Archive for August, 2013

William Schallert, The March on Washington and The Last Independent Dealer: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Actor William Schallert and documentary filmmaker Steve Kosareff will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll take you back to Aug. 28, 1963 during our second hour as Phil Gries presents a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that remembers how television covered The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The largest demonstration for equality in the history of the United States, the March on Washington was the day on which more than 200,000 Americans of every age, race and religion descended on Washington, D.C. to support the passage of the landmark Civic Rights Bill. Phil has put together an impressive collection of audio from that day, including coverage from network news, comments from James Baldwin, Burt Lancaster and Marlon Brando, and excerpts from the speeches of Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King.

This week’s program will also include Part 2 of our conversation with actor William Schallert (Dobie Gillis, Get Smart, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, The New Gidget, True Blood, The Patty Duke Show). In Part 1, as you may recall, we discussed Bill’s early career on stage and in television. In this segment, we’ll talk about some of Bill’s favorite film and TV roles, including the Admiral on Get Smart, plus his work with such legends as Walter Matthau, Kirk Douglas and Don Siegel. Part 2 of our conversation with William Schallert will air during our first hour.

Also in our first hour: We’ll welcome filmmaker Steve Kosareff as we take a look at an aspect of television that is all but gone: the era of the locally owned, independent television set dealer. Once the backbone of television retailing, the local TV set dealer has virtually disappeared in this day and age of big box stores. Steve explores the reasons why in his new documentary, TV Man: The Search for The Last Independent Dealer.

For our listeners in Southern California, TV Man will have a weeklong showing at Laemmle’s Monica 4 Theater, 1332 2nd Street, in Santa Monica, from Friday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 12. For more information, go to www.tvman.tv.

 
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Wed 11pm ET, 8pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
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Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
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Dave White Presents

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

“Dave White Presents” Celebrates Our 5th Anniversary With The Little River Band, Seinfeld, and Offbeat Radio Memories!

 

Since 1977, Australia’s Little River Band has sold over 30 million records. They were in the Top Ten for six years in a row—the first band to ever do so. Many of their hits have been played up to five million times on radio including “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change,” and “Night Owl.” Oh yea, a 1977 Top 20 single, “Happy Anniversary,” was among their early successes.

 

As lead singer and bassist Wayne Nelson will tell you on Tues., Aug. 27, few bands have gone through more changes than Little River Band.  In fact, none of the players who performed on the early hits are still with them. But Nelson, who’s been with the group since 1980, has seen the ebbs and flows of popularity, and thinks 2013 is a banner year for LRB. After all, their new “The Lost and The Lonely” is yet another smash hit from their hot new album, CUTS LIKE A DIAMOND.  The group is out on the road with big plans for the future and you’ll hear all about it when Little River Band sings “Happy Anniversary” on “Dave White Presents”!

 

In 1989, Peter Mehlman didn’t have much of a TV writer’s resume. He was best known as a sports writer and his work with Howard Cosell. When Mehlman approached Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld about working on their new sitcom, in fact, he didn’t submit a sample script but rather an essay he’d published in THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE. Jerry Seinfeld was so impressed, he hired Mehlman as a program consultant. Six years later, Mehlman was SEINFELD’s co-Executive Producer.

 

So there’s a lot of SEINFELD in Mehlman’s funny new book, MANDELA WAS LATE: ODD THINGS AND ESSAYS FROM THE SEINFELD WRITER WHO COINED “YADA, YADA” AND MADE “SPONGEWORTHY” A COMPLIMENT. Now, on the Anniversary Special of DWP, Mehlman will tell you all about Howard Cosell, SEINFELD, his new book (which includes the essay that got him the SEINFELD gig), and his more recent work, like his online NARROW WORLD OF SPORTS where he interviews folks like Kobe Bryant.

 

But this wouldn’t be an Anniversary Special without “predictably unpredictable”  strolls down memory lane like quirky clips from our comedy bits, topical musical parodies, and . . . well, even the co-host has no idea what Mr. Dave White has in mind!

 

So Little River Band, Peter Mehlman, and audio surprises from the DWP vaults will debut On Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 

To be sure you don’t miss any of the festivities, you can pre-record the special at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)–

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

 

Then, on Wed. Aug. 28,   the 90 minute show will become available on a number of online platforms–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

 

Thanks for listening and tune in for our second five years this September to see if we’ll finally get it right!

