I’m happy to report that not only is the DINO COSTA Dinner going to take place on APRIL 27 – but I’m also thrilled to announce that the dinner sold out in only a matter of days.
We had hoped to have more than 30 attend, however, the restaurant is compromised by space, and so we needed to cap it at 30 individuals.
Although we have sold out the dinner at this point there is always the chance of cancellations — so stay tuned and check with the SHOW during it’s airtimes and check back here on the website for potential updates.
Here are the details:
>The location is Lamela’s Restaurant, at 167 Mulberry Street, in New York.
>The time is 7:30 PM.
>This is a pay your own way event, dinner will run each person attending in the area of $40.00 per person, this price does not include drinks, tax, or gratuity.
>After dinner we have further plans, we’ll be visiting one of New York’s best Cigar Bars, The Cigar Inn, located at 1016 Second Avenue (Between 53rd & 54th). There is no obligation to take part in any event(s) after our dinner at Lamela is completed.
REMINDER: If you have NOT yet included your phone number so we may contact you prior to the dinner on the 27th, you MUST make sure you do this before April 12 to insure your spot and a place at the table that evening. If you have not provided us with your phone number by that date you will lose your place to attend the dinner to someone else. The DINO COSTA Show reserves the right to accept or deny anyone wishing to attend this event for any reason.
Send all information to: DINOCOSTADINNER@GMAIL.COM
The following column is brought to you from the guy that runs Fearlessly Independent Entertainment…that’d be me.
I quit Twitter.
Well, sort of anyway.
I thought I was done for good.
I truly do want to get away from the Twitterverse that has seemingly taken over the world the last few years — but the timing of my exiting left a little something to be desired.
Allow me to explain…
See I don’t know if you’re aware, but a movie is about set to commence filming here in Cheyenne on the 18th of this month…even if some people over at 49th Street in New York City view this as their worst nightmare come true.
The movie is about me — and the guy doing the film has committed serious funding to the project.
So after I cancelled my Twitter account – I re-thought the idea and decided that at least through the films shooting and eventual release – it would be proper of me to keep a line of communication about news of the film available on Twitter — and so I have resumed my Twitter feed almost as soon as I left it.
Although I am still on Twitter, the tone and scope, not to mention the frequency of my Tweets will significantly be reduced as you will soon find out.
So please go and alert the mediocre media that —> DINO COSTA is not done with Twitter just yet!
Now that that is out of the way, allow me to apologize to my audience across North America and around the world for going into a temporary period of insanity on this past Tuesday’s SHOW (4-2-13).
On that SHOW I was about to change some elements to fit in line with some nitwits in my audience, people who cannot stand me, but who listen to me anyway (even as they humorously state that they don’t), and who call Mr Russo pretty regularly telling him what a bad-bad boy I am.
It’s tough enough that my SHOW is seemingly ignored by some of the suits at SXM (some – not all) who fail to acknowledge the immense and growing popularity of my radio extravaganza on a daily basis —-> but to then have the constant piss-ants who call into the show before my own, mis-representing me, and my audience by extension…this has gotten to be pretty tiring of late.
In reality I just wanna do my SHOW — and to be left alone.
So this past Tuesday I started making noises about changing some things up.
What was I, stupid?
Beyond stupid, actually.
Thanks to my immense and always growing audience — I was quickly talked out of the revisions I had been speaking of.
In fact, the invective hurled at me by some of those listening this past Tuesday night actually shook me pretty good.
People were angry — really angry.
One guy told me he was disgusted with me — and this guy is a fan of mine.
“How dare you change your SHOW on us”, was the typical response that so many people called in to say.
One call came in.
By the time it was over I was flooded with phone calls from listeners actually threatening to not listen to my SHOWS anymore if I changed a dang thing.
You know what?
These people were right.
What the fuck was I thinking?
You mean change up the dynamics of a SHOW that is a one of a kind entity, a SHOW that not only works and attracts listeners, but change a SHOW that has engendered tremendous loyalty from those who listen to my SHOWS, those who have come on board as listeners lately, tomorrow, and the next day?
