Celebrity Interviews

A Chat With Tom T. Hall…

The Five Count recently had a Q&A session with country music legend Tom T. Hall. Known as “The Storyteller” of country music, Tom has written numerous hits including I Love, The Year Clayton Delaney Died, Harper Valley PTA, A Week in a County Jail, and (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine. He’s also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. We sent him a list of questions and he sent us the answers!

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An Evening With Megadeth’s David Ellefson…

Things got heavy on this episode of The Five Count. We were joined for an exclusive interview with David Ellefson. David is best known as the bassist and co-founder of the band Megadeth. Known for albums like Countdown to Extinction, Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, Cryptic Writings, and Rust in Peace, Megadeth has been a mainstay in heavy metal for more than 30 years. During the show he discussed what it was like growing up in Minnesota, how he met Dave Mustaine and formed Megadeth, and why the band is still going strong after so many years. The Five Count knows how to rock!

During the rest of the show Ton explained how he maintains his beard and we discussed the recent rash of stabbings on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Watch your backs!

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An Evening With Adult-Film Legends Ron Jeremy & Seka…

This was a special sexy installment of The Five Count featuring two exclusive interviews with adult-film legends! First we were joined by the “Platinum Princess of Porn” Seka. Seka is a pioneer of the porn industry, appearing in more than 150 adult films during the ’70s and ’80s. She’s also a member of the AVN Hall of Fame. During the show she discussed her legacy in the XXX business, the impact of AIDs on the business in the ’80s, and how she avoided dying in a helicopter crash with Stevie Ray Vaughan. The listeners were audibly aroused!

If that wasn’t enough, we were also joined by the one and only Ron Jeremy. Ron has been a mainstay in the adult-film industry, appearing in thousands of films dating back to the ’70s. He’s also appeared in several films outside the XXX business including The Boondock SaintsOrgazmoDetroit Rock CityTerror Firmer, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. During the show he discussed how he got his start in porn, his hopes of continuing to appear in more mainstream films, and why he thinks the porn business ain’t what it used to be. We at The Five Count need to strike while the iron is still hot!

During the rest of the show we whined for dollars for the KMSU Pledge Drive, gave away tickets to see Finnish folk metal band Finntroll, and announced the new Five Count Pizza Special from Gary’s Pizza in Mankato. Get one every Saturday night during the show! 

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An Evening With Buck 65…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with rapper Buck 65. Known for critically-acclaimed albums like Square, Synesthesia, and Talkin’ Honky Blues, Buck 65 has been releasing albums since the early ’90s. He’s also known for his association with the TV show Trailer Park Boys. During the show he discussed his thoughts on the underground hip hop scene, explained how a music video of his planted the seeds for Trailer Park Boys, and told us why Minnesota’s hip hop scene is one of the best. The Buck stopped here on The Five Count!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite animals at the zoo, Ton explained why he doesn’t befriend his fans of Facebook, and Dustin told stories about trick or treating on Halloween. He went as Naked Boy!

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An Evening With Gremlins’ Zach Galligan…

This episode was The Five Count Halloween Special. In addition to all the shrieks and creaks, we were also joined for an exclusive interview with Zach Galligan. Zach is best known for his role as “Billy Peltzer” in the films Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. He also appeared in films like Waxwork, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Nothing Lasts Forever, and Hatchet 3. During the show he discussed how he started in the business, his new film Hatchet 3, and explained why Gremlins is actually a Christmas movie. It was hella scary!

During the rest of the show we heard a scary ghost story from Alfred Hitchcock, Ton explained how he was psychological damaged by seeing Poltergeist 2 as a child, and we played enough spooky tunes to cause Southern Minnesota to wet the bed. Happy Halloween!

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An Evening With The O’Jays Eddie Levert…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Levert. Eddie is best known as the founder and lead singer for the R&B group The O’Jays. Known for hits like Back StabbersLove TrainFor the Love of Money and Used ta Be My Girl, The O’Jays have been touring the globe for more than 50 years. During the show he discussed the early days of The O’Jays, why he still makes music after all these years, and then made fun of Dustin’s Minnesota accent. We hopped aboard a love train soon after!

