Archive for December, 2013

The Wild, Wild West Revisited: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Authors Sue Kesler and Jude Bradley and actor/stuntman Bob Herron  will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll usher in 2014 by presenting Part 2 of our conversation about 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.

Our guests this week will include Sue Kesler and Jude Bradley. Sue is the author, and Jude the editor, of The Wild, Wild West: The Series, everything you wanted to know about 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. 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, while Jude has extensive experience as a writer, editor and producer for such publications as LA Weekly, as well as companies like Time/Life and HBO, plus she was recently seen on Extreme Cougar Wives on TLC.

Also returning to the program this week 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. Sue, Jude and Bob will join us for a special 90-minute conversation that begins in our first hour.

Also this week: Greg Ehrbar with an expanded DVD report that will include a look at the histories of That Girl and The Doris Day Show.

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Dave White Presents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

*Bewitched*, The Unknown Comic, and Musical Parodies Ring in the New Year on *Dave White Presents*!

 

Unlike other Hollywood personalities, Erin Murphy didn’t have to struggle for years to get into show biz. She was just 11 months old when she starred in her first commercial, and then shared the spotlight with Ronald Reagan for Borateem. Not yet two years old, Erin was then cast as Tabitha Stephens in ABC’s *Bewitched* where she had fun turning boys into frogs, playing piano like a maestro, and skating like an Olympic pro. After eight seasons, 23 Emmy nominations, and 254 episodes, *Bewitched* left the air and Erin Murphy was a bona fide child star. Still, she turned down a role on *The Waltons* to go to Girl Scout camp!

 

On New Year’s Eve, Erin joins Wes Britton to talk about the 50th Anniversary of *Bewitched* and her involvement with the DVD release of the full series. In addition, she’ll tell you what she has been doing since *Bewitched* and what she thought of the movie based on the show. Why does her website headline her as a “host/correspondent”? Did you know her real-life husband is named Darren?

 

The career of comic Murray Langston is a very different story. It started when he did an impression of a fork on *Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In* and continued when he became a recurring performer on *The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour* for over 100 episodes. Then, embarrassed by producer Chuck Barris’ invitation to appear on his *Gong Show*, Langston put a bag over his head, and a whole new career as “The Unknown Comic” began.

 

Of course, these highlights are only the tip of the iceberg for a man who’s known and worked with the likes of Dave Letterman, Debra Winger, Redd Fox, Joan Rivers, Jim Carrey, and Ruth Buzzi. Murray has many stories to tell about his life in show biz, and they’re all collected in his new memoir, *Journey Through the Unknown*. On the next DWP, Murray will tell you what you can expect in *Journey* and share some of his favorite anecdotes. For example, how do you think Cher reacted when Langston laid a wolfman hand on her shoulder in her dressing room?

 

On one of our past broadcasts, Phil Margo of The Tokens stopped by to talk about his group’s classic hits including “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Now, parody singer / songwriter Max De Groot has a new version of the song and it’s a very different rendition.  It’s one of three comedy songs we’ll play when Max joins Dave White to talk about comedy music and the art of parody writing. Do you think Dave might pick up a few pointers in the conversation?

 

So ring in the New Year with *Bewitched*, “The Unknown Comic,” and parody songs on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over–

www.KSAV.org

 

If you’re planning to be out for the evening, you can pre-record the show at Digital Audio Recording (DAR)–

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

 

On New Year’s Day, the 90 minute show will become 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

 

 

Happy New Year’s from everyone at *Dave White Presents*–well, both of us—

 

 

Perry Como, Guy Lombardo and The Neighbors: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Actors Lenny Venito and Simon Templeman will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We’ll celebrate the holidays with an expanded edition of This Week in TV History that will look back at the career of singer Perry Como, a man who for many of us is as synonymous with Christmas as Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Then, Phil Gries will get you ready for 2014 in our second hour with a special edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that remembers bandleader Guy Lombardo, the man whose New Year’s Eve celebrations were a tradition on radio and television for nearly five decades.

Also this week: Greg Ehrbar catches up with actors Lenny Venito and Simon Templeman, two of the stars of The Neighbors, the “science fiction sitcom” on ABC that, in many respects, is a throwback to the family-friendly comedy series that many of us remember. The Neighbors returns with a new episode on Friday, January 10. Lenny and Simon will give us an idea of what lies ahead when they join us in our first hour.

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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
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The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery, plus Holiday TV Favorites: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Authors Herbie J Pilato and Joanna Wilson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Best known, of course, for playing Samantha Stephens on Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery left her mark on stage, film and television many times before and after Bewitched, including twenty-eight appearances on her father’s anthology series, Robert Montgomery Presents, plus notable roles in such classic series as The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone and 77 Sunset Strip, not to mention such iconic made for TV movies and miniseries as A Case of Rape, The Awakening Land and The Legend of Lizzie Borden.

We will celebrate the life and career of Elizabeth Montgomery when Herbie J Pilato joins us in our second hour. Herbie’s books on film and television include Bewitched Forever, Twitch Upon a Star and The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances.

