Monthly Archives: December 2013

#74 – LeVar Burton

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 74 - LeVar Burton

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about New Year’s Eve and how it sometimes can be anti-climactic. They discuss memories from the past and resolutions for the future.

The guys have the distinct pleasure to bring LeVar Burton. LeVar talks about the “Reading Rainbow” app and how it is similar to the show he created back in the day.

Besides “Reading Rainbow” LeVar is an outstanding actor, producer, and director. From films and shows like “Roots”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, and “Perception”, Burton is always busy.

In the interview LeVar talks about “Reading Rainbow”, his role as Geordi La Forge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, and fatherhood.

#73 – Shaquille O’Neal

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 73 - Shaquille O'Neal

This week we have a bonus Life of Dad Show. Hosts Art Eddy and Ryan Hamilton talk about their Christmas traditions and bring on the one-and-only Shaquille O’Neal on the show.

NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal has been doing great charitable work for a few years now with Toys R Us for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

The 2013 Toys for Tots campaign is currently underway and O’Neal, who is better known as “Shaq-A-Claus” this time of year started up a new tradition this year. It is called the “No Wish Too Big” campaign. Kids in need can wish for whatever they want as Toys R Us and Shaq try to fulfill those wishes.

If you want to help, click here to go to the Toys for Tots website at Toys R Us.

Shaq talks about his charitable work, his career in the NBA, fatherhood, and dancing.

#72 – Anthony Becht

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 72 - Anthony Becht

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about their kids’ excitement for Christmas, each of their family’s traditions, and Tom has a new prank parents can use with their children.

The guys bring on former NFL tight end Anthony Becht. Anthony played 12 years in the NFL. He played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. Since retiring Becht is still involved with football. He works for ESPN and is the Buccaneers Pre and Post Game Host for 620 WDAE.

Recently he has teamed up with Mohan’s Custom Tailors and the Doe Fund to help those in need this holiday season. Mohan’s is looking for people to donate suits or overcoats that they don’t use anymore. This charity event kicks-off a holiday season of giving at Mohan’s. When people come in and donate their suits they will receive a $100 credit toward a new custom tailored overcoat. Then those donations will be cleaned and donated to charity.

From all of us here at Life of Dad we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

#71 – Kurt Warner

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 71 - Kurt Warner

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about their favorite Christmas gifts in years past. They also talk about how hard it is to have a conversation at the dinner table.

The guys are very pleased to welcome Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner to the show. Kurt Warner had a brilliant career in the NFL. Whether it was him leading the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl victory in 1999 or taking the Arizona Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl berth in 2008, Warner left his mark in the NFL. Kurt has been named MVP in the league as well as in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Besides excelling on the field Kurt does even more off the field with the work he and his wife, Brenda, do for their foundation, First Things First Foundation. The foundation is devoted to impacting the lives of others using Christian values, providing aid and supporting those in need. The foundation supports children’s hospitals, people with developmental disabilities, and single parents to name a few.

Kurt Warner is now an analyst for the NFL Network. Check him out every Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning at 9:00 AM ET.

Brenda and Kurt live in Arizona with their kids Zachary, Jesse Jo, Kade, Jada Jo, Elijah, and twins Sienna and Sierra. Kurt was able to chat with me about who he thinks has the best shot at winning this year’s Super Bowl, his playing days, fatherhood, and his First Things First Foundation.

#70 – Chris Cole

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 70 - Chris Cole

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about how we view snow days as a kid and now as a parent. Art even sings the snow alert tone from his kid’s school to Tom and Tom sings it right back to him. They also chat about sneakers, biking, drinking, and skateboarding.

They talk about skateboarding because it fits right in with this week’s guest. “Live rad and die proud” is a saying that street skater Chris Cole lives by. At the age of 14, Chris found his passion. That passion was and still is skateboarding. As a kid living just outside of Philadelphia, Cole started to participate in local and regional skateboarding contests.

As he won more and more contests, Chris started to make a name for himself in the skateboarding industry. Not only did fans pay attention, but so did corporations. At age 16, Chris got his first corporate sponsorship, which helped to launch his career. Chris was named Thrasher Magazine’s “Skater of the Year” twice and won back-to-back street skate gold medals at the X Games. Check out all his accomplishments at his website –!

Even with all the fame, we found through talking with Chris that he is still a down-to-Earth type of guy. Chris loves to give back to the community with his skate camp called “Chris Cole’s Excellent Adventure” at Camp Woodland. Chris gets it and knows what truly is important in life.

#69 – Brian Deegan

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 69 - Brian Deegan

This week on the Life of Dad Show hosts Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about birthday parties, Christmas, and why the Riles traditional Waldorf salad was missing from the Thanksgiving table. The guys also have Motocross star Brian Deegan on the show.

Brian Deegan is an innovator in action sports. He is considered to be motocross legend and as a businessman has been nicknamed “The General”. At the young age of 17 Deegan moved from his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska and traveled to Southern California with hopes of making a name for himself in the world of motocross.

In 1997 at the Coliseum in LA, Brian made history with the Freestyle Motocross move called “ghost riding” as he crossed the finish line. Brian has won many awards in actions sports. Brian currently competes in Motocross, Freestyle Motocross, Rally Car, and Short Course Trucks as founder and co-owner of the Metal Mulisha. Brian talks about how he entered the world of motocross, fatherhood, injuries, and his clothing line.