Radio On The Real. Holter Graham.

Waging war against cancer is, by most accounts, the battle of a lifetime and Holter Graham’s fight with leukemia is no exception. The difference here is that Holter himself is telling the story and anyone who knows Holter knows that this man can talk.

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This is a cringe-inducing, laughter-invoking hour filled with brutally honest insight and a few gross-out moments from a warrior whose experiences range from growing up as a child actor in Baltimore, to sneaking into a late night movie with Emilio Estevez in rural North Carolina to having one painful push-up signal the beginning of the journey he’s on to this day. We caught Holter just a few days before he left for Houston to undergo a grueling bone marrow transplant in order to rid his body…once and for all…of the disease that has come very close to killing him on three separate occasions.  If you’re going to listen to the story of anyone’s struggle with cancer, then this is one you shouldn’t miss. Holter Graham tells it just like it is, but in a way we think inspires and encourages to the core. If you want to dig deeper into Holter’s three-year struggle, check out his blog www.grahamkemia.blogspot.com.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Behind The Scenes. Craig LaCourt.

We’re just over halfway through the week and it’s been a fun, inspiring and heartbreaking one for us here at ON THE REAL. In addition to publishing our RADIO ON THE REAL interview with the endlessly entertaining Jeff Lewonczyk, we’ve interviewed journalist and author Alison Stewart of early MTV/ Choose It or Lose It fame and labor union leader, actor and cancer fighter, Holter Graham. Both new chats will be posted in the next two weeks. But in the meantime, we felt it necessary to give a special and sincerely huge shout out to our ROTR Ninja portrait maker, Craig LaCourt.craig lacourt, shami lacourt, photo shoot, radio on the real, on the real, nyc, new york cityHere was the scene this afternoon at Casa McHale as Craig and his wife, Shami, set up the shoot for one of our latest subjects.  This behind the scenes shot shows the care, dedication and respect that goes into each and every one of Craig’s mind-blowing photographs. His portraits provide unparalleled depth and a unique insight into the victims of our interviews…the insanely interesting characters that inhabit and enhance this metropolis which we call home. So here’s to you, Craig. You’ve managed to put your own badass stamp on a moment in time with some really amazing people who make New York City tick.  These people influence, contribute, love and persevere. Just like you. So thank you for being here Señor LaCourt. We look forward to many, many more stories to come.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Fiona Byrne.

Transplanted from Dublin to New York almost a decade ago, Fiona Byrne has evolved from a mainstream print journalist from Us Weekly, The New York Times and New York Magazine into a modern day multi-media trend-spotter and tastemaker for all things downtown.

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Portrait of Fiona Byrne by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Currently, she’s editor-in-chief of the online fashion, lifestyle and culture destination, The Byrne Notice. We had a lot of fun chatting with Fiona about wearing scrubs, the constitution of a trend, the future of the glossy printed page and the best places to paint Manhattan’s skyline. Just when we thought it was a wrap, she shared some choice words for the boardroom suits running the “everyday deals” at Whole Foods. Consider yourself on notice, lads.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Rayya Elias.

Every New Yorker has a story to tell, but naturally some are more colorful than others. In our latest podcast, we sit down for a stunningly technicolor chat with local filmmaker and musician, Rayya Elias.

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Portrait of Rayya Elias by Craig LaCourt for On the Real. www.craiglacourt.com.

Addiction. Violence. Homelessness. Rock n’ Roll. All amidst the backdrop of a fog of burned-out buildings and graffiti that was Manhattan in the 1980’s. We found Rayya’s unique story totally riveting and trust us when we say that she’s bold and fearless because she’s literally been to the brink and back. About to be on tour with an amazing memoir, “Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair and Post-Punk from the Middle East to the Lower East Side”, this self-professed art rocker, ex-junkie, glamour butch lesbian has got some serious shit to share with you and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget you can also download it from iTunes for free to listen on the go.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. Mark Robbins.

We recently sat down to shoot the breeze with New York City native son and current Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, Mark Robbins. Mark’s career as an artist and educator has been nothing short of extraordinary. He’s served as the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus (1993-1999), Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts (1999-2002) under both Clinton and Bush, and most recently Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. Mark Robbins is also author of the book “Households,” which uses photography to examine the ways in which people inhabit their environments. Unsurprisingly, we found Mark to be an insightful and erudite storyteller, able to conjure up incredible imagery of growing up with a post-Robert Moses Soho as his playground, illustrate why nostalgia sucks and go in deep on why the unexpected is a city’s greatest friend.

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About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Radio On The Real. St. John Frizell.

More often than not, we find that change can be the most profound at the local level. Whether New York City or Laredo, it’s typically the actions of a concerned few who live in and love their towns that define the collective future for that place. This is why we were excited to sit down with St. John Frizell last week. St. John makes a seriously mean cocktail, but he’s also the owner of Red Hook mainstay, Fort Defiance. Aptly named, Fort Defiance began life as a widely enjoyed café/bar/restaurant on Van Brunt Street, but in the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, it became something even bigger…a leader and champion of the Restore Red Hook movement. A fantastic storyteller with a great life story, St. John gets real with us about the restaurant business, why the Third Place matters, and the bright future of Red Hook.

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Thanks to portrait photographer Craig LaCourt for the iconic photo of St John!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.