Archive for July, 2013

Remembering Dennis Farina and Peyton Place: The Television Series: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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

Known for his roles in such films and TV series as Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, Empire Falls, Midnight Run, Buddy Faro, Law and Order, and, of course, Crime Story, Dennis Farina passed last week at the age of sixty-nine. As you may recall, we talked to Farina in October 2011 about not only Crime Story and his other collaborations with Michael Mann, but also The Last Rites of Joe May, the story of an aging short-money hustler that many consider to be among Dennis’ best films ever. We will replay our conversation with Dennis Farina during our second hour.

Our first hour will include a return appearance from actor and author James Rosin. Jim’s latest book is Peyton Place: The Television Series, everything you wanted to know about the long-running TV series from the 1960s that was also television’s very first prime time soap opera. Peyton Place launched the careers of Mia Farrow, Ryan O’Neal, Lee Grant, Barbara Parkins and a host of other film and TV actors. But it was also a very ambitious show, not just in terms of subject matter, but also in terms of content.

Jim Rosin also appears in Casting By, the documentary about pioneering casting director Marion Dougherty, which makes its television premiere on HBO on Monday, Aug. 5. Dougherty helped change the face of film and television (particularly in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s) by looking for actors who were right for the part, regardless of whether they looked look like a typical Hollywood leading man. She discovered such future stars as Peter Falk, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Jon Voight, and Robert Duvall, plus countless other character actors. With that in mind, this week’s program will also include an encore presentation our conversation with television historian Stephen Bowie from March 2011 about some of the many prominent character actors discovered by Dougherty, many of whom made their television debut when she was casting director on Naked City. . 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
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 KKYT 93.7 FM The Coyote (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Dave White Presents

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

 

Grand Funk Railroad, Genya Ravan, and the 100 Worst Movies of All-Time on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 

In 1968, Mark Farner (guitar), Mel Schacher (bass), and Don Brewer (drums) became Grand Funk Railroad, one of the era’s most popular, and most controversial, power trios. In 1970, they sold more albums than any other American band and broke The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.  They went platinum with their hit, “I’m Your Captain/ Closer to Home.” Then, in 1972, they added keyboardist Craig Frost, moved into rhythm and blues, and had a successful string of new chart-toppers like “We’re an American Band,” “The Loco-Motion,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

 

On Tues. July 30, Don Brewer, the voice and composer of many of those hits, shares his inside story behind GFR on the new “Dave White Presents”! From Detroit garage band to being immortalized by Homer Simpson, Don takes you on stage, in the studio, and tells you what the band is doing now. They’re still at it, you know.

 

As it happens, GFR got their record deal because of their appearance at the 1968 Atlanta Pop Festival. Another band to get the same boost from that gig was the brass/rock group called Ten Wheel Drive featuring Genya Ravan.    Genya had an earlier life as a successful pop singer as she was Goldie in the very first all-girl rock band of all time, Goldie and The Gingerbreads. In fact, in 1965, the group hit their stride in the U.K. where they toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, and The Yardbirds. Then came 1968, Ten Wheel Drive, and three jazz/blues/rock albums adored by critics but just didn’t crack the radio airways.  Why not?

 

On the next DWP, the saucy and spunky Genya will share her memories about it all including her time producing folks like Ronnie Spector, trying to get her band to go to Woodstock, and all the news behind her sizzling, bluesy new CD, Cheesecake Girl. We’ll play you a Ten Wheel Drive classic banned on most radio stations at the time, a bit of Goldie and The Gingerbreads, and one of the jumpin’ tunes on a CD you really don’t want to miss!

 

Then, Dave White takes you to the movies with film critic Phil Hall, author of the upcoming THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Dave and Phil talk about what makes a movie bad and forgettable and what makes one so bad, It’s unforgettable for the wrong reasons.  They discuss a few examples from Phil’s book and how the list of 100 movies was created. You’re invited to compare your own lists with Phil’s as the choices are, well, never ending!

