Writing for POST magazine has afforded me the opportunity to meet and get to know a wildly diverse group of people. Many have national reputations (some international), but they’re all Rochester, NY natives or hail from elsewhere and now call Rochester home. POST is a beautiful, quarterly. Oversized. Heavy, matte paper stock cover. Gorgeous photography and stories that get to the heart of who (and what) Rochester is – good, bad, and ugly. I consider myself damn lucky to write for these guys.
This particular interview was the first one I wrote just over three years ago. And it is the first legit, professional interview I’d ever done. Brother Wease was a tough draw for my first seat at the table. Wease is a local talk radio personality (on 95.1 The Brew) who has risen to the same national level of notoriety in the talk radio community as guys like Stern, Imus, Tom Joyner, Rush Limbaugh, and Ryan Seacrest. He’s spent over three decades laying it all on the table when it comes to every aspect of his life: battling cancer, drug use, infidelity, politics, ex-wives, tours in Vietnam, the music biz, online poker.
Nothing is off-limits for his on-air discussions, and he pulls no punches. People either love or hate him because of it. Personally, I had grown up with his voice on 96.5 WCMF, inextricably tied to the 70’s and 80’s classic rock that shaped my formative years, so this was a bit of a big deal. And I knew I was going to be hard-pressed to get something from the man that the public didn’t already know. Thankfully, there were a couple cards he hadn’t played yet.
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Photo cred: Michael Hanlon