Recognized by television viewers as Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat is also an accomplished recording artist and musical star known for his roles in such Broadway productions as Annie Get Your Gun, Catered Affair, Chicago, 42nd Street and Sondheim on Sondheim. Tom, along with his longtime friend and fellow Dukes co-star John Schneider, has just released a new CD, Home for Christmas, that will not only get you ready for the holidays, but puts a new spin on several holiday classics while also celebrating their 35-year friendship. Tom Wopat will join us in our first hour.
Tom has several appearances coming up, including Nov. 19 in Strum, Wisconsin, plus two joint appearances with John Schneider: Dec. 2 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City, and Dec. 9 at the John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana. For more information on these and other events, go to www.TomWopat.com.
Speaking of singers who are also TV icons, also joining us this week will be Don Most. While most of you know Don as Ralph Malph from Happy Days, as well as his more recent roles on such shows as Men of a Certain Age and Glee, Don’s roots in musical theater—and his love for standards, swing and big band music—date back to his early years growing up in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll talk about Don’s music, his passion for Bobby Darin, and the 40th anniversary of Happy Days when he joins us in our second hour.
Don will be performing his live musical show, Donny Most Sings and Swings, on Friday, Nov. 21 at The Landmark Theater On Main, in Port Washington, NY; Sunday, Nov. 23 at McCloone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ; a command encore performance on Friday, Dec. 27 at “54 Below” in New York City; and Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles, CA. For more information on these and other upcoming dates, go to www.DonMost.net.
Also on this week’s show: 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the parade itself has been a staple of television every Thanksgiving since 1948, most of the early broadcasts have been lost or erased. With that in mind, Phil Gries has put together rare audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving Thanksgiving Day parade coverage as part of a holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television.
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