Archive for January, 2013

Joseph Dougherty, Ernie Kovacs, plus a Super Bowl Preview of Sorts: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty, producer/comedian Dan Farren and pop culture author Wesley Hyatt will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

This week’s program will include a tribute to the life and career of Ernie Kovacs, the legendary comedian whose influence on television is still evident today, particularly on late night shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman. At a time when most network executives still considered television to be nothing more than “radio with pictures,” Ernie Kovacs was among the first — if not the first — to really understand the visual possibilities of the medium. Joining us for our panel discussion will be Emmy Award-winning writer/producer (and noted Kovacs fan) Joseph Dougherty (Pretty Little Liars, thirtysomething), comedian, producer, and comedy scholar Dan Farren (Story Salon), and Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen.

Also joining us this week will be author and television historian Wesley Hyatt (Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television) with a look at Super Bowl ratings, past, present and future. Super Bowl Sunday is usually the biggest day of the year in television; last year’s Super Bowl drew a record 111.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV show in U.S. history. Wes believes that this year’s contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers could draw an even bigger television audience than ever before. We’ll ask him why when he joins us in our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Fri Noon ET, 9am 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

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams, and the Return of The Saint on the next Dave White Presents!

“Let’s Live for Today.” “Midnight Confessions.” “Temptation Eyes.” “Wait a Million Years.” “Sooner or Later.” “Where Were You When I Needed you?”

Between 1966 and 1972, The Grass Roots were a band that kept pumping out the hits. But did you know, after producer Lou Adler created the first group specifically to record the songs of P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri, that the entire band quit? Carrying on with the same name, a new line-up of The Grass Roots went on to sell 20 million records and entered the charts 21 times.

On Tues. Jan. 29, second generation member Dennis Provisor (keyboards, vocals, and songwriter) stops by DWP to share his memories of life on the road and in the studio. How did his incarnation of The Grass Roots evolve from a folk/rock ensemble into a group with more horns and R&B sounds? We’ll share some stories behind the hits and play some for you!

“Kind of a Drag.” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song.” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” “Susan.” “Don’t You Care?”

 Speaking of a string of hits, from 1966 to 1970, Chicago’s The Buckinghams also helped put the brass/rock sound at the top of the charts. In fact, in 1967, Billboard Magazine said they were “the most listened to band in America.”

 On the next DWP, founding member, Guitarist and vocalist Carl Giammarese talks with Wes Britton about the band’s history—how they started out on local TV, how a famous producer helped shape their sound, why they broke up, and what they’re doing now. Yep, Carl will tell you about where and when you can hear them in 2013!

 It was back in 1928 when British author Leslie Charteris published the first novel featuring Simon Templar, better known as The Saint. By the time of his death in 1993, Charteris had penned 19 full-length novels, 48 novelettes, and 95 short stories. That’s his English language books, not counting his works in French. Then there are all the Saint stories written by other authors, the various Saint radio series (including one with Vincent Price), TV shows (most notably starring Roger Moore), and the films featuring actors like George Saunders and Val Kilmer. Now, he’s back!

On a recent visit to LA to check out the filming of a new Saint TV pilot, Ian Dickerson, Honorary Secretary of The Saint Club, graciously shared a few minutes to talk about the history of Simon Templar—his past, present and future. Who’s the new Saint? When and where can we see him?

Find out on the next Dave White Presents, Tues. Jan. 29, 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.  Jan. 30, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through Feedburner, 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

 Hear you then!

Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, plus The Best of The Cool Ghoul: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Radio host, DVD producer and television historian Jim Benson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

A highly diverse anthology series, Night Gallery (NBC, 1970-1973) featured tales in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction vein — all of which were introduced by a dark and disturbing collection of canvases that, in many respects, were characters in and of themselves. Created and hosted by Rod Serling, Night Gallery featured some of the best writing that Serling ever did in his long, illustrious television career. And yet numerous problems behind the scenes — including an ongoing battle between NBC, producer Jack Laird and Rod Serling himself over the direction of the show — ultimately left Night Gallery with a spotty reputation from which it is just now recovering.

Joining us during our second hour will be Jim Benson, host of TV Time Machine and the co-author of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, a comprehensive look at the history of the series that also serves as an abject reminder of how network television sometimes works. Jim was also a consultant on two of the three Night Gallery DVD packages released by Universal Home Entertainment — including Season Three of Night Gallery, the story of which is almost as compelling as the history of Night Gallery itself.

