America's #1 Travel Radio Show

2011


12/24/2011


December 24, 2011 - Hour One
Guests: Some of the segments below are "Best Of" segments from previous broadcasts. Patrick Smith, commercial pilot and journalist, AskThePilot.com Paul Priestman, Founder, PriestmanGoode.com Maggie Espinosa, Travel Journalist and author, “The Privileged Pooch: Luxury Travel with your pet in Southern California” Roy Berger, CEO, Medjetassist.com Mark Wexler, Producer & Film Maker, “How To Live Forever”



12/17/2011


December 17, 2011 - Hour One


December 17, 2011 - Hour Two



12/10/2011


December 10, 2011 - Hour One
Broadcast from Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley of California.

December 10, 2011 - Hour Two
Broadcast from Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley of California.


12/03/2011


December 3, 2011 - Hour One


December 3, 2011 - Hour Two



11/19/2011


November 19, 2011 - Hour One
Guests: Joe Siprut, attorney specializing in consumer protection and class action suits, regarding Southwest Airlines and drink coupons. Marisa Schneer, Director, Consumer Travel Network at American Express. Patrick Smith, AskThePilot.com Buddy Wilkes, General Mgr. Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Panama City Beach, Florida.

November 19, 2011 - Hour Two
Guests: Jason Harris, Blogger and Tech expert, techcraver.com Pichaya Saisaengchan, Assistant Director, New York office, Thailand Tourism. Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler magazine. Dr. Gary Kracoff, Staying healthy while traveling.


11/12/2011


November 12, 2011 - Hour One
Broadcasting from Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Western Ireland.

November 12, 2011 - Hour Two
Second hour of the broadcast from Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Western Ireland.


11/05/2011


November 5, 2011 - Hour One
Broadcast from County Donegal in Northwest Ireland at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa.

November 5, 2011 - Hour Two
Broadcast from County Donegal in Northwest Ireland at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa.


10/29/2011


October 29, 2011 - Hour One
Broadcast from The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC.

October 29, 2011 - Hour Two
Second hour of the broadcast from The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC.


10/22/2011


October 22, 2011 - Hour One
Guests: Scott McCartney, WSJ "The Middle Seat" columnist Jeanenne Tornatore, Senior Travel Editor, Orbitz.com Noel McMeel, Executive Chef, Lougherner Resort in Ireland

October 22, 2011 - Hour Two
Guests: Nancy Ganis, Executive Producer, ABC's "Pan Am" Leslie Paine Anding, former Pan Am airways flight attendant Jaeger Mah, blogger/videograper, "80 days at YVR" Vancouver's International airport


10/08/2011


October 8, 2011 - Hour 1
Joe Brancatelli, Joesentme.com, discusses his concerns about the 'trusted traveler' program. Maritime historian, John Maxtone- Graham, recounts details about the Titanic in his book, "Titanic Tragedy: A New Look at the Lost Liner." Mark Jolly, Globomaestro.com, introduces Rudy to the travel insider's go-to travel site. And Matt Walker, world-class climber and author of "Adventure in Everything" explains how all of us can add adventure to our lives. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week".

October 8, 2011 - Hour 2
Jason Harris, Techcraver.com, gives us the travelers perspective on the iPhone4s. Kent Craver, Regional Director of Passenger Satisfaction and Revenue for The Boeing Company, describes the innovative interior of the Dreamliner aircraft. Kim Jones, founder of preferredtravelhelper.com, makes travel easier for those that have difficulty traveling alone. And Rudy gives us his "Deal of the Week."


10/01/2011


October 1, 2011 - Hour 1
Special broadcast from the Carmel Valley Ranch on the Monterey Peninsula of California. John Pritzger, owner of the Carmel Valley Ranch, describes his vision for this unique and special resort. Bee keeper and lavender field curator, John Russo, gives us a lesson in apiology. Ken Peterson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium tells us about the newest programs and attractions at this top ranked tourist destination. Brian Gipson gives us some Carmel Valley Ranch value packages. And news guest, Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess Yachts, just returned from the world's biggest yacht auction in Monte Carlo tells us about this unique global financial indicator.

