Archive for August, 2012

World War II, Early CBS Television and the California Women’s Conference: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Author, psychotherapist and former CBS-TV sound editor Stephen J. Weiss and California Women’s Conference organizer Michelle Patterson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Our guests this week include author Stephen J. Weiss, a highly decorated World War II veteran who was also one of the early pioneers of early television. As a soldier for the U.S. Army in World War II, Steve landed on the beaches of Southern France in 1944, where he, along with seven others, became separated from their company during a ferocious battle in central France and found themselves caught enemy lines. Listed as Missing in Action by the U.S. Army, Steve not only managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance, but went to serve the French Resistance and an OSS Operational Group behind enemy lines — for which he later received, among other honors, the American Bronze Star, two Croix de Guerre, and the French Resistance Medal (the only American soldier, by the way, ever to receive this honor). When he returned to the United States at the end of World War II, Steve spent 35 years in the television industry as a music and videotape editor, including ten years at CBS, where he worked alongside such broadcast legends as Edward R. Murrow and Jack Benny.

But, like many soldiers who return home from the war, Steve struggled to adjust back to civilian life after experiencing the trauma of combat. For that reason, he not only sought therapy, he began to study psychotherapy, and eventually earned his masters degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a particular focus on helping soldiers who may be at risk from suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Steve writes about his wartime experiences, his work in television, his teaching career and more in Second Chance: In Combat with the US ‘Texas’ Infantry, the OSS, and the French Resistance during the Liberation of France, 1943-1946, a riveting new book that we will talk about during our first hour.

Stephen J. Weiss will be coming to several U.S. cities in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, including the ParkPlace Book Store in Kirkland, WA on Tuesday, Sept. 4; Los Angeles, CA, where he has appearances lined up between Sept. 7-14; New York City, where he’ll be appearing at the Union Club on Wednesday, Sept. 19; and Washington, D.C., where he has appearances scheduled between Oct. 22-28.

Joining us during our second hour will be Michelle Patterson. Michelle’s company, EventComplete, specializes in the strategy, production and marketing of large scale conferences, such as the California Women’s Conference, that are informative and entertaining. One of the most respected tributes to the power of women for nearly 30 years, this year’s California Women’s Conference will take place Sept. 23-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA. Scheduled guest speakers include Gloria Allred, Patricia Arquette, Marcia Cross, Mary McDonough, Michael Learned, Julie Newmar, Tippi Hedren, Rose Marie, Mark Victor Hanson, Shannon Tweed, Carol Channing and David Misch, while Grammy-winning recording artists Melissa Manchester and Helen Reddy will perform at the opening and closing of the conference. For tickets and more information, call (949) 218-0866, email info@CalforniaWomensConference.com or visit www.californiawomensconference.com.

Also this week: Sam Yates with a tribute to Phyllis Diller, and Greg Ehrbar with the return of the DVD report.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri 9pm, 6pm PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The 4th Year Anniversary of “Dave White Presents” will be a Comedy Spectacular with The Simpsons, Spinal Tap, Jack Benny, Cheers, Frazier and M*A*S*H—For Starters!

Yep, “Dave White Presents” debuted on Tues. Aug. 28, 2008! So it’s more than appropriate we celebrate our fourth year next Tuesday, August 28, 2012 on KSAV.org. We decided to offer a comedy special to honor the occasion with two very special guests!

First, Harry Shearer’s show biz career began at the age of 7 when he joined the cast of the Jack Benny radio show. He hung around with folks like voice actor Mel Blanc, appeared in the 1953 Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, starred in the pilot for Leave It To Beaver, and wrote for Saturday Night Live. Then he starred in projects like Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, his PBS series Le Show, and, of course, he’s the voice of all those characters on The Simpsons.

Next Monday, Harry’s new comedy music album, Can’t Take a Hint, is coming out. He’ll be discussing that album as well as his lengthy career with Wes Britton on our very special anniversary show!

We’ll really get into his new satirical tunes featuring folks like Dr. John and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. Yep, we’ll debut three samples from the hot off the press disc . . .

Before he became a comedy scriptwriter for shows like Cheers, Frazier, and M*A*S*H, Ken Levine was a typical teenager growing up during the ‘60s. Back then, he thought Love-Ins were great picnics where folks brought pot instead of potato salad. He didn’t watch sitcoms with Patty Duke, Elizabeth Montgomery, or Barbara Eden to laugh—he watched them to, ah, do what young single guys do when . . . Oh, he also worked in a record store where he had to keep tossing out a stoned Neil Young.

Ken shares such stories in his new memoir, The Me Generation . . . By Me (Growing Up in the ‘60s). On our next DWP, Ken discusses that very funny book with Mr. Dave White himself! They’ll get into the influence of radio on his generation and the humor of being a Baby Boomer looking back on those crazy times. How did Levine’s formative years influence the scripts of some of the most successful hits in TV history?

All this, plus some “predictably unpredictable” anniversary surprises will debut on a very special edition of “DAVE WHITE PRESENTS,” Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

You can pre-record the program at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)–

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

But if you miss the festivities on Tuesday, no problem! On Wed. Aug. 29, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

Coming in September:

–Drummer Carl Palmer talks the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, as well as new music from Asia!

–Multi-instrumentalist songwriter (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”) Trevor Rabin talks Yes and his new album, JACARANDA . . .

Keep up with entertainment news at the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

The Most Watched TV Shows Ever: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Actress Jacqueline Scott and author Wesley Hyatt will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Wesley Hyatt will join us in our first hour. Wes’ latest book, Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, is a fun look at the 100 highest-rated TV broadcasts of the past five decades, from the famous series finales of M*A*S*H and The Fugitive, the “Who Shot J.R.” resolution episode of Dallas, to groundbreaking miniseries such as Roots, plus high-profile sporting events such as Super Bowl XVI and the 1994 Winter Olympics. Wes’ book not only has all the facts and figures behind these historic broadcasts, but provides the backstory for why they all commanded such huge audiences.

