Archive for November, 2011

Sandra Bernhard and The Alberici Sisters: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Actress and comedienne Sandra Bernhard and singers Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Camille Paglia once described actress, author, singer and comedienne Sandra Bernhard as “an artist with few peers today, whose lineage goes back through early Barbra Streisand to Lenny Bruce and the comic monologist Ruth Draper, but whose raging energy is sparked by the rock idiom, which gives her propulsion and a flirtation with danger.” Known for her appearance in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, as well as such popular television shows as Roseanne, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, The Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU, The L Word, Will and Grace and The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sandra has also written, produced and performed in many acclaimed one-woman stage shows, including I Love Being Me, Don’t You, which she will bring to the cities of Philadelphia, Seattle and La Jolla in early 2012.

Sandra Bernhard will also be appearing on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland on Wednesday, Dec. 14. We’ll ask her about that, as well as some of her early influences as a performer, when she joins us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg, who sang with Dean Martin for nearly twenty years, both on television and in nightclub venues around the world, as members of the renowned Dean Martin Golddiggers.

Maria and Linda’s book, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, is a memoir of their life in show business that also takes you behind the scenes of the world of nightclub entertainment between the years 1973 through 1978 ― a time that saw Maria and Linda perform with such legends as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jerry Vale, Louis Prima, Donald O’Connor and, of course, Dean Martin. It’s a book that really captures the spirit of one of the last great eras of show business, when old Hollywood and old Vegas were still alive and vibrant, and nightclub singing acts were more intimate, yet just as spectacular. We’ll learn about the last successful Rat Pack tour with Frank and Dean, the story of Dean’s reunion with Jerry Lewis, and a whole lot more when Maria and Linda join us in our second hour.

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Return Engagement with Charles Fox: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer Charles Fox and pop culture expert Joanna Wilson join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

The Grammy-winning composer of “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” one of the most-performed songs ever in music history, Charles Fox has also composed the scores for hundreds of film and TV productions, including Goodbye, Columbus, Barbarella, Foul Play, 9 to 5, One on One, The Last American Hero, Two Minute Warning, The Other Side of The Mountain and Victory at Entebbe, as well as the theme songs for Love, American Style, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, The Paper Chase, the original theme to Monday Night Football and the famous theme to Wide World of Sports.

Charles’ memoir, Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music, tells the stories behind these great songs while also paying pays tribute to the teacher who started it all for him, Nadia Boulanger. We’ll not only talk about Charles’ journey in music, we’ll also play some of his most famous compositions when he joins us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be Joanna Wilson, pop culture expert and the leading authority on the subject of holiday TV programming. Joanna’s books include The Christmas TV Companion: A Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities and Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made for TV Movies, both of which provide engaging looks at Christmas specials over the years.

Joanna Wilson will also moderate the special panel discussion at The Waltons 40th Anniversary Cast Reunion that will take place Friday, Dec. 2 at the Loews Jersey Theater in New Jersey. Among those scheduled to appear that night will be Richard Thomas, Michael Learned Michael Learned, Kami Cotler, Judy Norton and Mary McDonough. The event will also include a special screening of The Homecoming, the holiday-themed two-hour pilot of The Waltons. For tickets and more information, go to www.waltonshomecoming40th.com.

Also this week: Phil Gries with Part 1 of our special tribute to talk show pioneer Joe Franklin; and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a new edition of This Week in TV History.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Next Week’s “Dave White Presents” Serves Up Memories, Music, and Hope.

 For The Drifters, he was the lead voice on songs like “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” and “I Count the Tears.” On his own, Ben E. King had hits like “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me”.”

 On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Ben E. King will be the very special guest on “Dave White Presents.” Not only will he share musical memories with Wes Britton, Ben will discuss a current project he’s involved in, Pioneers For a Cure: the American Collection

Songs to Fight Cancer. Along with folks like Suzanne Vega, Tom Chapin, Randy Brecker, and Tom Verlaine, Ben E. King has leant his voice to this unique program helping to raise money for cancer research. We’ll play you a sample from this very worthy project and tell you how you can participate.

 Next, we offer more musical memories with Jeff March and Marti Smiley Childs, co-authors of WHERE HAVE ALL THE POP STARS GONE? Volume One of this new series includes interviews with members of The Association, Kingston Trio, Zombies, Herman’s Hermits, The Spiral Staircase as well as Bobby Vee and Chris Montez. Jeff and Marti will go behind-the-scenes of this nostalgic romp and tell stories that wil surprise you!

 Then, in a change of pace conversation, Dave White talks with scholar, author, and historian John McAdams about the Kennedy assassination that took place Nov. 22, 1963. Dave and John discuss why, almost 50 years later, many still think a mystery was never solved and why some think it never will. And why others are certain the case was closed convincingly a long, long time ago.

