Apr 302017

Joe Platania

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania about crime and punishment in Charlottesville.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Apr 022017

Meredith Richards

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord hosts former City Councilor Meredith Richards of the Road Forward PAC to talk about the Understanding Government Forum, a series of educational opportunities designed to encourage understanding of and engagement with state and local government.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11am to noon.

Mar 212017

This is our fourth in a series of radio plays from Charlottesville’s top playwrights and the talented actors at Live Arts Radio. Each play was written by members of Charlottesville’s Playwright’s Lab.

In our fourth episode, we meet a couple who are coping with the loss of a family pet with humor and respect. Please note that this episode is based on a true story where a couple was forced to put down their dog, and may be upsetting to those who have recently suffered the experience. It may also provide some healing.

Dead Dog is the work of the following talented men and women:

Stephanie Hess (Julie) has performed with Live Arts, Act I, Play On!, Four County Players, Heritage Theatre Festival and Persimmon Tree Players. She has been performing in community theater for more years than she cares to remember. Some of her favorite roles are Julie in Dead Dog and Alta in Language Archive with Live Arts, Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense with Act I, Claudia McFadden in Suite Surrender with Persimmon Tree Players and Ms. Furnival in Black Comedy with Four County Players. Stephanie is a retired dance teacher. Her biggest claim to fame is that she had a stint as a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles and is a member of the NFL Alumni Association. This is Stephanie’s maiden voyage into the world of podcasts and really enjoyed recording Dead Dog. She hopes to be doing more podcasts and voice acting work in the future.
Frank Saxon (Dan) is a relative newcomer to the Charlottesville theater scene. Over the past two years he has appeared in Xanadu, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, and Locally Sourced (where Dead Dog was first performed) at Live Arts, Cleopatra VII at Gorilla Theater, The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Four County Players, and in Barhoppers 2016 for Offstage Theater. He is thrilled to be a part of this production and is looking forward to performing more of Alex Citron’s original works.
Tim White (Director) retired two years ago after teaching for 40 years. As a theatre/speech major he received his BA and MEd. from James Madison University. Tim developed theater programs in Loudoun County, Charlottesville City, and St. Anne’s – Belfield School, besides teaching classes at UVa and PVCC. The last seven years of his teaching career were working with students with autism at The Institute of Autism in Charlottesville. Since retiring, Tim has devoted much of his spare time volunteering with Live Arts. Tim directed Dead Dog as one of six one-act plays presented by the New Playwrights Lab at Live Arts last summer. The play has also been performed at Cville Coffee.
Alex Citron, (Writer, Co-Founder-Facilitator of the Playwrights’ Lab) has been a member of the Lab since 2002. He has worked in theater for over forty-five years, as an actor, director, producer, set designer and stage manager. Of the seventeen plays he has written, six have been produced by companies in California, Texas, New York and Virginia. From 2005 until its closing in 2014, Alex was Executive Director of Play On, a Charlottesville community theater.
Nathan Anderith (Co-Founder) has been directing, acting and producing theater for 18 years, from Shakespeare on the Lawn at UVA to drama groups in West Africa. His favorite part of putting together these podcasts is doing his sexy radio voice for the intro and outro.
Cory Capron (Music Composer) is a has written three full-length plays and several shorts, directed and co-directed several shows, and worked in props, sound, costume and creature design. He is a founding member of Gorilla Theater Productions, where he has worked as house composer on many productions. Outside the theater, Cory is a short story author, a singer-songwriter, and occasionally an experimental filmmaker.
Sean Michael McCord (Co-Founder) is a Charlottesville-based playwright, producer, director, and occasional actor. Once upon a time, he was radioactive. He is currently an MFA Playwright at the Hollins Playwrights’ Lab in Roanoke.


