Archive for August, 2009

Writer, producer and longtime Quinn Martin collaborator Philip Saltzman dies at age 80

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Philip Saltzman was an accomplished writer for television in the 1950s and ’60s, specializing in scripts for one-hour dramatic series before becoming a successful TV producer in the 1970s. Though he wrote episodes of such popular shows as Perry Mason, The Rifleman, Wanted: Dead or Alive and Run For Your Life, he is best known for his many collaborations with Quinn Martin, first as a freelance writer on such QM shows as Twelve O’Clock High, The F.B.I. and The Fugitive, then as the show runner on the long-running CBS private detective series Barnaby Jones.

Our friend Paul Robert Coyle, a prolific TV writer in his own right, reports that Saltzman passed away in his sleep on Aug. 14 at the Motion Picture & Television Country in Woodland Hills. He was 80 years old and had apparently been ill for quite some time. “Phil was a class act,” said Paul, who wrote several episodes of Barnaby Jones in the late 1970s, then later worked with Saltzman in the 1980s on Crazy Like a Fox and Jake and the Fatman.

I had the opportunity to speak to Saltzman several times in the early 1990s while writing and researching my book The Fugitive Recaptured. I remember that he spoke softly yet fondly about his work on the show (he wrote six episodes of The Fugitive, including one of the very best episodes of the series, “Cry Uncle”) and his friendship with David Janssen (he had previously written for Janssen on Richard Diamond, Private Detective).

Sadly, the Los Angeles Times published just a short news brief on Saltzman’s passing, but there’s a nice obituary written by our friend Stephen Bowie for his Classic TV History blog. In addition, Saltzman gave a lengthy interview for Filmfax magazine in 2004 in which he discussed his long career in television.

Ed Robertson
Author, THE FUGITIVE RECAPTURED and other books on televison
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
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It Keeps Getting Better

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Our on-going goal of great radio the way it used to be continues as we look at scheduling changes and adding great new shows…..because we continue to listen to you so you’ll keep listening to us.   Watch this blog regularly as we are on the move.

Beginning Tuesday,  Perfectly Frank goes back to being a WEEKLY program at 7:00 PM PT featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and his friends.   The program presently has a great group of guest hosts presenting their favorite FS songs.   Check the Perfectly Frank page on our website for details.

Also, beginning Tuesday 8/25 TV Confidential moves to the 8:00 PM PT slot.  Same great show with Ed Robertson….just a new time.

 And there is more to come…….so check back often.

 Dan White,  Program Director

Bob Hope and The Laugh Makers: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Television writer Bob Mills will be our guest on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, August 25, beginning at 11pm ET, 8pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Bob Mills was a comedy writer for Bob Hope during the last 20 years of Hope’s illustrious career. His new book, The Laugh Makers: A Behind the Scenes Tribute to Bob Hope’s Incredible Gag Writers, takes readers on a side-splitting journey to a bygone era of television variety shows and slapstick sketch comedy. Bob’s book is not only filled with backstage stories and rare, previously unpublished photographs, including behind-the-scenes photos of Hope’s historic trip to China in 1979 (Hope and company were the first U.S. television crew ever allowed in China), but provides a candid portrait of Hope that sheds light on his incredible longevity. If you love Bob Hope, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Bob Mills will join us during our second hour (11pm ET, 8pm PT); we hope you’ll join us, too.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 11pm ET, 8pm PT
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Ed Robertson Guest Hosts “Retro Night” This Week on KOFY TV20

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Attention, Wild, Wild West fans in Northern California… KOFY TV, Channel 20 in San Francisco (and Channel 13 on most cable systems throughout the Bay Area and beyond) will be showing a mini marathon of The Wild, Wild West this week as part of Retro Night, the station’s weekly salute to classic TV shows from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

Yours truly will be guest host this week; my guests will be local writers Derek Wilson and Matt LeBlanc and television historian Bruce Dettman. We’ll be discussing Robert Conrad, Ross Martin and the appeal of the original Wild, Wild West during the wrap-around segments that will air coming out of the commercial breaks. Here’s the lineup:

“The Night of the Eccentrics” TONIGHT, Sunday, Aug. 9 KOFY Channel 20 (cable channel 13)
“The Night of the Golden Cobra” TONIGHT, Sunday, Aug. 9 9pm KOFY Channel 20 (cable channel 13)
“The Night of the Raven” Wednesday, Aug. 12 10pm KOFY Channel 20 (cable channel 13)
“The Night of the Big Blast” Friday, Aug. 14 10pm KOFY Channel 20 (cable channel 13)

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Sesame Street, thirtysomething and More: This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Author Michael Davis and Emmy-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty will be our special guests on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, August 11, 10pm ET, 7pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Michael Davis is the author of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, a compelling and often comical account of the creation and history of the long-running landmark children’s television series Sesame Street. Michael’s book traces the evolution of the show from its inspiration in the civil rights movement through its many ups and downs, from President Nixon’s attempt to cut off its funding through the meteoric rise of Elmo. Street Gang tells the story of Sesame Street through the many personalities who helped shape it, including series co-creator and Children’s Television Workshop co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney, music composer Joe Raposo, actors and puppeteers Frank Oz (“Cookie Monster,” “Grover,” “Bert”), Kevin Clash (“Elmo”) and Caroll Spinney (“Oscar the Grouch,” “Big Bird”), and Muppets founder, headmaster and ringleader Jim Henson. Michael Davis will be joining us by phone beginning at 10:05pm ET, 7:05pm PT.

Then in our second hour, our guest will be Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer Joseph Dougherty, whose many credits in television include the groundbreaking ABC-TV series thirtysomething, the acclaimed TNT series Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter, and several full-length motion pictures for HBO. Joseph Dougherty will be with us in the studio beginning at 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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ON THE ROAD – with Jan Eberle

Friday, August 7th, 2009

This is an article in On The Road,  a newsletter published by Phoenix Talent Agency,  where Jan introduces her new show on KSAV.org.

VOCALIST JAN EBERLE Hello! Jan Eberle here! I am so thrilled to tell you about my new weekly radio program, ‘Swing Museum’, at www.KSAV.org!  Join me every Saturday night at 7:00, ET and PT, for an hour of big band music, standards and the vocalists who made them famous.  KSAV.org is yesterday’s radio … reaching all parts of the world … it’s a Share-a-Vision Radio Network … RADIO the way it used to be.  This really IS your grandfather’s radio relived today! Music from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s along with celebrity interviews and guest appearances … I’d love to hear from you with comments or show requests at mailto:jan@ksav.org and if you can’t listen live on Saturday nights, visit the station archive where all your favorite shows are stored for your listening pleasure … 24/7!  Join me at the ‘Swing Museum’ … until next time … so long …

Ann Brenoff is Susan McCrays guest this week

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Nationally syndicated journalist Ann Brenoff  known best for her popular L.A. Times column “Hot Property” (celebrity real estate) will guest this Tuesday with Susan McCray on “Getting To Know You” Ann will be talking with Susan about her great new show and much more Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. pacific 9:30 p.m. eastern.