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Press covering show’s expansion to an hour weekly, as well as the 2011 Talking Animals Festival.


Press covering recent guest Joan Jett as well as the Talking Animals Festival.


October 2009

Want to talk to Nellie McKay about animals? (From the Tampa Bay Times “SOUNDCHECK” Tampa local music guide)

 Ah, Nellie McKay. How can you not love an over-the-top quirky jazz-pop-cabaret pianist who sings songs about having her very own clone?

McKay releases her latest album, Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute To Doris Day, this week. And sadly, as expected, she’s not touring anywhere near Tampa Bay in support of it.

But she WILL be checking in with a Tampa Bay institution this week.

On Wednesday morning, McKay will return as a guest on Talking Animals, the pet show on WMNF-88.5. Apparently she’s a friend of the show — and she’s not the only prominent musician who is.

Longtime host Duncan Strauss has interviewed a number of cool musicians on the program to talk about their animal causes — Chrissie Hynde, Moby, Kinky Friedman, Emmylou Harris, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and John Doe of X, to name a few.

Talking Animals: Connecting Tampa Bay music fans with their heroes since 2005. Who knew?

Click here for details. And click here to listen to the show from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

— Jay Cridlin, tbt*

Original story: Want to talk about animals with Nellie McKay?

September 2009

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December 2008

Duncan on Media Talk

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April 2008

TNT’s Ringling Reality Series: Sickest Show On Earth?

I read with great interest — and greater horror — that one component of TNT’s new plan to expand the network’s slate of original programming is an unscripted series set aboard the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train that transports the performers and animals from show to show.

That sound you’re hearing may be the bottom of the barrel scraping — or it could be the moaning of an elephant being abused. MORE->

You can read Duncan’s commentary in Huffington Post  (posted on April 11, 2008) on TNT’s plans for a reality series on Ringling Bros and the circus train here!

January 2008

Special to the Palm Beach Post

Here’s Duncan’s Op-Ed piece on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that The Palm Beach Post published on December 23, 2007 on the front page of their Opinion section — For the love of animals, avoid the circus – Read editorial here.