Archive for November, 2013

Dave White Presents

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

“Dave White Presents” The Bad Girls of *Mad Men*, *Little House on the Prairie*, and what to do if you want to marry one!

 

If you know your *Mad Men*, you know blueblood Dorothy “Dot” Dykeman Campbell, mother of Pete Campbell as played by Vincent Kartheiser. The well-dressed and sophisticated Mrs. Campbell is played by character actor Channing Chase who’s made a career of playing such ladies. She’s featured in films like *Evan Almighty*, *Charlie Wilson’s War*, and TV series including *Home Improvement*, *Murphy Brown*, *Night Court*, *Newhart*, and *Cold Case*.        She had a recurring role as “Claire” on *ER* and has a record number of commercials running on daytime Soaps. That just scratches the surface of her impressive resume.

 

On the Tues. Dec. 3 edition of DWP, *Mad Men* fans will enjoy Channing taking you behind the scenes of the AMC hit and her memories of her long film and TV career. What’s the future for Dot Campbell? At least, what does Channing hope for her currently missing character?

 

But, why should DWP feature just one bad girl when we can offer two?

 

How’s this for a book title: *Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated*? Who else but Nellie Oleson herself, actress Alison Arngrim, would write such a book? After all, she says someone has called her a bitch every day of her life since she was 11.

 

Call her what you like, so long as you buy her book! Many already have. After *Confessions* came out last year, it started selling at an unheard of average of 1,000 copies a month and is listed as one of the best TV Books on Amazon. And *Confessions of a Prairie Bitch* is not only the title of Alison’s memoirs, but also her one-woman comedy show as well.

 

Find out why Alison can easily pull off a seriously funny show in one of the liveliest and most engaging interviews you’ll ever hear on DWP. Alison tells Wes Britton about her show biz family—her mother was the voice of Casper the Friendly Ghost and half the characters on Saturday morning cartoons.   She talks about her friendship with Melissa Gilbert, how the two got drunk on rum cakes, what Michael Landon was really like, and about how both fans and industry insiders mix up her real life with her most famous role. Alison also  shares details about her dealing with incest as a child and why she became an activist against child abuse and pornography.   We promise, this is one of those special conversations you won’t quickly forget.

 

So what happens should you marry a bad girl, or bad guy for that matter, in real life? On the next DWP, Dave White explores the possibilities with marriage and family therapist Elvina Lui.  Do you know the difference between a marriage therapist and a marriage coach?  What are the qualifications, who can benefit from these services, what should people expect, and what is the success rate?  How do you choose a therapist and what are the costs?  Did you know most referrals come from wedding planners who advise potential marriage partners to see a therapist prior to being married? Even good girls and gents can benefit from good counseling, you know.

 

So *Mad Men*, *Little House on the Prairie*, and marriage therapy on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Dec. 3 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.  Dec. 4 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

 

You can also listen to the show from the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

 

 

KFO and The Big O: Next on TVC

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Author John Kruth and DVD producer Mark Milano will join us  on the  next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Friday, Dec. 6 will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Roy Orbison, the Rock and Rock Hall of Famer whose singular voice and inimitable style inspired the likes of Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and countless other musicians. Known for such iconic songs as “Blue Bayou,” “Running Scared,” “In Dreams” and, of course, “Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison sang about love, pain and heartache like few others — no doubt, because he understood it like few others, having experienced more pain and misery than most of us will see in a lifetime, including the tragic deaths of his first wife and first two children.

We’ll remember The Big O this week by welcoming author and musician John Kruth. John’s book Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison not only provides the back story behind every hit record of Orbison, but also includes information about Roy’s many appearances on television, including Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night, the award-winning special produced by Cinemax that is still considered one of the best concert films ever made. John Kruth will join us in our second hour

Also joining us this week will be Mark Milano, curator of Kukla.tv, the official website of Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and the producer of Kukla, Fran and Ollie: The First Episodes. Mark recently released a third volume of Kukla, Fran and Ollie on DVD that includes guest appearances by guitarist Jose Greco, singer Dennis Day, and NBC news commentator H.V. Kaltenborn, plus black-and-white clips of two KFO episodes that were the first color television shows ever broadcast. Mark Milano will join us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm 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 KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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David Frankham and Andrew Kaplan: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Actor and author David Frankham and international bestselling novelist Andrew Kaplan will join us  on the  next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

