Archive for June, 2011

Purple Rain and The Acting Coach to the Stars: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Actress/director Michelle Danner and music journalist Jason Draper will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org,.

The founder and artistic director of the Edgemar Center of the Arts in Santa Monica, actress/director Michelle Danner is also one of the most successful and respected acting coaches in Hollywood. Michelle has worked with the likes of Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Sally Kellerman, Marcia Cross, Seth MacFarlane, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel and other A-list actors. She also recently directed the film adaptation of John Buffalo Mailer’s Hello, Herman, the story of a Columbine-like shooting that also take a hard look at today’s society. We’ll talk about Hello, Herman as well as some of Michelle’s other upcoming projects when she joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be music journalist Jason Draper, author of Prince: Chaos, Disorder and Revolution, a comprehensive look at the life, career and music of the artist formerly and currently known as Prince. The story of Prince is almost synonymous with the history of MTV, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on television later this summer. We’ll talk about that, as well as the many other ways in which Prince has left his mark in the music and video industry, when Jason Draper joins us in our first hour.

All this, plus new editions of The Sounds of Lost Television and This Week in TV History. Full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Actor Hank Garrett Plus a Tribute to Leonard Stern: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Actor, comedian and voiceover artist Hank Garrett and television historian Jim Benson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most people live one life. Others, such as Hank Garrett, are fortunate to have lived many lives in the span of his long, successful career. Born in New York’s Big Apple and raised in Harlem, Hank achieved one of his first dreams by becoming a championship power lifter and bodybuilder, then enjoyed a career as a famous wrestler known as “The Minnesota Farm Boy” (which is interesting, since Hank had never been out of New York at the time!). After five years of slamming into canvasses, Hank realized that comedy would be less hazardous to his health, so he made his way to the New York Catskill Mountains, where the likes of Buddy Hackett had become famous doing stand-up comedy.

After working with such stars as Della Reese, Jerry Vale and Tony Bennett, Hank was discovered one night by writer/producer Nat Hiken (The Phil Silvers Show), who soon cast him as Officer Ed Nicholson on Car 54, Where Are You? The success of Car 54 helped Hank launch a successful acting career, which has included such film and TV credits as The Producers, Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, The Boys Next Door and Paris, as well as voiceover work on such animated series as Garfield and G.I. Joe. We’ll talk about Hank’s work with Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Joe E. Ross and Nat Hiken on Car 54, as well as his work with such legends as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Sydney Pollack, James Earl Jones and Robert Redford, when Hank Garrett joins us in our second hour.

(The first season of Car 54, Where Are You? is now available on DVD. If you order Season One directly through Hank, he will autograph it for you, and all proceeds will benefit disabled veterans. It’s a great way to help those who have served our country, as you enjoy one of TV’s great comedies.)

This week’s show will also look back at the life and career of Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director Leonard Stern, who died this past June 7 at the age of 88. Though mostly remembered for producing the long-running NBC comedy series Get Smart starring Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, Leonard Stern also left his mark in television and publishing in many other ways. He wrote for Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen and Phil Silvers; co-created the best-selling Mad Libs word-game books; and produced and created such popular and/or acclaimed series as He and She, The Good Guys, I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Snoop Sisters and McMillan and Wife.

Joining us in our tribute to Leonard Stern will be radio host, TV historian and producer Jim Benson. Jim not only worked closely with Leonard Stern on one of his final projects (the pending DVD release of I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster), but got to know Leonard very well as a friend over the last seven years. Jim Benson will join us in our first hour.

Also in our first hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a new edition of This Week in TV History. Full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Mondays 9pm ET, 6pm PT
Shokus Internet Radio
Tuesdays 11:05pm, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
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Dave White Presents

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Blues legend Elvin Bishop highlights the next edition of “Dave White Presents”!

On Tues. June 21, “Dave White Presents” features Elvin Bishop who’s most famous for his time with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, his 1975 FM anthem “Travelin’ Shoes,” and his 1976 hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” He has a brand-new CD to plug, The Raising Hell Review, and we’ll play you a sample in between Elvin’s stories of the past, present, and upcoming projects. Yep, he’s still raising hell alright . . .

 We’ll also share new music from Patrick Campbell-Lyons, a past DWP guest who talked about his days with the 1960s psychedelic band, Nirvana, on our April 13, 2010 show. This time around, Patrick shares what’s going on with his new release from GRA Records called The 13 Dalis. And we’ll offer comedy music as well with insights into stand-up routines from a Dave White personal favorite, comic Rick Cormier.

