Breakin’ the Norm

Host Les Norman brings listeners the best in sports stories ranging from the biggest names in sports to the hometown ‘heroes’ you’ve never heard of.  He  also interviews some of the most fascinating people in the entertainment world, uncovering  rare, behind the scenes conversations. Breakin’ the Norm takes an introspective look into sports and life.

Talented & Funny Writer/Producer/Director of “Pitch Perfect”, “30Rock” KAY CANNON

Growing up in a big means you sometimes have to find your passion and place early.  Kay Cannon was gifted with intelligence and athleticism,  and this driven and disciplined sister of 6 siblings would gather around the TV with family and discover her passion:  entertaining others.  After graduating from Lewis University with a BA degree in Theater & a MA in Education, she’d go on to write for the NBC hit “30 Rock”, “New Girl”, and wrote the smash musical hit movie series “Pitch Perfect”.  3 Writer’s Guild Awards and 1 Peabody Award, along with an Emmy nomination, have led Cannon to her upcoming Directing Project with Sony Pictures, a female look at the story of Cinderella!!

Fox News Sr. Meteorologist, Author, MS fighter JANICE DEAN

On TV, she’s Fox News’ always-upbeat and joyful ‘Senior Meteorologist & Author Janice Dean’.  Behind the scenes, she balances being a wife, mother, friend and sufferer of multiple sclerosis, which doesn’t always result in a happy face.  How does she do it all and keep her positive outlook on life?  Dean tells how in a candid interview about her book, what the rough days look like and how she’s able to not just survive, but THRIVE!!

Comedian, Singer, Actor and AGT Finalist Preacher Lawson

When you move nearly 20 times as a youth, it’s difficult to get involved in sports, even if you’re an exceptional athlete. With no roots to cling to, my guest turned to writing comedy at age 16 and performing stand-up at 17. After winning a couple comedy competitions, he tried out for the NBC hit show “America’s Got Talent”, finishing in the top 10, and even earned a top 5 finish in AGT’s “Tournament of Champions”! Hear from the hilarious (and former homeless) rising star Preacher Lawson!!

ElvisMonroe Frontman, Rt 91 Music Festival Shooting Survivor Bryan Hopkins

Enron was once the most innovative and sought after company in the world. With annual profits in the billions, it The Rt. 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas was supposed to be a time of country music and fun. As Jason Aldean took the stage, ElvisMonroe frontman Bryan Hopkins stepped into fan mode and watched from the front of the stage. A few moments later and from a hotel window high above the crowd, a lone gunman rained downed terror on the unsuspecting crowd, eventually killing 58 and wounding more than 800 people. Through the chaos, Hopkins heroically helped many to safety, and eventually, found love and a hit single. Hear the amazing, detailed story of what went on that day in just a matter of minutes, and the loving relationship that inspired so many!

Fmr Enron HR head, Exec. Committee member Cindy Kay Olson

Enron was once the most innovative and sought after company in the world. With annual profits in the billions, it was the gold standard of the energy business and Wall Street; however, arrogance and poor leadership, along with illegal accounting practices, led to it’s inevitable downfall. Hear the inside story from one of Enron’s executive leadership team and HR director, Cindy Kay Olson.

Dr. Neal Erickson, LindseyWeathers, Co-Founders of Elite Physicals

Sporting KC team physician, Dr. Neal Erickson, and co-founder of Elite Physicals Lindsey Weathers, discuss their new business venture, providing comprehensive executive physicals by a world class team of physicians and clinicians.  Weathers also shares her inspiring personal journey of health and wellness!!

TV Star, Director, Producer, Country Music Legend John Schneider

Most remember him as Bo Duke on the 80’s smash hit TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard”. Some may remember his 100 episodes as Clark Kent’s father in “Smallville”, or the current hit drama “The Haves and the Have Nots”. But did you know that John Schneider co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network? Or that he’s had multiple #1 hit country singles/albums? There’s more substance than meets the eye with this amazing artist, who lied about his age to get the Bo Duke part!

Motivational Speaker, Sports Broadcasting Personality Emily Austen

Austen was on the fast track as one of Fox Sports newest and brightest sideline reporters for the Tampa Bay Rays and Orlando Magic. In just one FB Live audition interview with Barstool Sports, it all changed. While just trying to be funny, Emily made a few insensitive remarks that immediately got her fired from her dream job. Death threats, depression and shame led her down a dark place…
Now speaking at colleges and institutions across the country, Ms. Austen is now helping student-athletes avoid her mistakes and create their social media brand the proper way.

11x Bench Press World Record Holder Ginger Burton

Growing up, Ginger Burton was always small in stature, yet BIG in ability. An avid athlete, excellent student and power lifter, she graduated from a small Iowa high school and ventured out to California, where she landed a great job as a corrections officer. While attending her gym, she met the man of her dreams, has a child, and eventually moved back home so the kids could be closer to their grandparents. Then, tragedy struck….
Now crushing world records in the bench press, hear the amazing story of perseverance and heart from the inspiring woman who spends her time training and inspiring other women!

#1 NY Times Best-Selling author Scott McEwen

Scott McEwen, Co-author of the #1 NY Times Best Selling Novel AMERICAN SNIPER, has joined forces with former US Navy Seal and volunteer member of the Free Burma Rangers, Ephraim Mattos to write the novel “City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul”.
Hear McEwen’s account of Mattos’ efforts fighting alongside the Iraqi army in the battle against ISIS.

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Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message.  People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church.  I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.

Brian Ross
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA

We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments!  I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!

Brad Nelson
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning

I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was.  Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed.  I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!

Brandon H.
Conference Attendee

Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…

Rod Handley
President & Founder, Character That Counts

Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening.  I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…

Gary G.
Men’s BBQ Attendee

“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”

Kevin Seitzer
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach

Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.

Bill Severns
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"

Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable.  I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization.  I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today!  Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.

Martha Gershun
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA

Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know.  He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge.  He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.

Mike Lusardi
former KC Chiefs & KC Royals Chaplain