October 1, 2011 - Hour 2
Second hour of Carmel Valley Ranch broadcast. Guests this hour include: Chef Tim Wood, Lodge Restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch, is passionate about his ingredients and Mark Marino, Organic Gardener sources those ingredients. They discuss this unique collaboration on The Ranch property. Rhonda Motil, Monterey Vitners and Growers Association, explains the region's wine characteristics. Gabrielle Wagemakers, Chef Concierge, and her English Boxer, Roxy, are the "ambassadors of play." From the Pete Dye-designed golf course to the brand new spa and from the pools to the firepits, the Carmel Valley Ranch invites one to the outdoors for connection and romance.


09/24/2011


September 24, 2011 - Hour 1
Coming to you from the BR Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen nearby to the city of Sonoma, California.

September 24, 2011 - Hour 2
Second hour of Rudy's radio show coming to you from the BR Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen nearby to the city of Sonoma, California.


09/17/2011


September 17, 2011 - Hour 1


September 17, 2011- Hour 2



09/10/2011


September 10, 2011 - Hour 1


September 10, 2011 - Hour 2



09/03/2011


September 3, 2011 - Hour 1


September 3, 2011 - Hour 2



08/27/2011


August 27, 2011 - Hour 1


August 27, 2011 - Hour 2



08/20/2011


August 20, 2011 - Hour 1
Steve Loucks, Chief Communications Officer for Travel Leaders, responds to President Obama's claim that the internet has replaced travel agents. Brian Chesky, CEO & Co-founder of Airbnb.com (home and apartment vacation rental site), describes new policies to protect homeowners after the home of an Airbnb member is trashed by vacationers. Mark Murphy, President & CEO of Travelliance, says that travel spending is up in spite of the recession. And Rudy gives his "Deals of the Week."

August 20, 2011 - Hour 2
Charlie Leocha, founder & the director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, give us an update on airline passenger rights. Richard Wiese, explorer and host of "Born to Explore" television series on ABC, tells us about filming three episodes on the Northern Territories of Australia. Andrew Rundle, Associate Professor in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, co-researched and published an article on the topic of business travel and the effect of this type of travel on health and well-being. Carol Willis, of the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, takes us on a tour of skyscrapers around the world. And Rudy gives his "Deals of the Week."


08/13/2011


August 13, 2011 - Hour 1


August 13, 2011 - Hour 2



08/06/2011


August 6, 2011 - Hour 1
Adam Platt, esteemed food writer for New York Magazine, describes his last meal at El Bulli, the high-temple of food, north of Barcelona in Roses, Catalonia in Spain. Kevin Winge, Executive Director of Open Arms of Minnesota, just returned from a six month sabbatical in South Africa. He recounts his stay in Guguletu Township and about his travels into the Karoo. Forget asteroids...alien bacteria? Dave Brody, science writer for space.com, explains if "alien" bacteria is a concern for the future of commercial space travel. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."

August 6, 2011 - Hour 2
Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director of EthicalTraveler.org, went to Cuba, legally, this summer, and reports his observations. It's Lucille Ball's 100th birthday today! The International Clown Hall of Fame & Research Center is having a party and is also celebrating National Clown Week (Aug 1-7). Greg DeSanto, former clown and museum director, gives us a look at the happenings in Baraboo, Wisconsin. And Jennifer Gaines, Senior Travel Editor for Spire.com, the newest luxury "flash sale" site, introduces us to a new term --"Flashcations." She also gives us some amazing deals that are on offer this week via Spire.


07/30/2011


July 30, 2011 - Hour 1
Professor Peter Tarlow, terrorism and tourism expert, discusses Norway's recent domestic terrorism attack. Michael McColl, co-founder of EthicalTraveler.org, tell us about the countries that rank the highest on their 2011 Ethical Destination list. Brides magazine travel editor, Jennifer Gaines, tells us where to get "insider" experiences on the islands. Michael Sommer, aka the Gadget Guy, is skiing in Chile and gives us a report from Valle Nevado, Chile. And Rudy gives us his weekly travel deals.

