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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Crime Beat Radio: JFK Assasignation

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Strategic Media Books
 The JFK Assassination, a Hitman, a Snitch, Charles Manson, The Buffalo and Kansas City Mobs, and More

Crime Beat: Issues, Controversies and Personalities from the darkside on Artist First World Radio Network is pleased to announce its forthcoming schedule for September 19, 2013, through November 14, 2013. Topics covered include Adolph Hitler, Western Outlaws, JFK Assassination, Prohibition gangsters, the Buffalo Mob, among others.

Here is the lineup:
  • September 19—Ron Fino, author of the Triangle Exit. See
  • September 26—Jeff Guinn, author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. See                                
  • October 3–Radley Balko Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. See
  • October 10–Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins, co-authors of Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. See and Lisa Smith and Nancy Reid, Big Blend Radio. See      
  • October 17—Thomas Hunt and  Michael A Tona, co-authors of DiCarlo: Buffalo’s First Family of Crime. See  and Mel Ayton, author of Justice Denied. See
  • October 24–Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK. See
  • October 31—Gary Jenkins, director and producer of the documentary, Gangland Wire: How the Mob Lost Las Vegas See  
  • November 7—Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro, co-authors of The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ.  See
  • November 14—A command appearance by Peter Janney, author of Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy. See

On the air since January 28, 2011, Crime Beat is a weekly hour-long radio program that airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.  Crime Beat presents fascinating topics that bring listeners closer to the dynamic underbelly of the world of crime. Guests have included ex-mobsters, undercover law enforcement agents, sports officials, informants, prisoners, drug dealers and investigative journalists, who have provided insights and fresh information about the world’s most fascinating subject: crime.

Crime Beat is currently averaging 160,000 listeners plus, from over 120 countries world-wide each week, and the figure is growing. All shows are archived for 24-7 listening. Crime Beat is hosted by award-winning crime writer and documentary producer Ron Chepesiuk ( and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Will Hryb.

Noah Seidenberg of Chicago says, “Love the show. Great questions you guys ask. More people need to know about this. I live in Chicago and have read about many of these events since I was a child. Keep it up.” Carolyn Yarema of Toronto, Canada writes. "One hour, commercial free, and how time guys have incredible chemistry on air and your guests are so fascinating, just keep pumpin them out....."

Crime Beat airs weekly every Thursday at 8 P.M. EST on the Artist First World Radio Network at

To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail or call 803-366-5440.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Confessions of a Harlem Drug Dealer

August 2013
Strategic Media Books, LLC

New Memoir Provides a Fascinating Look at the New York City Underworld During the Era of the French Connection and Superfly

Prisoner of Dreams: Confessions of a Harlem Drug Dealer is the  true story of Rick Talley, a black man who returned from Vietnam with a dream that he made
a reality and who then had to deal with the consequences of his actions. Talley returned to New York City from the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, a time of turbulence and change. Race relations in America were changing, thanks to the Civil Right movement. Still, racism was very much alive in America.

Times were tough for a young black man in America, especially one who has fought in an unpopular war. Rick Talley took what he believed to be the only economic road open to him: drug dealing. In the late 1960s and early 70s, America was awash in drugs, and an entrepreneurial black man bent on a criminal lifestyle could make millions of dollars.

Prisoner of Dreams presents a large cast of characters, from small time street hustlers and pimps to Hollywood and Las Vegas celebrities to organized crime figures. It was a time of the French Connection and of Superfly and Black Caesar and Talley was there to interact and observe. In a poignant, eye-opening memoir, the author describes his life and the times, the good and the bad, in New York City and Harlem, during one of the most seminal periods in America history.

Prisoner of Dreams is more than just a story about the world of drugs. Once a prisoner of his own dreams Mr. Talley is no longer a prisoner of any kind but the master of his life and dreams. The hard times he once lived helped him rise above the problems and to understand their true meaning.

The author dares to speak out loud about real issues of which for years were only whispered about in dark rooms. He tells his story and not for a moment thought to hide from it, forget it, and this way he manages to turn what could have been a failure into a great success. He is one of the few who dares to dream and live his dreams.

“Intriguing, Prisoner of Dreams captures a moment in time and allows the reader to be there. Talley educates the reader about the secrets of a fascinating lifestyle.”
Reggie Wells, legendary DJ, Formerly of 98.7 Kiss FM Radio, New York City

“As a personal and long lasting associate and friend of Rick Talley, let me say that this book is the truth, as well as a serious accounting of an intriguing life style in one of the Big Apple’s most interesting eras.“
Jesse Gray, Harlem hustler and boss maker

For further information about the publisher:
For interviews or to request copy of the book e-mail: or phone: 803-366-5440