair, and club president Lily Leirness previews all the happenings on tap for the Breakfast Club in January.
    From stories of the all-time greatest film composer to an inspirational speech given in 1932, from tales of "spooky donuts" to "senior date nights" at Vons this jumbo-sized episode is a New Year's party in audio form!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 38

    Episode 38

    A true feast for the ears, the heart and the funny bone, episode 38 of our almost-monthly celebration of the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the more than 95 year story of the one and only Democracy of Ham an' Eggs is an unusual one. Even by 2020's unusual standards!
    There are mid-pandemic new member initiations, birthday wishes, time travel audio featuring legendary announcer John Milton Kennedy, a preview of forthcoming Breakfast Club events, and Reverend Barbara Adams takes us down the path that leads to our continuing "Adventures in Friendship". Most of the episode, however, serves as a seasonal variety show!
    Join host Phil Leirness, announcer Marc Hershon, the Don Snyder Orchestra, the Scrambled Egg Sisters, The Roosters, Richard Gilson, Carole Nese, and Konrad Monti as they celebrate the season, friendship and Thanksgiving. Featuring special contributions by Doug Spice and the "Cheerful Philosopher" Burr McIntosh, this month's serving of audio "Ham an' Eggs" in the age of Covid-19 is full of music and laughs. So, dig in, everybody!

    • 59 min
    Episode 37

    Episode 37

    During this month's serving of audio "Ham an' Eggs" in the age of Covid-19, we inch our way back to normalcy with some reviewing and previewing of happenings that have taken place and that will take place at our virtual "Shrine of Friendship". And for the first time since the pandemic changed ... everything ... Phil conducts a long-form interview with a good Breakfast Clubber! He also conducts a couple of Coronavirus check-ins at the various Breakfast Club tables.
    In addition to all that and in addition to celebrating the club's 95 year history and current member birthdays, this episode pays special tribute to our dear friend, Konrad Monti, who died this past week at the age of 87.
    There will be much music, courtesy of the Orville Knapp Orchestra, Lily Leirness and Don Snyder. There will be a lot of laughs, thanks to host Phil Leirness and announcer Marc Hershon. And there will be a whole lot of heartfelt and inspiring personal revelations and insight courtesy of Joanna Linkchorst, Sandi Hemmerlein, Erynn Petrulis, Juliet Beach and Thea Komen.
    It's a lot to get to in one little audio time travel expedition, so buckle up, pour a tall one and notify the network that we might be running long!

    • 1 hr
    Episode 36

    Episode 36

    Thanks for coming back for more "Ham an' Eggs in the Age of Covid-19"! For the 5th consecutive month of life during the pandemic, we depart from the normal structure of our audio time travel expeditions into the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the now 95 year story of the one and only Los Angeles Breakfast Club ...
    Esteemed Master of Ceremonies Richard Gilson gets things started in his inimitable fashion, introducing Erynn Petrulis, who welcomes all within the sound of her voice to the Shrine of Friendship. 
    The Orville Knapp Orchestra performs many songs in a clip from 1934, including one of their best-selling records! August Birthdays are celebrated. Then host Phil Leirness makes the rounds of the various Breakfast Club tables, starting with the dais table and Chairman of the Board Jonathan Reich, who takes us down the path that leads to our continuing "Adventures in Friendship" by describing how we have all become "Disney Princesses".
    Phil then drops in at the nurse's table, where he interviews the aforementioned Erynn Petrulis, who offers heartfelt details about her struggles with pandemic shelter-in-place and the lessons those struggles have taught her. The Konrad Monti smoking section's Mickey Corcoran reveals big personal news. The 60's Mafia table's Bill Siefke talks about the travel biz and realizes he has been sitting at the wrong table all these years. Finally, the terrific former Hanna-Barbera animator Dawna Berger rounds things out by making all of our lives a little bit brighter.
    You will learn things you never knew about these people, you will hear heartening tales of how they are embracing these challenging times, and you will enjoy a lot of laughs. It's a bonus-length episode, because frankly, we all deserve a little bit more audio ham an' eggs!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 35

    Episode 35

    Thanks for coming back for more "Ham an' Eggs in the Age of Covid-19"! For the 4th consecutive month of life during the pandemic, we depart from the normal structure of our audio time travel expeditions into the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the now 95 year story of the one and only Los Angeles Breakfast Club ...
    The show begins with a phone conversation between host Phil Leirness and announcer Marc Hershon about the reasons behind Phil's departure from Los Angeles and the recent death of his father, as well as about an hilarious audio pilot that Marc wrote and produced (and which you can enjoy at https://succotash.libsyn.com/succotash-shut-in-epi209-special-presentation-sleevetalkers-pilot).
    Legendary explorer, adventurer and hunter Frank Buck ("Bring 'em Back Alive") was honored at the club back in the 1930's. On this month's show, we offer up a clip from that event, as well as a story Buck tells the assembled ham an' eggers about headhunters in Borneo!
    Phil makes the rounds of the various Breakfast Club tables, starting with the dais table and Reverend Barbara Adams, who takes us down the path that leads to our continuing "Adventures in Friendship". Phil then drops in at the nurse's table, where he interviews Rachel Skytt. It's then on to the Konrad Monti smoking section for a chat with Adam Mellema. The 60's Mafia table's Dorothy Rupert is visited, and the Roosters' very own Grand Cockelorum, Robert Nichols, rounds things out. You will learn things you never knew about these people, you will hear heartening tales of how they are embracing these challenging times, and you will enjoy a lot of laughs. 
    All that, PLUS the Don Snyder Orchestra takes us on a "Sentimental Journey" and Carole Nese wakes up our brains!

    • 1 hr

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