 All this, and all the usual “predictably unpredictable” comedy of DWP will debut Tues. Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

 www.KSAV.org

On Wed. Nov. 23, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, and on the player at—

 www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

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To see Ben E. King in a video talking about Pioneers For a Cure: the American Collection, check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY01T0_-GkU

 Wes Britton’s review of Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? is posted at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/4032/1/Where-Have-All-the-Pop-Stars-Gone—-Volume-1-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

 To see John McAdams’s website about the Kennedy assassination, go to:

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

 The “Dave White Presents” Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-White-Presents/153177177306

 

The Streets of San Francisco: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Author James Rosin and independent filmmaker Daron Ker will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Calendar year 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the network television premiere of The Streets of San Francisco, the long-running ABC police drama starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas and produced by Quinn Martin. The Los Angeles Times once described The Streets of San Francisco as “perhaps the best cop drama other than Police Story,” while Quinn Martin himself believed that The Streets of San Francisco was the best series that he ever made.

We’ll take you behind the scenes of Streets this week along with actor, author and television historian James Rosin. Jim’s latest book, The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV series, provides not only a comprehensive oral history of The Streets of San Francisco from the people who made it — including comments and insight from series star Michael Douglas, producers John Wilder and Cliff Gould, and director Walter Grauman — but some cool extra features that you don’t always see in TV reference books. We’ll talk about the origins of Streets of San Francisco, the appeal of QM shows in general, the camaraderie between Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, and much, much more when Jim Rosin joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be San Francisco-based independent filmmaker Daron Ker. Daron’s films include I Ride and Rice Field of Dreams, both of which tell stories about bridging the gap in different cultures. I Ride takes viewers into the world of biker culture, as seen through the eyes of The Fryed Brothers Band — the best rock band you’ve probably never heard of — while Rice of Field of Dreams is the story of Cambodian refugee Joe Cook, who escaped the Khmer Rouge and became a successful chef in the United States, only to return to Cambodia in 2007 to form the nation’s first competitive international baseball team.

Also a native Cambodian, Daron spent his early years, along with his family, in an internment camp in Thailand during the Killing Fields era of tyranny and violence. One of his first memories is seeing Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus projected onto a sheet. Watching Spartacus not only helped sustain Daron and his family throughout their ordeal, it would later inspire Daron to become a filmmaker himself when he was a young man. We’ll talk about Daron’s story, his films, and more when he joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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The Closer, Crime Story and Walt Disney Records: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Actor Tony Denison and author Greg Ehrbar will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Currently starring along with Kyra Sedgwick on the Emmy Award-winning drama The Closer, Tony Denison has also created many other memorable roles in such stage, screen and television productions as Art of Revenge, Deadly, Little Vegas, Getting Gotti, Prison Break, The Effect, Playmakers and, last but not least, crime kingpin Ray Luca in Michael Mann’s Crime Story.

The Closer resumes its final season on TNT with new episodes beginning Monday, Nov. 28 at 9pm ET and PT. We’ll ask Tony what lies ahead in the final weeks of The Closer, plus we’ll take a peak at Major Crimes, the spin-off of The Closer that Tony will star in, along with Mary McDonnell, beginning in 2012. All this, and maybe a question or two about Crime Story, when Tony Denison joins us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be Grammy Award-nominated writer/producer Greg Ehrbar. Greg is the co-author, along with Tim Hollis, of Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records, the definitive book on the history of Disney music and its impact on children and families throughout the world for more than six decades. Mouse Tracks not only introduces readers to many of the talented voice actors, singers, songwriters and musicians who helped shaped that legacy (including Annette Funicello, Sterling Holloway, Thurl Ravenscroft, Ginny Tyler, Dallas McKennon and Tutti Camarata), but also includes such fun facts as the strange but true connection between Walt Disney Records and the theme to Gilligan’s Island. We’ll find out that is, and more, when Greg Ehrbar joins us in our second hour.

All this, plus This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always… we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Sundays 2pm PT
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Association, The Three Stooges, and Memphis Blues on the Next Dave White Presents!

 “Along Comes Mary.” “Windy.” “Cherish.” “Never My Love”– the second most broadcast song in the 20th century. The man who sang lead on these hits from The Association, Russ Giguere, is coming to next week’s “Dave White Presents”! He’ll share the saga of this hard to categorize band and has some surprising stories to tell. Need we say more?

 Then we got Moe, Curly, and Larry. Not to mention Shemp, Joe, and Curly Joe. Yep, all the knuckleheads featured in David Hogan’s new THE THREE STOOGES FAQ. It’s a book spotlighting the 190 short films the guys produced from 1934 to 1959. It’s timeless comedy just as popular now as it was then–    

  Finally, Beale Street blues and soul is featured in the words and music of Sandy Carroll, who has a hot new roots album out, JUST AS I AM. Produced by her husband, Grammy-winner Jim Gaines, this is a contemporary Memphis brew with old-fashioned grooves. We’ll play two samples to prove it.

 

All this, plus a new sponsor and the return of Dr. Ezekiel Hope, debuts next Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—

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 On Wed. Nov. 9, the 90 minutes of variety entertainment will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes and through TEVO, or on the player at:

 www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

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 The Association’s official website:

http://www.theassociationwebsite.com/

 

David Hogan’s video trailer for THE THREE STOOGES FAQ is posted at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVZTG7XxM7Q

Wes Britton’s review of Sandy Carroll’s JUST AS I AM is posted at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/4114/1/Just-As-I-Am-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html