So Grand Funk Railroad, soulful belter Genya Ravan, and the worst movies ever made on Tues. July 30 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.  July 31, 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:

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Coming in August: Guitar master Pat Travers and Peter Mehlman, the Seinfeld writer who coined “Yada Yada” and made “Spongeworthy” a compliment!

William Schallert: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Actor William Schallert and comedy writer Bob Mills will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Known to three generations of television viewers for his roles on The Patty Duke Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and Get Smart, not to mention more than 100 motion pictures and countless other TV appearances, William Schallert is one of the most prolific character actors in entertainment history. Before moving into film and television, Bill began his career as a member of the Circle Theater group in Los Angeles, where he worked with such legends as Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Albertson, Kathleen Freeman and Danny Arnold.

Bill is a great raconteur, and he’ll share some memories of his career when he joins us in our second hour.

Comedy writer Bob Mills will join us in our first hour for Part 2 of our conversation about Bob Hope. Bob’s television career included 15 years as a staff writer for Hope beginning in 1977.

Bob’s book, The Laugh Makers, not only provides great insight into Bob Hope, but takes you behind the scenes of the last decades of the network variety show while also paying tribute to the “Gag Men” and “Gag Women” who made it happen. 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
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 KKYT 93.7 FM The Coyote (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Remembering Johnny Carson, Red Skelton and Bruce Lee: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Former NBC publicist Charlie Barrett and producer Sandra Lord will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

With Johnny Carson back on television these days by way of Carson on TCM, our guests this week will include Charlie Barrett, longtime publicist for Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. Charlie is founder of The Barrett Company, one of the top public relations and marketing communications firms in the entertainment industry, specializing in publicity for books, films and television series since 1992.

Prior to launching his own company, Charlie was one of the top publicists at NBC throughout the 1980s, where he was charge of media relations for such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Charlie will share some memories of working alongside Johnny and Ed when he joins us in our first hour.

Joining us in our second hour will be Sandra Lord, writer, producer, entrepreneur and a maverick in every sense of the word. Sandra knows that, when it comes to networking, it’s not just about “who you know,” but also about “who knows you.” Though that idea holds true in every industry, it’s especially true in the world of entertainment. That’s one of the reasons why Sandra created the Hollywood Networking Breakfast, a monthly networking studio event that marks its 20th anniversary in August 2013. The Hollywood Networking Breakfast has provided attendees with access to such power brokers as Garry Marshall, John Singleton, David E. Kelley, Wes Craven, Stan Lee, and Henry Winkler, while also facilitating numerous collaborations and employment opportunities to both established and aspiring entertainment professionals.

The next Hollywood Networking Breakfast will take place on Saturday, July 27 at the Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, in Hollywood, CA. This month’s scheduled guest is producer Cassian Elwes. For tickets and more information, go to www.hollywoodnetworkingbreakfast.com.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us for an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that will remember the legacies of Bruce Lee and Red Skelton. .

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
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 KKYT 93.7 FM The Coyote (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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The Next Dave White Presents

Friday, July 12th, 2013

 

It’s Fun in the Hot Summer Sun with The Lovin’ Spoonful and Two Lively Newcomers on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 

“Summer in the City.” “Do You Believe in Magic.” ” “Daydream.” “”Six O’clock.” “You Didn’t Have to be so Nice.” “Did You Ever have to Make Up Your Mind.” “Younger Girl.” “Nashville Cats.”

 

From 1965 to 1970, The Lovin’ Spoonful were a Good Time Music hit-making machine.  The songs of John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone, and Joe Butler brought folk, jugband, country, and rock together in a new way that influenced other bands like The Grateful Dead. Did you know they scored the very first Woody Allen movie and played their own instruments in the studio?

 

On Tues. July 16, it’s appropriate that drummer Joe Butler stops by the next DWP.  That’s because we wanted to hear the inside story of “Summer in the City” and because their first hit, “Do You Believe in Magic,” debuted back in July 1965. We’ll go back to those hot times as a very talkative Joe remembers how the Spoonful came together, what it was like to work with Woody Allen,       the fun of running with fellow music makers like the Mamas and Papas, and how Joe became the band’s frontman after John Sebastian left the group. They’re still at it, and Joe will tell you about the Spoonful’s current itinerary.

