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THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS: THE HUNT FOR JUSTICE with Kevin Gannon

One of The Most Decorated Officers in NYPD History Comes Out of Retirement to Prove that Hundreds of Mysterious Drownings Are Actually Connected Murders Ric Speaks with Former NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon Whose Ongoing Investigation is the Subject of Oxygen Media’s Shocking New Series, “The Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” Premieres Saturday January 19th at 7pm ET/PT Since 1997, dozens of college-aged men have mysteriously drowned after a night out drinking with friends. Their bodies have been found in clusters around the country, and the victims are eerily similar – they’re all athletic, academic achievers. In addition, near the bodies is one distinct mark: graffiti of a smiley face. Oxygen Media’s new series “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” follows retired NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon and his team of investigators as they seek to prove that the drownings aren’t accidents, but homicides; and they may all be victims of a calculated group known as The Smil...

14 MIN2019 JAN 18
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THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS: THE HUNT FOR JUSTICE with Kevin Gannon

WAYNE stars Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo

From the Writers of the Hit Movie Franchise, Deadpool, Comes An All New YouTube Originals Action Comedy Series About a Teenage Dirty Harry… Wayne Ric Catches Up With the Stars of the 10 Episode Series, Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo. In this gritty and sometimes bloody tale, sixteen year-old Wayne (McKenna) sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del (Bravo) to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died. It is Wayne and Del against the world. Wayne is clearly going to have to fight his way through several enemies in order to get what he wants, including the car’s new owners and Del’s overprotective father and brothers. But luckily, he has several weapons to fight his battles with, including nunchucks, an aluminum bat, and a garden gnome on a chain. Mark McKenna is known for Sing Street, Kat and Alfie: Redwater. Ciara Bravo is known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush and her role as Emma Chota on Red Band Society. For more info, ...

8 MIN2019 JAN 17
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WAYNE stars Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr. is talking with Ric The Grammy and Emmy-Award-Winning Musician Has a New Mission: To Teach You to Play Piano! Actor, singer and composer Harry Connick, Jr. is a longtime proponent of music education. He’s partnering up with with Quincy Jones' education tech company, Playground Sessions - the #1 rated piano learning software and application. Connick will offer lessons to a global audience that both demystifies the process of learning to play the piano, while also encouraging players and showcasing the power of technology to share knowledge. Utilizing Harry’s talents and knowledge, the program makes it possible for anyone, even those who have never played before, to have an option to learn, from the convenience of their own homes. All they need is the app and a keyboard! Says Connick: “Music changed my life in every way imaginable, and I’m honored to share my knowledge with a global audience and give back. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time by myself i...

10 MIN2019 JAN 16
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Harry Connick Jr.

CARL WEBERS THE FAMILY BUSINESS star Darrin Dewitt Henson

More Money, More Problems! BET’s Dishy Drama, Carl Weber's The Family Business, Heats Up Winter with Juicy Story Lines. New episodes Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT Ric Catches Up with Star Darrin Dewitt Henson. The drama with the Duncan family is heating up this January! In the winter premiere of Carl Weber's The Family Business, ‘LC Duncan’ (Ernie Hudson) hands over power to son, ‘Orlando Duncan’ (Darren DeWitt Henson), making him the family’s new CEO. Orlando develops a new product that could substantially increase profits for the business, but this operation is carried out at the displeasure of the family matriarch, ‘Chippy’ Duncan (Valarie Pettiford). More money comes with more problems, and Orlando’s highly lucrative venture makes the family a target, putting old foes, The Zuniga’s (Emilio Rivera and Yadi Valerio Rivera), and new rivals (played by Malik Yoba, WWE's Mark Henry) on the offensive against the Duncan family. Can they evade a war with these rival factions or will th...

5 MIN2019 JAN 16
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CARL WEBERS THE FAMILY BUSINESS star Darrin Dewitt Henson

MADE IN STATEN ISLAND stars Karina and Christian

Staten Island was once Home to New York’s Most Notorious Mob Families Some Ties are Meant to be Broken in MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” The new docuseries is executive produced by “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano. Ric Talks with cast members Karina & Christian "C.P." Bosses aren’t born, they’re “Made in Staten Island.” Staten Island was home to New York’s most notorious mafia families. Now, a new crop of hustlers has emerged in MTV’s “Made in Staten Island,” premiering Monday, January 14th. The coming-of-age series follows eight Staten Islanders as they battle each other, and the odds, to step out from the shadows and change the reputation of the island. These friends will either choose wisely, or fall prey to the mistakes of past generations. Karina has a mafia bloodline and attitude to match. Luckily, she has the guidance of her grandfather, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano, and mother Karen Gravano of “Mob Wives.” Christian "C.P." is a lover and a fighter. He has a big he...