After beginning his career as a journalist interviewing celebrities for BBC Radio, David Frankham was encouraged by singer Rosemary Clooney to pursue his lifelong, yet then unfulfilled, dream of becoming an actor. Without knowing anyone else in America, and without any training whatsoever or professional acting credits, David left the U.K. for Hollywood, where chance encounters with Elizabeth Taylor and Alec Guinness led him into live television and, eventually, a long and successful acting career. In fact, from the early 1950s and continuing well into the late 1980s, David was one of the busiest actors in the motion picture industry, appearing in such films as Master of the World, Return of the Fly, and 101 Dalmations, as well as The Outer Limits, Maverick, The F.B.I., Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, The Jack Benny Program, the original Star Trek and other classic series.

David’s career as a film and TV actor that also coincided with the Golden Age of Television and the last days of the studio system. His memoir, Which One Was David?, is replete with great stories about this period, not to mention his work and friendships with such legends as Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Rock Hudson, Dirk Bogarde, Roger Corman, William Wyler, Ida Lupino, and Barbara Stanwyck. David Frankham will join us in our second hour.

Also joining this week will be novelist Andrew Kaplan, creator of the internationally bestselling Scorpion series (the latest of which is Scorpion: Deception) and the author of Homeland: Carrie’s Run, an original prequel novel based on the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime series starring Claire Danes. The standard bearer among spy novelists today, Andrew was attracted to Carrie’s Run because it gave him an opportunity to do something he’d never done before: tell a story from the point of view of a female character. But the project posed other challenges, which we’ll talk about when Andrew Kaplan joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. Full program as always… 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 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm 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 KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
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Dave White Presents

Friday, November 15th, 2013

“Dave White Presents” The Real “Daydream Believer” with Davy Jones, comic actor Shelley Berman, and Memories of Nov. 22, 1963!

 

In 1967, The Monkees had a Number One hit with “Daydream believer.” It was a song written by ex-Kingston Trio member John Stewart about his then new girlfriend, singer Buffy Ford.

 

Forty-vive years later, the “Homecoming Queen” herself, now Buffy Ford Stewart, recorded her own version of the song her late husband had written for her. Poignantly,   Davy Jones, the voice we know best for the tune, joined Buffy for both lead and background vocals—which turned out to be his last studio recordings ever. And Buffy and Davy were joined by another famous fella from the ’60s, one Peter Tork. It was then Davy Jones learned he’d been singing the wrong lyrics all these years!

 

On the next DWP, Buffy remembers Davy and John Stewart whose songs make up much of her latest album, *Same Old Heart*.  It’s a very romantic soundscape with the songs of John and Buffy Ford Stewart celebrating the power of love.  Other guests on Buffy’s album include folks like Bill Mumy, Roseanne Cash, and Kris Kristopherson. We’ll trip down memory lane with Buffy remembering when she was flirting with joining the Jefferson Airplane. We’ll play Buffy and Davy’s “Daydream Believer” for you and her “Same Old Heart” featuring The Eagles’ Timothy B Schmidt. Expect a very special, engaging conversation with a “Daydream Believer” you’ll be happy you met!

 

If any entertainer deserves the title “Renaissance Man,” it would have to be comic, actor, and author Shelley Berman. He’s been doing it all a very long time. For example, his first of seven comedy albums, *Inside Shelley Berman*, won the first Grammy Award for a non-musical recording in 1959. In fact, he earned three Gold Records for his comic routines, many of which were just Shelley with an imaginary telephone.

 

His acting roles also span the decades including appearances on *The Twilight Zone*, *Peter Gunn*, *Bewitched*, *The Mary Tyler Moore Show*, and *Boston Legal* where he made many recurring appearances as Judge Robert Sanders. From 2002 to 2009, Shelley appeared as Nat David (Larry David’s father) on HBO’s *Curb Your Enthusiasm* for which he won an Emmy.

