Archive for November, 2012

Charles Fox, Robert Davi, plus Holiday TV Specials: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Composer Charles Fox, actor/singer Robert Davi, and author Joanna Wilson will join us on a special encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll go back in time to November 2011 as we replay our conversation with Charles Fox, the Grammy-winning composer of “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (one of the most-performed songs ever in music history), and a man who 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.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our January 2012 conversation with Robert Davi, the actor known to many of us as Agent Malone in Profiler, Franz Sanchez in License to Kill, Jake Fratelli in The Goonies, and other film and TV productions, including Contract on Cherry Street with Frank Sinatra. In addition to being an accomplished actor, Robert is a classically trained singer with a deep-seeded love and appreciation for many of the greatest musical artists of all time, including his friend and mentor, Frank Sinatra.

Robert’s first album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance, pays tribute to not only Ole Blue Eyes, but also The Great American Songbook, which Robert considers to be “the Shakespeare of America.” Robert will be performing music from Davi Sings Sinatra at the Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 13. For more information, go to www.DaviSingsSinatra.com.

Our first hour will also feature a replay of November 2011 conversation with 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.

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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Robert Colbert, plus Conversations at Warp Speed: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Actor Robert Colbert and author/playwright Anthony Wynn will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Most of you know Robert Colbert for his appearances in such films and TV series as Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon Street Beat, A Fever in the Blood (with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Angie Dickinson), Have Rocket, Will Travel (with The Three Stooges), The Young and the Restless (as Stuart Brooks, on one of the original characters on the long-running daytime serial), Maverick (including two appearances as Brent Maverick) and, of course, as Doug Phillips on The Time Tunnel, the Irwin Allen-produced time travel series that has endeared itself to three generations of television viewers around the world over the past four decades. We’ll talk about the appeal of The Time Tunnel, plus a whole lot more, when Bob joins us in our second hour.

Joining us in our first hour will be author, playwright and director Anthony Wynn. Tony’s latest book, Conversations at Warp Speed, features interviews with many actors who appeared in the original Star Trek, including George Takei, James Doohan, Grace Lee Whitney and Paul Carr, plus two brief interviews with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and a few select interviews with such non-Star Trek actors as Gretchen Corbett (The Rockford Files) and Barry Morse (The Fugitive, Space: 1999).

And speaking of Barry Morse, this week’s show will also include an excerpt from an interview that Barry Morse gave to Dave White and me in May 2007 in which Barry talked about his life and career before, during and after The Fugitive. It’ll be a full program as always… 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, November 17th, 2012

Dick Wagner talks Alice Cooper and Lou Reed in the Thanksgiving Feast Edition of Dave White Presents!

The menu includes: Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll.

That’s pretty much the story of guitarist/songwriter Dick Wagner. Back in the ’60s, he met and played with idols like Little Richard, Roy Orbison, and BB King. After a stint with the Michigan band, Frost, Wagner came to national prominence as half of the guitar duo on Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll Animal. That gig lead to his becoming an axeman and songwriting collaborator with Alice Cooper for four albums. His resume now includes playing with, writing for, or producing Billy Joel, Meatloaf, Tina Turner, Tim Curry, Kiss, Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, and Air Supply. Songs he wrote or co-wrote include “Only Women Bleed,” “Welcome to my Nightmare,” and “Shine Silently” with past DWP guest, Nils Lofgren.

Dick tells many of his stories in his new book, Not Only Women Bleed, Vignettes from the Heart of a Musician. He also shares some of them with you on the next DWP and we’ll play you some new Alice Cooper and hot off the press Dick Wagner music we bet you haven’t heard before . . .

Now, since this is a Thanksgiving special, we thought we’d throw in some healthy news before you get to gobbling everything in sight! So Dave White chats with Dr. Matt Mumber, an oncologist at the Harbin Clinic in Rome, GA. They’ll  discuss his book, Sustainable Wellness, which is all about how to develop a more individual method to promote health and wellbeing rather than a one size fits all fad style regimen.

 For dessert, we’ll explore the reasons old-fashioned vinyl albums are having such a revival. Andy Camm, owner of the Record Connection in Ephrata, PA, reveals how records are not just for lovers of second-hand music anymore. Did you know that major and minor labels alike are putting out new releases on CD, as downloads, and on those old black grooves again? Why? And what is the annual Record Day all about?

 All this, and all the trimmings, will be on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

As always, 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.  Nov. 21, 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

 

Dr. Wesley Britton

Co-host, Dave White Presents

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Walter Grauman and William Link: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Director Walter Grauman, writer/producer William Link and television writer Paul Robert Coyle will join us for a special encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Walter Grauman began his career during the early days of television, producing and directing live shows before establishing himself as one of the most prolific directors of scripted drama in TV history. Best known for his longtime association with Quinn Martin, Walter directed the pilot episodes of The Fugitive, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones and other QM series, as well as more than 20 episodes of Martin’s first series as a producer, The Untouchables. But Walter also enjoyed a distinguished record outside of QM Productions, both as a producer (including the series Felony Squad and Blue Light), as well as the director of such popular shows as Burke’s Law, Naked City, Route 66, Peter Gunn, Trapper John, M.D. and Murder, She Wrote. Walter will share some stories about his life in television when he joins us during our first hour.

