• Saving Children from Trafficking: Joseph Travers and Suzi Day of Saved in America

    October 14, 2018

    In powerful interview, Richard meets with Joseph Travers founder of Saved in America and Suzi Day to discuss how Saved In America is working to rescue young girls from the epidemic of sex traffic and provide helpful advise on how to protect your own children in age of social media.

    Joseph Travers, retired Navy veteran, former Police Detective, and license private investigator started working on Saved in America in 2010. After 4 years of planning they conducted their first rescue operation in 2014 and since have successfully rescued 133 girls from sex trafficking. Their organization operates on three basic principles:

    Their serves are always free.
    All of their team members are volunteer.
    All team members are retired Navy Seals, special operatives, or retired police officers and are licensed private investigator.

    Saved in America volunteers estimate that there are between 3,400 and 8,100 victims of commercial exploitation, including child sex trafficking, in San Diego alone every year. The FBI officially considers San Diego to be one of the 13 highest areas of child sex trafficking in this country.

    Using their special skills in close association with police agencies Saved in America is assists families and law enforcement to locate and recover missing and runaway children. They work tirelessly no matter how long it takes. Sometime it is only 12 hours, sometimes months. They are currently expanding their efforts through a reserve program which allows them to call on specialist in other state to expand their search efforts throughout the country.


    On November 1st Saved in America with Honorary Co-Chairs County Board Of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar and Mike & Yvonne Parziale will hold their 2nd Annual fundraising dinner “Mission: Child Saved Not Sold” at the Cuvier Club in La Jolla from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The evening will include a sit down dinner and short program, featuring families assisted by Saved In America. You will also get to meet the team as they honor a community partner and award a scholarship to a survivor of sex trafficking.

    You won’t want to miss this very important and powerful evening raising funds to help us continue our efforts to assist families and law enforcement locate and recover missing and runaway children at no cost.


  • Rock and Roll Legend Mickey Thomas of Starship

    October 7, 2018

    Mickey Thomas was born in Cairo, Georgia on December 3, 1949. He was inspired to pursue a career in music after traveling to Atlanta with longtime childhood friends Charles Connell and Tommy Verran to see a Beatles performance in 1965.Thomas, Connell, and Verran wound up in their first band together. Verran was the lead vocalist at the time. They split up to go to different colleges but later reformed in the early 1970s along with friend Bud Thomas as the “Jets”. While singing lead for the Jets in 1974, Thomas joined the Elvin Bishop Group as a backing vocalist and eventually made it to lead vocals. He sang lead vocals on the 1975 Elvin Bishop single “Silent Night” and the 1976 single “Spend Some Time,” but his best known achievement was singing on Elvin Bishop’s chart hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”, a #3 single in 1976.

    Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. Although he had thought of pursuing a solo career, Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, “Jane”, almost immediately after getting together. In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum. Starship followed-up their initial success with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today. Starship music is featured in the soundtracks for “Rock of Ages,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Skeleton Twins,” and most recently on the popular TV series “Glee”.

    He will be performing with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at the Poway Performing Arts Center on October 12th at 8:00pm. His voice is on-fire and the music is a compelling blend of then and now.


  • Women’s Tennis From the Open Era of Tennis and Scripps Hospital Fundraising

    September 28, 2018

    Richard welcomed two very interesting but divergent group of guest to his show.

    Pam Stewart, Pat Stewart and Hilary Paul McGuire

    In the first half of the show, Richard welcomes local Solana Beach residents Pat and Pam Stewart and Hilary Paul McGuire. Pat and Pam are two orphan sisters who became tennis players and achieved some notoriety as the Open Era in tennis came into being in the late 1960’s. Imagine two orphan girls trying to survive. Would you say to them, “Play tennis”?

    Pat and her sister Pam have both competed at Forest Hills. During her 19 years of competition at Forest Hills and Wimbledon, Pat inaugurated the Open Era on Center Court versus Ann Haydon-Jones. So impressed were the British press with her beauty that they twice named her Wimbledon Glamour Girl. Her modeling career led to marriage with England’s favorite cricketer John Edrich.

    Meanwhile Pam was not only competing occasionally, but coaching personages from H. Ross Perot to Dinah Shore at famed clubs from New York to Miami. Pam’s weekend with the Kennedy family may enliven discussion of the anniversary of JFK’s death.

    In his biography of Pam and Pat “Tennis Saves: Stewart Orphans Take World by Racket,” Hilary Paul McGuire documents the lives of two women who were literally saved through their involvement in tennis.

