Archive for February, 2014

America’s Family and America’s Audition Coach: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Television director Ralph Senensky and actress and author Lar Park Lincoln will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

After graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse School of Theatre, Ralph Senensky began his career directing regional theatre and summer stock productions before moving into television, first as a production supervisor on Playhouse 90, then as an assistant producer (and, later, director) of episodes on Dr. Kildare. Ralph’s experience on Dr. Kildare led to a directing assignment on The Twilight Zone, which in turn paved the way for a long, prolific career as a television director that included work on such popular series as Route 66, Naked City, The Fugitive, The Wild Wild West, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Partridge Family, The F.B.I, The Paper Chase, Dynasty, the original Star Trek, and The Waltons.

Ralph not only helmed twelve episodes of The Waltons ― which is the second-most number of shows he directed for any one TV series ― but many of the segments he did for The Waltons rank among the very best episodes in the history of the show. We will talk to Ralph about The Waltons, as well as his experience working alongside Ralph Waite, Will Geer, Richard Thomas and other cast members, but we’ll also ask him about some of his other notable TV credits. Ralph Senensky will join us near the end of the first hour.

Ralph is also an active blogger who has shared many great stories and behind-the-scenes information about his experiences in network television. Read them at Senensky.com and Ralph-Senensky.Blogspot.com.

Also joining this week will be actress, author and “America’s Audition Coach,” Lar Park Lincoln. After three decades working in movies and television, including appearances in such films and TV series as Hunter, Oprah, Fatal Charm, 60 Minutes, Children of the Night, Friday the 13th: Park VII, Beverly Hills 90210, Entertainment Tonight and a three-year stint on Knots Landing, Lar has turned her attention to helping parents, young hopeful and even veteran actors pursue their goals in the entertainment industry with truth and integrity, while avoiding the pitfalls. Lar Park Lincoln will join us in our first hour.

Lar’s book, Get Started, Not Scammed, is a How To guide to navigating the entertainment industry that is filled with great stories and hands-on information, based on her three decades of experience. For more information about Lar’s book and her acting and audition classes, visit www.larparklincoln.com.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
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Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
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Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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Dave White Presents

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Remembering *The Waltons*, the Roots of Rock Drumming (Part 2), and the Art of Comedy Writing on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

Back in 1971, Mary McDonough hit the Hollywood jackpot when she was cast for her first acting role as 10 year old Erin Walton.   She spent the next 10 years playing Erin on *The Waltons* as well as in all those reunion movies to follow. No wonder her memoir is titled *Lessons from the Mountain: What I Learned from Erin Walton*.

 

On Tues., Feb. 25, Mary remembers those years and much more when she joins Wes Britton for a warm and affectionate return to Walton’s Mountain and all those lessons she learned. She talks about growing up starring in a show set during the Great Depression, how her character evolved, as well as her memories of Richard Thomas, Michael Learned, and the late Ralph Waite (who sadly passed away two days after this interview was recorded.) She will bring you up to date on the actual Hamer family, the folks on whom the Waltons were based. She’ll also tell you about her other roles, as in *The New Adventures of Old Christine*, her battles with Lupus, and her appearances before Congress to champion women’s health issues.

 

Next, on our last exciting episode, we offered part one of our conversation with Journey’s Steve Smith and Royal Crown Revue’s Daniel Glass discussing their new book, *The Roots of Rock Drumming*. *Roots* is a collection of interviews with 22 of the pioneers of rock stickmen,   which means Steve and Daniel had so many stories to share about how it all began, we couldn’t get them all in on one show! In part two, hear about how country drummers added rhythms by beating on boxes and how musicians schooled in jazz created the beats that changed a generation.

 

Then, dipping into the DWP archives, we decided to offer an encore of our June 20, 2012 conversation with comedy writer David Misch (*Mork and Mindy*, *SNL*, *Duckman.*) A writer, creator, and producer for programs on NBC, CBS, ABC, HBO, not to mention *The Muppets Take Manhattan*, it’s no surprise Dave’s funny book,    *Funny: The Book* took a humorous and historic look at what made and makes American’s laugh.

 

So two funny Daves—Mr. Misch and Mr. White—had a great time talking about the art of comedy writing back in 2012 and you too can share the laughs a second time on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Feb. 25 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. Feb. 28,   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

 

 

Michael Dante, plus Single Season Sitcoms: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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

Many of you know Michael Dante for playing Maab on Star Trek, Sitting Bull on Custer, and the title role in the critically acclaimed Winterhawk, as well as his appearances in such other classic films and TV series as Westbound, The Naked Kiss, Harlow, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Perry Mason, Maverick, Cheyenne, Sugarfoot and Get Smart. Michael not only learned his craft as an actor during the last days of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the early days of television, but had the great fortune of meeting many of his idols from the worlds of music, film and sports, including Tommy Dorsey, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Joe DiMaggio, Luke Appling, Nat King Cole and Lana Turner. In many respects the story of Michael’s life embodies the great American spirit. We’ll talk about that, and more, when he joins us in our second hour.