The Live Arts Playwrights’ Lab is a free forum for writers of every experience level, in which they share, read, hear, and discuss their work in a community of fellow playwrights. The Lab is dedicated to developing the work of local writers in a fun, creative, supportive setting; and includes opportunities for public staged readings and full productions. The Lab meets on the first and third Monday of each month (except July and August). Whether you’ve been writing for years or are just getting started, there’s a place for you in the Lab! Visit Live Arts The Foundry for more information.

Post production work for Dead Dog was done by Dan Gould at the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Mar 052017

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with Jane Kulow, Director of the Virginia Center for the Book and Festival of the Book. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Feb 052017

Flickr: Bill Ward

This week Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with none other than Goddess Elle (aka Leslie M. Scott-Jones) reviving her own role as the radio voice of all things romantic.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Jan 082017

Ray Nedzel

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with Ray Nedzel. Ray is currently directing the production of Guys and Dolls at Live Arts. He is also the Executive Director of Whole Theater and will be shepherding 24/7 at Live Arts on January 21st. Ray talks about his life in the arts.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Dec 112016

Marnie Allen (Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with Marnie Allen of Community Attention Foster Families, a city-funded agency that works with the Department of Social Services to provide permanency planning in foster care, aftercare services, and emergency placements.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Nov 272016

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks to Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of the Department of Media Studies and Law at UVA, about the confluence of media and politics.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Nov 052016

Cheryl Rattner Price at the Virginia Film Festival on November 5th, 2016.

Sean McCord talks with director Cheryl Rattner Price about her film NOT The Last Butterfly.

From the Virginia Film Festival: “The Butterfly Project is a grassroots arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through global displays of ceramic butterflies. With one butterfly painted for each child, the Butterfly Project’s messages of hope and healing are woven together with survivors’ courageous stories of dark times. The documentary highlights a little-known story of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where Ela Weissberger was imprisoned as a young child. Now in her eighties, survivor Ela reveals how she and other children were given the strength to endure the Holocaust by an artist and teacher who helped them express the trauma of their experiences through art”

Nov 052016

Jeff Consiglio at the Virginia Film Festival on November 5th, 2016

Sean McCord talks with producer/editor Jeff Consiglio about his film Best and Most Beautiful Things.

From the Virginia Film Festival: “Michelle Smith, a precocious twenty-year-old woman, lives with her mother Julie in rural Maine. Michelle is quirky and charming, with big dreams and varied passions. She is also legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative sex-positive community. The documentary tells her story of self-discovery as she navigates new relationships and attempts to go out into the world on her own”

Best and Most Beautiful Things will be shown at 5:00 PM, Sunday November 6, 2016 at the Downtown Mall: Violet Crown A.

Nov 052016

Sean McCord talks with Brian Golden Davis, Rob McBroom about their film The Million Dollar Duck.

From the Virginia Film Festival: “Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, this film from director Brian Golden Davis dives into the eccentric world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest—the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. The contest is among the most successful conservation tools ever instituted, filled with ego, art, big money, and migratory waterfowl. Following six wildlife artists turned competitors who strive to win “the Olympics of wildlife art,” The Million Dollar Duck brings to life this highly competitive contest as the artists are eliminated one by one, leaving a winner whose work will be seen by millions.”

The Million Dollar Duck airs at 4:15 PM, Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 at the PVCC Dickinson Center.

Nov 052016

Pennebaker (left) and Hegedus at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year.

Sean McCord talks with legendary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus about their film Unlocking The Cage.

From the Virginia Film Festival: “After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, animal rights lawyer Steven Wise is making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. Using two years of behind the scenes footage, the documentary team of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker exposes Wise’s unprecedented struggle to break down the legal wall dividing animals and humans. Arguing to secure the rights of four chimpanzees in New York State, Wise maintains that cognitively complex animals have the capacity for limited personhood rights that would protect them from physical abuse. Signifying a groundbreaking shift towards the acknowledgement of animal rights, Hegedus and Pennebaker provide an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever alter our legal system.”

Unlocking the Cage screens Sunday at 1:00 PM; The War Room screens tonight at 6:00 PM.