 

On top of all that, Shelley has written   four books, two plays, and several TV pilot scripts. On the next DWP, Shelley joins Wes Britton to talk about his new hot-off-the-press poetry volume, *To Laughter With Questions: Poetry By Shelley Berman*. Shelley will share memories of his decades in Hollywood and will blow your mind—we promise—with a special reading of one of his very powerful poems.   Yep, we’ll throw in one of his classic comedy routines as well.

 

Who of us can forget where we were on Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago this week? Certainly not those who were there on Dealey Plaza like James Tague who was wounded from the ricochet of a bullet intended for Kennedy. Other eyewitnesses that day included children stunned by what they saw, the doctor who tried to save the president, the Secret Service agent who was seconds too late, and the woman who unwittingly sheltered an assassin.

 

All these stories are told anew in *The Day Kennedy Died*, a DVD from the   Smithsonian Channel that tells it just like it was from the perspectives of those “lost to history.” Narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, Nov. 22 1963 is brought to life through rarely seen footage and rarely heard testimonies. Praising the straight-forward presentation in the documentary, film critic “Chicago Bill” Hansen joins Dave White to discuss the DVD, and the two also share their own memories of the tragedy we all felt wherever we were half a century ago. It was indeed a day the world changed.

 

So we offer musical memories,  comic nostalgia, and historical retrospective on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Nov. 19 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

 

Then, on Wed. Nov. 20,  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

 

On Nov. 20, you can also hear the show at the Dave White Presents Facebook page:

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

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of Buffy Ford Stewart’s *Same Old Heart* at:

http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-buffy-ford-stewart-same/

 

 

How Network TV Covered the Events of 11/22/63: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

We’ll look back at how television news covered the events of Nov. 22, 1963, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on the  next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 was a seminal moment in the history of not only the United States in general, but network television news in particular. Prior to Nov. 22, 1963, the concept of “breaking news” did not exist on television (certainly not as we know it today), and while there was some form of expanded live network news coverage, it was usually limited to planned events such as political conventions, election nights, Inauguration ceremonies, or the March on Washington. That all changed at approximately 1:45pm ET on Nov. 22, 1963, as all three networks — ABC, NBC and CBS — were caught off guard, along with the rest of the country, as they scrambled to cover the news of JFK’s murder as the events unfolded.

While many of us think of the iconic moment when CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite briefly lost his composure when he announced the death of JFK, several moments on NBC television were also significant, including the first NBC national news bulletin reporting the assassination, which was read on the air by NBC announcer Don Pardo. But because of the shocking and unexpected nature of the story — not to mention the technological limitations of television broadcasting at the time — NBC did not have any recording of the Pardo bulletin, nor did it have any recording of the first four minutes of its network news coverage that day. In fact, for more than 25 years, NBC assumed that moment in history was simply lost… until it was discovered that one man in Brooklyn, NY happened to have the presence of mind to tape the audio from that moment on his own. That man, as you may have gathered, is our friend Phil Gries.

We’ll not only share that lost audio footage with you this week as part of the Sounds of Lost Television, but learn how, in many respects, that footage came to symbolize Phil’s passion for capturing audio from other moments of early television, at a time when few, if any, TV broadcasts were saved at all — even on the network level. We’ll also play highlights of Phil’s interview with Don Pardo from May 1998, in which the iconic announcer recalls the chaos that permeated the NBC newsroom on 11/22/63, as well as other moments from television coverage that day.

Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will also join us for this week’s discussion, as we merge The Sounds of Lost Television with This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm 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 KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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James McEachin, plus Nordic Noir: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Actor and author James McEachin and novelist/screenwriter Edward Weinman will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We will commemorate Veterans Day in our second hour with a replay of our conversation with actor James McEachin. Known for his many film and TV credits — which include Matlock, Play Misty for Me, First Monday and The Perry Mason Mysteries, and the starring role in the NBC private-eye series Tenafly — James McEachin is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran with seven medals of valor, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. James’ appearance in the award-winning short film Reveille led to the development of the character The Old Soldier in Above the Call; Beyond the Duty, a play that James wrote and still performs from time to time. We’ll talk about James’ work with U.S. veterans, but we’ll also discuss his accomplishments as a novelist (including Tell Me a Tale, an epic novel of the Old South), as well as his work alongside such legends as Henry Fonda, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, David Janssen and Jack Webb.