    Coastcella, a Scripps Encinitas fundraiser with Michael Tedesco and Monica Feakes

    Michael Tedesco and Monica Feakes join Richard to discuss the third annual Coastchella concert to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas which will take place Thursday, Oct.11, at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Chart-topping singer-songwriter and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will be the featured performer. Our community advisory board dreamed up the idea last year, and it was such a success they are doing it again this year!

    Coastchella will begin at the iconic music venue, 143 South Cedros Ave., with a 5 p.m. VIP reception. It will be followed by the main event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., including a cocktail reception, live auction and live performance by Phillips, who won the 11th season of “American Idol.” Phillips’ singles “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” both reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

    Tickets to attend the event are $250 per person for general admission or $400 per person for VIP tickets. To register visit www.scripps.org/coastchella. For more information about the event, as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact (760) 633-6523 or specialevents@scrippshealth.org. Visit us on Facebook at http://bit.ly/C18Facebook or #ScrippsCoastchella18

    Proceeds from the event will help fund the build-out and enhancement of the intensive care unit in the new acute care building at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. North County’s population growth has created a need to expand patient care capabilities at the hospital.



    Entire Show

    The Stewart Sisters and Hilary Paul McGuire

    Coastcella with Michael Tedesco and Moncia Feakes

  • Eric Basu, Cyber Security Expert, President and CEO of Sentek Global

    September 23, 2018

    Eric Basu is President & CEO of Sentek Global a government and commercial IT and cybersecurity company with expertise in information security, penetration testing, program management, strategic consulting, engineering, software development, certification training and acquisition support. The San Diego Business Journal named Sentek Global to its “Fastest Growing, Privately Held Companies” list four years in a row, from 2007 to 2010. The company was also listed on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5,000” list during the same time period.

    Eric, was an active duty U.S. Navy SEAL officer from October 1988 to December 1997 and served as a reserve SEAL from 1997 to 2005. He was Chief Architect of Knowledge Management Portal for Alitum, and a project manager for KPMG and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Basu was the President for Global Entertainment Security, Inc. until 2006. Mr. Basu holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and is currently a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

    To increase the number of cyber security experts he has developed the Haiku Cyber Range a training program which will be launching in a couple of months. The cyber range is a controlled virtual environment where all of the worst fruits of the criminal hacker’s labors can be visited upon an unsuspecting victim — and repelled, again and again, by white hats in training until their craft has been honed and their cyber security profession perfected.

    Eric also has a blog site, The Post Objectivist, which highlights the moral obligation of a society to create a meritocracy as well as business and entrepreneur insights.



  • Willie Buchanon, San Diego Sports Icon

    September 16, 2018

    Willie Buchanon was born in Oceanside the city where he resides presently. He went on to have a prolific career in the NFL then back and re-planted in Oceanside when his children were old enough to go to school. He built a real estate business, Buchanon and Associates.

    Wille Buchanon was a Junior College All-American at Mira Costa College 1969 and San Diego Padre’s first pick in 1969. Voted the Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine Game of 1971, Willie Buchanon was a Green Bay first-round draft pick in ‘72 and the ‘72 NFC Rookie of the Year and a three times All-Pro. In 1978, the Packers defensive back led the NFC with 9 interceptions, including 4 in one September bout with the San Diego Chargers that tied him for the still-standing NFL record for most interceptions in a game. Willie spent his last four pro years with the San Diego Chargers and tied the NFL all-time record for most recoveries in a game in 1981. Sporting News named the San Diego State All-American to its All-Time collegiate team. He was also named to the Green Bay Packers All-Time team, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, San Diego State Hall of Fame, San Diego Hall of Champions, California State Junior College Hall of Fame and Oceanside High School Hall of Fame.

    Willie is the founder of The Buchanon Youth Foundation dedicated to serving the youth of America and a community activist serving on many boards and committees in California and Wisconsin. Buchanon and his wife, Gwen, have two children: a daughter, Jenae, and a son, Will. His son was a member of the 2003 and 2004 national championship teams with the University of Southern California Trojans, and later played in the NFL. Willie Buchanon lives in his hometown of Oceanside.



  • Astrophysicist and Author Dr. Brian Keating Talks About the “Big Bang” and Beyond

    September 9, 2018

    Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He and his team develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio, microwave and infrared wavelengths. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds two U.S.Patents. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2006 and a 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President Bush for a telescope he invented and deployed at the U.S. South Pole Research Station called “BICEP”. Professor Keating became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016. He co-leads the Simons Array and Simons Observatory Cosmic Microwave Background experiments in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

    Keating authored a popular science book entitled Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor about the BICEP2 affair and the concomitant problems with the Nobel Prize in physics. It is one of Amazon’s ten best non-fiction books of the month and Nature magazine’s six best of the season.