Also this week: We will revisit many of our favorite holiday specials, holiday movies and holiday-themed TV episodes along with Joanna Wilson. The author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made for TV Movies, Joanna blogs about holiday TV programming year-round at ChristmasTVHistory.com, plus she can be seen this month on The Real Story of Christmas (The History Channel) and The Most Hilarious Holiday TV Moments (TV Guide Network).

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
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Dave White Presents

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Rip Taylor and Judy Tenuta highlight a “Dave White Presents” Holiday Comedy Spectacular!

 

Well known for his handlebar mustache and famous toupee, Rip Taylor—”The King of Confetti—certainly deserves his star on Hollywood Boulevard. in a career that has spanned over 40 years, he’s headlined in Las Vegas, appeared on hundreds of television shows, and acted in feature films including *Indecent Proposal* and the *Jackass* series.

 

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Rip joins Wes Britton in a rapid-fire joke fest as he talks about how it all began, about becoming the “Crying Comedian” on *Ed Sullivan*, when he began his confetti shtick, and of course his numerous game show gigs on *Hollywood Squares*, *The Gong Show*, and *The $1.98 Beauty Show*. He tells many a story about the celebs he’s known and worked with, and you’ll be rolling on the floor when you hear them. For example, when Rip told a famous actress that a certain Tuesday would be Passover, she replied she didn’t do game shows! “You can’t make this stuff up,” Rip says many times, and proves it as we go down his unique memory lane!

 

Things are just as wild when “The Love Goddess,” the “Petite Flower,” the “Princess of Panty Shields,” the “Aphrodite of the accordion”—of course the Grammy winning Judy Tenuta—also joins Wes Britton to talk about her career and her new book,  *Full Frontal Tenudity*.

 

What should you expect from the first female stand-up to win the “Best Female Comedienne” at

The American Comedy Awards an founded her own religion, “Judyism”? Well, reading excerpts from her book and playing her trademark accordion for you, Judy also talks about her “The Vagina Monologues” and “Menopause the Musical” and some new movies, but to reveal much else would be spoilers! “It could happen!”

 

And, since we want you to have a Holly Jolly Christmas, we threw in one amateur comedian to spice up the proceedings. That would be, ah, er, Mr. Dave White himself with his stockings full of his usual unusual “predictably unpredictable” surprises.

 

So the next DWP is two seasoned comedy pros and one radio host who should know better knocking out non-stop laughs on Tuesday, Dec. 17 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.  Dec. 18, 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

 

Here’s hoping Santa gets it right this year—in 2012, I asked for a fat wallet and thin waistline. He got it backwards . . .

 

 

Bandstand, Rodeo Girls and The Philadelphia Sound: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Actress/producer Darcy LaPier and author Jim Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

From “Rock Around the Clock” and “At the Hop” to the lush orchestrations and soulful tones of the “Sound of Philadelphia,” the City of Brotherly Love boasts a rich history of pop, rock ’n’ roll and rhythm and blues music from the 1950s through the 1980s, an era that saw the emergence of such stars as Bill Haley and the Comets, Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, Bobby Rydell, Danny and the Juniors, The Delfonics, Dee Dee Sharp, The Stylistics, Billy Paul, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. The music from this period not only continues to endure today, but in many ways helped establish the longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship between music and television, particularly with the dawn of such shows as American Bandstand.

We’ll not only talk about the music of this era, we will play some of the music of this era when Jim Rosin joins us in our second hour. Jim’s latest book, Philly Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, is a nostalgic look at the music scene in Philadelphia that also features interviews with many of the artists, record producers and radio personalities who helped contribute to Philadelphia music history.

Also this week: We’ll take a look at the twists and turns in the world of barrel racing, the only sport for women in pro rodeo, when Darcy LaPier joins us in our first hour. After fifteen years in Hollywood, Darcy moved back to her home state of Oregon, where she proceeded to transform herself into one of the top barrel racers on the circuit, earning the most money as a rookie in her first year in competition alone. Darcy’s story is part of the focus of Rodeo Girls, a new six-part reality series that premieres Wednesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 12 on A&E.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar with a new DVD report that will include a look back at the histories of Here’s Lucy and The Mothers-in-Law.

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Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
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Remembering Bob Crane: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Award-winning special effects makeup artist Karen Crane, daughter of actor Bob Crane, will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Best known as the star of Hogan’s Heroes, the long-running CBS comedy series from the mid-1960s that currently airs on Me-TV, Bob Crane was also an accomplished drummer, not to mention a popular radio personality (both in New York and Los Angeles) whose influence on radio broadcasting can still be felt today. All of his accomplishments, however, have been overshadowed by the gruesome nature of his murder on June 29, 1978; the unsolved status of the case; and Crane’s addiction to sex, which by all accounts the actor was trying to overcome at the time of his death.

Less talked about when it comes to Bob Crane is that he was a generous actor, a loving father, and a good friend to those who knew him. Those aspects of Bob Crane will be the focus of this week’s program. Our special guest will be Karen Crane, award-winning special effects makeup artist, and Bob’s youngest daughter from his first marriage. Karen will share some memories of what it was like to have Col. Hogan as her dad. She’ll also talk about how her life was shattered at the news of his death ― and how her work as a makeup artist has, in many ways, helped her cope with her loss.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Fri Noon ET, 9am PT on Talktainment Radio
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