Archive for February, 2013

Loretta Young, Naked City, and the Golden Age of Anthologies: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Producers Christopher and Linda Lewis and author Jim Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll take you back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the Golden Age of Television in our first hour as we welcome Christopher and Linda Lewis. Christopher’s mom, Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Young, was one of the first major motion picture stars to embrace the medium of television. Loretta Young was also one of the first women to leave her mark on television, which she did as the star and producer of The Loretta Young Show, the long-running NBC drama that remains one of the best anthology series to come out of the Golden Age of Television.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Loretta Young, as well as the 60th anniversary of the premiere of The Loretta Young Show. Among the events that will celebrate the occasion will be a six-week film festival at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Springs, Maryland (March 8 thru April 18) that will include a wide-ranging retrospective of some of Loretta Young’s best films, including The Bishop’s Wife, The Stranger, Man Castle and The Farmer’s Daughter; the exhibit Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend: 100 Years of Glamour and Grace, on display at the Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, CA through the end of April 2013; and the release of approximately 100 episodes of The Loretta Young Show as part of an excellent DVD box set that is now available through Shout! Factory.

And speaking of great anthology series from the Golden Age of Television, James Rosin will join us in our second hour as we go behind the scenes of Naked City, the critically acclaimed drama created by Bert Leonard that was also the first network prime time dramas to be filmed entirely on location in the streets of New York. Jim’s book Naked City: The Television Series not only features interviews with many of the actors, writers, and directors who worked on Naked City, but discusses what made the show unique, from its distinct visual look to the many thought-provoking stories that often touched on the human condition.

Jim Rosin will be appearing at the 17th Annual Williamsburg Film Festival, Wednesday, Mar. 6 thru Sunday, Mar. 9 at the Holiday Inn / Patriot Convention Center, 3032 Richmond Road in Williamsburg, VA. Also scheduled to appear that weekend will be Sherry Jackson, Bo Hopkins, Rosemary Forsyth and Don Collier. For more information, go to wff5.tripod.com.

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Dave White Presents

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Ladies Take Over The Next Dave White Presents  With Elizabeth Rohm (Law and Order), Martha Wash (The Weather Girls), and author Barbara Barnett talking House M.D.!

 Elizabeth Rohm is best known for her TV roles as Assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn On Law and Order and as detective Kate Lockley on Angel. Her mother was a script-writer for Guiding Light, so it’s appropriate Rohm’s own career started with work on One Life to Live before her two seasons on Angel, four years on Law and order, and recent projects like The Client List and In the Dark. She’s also an activist and author on her most important role of them all—Motherhood.

Elizabeth is now trying her hand with comedy, starring in the upcoming The Whole Truth with Sean Patrick Flanery and Eric Roberts. She’ll give you the inside story on the next DWP as well as share insights into her newest book, Object of My Conception.

 There’s probably a lot you didn’t know about the song, “It’s Raining Men.” The music was written by Paul Shaffer. Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher, and Barbara Streisand all turned it down before a duo called Two Tons O Fun were talked into recording it. And they changed their name to The Weather Girls specifically for the 1982 hit.

  One half of that duo, Martha Wash, comes to DWP to tell you how it all happened and how she and her partner, Izora Rhodes, laughed and laughed when they first heard the demo. But Martha has lots to say about the pair’s previous work on the hits of Sylvester, her solo work with Black Box, and Top Ten singles like “Gonna Make You Sweat.” Martha has a new album out called Something Good, and we have a great sample to play for you!

In 2008, House M.D.      was the most watched show in the world, seen in 66 countries. A Top Ten hit for three seasons in the U.S.,  critical praise included  five Primetime Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Peabody, and nine People’s Choice Awards.

 What made Hugh Laurie’s portrayal of Dr. Gregory House, one of television’s most misanthropic characters, must see TV?   Barbara Barnett, author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., can tell you. Unlike many TV books, Chasing Zebras isn’t a quick examination of the cast and production with an episode guide. Barbara gets into much more depth, analyzing the appeal of a drug-addicted genius and why we were fascinated by a man most of us wouldn’t want to share dinner with.