July 30, 2011 - Hour 2
Best-selling author and essayist, Paul Theroux, discusses his latest book, The Tao of Travel. Rob Baird survived his death while kayaking in familiar waters. Rob's story, "Seven Minutes Underwater," is told as part of the National Geographic Channel series, "The Indestructables." And Rudy covers emails from listeners and give us his "Deals of the Week."


07/23/2011


July 23, 2011 - Hour 1


July 23, 2011 - Hour 2



07/16/2011


July 16, 2011 - Hour 1


July 16, 2011 - Hour 2



07/09/2011


July 9, 2011 - Hour 1


July 9, 2011 - Hour 2



07/02/2011


July 2, 2011 - Hour 1


July 2, 2011 - Hour 2



06/25/2011


June 25, 2011 - Hour 1


June 25, 2011 - Hour 2



06/18/2011


June 18, 2011 - Hour 1


June 18, 2011 - Hour 2



06/11/2011


June 11, 2011 - Hour 1
Nicholas Calio, President & CEO of the Air Transport Association of America, answers the question, "Why are airline ticket fees and taxes, so high?" And Susan Farewell, founder of Farewelltravels.com, and her daughter, Justine, give us tips on how to plan and have a successful family vacation. Brad Spellberg, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and author of the book, Rising Plague, explains the recent E. Coli outbreak in Europe. And Michael Sommer, gadget expert, tells us about chargers and other useful travel gadgets. And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week."

June 11, 2011 - Hour 2
Guests this hour: Patrick Smith, commercial pilot and author of blog, askthepilot.com. Geoffrey Kent, CEO of famed travel company, Abercrombie & Kent. Maz Livingston, photographer & journalist, on the topic of taking responsible photos while you are traveling. William Serbin, EVP of Linentracker.com, lets us know that hotels and resorts are increasingly using a location-chip to track the location of towels and sheets, in order to better manage inventory and prevent theft. And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week."


06/04/2011


June 4, 2011 - Hour 1
Steve Elson, former member of the FAA's Red Team, is frustrated with the state of airline and airport security in the US. He tells us what he's been doing to raise awareness. Raymond Bickson, CEO Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces, tells us about the future of this growing five-star international chain. Jacqueline Gifford, Travel Editor for Brides magazine, tells us where in the world, the top ten sexy beach resorts are located. And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week."

June 4, 2011 - Hour 2
In this hour, you'll hear the travel news of the week, as well as guest interviews. Yasmeen Sayeed, an expert in medical tourism, tells us how her Canada-based company, Surgical Tourism, can advise and guide you if you'd like to have any medical procedure done outside of the US. Gemma Allen, Chicago-based attorney and relationship columnist for ChicagoNow.com, gives us tips on traveling with your loved one or loved one-to-be. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."


05/28/2011


May 28, 2011 - Hour 1
Jim Curtis, area director, sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, explains Starwood's "storm policy" as the Caribbean hurricane season officially begins. Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal "The Middle Seat" columnist, reveals which airline frequent flier programs are the most and least generous with your frequent flier miles. How to protect yourself again credit card skimming: Dan Kadlec, "Bank of Dad" columnist for CBS Moneywatch.com has practical tips to prevent this increasingly common fraud. John Rheinberger, a 61 year-old Minnesota attorney, has visited 194 countries and has one more to visit in order to complete the goal he set when he was 25 years old. Howie Shapiro, Theater Critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, explains how to see the hot Broadway shows and save money on last minute tickets. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."

May 28, 2011 - Hour 2
Thorston Kirschjke, Chief Operating Officer, Carlson Hotels in North America, introduces us to Radisson Blu, the newest concept in the Carlson hotel brand. Tim Besse, founder and a VP of Glassdoor.com, a national research company, lists the USA's best travel companies. Joe McInerney, President and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging association, discusses hotel security in light of the recently publicized attacks on housekeeping staff. And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week."


