Archive for October, 2012

The Life of Elizabeth Montgomery, Plus Election Night: NBC: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Authors Herbie J Pilato and Stephen Battaglio will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll drop by at 1164 Morning Glory Circle in our first hour as we welcome back Herbie J Pilato. Herbie, of course, is not only the leading authority on Bewitched, he is also the author of Twitch Upon a Star, the first full-fledged, no-holds barred biography of the star of Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery. Though many of us think of Elizabeth Montgomery as the supernatural character Samantha Stephens, in real life she was as human — or, as Endora would put it — as “mortal” as you can be. She was outgoing, yet private; strong-willed, yet sometimes insecure; fiercely independent of her father, screen legend Robert Montgomery, yet always seeking his approval. Twitch Upon a Star not only features interviews with many of Elizabeth’s family members and closest friends, including Liz Sheridan (Jerry Seinfeld’s mom on Seinfeld), Florence Henderson, Sally Kemp, Cliff Robertson, William Asher and Robert Foxworth, but previously unpublished interviews with some of Elizabeth’s cast members on Bewitched, including David White and Dick Sargent.

Herbie J Pilato will be appearing at the Book Star Barnes and Noble, 12136 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City on Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 7pm. He’ll also be at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7pm.

Also joining us this week will be Stephen Battaglio, business editor for TV Guide. Steve’s latest book, Election Night: A Television History: 1948-2012 is an enhanced e-Book that provides an inside look at how NBC News has covered U.S. presidential elections since the dawn of television. Steve’s book not only includes comments from such legendary news figures as Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, John Chancellor, Tom Brokaw, and Tim Russert, but explores the technical advancements in vote counting, live coverage from the field, how the networks call a state for a candidate, and how the drama unfolds in the control room. The enhanced e-Book edition of Election Night: A Television History also includes more than 90 minutes of archival video from NBC News, including footage of NBC’s coverage of past Presidential debates, as well as the assassination of Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968. Steve will be joining us in our first hour.

Plus: a brand 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 Voice of The Archies: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Singer, songwriter and record producer Ron Dante will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Someone once said that Ron Dante was a multi-tasker before long before the word become popular. Take a look at some of his accomplishments, and you’ll find that to be true. As a record producer, Ron has worked with such music stars as Cher, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Irene Cara, Ray Charles, John Denver and, most notably, Barry Manilow. As a singer/songwriter he has worked with such legends as Don Kirschner, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin and Tony Orlando, plus recorded such hit songs as “Tracy” for The Cuff Links and “Sugar, Sugar,” of course, for The Archies. Baby Boomers know that Ron wrote and recorded some of the most famous radio and TV jingles of all time (including spots for Coca Cola, American Airlines, Budweiser, Dr. Pepper and “You Deserve a Break Today” for McDonalds), while theater buffs know that Ron produced the Broadway productions of Who’s Life is It Anyway, Crimes of the Heart, Children of a Lesser God (which won Ron a Tony for best drama), and Ain’t Misbehavin’, for which Ron received a Tony for best musical. Ron Dante will join us in our second hour.

Ron Dante will be performing at the Woodfield Country Club in Baca Raton, FL on Saturday, Nov. 17; at the Snoqualmie Casino at Snoqualmie, WA on Sunday, Dec. 2; at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce, FL on Friday, Feb. 1; and at the upcoming Davy Jones Memorial Monkees Convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford, NJ the weekend of Mar. 1-3, 2013. For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit Ron’s website, www.rondante.com.

This week’s show will also feature Part 4 of the Sounds of Lost Television’s tribute to Jack Paar; a brand new edition of This Week in TV History; and a continuation of our look at the new fall TV season. It’ll be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri 9pm ET, 6pm PT on Talktainment Radio
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
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Tue 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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The Next Dave White Presents

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Les Paul, Humphrey Bogart, and Hot New Music on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Jose Feliciano, Billy Gibbons, and Slash are among the performers who’ve joined forces with rhythm guitarist Lou Pallo to celebrate Les Paul, the man who invented the electric guitar, pioneered recording technology, and left an astonishing legacy of music that began in 1928.