Also joining us during our first hour will be longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle, whose credits include episodes of The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and other TV series. Paul has also written for such trade publications as Emmy magazine, where he interviewed Walter Grauman on more than one occasion, plus his first writing assignment on Barnaby Jones was the episode “The Fatal Dive,” which Walter Grauman directed.

Walter Grauman’s audio commentary of “Fear in a Desert City,” the pilot episode of The Fugitive (which Walter directed), is among the special features that are part of The Fugitive Most Wanted Complete Series Box Set DVD collection that is now available through CBS Home Entertainment. Other extras include a few rarely seen television interviews featuring Barry Morse, including a humorous segment in which Barry appears in character as Lieutenant Philip Gerard.

This week’s show will also include Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer William Link about the legacy of Columbo and its iconic star, Peter Falk. The 2011-2012 television season marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of Columbo, and we’ll talk about the NBC series, the ABC series, as well as the pilot, Prescription: Murder, when Bill joins us during our second hour.

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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Kevin Sorbo: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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

Many of you know Kevin Sorbo from his starring roles in Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, the most-watched first-run syndicated TV show in the world throughout the 1990s, and as Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda throughout the early 2000s. Kevin had everything going for him in 1997 until one day, when he was just thirty-eight years old and in peak physical condition, he learned that he had an aneurysm in his left shoulder, had also suffered three strokes, and very nearly died. It was a freak occurrence that began a long, long road to recovery that would require Kevin to make significant changes in his life — physically, mentally and spiritually. It is all part of an amazing story that Kevin shares in his book, True Strength. Kevin Sorbo will join us in our second hour.

Kevin Sorbo will be appearing at the Boston Super Megafest in Framingham, MA on Nov. 17 and 18; the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con on Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 in New Orleans; and at the Action Martial Arts Mega Weekend in Atlantic City on Jan. 25 and 26, 2013.

Also this week: Phil Gries with the fifth and final segment in our month-long tribute to Jack Paar as part of the Sounds of Lost Television, and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded 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 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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The Next Dave White Presents

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Yes, Nov. 6 is Election Day. It’s also your first (but not last) chance to hear the new “Dave White Presents” with new music from Keith Emerson and stories of a rock ‘n roll pioneer!   

Reaching back to his ELP days, keyboard wizard Keith Emerson has just created something very different in prog rock history. Along with guitarist Marc Bonilla and orchestra conductor Terje Mikkelsen, Emerson has produced The Three Fates Project, a blending of rock and classical performances unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Using new technology, The Three Fates Project includes new versions of “Tarkus,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and “The Endless Enigma Suite” along with new music produced in ways Emerson, Lake, and Palmer  couldn’t do all those years ago. DWP gets really in depth with The Three Fates as we don’t just talk with Keith about his new album. Wes Britton also co-interviews Bonilla and Mikkelsen as they describe the challenges of integrating rock instruments into a 40 piece orchestra. Sound intriguing? How about a sample from the album especially edited for DWP?

 What do Carole King, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, The Monkees, and The Archies have in common? Don Kirshner.

 Back in 1958, Don Kirshner had a bright but simple idea: teenage rock and roll fans didn’t want the music of their parents and grandparents. They wanted hits written by their contemporaries. So, co-founding Aldon Music in New York, Kirshner hired songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, and Jack Keller. For its five year run, Aldon was responsible for over 200 hits, and that’s no small feat.

 Rich Podolsky, author of Don Kirshner – The Man with the Golden Ear: How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll, tells the full story in his book and shares many of the tales on DWP. Go inside the studio and learn how “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Up on the Roof”, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”, “I Love How You Love Me,” and “Sugar Sugar” came to be. To spice things up, we’ll feature some brand new music from Mickey Dolenz—a country re-make of “I’m a Believer.”

 The next “DAVE WHITE PRESENTS” will premiere during election returns on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 But you can be sure not to miss the broadcast by   pre-recording the show at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)–

 http://www.dar.fm/faq.php

 Then, on Wed. Nov. 7—and every day thereafter–  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

 Read Wes Britton’s review of The Keith Emerson Band’s The Three Fates at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-the-keith-emerson-band/

Read Wes’s review of Rich Podolsky’s Don Kirshner – The Man with the Golden Ear: How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll at:

http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/5171/1/–Don-Kirshner—The-Man-with-the-Golden-Ear-How-He-Changed-the-Face-of-Rock-and-Roll-Reviewed-By-Dr-Wesley-Britton-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html