Archive for November, 2014

Margaret O’Brien: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien will join us on our Thanksgiving weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the great child stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Margaret O’Brien went on to become one of the most popular, versatile and endearing actresses over the past six decades, largely because of her work on stage and television. Margaret will share a few memories of her long career, including her work with such stars as Robert Young and Mickey Rooney, when she joins in our second hour.

Margaret O’Brien will be honored next week by the Actors Fund with its inaugural Shirley Temple Award, which recognizes early pioneers in show business for their legacy in paving the way for other young performers. The event is open to the public and takes place Thursday, Dec. 4 at the: Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles, CA beginning at 6:30pm. To purchase tickets, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call (323) 933-9244 or visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards.

This week being Thanksgiving, Phil Gries will lead off our first hour with Part 2 of our look at vintage television celebrations of Thanksgiving. Plus: Greg Ehrbar remembers Phil Silvers and Sergeant Bilko, while Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen take a look at network trends that have developed so far this television season. 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 and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and 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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Tom Wopat, Don Most, plus the Thanksgiving Day Parade: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Singer/actors Tom Wopat and Don Most will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Recognized by television viewers as Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat is also an accomplished recording artist and musical star known for his roles in such Broadway productions as Annie Get Your Gun, Catered Affair, Chicago, 42nd Street and Sondheim on Sondheim. Tom, along with his longtime friend and fellow Dukes co-star John Schneider, has just released a new CD, Home for Christmas, that will not only get you ready for the holidays, but puts a new spin on several holiday classics while also celebrating their 35-year friendship. Tom Wopat will join us in our first hour.

Tom has several appearances coming up, including Nov. 19 in Strum, Wisconsin, plus two joint appearances with John Schneider: Dec. 2 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City, and Dec. 9 at the John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana. For more information on these and other events, go to www.TomWopat.com.

Speaking of singers who are also TV icons, also joining us this week will be Don Most. While most of you know Don as Ralph Malph from Happy Days, as well as his more recent roles on such shows as Men of a Certain Age and Glee, Don’s roots in musical theater—and his love for standards, swing and big band music—date back to his early years growing up in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll talk about Don’s music, his passion for Bobby Darin, and the 40th anniversary of Happy Days when he joins us in our second hour.

Don will be performing his live musical show, Donny Most Sings and Swings, on Friday, Nov. 21 at The Landmark Theater On Main, in Port Washington, NY; Sunday, Nov. 23 at McCloone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park, NJ; a command encore performance on Friday, Dec. 27 at “54 Below” in New York City; and Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles, CA. For more information on these and other upcoming dates, go to www.DonMost.net.

Also on this week’s show: 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the parade itself has been a staple of television every Thanksgiving since 1948, most of the early broadcasts have been lost or erased. With that in mind, Phil Gries has put together rare audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving Thanksgiving Day parade coverage as part of a holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television.

 

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 and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 10am ET, 7am 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
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James McEachin: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Actor, author, playwright and U.S. Army veteran James McEachin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Most of you know James McEachin for his many film and television roles, including Lt. Brock on The Perry Mason Mysteries and the starring role in the NBC private-eye series Tenafly. But he is also an accomplished novelist (The Heroin Factor, Farewell to the Mockingbirds, Tell Me a Tale) and playwright (Beyond the Call, Above the Duty), not to mention a decorated U.S. Army veteran with seven medals of valor.

James’ latest project, The Purple Heart, is based on the true story of the discovery of a lost Purple Heart medal that belonged to Lt. Henry Schenk, James’ patrol leader in the Korean War — and the role James played in helping restore that medal to Schenk’s family. The film also discusses the history of the Purple Heart itself, plus issues such as survivors guilt, the right and wrongs of war, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We’ll ask James about The Purple Heart, as well as his work with the likes of Sidney Poitier, John Wayne and Raymond Burr, when he joins us in our second hour.

The Purple Heart is in pre-production. To keep track of the latest developments, or to learn how you or someone you know can become involved in helping to fund the film, go to ThePurple HeartMovie.us.

Also this week: Phil Gries will join us for the final installment of our four-part tribute to late night TV talk show pioneer Les Crane, the first man to compete directly against Johnny Carson on a national level (which he did on ABC from 1964-1965). Crane’s interview style and penchant for discussing taboo topics with controversial guests also paved the way for Phil Donahue, Jenny Jones and Oprah Winfrey.

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 and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
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
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Emmy winner Ken Levine, plus Oscar, Oscar, Oscar: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Ken Levine 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, KSAV.org.

Ken Levine spent thirty years in network television writing, producing and directing such shows as M*A*S*H, Cheers (for which he won an Emmy as a producer in 1983), Frasier, Wings, The Simpsons, Becker, Dharma and Greg, and Everybody Loves Raymond, plus he co-created three shows of his own, including Almost Perfect. Now a successful playwright, Ken’s first play, a romantic comedy called A or B?, recently opened to rave reviews at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA. We’ll ask Ken how he came to write A or B?, as well as talk about some of the differences between writing for television and writing for the stage, when he joins us in our second hour.

A or B? is now playing at The Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA through Sunday, Nov. 16. For tickets and more information, call (818) 955-8101 or go to www.FalconTheatre.com.

Also joining us this week will be author and film and music historian Bob Leszczak. Bob’s latest book, The Odd Couple on Stage on Screen, tells you everything you wanted to know about The Odd Couple, from the Broadway play written by Neil Simon, to the classic TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, and the various other renderings of Felix and Oscar over the years. The basic premise of The Odd Couplehas been revisited many times in film and television (including, most recently, The Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men) while The Odd Couple itself will be returning to television on CBS in early 2015. We’ll ask Bob about that, and more, when he joins us in our first hour.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new 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
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
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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