05/21/2011


May 21, 2011 - Hour 1
Laura Bly, USA Today reporter, discusses the cost of fuel and it's impact on travelers this summer. Tony Perrottet, author of book, "The Sinner's Grand Tour," recounts with humour, his research and travels to lesser-known sites in Europe that demonstrate that tourism has a historic dark side. James Bassil, Editor-in-Chief, of website askmen.com, tells us the best cities to men to visit for vacation. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia Inc, explains the best way to use expedia.com and hotels.com to plan your trips and maximize savings. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."

May 21, 2011 - Hour 2
Ken Levine, author of book, "Where the Hell am I?" ( Trips I've Survived), is an Emmy-winning, writer/director/producer and major league baseball announcer. He describes with great humor his travails in travel. Joe Sharkey, New York Times columnist and survivor of a 2006 mid-air plane collision over Brazil, talks about the court trial, and the legal and emotional aftermath of this horrible tragedy. Genevieve Shaw Brown, editor at Travelocity, tells us if one can still get a last-minute Memorial Day travel bargain. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."


05/14/2011


May 14, 2011 - Hour 1
Chris Davis, Memphis Flyer staff reporter, updates us for a second weekend, about the recent Mississippi flooding in Memphis. The rest of this show hour is from French Polynesia where Rudy interviewed: Mark Eddowes, historian and anthropologist. Michael Shapiro, Paul Gaugin cruise director. Bobbi Joy Verdegaal, naturalist and scuba diver.

May 14, 2011 - Hour 2
This show hour is brought to you from French Polynesia, where Rudy interviewed: Frank Tehaamatai, black pearl oyster farmer and black pearl expert. Richard Bailey, Managing Director of the Pacific Beachcomber and owner of the cruise ship, Paul Gaugin. And Toni Mirkovic, Captain of the cruise ship, Paul Gaugin. Rudy also gives us his "Deal of the Week."


05/07/2011


May 7, 2011 - Hour 1
Bogdan Dzakovic, aviation expert and co-star in documentary, "Please Remove Your Shoes," discusses the failures in current airport security. Richard Freund, history professor at the University of Hartford, assisted in the mapping of the location of the lost city of Atlantis off the coast of Spain. This is the most certain that archeologists have been about the actual location of this mythical city. Maggie Espinosa, travel journalist and author of "The Pampered Pooch," tells us which hotels in Southern California welcome you and your dog...in major style. Mark Wexler, film producer and documentarian, has a new film titled, "How To Live Forever." And Michael Matthews, former hotel executive and contributor to, JoeSentMe.com, a premium on-line newsletter for business travelers, gives us tips on how to get a hotel upgrade.

May 7, 2011 - Hour 2
Chris Davis, Memphis Flyer staff reporter, gives us an on-the-scene flood report from Memphis. John Pritchard, author of "Junior Ray"and sequel, "The Yazoo Blues," paints a picture for us about the culture and history of the Mississippi Yazoo Delta. Wall Street Journal columnist, Scott McCartney, explains the real costs of using a frequent-flyer ticket. Ian Shive, award-winning photographer, author of "The National Parks: Our American Landscape," and nature conservation photographer, helps us to take a better outdoor photo. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week."


04/30/2011


April 30, 2011 - Hour 1
Stephen Nolan, VP of Strategy & Business Development at ATK, reports from Cape Canaveral about the scuttled space shuttle launch. Dr. Peter Tarlow, tourism and terrorism expert, explains his research that tourism doesn't always promote understanding between cultures. Jacqueline Gifford, Travel Editor for "Brides" magazine, tells us the top Mexican honeymoon resorts and all-inclusive hotels and resorts. Kevin Fleiss, of Room77.com, a site that provides photos, videos and maps for hundreds of hotel rooms around the world explains this handy travel tool. And Rudy gives us his "Deal of the Week."

April 30, 2011 - Hour 2
Where are the top 10 worst roads in America? Mark Cermak, of HomeIsWhereYouPark.com, gives us the list. Justine Shapiro, a former GlobeTrekker host, and co-producer of the documentary, "Our Summer in Tehran", shares her experiences producing, filming and traveling with her son to Iran . Michael Fazio, a former Manhattan concierge and author of "Concierge Confidential", tells us what he's done to make others happy. And we catch Bill Chalmers, creator of the "Global Scavenger Hunt", in Istanbul during the 2011 event! And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week".


