Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Steven Mango on IMRU Radio

Exposing Scientology Secrets on IMRU Radio

(Vlog about my experience on IMRU Radio)

I wanted to give you guys a "behind the scenes" experience for when I recorded IMRU Radio. I made the short vlog, as seen above, as I went to the studio and after I finished recording the show. But, I wanted to write a blog post for you guys about what happened and how I was approached to be on the show.

On my YouTube videos, I do have a "for press inquiries, contact me at..." in the description box of my video. I do get flooded with messages and inquiries on a daily basis. The media is fascinated with Scientology and I get many shows asking me to do an appearance. However, I am very selective on what opportunities I pursue. I do read every email and seriously consider every opportunity. I do get fan mail on this account, as well. I don't get a chance to write back to everyone who sends me letters. There is just not enough time in the day to personally answer everyone. I do love reading my messages and they do brighten my day when I get to hear from you, so thank you! 

One day, I received an email from Abby Dees, the host of IMRU Radio...

I never heard of IMRU Radio before Abby approached me to be on the show. It is the longest running LGBT station on the airwaves! How cool is that? I don't actually listen to talk radio myself. I listen to the same Britney Spears CD in my car on repeat wherever I go. But, I digress. It was easy for me to say yes to being on the show, as I was honored that an LGBT focused show wanted me to represent the voice of a gay man with regard to the Church of Scientology and exposing their LGBT stance. I quickly said yes and asked for more details.

I went to their studio off of Cahuenga Blvd. in Studio City, CA. I was slightly nervous, just because it always makes me a little nervous to discuss anything related to Scientology. I still have a lot of feelings around the subject. Also, I never did a radio interview. I used to not like the sound of my voice, since others always used to make fun of me about it, but now I don't care. I do love to talk, and I do have a tendency to ramble on, so I wanted to make sure I was more concise in the program. 

Abby found me sitting in the hallway and brought me into the recording studio. We only had the studio booked for one hour, maybe one hour and fifteen minutes tops, so we had to do the majority of the interview in that time. Abby asked me, if time permits for me, if I'd like to record in another part of their studio past the hour mark since there is undoubtedly a lot of things to cover about Scientology that one hour would barely scrape. I happily said yes!

Here is a photo of me with Abby Dees, host of IMRU Radio:

I put on the headphones and Abby began my introduction. "Actor Steven Mango..." and we were off! I was very happy because Abby was prepared for my interview. Many people who do interviews with ex-members don't do their homework and are thoroughly unprepared to interview someone on the subject. It's frustrating because when you have to explain things that are so elementary, you don't get a chance to tackle the big topics of debate, the abuses, etc. I was happy to hear that before the interview Abby saw My Scientology Movie and she also saw Going Clear. That's an excellent start for the basic understanding of what's going on in Scientology. 

Then Abby made a revelation: She is the second cousin of Tommy Davis, former & infamous Scientology spokesman.

Abby was recently at a gathering with her second cousin, Tommy Davis, who is now no longer in the Sea Organization. As he is related to her in some form, Abby wanted to check with me to make sure she disclosed that to me and that I was OK with being on the show. She didn't want me to think she was a Scientologist, or that she had a hidden agenda due to her relative, or that I would feel ambushed about it if she revealed it to me first while we were on the air. I assured her it was OK and that I knew she wasn't an OSA spy.

We covered so many different areas of my life within the Church of Scientology. Primarily, as it's an LGBT oriented show, I focused a lot of attention on their LGBT stance. I was in the closet while I was in Scientology, so I got to explain why and my rationale for being in the closet as an active Scientologist.

You guys know me. I have a 2.5 hour video on YouTube. I like to talk and I can tell stories to infinity until someone cuts me off. I really was enjoying this radio gig! It was a lot of fun! Normally, I like being in front of the camera so I can express myself via my emotions, hand gestures, and reactions. Radio is a whole different medium when you are telling a story, you have to solely use your voice to convey emotion and reaction. It made me want to start my Mangotology Podcast! My podcast will be available here in the next coming weeks... so stay tuned!

I really hope, if you didn't get the chance, that you will tune into the vault where my interview will be online.There will hopefully be an Archived copy of my appearance on the show! Their website where they host past radio shows is http://archive.kpfk.org/  so check their website out if you are interested in listening.

Until Next Time,



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1 comment:

  1. So sweet you are!! We'd love to have you back on IMRU.