Guest List

Another week of great guests on WDAZ News @5.

Iron Chef: Redemption contestants Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman staged a News @5 food fight of sorts for us.  Each had a new take on the classic green bean cassarole which they demonstrated for us on Wednesday.  We declared the competition a draw.  For a more competitive match-up,  you can watch Amanda and Nate battle it out on the new season of Iron Chef:  Redemption Sunday nights on the Food network.

Yesterday writer William Paul Young told us about his new novel Cross Roads.  His first book, The Shack, has sold an amazing 18 million copies and was number one on the New York Times bestseller list for an 50 weeks.  He seems like he might be one of the nicer people o the planet.  He told us his wife is originally from Minot.

Another guest with North Dakota connections is American Idol winner Jordin Sparks who chatted with us today.  Her grandmother and great grandparents were from Hillsboro.  (Knew them well.)  Jordin slips into Grand Forks now and then to watch her brother PJ play football for UND. Jordin was the youngest America Idol winner ever  few seasons ago.  Since then, she has–get this–starred on Broadway in In the Heights and with Whitney Houston in the movie Sparkle, recorded two albums, has two fragrances to credit and has made dozens and dozens of television and personal appearances around the country.  We talked about her busy life and her Managing Migraines:  Know Your Triggers.  Know Your Treatment campaign for Excedrin.

There were others too, like our old friend author Jane Kurtz and our new friend writer Mary Casanova.  Both write (very well) for the American Girl doll series.

Last, not least, Greg Rixen brought a tableful of wines suitable for Thanksgiving dinner for us to taste from Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop in Grand Forks.

Next week we’re going to be talking with actress and singer Della Reese from Touched by an Angel and soon with best-selling author David Baldacci.