Karl Champley was the host of the award winning shows DIY to the Rescue, Wasted Spaces and Home & Family on HGTV, DIY and Hallmark Networks. He has hosted over 300 episodes viewed in over 100 million homes in the United States and is seen in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and several other countries around the world. Both of his home improvement shows "DIY To The Rescue" and "Wasted Spaces" have won 7 Telly and Aurora awards. Karl was the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge with Ellen DeGeneres. Reaching the highest viewership HGTV had ever experienced.
Karl Champley, is an Award-Winning Master Builder, Television and Radio host, Home Inspector, Author, speaker, judge and Environmental Building Consultant in both the United States and Australia. Since 1983 when Karl started his apprenticeship as a carpenter, he has won several awards for his work on homes, colleges, libraries, restaurants, fire stations, and even the world-famous Glass House situated in the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens. He was awarded the Australian achiever award for his design and construction company in 2001. His passionate and no-nonsense approach to home improvement has earned him a well-deserved notoriety in the building industry.
The homes he has designed and built have been featured in publications around the world. Champley genuinely loves to teach homeowners new do-it yourself skills, how to save money, get up to date with the latest trends and innovations, use tools correctly and get empowered.
Karl has worked along side some great entertainers and industry professionals in many Habitat For Humanity & other non profit organization projects around the USA. He is also an animal advocate for the Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles. He is an ambassador for AdaptaVet to help prevent suicides in our military. He is also a trendsetter and insider for the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) and he is extremely passionate about helping children and young adults find their way.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, he now lives in Los Angeles, California since 2001.
John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their passion for prints and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs centuries-old antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a splash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly fun—and always livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; and a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. The Madcaps’ latest book, “Prints Charming: How to Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” will debut from Abrams in October 2017. The Madcap Cottage gents’ vintage and antique selections can be found at One Kings Lane and at 1stDibs.com, and their licensed product collections are available through Robert Allen @Home, Howard Elliott, Smith + Noble, and HSN.
Follow the Madcap Cottage adventures on Instagram and Facebook, and read their design blog, Demystifying Design, recently named by Domino magazine as one of the Top 100 Design Blogs, at www.madcapcottage.com.
susie passons presented by slumberland furniture
Susie Passons grew up on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota. Work hard, do a great job, and don’t stop until it’s finished is foundational to her. One of her most vivid childhood memories is the multi-colored shag carpet in her bedroom. She hated it, yet she knew the lavender comforter at the church rummage sale would complement it perfectly!
After graduating from UW-Stout with a degree in graphic design she started her career with Slumberland Furniture as an Art Director. Dreams of adventure and a warmer climate quickly moved Susie and her new husband to San Diego. Various graphic design roles in Southern California continued to shape Susie’s style and eye for design. After 13 years in San Diego, she returned home to her Minnesota roots, rejoining Slumberland in 2012 and spending five more years there as an Art Director.
In 2016 Susie started SP Design, a Minneapolis Home Staging & Design Company. She partners with real estate agents to prepare homes to sell quickly, and for top dollar. Her marketing experience uniquely positions her to see home design and staging through the lens of a buyer. Susie also works with homeowners in need of design services. Whether it’s picking new paint color, countertops, or flooring, redoing an entire room, or accessorizing a tired space, Susie’s eye for design, and West Coast influence hold tremendous value for homeowners.
She has been awarded “Best of Houzz Customer Service” both years she’s been in business. Susie is a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. She lives in south Minneapolis with her husband of 20 years, two teenagers, and a very happy dog.
Dan “Common Man” Cole
There are two kinds of radio talk show hosts. Radio architects, who painstakingly plan out every minute of every show leaving little room for improvisation, or radio gardeners, the few who plant a seed of thought and watch the show grow. It most often leads to unpredictability, hilarity, tom foolery and skullduggery.
Dan Cole, the "Common Man," takes the listeners on a megahertz journey in which no two shows are the same. Over the years "Common" has taken the responsibility of assisting advertisers, whose goods and services he endorses, very seriously. Working hand-in-hand with his clients, "Common" has had dozens of successful advertising campaigns with a wide variety of businesses.
colleen Linstrom and brady Traynor of the Colleen and Brady Show on mytalk 107.1
Colleen Lindstrom is a Gracie Award-winning broadcaster who has been with myTalk 107.1 since its infancy in 2002.
Currently a co-host of the Colleen & Bradley Show from noon-3, Colleen has held many positions at myTalk. Colleen is the mom to a 10-year-old boy who is on the Autism Spectrum and 7-year-old boy/girl twins and lives in the Lake Nokomis area in Minneapolis (though her heart resides on the shores of Lake Superior, where she visits as often as possible.) She's been married to her amazing husband for 14 years.
Colleen graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1999 and is a lifelong resident of Minneapolis.
In addition to watching TV and keeping up-to-date on all things pop culture, Colleen enjoys spending time with her family, running, getting lost in a good book, and dreaming about warm weather travel.
Bradley Traynor co-hosts the Colleen & Bradley show weekdays from noon to three on myTalk 107.1. He began appearing on myTalk 107.1 in 2008 as his pioneering podcast alter ego Wanda Wisdom, frequently filling in as himself. He joined the myTalk team full-time in 2012.
Originally from suburban Chicago, then Houston, Texas, Bradley made it to Minnesota in 1993 to study Japanese at Macalester College in St. Paul. After eight years at Target’s HQ, Bradley quit the corporate rat race to pursue his podcast and writing ambitions with the help of Lavender Magazine.
Bradley currently lives in south Minneapolis with his partner Jamie and their cute little dog Louise (Weezy).
In addition to playing with Colleen on the radio, Bradley writes about
food for Lavender Magazine, hosts a weekend fun segment on Channel 45 and often guest hosts with Elizabeth Ries on Twin Cities Live.
When he’s not working, you’ll probably find Bradley eating bacon, talking about his favorite obsessions: cruises, CrossFit and the two notes he can now play on an electric guitar.