The Q

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Imagine if Howard Stern took over The Daily Show… that’s the vibe of The Q.

Mark Bland, a radio veteran of 20+ years, hosts the vibrant current affairs and pop culture talk show with a political twist. The show is syndicated in the U.S. and is now in Africa, right here on!

Mark entertains the fans with his Producer Bobby, while discussing some of the edgier things in the news. Whether it be interviews with authors, actors/actresses or public figures and celebrities, The Q is surely to keep you on your toes.

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Da Blue Wave

Midterms are over. So where do Mark Bland, Jason Kull and Gary Weed sit on the important races and changes happening? First up, did the BLUE WAVE happen the way it was touted? Not quite. Mark and the guys break down the important races and where the USA goes from here. This leads to a unique convo about the next election in 2020. Who will be the front runners on both sides of the business walking into that election? Hear who the team thinks will make the cut and decide if you agree. Mark also brings up a unique factor that he wants thought about. What if an unknown, but real person, was written in to be the President of the United States. Do we just say "the rules say he wins if he gets the electoral college”… or would they say "we don't know this person, bring it to litigation!" Find out how everyone feels about that scenario. Finally a rant about parking and making mistakes leads to a discussion about the Rock Hall of Fame and our picks from a few weeks ago. Who’s in the running so far, and how close were we on the fan poll?

2018 Midterm Elections

Mark Bland is joined by Producer Bobby and Gary Weed to discuss the upcoming 2018 midterms and voting in general. First up, Gary and Mark made a bet for the World Series and Mark ended up winning the bet. Discussion of the World series takes us down a sports path once again, discussing the value of players within their respective sports. Who was the best baseball pitcher of all time? Is it Greg Maddux or Rollie Fingers? Also, who stands out in other sports? Hockey, football and all of them. The guys discuss this at length. Then the gears get switched and it's onto the newest and dumbest thing that Trump could ever have proposed. He wants to use an executive order to remove and override the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. This definitely caught him some hell for even throwing it out there as a potential. All this comes on the backs of the migrant caravan making its way up from Central America with estimates of 10,000+ people looking for asylum. The guys discuss aspects of this decision and the long term repercussions that could form from this Trump decision. The discussion then turns to video games on the release of the new Playstation Classic, but does it have the games people want or deserve? Everyone plays referee discussing what is on the machine and what is not. This leads to a convo about playing video games in 2018 on mobile devices and if you ever spend money on the games for yourself. Mark defends his spending money on a couple of mobile games with the most basic of arguments... "I would have done it anyway." Listen as Mark explains and you see if he makes sense or not.

Halloween Nationalism

Donald Trump went on a Houston stage at a rally and decided to let the world know that "I'm a Nationalist". Unfortunately for Trump, he meant to say "I'm a Patriot". Now a bunch of supporters are going around trying to make it okay to be white and call yourself a nationalist. Being a white-skinned nationalist is not a good thing. The Nationalism movement is ripe with men and women who are heavily prejudiced and antagonistic in their handling of day to day decisions. So Mark grabbed Producer Bobby and Jonathan May to sit down and discuss these things. But Producer Bobby doesn’t' see the issue with a person running around calling themselves a nationalist. Mark and Jon have a one on one with Bobby trying to decipher between nationalism and patriotism… see where this convo goes. But also on the the heels of the nationalism situation, we had random pipe bombs being mailed to Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro and many others who have spoken out against Trump. Plus a migrant caravan is slowly approaching the USA on foot and we have to decide what to do when they get here… should we let them in and start the naturalization process, or do we draw a line in the sand? We discuss this at length! Finally, Dr Susan Shumsky is a paranormal investigator and self-described ghostbuster. She joins Mark on this 2018 Halloween show to discuss ghosts and spirits. Why do ghosts exist and why don't they just go to heaven, and stick around here on earth? Dr Susan touches on exorcisms and a few stories of things that she has had happen while out and about helping people with their ghost issues.

By Any Means Necessary

Donald Trump decided to do an interview with 60 minutes and Leslie Stahl. During said interview, Trump explained that it didn't matter if Christine Ford was telling the truth or not, because they got their man in regardless. So he could be a sexual predator on the Supreme Court but he doesn't care if he is. The important thing is that they got it done by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

So on this episode, Andy Echele returns with his conservative leaning thoughts to join Mark, Gary Weed and Jason Kull for a round table. On this RT we will discuss the Brett Kavanaugh situation and Trump’s stance on it. Plus we start off with a little Fantasy Football discussion and Gary sticks it in everyone's face with his record.

Next up, Elizabeth Warren comes out with her heritage and it seems she's only 1/1024th Native American. That seems quite low so Mark takes it to the round table to find out if Trump owes her the $1 million in Charity donations he promised her if she could prove it. It definitely shows there is Native American heritage, but the common belief would be "not enough to justify”… find out what the panel says.