Let me get this right, I was prepared to make some changes to the cosmetic design of a SHOW that has not only become destination radio for so many, but change a SHOW that has moved needles, a SHOW that has garnered all kinds of press and publicity, change a SHOW that love it or hate it — has the entire radio industry talking about it?
Let me get this straight, because some dopes complain to Russo that I tend to include a profane word on occasion during my SHOWS on a radio platform completely uncensored…I was apparently ready to acquiesce to these morons who don’t know shit from shinola?
I was going to consider fixing something that wasn’t broken?
If you were one of those who phoned in and talked some much needed sense into my ears — I thank you.
The bottom line here is that my SHOWS have been immensely successful on every level one may wish to consider, because somehow I like to feel as though I not only know what I’m doing — but I also realize and recognize what works best for me — what my audience desires and expects from me, and thus, I go about implementing the kinds of SHOWS that are a more than attractive commodity to those who sample them — and then become quickly addicted to the product.
Does the DINO COSTA Show work?
The proof is in the pudding and the results are undeniable for anyone wanting to be objective.
I make no apologies for wrecking the standard and the conventional ‘model’ for what sports talk radio is supposed to sound like.
You can get ‘sports talk’ radio anywhere.
You can only get DINO COSTA talking about sports in the ways that I do — only on my SHOWS.
It’s your choice.
Routine radio you can get anywhere.
Or, DINO COSTA.
Thanks again for talking me out of becoming less like me…and more like them.
Controversial SiriusXM Radio Personality Dino Costa to Be Subject of New Film from Chesapeake Films
Documentary begins shooting April 18 in Cheyenne, Wyoming; latest in series of feature films and television programming blending artistic talent with engaging storylines from full-service production company
-Las Vegas, NV March 27, 2013
Chesapeake Films announces that it has started pre-production for a documentary to be completed in 2013 about the life of controversial SiriusXM Radio personality, Dino Costa. Filming will begin in Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 18, 2013. The documentary film will be directed by Joel Franco, cinematography by Darko Nikolich, edited by Anthony Bernard, sound design by Karol Urban, and original music by Marianthe Bezzerides. The film will begin shooting in Wyoming, where Dino Costa resides and produces his daily radio sports talk show, The Dino Costa Show. The crew will then follow Costa to New York, NY, to continue filming Costa’s hometown, friends, fans, and family.
Franco wanted to do the film because, “Dino is a breath of fresh air in the world of cookie cutter sports talk radio. He is fiercely independent, and connects with his audience like few can. I just knew that under that big personality was a story waiting to be told. I am so excited to begin.”
When asked about the film, Dino Costa said, “When I embarked on my career as a talk show host, I wanted to achieve many objectives; I never thought about the possibility of someone wanting to do a film about my career and my life. In speaking with Joel about his vision for this film, I’m confident that collaborating with the crew at Chesapeake Films will culminate in a documentary about my life that people will find interesting and compelling.”
About Chesapeake Films
Chesapeake Films, a full service film and television production company, was founded by Joel Franco and Solidaris, LLC in 2006. Chesapeake Films’ mission is to blend artistic talent with engaging stories to create feature films and television that delight audiences of all ages. Chesapeake Films’ documentary, One Man’s Journey to Truth profiling energy healer Denie Hiestand’s life was sold to Giam in 2012 and received an Award of Merit at the 2012 London Independent Film Festival (LiFF).
Led by founder Joel Franco, Chesapeake Films has secured option agreements on a full slate of impressive stories for feature films and television programming. Chesapeake Films will attend Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 and will be meeting with distributors for the foreign distribution of One Man’s Journey to Truth, distribution for his new documentary about Dino Costa and will meet with industry leaders to discuss collaborative relationships for the preproduction slate.