04/23/2011


April 23, 2011 - Hour 1
Chris Merkel, Editor of Kicking Asphalt, the official e-newsletter of BetterWorldClub.com, gives us tips for saving fuel while driving. The remainder of the show is a re-run of a previous radio show that was originally broadcast from Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California.

April 23, 2011 - Hour 2
Updated news items and Paul Motter, editor of blog and website Cruisemates.com, discusses changes to the luxury cruise business with specific attention to Crystal Cruises. The remainder of the show is a re-broadcast of the second hour broadcast that originally aired on December 18, 2010 from Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California.


04/16/2011


April 16, 2011 - Hour 1
Josey Miller, editor at TripAdvisor.com, reports which beaches have been voted the "best" by readers. It's "National Parks Week" and James Kaiser, photographer and guidebook writer of four best-selling National Parks guides, explains the importance of our National Parks. Ronnie Hess, author of "Eat Smart in France", helps Rudy with his "restaurant French" pronunciation. Paul Motter, editor of Cruisemates.com, tells us how not to get kicked of a cruise ship. And Rudy gives his "Deals of the Week."

April 16, 2011 - Hour 2
What's it like to get sucked out of a flying airplane? Emily Sohn, journalist and contributor to msnbc.com, joins Rudy to explain. Eric Felten, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, gives us the low-down on ticket scalping. Christine Loomis, journalist, recently visited the country of Jordan and tells us about her trip. And iStopOver.com, CEO Anthony Lipschitz, explains the newest benefits of this vacation property rental site. And Rudy gives us his "Deals of the Week."


04/09/2011


April 9, 2011 - Hour 1
Doug Lansky, American travel journalist, currently living in Sweden, tells us about his recent (short-term) move with his wife and three daughters to India. Tim Jarrell, VP and Publisher for Fodor's Travel, recounts founder Eugene Fodor's path from ground-breaking travel journalist to leading guidebook author of our times. Fodor's Travel (Random House) recently released an e-version of the iconic 1936 guidebook, "On the Continent." And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week."

April 9, 2011 - Hour 2
Bob Herbst, retired commercial pilot and founder of AirlineFinancials.com, explains whether or not airlines will need to continue to raise fares to meet the recent and future increase in fuel prices. Steve Wellmeier, Executive Director of the Interational Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), gives an overview of what to expect if you plan to visit Antarctica next year, as this season has just ended. Jane Wooldridge, Business Editor for the Miami Herald and co-author of new book, "100 Best Affordable Vacations," gives examples from the book and explains the ranking. And Patrick Smith of AskThePilot.com and "Rudy Maxa's World" frequent contributor, discusses the recent in-flight damage to a Southwest Airlines jet.


04/02/2011


April 2, 2011 - Hour 1
Jeffrey Goldberg, reporter and journalist with The Atlantic magazine, covers for us the world private jet security or lack thereof. Rob Kiener, journalist and long-time writer for Readers Digest and Readers Digest International, brings us behind the closed doors of Las Vegas in his recent piece titled, "Vegas Secrets". Bill Chalmers, co-creator of the" Global Scavenger Hunt" and author of, "On the Origin of the Species: homo touristicus," gives us look inside his newest book. This book is filled with fascinating travel facts and factoids. Stephanie Sarwas, Assistant General Manager for the Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa, in Desert Hot Springs, California, tells us about this lovely desert resort area and why, even Californians, mix up Desert Hot Springs with Palm Springs, California. And Paul Wilke, Global Corporate Relations at VISA Inc, tells us about spending money in Mexico. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week."

April 2, 2011 - Hour 2
Anthony Hayes, CEO of Tourism Queensland, explains the "Million Dollar Memo," the newest tourism campaign and contest for offices around the world. Micheal Matthews, hotel industry consultant and former hotel executive, entertains us with the question, "Is your hotel room REALLY clean?" And Rachel Wolff, Sr. Director of World Vision News Bureau, explains what kind of volunteering is helpful after a disaster. Walter Keats, President of Asia/Pacific Travel, was the first American tour company to take groups to China before the borders opened to foreigners. Now he's taking groups to North Korea, find out what you can see there. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week."