All this, and the usual unusual “predictably unpredictable” humor of Dave White Presents is coming Tuesday, Feb. 26 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.  Feb. 27, 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

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Fallen Angels and Sizzling Cold Cases: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Author, novelist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll welcome author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf. Marv’s books include Beating the Odds, the memoirs of ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson; The Tattooed Rabbi, the debut novel in the mystery series featuring crime-solving Rabbi Ben Maimon; and Fallen Angels: Chronicles of L.A. Crime and Mystery, a behind-the-scenes look at 39 famous crimes that not only took place in Los Angeles, but reveal an altogether different side of the City of Angels than what you may have seen on television or in the movies. Among the cases discussed in the book: Caryl Chessman, the Red Light Bandit; the precedent-setting rape trial of movie mogul Alexander Pantages; the death of actor Nick Adams; the tragic murder of actor Sal Mineo; and the gruesome murder of Elizabeth Short (the woman known as The Black Dahlia), an unsolved case that forever haunted “Jigsaw John” St. John, the famous L.A. police detective who wore Badge No. 1.

Marvin J. Wolf co-wrote Fallen Angels along with noted criminal defense attorney Katherine Mader; the book was recently re-released both in paperback and as an e-Book. The e-Book edition of Fallen Angels includes links to the various crime scenes detailed in each story, so that readers can travel directly to the locations themselves, virtually via Google Maps and Google Earth. Marv will join us in our first hour.

Then, while we’re on the subject of famous crimes and famous detectives in Los Angeles, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Barnaby Jones, the long-running CBS private eye series starring Buddy Ebsen. At the time of his death in 2005, Buddy Ebsen was working on Sizzling Cold Case: The Legend of Lori London, an original novel featuring Barnaby Jones. Though the manuscript was unfinished when Ebsen died, it was eventually completed and published in 2006 with the help of his friend, novelist Darlene Quinn. Darlene has since published several novels of her own, including Twisted Webs, Webs of Power, Webs of Fate and the forthcoming Unpredictable Webs.

We interviewed Darlene Quinn in November 2010 about working with Buddy Ebsen; we’ll replay that conversation as part of our second hour.

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

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Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
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Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on The Coyote KKYT 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
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Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Linda Lawson, Michael Starr, and Jan Creamer: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Singer/actress Linda Lawson, television columnist Michael Starr, and animal rights advocate Jan Creamer will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

After beginning her career as a nightclub performer at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Linda Lawson went on to enjoy a very successful career throughout the 1960s and 1970s that included appearances in such films and TV series as Adventures in Paradise with Gardner McKay, Night Tide with Dennis Hopper, and Sometimes a Great Notion with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. Linda’s husband, the late John Foreman, co-produced Sometimes a Great Notion along with Paul Newman, while Newman also directed the motion picture. Linda will take us behind the scenes of the making of Sometimes a Great Notion, as well as share memories of working with Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Richard Jaeckel and Oscar-winning costumer Edith Head, when she joins us in our second hour.

This week’s show will also feature animal rights advocate Jan Creamer, co-founder of Animal Defenders International (ADI), an organization dedicated to protecting abused and neglected animals around the world. Among its many accomplishments, ADI has successfully fought for changes in the entertainment industry regarding the treatment of animals in film and TV productions. Jan and her husband, Tim Phillips, also made headlines recently when they went undercover in Bolivia to rescue 29 circus lions via airlift to safer homes in the United States. That operation is the subject of a forthcoming documentary, Lion Ark, which we’ll talk about in our first hour.

Also joining us in our first hour will be Michael Starr, television columnist for the New York Post, and the author of many film and TV biographies, including Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr. Plus: Greg Ehrbar with a new DVD report, and Phil Gries with the Sounds of Lost Television. It’ll be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us..

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Wed 1pm ET, 10am PT on IndianaTalks.com
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It’s not often Dave White Presents showcases only one celebrity guest, but that’s just what we’re doing for our Special Ray Stevens Extravaganza next Tuesday, Feb. 12!

