JB- Since you left Entertainment Tonight you've been doing music and radio. You've used your star power to help people live better. You do that on your show. You give tidbits about different things. Tell me about Intelligence For Your Life.
JT- It's sort of a goofy, long title for a radio show but I really wanted to get back into radio. I started in 1971 and I was Rick Dee's news guy in North Carolina. After that I said I wanted to put together a radio show and we were trying to do something different and everybody was like, Do a countdown show, that'd be really neat but it was like, Nah, there's too many of those. As the story goes -- and it's a true story -- my wife, she is a real news hound. On her side of the bed you'd find stacks and stacks of magazines with little sticky notes on them - Prevention magazine, Oprah magazine, all that stuff with the articles about how to improve your life and you know, you never get around to that stuff because you're always too busy, so I thought that's a show, let's do that show. And when we put it together on paper it instantly appeared as the most expensive radio show on the air because it's… we have at least 12 researchers and they have to work to find that stuff in magazines and books, the Internet, in newsletters and so that's the idea behind that concept. Little tidbits. Maybe a minute-and-a-half , two minutes on the latest research on how to be a better person and how to be a healthier person.
JB- And if you aren't busy enough, you mentioned you're touring doing shows. Where can we see you in the next little while on stage?
JT- We post them all at tesh.com. Like I said, we do 50 or 55 of them. We're probably going to do a Christmas tour. But we don't go out… because of all of our families… we all have families so we do like three or four a month. You know, as a performer, that's where the lifeblood is. It's great being a writer, being behind the microphone, in front of a television camera, but being able to communicate with your audience on stage and playing an instrument there is… you know, we just passed the anniversary of Woodstock and those were the days when those artists never came off tour. That was their life.
JB- I know you're going to be in South Dakota this year and I do have a piece of advice -- and far be it for me to tell an experienced musician what to do -- but don't dance around and fall off the stage like (Aerosmith's) Steven Tyler.
JT- Yeah, yeah. That's a trip to the hospital right there. I have actually bludgeoned myself with the microphone before. I like to get very active at the piano. We were doing this gospel piece and it was just incredible. I had my eyes closed and I was bobbing… and I'm big, I'm 6'6", and I'm bobbing back and forth and I literally drove the microphone right through my forehead. And I look up and the bass player looks at me and he's got this horrified look on his face and I'm like, What, what? And I look down and there's blood all over the keys. So yeah, those of us who are a little older need to relax a bit. (laughing)
JB- Wow. Was that before the days of YouTube?
JT- Yes, definitely. (laughing) Definitely before the days of YouTube.
JB- John Tesh, thanks for joining us today. Everything you want to know about John is at tesh.com, right?
JT- That's correct.
JB- Alright. All the best to you.
JB- Take care.
The musician and radio host chats with JB about celebrity and music.