Staff

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STAFF

brettweiland2015OWNER & EDITOR IN CHIEF: Brett Buchanan

Bio: Brett hosted Barbaric Wrestling Radio from 2004 to 2009, interviewing pro wrestling and MMA stars like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rob Van Dam, Christian, and DDP. While the show was based around pro wrestling and MMA it was largely a comedy show. After ending BWR, Brett opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013.  Brett ran Scott Weiland’s social media accounts for his final ‘Master Blaster’ tour in fall 2015 and continued to run the accounts after Weiland’s death until July 2016.

On Alternative Nation, Brett controls all aspects of the website and reports the day to day news as head reporter.  He has interviewed late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, and many others.

GorraSENIOR REPORTER: Jeff Gorra

Bio: Jeff has been in and around the Rock/Alternative world for many years having spent time at K-Rock radio in New York and Live Nation.  During the years of 2003-2011, Jeff found himself on the other side of the guitar having fronted two different NYC bands. His first solo effort – The Reins was released in late 2010 and still resides on iTunes. Now a New England resident, Jeff came aboard Alternative Nation in 2013 after being a faithful reader.

Fun facts: Jeff is a die-hard New York Giants fan. Some of his favorite artists include; John Lennon, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Silverchair and anything Chris Cornell.

Contact Jeff: JeffGorra@Gmail.com – and – @JeffGorra on Twitter

dougSENIOR EDITOR & REPORTER: Doug McCausland

Bio: Doug McCausland graduated from the University of Middletown (okay, Orange County Community College) and will continue his education sometime in the near future. Doug was first introduced to grunge music in freshman year of high school, seeing Alice in Chains open for Velvet Revolver. Though an occasional news reporter for the 90’s era bands, Doug specializes in writing editorials, reviews, and interviews, as well as covering young and/or upcoming rock bands that the torch should eventually be passed to. He also strangely considers proofreading a hobby.

Fun facts: he’s a rock vocalist currently trying and failing to get a band together has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, and lives in the same town where American Chopper was filmed. His favorite band of all time is STP.

Contact: dmccausland1@gmail.com

anthonycariosciaREPORTER: Anthony Carioscia

Bio: Anthony Carioscia is Alternative Nation’s metal expert, having interviewed members of Dio and Megadeth.

laurynnewREPORTER: Lauryn Schaffner

Bio: Lauryn does writing and video reporting for Alternative Nation, having interviewed fans at Guns N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour shows.  Her taste in rock & roll covers genres from acid rock to grunge (primarily bands like The Doors, Alice in Chains & the Pretty Reckless). However, she is first and foremost a huge Guns N’ Roses fan.

joehughesREPORTER: Joe Hughes

Bio: Joe Hughes is a lifelong music enthusiast. A Penn State graduate, Joe possesses a deep passion for a wide variety of music as well a strong interest in playing guitar and bass. In addition to music, Joe’s interest include the NBA and all things Batman amd James Bond.

jeremynREPORTER: Jeremy Neugebauer

Bio: Jeremy runs the ‘Radio’ section of AlternativeNation.net and also reports for the site.

nicolashendersonREPORTER: Nicolas Henderson

Bio: Nicolas Henderson has lived in the Dallas area his entire life. After seeing R.E.M. in concert at the age of five, he has had a love of music ever since. He is also the lead singer and guitarist of a band called Around The Sun.

jessicaoconnorCONTRIBUTOR: Jessica O’Connor

Bio: Jessica does video reporting for Alternative Nation, having covered Lollapalooza and Blink-182 concerts.  She is from Tampa Bay, Florida and is studying editing, writing, and media at Florida State University. In addition to Alternative Nation she is also writer for the Odyssey, agency represented model, and has been featured on Home Shopping Network and TV commercials. She loves psychedelic and classic rock (faves include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd), and is also huge fan of EDM, reggae, and rap music, and has been to countless music festivals across the country.

mazzaronealtnationCONTRIBUTOR: Mike Mazzarone

Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the Alternative Nation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be an on-air contributor and book interviews.  Mike also works for BeingLibertarian.com.

Fun Facts: Magic Mike is a season ticket holder & die hard fan of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Some of his favorite artists include; STP, Rush, The Killers and the Smashing Pumpkins. Magic Mike also has a healthy obsession with Taylor Momsen.

Contact: MJMazarrone@yahoo.com

dustinhalterPHOTOGRAPHER & GRAPHICS: Dustin Halter

Bio: Dustin Halter does photography for Alternative Nation, having photographed Chris Cornell, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Scott Weiland, and the Melvins.  His photography can be seen on DustinHalterPhotography.com.  He also does graphics and reporting work for Alternative Nation.

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REPORTER: Greg Prato

Bio: After having his articles posted from other outlets on Alternative Nation (and before that, Grunge Report) for years – heck, he was even interviewed by GR back in 2009! – Greg Prato finally began contributing articles to the site in 2014. He has written for various sites/mags over the years (Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, etc.), and is the author of quite a few books. And as evidenced by such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, he also has a deep fondness for alternative rock n’ roll music. You can check out info on all of Greg’s books here, see what he’s up to on his Twitter page here.

kinseyCONTRIBUTOR: Kinsey Blake Haynes

Bio: Kinsey Blake Haynes is a university of Alabama graduate who loves following Pearl Jam around the country with her mother. Her other interests include playing drums, collecting sock monkeys, drinking coffee, and watching General Hospital.

davidbronsteinREPORTER: David Bronstein

Bio: David has been a fan of everything rock and metal for over 3 decades! He was the in house photographer for iconic music venues such as The Astoria and The Marquee club, photographing everyone from Metallica to Pearl Jam. David now writes and photographs rock music. You can contact him as davidjbronstein@hotmail.com.

eliasjeffCONTRIBUTOR: Elias Fulmer

Bio: Elias Fulmer is Alternative Nation’s resident Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Morrissey expert.

anlogonewREPORTER: William Spevack

Bio: William does reporting and writes ‘Deep Cuts’ stories for Alternative Nation, writing about featured AN artists like Pearl Jam and Guns N’ Roses.

hannaCONTRIBUTOR: Hanna Graf

Bio: Hanna is Alternative Nation’s Green Day expert, reporting stories on AN.

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CONTRIBUTOR: Tim Branom

Bio: Tim Branom is a Writer, Musician and Music Producer. He spent years behind the scenes working on other artist’s music, but is now concentrating on his solo work. He loves ice cream and is currently addicted to making music videos.

Fun Facts: While living in Seattle, Tim lived with future members of Alice In Chains and LA Guns. He has been quoted about his involvement with the Seattle music scene in such books as “Alice in Chains: The Untold Story”, “Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music”, and “Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History Of Grunge”.

Contact: tim @timbranom.com


 

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