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Before his group headlined Mohegan Sun Arena and were introduced by yours truly, I sat down backstage to chat with Chris Daughtry of the band Daughtry. He gave me a tentative timeline for the group’s fifth studio album, talked about his plans for the rest of the year and even reminisced with me about a moment we had backstage at last year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Then a few weeks later, we chatted at… the Billboard Music Awards, where he gave me another update on Daughtry’s next LP.

New York City-based divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman called in to the show to talk about a recent Page Six article in which Jennifer Garner talked about what she, opposed to her ex Ben Affleck, will allow their kids to eat. While Garner was probably somewhat joking, Newman said the theme is one she sees in court quite a bit, introducing us to the term, “Disney Dad.”

Nick Fradiani called in to the radio show recently, ahead of a show he played at Toad’s Place in New Haven, to give an update on new music he was working on and his thoughts on the latest season of “American Idol.”

Clinical Forensic Psychologist Dr. John Huber called the radio show to shed some more light on Mariah Carey’s revelation that she was diagnosed bipolar. Dr. Huber talked about not only the common traits that celebrities who are diagnosed this have, but what Carey’s announcement means for the mental health community.

After performing her new single “Lottery” on “The Tonight Show,” super-talented singer/songwriter Jade Bird stopped by to chat about her music, experience in New York City and love for The Sims.

James TW, fresh off of touring with Andy Grammer, stopped by the radio show to talk about his English roots, getting a record deal off of YouTube and his new single, “Say Love.”

Variety’s Jem Aswad called in to my radio show the day before The Weeknd dropped his mini-album, “My Dear Melancholy,” to preview the release.

Meghan Trainor joined my radio show this past March for a chat about her new single, “No Excuses,” enlisting the help of family to record background vocals on her new album and how she learned over the years to trust her gut when it came to releasing music.

In an interview taped last August, singer Rachel Platten talked to me about her second album with Columbia Records, “Waves,” which came out last October.

Over-the-top milkshakes, an exclusive pilsner, vegan sausage and hamburger options, fresh takes on nachos, chicken sandwiches and more.

No, I’m not listing the menu of a trendy hotspot in the Meatpacking District. Those are some of the new food offerings at Yankee Stadium this season.

“Ultimately, a lot of these stands are built with flexibility, so we can do whatever we want,” the stadium’s Senior Executive Chef, Matt Gibson, told me Monday. The 27-time World Series Champions opened the Audi Yankees Club yesterday to media for a tastings event of the new 2018 food items. “The Yankees have done a lot every year in regards to kind of renovating a bunch of stands. So we really just track the sales, see how the general population feels about things and then we can switch things out.”

Another factor: social media, specifically Instagram. The menu is tied to the campaign #YankeeStadiYUM and Gibson noted how the platforms affect both how the food is served and where it is consumed.

“We want to make sure that they have an offering that’s Instagram worthy as well as a good bang for their buck,” he said. “You should see the camera rolls on our phones. We look at (the food) from every different angle and how we can dress ‘em up so that it looks good on film, on your phone and as well as tastes good.”

Gibson joined the Legends Hospitality staff in the Bronx back in 2010 and save a year, has been there ever since. When the Stadium opened in 2009 the general buzz food-wise revolved around the Lobel’s sandwich, the availability of fresh fruit behind home plate and the sushi in right field. Additions since then have included a Parm Restaurant sandwich stand, foot-long cheese steaks, chicken and waffles, the Toyota Terrace and Frank’s Red Hot Terrace in center field and now a whole plethora of options, from plant-based to decadent and everything in between.

“At the end of the day, we wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves here,” the executive chef said of the decision to include more vegetarian and vegan items. These include black bean taco cups from Brad Holtzman’s Taquitos Especiales (ed. note: Brad was a classmate of mine at Syracuse University) and the aforementioned vegan “meat” options, both served up by New York City-based chain Bareburger. “There’s a vegan sausage over there that’s lights-out. You won’t even miss the meat.”

And he was right. Rounding out the additions to the dining experience: a General Tso’s crispy chicken sandwich, King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Pineapple BBQ Kalua Pork Nachos and a Lobel’s Meatloaf burger. On the beverage side, Bluepoint Brewing Company is the title sponsor for a new bar in the bleachers and will be serving a Pinstripe Pilsner exclusively at Yankee Stadium. There are also four new “Grand Slam” milkshakes including the “Celebration Shake,” which comes with a sugary-sprinkle-covered rim and a mini-cupcake garnishment.

For me, there still will be nothing sweeter than walking out of Yankee Stadium listening to Sinatra serenade a victory… but that might be a close second.

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