Archive for October, 2013

The Films of Vincent Price and Stanley Kramer: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Singer/actress Kat Kramer and author Joel Eisner will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

The undisputed King of Horror Movies from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, Vincent Price was also a fixture on television throughout his career, including hundreds of appearances on Hollywood Squares, plus memorable guest roles on such classic series as Get Smart, The Brady Bunch, F Troop, Columbo and Batman.

Best known for playing heinous characters on-screen, off camera Vincent Price was a gentile, cultured man known for his passion for art, gourmet food, the theatre, and a sardonic sense of humor. These attributes, and more, come alive throughout the pages of The Price of Fear: The Film Career of Vincent Price, In His Words, a wonderful new biography by Joel Eisner. The only authorized biography of Price, Joel’s book features a foreword by Peter Cushing, remembrances by the likes of Roger Corman, Richard Matheson and Jack Nicholson, and a wealth of stories on just about every stage, film and television production in which Vincent appeared — all told in the actor’s own words. Joel Eisner will join us in our second hour.

Kat Kramer will join us in our first hour as we continue our coverage of the centennial celebration of the career of Stanley Kramer. Kat is founder of Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World, a series of motion picture screenings that raise awareness about important social issues. The fifth anniversary screening of Kat’s series will be a showing of the documentary Fallout at the Sunset Gower Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Fallout is about the making of On the Beach, the 1959 film directed by Stanley Kramer, which was based on the novel by Nevil Shute. The Nov. 13 screening will mark the U.S. premiere of the documentary.

We’ll talk to Kat about Fallout, but we’ll also ask about the first annual Stanley Kramer Film Festival, which will take place Nov. 15-17 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, California. The lineup will include screenings of The Defiant Ones, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Wild One, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Caine Mutiny and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, plus panel discussions, live performances and more. For tickets and more information, call (888) 718-4253 or go to camelottickets.com.

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A New Program – HARRY AND EDNA ON THE WIRELESS

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Beginning Tuesday 10/29 we are pleased to add Harry & Edna On The Wireless to our program line up.   6:30 pm left and right……EVERY Tuesday.   NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!

Allan Sherman: The Original Weird Al Yankovic: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

We’ll remember the life and career of comedian Allan Sherman  on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

For twelve glorious months culminating in the year 1963, Allan Sherman was the hottest act in the country, performing at the Hollywood Bowl and sold-out venues across the country, guest-hosting The Tonight Show, and selling more than three million records. Sherman’s parodies of classical music and popular Broadway songs (including his most famous piece, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,” a song about a boy at summer camp, set to “Dance of the Hours”) won him such fans as Harpo Marx, Frank Sinatra, FCC chairman Newton Minow and President John F. Kennedy, while his brand of humor would later influence such comedians as Larry David, Adam Sandler, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jerry Seinfeld and Weird Al Yankovic.

Sherman’s influence on popular culture extends beyond his work as a satirist. He discovered Bill Cosby and created the long-running game show I’ve Got a Secret, while the lyrics of his songs provided a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. Yet Sherman himself was unable to sustain his success. We’ll explore the reasons why in our second hour along with our guest, Mark Cohen. Mark’s book Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman not only provides the back story of Sherman’s music, but discusses Sherman’s fractured upbringing and often fractious relationship with network television, while also including commentary from many friends, family members and admirers of this hugely creative artist.

Mark Cohen will be appearing in many cities across the country beginning in November and continuing into early 2014, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, Boston, New York, Berkeley, Toledo, OH and St. Paul, MN. For more information, go to AllanShermanBiography.com.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded look at This Week in TV History that will celebrate Johnny Carson’s birthday as well as discuss the network history of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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Dave White Presents

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Remembering Arif Mardin, Vincent Price, and New Music from The Standells on “Dave White Presents”!

 

The Young Rascals. The Bee Gees. Areatha Franklin. Bette Midler. Dusty Springfield. The Average White Band. Phil Collins. Judy Collins. Willie Nelson. Carly Simon. Jewel. Hall and Oates. Nora Jones. Chacka Khan.

 

All these performers and many more have one thing in common. They were all produced by the legendary Arif Mardin. For over 50 years, Mardin was an innovative composer, arranger, engineer, and producer whose career   included over 40 gold and platinum albums, over 15 Grammy nominations, and 12 Grammy Awards.

 

On Oct. 22, we’ll remember Arif Mardin when his son Joe comes to DWP to talk about the new documentary, The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story.   It’s an impressive story indeed. It  begins with Mardin’s childhood in Turkey, his being discovered by Quincy Jones, and then his 40 years working during many fruitful projects with Atlantic Records. That started with the Rascals’ “Good Lovin'”, went into the disco era when Mardin inspired Barry Gibb to come up with his distinctive falsetto vocals, and then into hip-hop when Mardin engineered Chacka Khan’s “I Feel For You.”

