SHOWS + PODCASTS

Members of the Osmond family launch new podcast

Apr 16, 2019, 3:01 AM | Updated: 5:26 pm
sound advice osmond family...

SALT LAKE CITY — They’re part of one of the most successful families in American music.  Now, two members of the famed Osmond Family are bringing their experience to KSL, as they launch a new weekly podcast called Sound Advice.

From disappointment to discovery

It has been 60 years since the Osmond Brothers started singing barbershop quartet and they’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs during that time.  However, they almost didn’t get their big break at all.

They packed up their camper and headed down to meet Lawrence Welk, after being referred by the Lennon Sisters.  But, Welk had zero interest.  He wouldn’t even meet them.

“He just didn’t have time for the Osmonds.  He didn’t even come out to the lobby, and we had waited for hours,” according to Merrill Osmond.

So, in an effort to lift their spirits, Merrill says they went to Disneyland, and that’s where they bumped into the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet.  The Osmonds gave an impromptu performance and were invited to perform again at the park, which is when they were discovered by people at the Andy Williams Show.

The Osmond Family then and now

Merrill says the entertainment industry is vastly different now.  For instance, he says people can become an overnight sensation on either YouTube or network talent shows, but they haven’t learned how to truly entertain a crowd.

“The Osmonds, from the very beginning of time, worked our tails off,” he said. “We had to because, like on the Andy Williams shows, had we not had something prepared, we would not be on the show.”

His new podcast, Sound Advice, is aimed at telling stories which could help people navigate through the entertainment industry, and, most importantly, how to get good at their craft.

More than just show business

However, even though some things have changed in the industry, others have stayed the same.  They’ll also be talking about some of the pitfalls of the industry and how to avoid the proverbial snakes in the grass.  Merrill hopes people avoid making the same mistakes he made.

“We’ve lost millions and millions of dollars throughout the years.  We want to talk about how we should have done certain things and had better managers,” he says.

merrill and justin osmond sound advice

(Left: Merrill Osmond. Right: Justin Osmond. Photo Credit, Paul Nelson)

Joining Merrill in the podcast is his son, Justin.  He loves music, too, but, to him, it sounds very different.  Justin was born with a 90 percent hearing loss.  Growing up in a house of music, he wanted to play the violin when he was younger, but, because of his hearing, he was pretty bad at it.  That’s until one day, he decided to turn off his hearing aids, and something miraculous happened.

Justin Osmond says, “I turned my hearing aids off, and that was great because I couldn’t hear anybody.  Then, all of a sudden, I put my violin next to my cheekbone and I started to play, and I could hear.  I could hear the notes, not by hearing it, but by feeling it.”

Justin founded the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund which raises awareness of deaf issues, which promotes hearing-health educational services.  He now makes his living as a motivational speaker, an experience he’s adding to the podcast.

“My personal motto is, ‘I may have a hearing loss, but my hearing loss does not have me,’” Justin says.

Where to find Sound Advice

Watch and subscribe for free on the KSL TV app and website and the KSL Newsradio app and website.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Shows + Podcasts

A bill that could make its way to the Utah legislature in the 2023 session would require school dis...
Mark Jones

Potential redesign of new Utah State Flag emphasizes Native American tribes

Sen. Dan McCay (R-Riverton) is sponsoring a bill that would call for a slight redesign of the new Utah State Flag.
23 hours ago
As temperatures in the state plummet far below zero, advocates with Unsheltered Utah built an unsan...
Devin Oldroyd

Unsheltered Utah opens warming tent for unhoused people to escape frigid temperatures

As temperatures in the state plummet far below zero, advocates with Unsheltered Utah built an unsanctioned makeshift warming tent Monday.
23 hours ago
A bill working its way through the Utah Legislature could open the door for online, private, charte...
Adam Small

Non-public-school students could more easily play sports under a new bill

Bill sponsor, Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, said the bill would level the playing field for some students.
23 hours ago
Utah State University researchers measure the temperature at minus 10 degrees in the Logan Canyon M...
Mark Jones

Monday morning’s cold temperatures nearly set new records

Cold temperatures Monday morning in northern Utah nearly set new records.
2 days ago
education legislation...
Mark Jones

One Utah lawmaker wants to ban cellphones in classrooms

One Utah lawmaker wants to ban cellphones in Utah classrooms.
2 days ago
It's so cold today (Jan. 30) that plumbers are expecting calls anytime from customers needing servi...
Curt Gresseth

When it’s this cold, keep your pipes from freezing. Here’s how.

It's so cold outside today that a plumber has joined the show to share tips on keeping your pipes inside and outside your home from freezing.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Members of the Osmond family launch new podcast