Archive for April, 2012

George Maharis, Plus a Tribute to Dick Clark: Next on TVC

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Actor George Maharis and radio personality Sam Yates will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Many of us think of George Maharis as Buz Murdock on Route 66, the groundbreaking TV series from the early 1960s that remains among the best dramatic series ever made. But George also has an extensive stage and film background, including Exodus with Paul Newman, plus he has also enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist (both for Columbia Records as well as in Las Vegas), and is an accomplished painter, with a particular concentration on Impressionistic art.

We’ll talk to George about some of his early work with the likes of Vic Morrow, Otto Preminger, Sal Mineo and Paul Newman, as well as ask him to share some memories of his days filming Route 66. All this, and more, when George Maharis joins us in our second hour.

All four seasons of Route 66 will be released as a special edition box set from Shout Factory that also includes such bonus features as the documentary Great Cars: Corvette (everything you wanted to know about the legendary sports car featured every week on Route 66), as well as the rarely seen panel discussion from 1990 featuring George Maharis, series writer/producer Herbert B. Leonard, and casting director Marion Dougherty. Route 66: The Complete Series will be officially released on May 29, but if you order it now through ShoutFactory.com, you can get the entire box set for $99.99 (plus 66¢ shipping and handling). This special offer is available for a limited time only, and certain restrictions apply. For more information, go to ShoutFactory.com.

Also joining us this week will be longtime radio personality Sam Yates with a special tribute to television producer and impresario Dick Clark. Sam knew Dick personally and professionally for more than three decades, and he’ll be playing an interview that he did with Dick to celebrate the 40th anniversary of American Bandstand, as well as sharing some memories. All this and more when we pay tribute to Dick Clark during our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will look back at how television covered the riots that broke out in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992 as part of a special edition of This Week in TV History. It will be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.
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Dave White Presents

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

James Brown, Batman, Rick Nelson, and The Spiral Starecase feature on the next “Dave White Presents”!

In January 1969, Pat Upton and The Spiral Starecase had a million-selling hit called “More Today Than Yesterday.” Back then, folks like Frank Sinatra and Jose Feliciano stopped by to see their act. A few years later, Pat had a meeting with Col. Tom Parker and ran into Rick Nelson. This led to Upton recording and touring with Nelson for three years.

  Then, after retiring from the road, Upton opened a nightclub in Guntersville, Alabama. It was there where Rick Nelson performed his final gig, with Upton on guitar one last time, before the tragic plane crash on New year’s Eve, 1985. 

 

On Tuesday, April 24, Upton remembers The Spiral Starecase and shares memories of Rick Nelson on DWP. We’ll play “More Today Than Yesterday” for you, as well as one hot Nelson/Upton rocker.

 Speaking of hot, did they get much hotter than James Brown? “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” gave us unforgettable hits and decades of dynamic showmanship. He was no stranger to controversy, to put it mildly.

No one knows more about the many facets of “Mr. Dynamite than author RJ Smith. His new THE ONE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JAMES BROWN digs deep into Brown’s influences, rags-to-riches battles, and his importance in American music. For DWP, RJ shares highlights from his surprising biography and, of course, we’ll play some hot wax from “The One” himself.

 

After his 1939 debut, Batman has also been very hot, a lucrative property in movie serials, on radio, and as the “Bright Knight of TV’s Adam West to the “Dark Knight” of Keaton, Bale, etc. On the next DWP, past guest Bruce Scivally returns, this time to talk about his hot off the press BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN. Believe us, it’s a book that belongs on everyone’s Bat-shelf. Why?

Find out next Tuesday, April 24. The same Bat-times are 7:30 p.m. EST, then 7:30 Pacific on the same Bat-Channel—

 www.KSAV.org

 If you’d like to pre-record the show, Digital Audio Recording (DAR) makes that easy–

http://www.dar.fm/faq.php

 On Wed. April 25, the 90 minute show 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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 Wes Britton’s review of RJ Smith’s THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown is posted at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/4674/1/THE-ONE-The-Life-and-Music-of-James-Brown-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

 Wes Britton’s review of Bruce Scivally’s BILLION DOLLAR BATMAN is available at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/4808/1/Billion-Dollar-Batman-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

Nellie Oleson and The Cigarette Smoking Man: Next on TVC

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Actress/comedienne Alison Arngrim, actor/director William B. Davis and singer/lyricist Deborah Pearl will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

First, we’ll stop by Walnut Grove as we welcome back actress, comedienne, activist Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie). Alison’s book, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated, not only takes you behind the scenes of Little House in the Prairie, but is a very poignant story about how the experience of playing Nellie Oleson helped Alison cope with some very painful and traumatic experiences that she went through in real life while before, during and after Little House. We’ll talk about this, and a whole lot more, when Alison joins us in our first hour.