And while we’re on the subject of the macabre, Phil Gries will also join us in our first hour for a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television honoring John Zacherley, the popular New York TV personality known as The Cool Ghoul. At a time when horror movies were a staple of local late-night television, Zacherley set himself apart from other hosts with an array of zany antics that were usually far more entertaining than the movies he introduced. Phil will not only feature highlights of Zacherley’s appearances on WWOR and WABC, but play part of an interview that Zacherley gave Phil in 1997 in which he discusses his TV career.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 10pm ET, 7pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
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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Julie Adams, plus Single Season Sitcoms: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Actress/author Julie Adams, Emmy Award-winning film editor Mitchell Danton, and author Bob Leszczak will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Many of us know Julie Adams for her starring role in one of the most famous horror movies of all time, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Yet Creature is just one chapter in Julie’s life and career, which not only spans the Golden Age of Hollywood and Golden Age of Television, but includes appearances with such legends as Jimmy Stewart, Rock Hudson, Andy Griffith, John Wayne, Milton Berle, Barbara Stanwyck, Angela Lansbury, Elvis Presley and Raymond Burr.

Julie’s autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon, which she co-wrote along with her son Mitchell Danton, is filled with great stories and spectacular photographs that take you behind the scenes of not just Creature from the Black Lagoon, but many of the other stage, film and TV productions on which Julie has worked in the course of her career, including Bend of the River, Mississippi Gambler, Man from the Alamo, The Last Movie, Tickle Me, Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Psychic Killer, Go Ask Alice, Ellery Queen, Quincy and Murder, She Wrote. Julie’s story is also a reminder of how, with hard work and preparation, it’s possible to achieve even the most faraway dream. Julie and Mitch will join us in the studio during our second hour.

The Lucky Southern Star is now available as an audiobook that not only is narrated by Julie Adams, but includes a 35-minute bonus DVD featuring an interview with Julie by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation. Plus Julie has several appearances lined up over the next few weeks, including a book signing Sat., Feb 9 at Book Soup in Hollywood, CA; a special screening of Man From the Alamo at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, CA beginning at 7pm (followed by a book signing); and the annual Festival of the West in Scottsdale, AZ
that will take place Mar. 21 thru Mar. 24.

Joining us in our first hour will be Bob Leszczak. Bob is the author of Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide, a new book that goes behind the scenes of notable series from the first three decades of television that, for one reason or another, only ran for one season or less. Among the shows Bob discusses in his book are The Jimmy Stewart Show, The Paul Lynde Show, The Nancy Walker Show, Blansky’s Beauties, Headmaster, The New Andy Griffith Show, My World and Welcome to It, The McLean Stevenson Show and, believe it or not, The Honeymooners.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 10pm ET, 7pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
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

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Blues with the son of Muddy Waters, Indy Pop with Big Dipper, and TV’s First Responders on Dave White Presents!

For Mud Morganfield, “Pop” was a “Hoochie Coochie Man” with a Mojo working pretty much all the time. Pop was, in fact, McKinley Morganfield, better known as the legendary Muddy Waters.

On Tues. Jan. 15, Mud Morganfield comes to Dave White Presents and reveals that he’s much more than a chip off the old block. While he shares many, many stories about “Pop,” he’s got his own blues to sing. Many of his original tunes are now on his highly-praised 2012 album, SON OF THE SEVENTH SON. Like past DWP guest John Lee Hooker, Jr., Mud is a latecomer to taking his place in the sun, but we think you’ll get hooked on “Blues in My Shoes” and his hard-charging “Loco Motor”—two of the tracks we’ll play on DWP!

On the other end of the musical spectrum, between 1987 and 1992, Boston-based Indy rock band Big Dipper earned a lot of critical praise if not stratospheric album sales. In particular, their 1987 HEAVENS is regarded by many as one of the best Indy Pop albums of the era.

 In fact, when their entire back catalogue was released in 2008, the response was so spectacular that 3 Big Dipper alumni decided to hit the road and record some new music. Four years later, CRASHES ON THE PLATINUM PLANET is the happy result.

 On the next DWP, founding member Gary Waleik stops by to talk about all things Big Dipper from their jangly twin guitars, intricate harmonies, and extremely poetic lyrics written by three unique and quirky songwriters. We’ll play two choice cuts including the rockin’ “Guitar Named Desire: The Animated Sequel.” Sound intriguing?

Of all the heroes we’ve seen on TV over the years, you might not think firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, lifeguards, forest rangers, and the Coast Guard were all that popular. But as actual fireman  Richard Yokley chronicles in his FIRST RESPONDERS OF TELEVISION, these professionals have been there from the beginning, not only in supporting roles in police and medical dramas, but in shows like RESCUE 8, EMERGENCY!, SAVED, and RESCUE ME.

As Yokley tells Dave White, First Responders have been important in fictional shows and reality series all over the globe, and capturing what they do has been challenging and eye-opening for audiences and producers alike. Find out why on Tuesday, Jan. 15 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

On Wed.  Jan. 16, the 90 minute show will be available anytime you like as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

Future guests include Carl Giammarese of the Buckinghams, Dennis Provisor from the Grass Roots, and Ian Dickerson from The Saint Club with hot news about a new Saint pilot being shot in LA even as we speak!

