Staff

Contact AlternativeNation.net owner Brett Buchanan at grungereport@ yahoo.com. If you wish to send us music samples, please email them to altnationbands@gmail.com. To view each reporter’s stories, click on their name.

STAFF

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OWNER & EDITOR IN CHIEF: Brett Buchanan

Bio: Brett hosted Barbaric Wrestling Radio from 2004 to 2009, interviewing pro wrestling and MMA stars like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rob Van Dam, Christian, and DDP. While the show was based around pro wrestling and MMA it was largely a comedy show.  He also owned BarbaricWrestling.com from 2003 to 2009. From 2004 to 2007 Brett represented former WCW Tag Team and Hardcore Champion Big Vito and ran his official website. After ending BWR and closing BarbaricWrestling.com, Brett opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013.

Fun (or not so fun) facts: Brett is a die hard Los Angeles Angels fan.  Brett went to the same high school as Rage Against The Machine members Zach de la Rocha and Tim Commerford.  Brett’s favorite TV shows are Arrested Development, Community, The O.C., Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Lost, Chuck, Freaks and Geeks, and The Larry Sanders Show.

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SENIOR REPORTER & EDITOR: Doug McCausland

Bio: Doug McCausland graduated from the University of Middletown (okay, Orange County Community College) and will continue his education sometime in the near future. Doug was first introduced to grunge music in freshman year of high school, seeing Alice in Chains open for Velvet Revolver. Though an occasional news reporter for the 90’s era bands, Doug specializes in writing editorials, reviews, and interviews, as well as covering young and/or upcoming rock bands that the torch should eventually be passed to. He also strangely considers proofreading a hobby. 

Fun facts: he’s a rock vocalist currently trying and failing to get a band together has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, and lives in the same town where American Chopper was filmed. His favorite band of all time is STP.

Contact: dmccausland1@gmail.com

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REPORTER & HEAD OF PR: Mike Mazzarone

Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the AlternativeNation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be an on-air contributor and book interviews. After the show ended Buchanan hired Mazzarone right away to be part of the AlternativeNation family.

Fun Facts: Magic Mike is a season ticket holder & die hard fan of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Some of his favorite artists include; STP, Rush, The Killers and the Smashing Pumpkins. Magic Mike also has a healthy obsession with Taylor Momsen.

Contact: MJMazarrone@yahoo.com

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REPORTER: Jeff Gorra

Bio: Jeff has been in and around the Rock/Alternative world for many years having spent time at K-Rock radio in New York and Live Nation. Additionally, Jeff served as a street team director under the Chris Cornell camp from 2005-2009. During the years of 2003-2011, Jeff found himself on the other side of the guitar having fronted the New York City band Breakerfall and The Jeff Gorra Band. His first solo effort Jeff Gorra – The Reins was released in late 2010 and still resides on iTunes. Now a New England resident, Jeff came aboard Alternative Nation in 2013 focusing on interviews, after years of being a faithful reader.

Fun facts: Jeff is a die-hard New York Giants fan. Some of his favorite artists include; Pearl Jam, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and anything Chris Cornell.

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REPORTER: Greg Prato

Bio: After having his articles posted from other outlets on Alternative Nation (and before that, Grunge Report) for years – heck, he was even interviewed by GR back in 2009! – Greg Prato finally began contributing articles to the site in 2014. He has written for various sites/mags over the years (Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, etc.), and is the author of quite a few books. And as evidenced by such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, he also has a deep fondness for alternative rock n’ roll music. You can check out info on all of Greg’s books here, see what he’s up to on his Twitter page here, and shoot the shit with him at gregprato@yahoo.com.

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REPORTER: Tim Branom

Bio: Tim Branom is a Writer, Musician and Music Producer. He spent years behind the scenes working on other artist’s music, but is now concentrating on his solo work. He loves ice cream and is currently addicted to making music videos.

Fun Facts: While living in Seattle, Tim lived with future members of Alice In Chains and LA Guns. He has been quoted about his involvement with the Seattle music scene in such books as “Alice in Chains: The Untold Story”, “Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music”, and “Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History Of Grunge”.

Contact: tim @timbranom.com

REPORTER: Anthony Carioscia

REPORTER: Elias Fulmer

REPORTER: Jeremy Neugebauer

REPORTER: Hanna Graf

REPORTER: Cindy Slade

CONTRIBUTOR: David Bronstein

CONTRIBUTOR: Paul Kneitz