Chesapeake Films’ preproduction slate includes Poe, a biopic about Edgar Allen Poe and Future Kings, a futuristic science fiction story by world renowned artist and writer, C. C. Long; an espionage thriller trilogy franchise based on Susan Ouellette’s novels; Charles McDonald’s historical fiction adventure slated as an animated feature based on his book The War Trail; Austin Cooper Otocki’s edgy television series, The Social Eye, based on his book The Single Guy’s Guide to Relationships; Stephen Gallup’s drama based on his book, What about the Boy; Devil Cats, a horror film based on the book The Demons Walk Among Us, by Joann Harris and Sherry Frazier’s original CIA spy thriller, Deception Pass.
Dino Costa is the host of national radio show, The Dino Costa Show, broadcast weekdays on SiriusXM, Channel 86. Costa broadcasts from his state-of-the-art studios in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is known for providing audaciously original commentary and opinion on topical sports issues. Dino Costa’s trademark independence and his in-your-face, cavalier approach is appreciated by his audiences all across North America.
The Dino Costa Show has been a part of SiriusXM Radio since October 2009. In February 2011, Dino Costa signed a 2-year extension that will keep his show at SIRIUSXM through 2013.
I dreamed that someone called me one day and asked me if I would consent to them making a movie about my life.
Then I woke up.
And on March 21, there in front of me stood a guy by the name of; Joel Franco, the guy I thought I only dreamed about.
The dream was real.
Actually I never dreamed this thing — it was always real from the very start.
I get a call several weeks ago and a person says they want to shoot me.
On film, of course.
When I got into this awful business of broadcasting I held out hope that I’d be able to fulfill a few objectives.
Demonstrating that I was a unique entity and producing a radio show that was well beyond the status-quo in sports radio was certainly one of the objectives I had in mind.
That’s been accomplished.
Beating Jim Rome to a pulp was another.
While Jim continues to do his awful radio and TV shows, and checks in on his thoroughbred race horses out at Santa Anita, I plod along with my own radio show — still dreaming of the day I’ll bump into a television executive who will disprove my long held belief that TV people have shit in their heads instead of brains.
Sure, why not.
I’ve tamed that beast.
A showdown with Kenyon Martin?
Who wouldn’t like something like that to occur?
A national magazine story?
A few appearances on FOX News?
Been there and done that one.
Being recognized by Sports Illustrated in back to back years as having one of the country’s best sports based radio shows?
Thank you, Mr. Richard Deitsch
Meeting one of my radio hero’s, Don Imus, and guesting on his show?
Catching the attention of New York Daily News sports media columnist, Bob Raissman?
I’ll not argue the ‘mastermind’ moniker.
Being a part of the Colorado Rockies pre & post game show’s on FSN Rocky Mountain?
Hosting my own television show in Denver for two (2) years?
But a movie…about me?
I can’t say that I woke up each day the last 16 years pining for the opportunity to put my extremely chaotic and topsy-turvy life to film.
I also never imagined or thought anyone would find me that compelling.
I’m told that filming of this yet to be officially titled movie will begin in my hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming on Thursday April 18 of this year.
In my way of thinking you only get one shot at something like this.
So, if I’m to endeavor in this undertaking, then I’m going to have to show it all.
As of this writing I’ve been on planet earth for a total of 18,269 days and nights.
Those days equal a total of 50 years — and now 6 days since I sprang from my mother’s womb — on March 17, 1963.
In those 50 years I can honestly state that I’ve lived at least 9 or 10 different lives.
I loved some of them and detested others.
Some have detested me while a few have loved me — or so they said.
I’m not sure about the current incarnation of my life — but stick around and I’ll have an answer soon enough.
Filming will take place in places like Wyoming, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, and maybe even a few more places I’m not even aware of.
CAST & CREW
Director: Joel Franco Cinematographer: Darko Nikolich Editor: Anthony Bernard
Sound Designer: Karol Urban Music by: Marianthe Bezzerides
One thing I do know is that all the curtains in the house are going to have to come down.
The good, the bad…and lots and lots of ugly.
Because I’ve lived an extremely ugly life in many respects.