“The Streak.” “Gitarzan.” “Ahab the Arab.” “Harry the Hairy Ape.” “Along Came Jones.” “Everything is Beautiful.” “Mr. Businessman.” “Misty.” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.”

In 1957, Harold “Rags” Ragsdale signed his first recording contract thinking he might be the next doo-wop R&B hitmaker. But, under the name Ray Stevens, a song came out called “Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills.” After that, the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist not only kept topping the charts with novelty, Adult Contemporary,   and country hits, Ray Stevens became a producer and A&R man for the likes of Brenda Lee, Patti Page, Dusty Springfield, and Dolly Parton.

On the next DWP, Ray shares an in-depth conversation with Wes Briton and not only talks about his musical history and legacy, but also his thoughts on the changing music business, especially his ongoing series of comic videos. To put it mildly, 78 year old Ray isn’t slowing down!  For example, there’s his new 108 song The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music. And   he has a brand-new television show, “Ray-ality TV.” We’ll get into all that and more—that’s because DWP will also play the songs of Ray Stevens all through the 90 minute Tribute!

 But we got other hot features for you as well! For example, Dave White has fun with Steve Squires of Squires and Corrie Slot Machines who shares the history of slots, how they operate, and how the odds are formulated. He’ll tell you some of the methods used to cheat, schemes to try to disguise the machines as non-gambling devices, and of course how to win playing slot machines. That alone is worth your price of admission . . .

 All this, and the usual unusual “predictably unpredictable” humor of DWP comes your way Tuesday, Feb. 12 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.  Feb. 13, the 90 minute Ray Stevens Special will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO, Feedburner,  and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

www.audioentertainment.org/dwp

 

So the comedy of Ray Stevens and how to cheat on the slots—what more can you ask in Variety Entertainment?

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James McEachin and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Actor and author James McEachin and singer/actress Kat Kramer will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday night at 7pm ET and PT on Shara-a-Vision Radio.

Many of you will recognize James McEachin for his more than 150 appearances in such films and TV series as Matlock, Dragnet, Emergency, Play Misty for Me, Fuzz, True Grit, First Monday, The Alpha Caper, Buck and the Preacher and The Perry Mason Mysteries, as well as his starring role in the private-eye series Tenafly (NBC, 1973-1974), the first network dramatic series with an African-American actor in a solo leading role. What you may not know is that James is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran with seven medals of valor, including the Purple Heart, as well as an accomplished playwright and novelist.

James’ passion for the rights of military veterans is at the heart of his play Above the Call, Beyond the Duty, a thought-provoking journey through one man’s concept of patriotism. In addition, James is the author of six novels, including Tell Me a Tale, an epic novel of the Old South that delves into the many issues of slavery while also offering a better understanding of the white man’s view of the times. Tell Me a Tale was recently released as both an eBook and as an audiobook. Peter Bart of Variety not only said that the writing in Tell Me a Tale is “vivid and effective,” but that James’ performance in the audiobook “would make Morgan Freeman a fan.” We’ll ask James about his play, his books, his military experience, and his work with the likes of Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood, James Garner and David Janssen when he join us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be singer/actress Kat Kramer, daughter of iconic film director Stanley Kramer and the founder of Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World, a series of motion picture screenings that raise awareness about important social issues. Previous selections in the series include Teach the Children Well, which deals with the growing problem of bullying in schools today, and Bully, which recently won the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America.

Kat and her mom, Karen Sharpe Kramer, will be conducting an acting workshop in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 20 as part of Meet the Biz, a company that strives to create diversity in the entertainment industry. We’ll ask Kat how she became involved with Meet the Biz, plus we’ll about her new rendition of the classic song “Bless the Beasts and Children,” which she recently performed at a benefit for CircusPAWS, when she joins us in our first hour.

Plus: This Week in TV History, and a brand new DVD report. 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
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 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
Now also heard at various times throughout the week on IndianaTalks.com
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