Michael Dante’s new book, Michael Dante: From Hollywood to Michael Dante Way, is now available for purchase. If you’d like a personally autographed copy, you can contact Michael directly at MichaelDanteWay.com.

Also joining us this week will be author Bob Leszczak. Bob’s books on music and television include Who Did It First?, a comprehensive look at cover songs and their original artists (with individual volumes for music in the rock, pop, and R&B genres), and Single Season Sitcoms, a complete guide to notable comedy series from the first thirty years of television that, for one reason or another, only lasted one season.

With the Winter Olympics ending next week, both the broadcast and cable networks will be rolling out new series again. We’ll see if any of these new shows last beyond their first season when Bob Leszczak joins us in our first hour.

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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM 1710 (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on PWRNetwork
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Alan Zweibel: Next on TVC

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, producer and author Alan Zweibel will join us  on the next edition  of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

One of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, where he wrote for Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and the rest of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Alan Zweibel has lent his voice to such other comedy legends as Steve Martin, David Letterman, Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, Jon Lovitz, Larry David and Martin Short. Alan is also an accomplished author and novelist; his books include Bunny Bunny, the story of his 14-year friendship with Gilda Radner, which began in July 1975 on the first day of production meetings for Saturday Night Live. We will talk about Gilda Radner, plus we’ll ask Alan about his work on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and other aspects of writing when he joins us in our second hour.

Alan Zweibel recently collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Broadway production of 700 Sundays, Crystal’s critically acclaimed, Tony Award-winning one-man show about growing up, growing old, and the undeniable power of family. A taped performance of 700 Sundays will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 19, while a new stage production of Bunny Bunny is currently playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank through Sunday, March 2.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we will remember Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime New York Mets television announcer Ralph Kiner by playing highlights of our three-part tribute to Kiner, which originally aired in April and May 2013 as part of The Sounds of Lost Television. Plus: This Week in TV History and a brand new DVD report.

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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM 1710 (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on PWRNetwork
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Dave White Presents

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Classic Hollywood Screenwriting, the Roots of Rock Drumming, and Old School Blues Guitar on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

You might not know the name Stirling Silliphant, but you’ve seen his work. He was screenwriter for 47 films such as *In the Heat of the Night* (for which he won an Oscar), *Telefon*, *The Poseidon Adventure*, and *The Towering Inferno*. His TV work included scripts for *Route 66*, *The Naked City*, *Perry Mason*, *Playhouse 90*, and *Alfred Hitchcock Presents*. He also created series like the James Franciscus hit, *Longstreet*. Among his close friends was one martial arts wiz named Bruce Lee.

 

What was the secret to Silliphant’s long success? According to Nat Segaloff, author of the new *Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God*, one answer was Silliphant’s ability to create memorable characters. But there’s more to the story. On the Feb. 11 edition of *Dave White Presents*, Segaloff will probe the career of Silliphant and share behind-the-scenes stories about the high points of Silliphant’s work, most notably how *In the Heat of the Night* became a ground-breaking film in 1967.

 

Speaking of ground-breaking, there was once a time when rock drummers didn’t think of themselves as rock drummers. That’s because, in the early days, many musicians hadn’t even heard the term “rock.” They were schooled in jazz, country, or just thought of themselves as musicians with no limits as to the genres they played.

 

Exploring these formative years, past DWP guest Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue, *The Century Project*) and co-author Steve Smith (Journey, Montrose) interviewed 22 fellow drummers in *The Roots of Rock Drumming*, a new book and DVD. Among the founding fathers of rock represented in their book are legends like Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine, Sandy Nelson, Dick Richards (Bill Haley’s Comets), Buddy Harman (Nashville A-Team),

Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly), Bernard Purdie, and Jim Keltner.

 

In the first of a two-part conversation with Wes Britton, Dan and Steve go back in time to talk about many of these stickmen and the role drums played in merging jazz, blues, and country into styles we all know well now, but were fresh and innovative back in the ’50s and early ’60s. In fact, Dan and Steve had so many insights and revelations to share that we decided to make this interview a special feature and present it over two shows. Trust us—this is a rock and roll education full of surprises and musical nuggets you won’t want to miss!

Getting even more Old School, guitar virtuoso Mark T. Small takes you into the small club vibe in his hot new CD, *Smokin’ Blues*. Using six different styles including both finger and flack pickin’, Small’s extraordinary fast, fast fingers dazzle fans with acoustic energy playing the grooves of Blind Boy Fuller, Tampa Red, Charley Patton, Rev. Gary Davis and post-war icons John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James. But Mark isn’t just playing old standards the old-fashioned way—every song has his unique interpretation especially crafted to keep audiences hooked on what they’re hearing by one man and one guitar all alone on the stage.

  

But don’t take our word for it—we’ll play you two samples from *Smokin Blues* on the next DWP when the very personable Mark T. Small talks about his art and career, and we’re very, very sure you’ll want more! Just wait till you hear “Railroad Blues” . . .     