10 MIN2019 JAN 15
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MADE IN STATEN ISLAND stars Karina and Christian

GROWING UP HIP HOP stars Vanessa and JoJo Simmons

Ric Speaks with Vanessa & JoJo Simmons Before an All-New, LIVE & Interactive Growing Up Hip Hop Vanessa and JoJo Simmons – the Children of Legendary Hip Hop Star Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN DMC – Join the Growing Up Hip Hop Cast for a LIVE Event to Answer Viewer Questions In WE tv’s popular series Growing Up Hip Hop, the next generation of hip hop royalty sets out to do whatever it takes to rise above their legendary parents’ shadow. On Thursday, January 17, two of the show’s most popular cast members – Vanessa & JoJo Simmons – will join the cast for a two-hour, high-energy live event! Vanessa & JoJo along with Romeo Miller, Egypt, Sam, Boogie and special guest stars will hang out together, drink champagne and spill the tea, while answering viewers questions via live calls and tweets. The interactive show will broadcast as interstitials throughout two hours as WE tv airs two new episodes of Growing Up Hip Hop featuring a showdown with Boogie Dash and his father Dame; An...

11 MIN2019 JAN 14
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GROWING UP HIP HOP stars Vanessa and JoJo Simmons

EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1

EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1 by Edward Morse When a handful of young runners who call themselves the Blugees, along with their coach, happen upon a strange blue tree in a wilderness stripped of any living creatures, they have no idea the incident will change their lives forever. After being covered in a blue pollen-like dust and blacking out, they all come to and return to their normal routines. But they soon find that each of them has new special abilities that will allow them to defend themselves-and the world-from untold dangers. As the runners begin to learn to use their new skills, they encounter unusual people and amazing events that alter the course of human history, even going so far as to experience time travel. But in order to keep themselves safe, they will have to work together and build on the gifts that have been given to them. In this science fiction novel, these young runners and their coach struggle with their special abilities to protect themselves ...

22 MIN2019 JAN 12
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EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1

REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae

REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae Rosa Mae has earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree in Educational Administration. She has taught middle school science, coached several sports, raised children and taught as an adjunct professor of Biology. Rosa has a lifelong love for expression of life through poetry and has recently decided to release a second publishing of REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS to a wider audience. www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/cheinrich3.mp3

21 MIN2019 JAN 11
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REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae

THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B

THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B The Gift of Sobriety: A Spiritual Transformation is a spiritual memoir about one woman’s descent into alcoholism and her eventual recovery by getting involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and integrating spirituality into her journey towards sobriety. This book chronicles her gradual spiritual transformation from the first day she walked into an AA meeting until nine months later. It includes dreams, personal accounts of spiritual experiences, and reflections on topics discussed in AA as well as in books that the author found helpful in her spiritual quest that began well before AA. This sensitive account is meaningful to anyone who may have deep spiritual longing. The author gradually moves from feeling totally broken to a life of renewal and hope. It includes practical tools for living such as blessing others and asking God for personal change in the face of troubling personal relationship. Rose loves to learn. In fact, she ...

17 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B

THE CHARMED: FASCINATUS by Alan Southall

The Charmed: Fascinatus by Alan Southall The story occupies the existence of a gold piece—a bracelet of exceptional quality that is not meant to be worn on a wrist. The charm was formed in a workshop in Deva (now Chester) in England in Roman times. The events take place over the periods 105 AD to 2020 AD. About the Author . Alan worked in Sales for a world leader in supply of safety and survival equipment . During his 35 years in post, he travelled to 23 countries and visited more than 80 cities.He retired in 2005 and the book was inspired by some of the experiences and tales during his travels. He now enjoys spending time with his family members especially his brothers. Children and grandchildren. He is presently struggling to learn Italian and the piano. https://www.amazon.com/Charmed-Fascinatus-Alan-Southall-ebook/dp/B07BKP95H7/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546889987&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Charmed+by+Alan+Southall http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/asouthall.mp3

17 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE CHARMED: FASCINATUS by Alan Southall

Latest Episodes

THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS: THE HUNT FOR JUSTICE with Kevin Gannon

One of The Most Decorated Officers in NYPD History Comes Out of Retirement to Prove that Hundreds of Mysterious Drownings Are Actually Connected Murders Ric Speaks with Former NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon Whose Ongoing Investigation is the Subject of Oxygen Media’s Shocking New Series, “The Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” Premieres Saturday January 19th at 7pm ET/PT Since 1997, dozens of college-aged men have mysteriously drowned after a night out drinking with friends. Their bodies have been found in clusters around the country, and the victims are eerily similar – they’re all athletic, academic achievers. In addition, near the bodies is one distinct mark: graffiti of a smiley face. Oxygen Media’s new series “Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice” follows retired NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon and his team of investigators as they seek to prove that the drownings aren’t accidents, but homicides; and they may all be victims of a calculated group known as The Smil...