 

Diane Baker: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Actress/producer Diane Baker, television writer Paul Robert Coyle and author Jeff Thompson 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 Diane Baker for her appearances on such television shows as Route 66, The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco, Night Gallery, Adventures in Paradise, Law and Order: SVU and, of course, “The Judgment,” the famous two-part final episode of The Fugitive, as well as her work in such classic films as The Diary of Anne Frank, Marnie, Straight-Jacket, The Joy Luck Club and The Silence of the Lambs.

Diane continues to act today (most recently, as House’s mother in House). She is also an accomplished producer, as well as an accomplished teacher — she is the Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, one of the largest film schools in the country. We’ll talk about Diane’s work as an acting teacher, her early influences as a performer (including Melvyn Douglas), as well as some of her most famous film and TV roles when she joins us in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle. Paul began his career writing for The Streets of San Francisco and Barnaby Jones, plus he has written for Crazy Like a Fox, Simon and Simon, Jake and the Fatman, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and other TV series. Paul will co-host our conversation with Diane Baker.

Joining us during our first hour will be author Jeff Thompson. Jeff’s writings include two books on the career of Dan Curtis: House of Dan Curtis and The Television Horrors of Dan Curtis, both of which discuss not only Curtis’s many collaborations with Richard Matheson — including The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, Trilogy of Terror, and the 1973 version of Dracula — but also Curtis’ other work in television, including the epic miniseries The Winds of War and War of Remembrance, and the classic daytime serial Dark Shadows.

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 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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Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Singer/actress Shirley Jones and writer/producer Jerry Kolber will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Long before she began playing Mrs. Partridge, Shirley Jones was not only one of the top musical stars in film and on Broadway (including Oklahoma, Carousel and The Music Man), but an accomplished dramatic actress in such films as Silent Night, Lonely Night, The Happy Ending and, of course, her Academy Award-winning turn as Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry. But because she left such a lasting impression as an ingénue in the ’60s, and as the beloved mom on The Partridge Family in the 1970s, many people tend to assume that Shirley Jones is as squeaky clean in real life as the fictional characters she’s played.

Shirley debunks that myth in a very candid new book, Shirley Jones: A Memoir, that not only discusses her life and career on stage, film and television, but reveals for the first time the story of her often tumultuous marriage with the love of her life, actor Jack Cassidy. In fact, in many ways Shirley’s book is much a biography of Jack Cassidy as it is the story of her own life. We’ll talk about that, as well as ask her about The Partridge Family and some of her other famous film and TV roles when Shirley Jones joins in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be Jerry Kolber. Jerry is the creator and executive producer of Brain Games, the critically acclaimed series on the National Geographic Channel that reveals the inner workings of the brain through interactive games and experiments. Brain Games not only set a ratings record during its first season on National Geographic, but was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. We’ll go behind the scenes of Brain Games, plus we’ll ask Jerry about some of the other projects that he has in the works when he joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with our annual look of recently cancelled network and cable shows (those that were notable, or otherwise surprising); Greg Ehrbar with a new DVD report; and listener emails. 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 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 KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
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The Next Episode of SUSPENSE

Monday, August 12th, 2013

In our next episode of Suspense…when rival soap opera actresses come into conflict over a role, they decide to settle their long-standing feud with a bet involving a substantial check…and a very sharp axe. …

‘An Ungentle Wager’, written especially for Suspense by John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes, stars Elizabeth Gracen, Adrienne Wilkinson, Rocky Cerda, Christopher Duva, Dana Perry-Hayes, and Daamen Krall. It was directed, edited, and produced by John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes.

 

So tune in Tuesday, August 20th, at 7:30pm EST, and again at 7:30pm PST, for this tale guaranteed to keep you in…Suspense!

Dave White Presents

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Roy Rogers Remembers Ray Manzarek, Pat Travers Rocks, and The Babys Return on the Next “Dave White Presents”!

 

On May 20, 2013, the legendary Ray Manzarek left us. Yes, he’ll always be remembered for his iconic keyboard work for The Doors. But his musical legacy didn’t end when that band broke up.

 

In particular, 7 years back, Ray hooked up with blues slide guitarist Roy Rogers and the two produced 3 albums together—BALLADS BEFORE THE RAIN, TRANSLUCENT BLUES, and the new TWISTED TALES. In fact, unless there are undiscovered tracks in The Doors vaults, TWISTED TALES is the last studio work we’ll ever hear from Ray Manzarek.