Also this week: We’ll take you on a trip to Iceland as we welcome novelist and screenwriter Edward Weinman. Ed spent nearly one fourth of his life living and working as a travel writer in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he endured many long, dark, cold, windy, gray winters, not to mention a nervous breakdown. Like all good writers, Ed has used some of his experiences as the basis for his work. He co-wrote the screenplay for A Little Trip to Heaven, a psychological thriller set in Iceland starring Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles. He has also just published his first novel, The Ring Road, a blend of dark fantasy and Nordic noir that also has elements of Columbo and Twin Peaks. Edward Weinman joins us during our first hour.

All this, plus Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new edition of This Week in TV History. It’s a full program as always… 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 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Wed 11pm ET, 8pm 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 KHMB Radio 1710 AM (Half Moon Bay, Calif.)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on Passionate World Radio
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, FeedBurner
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Dave White Presents

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“Dave White Presents” Leslie West, Arif Mardin (Part 2), and Old Time Radio on Nov. 5!

 

Leslie West and Mountain are best known for their hot 1969 hit, “Mississippi Queen” and their break-out performance at Woodstock. Founded by West and ex-Cream producer Felix Pappalardi, Mountain is now regarded as an important precursor to all things hard rock and heavy metal. After all, Black Sabbath supported Mountain on their first U.S. tour. Since then, West has worked with everyone from Cream’s Jack Bruce, The Who,   Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, and Billy Gibbons.

 

Now, Leslie just put out a new album called *Still Climbing* which features the likes of Jonny Lang, Johnny Winter, and Dee Snider. It’s the sequel to his 2011 *Unusual Suspects*, recorded just before his right leg was amputated. So Leslie has many stories to tell you on the next DWP about his new songs, life on the road on one leg, and his marriage on the stage at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert where he performed on the same spot all those years ago. He also discusses his powerful vocals, which he says is improved after he quit smoking. Speaking of smoking, wait till you hear “Dyin’ Since the Day I was Born” and his duet with Johnny Lang on “When A Man Loves A Woman”!   Ballsy, bluesy, worth turning up to level 11!

 

Then, on our Oct. 22 show, we presented part one of Wes Britton’s conversation with Joe Mardin, son of the legendary Atlantic Records producer, Arif Mardin. It was one of those interviews that was so good, we didn’t want to edit any of it, so part two will continue the insights into the man behind the hits of The Young Rascals, The Bee Gees, Areatha Franklin, Bette Midler, and many others.

 

Part two, as it happens, is perfectly timed as it airs the same day as the release of *The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story*, a new DVD which becomes available on Nov. 5. The documentary 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. On DWP, you will get the concluding moments of Joe and Wes’s conversation as well as “All My Friends Are Here,” 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!

 

Twenty-five years ago, radio host Jason Hill launched a show he called *LIFE IN THE PAST LANE*. At first, he simply played old radio shows. Then, Jason began interviewing the behind-the-scenes technicians and performers of these shows. Then he widened his scope and began interviewing entertainers from theatre, movies, early television and music.

 

Now, Hill has compiled these interviews in a new three volume book series, not surprisingly called *LIFE IN THE PAST LANE*. His subjects in Vol. One include Mel Blanc, Ralph Bellamy, John Houseman, and folks who worked with Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, the voice of Judy Jetson, and radio pioneer Norman Corwin. It seems only fair the interviewer be interviewed himself, so Mr. Dave White welcomes Jason Hill to DWP so two old-timers can travel down radio’s memory lane together with you.

 

So Leslie West, Arif Mardin, and *Life in the Past Lane* on the next DAVE WHITE PRESENTS, Tuesday, Nov. 5 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. Nov. 6,   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

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of Leslie West’s *Still Climbing* at: (Editor Pick)

http://blogcritics.org/music-review-leslie-west-still-climbing/

 

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/

 

Find out more about *Life in the Past Lane* at:

http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=681