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

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

 

So get your Mojo working for a New Year of Dave White Presents! Hear you then!

Barbara Feldon, Tanna Frederick, plus Elvis’ Birthday: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Actress/author Barbara Feldon, actress/director Tanna Frederick, and Elvis Presley historian Cory Cooper will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Barbara Feldon became a role model for women around the world when she played Agent 99, Maxwell Smart’s better half in every sense of the word, on the long-running, groundbreaking comedy series Get Smart. But while 99 continues to live happily ever after in reruns, Barbara found herself at a crossroads many years ago when her 12-year live-in relationship came to an end, and she found herself faced with the prospect of actually living by herself for the first time in her life. After struggling with the notion at first, Barbara discovered, with the help of some friends, that living alone is just a state of mind — and that no matter what one’s age is, there are many ways to lead a full, happy and enriching life without a permanent housemate or live-in life partner.

Barbara’s book, Living Alone and Loving It: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life, not only speaks openly about her own experience, but challenges the often negative perceptions society has about the concept of living on one’s own. Statistics show that nearly 50 percent of the world’s population choose to live by themselves — and yet there remains a stigma to living alone that even Barbara had to overcome. We’ll talk about that, as well as discuss some of Barbara’s other work in television, when she join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be award-winning independent stage and film actress Tanna Frederick. Known for her many collaborations with director Henry Jaglom — including The M Word, “a humorous look at menopause, menstruation and men” that will open in theaters later in 2013 — Tanna is about to star in an original stage production of N. Richard Nash’s The Rainmaker. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll ask Tanna about her New Year’s resolutions and more when she joins us in our first hour.

The Rainmaker will begin a limited run at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica beginning Friday, Jan. 11. The production also features Robert Standley and is directed by acclaimed stage, film and television director Jack Heller. For tickets and more information, call (310) 392-7327 or go to www.edgemarcenter.org.

Plus: We’ll celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday this week with a return visit by Cory Cooper. Recognized as one of the leading authorities on the life and career of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Cory’s knowledge is based on his deep ties to many of the people who were closest to Elvis, including members of the “Memphis Mafia” — the close group of bodyguards, friends and employees that worked with and protected Elvis Presley. Cory Cooper will be joining us in our first 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
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
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Special Guest on Perfectly Frank

Friday, January 4th, 2013

This Saturday 1/5,  JONATHAN PORETZ will be Dan’s special guest on the Perfectly Frank program.    Jonathan does a stage show singing the great songs of Sinatra, Martin, Darin etc and will be opening his latest show on January 13.  LIVE AT THE RAZZ promises to be a great show.   Join us the Saturday and learn more about Jonathan and his love for The Great American Songbook.

Karen Sharpe Kramer, plus a Tribute to Jack Klugman: Next on TVC

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Golden Globe Award-winning actress Karen Sharpe Kramer and author and television writer James Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

James Rosin will join us in our first hour as we pay tribute to actor Jack Klugman, the Emmy Award-winning star of The Odd Couple and Quincy, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 24. A longtime friend of Jack Klugman, Jim not only is the author of such books as Quincy: The Television Series and Naked City: The Television Series, he also wrote and acted in several episodes of Quincy, including “A Test for Living” and “The Hope of Elkwood.” In fact, Jim co-wrote “A Test of Living” with Jack Klugman, and the episode was later recognized by the Southern California Motion Picture Council for its enlightened treatment of autism.

We’ll talk about Jack’s work on Quincy, The Odd Couple, Gypsy, 12 Angry Men, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, Naked City and other stage and TV productions, as well as his longtime friendship with Tony Randall. We’ll also play highlights from Jack’s appearance on TV Confidential from January 2010, plus clips from our interview earlier this season with actress Anita Gillette, who appeared with Jack Klugman on Broadway in Gypsy, then later played Quincy’s wife in the final season of Quincy.

Joining us in our second hour will be Golden Globe Award-winning actress Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of Stanley Kramer, the legendary motion picture producer and director who was also instrumental in forming the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the people behind the Golden Globe Awards. Karen won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The High and the Mighty, while their daughter Kat Kramer is a former Miss Golden Globe.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stanley Kramer. We’ll ask Karen about some of the events that are scheduled to honor Stanley this year. But we’ll also talk about Karen’s own career as an actress, which not only goes back to the time when the Golden Age of Hollywood crossed over into the Golden Age of Television, but includes starring roles in such popular films and TV series as Man with a Gun, The Disorderly Orderly, Johnny Ringo, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 77 Sunset Strip and The Wild, Wild West.

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
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
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