 

So classic scriptwriting, Old School drumming, and amazing guitar work on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Feb. 11 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.  Feb. 12, 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

 

 

Dave White Presents

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Classic Hollywood Screenwriting, the Roots of Rock Drumming, and Old School Blues Guitar on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

You might not know the name Stirling Silliphant, but you’ve seen his work. He was screenwriter for 47 films such as *In the Heat of the Night* (for which he won an Oscar), *Telefon*, *The Poseidon Adventure*, and *The Towering Inferno*. His TV work included scripts for *Route 66*, *The Naked City*, *Perry Mason*, *Playhouse 90*, and *Alfred Hitchcock Presents*. He also created series like the James Franciscus hit, *Longstreet*. Among his close friends was one martial arts wiz named Bruce Li.

 

What was the secret to Silliphant’s long success? According to Nat Segaloff, author of the new *Stirling Silliphant: The Fingers of God*, one answer was Silliphant’s ability to create memorable characters. But there’s more to the story. On the Feb. 11 edition of *Dave White Presents*, Segaloff will probe the career of Silliphant and share behind-the-scenes stories about the high points of Silliphant’s work, most notably how *In the Heat of the Night* became a ground-breaking film in 1967.

 

Speaking of ground-breaking, there was once a time when rock drummers didn’t think of themselves as rock drummers. That’s because, in the early days, many musicians hadn’t even heard the term “rock.” They were schooled in jazz, country, or just thought of themselves as musicians with no limits as to the genres they played.

 

Exploring these formative years, past DWP guest Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue, *The Century Project*) and co-author Steve Smith (Journey, Montrose) interviewed 22 fellow drummers in *The Roots of Rock Drumming*, a new book and DVD. Among the founding fathers of rock represented in their book are legends like Earl Palmer, Hal Blaine, Sandy Nelson, Dick Richards (Bill Haley’s Comets), Buddy Harman (Nashville A-Team),

Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly), Bernard Purdie, and Jim Keltner.

 

In the first of a two-part conversation with Wes Britton, Dan and Steve go back in time to talk about many of these stickmen and the role drums played in merging jazz, blues, and country into styles we all know well now, but were fresh and innovative back in the ’50s and early ’60s. In fact, Dan and Steve had so many insights and revelations to share that we decided to make this interview a special feature and present it over two shows. Trust us—this is a rock and roll education full of surprises and musical nuggets you won’t want to miss!

 

Getting even more Old School, guitar virtuoso Mark T. Small takes you into the small club vibe in his hot new CD, *Smokin’ Blues*. Using six different styles including both finger and flack pickin’, Small’s extraordinary fast, fast fingers dazzle fans with acoustic energy playing the grooves of Blind Boy Fuller, Tampa Red, Charley Patton, Rev. Gary Davis and post-war icons John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James. But Mark isn’t just playing old standards the old-fashioned way—every song has his unique interpretation especially crafted to keep audiences hooked on what they’re hearing by one man and one guitar all alone on the stage.

 

But don’t take our word for it—we’ll play you two samples from *Smokin Blues* on the next DWP when the very personable Mark T. Small talks about his art and career, and we’re very, very sure you’ll want more! Just wait till you hear “Railroad Blues” . . .

 

So classic scriptwriting, Old School drumming, and amazing guitar work on the next *Dave White Presents*, Tuesday, Feb. 11 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.  Feb. 12, 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

 

 

Ida Lupino and Rona Barrett’s Hollywood: Next on TVC

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Authors Mary Ann Anderson and Sylvia Resnick will join us  on the next edition  of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

We will say Happy Birthday to Ida Lupino this week (her birthday was Feb. 4) as we welcome back author Mary Ann Anderson. Mary was the conservator for Ida Lupino during the last eleven years of Ida’s life, and became one of Ida’s closest friends as a result. Mary’s books include Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera, the story of Ida’s life and career (told almost entirely in Ida’s own words) and The Making of The Hitch-Hiker Illustrated, a behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1953 thriller directed by Ida Lupino that was not only the first American example of film noir that was directed by a woman, but a groundbreaking film in many other ways that can still be felt today.

Ida Lupino, of course, was among the first women to establish herself as a writer, producer and director at a time when the motion picture industry was still predominantly male-driven. We will not only talk about Ida’s impact on film and television, we actually hear from her herself ― by way of excerpts from a 1983 interview (one of the last recorded interviews that Ida gave) in which Ida discusses her film and television career. All this, and more, when Mary Ann Anderson joins us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be author and longtime entertainment journalist Sylvia Resnick. Sylvia began her career writing for such publications as Photoplay, Modern Screen and TV Radio Mirror before becoming a staff editor for Rona Barrett’s Hollywood. She has also written several books, including biographies of Burt Reynolds and Kristy McNichol, and The Walton Family Cookbook, which was recently re-released by Bear Manor Media. Sylvia has a lot of great stories about Old and New Hollywood, a few of which she’ll share with us this week.

Plus: With Jay Leno preparing to leave The Tonight Show this week, we will play excerpts from a 1989 interview that Jay gave to radio host Sam Yates (shortly after Jay was named permanent guest host of The Tonight Show) in which he discusses his early career in stand-up and his influences as a comedian.

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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT on IndianaTalks.com
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM 1710 (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Tue 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT on PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
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