Some of my aesthetics are skewed just a bit.
This has not been a smooth ride — for a number of reasons and factors.
I’ve had some things inflicted on me.
I myself have been guilty doing of some inflicting.
‘Polished’ is not a word that will enter the narrative when I’m dead and buried someday.
I figure that if Joel Franco finds me to be a subject that he’ll likely plunk down at least $100,000 to get to know – to film – and then to culminate everything into a 90 minute movie on me and my life — then the least I can do is to hold nothing back.
All things are on the table and open for discussion.
The happy times, the sad times — the underwhelming and helpless and pitiful person I have been at times.
The energetic and not to be denied achiever that I’ve been at times.
The good Dino.
The bad Dino.
The born again believer, Dino.
The selfish and rotten, Dino.
The destitute and homeless, Dino.
The Dino that stayed at a 5-star hotel in the middle of Manhattan.
The Dino who gave money to homeless people.
As well as the Dino who used to sometimes steal things.
The money earned – and the money lost…lots of it too.
The men and the WOMEN.
The most humiliating single day of my life.
The laughs and the tears — more of the latter than of the former.
Earlier this week, we reported that a strong majority of radio’s top execs are, as a group, optimistic about traditional radio’s future. But that doesn’t mean they’re oblivious to the challenges facing radio, especially, the biggest one…
In our survey of radio general managers, group execs and owners, the challenge from new technology looms large, as you would expect.
When we asked them to volunteer the “single biggest threat” to traditional radio, more than one in five named the internet, smartphones and digital media in general, including in-car internet access.
Keep in mind that these were responses volunteered by radio execs — top-of-mind, unaided. When we delve deeper, in-car internet looms much larger…
We asked them to rate seven traditional radio competitors as a “big threat,” a “small threat,” or “no threat.” And we found that, by a wide margin, they think in-car internet is the threat to traditional radio:
% naming “a big threat”
Internet Access in Cars
Sirius/XM Satellite Radio
Perhaps just as “impressive,” another 42% consider in-car internet as a small threat to traditional radio. So, altogether, 83% consider it a threat. That exact percentage holds even for execs who say they’re “optimistic” about radio’s future (though fewer of them — still 32% though — consider it a big threat).
What this all means is: Even if you’re optimistic about radio’s future, you know it’s facing a tough battle. And that battle will be on wheels.
As listeners of my SHOWS have become aware over the last few weeks — I was contacted by a documentary film maker out of Las Vegas by the name of JOEL FRANCO, who requested my participation in a film about my haphazard and often times wayward life.
The shooting of this film is set to commence on Thursday April 21st.
Joel will be speaking with a host of people on camera throughout the filming of this movie – and now is your chance to possibly become a part of the cast.
The movie would like to get a few people to become an actual part of the film (this is Joel’s request) to talk on camera in candid terms about The SHOW - with several listeners who regularly tune in – to get your thoughts and views as to why you listen to the SHOW and love it — or why you might hate the SHOW – yet listen anyway.
In order to be considered for an actual appearance in the movie you will have to consent to the following terms:
1-You will have to agree to fly into Cheyenne, Wyoming in order to be interviewed and filmed.
2-You must be willing to take care of your own travel and expenses during your visit.
3-You must be willing to sign a waiver allowing your images and comments to be included in the film at the sole discretion of the film’s developer.
You will NOT be paid for your appearance.
If you are interested in being a part of this endeavor, please email all of your information, including your name, age, occupation, address, and how long you have been listening to The DINO COSTA Show to: email@example.com
The SHOW will be able to help you out with information concerning travel and lodging accommodations once you have been selected as a participant.
He crumbled like a cookie in the face of secular pressure from uninformed and biased members of the media who haven’t a clue about what they write about.
Tim Tebow put his brand and his career ahead of everything else – and at the same time he may have established an awful precedent that now bears watching.
It’s no secret that the media has long gone after Christianity at every available turn.