03/26/2011


March 26, 2011 - Hour 1
Ever wanted to go on vacation to a working ranch? Clint Wilder of Rankin Ranch, near Bakersfield, California, can help you plan a perfect trip and you won't have to herd cattle. Ed Kushings, President of HomeExhange.com, opens the entire world to you...if you'd like to swap homes with someone else for your vacation. Buddy Levy, author of new book, "River of Darkness", takes us on an expedition like no other, along the Amazon River. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week".?

March 26, 2011 - Hour 2
Guests include: Jay Walljasper, contributing writer for National Geographic Traveler, magazine, tells us how we can travel in our own towns and cities, by using and enjoying the common spaces. His new book is titled, "All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons". And Rachel Friedman, author of "The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure" makes us laugh with her tales of well...getting lost. Rudy takes a couple of listener calls and he gives us his "Deal of the Week".


03/19/2011


March 19, 2011 - Hour 1
Special broadcast from the Andaz West Hollywood. In this hour you'll hear Gregg Anderson, from Tourism New Zealand, discussing the Christchurch earthquake and why you should visit New Zealand. Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, explains the salient qualities of the world's best hotels using the recent "Best Hotels" list as a guide. Actor, Kurt Fuller, currently starring in "Better With You", encourages those who want to act to "go for it". He tells us how he got his break. And Marcus Nicolaidis, General Manager of the very popular "House of Blues", on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, explains how local bands are drawing large crowds to this famous night spot.

March 19, 2011 - Hour 2
Special broadcast from the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. Television producer, Gardner Stern, who brought dramatic series, "Vegas", to your living room, tells us why reality television is dominating prime time. Marion Goldberg, Japan expert, discusses the impact of the earthquake and Tsunami on tourism from and to Japan. Merry Norris, art curator for the Andaz, takes us on a visual tour of the hotel and invites everyone to visit and view the pieces on display. Pierre Gornes, the chef at RH at the Andaz, shares his story of how he came to be a chef in LA from a town in France. And Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week".


03/12/2011


March 12, 2011 - Hour 1
Tracy Gross, volunteer writer for the EthicalTraveler.org newsletter, explains how cultural antiquities are returned to their homeland...unless the current owner doesn't want to give them up. John Cook, owner of Quotewrite, is an expert in travel insurance and helps us become experts too. Ben Wyse, co-founder of "Voluntary Gas Tax", turned a hobby into a part-time business and is giving people a chance to give back and save. And as always, Rudy gives his "Deal of the Week".

March 12, 2011 - Hour 2
Tom Parsons, founder of BestFares.com, shares what he knows about rising airline ticket prices. Mary Schackne, Chief Marketing Officer, for The Hays USA Group, attended the Innovation Awards show in Chicago, and tells us who won. Simon Bradley, VP of Marketing for North America for Virgin Atlantic, explains a Virgin Atlantic Airways marketing campaign that will make you want new shoes! Also, hear Rudy's "Deal of the Week".


03/05/2011


March 5, 2011 - Hour 1


Featured guest: Andy Ferguson, senior editor, The Weekly Standard, makes us laugh while recounting his book, Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College. Also, Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal's "Middle Seat" columnist informs us about discrepancies in cashing in airline frequent flier miles. And journalist, Heidi Sarna, lost weight on a recent cruise and tells us how. Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, travels the world on $50 per day and has written a book about it.


March 5, 2011 - Hour 2
Featured guest in this hour is Jack Weatherford, professor, author and recipient of the "Order of the Polar Star", the highest national honor awarded in Mongolia, gives us an insider's view of this magnificent country. Jason Harris, blogger at TechCraver.com, and our tech guru, compares the iPad2 to the Xoom. Hear which one he recommends for now. And Michael Schneider, math & computer science professor, explains how he travels without much expense. Michael's book is titled, appropriately, "On the Other Guy's Dime: A Professional's Guide to Traveling Without Paying." And hear Rudy's deals of the week.


