Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thoroughbred Trainer Peter Miller and Singer Songwriter Arnold McCuller Up Next With LaFern Cusack on 710 ESPN Radio

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Thoroughbred Trainer Peter Miller Takes The Lead: Peter Miller discusses his career, “Comma to the Top” successes and training philosophy with 710 ESPN Radio’s LaFern Cusack. Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Peter Miller knows a thing or two about being in the Winner’s Circle -- After all, Miller was the second leading trainer at the recent Hollywood Park Racetrack
meet (November 4 to December 19, 2010) with a 40% win ratio and 77% placing in the money, yielding earnings of a whopping $662,420. Miller’s overall 2010 earnings totaled close to $2 Million. (Photo Credit:

The climax of the Hollywood Park meet was Miller’s sensational win of the acclaimed $750,000 Grade 1 CashCall Futurity Stakes with “Comma To The Top”, owned by entertainment moguls Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara. With this recent victory, the 2-year old gelding is now a major contender for the 2011 Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs on May 7th.

Miller 43, was born in Santa Monica, raised in Beverly Hills and started working for renowned trainer Charlie Whittingham one day after graduating from Beverly Hills High School. “Whittingham really instilled a work ethic that I think I still have today”, explains Miller, “Putting the horse first and outworking the competition. I can’t control the luck and circumstances, but I can control the effort I put into training.”

Peter Miller Racing Stables was established over 20 years ago and is based at both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita Racetracks. The stables currently train over 30 horses for a variety of owners, and specialize in training two year olds. Daily training begins before dawn (4:30am), seven days a week, leaving little time for Miller to practice his other passion - his golf swing! For more information:

Arnold McCuller discusses his new PledgeMusic Campaign, release of his upcoming album, ‘Soon As I Get Paid and why he chose to donate to AIDS Research Alliance with 710 ESPN Radio’s LaFern Cusack.
PledgeMusic provides fans and artists the opportunity to work together to make new records and raise money for charity. By combining new social networking technology, old school music biz know how and an irresistible menu of exclusive incentives, fans can visit the site to hear great new music, enjoy and share unique experiences with the artists they love and actively participate in the release process.

Arnold has chosen AIDS Research Alliance as his charity. Established in 1989, AIDS Research Alliance (ARA) envisions a future in which HIV and its effects on health are eliminated, and new infections are prevented. We exist TO DEVELOP A CURE FOR HIV/AIDS, medical strategies to prevent new infections and better treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Arnold McCuller is an American vocalist, record producer, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. While establishing his own career as a singer, and working as a very busy session musician, McCuller has become best known for his work as a back-up singer for famous artists with long careers, including Phil Collins, Beck, and Bonnie Raitt. He has toured for thirty years with James Taylor1 and is an audience favorite for his featured vocal parts on the songs “Shower the People”, “I Will Follow”, and “Is That the Way You Look”. He has also toured extensively with Collins and is one of the main lead vocalists on the live version of “Easy Lover”. McCuller has had numerous acting parts in films; in particular he has gained notoriety in movies with musical roles. In 2010 McCuller joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King.  For More Information:PledgeMusic.Com/ArnoldMcCuller
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 02/06/11 on 710 ESPN Radio SoCal Experience with LaFern Cusack.

Sarah L. Catz speaks with LaFern Cusack about her report at a conference at Brandman Univeristy titled “Thinking Ahead: High Speed Rail in Southern California.” Sarah surveyed 100 top business and transportation experts who attended the high speed rail conference. Sarah L. Catz is a leading advocate and public policy maker in the transportation industry.

Sarah L. Catz is a leading advocate and public policy maker in the transportation industry. During the past eighteen years she has played a key role in critical transportation projects at both local and state levels. “Just as the Interstate Highway System transformed the way Americans lived and where they worked in the 1950’s, high-speed rail has the same transformative potential today,” said Sarah L. Catz, author of Thinking Ahead: High-Speed Rail in California and Director, Center for Urban Infrastructure.For More Information:

02/06/11 on 710 ESPN Radio SoCal Experience with LaFern Cusack.

Los Angeles Jazz Society "Jazz in Schools" Flip Manne and Lois Saffian:  LaFern Cusack speaks with Flip Manne, Founder and President of Los Angeles Jazz Society and Lois Saffian, 1st VP of LAJS and Director of the "Jazz in Schools" program, which is going on throughout the month of February, Black History Month.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society (LAJS) hailed for promoting and perpetuating the American art form jazz – continues its vital outreach efforts with its acclaimed music education program “Jazz In Schools,” a series of 90 in-class concerts, featuring a cadre of stellar jazz artists, reaching some 26,000 LAUSD students at 45 public elementary schools in just 18 days during February, Black History Month.

Now in its 23rd year, it is the most extensive in-school jazz program of its kind in Southern California. The purpose of the program is to introduce young students to jazz and, through the concerts and specially developed curriculum, help them understand the important contribution made to American culture by African Americans. The Los Angeles Jazz Society was founded in 1985 by a group of musicians and jazz lovers committed to elevating the image of jazz and its artists in the community.

