Sunday, August 8, 2010

Shakin’ It Up

Anyone know where I can get a stylish pair of sunglasses that will fit on my rather large melon? I think that I had better invest in a pair now that I am a “TV personality”. That’s right, not only have I recently become an author, I am now about to appear on TV. Thanks to my book, “Some Kenosha Softball”, I will be appearing on Dennis Shook’s show, Shakin’ Up Kenosha.

Last Sunday afternoon, my good friend Jimmy Gentile called me up to inform me that he had run into Dennis at the YMCA. Evidently Dennis saw my book in the Kenosha Public Library and checked it out, read it and loved it. When he saw Jimmy at the "Y" he asked him if he thought I would be interested in coming on his show. Jimmy said he wasn’t sure but he would call and ask.

At first I was a flattered, but then I started having some concerns. After all, I am a man of size and my face is better suited for radio. Reluctantly I told Jimmy it was okay to give Dennis my number and I would discuss it with him.

Dennis called later that evening and after much consternation on my part, I agreed to appear on Shakin’ Up Kenosha.

We taped the 30-minute show yesterday at the Kenosha Media Center located at 1403 Washington Road, inside the Time Warner Cable building. I arrived at 2:05 and was getting back into my truck at 3:00.

We discussed my book and Kenosha softball in general. I was allowed to make several shameless plugs for my book as we discussed the good old days. It was a lot of fun and despite my earlier trepidation I really enjoyed myself.

Dennis is an excellent host and his years of experience really showed. It seemed like we were just getting started when the words, “that’s a wrap” were coming out of the production booth.

The show will air Monday night at 7:00 and Saturday afternoon at 2:00 on Time Warner Cable channel 14. Dennis said that it would air for the next couple weeks at those times.

I want to thank Dennis for not only having me on his fine show. I would also like to thank him for purchasing two copies of my book, one for himself and the other for Butch Stella.

If you haven’t purchased a copy yet and would like to, there are several ways to do so. If you live in Kenosha, the easiest way would be to go to Sister Act Painting and Creative Treasures located at 3816 Roosevelt Road right next to Clay’s Tap. The hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.

If you live outside of Kenosha there are a couple of ways to get your hands on my book. One is email me at and I will get back to you with the details. The other way is to use the link to Blurb located on the right side of the page. Either way will work, but I will ship it Priority Mail for $2.00 less and you will get it much quicker. Plus I will personally sign it!

That’s it for now; I need to go buy some sunglasses. Until next time…from the booth.


Susan "SB2" said...

Wow, can I get your autograph. Wait! I alreayd have it in your great book. So proud of you Paul! Sues

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Thanks Sues!

Leplume said...

Ooh, I will have to watch! So cool that you're going to be on TV!! Congrats! And please, do try to remember all of us little people... hehehe!

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Very funny Mary! By the way, guess what was one of the songs playing on my iTunes when I was writing this blog? Life In The Barrens by Red Candle from the album Uncompromised!

Julie Schuler said...

Wow! You're a media sensation! Congrats!

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Come now Julie! You're making me blush.