Archive for May, 2014

Roy Orbison: Rhapsody in Black: Next on TVC

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Author John Kruth and DVD producer Mark Milano will join us on a special encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Mystery Girl, the final album by legendary singer/songwriter Roy Orbison, released just a few weeks after his tragic death on Dec. 6, 1988. 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 — while his 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.

We’ll remember the Rock and Rock Hall of Famer this week with a replay of our November 2013 conversation with 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 The Big O, 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.

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Marion Ross: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge) will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Marion Ross spent eleven seasons playing Marion Cunningham (“Mrs. C”) on Happy Days, a character that TV Guide named one of the Top 10 TV Moms in television history. But Happy Days is just one chapter in a long and successful career that has seen Marion work with such legends as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Jose Ferrer, Noel Coward, Kirk Douglas, Mike Connors and David Janssen, while also earning acclaim for her role as Sophie Berger, the strong-willed matriarch on Brooklyn Bridge.

Marion recently filmed an episode of Hot in Cleveland that will air later this summer on TV Land, while Happy Days returns to Me-TV’s weeknight lineup beginning Monday, May 26. Marion Ross will join us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of Greg Ehrbar’s conversation with Peter Key, the son of Ted Key, the writer/cartoonist who not only created Hazel, but developed the characters and format for what eventually became Mr. Peabody and Sherman (or Peabody’s Improbable History, as the segment was known on The Bullwinkle Show). Greg and Peter will discuss that aspect of Ted Key’s career, as well as the three successful comedy movies that Ted wrote for Disney: Gus, The Million Dollar Duck and The Cat from Outer Space.
 
All this, plus 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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Weekends, various times, 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 (La Selva Beach and 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
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Mike Connors: Next on TVC

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Actor Mike Connors, television writer/producer David Breckman and author JoAnn Paul will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Mike Connors, of course, is known to three generations of viewers as the star of Mannix, the the long-running private eye series from the late ’60s and early 1970s that was as much known for its cinematic style, iconic theme music by Lalo Schifrin, signature sports jackets and the famous Mannix dune buggy roll as it was for the character of Joe Mannix himself. Still popular today around the world, Mannix paved the way for the wave of private detective shows that dominated network television throughout the 1970s and ’80s, while Connors brought a humanity and vulnerability to Joe Mannix that has rarely been matched among TV protagonists. Mike Connors will join us in our second hour.

Mike Connors also wrote the foreword to And Now, Back to Mannix, a new book by JoAnn M. Paul that not only explores the depth of the Mannix character in great detail, but makes the case that Joe Mannix has all the traits of a classic literary hero. JoAnn Paul will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us will be David Breckman, writer, director and co-executive producer for the long-running private eye series Monk. David wrote the introduction to And Now, Back to Mannix, plus he was instrumental in arranging for Mike Connors’ appearance on our show.

This week’s program will also include an extended edition of This Week in TV History that will include a remembrance of actress Jackie Lynn Taylor, as well as a discussion of both the first Our Gang comedy to be filmed with sound, and the last Our Gang ever to be produced. 

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
Weekends, various times, 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 (La Selva Beach and 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
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Soap, Susskind and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.: Next on TVC

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Authors A.S. Berman and Cary O’Dell will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The story of two sisters, Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) and Mary Campbell (Cathryn Damon), Soap (ABC, 1977-1981) was a show that was as passionate and controversial as the era in which it was made. Though often dismissed as a mere parody of daytime soap operas, Soap tackled sex, death, depression, infidelity, homosexuality, transsexuality and other taboo subjects with a wit and gentleness that had never been seen on American television. It was also a show that both ad-hoc groups and the mainstream media universally hated ― albeit for different reasons ― long before a single episode ever actually aired. But Soap not only survived all the controversy, it thrived, launching the careers of Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, and Katherine Helmond, while also establishing Susan Harris as one of television’s premier writer/producers.

Soap is also the subject of Soap: The Unauthorized Inside Story of the Sitcom That Broke ALL The Rules, an excellent new book by A.S. Berman. Aaron’s book, says Soap actor Jay Johnson, “doesn’t pull punches, but there are no round-house sucker punches, either. It is the story of people just trying to do their job, never realizing that 40 years later someone would be asking questions about it…. It is a familiar tale of how things change but remain the same as attitudes and morés are the last to update themselves.” A.S. Berman will join us for an extended conversation that will begin near the end of our first hour.

This week’s program will also include an encore presentation of our January 2011 conversation with Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the iconic television actor who passed away on Friday, May 2. Described by several guests on our program as “the Rolls-Royce of actors,” Efrem shared some memories of his work on The F.B.I., Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. But we also chatted about his musical lineage, his formative years as a young man and the path that led him to Hollywood. We will replay our conversation with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. during our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be author and archivist Cary O’Dell (June Cleaver Was a Feminist: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television). Cary has launched a crowdsourcing campaign through Kickstarter that hopes to raise funds to transfer more than 200 episodes of The David Susskind Show from their original bulky 2-inch videotape to digital format so that they can be preserved and enjoyed by future generations. Many of these videotapes are more than 40 years old and are danger of decomposing and becoming lost forever. The campaign continues through Saturday, June 7. For more information, go to Kickstarter.com and type in David Susskind, for Preservation not Profit.

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
Weekends, various times, 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 (La Selva Beach and 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
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Dave White Presents

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

 

Bill Medley talks   The Righteous Brothers and Luke Moran discusses *Boys Of Abu Ghraib* on the Next *Dave White Presents*!

 

From 1962 to 1968, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were The Righteous Brothers, best-loved for their hits like “Unchained Melody,” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” and especially “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” still the most played song in radio history. 1974’s “Rock and Roll Heaven” was their last chart success as a duo. Medley went on to a fruitful solo career, including   1987’s duet with Jennifer Warnes, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the soundtrack for *Dirty Dancing*. And that’s only a small part of the story.

 

On Tuesday, May 6, Bill Medley comes to *Dave White Presents* to talk about his life and career as captured in his new memoir, *The Time of My Life*. In a lengthy, warm, and in-depth conversation with Wes Britton, Bill talks about how it all began and how he was not only one of the singers in the Righteous Brothers, but also a song composer and producer as well. Bill will tell you stories about how the hits were made, his time with Phil Spector, about his friendship with Elvis and how Frank Sinatra gave him voice lessons in Las Vegas. He has much to say about Bobby Hatfield and why the pair had a series of break-ups. Medley poignantly describes the night when Medley himself discovered his partner dead in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just hours before the pair were to perform.

 

It’s hard to imagine a more special interview for *DWP*, and we’re extremely proud and honored to have Bill Medley join us. But this show is really a double feature!

 

This March, *Boys Of Abu Ghraib* was released as a major motion picture written, directed, produced, and starring Luke Moran. Moran plays soldier Jack Farmer who gets caught up in the actual Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse in 2003 and 2004. Also starring Sean Astin, Scott Patterson, and Omid Abtahi, the film is the story of how and why small-town American soldiers found themselves shocking the world.

 

On Tuesday’s *DWP*, Luke Moran will tell you about the movie’s plot, its message, and what makes this film a different type of war story.  You’ll hear insights into what soldiers experienced in Iraq and how it affected them. It’s a drama that should resonate with anyone who knows someone in uniform.

 

So it’s Bill Medley and Luke Moran on Tuesday, May 6 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.  May 7, 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

 

Read Wes Britton’s review of *The Time of My Life* at:

http://blogcritics.org/book-review-the-time-of-my-life-by-bill-medley/