Now that Tebow has wilted under the pressure brought by ridiculously laughable stories generated by such individuals like Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel and Gregg Doyal of CBS Sports — the media will now feel more emboldened to go on the attack figuring that their words will prove successful in stopping the next ‘radical’ Christian from doing what they deem not in the better interests of this politically correct world.
Even today, a day after Tebow announced his cowardly decision to pull out of a speech at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, the headline writers are having a field day with their headlines about how Tebow won’t be speaking at that ‘hateful’ church.
As I noted on my SHOW yesterday, there is not a single thing that separates Tebow and his Christian belief system from that of First Baptist Church and their senior pastor, Robert Jeffress.
Tebow knows this now – and he knew it when he accepted a paid invitation to speak twice at this church a few weeks ago.
The ‘new’ information that Tebow claims to be in receipt of these past few days only adds to the cowardly aspect to his now plummeting reputation…the fact is there is no new information about the church nor the pastor that Tebow has recently become aware of.
Not only is Tebow a fraud – now he’s also a liar in addition.
The entire script here is so transparent and yet Tebow somehow thinks that logical people will buy into his bullshit about new information gleaned which will now prevent him from speaking.
Try again, Tim.
Any logical and reasoned person quickly concludes that Tebow bailed on this event because he couldn’t withstand the pressure – a pressure that was and is without merit - that is if Tebow believes in the words and teachings of Jesus of the bible.
I don’t know which is worse.
Is it the insanity of the press who doesn’t know their ass from their elbows concerning the topic of Christianity that they write about?
Or is it the easily duped public that cannot think for themselves and allows this press to so easily mislead and misinform them with baseless propaganda and reckless commentary?
Whatever the case, Tim Tebow should have been concerned with none of it – he’s supposed to know the truth – and he’s supposed to be able to stand in the gap and vigorously defend his turf with a righteousness and a bold justification that comes from God Almighty…not the empty words of men and women who disapprove.
Besides all of the above, the fact is that Tim Tebow is a very rich man.
He’s well financed through his current NFL salary – as well as being a paid spokesmen around the world.
This brings me to another few points about Tebow that I’ve recently been able to conclude.
Why is Tebow charging an appearance fee to speak at churches around the country?
I have no problem with Tebow accepting money from corporate organizations who want him to appear to talk in an uplifting and inspiring manner to business folks looking for a little pick me up…
On the other hand the more I think about it — the more angered I find myself getting that Tebow is placing a dollar figure on Jesus Christ.
Jesus is not for sale.
Never has been – never will be.
Yet Tebow sees no problem flying around the country and giving his personal christian testimony in return for money in his bank account.
Tebow might call his mission evangelism – I call it prostituting the Savior he claims to love and adore.
True evangelism is taking your time to spread the gospel on your time — and without putting a price tag on your work in spreading the word.
The late Billy Sunday went from coast to coast back in the day, he left his career as a major league baseball player and devoted his life to telling everyone he ran into about the saving grace that only Christ Jesus can and does provide.
Billy Sunday did this without agreeing to speak to people unless they were willing to dig into their pockets to pay him.
Tim Tebow will also be glad to speak about what Jesus has meant to him — so long as you wire a six figure donation into his bank account.
Look it, I cannot deny that Tebow has done some good things in the name of Christ – and his international missionary work is to be applauded as well.
However, in one fell swoop, with one cookie crumbling decision to heed to the call of those wishing to diminish him and his faith, Tim Tebow relented, and in the process lost a lot of the respect I had for him up to this time.
Then again, as I sit here and think about Tebow — perhaps he was never the person I thought him to be in the first place.
Where may I cast my vote for the man in the video below — making him the next President of The United States Of America?
Mr. Carson, sir, if The Lord calls you to the duty to serve your country in this lands highest elected office, please be aware that not only would I vote for you — I’d also do everything possible to be on the front lines in helping you get elected.
I thank you for taking the strong stand and positions that you did during this glorious speech — particularly in light of you making your comments while the listless God hating — non-achiever — who has this country in full free-fall was seated mere feet to your right.