Then, since August 29 marks the 45th anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive, our second hour will include an encore presentation of our January 2012 conversation with actress Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft on The Fugitive). Jacquie discusses working with the likes of Walter Matthau, James Stewart, Cliff Robertson, Louis Calhern, Uta Hagen, Paul Munir and, of course, David Janssen.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri 9pm, 6pm PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Rockford, Nichols and The Addams Family: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Writer/producer Juanita Bartlett, composer and conductor David Newman, and author Stephen Cox will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

One of the first women to establish herself as a writer/producer in the 1970s — at a time when the television industry was still predominantly male-driven — Juanita Bartlett got her first big break in 1971 while working with Frank Pierson on Nichols, the offbeat Western series that also began Juanita’s longtime collaboration with actor James Garner. Juanita not only went on to become of one of the driving forces behind Garner’s long-running TV series The Rockford Files, but wrote and produced such popular shows as The Greatest American Hero, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Spenser: For Hire. Juanita Bartlett will share some of her memories in television when she joins us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be Stephen Cox. Steve has written more than twenty books on such popular shows as The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family and The Munsters. We’ll compare and contrast The Munsters with The Addams Family, as well as discuss Steve’s biography of Larry Fine, One Fine Stooge.

Plus: Part 2 of our conversation with Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman (Anastasia), and a brand new This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri 9pm, 6pm PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Also available as a podcast via iTunes, FeedBurner
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

“Dave White Presents”–The Beatles. Bowie. Elton. Lou Reed. Supertramp. Duran Duran.

 While just a teenager in London, Ken Scott went to work at EMI Studios in hopes of becoming a recording engineer. In short order, not only did that dream come true, he became one of only five engineers to work with The Beatles. After helping mix tracks for Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album, Ken moved over to the producer’s chair to work with John, George, and Ringo on their solo projects as well as Bowie, Elton, Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Supertramp, The Tubes, Duran Duran, Missing Persons . . .

 This year, the now legendary Ken Scott published his memories of his work in the studio in Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and so much more. It’s quite a book for any music fan, and on Tuesday, Aug. 14, Ken shares many of his stories and anecdotes on online radio’s “Dave White Presents.” In a lengthy and lively conversation with Wes Britton, Scott traces his career, takes you behind the scenes of many of the most important hits and albums in rock, and describes some special and poignant moments he shared with the stars.

 Now, this is seriously cool: for DWP, Scott created an exclusive mash-up of one song he produced for both Lou Reed and Duran Duran. You’ll have to join us to find out what it is—you won’t hear it anywhere else!

 What was the TV series that launched the career of Michael Douglas? It was The Streets of San Francisco that ran on ABC from 1972 to 1978. Co-starring veteran actor Karl Malden, the show was a police drama filmed on location and remained popular until Douglas left the series to do movies in 1977.

Jim Rosin, author of a new book on the show, tells Dave White the nitty-gritty of how The Streets of San Francisco was a study in getting the details right. When you’re filming in the actual streets of your show’s title, you get authenticity but also a set of problems you don’t have on the studio lot or out on some remote location. We’ve got some funny stories for you, including a certain car crash that started it all . . .   

So come with us behind the scenes in the recording of some of the greatest music of all time and learn about making television history from a different angle on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, August 14 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. Aug. 15, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 Coming the last week in August—our 4th Anniversary Show! Special guests will include:

–Actor and comic songwriter Harry Shearer will talk Jack Benny, The Simpsons, Spinal Tap, and some new music we’ll debut on DWP!

 -Comic TV writer Ken Levine (M*A*s*H, Cheers, Frazier) talks his new funny memoir about the ‘60s, THE ME GENERATION . . .

Coming in September:

–Drummer Carl Palmer talks the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, as well as new music from Asia!

 -Multi-instrumentalist songwriter (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”) Trevor Rabin talks Yes and his new album, JACARANDA . . .

 Keep up with entertainment news at the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

 Read Wes Britton’s review of Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and so much more by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/5102/1/Abbey-Road-to-Ziggy-Stardust-Off-the-record-with-The-Beatles-Bowie-Elton-and-so-much-more-Reviewed-by-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html

The Importance of Being Ernie: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Actor and author Barry Livingston will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Best known for playing Ernie Douglas on the long-running comedy series My Three Sons (ABC/CBS, 1960-1972), which was not only honored earlier this year in Hollywood but continues to thrive in reruns today on Me-TV, Barry Livingston has acted professionally on stage, screen and television since pretty much the day he was born. One of the few child actors who made the successful transition to grown-up actor, Barry has worked with such stars as Karl Malden, John Cassavetes, Myrna Loy, Steve Railsback, Forest Whitaker and Adam Sandler, while his recent TV appearances include episode of such shows as Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Suburgatory and Major Crimes. But making that transition was not easy for Barry, and he talks about his struggles, and how he overcame them, in his book, The Importance of Being Ernie. Barry Livingston will be joining us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be author Anne Preciado Rich. Anne began her career working in radio and television, both in front of the microphone and behind the scenes, before transitioning into advertising, teaching, and eventually writing. Anne’s first novel, My 333rd Life on Planet Earth, is not only about past lives, but provides a cultural history of life on earth while also drawing on such influences as Robert Heinlein, Joseph Campbell, Richard Bach, Deepak Chopra and Mark Twain.

All this, plus a brand new edition of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri 9pm, 6pm PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mon 8pm ET, 5pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT on Passionate World Radio
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, FeedBurner
and now on your mobile phone via www.stitcher.com/TVConfidential
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