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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.
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.
Bio: Anthony Carioscia is Alternative Nation’s metal expert, having interviewed members of Dio and Megadeth.
Bio: Lauryn is a contributing writer for Alternative Nation, primarily doing show/album reviews, editorials, video reporting, and interviews with bands like The Pretty Reckless, Seether, and Greta Van Fleet. First and foremost a huge Guns N’ Roses fan, she’s big on classic rock and grunge, with taste spanning from The Doors to Alice in Chains. You can either see Lauryn at a rock festival, or driving across the country to get to one.
Lauryn loves getting feedback and tips. You can reach her at laurynschaffner @yahoo.com , as long as it’s related to rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bio: William does reporting and writes ‘Deep Cuts’ stories for Alternative Nation, writing about featured AN artists like Pearl Jam and Guns N’ Roses.