On Tues. Oct. 23, Lou Pallo stops by online radio’s “Dave White Presents” to talk about THANK YOU LES, a 21 song salute that captures the spirit and flavor of the music Les Paul loved. Pallo knows his stuff as he worked with Paul for over 26 years when the two performed together  Monday nights at New York’s Fat Tuesday’s and the Iridium on Broadway until Paul’s death in 2009. Pallo talks about the history and contributions of Paul, the influence he had on generations of guitarists, and what you can hear on the Grammy nominated THANK YOU LES. We’ll play two samples, and one features Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, himself a former guest on DWP!

 One of Dave White’s favorite actors is Humphrey Bogart, so he was naturally delighted to meet a gent who actually worked with him! That’s Eli Rill, author of the new BOGIE: THE FINAL CHAPTER. That critically praised memoir discusses Rill’s time as Bogart’s drama coach for THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956), Bogie’s last film noir before his death in 1957. All the reviews—and from some notable folks—praise the book’s warmth, humanity, and revealing portrait of one of the silver screen’s biggest icons. If you’re into classic movies, here’s a classic conversation.

 But never let it be said DWP is stuck in the past! We also get into some new music from the new duo, Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven. Their two CD set is SHORTCUTS TO INFINITY, a set of “straight” rock ‘n roll numbers, and SYMPTOMOLOGY, in which the two become the unrestrained Jack #ashtag and Reverend Stevie Nobody. Hmm.

Lyricist and harmony vocalist Kalinich is perhaps best known for his work with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and songwriter P. F. Sloan. Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Tiven cut his teeth working with the likes of Don Covay, Arthur Alexander, and Wilson Pickett. It was Phil Sloan who put them together, and you can hear what happened next when John Tiven talks about one of the most interesting debuts of 2012 when John visits DWP.

All this, not to mention some musical jabs at politicians, will feature on the next “DAVE WHITE PRESENTS”, Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

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

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

 But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed.  Oct. 24, 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

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

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

 

TV and the Presidency, Part 2, plus Jack Paar, Part 3: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Radio talk show host Mark Silverman will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Mark Silverman will join us in our second hour as we continue our look at how television has covered this year’s presidential campaign, including the first presidential debate, the vice-presidential debate, the two political conventions, and the “Rumble Inside the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. Mark Silverman, of course, hosts On the Mark Radio, a weekly talk show on politics and issues of the day that is heard on our affiliate station, KSAV.org.

Our first hour of this week’s show will feature Part 3 of our special tribute to Jack Paar as part the Sounds of Lost Television. In keeping with the overall theme of this week’s program, Phil Gries will include highlights of Jack Paar’s interviews from the summer of 1960 with then-Presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

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 ET, 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 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Ken Levine and Rita Lakin: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Television writer/producers Ken Levine and Rita Lakin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

An Emmy Award winner, Ken Levine has enjoyed a career that spans the worlds of radio, television and Major League Baseball. As a writer, director and producer in television, Ken has worked on such shows as M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond and Dharma & Greg. In addition, he has done radio and TV play-by-play for the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres and, currently, the Seattle Mariners, as well as hosted radio shows on various stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Ken’s new book, The Me Generation… By Me: Growing Up in the ’60s, is a unique look at the major events that shaped the 1960s — The Beatles, Batman, The Beach Boys, Shindig, the civil rights movement, the hippie movement, the Watts riots, Vietnam, JFK, LBJ, Haight-Ashbury and everything in between — all written from the perspective of a future comedy writer. We’ll go back in time and take a look at the ’60s when Ken Levine joins us in our first hour.

Ken Levine will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove in Los Angeles on Monday night, Oct. 29 beginning at 7pm.

Also joining us this week will be award-winning writer/producer Rita Lakin. During her 25 years in television, Rita not only created The Rookies, but wrote and produced for such TV shows and made-for-TV movies as The Mod Squad, Peyton Place, Flamingo Road, Nightingales, Hey, I’m Alive, Death Takes a Holiday and Women in Chains. Rita was also one of the first women to work in television as a writer and producer, and along the way, she opened doors for many other women to enter television throughout the ’60s and 1970s, at a time when the industry was still almost entirely run by men. We’ll talk about Rita’s career in television when she joins us in our second hour.

