Tola Talks

Rich Tola

Bio: 

 
Author, Radio Host, Producer, Director, Fitness & Yoga Master and Creator of Tola Yoga, Rich Tola has produced more than 100 hours of original content across all media platforms.

Since 2006, Rich has taught more than 25,000 yoga students in over 2,200 classes throughout the U.S. Rich’s passion for fitness and healthy living has thrived for the past half-century, including 40 years of weightlifting to compliment his 12 years of yoga. His penchant for changing the world was evidenced by his most recent Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous: Chicago. It was also in Chicago where Rich created his fitness style of Tola Yoga, designed to give you the best yoga workout in the world.

Rich also loves to rock-it on the radio! His weekly show, Tola Talks, is all about inspiring listeners with his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World”. Rich also enjoys standup comedy and produced a monthly show while living in Chicago, The Royal Talent Showcase, featuring The Windy City’s best up-and-coming comedians and musicians.

From Investment Banker to Entertainer/Yogi, Rich has traveled the globe and seen it all. From humble beginnings in Trenton, NJ, the son of an old-school Sicilian barber, he received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and his MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg).

His witty and heartfelt memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood, is “a wildly entertaining and inspirational book on life never getting you down – even when you’re down!”

Show Time: 
Monday 4:00PM - 4:59PM
(PST)
Show Description: 

Tola Talks is a weekly show bringing you Rich Tola’s “21st Century Talk for a No-Bullshit World”. From Investment Banker to Entertainer/Yogi, Tola gives it to you straight with his seven different segments including: If I Were President, Get Your Shit Together Award, Books-Movies-Music & More, World News, Rant & Raves (aka WTF), Fitness & Tola Yoga, and Celebrity Guest Interviews/Listener Calls.

Show Archives

December 2017

12/11/2017

We’re talking all things Movies & Music today with my special guests, DJ Rebekka Starr and MC Freddy Figs. Starting with their favorite genre of Hip-Hop, we discuss the history of music from the early 1970’s to today’s wildly popular Electronica (EDM) and the Top 10 DJs that rule the raves. On a beautiful sunny day in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Tola also Talks about movies that spotlight "The Valley” including We Are Your Friends (Zac Efron) and Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino), plus what this infamous basin is really know for: strip malls, sushi restaurants in strip malls, and of course, porn stars. We also pay tribute to the King of Hip-Hop, Eminem, and the late Adult Film Actress, August Ames, an unfortunate victim of cyberbullying.

12/04/2017

Good things come in threes, so this week Tola Talks is all about celebrating three very special 10 year anniversaries. The first, a decade of friendship with my lovely co-host, Actress/Producer Troy Titus-Adams. Second, it’s our 10th show since returning to LA Talk Radio - the second time around. And third, it’s my 10 year anniversary of sobriety. That’s right, an amazing decade of hangover-free mornings...not to mention more than $50,000 worth of savings! There’s also some sober talk about going the mile, i.e., adding an extra 10% to your exercise regime, allowing transgender individuals in the military, plus one of my favorite leadership books by best selling author Dr. John C. Maxwell, Talent is Never Enough.

November 2017

11/27/2017

Just a couple of East coast dudes talking travel, surfing, fitness, yoga and real estate, as Tola Talks with his good friend and Surfer/Yogi, Mike Tammaro. We’re talking everything from surfing the treacherous waves at Black’s Beach to the perfect waters of Costa Rica, to selling multi-million dollar homes in The Hamptons. Also get the scoop on some great movies that brave the shining seas including Justice League, The Wackness, Point Break, Blue Crush, Soul Surfer and the 1974 "great white" blockbuster, Jaws. Millennials take heed from your brethren and don’t be afraid of life's choppy waters. Because you never know, you just might marry a Prince! Have an awesome day everyone, and check-out my 3 simple eating tips for losing those 5 lbs by New Year's Day (at 18:20 mins).