 All this and the usual unusual “predictably unpredictable” humor of DWP debuts Tues. June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

www.KSAV.org

 On Wed. June 22, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will be posted for download anytime you like at—

 www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 Don’t fool around and miss this one!

Tributes to James Arness and Benny Carter: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Singer, producer and television writer Deborah Pearl and author Douglas Brode will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

An accomplished singer, lyricist, playwright, producer, director and screenwriter, Deborah Pearl’s credits in film and television include such popular series as Head of the Class, 227 and Designing Women, the short film Waiting for Yvette with Wendie Malick, and her own critically acclaimed one-woman show, Chick Singers. Deborah’s new CD, Souvenir of You: New Lyrics to Benny Carter Classics, pays tribute to the music of jazz legend Benny Carter, featuring original lyrics written by Deborah herself. Known affectionately as “The King” long before Elvis Presley, Benny Carter’s career as a composer, arranger, saxophonist and bandleader spanned an astonishing eight decades. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Deborah Pearl joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be author Douglas Brode, whose books on film, television and American pop culture include Shooting Stars of the Small Screen and The 100 Greatest Westerns of All Time. In the world of television, Gunsmoke ranks among the greatest Westerns of all time, and its star, James Arness, among TV’s biggest stars. We’ll pay tribute to Arness and the legacy of Gunsmoke when Doug joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa will join us as we discuss the reaction to Tracy Morgan’s rant among members of the entertainment industry and the GLBT community.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Mondays 9pm ET, 6pm PT
Shokus Internet Radio
Tuesdays 11:05pm, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
KWDJ 1360-AM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
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The World of Jonathan Winters: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

The career of comic legend Jonathan Winters will be the focus of the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Many of us know Jonathan Winters for his numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, The Steve Allen Show, The Dean Martin Show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Mork & Mindy, and such classic film as It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, as well as his influence on such comedians as Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Richard Lewis and, most notably, Robin Williams. What you may not know is that Jonathan Winters is also an accomplished artist and painter. Winters’ passion for art is the subject of a unique film, Certifiably Jonathan, that also gives viewers a window into his brilliant comedic mind.

Joining us this week will be filmmakers Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall, the director and producer, respectively, of Certifiably Jonathan. We’ll talk about what was like to collaborate with Winters, his improvisational skills, his influences as a humorist and his ongoing impact on comedians today when Jim and Richard join us in our first hour.

Our tribute to Jonathan Winters will continue into our second hour, which will include highlights of a 2008 interview that Winters gave to Phil Gries in which he discussed some of his early television appearances, including Omnibus and And Here’s The Show, the origins of his famous character Maude Frickett, and his thoughts on such legends as Groucho Marx, Shelley Berman, Sid Caesar and Dean Martin.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us for a round-table discussion of such topics as Oprah Winfrey’s final broadcast and some surprising cancellations among prime time network shows, including Community and Law and Order: Los Angeles. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Mondays 9pm ET, 6pm PT
Shokus Internet Radio
Tuesdays 11:05pm, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Saturdays 8pm PT
Sundays 2pm PT
KWDJ 1360-AM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
www.tvconfidential.net
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Dave White Presents

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

On the next Dave White Presents, Dawn meets The Supremes—along with George Raft and comedy music!

 

In 1970, a group called Dawn had two Top Ten hits—“Candida” and “Knock Three Times.” But this group only existed in the studio featuring singer Tony Orlando with session musicians. In short order, Orlando needed a real group to go on the road, and singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent became Dawn.

 

On the next DWP, Joyce Vincent tells Wes Britton stories about Dawn’s pop success in the 1970s, goes behind the scenes of their hit CBS variety show, and talks about her current group—FLOS—Former Ladies of The Supremes. Yep, Dawn really does meet two of the Supremes and we’ll play Joyce doing lead on the classic “Baby Love” as performed by FLOS.

 

Then, Dave White talks with author Stone Wallace about his book, George Raft:  The Man Who Would Be Bogart. Raft, of course, was a Hollywood legend whose story might have been different—if he hadn’t turned down important roles that Bogart took instead!  Finally, parody song artist Jeff Reuben stops by to share some funny music taking Billy Joel to the boardwalk.

 

All this and the “predictably unpredictable” humor of DWP debuts next Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

 

www.KSAV.org

 

On Wednesday June 8, the 90 minutes will be available for download anytime you like at—

 

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp