On Friday August 1, 2014 I had the pleasure of interviewing Mickey Jones on my radio show (as I warned you about here).
If you don’t know who Mickey Jones is – look here. If you don’t know about my radio program on 97.3 The Surf – look here.
Anyway – about the interview…
Just prior to calling him, I played the song Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers to get the listening audience primed – since Mickey was the drummer on that track.
I called Mickey and we exchanged pleasantries off-air while the song played. Mind you – Mickey couldn’t hear the song so he had no idea what the audience was hearing.
When the song finished I brought our mics up and welcomed Mickey to the show, telling him that we had just played Secret Agent Man.
“That’s a good song,” he said. “Let me tell you a story about that song…”
He launched into a story about the making of Secret Agent Man, which led to another story about Johnny Rivers, which led to a story about touring England with the Rolling Stones as their opening act, which led to a story about John Lennon telling Mickey he hoped the Ed Sullivan show would be seen in California, which led to…
Well – you get it.
We talked about his book That Would Be Me (a must read for music lovers) and his work-in-progress I’m That Guy which will chronicle his acting career. Mickey is a born story-teller so neither of these books will disappoint.
Ninety minutes after we began I had to interrupt him in the middle of a story about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He sounded disappointed that he had to stop. I really think he felt as though he was just getting started!
Judging by the response from the listeners I should have let him keep going.
Talking with Mickey is like having a conversation with your best friend – the one you haven’t seen in a while, but as soon as you get together it’s like you just spoke yesterday.
Shortly before we wrapped things up I let a cat out of the bag. I revealed a bit of a secret on the air that Mickey doesn’t talk about.
As far as he knew it was just another interview about rock-and-roll, and he was fine with that, but there was a more important message I wanted to get out.
Quite simply – Mickey needs a kidney.
When I first met him in 2011 he had found a donor and things were looking good. Unfortunately, complications arose and the donor was told, for her own health reasons, that she could not donate. In the meantime, Mickey had been removed from the waiting list for reasons I am not sure of.
The would-be donor (we’ll call her Lark) asked me if we could interview Mickey and get the word out about Mickey’s need for a kidney. Like Mickey, Lark is also an incredibly self-less person and even though she can’t donate her kidney she has taken it upon herself to help find another donor.
I announced it on-air without giving Mickey any advance warning and he was immediately choked up with gratitude (although he tried to blame it on his allergies!).
Here’s the thing that struck me the most; Mickey spends a great deal of his time and energy traveling the country, and sometimes the world, to participate and lend his support to charities – especially charities aimed at helping children. (click here to see one of the charities Mickey supports – where he and I first met)
Putting his own health issues aside, he selflessly devotes himself to causes that will help others…but when I reached out to my listening audience for help, he was so overwhelmed that he was left speechless for a few seconds – something that doesn’t happen too often!
The bottom line is this…Mickey’s chances of finding a kidney increase greatly every time somebody hears about his situation – so spreading the word is the first, and biggest step.
You can help greatly simply by sharing or reblogging this post.
Finally – Anybody interested in learning about donating a kidney can contact:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
If your last name begins with A-K, call Jessica at 310-423-8463
If your last name begins with L-Z, call Enrique at 310-423-8463
It is very important to tell them you wish to be tested to donate to Mickey Jones
If you missed the interview don’t worry, I will be posting a link to an encore presentation very soon.
As always – thank you for reading