11/20/2017

Always a blast talking with my good friend, Actor/Comedian and Producer, Barry Ratcliffe. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Tola Talks goes into hyper-speed with the super high-energy Ratcliffe talking about his days in the 90's working with Don Johnson on Nash Bridges, to his recent days on WGN's gritty drama, Outsiders. Not to mention Rich's dogmatic talk about positivity always rules over negativity, specifically as it relates to the current witch hunt for Hollywood's sexual predators, Serena Gomez getting bashed for lip-syncing at the AMAs, and hometown heroin overdoses. Plus there's more including protecting the world's endangered species and #BeKindtoElephants, fitness tips for the holidays and movies flashbacks - talking Men in Black (1997) and George Clooney's The American (2010).

11/13/2017

Tola Talks gets hot and steamy with the very lovely and very passionate dominatrix, Mistress Eva Lee. We’re talking everything from BDSM subcultures to the psychological power Dommes wield over their Subs (Submissives). If I Were President, I would create a RIPD (Rest In Peace Department) to bike patrol our Nation’s capitol streets and help eradicate crime and vagrancy. Plus, fitness tips for the last 50 days of 2017 and how to lose that unwanted 5 or 10 lbs. Rich also gives his take on the future of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., et al., plus bestows them all the newly minted, “Now I Really Need to Get My Fucking Shit Together Award”.

11/06/2017

​Congratulations to author, psychotherapist, yoga teacher and my dear friend, Erin Mason, for publishing a tender and heartwarming story, Growing Grace, about adoption from the biological mother's perspective.Tola also Talks about America's obesity epidemic and how it affects 36% of all adults and nearly 20% of all children and adolescents, and more specifically, how I would financially reward everyone for being fit...If I Were President. Not to mention fitness tips for losing that unwanted weight. Subscribe now on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

October 2017

10/30/2017

​Always a great time having Cooper Phillip in the studio...she's rocks it in person and on the radio! Learn how she seeks balance, comfort and happiness amidst the ever-so ripply waters of the music business, plus find out more about her journey from Russia to Hollywood that began seven years ago.
For all you Halloween lovers, we also talk about Vatican sanctioned exorcisms, the highest grossing film in history with 10 Academy Award nominations, The Exorcist, and of course, my most delightful "10 Most Frightful Pickup Lines".
Not to mention we play three amazing songs from the multi-talented singer-songwriter including her new hit single, Party By Myself.

10/23/2017

Up Close and Personal
Tola Talks up close and personal with co-host Vi about phone sex, Mukbang, non-traditional dating, crappy first dates and why white boys love chocolate. We also pay tribute to Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the ex-Presidents and Major League Baseball champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Not to mention Vi’s year-long abstinence and Rich’s unrequited love when “the player gets played”.

10/16/2017

Super fun time with co-host Vi talking #MeToo, Melania Trump and The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. Not to mention Marilyn Monroe and If I Were President I would legalize everything. Tola Talks is now available on Google Play and Stitcher where you can subscribe to our weekly show or download past episodes.

10/09/2017

​On Columbus Day, Tola Talks all things millennial with Hollywood writer, Ben Smith Since moving to LA LA Land eight years ago, Ben has managed to survive by developing websites while pursing his passion as a screenwriter. As a follow-up to last week’s “If I Were President”, I would raise the Federal Minimum Wage and require our unemployed receiving benefits to get their hands dirty, helping America achieve the cleanest streets in the world…no doubt! In other news, Tola Talks Hollywood movies and gives a 5-star review to George Clooney’s The Ides of March, bestows the The Get Your Shit Together Award to a Judge in Michigan, plus “nudge” theory with this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in Economic Sciences.

10/02/2017

Kudos to re-launch of Tola Talks...we had a titillating show talking Hollywood film and TV roles with the lovely and talented Actress/Producer, Stephanie Drapeau.
Plus, before I introduce Stephanie at 27:41 minutes, I kick-off the show with some Presidential advice on how to solve homelessness and get every United States resident off the streets. I also give out the Get Your Shit Together Award to none other than The Trump Administration.
We also observe a moment of silence for the victims and families of those who perished or were injured in Las Vegas in the worst mass shooting in our nation's history, as well as for the way-too-early passing of one the great rock-and-roll legends of all time, Tom Petty.