 

The members of Beach Day weren’t born when the hits of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Phil Spector, and The Ventures filled the charts, but their debut album, Trip Trap Attack, takes listeners back to those fun in the sun years! Natalie Smallish (bass), Skyler Black (drums), and singer/songwriter and guitarist Kimmy Drake have nailed down how to make bouncing, infectious melodies on songs like “Boys” and “Stay” that sound like Top 10 AM hits perfect for spending your day at the beach! On the next DWP, Kimmy Drake tells you why a trio of twentysomethings love that old-time music, and we’ll play you two contagious samples!

 

Speaking of contagious, last year Dave White enjoyed his interview with perky actress Olivia Dunkley so much, he couldn’t resist bringing her back for an encore! In 2012, Dunkley talked about her role as super-spy Sandra West on the web-based film series called The Adventures of Super 7. This time, she discusses her own music video, “Not OK You Left Me,” which she both stars in and wrote. What’s it all about? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out as DWP is once again “predictably unpredictable”!

 

So the Lovin’ Spoonful, two engaging young ladies, and a new “Radio Tightwad” on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, July 16 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.  July 17, 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

 

Coming up later this month: How about Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad and Genya Raven of Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Ten Wheel Drive? How about some Seinfeld memories . . .

 

Gabrielle Stone, Comfort TV, and a Tribute to Richard Matheson: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Actress Gabrielle Stone, television critic Mark Dawidziak and author David Hofstede will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Gabrielle Stone will join us in our first hour. The daughter of legendary scream queen Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, Cujo) and the late television actor Christopher Stone, Gabrielle has a couple of movies on the horizon, including the critically acclaimed horror movie Speak No Evil.

Also joining in our first hour will be Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, as we remember the career of Richard Matheson. An established novelist and writer of short stories before he entered television, Matheson wrote some of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”; “The Enemy Within,” one of the most famous episodes of Star Trek; and some of the best made-for-TV movies ever made, including Duel, The Morning After and the original Night Stalker. Mark Dawidziak not only covered Matheson’s career in television, but also edited three collections of the works of Richard Matheson, all of which are available through Gauntlet Press.

Also joining us this week will be David Hofstede, author of several books on classic television, including Obsessed with TV, The Charlie’s Angels Casebook, and What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History. David also publishes Comfort TV, an excellent blog about your favorite shows from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. David recently published an article on Comfort TV that offers an interesting (and tongue-in-cheek) take on such shows as The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Three’s Company through the eyes of political correctness. We’ll talk about that, and more, during our second hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on
IndianaTalks.com
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
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 KKYT 93.7 FM The Coyote (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Tribute to Larry Hagman: Next on TVC

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Actor Bill Daily, television director Michael Preece, and author Bob Leszczak will join us on a special holiday edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We will replay our special two-hour tribute to TV legend Larry Hagman, one of the few actors fortunate enough to catch lightning in a bottle twice, so to speak, with two iconic roles: Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, then as the charming scoundrel J.R. Ewing on Dallas.

Bill Daily will join us on in our first hour. Bill, of course, played Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie, and he’ll share some memories of working alongside Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and series creator Sidney Sheldon. Then Michael Preece will join us in our second hour. Michael not only directed more episodes of the original Dallas than any director, he had a hand in just about every major cliffhanger of Dalllas, going back to Who Shot J.R.?

Also joining us this week will be Bob Leszczak. Bob’s book Single Season Sitcoms is a look at memorable shows from the first three decades of television that, for one reason or another, lasted one season or less. Among the shows Bob profiles are the two comedy series that Larry Hagman headlined in the early 1970s, The Good Life and Here We Go Again. We’ll also remember some of Hagman’s more notable guest roles in television, as well as play audio highlights from his stage and film career.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
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 KKYT 93.7 FM The Coyote (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Midnight ET on KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 9pm ET, 6pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Next On Getting To Know You With Susan McCray

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Guest host Mark Silverman gets to know gay news anchor Randol White…………………Tuesday 6:30 PM left and right.