 

On Tues. Aug. 13, Roy Rogers comes to DWP to talk about his collaboration with Ray. How did the pair come together, how did their music evolve, what are Roy’s fondest memories of his partner? Of course, 8 time Grammy nominee Rogers has his own impressive resume including work with Norton Buffalo and John Lee Hooker. So we had to ask Roy about producing Hooker (including the legendary THE HEALER album) and, well, you’ll have to tune in to hear all the stories. Yes, we’ll play two of those TWISTED TALES for you.

 

Starting in 1976, Canadian guitarist Pat Travers has been blazing the hard rock trail with admirers in bands like Metallica and Rush. While not always at the top of the charts, you gotta remember songs like “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights,” “Snortin’ Whiskey,” and “Killer.” In recent years, Travers has become a major concert attraction,     and he’s out on the road even as we speak.

 

In fact, 2013 is becoming a high point for Travers as his brand-new CAN DO just might be his best album ever! It’s all there—hot licks, a tight band, jumping songs, bluesy vocals. On the next DWP, Pat will tell you all about it—from his days touring with Rainbow to how CAN Do came to be. Of course, we’ll play you two tasty samples.

 

At the same time Pat Travers was joining the ranks of hot blues/rock guitar gods, England’s The Babys were early shapers of what would become known as Power Pop. Built around the lead vocals of John Waite, The Babys had a string of hits including “Isn’t It Time,” “Back on My Feet Again,” and “Every Time I Think of You.” After their five year run, Babys alumni went on to have long careers in bands like Bad English, Styx, and Journey.

 

Thirty years after their breakup, founding members Wally Stocker (who has played guitar for Rod Stewart, Air Supply, and Humble Pie) and drummer Tony Brock have reformed The Babys and are on the road again! They’re working on a new album, and we’ll play you the first single from it, “Too Soon to Say Goodbye”! That song sums up what Wally will tell you about on the next DWP. Hmm, between Rogers/Manzarek, Pat Travers, and The Babys, that means the new “Dave White Presents” will feature 6 musical selections, 5 of which are hot new releases!

 

There are so many ways to listen to this rock extravaganza! First, on Tuesday, Aug 13, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific, you can hear the debut broadcast over–

www.KSAV.org

 

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

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

 

Or on Wed.  Aug. 14, 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

 

P.S. The Aug. 29 DWP will be our 5th Year Anniversary Special, and we have major delights in store for you! For example, How about Peter Mehlman, the Seinfeld writer who coined “Ya Da Ya Da” and “Sponge worthy”? Stay tuned—

 

 

Michelle Danner and Barbara Van Orden: Next on TVC

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Actress/director Michelle Danner and nightclub entertainer Barbara Van Orden will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Michelle Danner will join us in our first hour. Founder and Artistic Director of the Edgemar Center of the Arts in Santa Monica, Michelle is also one of the most successful acting coaches in Hollywood, having worked with such A-list actors as Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Chris Rock, Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead). As a matter of fact, Norman Reedus is one of the stars of Hello Herman, a feature motion picture directed by Michelle Danner about a troubled teenager who goes on a shooting rage that mirrors the tragedies of Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Hello Herman is available for viewing on demand through a number of cable and satellite providers, plus it’s available for streaming at HelloHermantheMovie.com.

Also joining us this week will be Barbara Van Orden. After beginning her career as a fashion editor for Vogue magazine, Barbara became one of the top print models in the country, gracing the covers of many leading magazines and appearing in many television commercials, before establishing herself as a nightclub performer in such venues as the Playboy Clubs and the legendary Persian Room in New York City. Barbara’s career, however, came to halt when she was struck by a motorist in 1982, an accident that left her with compound fractures in both of her legs. It would take 18 surgeries and many years of therapy before Barbara could walk again.

Though Barbara recovered from her injuries to lead a successful, multifaceted career in the entertainment industry, including a new cabaret show that she performs across the country. But because it took 27 years of battling the workers compensation system before she received her court-ordered, rightfully entitled benefits, Barbara continues to speak out for reform of the Workers Compensation laws on behalf on those who are less fortunate. We’ll talk about that, as well as her work alongside such legends as Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Soupy Sales, Morey Amsterdam and Frank Sinatra when Barbara Van Orden joins in our second hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will a look at the career of Stan Freberg. 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 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 (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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