Alison Arngrim has several appearances lined up over the next few months, including the opening of the Nellie Oleson’s Trunk of Treasures show in France on Friday, May 18. For more information, visit Alison’s official French website, which is www.alison-arngrim.com or email edson@free.fr. In addition, Alison will be performing her one-woman show, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, at the Laurie Beecham Theatre in New York on June 15 and 16. She’ll also be at the annual “Laura Palooza” in Mankato, MN on July 12-July 14, as well as the annual “Walnut Grove Days” festival in Walnut Grove, MN on July 20-July 22. For updates on Alison’s schedule, go to http://www.hgd.com/alison/.

Also joining us this week will be actor, director, producer and screenwriter William B. Davis. If you watch The X Files, you know Bill as Fox Mulder’s arch-nemesis, The Cigarette Smoking Man. But The X Files marks just one chapter in a very distinguished career that has also seen Bill leave his mark as a child actor with the CBC radio, as well as an acting teacher and stage director in both England and Canada, where he worked with such acting legends as Albert Finney, Donald Sutherland, Maggie Smith and Sir Laurence Olivier.

Bill’s memoir, Where There’s Smoke: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, not only is filled with great stories that take you behind the scenes of The X Files, but provides an excellent cultural history of the burgeoning theatre scene in Canada and Great Britain in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. We’ll talk about this, and more, when William B. Davis joins us in our second hour.

Our second hour will also include highlights from our recent conversation with singer, lyricist and television writer Deborah Pearl (Head of the Class, Designing Women). Deborah’s CD, Souvenir of You: New Lyrics to Benny Carter Classics, not only pays tribute to the music of jazz legend Benny Carter, but features original lyrics written by Deborah herself.

Deborah Pearl will be performing music from Souvenir of You at the Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks, CA on Saturday April 28. The event starts at 8pm and is part of the Library’s annual Blues Bop and Books series. Donations are $20.00 and include coffee and dessert. For reservations or more information, call (805) 908-2264 or email tolibrarymusic@yahoo.com.

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

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Linda Lawson, The Alberici Sisters and Old Las Vegas: Next on TVC

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Singer/actress Linda Lawson 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, KSAV.org.

After beginning her career as a nightclub performer at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas — an experience that led her to record an album with Henry Mancini — Linda Lawson embarked on an acting career that included appearances on such popular series as Peter Gunn, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Sea Hunt, Adventures in Paradise (as Renee, the nightclub owner), Maverick (in “Duel at Sundown,” the famous episode with Clint Eastwood), 77 Sunset Strip, M Squad, The Virginian, It Takes a Thief and, more recently, ER, as well as such feature motion pictures as Night Tide (with Dennis Hopper), Apache Rifles (with Audie Murphy) and Sometimes a Great Notion (with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda). We’ll ask Linda about her experiences in old Hollywood, old Las Vegas and the early days of television when she joins us in our first hour.

Then, in our second hour, we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with the Alberici Sisters, Maria Lauren and Linda Eichberg, former members of the Dean Martin Golddiggers, and the authors of Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, 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 — one of the last great eras of show business, and a time that saw Maria and Linda perform in venues around the world with such legends as Jerry Vale, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and, of course, Dean Martin.

Maria and Linda will be appearing at the Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa in Westlake Village, CA on Sunday, April 29 from 3pm to 6pm as part of a fundraiser to benefit Zoe’s Friends Animal Rescue. For more information, go to BeyondOurWildestDreams.com.

Also in our second hour: We’ll have an encore presentation of our conversation with Sandy Hackett and Lisa Dawn Miller, two of the stars and producers of Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, the critically acclaimed musical tribute show that celebrates the spirit of the Rat Pack era. Plus: a brand new This Week in TV History.

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Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
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Dave White Presents

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Take a ride on a Blues Cruise with “Dave White Presents”—and get a hot free DVD!

 For over 30 years, film maker Robert Mugge has been producing very high-quality documentaries on music, especially blues, jazz, bluegrass, Zydeco, and roots music. He’s been funded by Channel 4 in England, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), and featured Morgan Freeman as a narrator for multi-part projects like LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES and HELLHOUNDS ON MY TRAIL: THE AFTERLIFE OF ROBERT JOHNSON.