 

So The Greatest Ears in Town is an opportunity for you to get an insider’s view into the art of record making with insights from the likes of Sir George Martin, Quincy Jones, and many of the musicians Mardin groomed and nurtured.     Of course, “Dave White Presents” will not only feature Joe Mardin’s conversation with Wes Britton, you’ll also hear Bette Midler’s lively tribute to Mardin and a song that features performers from the Average White Band to The Rascals to Barry and Robin Gibb to Phil Collins to Hall and Oates—all on one classic track together!

 

In case you thought we forgot it’s Halloween, how about author Joel Eisner talking about his book, The Price of Fear: The Film Career of Vincent Price, In His Own Words? You remember Price, star of House of Wax, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, The Pit and the Pendulum, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and many others? 

 

Before his death on Oct. 25, 1993, Price collaborated with Eisner to compile a definitive, official biography of his life and career in films. Sanctioned by the Vincent Price Estate and daughter Victoria, the book is told through interviews with Price himself and the cooperation, conversations and quotes from many of those with whom Price worked with throughout his career. Talking with the spooky Dave White, Eisner describes the beloved star’s creation of the suave, sophisticated villain as well as the fun Price had on both the large and small screens, like portraying “Egghead” on TV’s Batman.

 

Most of us remember The Standells for their 1966 one hit wonder, “Dirty Water,” now the anthem for nearly every Boston sports team.         Did you know they also appeared in many teenage exploitation flicks like Riot on Sunset Strip and on TV series like Ben Casey and The Munsters? Did you know drummer and singer Dick Dodd was a Former Mouseketeer?

 

On the Oct. 22 DWP, original and current member Larry Tamblyn shares a very surprising rock history.       For example, The Standells formed in 1962 and were a performing band before the British Invasion when there were few such groups on the scene. While “Dirty Water” forever associates the band with Boston, none of the band members had ever been to Beantown before they recorded the song. Now, 45 years after their last album, The Standells are back with their classic garage-rock sound on Bump, a record appropriately recorded in a garage. We’ll play two crunchin’ new tracks sure to remind you why you liked AM radio back in the day.

 

So hits from the ’60s and beyond and Vinnie Price too on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

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

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On Wed.  Oct 23, the 90 minute show will be available as a podcast, mp3 download, from itunes, through TEVO and Sticher.com, or on the player at–

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

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Read Wes Britton’s review of The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story at:

http://blogcritics.org/music-dvd-review-the-greatest-ears-in-town-the-arif-mardin-story/

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of The Standells new Bump at:

http://blogcritics.org/music-review-the-standells-bump/

 

The official Vincent Price book trailer is at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A79QCIfPPk4

The Virginian, Plus Early Female TV Characters: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Authors Paul Green and Cary O’Dell  will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAl, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Paul Green will join us in our second hour as we remember The Virginian, the long-running Western series starring James Drury, Doug McClure and Lee J. Cobb, and a show that still has a very strong following today, particularly among female viewers. The third-longest running Western on television (nine seasons, second only to Gunsmoke and Bonanza), The Virginian was also the first 90-minute Western series produced for network television. Paul’s book A History of Television’s The Virginian: 1962-1971 not only features interviews with many of the actors and behind-the-scenes personnel of The Virginian, but shows how the series helped paved the way for the made-for-TV movie, while also playing an important role in the career of Roy Huggins.

Cary O’Dell will join us in our first hour as we look at how women were portrayed on television during the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. It is generally assumed by many scholars and historians that female characters during the early years of television were subservient women who were rarely seen as anything other than housewives or moms. If you actually watched the majority of shows from that era, however, you would not only find that assumption to be wrong, but realize that most women on television back then were as every bit as empowered and capable as the women we see today. Cary’s book June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters from Early Television not only debunks those myths, but explores the many reasons why they continue to perpetuate.

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The King of Jesters and The Wild, Wild West: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Authors Susan Kesler and David Koenig and longtime Hollywood stuntman Bob Herron will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Susan Kesler will join us in our second hour as we remember The Wild, Wild West, one of the most unusual Western series ever made on television, and an unique blend of action, adventure, humor and memorable characters (such as Dr. Miguelito Loveless) that is as much fun to watch today as it was when it originally ran on CBS back in the mid 1960s.

A devout enthusiast of 1960s television, Sue has also worked in television as a film editor for more than 30 years, including such top shows as The X Files, The Gilmore Girls, American Dreams, Crossing Jordan, Heroes and Falling Skies. Her book, The Wild, Wild West: The Series, takes you behind the scenes of the classic TV series starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, from the early struggles between CBS and series creator Michael Garrison, to the intricate disguises and splendidly choreographed action sequences that gave the show its mark.

And speaking of action sequences, also joining us in our second hour will be Bob Herron, one of the regular stuntmen on The Wild, Wild West, as well as Ross Martin’s double for almost the entire run of the show. Bob’s career as a stuntman and actor spans more than six decades, and hundreds of films and TV shows, including Star Trek, The Rockford Files, The Wild Bunch, Paint Your Wagon, Rio Bravo, Hawaiian Eye, Oklahoma Crude and Gunsmoke.