02/26/2011


February 26, 2011 - Hour 1


Featured guest is Nicolas Ollivier, "Green" butler for the Savoy Hotel in London. And Gary Stoller, Investigative Travel Editor for USA Today, updates us on the movement to ban smoking completely from hotels in the USA. Maria Giurcan, VeganWorldTrekker.com, gives us tips for getting Vegan food in meat-heavy countries. Massages are good for your health explains Nathan VanOpdorp, a Massage Therapist at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.


February 26, 2011 - Hour 2
Featured guest Mireya Mayor, NFL Cheerleader turned National Geographic Explorer tells us about her field work as an explorer. Other guests: Bob Bestor, Publisher of travel newsletter Gemuchtlichkeit, specializing in travel to Germany; Sam Shank, CEO & Founder of iPhone app, HotelTonight.com. And we take a caller from Montana who needs help packing for her first trip to Hawaii.


02/19/2011


February 19, 2011 - Hour 1
Featured guest Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief for National Geographic Traveler magazine, tries dog sledding in Canada. Dayna Mollekan, ShopNBC host, stayed at a five-star resort with her family and they brought home unexpected guests--bedbugs. And Steve Barsh, CEO of Packlate.com, is inviting you to join him on a Packlate.com weekend home-stay.

February 19, 2011 - Hour 2
Featured guest Jennifer Gaines, Contributing Editor for Travelocity.com, gives us the rundown on which places are the most popular Spring Break destinations this year. Bob Barton, from the American Car Rental Association, explains how increasingly municipal taxes are passed onto car rentals. Hear first-hand from a listener, how she and her husband recently enjoyed an all-inclusive called, Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, in the Dominican Republic. And Rudy give us his "Deals of the Week".


02/12/2011


February 12, 2011 - Hour 1
Featured Guest: Tim Zagat of Zagat Guides. Dan Brown, Superintendent Gulf Island National Sea Shore gives us an update from the Gulf. Michael Sommer, The Gadget Guy, covers new products including a headband with audio, sunglasses with hidden camera, and winter gloves that help you with typing on your smartphone. And frequent contributor, Paul Motter, Editor for cruisemates.com checks in.

February 12, 2011- Hour 2
Featured Guest: Caity Bolton, graduate student, escapes from the unrest in Cairo, Egypt to Mombasa, Kenya. Pilot and journalist, Patrick Smith, AskthePilot.com, is in studio to talk with Rudy about the negatives of tourism on popular cultural sites. Rudy also takes a listener call to discuss where to stay in Las Vegas. And Rudy gives his usual "Deals of the Week".


02/05/2011


February 5, 2011 - Hour 1
Featured Guest: Eric Felton, columnist for the Wall Street Journal, talks about civility and travel following up on a very amusing article he wrote for the WSJ on the topic. Mike Kelly, President and CEO of On-Call, describes the process of getting travelers out of Cairo, Egypt during the uprising. Ophi Edut, Astrologer and co-founder of Astrostyle.com, gives us the Valentine's Day read on the stars. Roy Berger, CEO of Medjet Assist.com, goes to adult baseball fantasy camp for the second year in a row.

February 5, 2011 - Hour 2
Featured Guest: Richard Gray, Founder & Director of Operations, of The Royal Palms Fort Lauderdale, a newly refurbished resort for gay travelers, tells us about the popularity of Fort Lauderdale and the importance of gay tourism for the area. Jennifer Gaines, Contributing Editor for Travelocity.com, explains "wave season" and tells us the about this excellent time to buy a cruise. Virgin Atlantic Airways, VP Marketing for North America, reads a very strange press release. And Rudy gives his "Deals of the Week".


01/29/2011


January 29, 2011 - Hour 1
Broadcasting from Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Featured guest interview: Sir Dunstan St. Omer, famous artist and designer of the St. Lucia national flag. Troy Green of AAA, discusses recent high gas prices and how travelers are directly affected. Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for St. Lucia, tells us why St. Lucia is famous for it's cultural diversity, world-class beaches and about St. Lucia's drive-in volcano. Chef Bill Munn, Culinary Director at Windjammer Landing gives us a taste of what types of food and spices you can enjoy while dining at Windjammer Landing. Also included in this hour are Rudy's "Deals of the week".