The mission of the Los Angeles Jazz Society is to excite, educate and engage public school students with the vibrant rhythms and sounds of the only indigenous American music – jazz. We present multi-cultural and interactive in-school and off-campus jazz education programs. We also promote and honor the legacy of jazz and ensure its future by identifying and nurturing the emerging jazz musicians of tomorrow.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society is a California nonprofit, educational corporation organized under the laws of the State of California, and under section 501C (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary focus of the organization is on jazz education for young people; to identify and nurture emerging jazz musicians and to help create future audiences by stimulating an appreciation for jazz through its education programs.  For More Information:

 02/06/11 on 710 ESPN Radio SoCal Experience with LaFern Cusack.

We Play To Win, Inc.Kasia Muoto and Israel Idonije:  Kasia Muoto, Founder/President, We Play To Win, Inc. and Chicago Bears defensive end, Israel Idonije talk to LaFern Cusack about how sports create change, powerful things done by We Play To Win's athlete-partners and women in sports.

We Play to Win is a non-profit organization that uses sports as a vehicle to engage, educate, inspire and empower disadvantaged youth, with a focus on young women. Through our programs we deliver the message that there is a future and a HOPE, prompting these young people to discover and achieve their purpose and God-given potential, make positive life changes, and act to enhance the health and welfare of their communities.

We Play to Win is a non-profit organization that uses sports as a vehicle to engage, educate, inspire and empower disadvantaged youth, with a focus on young women. Through our programs we deliver the message that there is a future and a HOPE, prompting these young people to discover and achieve their purpose and God-given potential, make positive life changes, and act to enhance the health and welfare of their communities.

We Play to Win's programs motivate and empower youth to find their voices and to aspire to reach new heights, while providing awareness and education on health and wellness, gender equity, peace building, conflict resolution and servant leadership. Muoto's background includes over 13 years in Business Strategy consulting as well as operational/functional management. She has experience in developing business plans, fund raising, and also taking large-scale programs from concept through to successful execution. Muoto, a member of the Los Angeles Triathlon executive planning committee, also works with the California Sports Hall of Fame on various projects and is a former competitive athlete. Kasia Muoto has been involved in: Coaching and working directly with children as a field volunteer and leader; Working with US-based and overseas youth programs that teach, develop, motivate, inspire and empower children; Fund raising, events planning and management (Los Angeles Triathlon and California Sports Hall of Fame) directly related to charitable causes; Exposure and experience playing and coaching in the "third world”.
The Israel Idonije Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which exists to extend positive, life-changing opportunities to families and individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. We promote the pursuit of education and knowledge, while providing programs for our youth and community members, in hope that they may actualize and maximize their full potential. Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle Israel Idonije started the Israel Idonije Foundation in 2008. Predicated off the tenet “Together We Succeed,” Idonije has a unique helmet-off, hands-on approach to sharing his time, talent and resources within the community. For More Information: and

01/30/11 on 710 ESPN Radio SoCal Experience with LaFern Cusack.

The Brotherhood Crusade, Charisse Bremond Weaver, President and CEO:  LaFern speaks with Charisse about the Brotherhood Crusade's principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community.

Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper. The Brotherhood Crusade has made a major impact on the lives of many by creating and providing more than 50 million dollars in grants for programs and supportive services.

A Message From Charisse Bremond Weaver : "Forty-two years ago, a group of like-minded individuals formed the Brotherhood Crusade (originally known as the Black Congress) with little more than an ideology and $15,000.00 in seed money from my late father Walter Bremond, Founder. Today, their mandate to empower and uplift their community—both economically and socially— remains critically integral to those who are looked to be ostensibly beyond help.

As a consequence of your generous support, the seed they planted 42 years ago continues to be irrigated and infused with nutrients and has germinated into a tree of life for thousands of South Los Angeles and surrounding community residents. The pulse of Brotherhood Crusade remains on the needs of the community and the significance of your work through our community partnerships is evidenced by a plethora of highly-effective programs and services that are beneficial to those needs. We are proud to provide high-quality, life-changing youth development; technological education; financial literacy; educational enrichment; socio-behavioral life skills and social development; mentoring; vocational training; violence and gang prevention; mental health; and health education programs and services. These opportunities are well-coordinated, comprehensive in nature, and free to our constituencies. They represent the best promising practices for such services as measured and demonstrated through extensive evaluation and monitoring.

Moreover, our viability is substantiated by the partners that we have attracted. The individuals with whom we share and collaborate with and who have championed our causes and give of their time, resources and energy to assist those that we serve. Indeed, it is this network of support that has effectuated a median 175% improvement in academic performance among severely under-performing youth, identified and brought healthcare assistance to hundreds of individuals who were previously unaware of their illness, and caused thousands of families to significantly improve their quality of life. We are truly humbled by these alliances and proud of the countless achievements made possible as a result. Accordingly, we will continue to be diligent in further developing meaningful programs and services that align with our mission and meet the ever-changing needs of those whose lives we impact." For More Information:

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