Rita Lakin is also the creator of the best-selling Gladdy Gold series of comedy mystery novels, the latest of which is Getting Old Can Kill You. She will also soon be re-releasing one of her earlier novels, Four Coins of the Kabbalah. For more information, visit www.ritalakin.com.

All this, plus Wesley Hyatt with a look at how some of the new fall TV shows are faring. It’ll be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.

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 ET, 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 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Dave White Presents

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

David Peel Remembers John Lennon and Dave White Explores Early TV on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 Back in 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono met a street musician named David Peel. Lennon was so impressed that he proclaimed Peel a genius and promptly signed him to Apple Records.

 40 plus years later, Peel is still at his hippie tongue-in-cheek best. You can hear what he’s been doing all this time on a new collection called Anthology from the good folks at GRA Records. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, you’ll also hear stories of the old days including a clip of Lennon describing his first encounters with Peel followed by Wes Briton’s in-depth conversation with the master of street theatre himself. Yep, we’ll play you two musical samples including Peel’s most famous and controversial song, “The Pope Smokes Dope.”

 But the next DWP is mostly all about early TV in two interviews conducted by the Ed Sullivan of online radio, Mr. Dave White!

 Do you remember live television shows like Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, Kraft Television Theatre, or Captain Video? Wright King does as he was one of the New York actors who worked in all those series where any flubs were broadcast live all over the nation! He shared many of his stories with co-author Sandy Grabman in their book, No Retakes! Actors and Actresses Remember the Era of Live Television. King and Grabman join Dave White for a live conversation discussing their book that will take you back to the 1950s when the screens were black-and-white and viewers were lucky to have two channels to choose from . . .

 Speaking of the ’50s, “Chicago Bill”   Hansen returns to DWP to discuss a new DVD set called 50s TV Classics. It’s an amazing collection of early television shows including Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Ed Wynn, Edgar Bergan, Death Valley Days, game shows, Lawrence Welk . . . with guest stars like the Three Stooges, Boris Karloff, Mickey Rooney, and even Ed Sullivan doing a comic monologue!

Now, that’s Variety with a Capital V! It’s all coming Tuesday Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

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

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

 But if you miss the premiere broadcast, on Wed. Oct. 10, 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

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

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

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More about David Peel’s ANTHOLOGY is at–

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-david-peel-anthology/

 Read about 50s TV Classics at–

http://blogcritics.org/video/article/dvd-review-50s-tv-classics/

Actor Martin Papazian: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Actor, writer, and independent filmmaker Martin Papazian and author Elide Beltram will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Known for his appearances on such popular shows as The Unit, Lie to Me, CSI: New York, Without a Trace, Dexter, and 24 (where he played CTU interrogator Rick Burke on Seasons 5 and 6), Martin Papazian is also the writer, director and lead actor of Least Among Saints, an inspiring story about a troubled young boy who befriends a Marine who suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder. The story of how Marty managed to make Least Among Saints is almost as amazing as the movie itself. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Marty joins us in our first hour.

Least Among Saints will open in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Fairfax, VA beginning Friday, Oct. 12. It will then open in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Tucson, Baltimore and other cities across the country beginning Friday, Oct. 19. For tickets and more information, go to www.LeastAmongSaints.com.

Also joining us this week will be author, scientist, and psychoanalyst Elide Beltram. A true Renaissance woman, Elide has taught language to dolphins in Hawaii and studied the behavior of wild orangutans in Borneo. An accomplished composer, she not only founded the Westchester Music Ensemble for Living Composers, but has collaborated with such musical greats as Stan Getz, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Elide’s latest book is The Memory of Vinegar and Oil, a lyrical journey of self that weaves in themes of science and music. We’ll welcome Elide during our second hour.

Plus: a brief tribute to Andy Williams; Part 2 of our special Jack Paar edition of The Sounds of Lost Television; and 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 ET, 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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