January 29, 2011 - Hour 2
Broadcasting from Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. When a country experiences civil unrest, as we've seen in Egypt recently, Rudy asks OnCall's President and CEO Mike Kelly, how OnCall gets stranded tourists back home safely. Also in this hour, Rudy learns about wedding-planning at Windjammer from Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire, Melanie Reynolds. Tour guide, "Stormy" Norman Mercier, explains the history and culture of this lush and beautiful island. And Mark Ozawa, Managing Director at Windjammer Landing, rounds it all up with why Windjammer continues to offer one of the most unique experiences on St. Lucia. Also included in this hour are Rudy's "Deals of the Week".


01/22/2011


January 22, 2011 - Hour 1
Special broadcast from Mammoth Lakes, California. Meb Keflezighi, Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist and 2009 NYC Marathon Champion, shares with us why training at nine thousand feet above sea level is ideal for a long-distance running champion. Steve Searles, aka "The Bear Whisperer", on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, chats with us about how he loves his job as Mammoth Wildlife Control Officer. And Chef Matt Toomey, of the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Tioga Mobil Mart and the exclusive 80/50 Residences at the Village at Mammoth, tells us how he gets the freshest food to bring to Mammoth diners.

January 22, 2011 - Hour 2
Special broadcast from Mammoth Lakes, California. John Teller, Olympic Ski Cross winner and World Cup points leader, checks in with us as he literally heads to Aspen for the ESPN Winter X Games. David Meers, COO of Vision Airlines, gives his "vision" of the future for Vision Airlines including new routes. Joani Lynch, Ski Area Communications Director for Mammoth Mountain, tells us about what we can enjoy at Mammoth Mountain right now (great snow!). And John Urdi, Executive Director for Mammoth Lakes Tourism, tells us why we should visit Mammoth Lakes year-round.


01/15/2011


January 15, 2011 - Hour 1
The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney rates airlines' 2010 performances; author John Kachuba discusses the relationship between places and the paranatural; Steve Lentz of Far & Away Adventures describes luxury rafting; and Steve Barsh, CEO of Packlate.com on vacation condo bargains. Plus travel news and Deals of the Week.

January 15, 2011 - Hour 2
Travel blogger Joe Brancatelli grades East Coast airports after the latest snowstorm; CruiseCompete.com CEO Bob Levinstein explains how to have travel agents bid for your business; and Sam Bass, editor of Skiing, offers an overview of the ski business this season.? Plus more deals and travel news.


01/08/2011


January 8, 2011 - Hour 1
Jason Harris, of TechCraver.com, and "Rudy Maxa's World" regular tech contributor, reports from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Samantha Brown, Travel Channel travel series host, tells us what she likes about travel. A hint....almost everything!

January 8, 2011 - Hour 2
George Hobica, travel expert, tells us which additional airline charges in 2011 travelers don't want to see. Frequent contributor, Michael Matthews, gives us examples of hotels he's stayed in that went the extra mile and made him a happy traveler. And Anne Campbell, of ShipCriticblog.com, explains "Wave Season".


01/01/2011


January 1, 2011- Hour 1
New York Times' travel columnist Joe Sharkey explains the New Year's snow storm's affect on airlines and airports; author Allen Nyhuis describes the country's best zoos to visit; professional luggage saleswoman Debbie Taylor explains efficient packing; and Andrew Weinstein of the Interactive Travel Services Assn. charts the breakdown of where your money goes when you buy a hotel room from a third-party web site. Plus Rudy's deals and the week's news in travel.

January 1, 2011 - Hour 2
This special new year's weekend show reprises some of the best interviews of the past several months, though the travel news and deals segments are current. John Robertson of the Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Managers explains how to be the kind of holiday house guest who gets invited back; golfing magazine publisher George Fuller explains how to plan a golf outing to Scotland; and while you may think your credit card is safe when you proffer it at a hotel, New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey says you can't be sure.

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