Also this week: We’ll keep an eye on the vessel with the pestle as we welcome David Koenig. David’s books on popular culture include Mouse Tales: A Behind the Ears Look at Disneyland and Danny Kaye: King of Jesters, the first in-depth examination of the stage, film, radio and TV career of Danny Kaye that also provides a glimpse into the private life of the legendary star of The Court Jester, White Christmas, Hans Christian Anderson and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The 2013-2014 television season marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Danny Kaye Show on CBS television.

Featuring interviews with many of Kaye’s film, directors and screenwriters, plus his long-time co-star Virginia Mayo and virtually every major talent behind The Danny Kaye Show, David’s book not only explores Kaye’s often complicated relationship with his wife, Sylvia Fine, but chronicles his lifelong and his dedication to helping children around the world through his efforts with UNICEF. David Koenig will join us in our first hour.

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Dave White Presents

Monday, October 7th, 2013

CBGB (the film), “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and “Fight Card” novels on “Dave White Presents”!

 

If you haven’t heard, this month will see the release of a major motion picture called CBGB. Of course, it’s a film about the legendary New York rock club that helped launch the punk/ New Wave movement.      Bands associated with CBGB include Blondie, The Ramones, Television, the Talking Heads, the Stooges, and the Flamin’ Groovies. That just scratches the surface. After all, the tag line for the film is “50,000 Bands and One Disgusting Bathroom.”

 

On Tues. Oct. 8, the Musical Supervisor for the film and the accompanying soundtrack, Brad Rosenberger,   comes to DWP and will take you behind the scenes and share how this tribute to the man who created CBGB, Hilly Crystal, came about. He’ll talk about the actors and the rock stars they portray, how the music was selected and staged, and what’s going on at the 2nd Annual CBGB Musical Festival in New York. As a bonus, we’ll also play for you Blondie’s newly re-recorded version of “Sunday Girl” that will debut in the film. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

“Son, you’re going to drive me to drinking if you don’t stop driving that hot rod Lincoln.”

 

While the original record of “Hot Rod Lincoln” came out in 1955, most of us know it best from the third version Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airman released in 1972. Actually, the 8-piece Lost Planet Airmen came together in 1967 merging country, rockabilly, Western swing, and jump blues. The original lineup included Commander Cody (George Frayne) on keyboards and Bill Kirchen on his pioneering twangy lead guitar. This   group was known for some of the longest live shows of the era influencing folks like the Grateful Dead.

 

While the band broke up in 1976, Kirchen has kept the rough-edged rockabilly flame burning which you can hear anew on his new album, SEEDS AND STEMS. On that very hot release, Kirchen revisits many of the songs from the Commander Cody days including a very, very, very surprising version of “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Trust us on this one. The new incarnation of the story includes one of the most amazing musical histories ever played by one band. We’ll prove it on the next “Dave White Presents” when Bill Kirchen joins Wes Britton on a fast-paced trip racing down memory lane.

 

Created by past DWP guest Paul Bishop & Mel Odom, the “Fight Card” books are monthly 25000 word novelettes inspired by the noir fight pulps of the ’30s and ’40s. To date, nearly 25 authors   have contributed volumes in what is a rather unique project in publishing history. Sort of The Untouchables meets Rocky.

 

On Oct. 8, Bishop returns to DWP to discuss the series along with one of the authors, Carol Malone. They’ll discuss the content and flavor of the books along with how they’re marketing the books differently on Amazon and then as snazzy paperbacks. You too can join the “Fight Card” universe, and we’ll tell you how to jump in on a very rock ’em, sock em “Dave White Presents”!     

 

So CBGB, hot rods, and boxing gloves on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

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

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

 

Then, on Wed.  Oct. 9, 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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Julie Newmar, Jacqueline Scott and Karen Sharpe Kramer: Next on TVC

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We’ll have encore presentations of our conversations with actresses Julie Newmar, Jacqueline Scott and Karen Sharpe Kramer  on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Sept. 29 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer. We’ll mark that occasion in our second hour by replaying our January 2013 conversation with Stanley’s widow, Karen Sharpe Kramer. We’ll discuss Stanley’s impact in the world of motion pictures, as well as Karen’s own career in film and television, which included a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The High and the Mighty, as well as appearances in such films and TV series as Man with a Gun, The Disorderly Orderly, Johnny Ringo, I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Man from UNCLE, 77 Sunset Strip and The Wild, Wild West.

And speaking of milestone birthdays, we mentioned on last week’s program that this past Sept. 19 marked the 85th birthday of actor Adam West. And with that in mind, we will talk about Adam West, not to mention Batman, during our first hour as we play highlights from our September 2011 conversation with the Catwoman herself, Julie Newmar.

Also in our first hour: We’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Fugitive (Sept. 17, 1963) by playing excerpts from our interviews with some of the actors who have worked with David Janssen, including our January 2012 conversation with Jacqueline Scott, plus a few surprises.

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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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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