 On Tues. April 10, Mugge comes to DWP and chats with Wes Britton about his career and especially his new documentary, ALL JAMS ON DECK. Originally available as a souvenir for voyagers on the legendary Blues Cruises, ALL JAMS ON DECK is becoming known as a film all blues lovers in general should enjoy and a primer for blues performers looking for some tips from the pros. Shot on the October 2010 Rhythm & Blues Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, the 96 minutes features Johnny and Edgar Winter, Kim Wilson, Marsha Ball, Tommy Castro, Commander Cody, past DWP guest Elvin Bishop . . . how can you go wrong? Especially since we’re going to tell you how you can get the jams for free?

 “There is no tale so tall I cannot tell it, nor song so sweet I cannot sing it” – Guy Davis

 Here’s something else very special. Since 1994, bluesman Guy Davis has been polishing his one-man audioplay called THE ADVENTURES OF FISHY WATERS: IN BED WITH THE BLUES. It’s now available as a double CD featuring Davis playing Waters, a train jumping hobo on the road back in the segregated South.  It’s about half Delta blues songs, half Waters telling his stories and sharing hilarious tall tales in all manner of voices. We hear Davis’s guitar, harp, and an assortment of sound effects to help bring the era he’s singing about to life. On the next DWP, we’ll not only play you some samples, Davis will share some of his whoppers with you.

What happens when your son is falsely accused of murder and looking at life in prison? Georgia mother, Jackie Carpenter, knows first-hand this true-life story. In 2008, her son Jason apprehended thieves who’d been stealing copper from his work site. On the advice of a deputy, he was armed and trying to keep the men on the premises until the police arrived when the gun accidentally fired, killing one of the men. Jackie revealed what happened next in two books, THE BRIDGE: BETWEEN CELL BLOCK A AND A MIRACLE IS PSALM 91 and GEORGIA JUSTICE which is now being made into a motion picture starring Francine Locke.

 

 You can hear Jackie’s story, learn about the “Blues Cruise” jams, and go back in time with Fishy Waters Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 If you’d like to pre-record the show, Digital Audio Recording (DAR) makes that easy–

http://www.dar.fm/faq.php

 

But if you miss the premiere broadcast, fear not! On Wed. April 11, the 90 minute show 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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Wes Britton’s review of the DVD, All Jams On Deck – A Robert Mugge Film about Blues Jamming, is posted at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-dvd-review-all-jams-on/

 

Wes Britton’s review of Guy Davis’s THE ADVENTURES OF FISHY WATERS: IN BED WITH THE BLUES is posted at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/a

rticle/music-review-guy-davis-the-adventures/  

 

Learn more about Jackie Carpenter at:

http://www.bridgetoamiracle.com/  

 

 

Maverick, Rockford and Dandy Jim Buckley: Next on TVC

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Join us as we celebrate James Garner’s birthday on a special edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This Saturday, April 7, is James Garner’s birthday, and we’ll mark the occasion in our first hour by playing Part 2 of our conversation with Jon Winokur. Jon is the co-author, along with James Garner, of The Garner Files, the story of Jim’s life and career in the motion picture industry. Among other topics, we’ll talk about Jim’s passion for auto racing, including the lengths he took while working with John Frankenheimer during the filming of Grand Prix.

Jon Winokur will be appearing at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 4pm. For more information, call (310) 659-3110 or visit the Author Events page at www.BookSoup.com.

Also in our first hour, we’ll replay our conversation with “star car” researcher Jim Suva. A consultant on the “Crime Drama” segment of the PBS documentary series Pioneers of Television, Jim is an expert on many famous cars from classic films and TV series, including the Pontiac Firebird that James Garner drove every week on The Rockford Files.

Then in our second hour, we’ll have an encore presentation of our conversation with actor and author Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (The F.B.I., 77 Sunset Strip, My Dinner of Herbs). Efrem is a wonderful storyteller, and among other things, he’ll tell us about working with James Garner when he played Dandy Jim Buckley on Maverick, as well as his experience working alongside his daughter Stephanie Zimbalist on Remington Steele, as well as his dear friend Montgomery Pittman on 77 Sunset Strip.

Alll this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’ll be a full program as always, and we cordially invite you to join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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WROM: Realms of Music
Thursdays 9pm, 6pm PT
Talktainment Radio
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Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
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The Coyote KWTY-FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Tuesdays 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
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