During the rest of the show we discussed out favorite aerial maneuvers in pro wrestling, talked a lot about pancakes, and a listener wrote us from Egypt to ask us why there’s so much sexual tension in the studio. Maybe it’s time to take things to the next level?

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An Evening With Phantom Of The Paradise’s Gerrit Graham…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with actor Gerrit Graham. Gerrit is best known for his role as “Beef” in the film Phantom of the Paradise. He’s also appeared in films like TerrorVision, Used Cars, Child’s Play 2, Chopping Mall, National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, and provided the voice for “Franklin Sherman” in the TV show The Critic. During the show he discussed how he got his start in the business, his time on the set of Phantom of the Paradise, and his thoughts on being part of so many cult films. The month of October is off to a good start!

During the rest of the show we discussed overstaying our welcome at KMSU with Dreadbeat Steve and chastised Ton for skipping the show to take a trip to Paisley Park. Ton and Prince are old army buddies!

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An Evening With The Simpsons’ Harry Shearer…

This special homecoming-edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Harry Shearer. Harry is best known for providing numerous voices for characters like “Mr. Burns” and “Ned Flanders” on the TV show The Simpsons. He’s also appeared in films like A Mighty Wind, Waiting for Guffman, Wayne’s World 2, and is the longtime bassist for the band Spinal Tap. He was joined by his wife, singer-songwriter Judith Owen. During the show they discussed their new web series What’s With Honey Poo Poo?, Harry told us who his favorite Simpsons character is, and we learned there could be a Spinal Tap reunion in the works! The entire show went to 11!

During the rest of the show we introduced a new segment called “The Five Count Mailbag” to the show, discussed our top five cities in Minnesota, and celebrated 50 years of KMSU! They couldn’t have made it this long without The Five Count!

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An Evening With Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Billy Dee Williams. Billy is best known for his role as “Lando Calrissian” in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He also appeared in films like Mahogany, Lady Sings the Blues, Nighthawks, Undercover Brother, and Batman. During the show he discussed his early days in the business, why he thinks the Star Wars films are so popular after all these years, and the various other projects he’s involved in outside of film. Much like a Colt 45, the show went down smooth!

During the rest of the show we explained why The Five Count is the Cousin Oliver of KMSU, chastisied Ashley for not seeing Star Wars, and received a phone call from Ton who went on an improptu nature retreat. He made friends with some geese!

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An Evening With WWE’s Dolph Ziggler, Lex Luger & George “The Animal” Steele…

The listeners were hanging from the rafters during this edition of The Five Count. The show featured not one, not two, but three exclusive interviews with legends of the squared-circle. First we were joined by WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler. Dolph is a former World Heavyweight Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WWE United States Champion, and WWE Intercontinental Champion. He was also the 2012 WWE Money in the Bank winner. During the show he discussed overcoming bad gimmicks early in his career, his dream of facing Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute iron man match, and why he should be the face of today’s WWE. They don’t call him “The Showoff” for nothin’!

Next we were joined by “The Total Package” Lex Luger. Lex is a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Television Champion, and NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion. He was also the co-winner of the 1994 WWE Royal Rumble and a former member of The Four Horseman. During the show he discussed his early days in the business, what being a member of The Four Horsemen did for his career, and how he hopes to one day be part of the WWE Hall of Fame. They don’t call him “The Total Package” for nothin’!

Lastly, we were joined by WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele. Known for his signature green tongue and appetite for turnbuckles, George’s wrestling career spanned more than 25 years and included feuds with greats like Bruno Sammartino and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. He also appeared in Tim Burton’s film Ed Wood with Johnny Depp. During the show he discussed how he started in the wrestling business, his famous feud with the late Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and why he started eating turnbuckles. They don’t call him “The Animal” for nothin’!

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