Finally, Missouri is up for potential legalisation of medical marijuana. There are three choices on the ballot and the guys break down the three and help you figure out which one you want to vote for. And the Rock ’n Roll HOF released its latest list of nominees for entry into the Hall, but who’s worthy of the vote? We discuss and set the list for The Q.

Once Upon A Time

Evidently it's ‘Story Time’ in the world of The Q. And let's be honest... October is the perfect time to tell spooky stories about people you need to be scared of. But what if they aren't scary at all. What if the people you are discussing are not the monsters that people make them out to be? Well there are two sides to every story and Jonathan May and Gary Weed join to discuss. Mark starts off discussing a recent issue he had where people went out of their way to make him look bad by taking things out of context. Mark and the guys discuss the manner in which these things happened and why they fall into the ‘story’ world more than anything legitimate in real life. Next up Gary discusses a post he recently made to Facebook regarding people using EBT cards (welfare money) to buy things required when they also had cash money in their pocket and used it to buy other non-essential items. People attacked Gary for being insensitive and to look deeper - where Gary thinks that his point is well versed and deserves to be taken on its merits in comparison to the country and others moral/ideological stances. Jonathan and Mark sit back to decipher and get to the bottom of Gary's stance and whether everyone chiding him is right or if in fact Gary makes the "nail in the coffin" argument that should dictate people’s thoughts. Finally Mark discusses kids in 2018 and how they don't have any patience anymore. How this is indicative of the TV/Movie industry today when all they do is make remakes of everything between 1985-2015. Also how this perpetual loop will eventually be lost on life and they might maintain this for decades and decades past our current times

Theory Of Media

Ahhh October. That Fall air is in and temps start to drop. But this year it's even better because we have SCOTUS hearings and Presidential Alerts and all kinds of fun. So Producer Bobby and Gary Weed join for this episode of The Q to discuss all of it. First up, Mark and the family cruised over to Six Flags for their first weekend of Fright Fest. The temps were great and Six Flags definitely has upped their game regarding this year’s Fright Fest. Five amazing haunted houses for the family to go through and even if you don't grab the Haunted house pass (extra cost), they still have scare areas throughout the park for the kids (little and big) to enjoy. Gary and Bobby also chime in with their experiences plus some basic theme park discussion! Onto the world of politics, where Brett Kavanaugh is up against it on the SCOTUS nomination. He was grilled for hours, along with Christine Blasey Ford regarding the sexual assault allegations brought against him. How is this boding for the judge? Well not as well as he thought it would, but that doesn't mean he's guilty. He's just really emotional while discussing these things. Then Mark breaks down how you know that Conservative media just fills their bases’ heads with BS based on the latest findings in the Charlottesville, Virginia protests from almost 2 years ago. The FBI arrested 4 white Nationalist/KKK members in association with creating mayhem and many other charges. But how does that prove conservative media is biased and mostly wrong all the time. Well, listen to Mark break down his logic and explain. Also Mark discusses the Presidential Text Alert and the guys give Trump some much deserved credit. Finally, Producer Bobby explains that he kinda agrees with Trump’s moves now and this brings us to how the SCOTUS nomination is important and how it'll shape the future. So we decided to bring up the Supreme Court's most recent decisions over the past couple of years and discuss here. Does Bobby lean conservative or doe

Bill Cosby Fan Club

People talking into a microphone having a good time. That's what The Q likes to strive for. Well we have a doozy of a show for you. Anthony Rogers brings his unique style of comedy to the show with Mark and Jonathan May.
First up, Jonathan is having a hell of a time on social media because he feels Bill Cosby got what he deserved. But that doesn't stop people from being contrarians. Jonathan is getting lit up on Facebook so Anthony decides to add his two cents to the issue and bestows a very touchy position to the newly guilty comedy legend. Next is the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and issue. Seems that Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She will explain the allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh to the Senators and they will either vote to confirm him or they will waive him. The guys throw around their thoughts on how this should fall out. Finally a shooting in Texas between neighbours caught the attention of Mark and they discuss if it was a legit ‘stand your ground’ argument or not. Was the guy with the gun in the right, or was it the victim in the orange shirt that was irate and escalated himself until he made a move that cost him his life?

Mario Kart

Gary Weed and Producer Bobby join Mark Bland on this show regarding sexual assault and how it should be viewed.
Now they will get to that eventually, but first up is a discussion. All three of our hosts are in a Fantasy Football league together where Mark is 1-1, Bobby is 0-2 and Gary is 2-0. First up, Mark describes his issue with being in a fantasy league and trying to keep up with NFL Redzone TV while watching the games. Then the guys switch over to discuss players and names that are and are not allowed on the back of a NFL jersey.
Next we switch over to the news of the week and it's not all good for Donald Trump, President of the USA. Poor Donald's week started with Stormy Daniels outing his phallus size in the most unattractive way possible. She compared his "member" to that of TOAD from MARIO KART. Well this set the whole world on fire and the things people said are not pleasant.
Brett Kavanaugh is also having a problematic week. He disavows knowledge of a claim against him from High School. He has been accused of sexual assault by a woman that grew up with him. He claims it never happened, and she claims to want an FBI investigation, or else she won't testify in front of the Senate during these confirmation hearings. But it's not about a 30+ year old story... it's about a potential Supreme Court Justice being a liar or not. He's claiming it never happened, but what if it did?
Finally, back into some sports talk revolving about betting coming to sports nationally and if players can be "gotten to" regarding fixing games. Can they? What if the Atlanta Falcons were told to drop the Superbowl on purpose? How would that really go?