    At Professor Keating’s website, https://briankeating.com/ you can see his many videos, podcasts, and insights into his research.



  • Bob Kelly and Adrienne Vargas: Notable Careers Dedicated to Philanthropy in San Diego

    September 4, 2018

    Filling in for the vacationing Richard Muscio, Joe Vecchio welcomed Bob Kelly, former President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation and Adrienne Vargas a 20 year veteran of The San Diego Foundation and current Associate Vice President of Development at San Diego State University to discuss philanthropy in San Diego.

    Bob Kelly
    Robert (Bob) Kelly was President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation for 20 years from 1994 until his retirement in 2014. In his tenure, the Foundation’s assets grew from less than $90 million to more than $660 million. Prior to joining The Foundation, Kelly was noted for his 15-year career with the American Cancer Society in San Diego and Southern California, and five years with Sharp Health Care, where he served as Assistant to the President and Senior Vice President and also Chief Operating Officer for the five Sharp Health Care Foundations.

    A longtime San Diego resident, Kelly attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a BA degree in communications. He and his wife, Deborah, have two college-age sons, Kris and Ryan, and live in the Point Loma area.

    Adrienne Vargas
    Adrienne Vargas has more than 25 years of development experience. She started her career as a student at Fordham University where she called alumni asking for donations. She then worked in annual giving for Harvard University before becoming a development officer for Grossmont Hospital Foundation. After six years at Grossmont Hospital Foundation, Adrienne was recruited by Bob Kelly to join The San Diego Foundation, where she worked for 20 years in a variety of roles, including overseeing human resources, the volunteer program, the San Diego Women’s Foundation and donor relations. Last October, Adrienne joined San Diego State University as the Associate Vice President of Development.



  • Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Cannabis Medicine with Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA

    August 27, 2018

    Filling in for the vacationing Richard Muscio, Joe Vecchio interviews Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA founder of Holistic Caring (www.HolisticCaring.com). Elisabeth founded Holistic Caring in 2016 after working for 30 years in the healthcare industry. Holistic Caring is a concierge medical cannabis consultation service staffed with clinical nurses who educate, guide, and support patients with product choices, dosages, and timing. Integrating cannabis into a treatment plan for complex diseases takes time, knowledge and research that very few practitioners have. Marketing this service to community medical providers, Elisabeth bridges the gap between traditional and cannabis medicine. Her background includes a decade in hospitals where she specialized in psychiatry, diabetes, and medical units. She truly believes that cannabinoid medicine offers our best chance at true healing, comfort, and wholeness in a more holistic, economical, and empowering way.

    She earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the American Cannabis Nurses Association, and the board of San Diego Women Grow.
    KCBQ radio studio image with Joe Vecchio and Elisabeth Mack on Cannabis podcast



  • Gerald Marzorati, Author of Late to the Game

    August 19, 2018

    Book Cover about senior tennis playersThis week’s guest is the author of a book about tennis and aging, Richard’s most and least favorite things respectively.

    The former editor of the New York Times Magazine, Gerald Marzorati decided at age 54 to devote himself to becoming a competitive tennis player, virtually from scratch. He details his efforts in his engaging memoir, Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win. In Late to the Ball Mazorati writes vividly about the difficulties, frustrations, and the triumphs of his becoming a seriously good tennis player. He takes on his quest with vigor and absolute determination to see it through, providing a rich, vicarious experience involving the science of aging, his existential battle with time, and the beautiful, mysterious game of tennis. Late to the Ball is also captivating evidence that the rest of the Baby Boomer generation, now between middle age and old age, can find their own quest and do the same.



  • Beau Treyz, Professional Tennis Player and Creator of “What Do You Get” Podcast

    August 13, 2018

    Beau Treyz was the 2014 Big Ten Doubles Champion playing tennis for the University Of Nebraska. After college, he pursued a professional tennis career. While plenty of college tennis players attempt to pursue a professional career after graduating, Beau Treyz found additional purpose in something else. Professional athletes are sometimes wrongly said to have “an easy life,” where all they have to do is “travel and get paid for playing” a sport. Media portrayal often doesn’t reveal the gravel road many athletes take in pursuit of their goals. The desire to have fans see “behind the scenes” of the free-throw making and ace serving individual on the court is what drives Beau Treyz to produce his podcast “What Do You Get” that aims to find out why athletes do what they do and what they get out of it. His interviews are also available on his instagram feed.