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.

Actress, Emmy-Winning TV Personality/Host, Singer, Director, Best-Selling Author KATHIE LEE GIFFORD

The AMAZING Kathie Lee Gifford talks about her successful career and her new children’s book, “Hello, Little Dreamer”. Breaking into ‘show business’ in 1978 as ‘The La-La Girl’ on the game show “Name That Tune”, Gifford would go on to star in hundred of TV shows and movies, along with sharing the desk with co-host Regis Philbin on “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee”, garnering 7 Emmy noms. She’d go on to win her first Emmy for her work on the “Today” show, co-hosting hour 4 with Hota Kotb. Her vibrant, tireless personality has won her fans all over the world, and at age 67 and many current projects in the works, she shows no signs of slowing down!

Speaker, Author, Motivator, Musician and Literal Rock Star Mark Schulman

In his ‘day job’, Mark Schulman is a motivational presenter for Fortune 500 companies. He’s also an author, helping people live out their passions. But his night job? How about traveling the country as the drummer for one of the world’s biggest Rock Stars, Pink? Listen in to hear how he manages all of it with high energy and joy!
www.markschulman.com/

Former Chiefs/Vikings All Pro DE Jared Allen

Former Chiefs/Vikings All-Pro DE Jared Allen talks injuries, NFL longevity, life after football in business and family, and more!

Marketing Expert, International Keynote Speaker, Best-Selling Author of “Fanocracy”, DAVID MEERMAN SCOTT

We’ll talk about his book (1 of 11!) and how passion can “Turn fans into customers and customers into fans”!! If you own your own business and want to see growth happen, it’ll take hard work, but not the way you might think…

…and who doesn’t want to meet a guy who’s been to over 725 concerts, including 75 for the Grateful Dead alone!!

www.davidmeermanscott.com

Gina Pastore: Author of “Picking Up My Shattered Pieces: Bouncing Back When Life Throws You a Curve Ball”

What started out as a youthful childhood crush would eventually turn into her being a teenage bride to her #MLB husband, late #Reds pitcher Frank Pastore. The lived, loved, raised a family, retired from baseball, and entered the next chapter of their lives…

Always well-spoken, unafraid, and vibrant, Frank landed a radio hosting job in LA. That show would become the #1 rated Christian talk show in the US! Life was good and exciting and happy..

One day while cooking at home, Gina Pastore was listening to Frank on the radio. He was sharing how we are not guaranteed a day in this life, and that he could very easily lose his life while riding his motorcycle…

Later that evening, Frank was hit by a van while riding his motorcycle on a CA highway on his way home to Gina. He would fall into a coma, and 4 weeks later would pass away from his injuries. How do you move on when the only love you’ve ever known is gone?

This week on “Breakin’ The Norm” I have the honor of interviewing Gina Pastore, Co-Host of “Real Life” on KKLA 99.5 FM in Los Angeles, as she shares her story of love, life, faith, and moving on.

Her book, “Picking Up My Shattered Pieces: Bouncing Back When Life Throws You a Curve Ball” is available at www.Amazon.com

American Idol Season 8 Finalist and the 2019 KLoveFanAward ‘Male Artist of the Year’ DANNY GOKEY!

Just 4 months before American Idol auditions, Danny lost his wife to congenital heart disease. Now remarried and the father of 4, he’s busy with his new single “Love God Love People”, working on his foundations and projects, such as “Sophia’s Heart”, “Better Than I Found It”, and his own line of eyewear…

It’s my honor to bring you my interview with the awesome DANNY GOKEY!! Visit www.dannygokey.com for music, merch, and more!

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Award-Winning Christian Contemporary Artist, Author & Podcast Host Matthew West

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Matthew West had a dream…of becoming a professional baseball player! God had different plans, and he’d go on to become a multi-award winning singer & songwriter of Christian Contemporary music. With a deep-rooted love for God and family, West has also written books, and is proud to launch his new project, “The Matthew West Podcast”!

https://www.matthewwest.com/

Blind sportscaster, “The Beautiful Lives Project” co-founder Bryce Weiler

Born 4 months premature, Bryce Weiler developed “Retinopathy of Prematurity”, which causes blindness. Attending public school until his freshman year of high school, he then went to a school specifically for blind students. Upon graduation, he went on to receive his undergrad at U of Evansville, then his Master’s at Western IL U. And that’s not all…he’s now a blind sportscaster, the Orioles Disability Consultant and the co-founder of the non-profit “The Beautiful Lives Project”!

http://www.beautifullives.org

Christian Singer/Songwriter, Actor and Speaker Anthony Evans Jr.

Growing up as a preacher’s kid is one thing; growing up the son of Tony Evans, one of the nation’s most prominent pastors is a whole other story. And your sister is a successful actress, best-selling author and women’s keynote and conference speaker Priscilla Shirer! Thankful for his close family and deep roots in God, Evans Jr. has gone on to become a highly successful Singer and songwriter with 8 albums to his resume. One of the most influential people he credits was his mentor on Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice”, Christina Aguilera!

http://www.anthony-evans.com

Former NFL 1st rd draft pick, Cowboys/Raiders star, film producer/actor Greg Ellis

Former NFL All-Pro DE Greg Ellis spent 12 years sacking QBs for UNC (All-American), the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders. After his career in football, Ellis has written produced and acted in films, most notably “Carter High”. A man of strong faith and family, Ellis continues to honor God in all he does.

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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