Jay Kanzler

Huge show this week. First up is Mark Bland and Gary Weed discussing their life and a question that Gary brings to the table regarding his Facebook and how no one can have an opinion anymore without being mercilessly attacked. Mark answers the question and even puts a timeline on how it went down in history. Then the convo moves to the business and ‘religion’ of Scientology. What is Scientology? What should you know about it? And how does Scientology and their ‘policies’ fall in line with the way Donald Trump is handling the people and media of the United States? It seems to Mark that Trump supporters have this vibe of being in a cult. The way Trump handles things reminds Mark of how a cult leader handles their followers... and that's what Trump wants... he wants followers, not fans. This leads into our guest Jay Kanzler. Jay is a lawyer in the St. Louis area for the past 30 years and he sits down with Mark to discuss the legalities of things surrounding Trump. What is illegal, what’s not illegal and what should be focused on as opposed to what’s worthless to worry about. Jay and Mark break down the Michael Cohen stuff and take some swings at where the country is at and things that could happen. This is one hot interview and worth every minute of listening!

Google Me

To be President of the USA, it requires a certain amount of decorum. That decorum includes how you handle yourself in the eyes of others and the world. Donald Trump fails at this daily, and it took an ugly turn this past week when he decided to threaten to investigate and attack Google... GOOGLE... because it returned less than favourable reviews of him in its search. Gary Weed flies solo this week while discussing with Mark about the Google issue. Mark breaks down the value and how this looks to everyone. What we have here people is a sensitive little man who really wants to control people's opinions. What he fails to remember is that guys like this have existed throughout history and the USA always looks down on those types of people. Gary also rounds back and verifies that Mark's laundry issue and decision was not crazy in the least - further vilifying Jonathan May and Alex Elias from the week earlier. Finally... Mark asks, "What's the weirdest home rule someone has for when you visit their house?" Gary hits Mark with an example he never saw coming, and it is real weird! Take a listen and find out what the rule is.

Am I Crazy?

We set up the round table again and we brought back Producer Bobby to hang out. But with him came friend of the show, Alex Elias from AE Consulting Solutions, as well as Jonathan May to sit down and discuss everything going on. First up Mark has a conundrum to figure out. Is he crazy or is he being logical? Mark and his wife have a broken dryer and the need to wash and dry clothes weekly. Mark discusses bringing up the need to go to a laundromat which his wife is not keen on. So Mark explains his theories to the crew and then asks, “am I crazy”? Well is he? Listen and find out the verdict. Also, Bobby brings up something that he saw at LaGuardia airport in NY. A sectioned off desk and piece of ground designed for Free Speech. It's a Free Speech zone. Bobby was amazed and this makes Mark think of pop-up Rage rooms that he has seen online. This gets Alex going and excited about a new business venture. But what about that Free Speech zone... can you say “bomb” in it? What would happen? The gentlemen discuss. Finally Mark brings up a new game he wants to play called Top 5. You name off the Top 5 of yours without telling anyone the topic... then the people are supposed to guess what your list refers to. An amazing idea that just falls apart, but could be brought back in a more permanent way down the road.

Respect the Merit

Mark Bland is joined by Gary Weed and Michael Johnson from Slam Agency, a boutique content and marketing company. Michael discusses the ramp up in life leading to Slam Agency being formed. He discusses his film company named Analogue, as well as his life, family, and a major decision he made to leave being a pastor to work within content development. This leads into the story of the week. Mark has been in the entertainment and media business since 1994. That's 24 years of being in the media in one city. He has built a solid fanbase and rolodex of connections to pull from. So when the Gateway Motorsports park jilted him on some media requests, it was only natural that Mark had to say something. Mark tweeted out to Indy Racing and Gateway that he wasn't going to be coming to the racing event because he didn't want to stand around watching Indy with a bunch of Trump supporters. Well, this set the world on fire! All the Trump supporting Indy people got very angry, but there is method to Mark's madness. It's not just whining and complaining… Mark explains the situation in full - see if you are with him or against him after he's done telling it all. Finally Trump did dumb things again and we all know that it's not necessary to discuss or ever type up a description of the lunacy on a daily basis. So Trump did stuff and no one wanted any of it. But the best was "Truth is not Truth" from Rudy Giuliani. The guys and their guest discuss it all.

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