14 MIN2019 JAN 18
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THE SMILEY FACE KILLERS: THE HUNT FOR JUSTICE with Kevin Gannon

WAYNE stars Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo

From the Writers of the Hit Movie Franchise, Deadpool, Comes An All New YouTube Originals Action Comedy Series About a Teenage Dirty Harry… Wayne Ric Catches Up With the Stars of the 10 Episode Series, Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo. In this gritty and sometimes bloody tale, sixteen year-old Wayne (McKenna) sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del (Bravo) to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died. It is Wayne and Del against the world. Wayne is clearly going to have to fight his way through several enemies in order to get what he wants, including the car’s new owners and Del’s overprotective father and brothers. But luckily, he has several weapons to fight his battles with, including nunchucks, an aluminum bat, and a garden gnome on a chain. Mark McKenna is known for Sing Street, Kat and Alfie: Redwater. Ciara Bravo is known for her role as Katie Knight on Big Time Rush and her role as Emma Chota on Red Band Society. For more info, ...

8 MIN2019 JAN 17
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WAYNE stars Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr. is talking with Ric The Grammy and Emmy-Award-Winning Musician Has a New Mission: To Teach You to Play Piano! Actor, singer and composer Harry Connick, Jr. is a longtime proponent of music education. He’s partnering up with with Quincy Jones' education tech company, Playground Sessions - the #1 rated piano learning software and application. Connick will offer lessons to a global audience that both demystifies the process of learning to play the piano, while also encouraging players and showcasing the power of technology to share knowledge. Utilizing Harry’s talents and knowledge, the program makes it possible for anyone, even those who have never played before, to have an option to learn, from the convenience of their own homes. All they need is the app and a keyboard! Says Connick: “Music changed my life in every way imaginable, and I’m honored to share my knowledge with a global audience and give back. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time by myself i...

10 MIN2019 JAN 16
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Harry Connick Jr.

CARL WEBERS THE FAMILY BUSINESS star Darrin Dewitt Henson

More Money, More Problems! BET’s Dishy Drama, Carl Weber's The Family Business, Heats Up Winter with Juicy Story Lines. New episodes Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT Ric Catches Up with Star Darrin Dewitt Henson. The drama with the Duncan family is heating up this January! In the winter premiere of Carl Weber's The Family Business, ‘LC Duncan’ (Ernie Hudson) hands over power to son, ‘Orlando Duncan’ (Darren DeWitt Henson), making him the family’s new CEO. Orlando develops a new product that could substantially increase profits for the business, but this operation is carried out at the displeasure of the family matriarch, ‘Chippy’ Duncan (Valarie Pettiford). More money comes with more problems, and Orlando’s highly lucrative venture makes the family a target, putting old foes, The Zuniga’s (Emilio Rivera and Yadi Valerio Rivera), and new rivals (played by Malik Yoba, WWE's Mark Henry) on the offensive against the Duncan family. Can they evade a war with these rival factions or will th...

5 MIN2019 JAN 16
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CARL WEBERS THE FAMILY BUSINESS star Darrin Dewitt Henson

MADE IN STATEN ISLAND stars Karina and Christian

Staten Island was once Home to New York’s Most Notorious Mob Families Some Ties are Meant to be Broken in MTV’s “Made in Staten Island” The new docuseries is executive produced by “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano. Ric Talks with cast members Karina & Christian "C.P." Bosses aren’t born, they’re “Made in Staten Island.” Staten Island was home to New York’s most notorious mafia families. Now, a new crop of hustlers has emerged in MTV’s “Made in Staten Island,” premiering Monday, January 14th. The coming-of-age series follows eight Staten Islanders as they battle each other, and the odds, to step out from the shadows and change the reputation of the island. These friends will either choose wisely, or fall prey to the mistakes of past generations. Karina has a mafia bloodline and attitude to match. Luckily, she has the guidance of her grandfather, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano, and mother Karen Gravano of “Mob Wives.” Christian "C.P." is a lover and a fighter. He has a big he...

