Archive for May, 2015

Mick Martin and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Author, musician and radio host Mick Martin and author/screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return visit from author, journalist and musician Mick Martin, a man who has enjoyed a long, interesting and successful career in two seemingly opposite fields. For many years, Mick was the film critic for such newspapers as The Sacramento Union. He was also the co-author of Video Movie Guide, the annual guide to movies and TV shows available on home video, as well as the collaborator on such books as Them Ornery Mitchum Boys, the memoirs of character actor John Mitchum. At the same time Mick has enjoyed a long career as a blues musician, having played alongside Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds, Jimmy Smith, and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones. He currently hosts Mick Martin’s Blues Party, a weekend radio program heard on Capital Public Radio.

Mick has interviewed hundreds of actors and musicians throughout his career, including Clint Walker, Jack Kelly and Christopher Lee, plus he has a lifelong admiration for the work of many of the great film and TV character actors of the past sixty years. Mick Martin will join us in our first hour.

Our second hour will feature Part 2 of our conversation with author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf (Beating the Odds, Fallen Angels, Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate). Marv is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran who did tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, as well as statewide. As a matter of fact, while he was in the Army, Marv worked behind the scenes with John Wayne on the making of the movie The Green Berets. We’ll talk about that, and more, during our second hour.
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Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
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Remembering Bob Hope on His Birthday: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Bill Daily, Connie Stevens and comedy writer Bob Mills will join us on a special encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, we’ll mark the occasion with a replay of our 2013 tribute to Bob Hope, the iconic entertainer who would have turned 112 this coming May 29.

Joining us in the studio will be longtime comedy writer Bob Mills. Bob spent about two decades in network television, first as a staff writer with The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts in the mid 1970s before beginning a 15-year stint as a staff writer for Bob Hope throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Though Hope was 75 when Mills started writing for him, in many respects he was just beginning to hit his stride as a performer. We’ll find out why when Bob Mills joins us in our first hour.

Bob Mills is also the author of The Laugh Makers, a great book that not only provides insight into both Bob Hope the comedian and Bob Hope the person, but takes you behind the scenes of the last decades of the network variety show while also paying tribute to the “Gag Men” and “Gag Women” who made it happen.

In keeping with our theme this week, we’ll round out the show with replays of our 2014 conversations with singer/actress Connie Stevens (who performed with Bob Hope many times, both on television and on his USO tours) and actor Bill Daily (who channeled Bob Hope when he played Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie). Bill Daily, by the way, will be appearing with Barbara Eden at this year’s Fan Expo Dallas, May 29 thru May 31.

 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM 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 and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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Wonder Woman, Joan Benedict Steiger, plus Living Life One Blink at a Time: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Actress Joan Benedict Steiger and author Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

This week’s program will include a return visit from actress Joan Benedict Steiger. Joan’s television career ranges from such classic shows as The Steve Allen Show and the original Candid Camera, to General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. She also has two new movies coming out later this year, plus we’ll ask about her upcoming book, Brooklyn Baby, in which she writes about overcoming the loss of the three great loves in her life — one of which was Oscar winner Rod Steiger. Joan Benedict Steiger will join us in our first hour.

Speaking of people who have overcome obstacles, also joining us this week will be authors Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati. In 1989, Ismail was running a very successful film and video production business when he learned that he had Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a gradual weakening of nerve cells that allow the brain to control muscle movement. Most people with ALS die within five years of diagnosis. Ismail, however, is not only still alive, but he and Cheryl have continued to live life as fully as possible, despite his debilitating condition. We’ll learn about their amazing story, and the role that classic television plays in it, when Ismail and Cheryl join us at the end of our first hour.

Ismail and Cheryl’s book, One Blink at a Time, includes practical advice on how to face the challenges of living with ALS, plus a heartfelt foreword from Phil Gries.

Our second hour will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Mike Pingel, author of Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, everything you want to know about the classic TV series starring Lynda Carter that currently airs Saturday nights on Me-TV. Plus: As David Letterman gets ready for his final week on CBS, we’ll take a look at the mark he left on late night television, both on NBC and CBS.

 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM 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 and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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Fred de Cordova and The Inside Story of Soap: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Authors Mark Bennett and A.S. Berman will join us on a special encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

In the early 1990s, Fred de Cordova — the legendary producer and director of such classic television series as The Jack Benny Program, Burns and Allen, The George Gobel Show, My Three Sons, The Bob Cummings Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson — was more or less winding down his career when he happened to meet Mark Bennett, a young actor and producer who at the time had recently relocated to Los Angeles from his native Colorado. In an unlikely twist, Fred not only became Mark’s friend and mentor, but would lead Mark on a journey that would change both their lives.

That story is at the heart of The Big Show, a memoir of Mark’s years working with Fred de Cordova. Though set in the world of set business, The Big Show is, at its heart, a story about mentorship that readers will enjoy no matter what their profession. The book includes a very heartfelt foreword by comedian Bob Newhart. Mark Bennett will join us in our first hour.

This week’s program will also include a replay of our conversation from May 2014 about Soap, the long-running ABC comedy series that was as passionate and controversial as the era in which it was made (1977-1981). 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 book by A.S. Berman that includes a foreword by Soap actor Jay Johnson. A.S. Berman will join us for an extended conversation that will begin near the end of our first hour.

 

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM 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
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 and FM (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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