10 MIN2019 JAN 15
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MADE IN STATEN ISLAND stars Karina and Christian

GROWING UP HIP HOP stars Vanessa and JoJo Simmons

Ric Speaks with Vanessa & JoJo Simmons Before an All-New, LIVE & Interactive Growing Up Hip Hop Vanessa and JoJo Simmons – the Children of Legendary Hip Hop Star Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN DMC – Join the Growing Up Hip Hop Cast for a LIVE Event to Answer Viewer Questions In WE tv’s popular series Growing Up Hip Hop, the next generation of hip hop royalty sets out to do whatever it takes to rise above their legendary parents’ shadow. On Thursday, January 17, two of the show’s most popular cast members – Vanessa & JoJo Simmons – will join the cast for a two-hour, high-energy live event! Vanessa & JoJo along with Romeo Miller, Egypt, Sam, Boogie and special guest stars will hang out together, drink champagne and spill the tea, while answering viewers questions via live calls and tweets. The interactive show will broadcast as interstitials throughout two hours as WE tv airs two new episodes of Growing Up Hip Hop featuring a showdown with Boogie Dash and his father Dame; An...

11 MIN2019 JAN 14
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GROWING UP HIP HOP stars Vanessa and JoJo Simmons

EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1

EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1 by Edward Morse When a handful of young runners who call themselves the Blugees, along with their coach, happen upon a strange blue tree in a wilderness stripped of any living creatures, they have no idea the incident will change their lives forever. After being covered in a blue pollen-like dust and blacking out, they all come to and return to their normal routines. But they soon find that each of them has new special abilities that will allow them to defend themselves-and the world-from untold dangers. As the runners begin to learn to use their new skills, they encounter unusual people and amazing events that alter the course of human history, even going so far as to experience time travel. But in order to keep themselves safe, they will have to work together and build on the gifts that have been given to them. In this science fiction novel, these young runners and their coach struggle with their special abilities to protect themselves ...

22 MIN2019 JAN 12
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EVOLUTION: NEW HUMAN ABILITIES BLUGEE BOOK 1

REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae

REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae Rosa Mae has earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree in Educational Administration. She has taught middle school science, coached several sports, raised children and taught as an adjunct professor of Biology. Rosa has a lifelong love for expression of life through poetry and has recently decided to release a second publishing of REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS to a wider audience. www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/cheinrich3.mp3

21 MIN2019 JAN 11
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REACHING OUT TO KINDRED SOULS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND DRAWINGS AND A PLACE TO YOUR OWN by Rosa Mae

THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B

THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B The Gift of Sobriety: A Spiritual Transformation is a spiritual memoir about one woman’s descent into alcoholism and her eventual recovery by getting involved with Alcoholics Anonymous and integrating spirituality into her journey towards sobriety. This book chronicles her gradual spiritual transformation from the first day she walked into an AA meeting until nine months later. It includes dreams, personal accounts of spiritual experiences, and reflections on topics discussed in AA as well as in books that the author found helpful in her spiritual quest that began well before AA. This sensitive account is meaningful to anyone who may have deep spiritual longing. The author gradually moves from feeling totally broken to a life of renewal and hope. It includes practical tools for living such as blessing others and asking God for personal change in the face of troubling personal relationship. Rose loves to learn. In fact, she ...

17 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE GIFT OF SOBRIETY: A SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION by Rose B

THE CHARMED: FASCINATUS by Alan Southall

The Charmed: Fascinatus by Alan Southall The story occupies the existence of a gold piece—a bracelet of exceptional quality that is not meant to be worn on a wrist. The charm was formed in a workshop in Deva (now Chester) in England in Roman times. The events take place over the periods 105 AD to 2020 AD. About the Author . Alan worked in Sales for a world leader in supply of safety and survival equipment . During his 35 years in post, he travelled to 23 countries and visited more than 80 cities.He retired in 2005 and the book was inspired by some of the experiences and tales during his travels. He now enjoys spending time with his family members especially his brothers. Children and grandchildren. He is presently struggling to learn Italian and the piano. https://www.amazon.com/Charmed-Fascinatus-Alan-Southall-ebook/dp/B07BKP95H7/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546889987&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Charmed+by+Alan+Southall http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/asouthall.mp3

17 MIN2019 JAN 10
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THE CHARMED: FASCINATUS by Alan Southall
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