Archive for May, 2017

Eight Decades of American Television: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Pop culture historians Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Harry Castleman has worked as a media producer and consultant for many political organizations and campaigns. Walter J. Podrazik is a communications and logistics consultant who currently serves as television curator at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Together they have collaborated on eight books on popular culture, including Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television, a sweeping look at the history of television from 1944 through the present day, from its early inception as a passive activity to its current form as a multi-tiered experience. Watching TV not only takes you behind the scenes of every prime time season and prime time schedule over the past eight decades, but includes an ongoing timeline of the major personalities, trends and breakout shows of each season. It is also, hands down, one of the best, most informative and engaging books on television that you will ever find.

Harry and Wally will join us for an expanded conversation that will begin near the end of our first hour. We’ll weigh in on the impact that Netflix and Amazon have had on TV programming, the current trend among the broadcast networks for so-called “limited run” series, the passings of Morley Safer and other TV icons, and a whole lot more.

Speaking of TV icons, Greg Ehrbar will share a few thoughts on the passing of longtime actress and voice artist Janet Waldo. Not only has Greg written extensively about Waldo’s accomplishments in music, film and television, but had an opportunity to direct her once. Plus: This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Donelle Dadigan and Randall Kenneth Jones: Next on TVC

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, and author Randall Kenneth Jones will join us on a brand new 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 appearance by Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hollywood. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Donelle on Thursday, June 1 with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant, the pioneering radio and TV broadcaster who served as honorary Mayor of Hollywood for almost thirty years. Initiated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after Grant’s death in 2008, The Distinguished Service Award is not given out annually; rather, it is reserved for those outstanding individuals whose contribution and commitment to the entertainment community rises to a level that implies a lasting positive impact to the city, the people and the dream that is Hollywood. Donelle Dadigan is only the third person to receive the Johnny Grant memorial award.

We will talk about the career of Johnny Grant, his influence on Donelle, and more when Donelle Dadigan joins us in our second hour.

Among the exhibits this summer at The Hollywood Museum is Jean Harlow: Hollywood’s First Blond Bombshell, a tribute to the first of many leading ladies from the Golden Age of Hollywood that was discovered by Howard Hughes. Among the items on display are costumes from some of Harlow’s films, furniture and artifacts from some of her homes in L.A. (including her last home in Beverly Glen), Harlow’s one-of-a-kind 1932 dual phaeton four-door Packard convertible, a portrait of Jean Harlow that was commissioned by her mother after Harlow died in June 1937, and more. The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 North Highland Ave., at Hollywood Blvd. in the Max Factor Building. For tickets and more information call 323 464-7776 or go to The Hollywood Museum.

This week’s show will also feature Randall Kenneth Jones, an entrepreneur, creative thinker, speaker and self-described “professional storyteller” who has worked with such companies as Walgreens, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, GEICO, Sears and Pier 1. Randy’s new book, Show Me: Celebrities, Business Tycoons, Rock Stars, Journalists, Humanitarians, Attack Bunnies and More, promotes creative thinking, positive communication, innovation, authenticity, respect and laughter while dispelling the wisdom of such film, TV, sports, music and business icons as Shirley Jones, Erin Brockovich, Kathy Griffin, Magic Johnson, Colin Mochrie, Vanessa Williams, G.W. Bailey, Sonny Jurgenson, Pat Benatar and more than 100 others. Randall Kenneth Jones will join us during our first hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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David Frankham and Ralph Senensky: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Actor and author David Frankham and television director Ralph Senensky will join us on a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known for his leading roles in such films as Return of the Fly, Master of the World and Tales of Terror, not to mention the voice of Sergeant Tibbs in 101 Dalmations, David Frankham also worked steadily in television for more than three decades, including such classic shows as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Maverick, Thriller, 77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I., The Outer Limits and the original Star Trek. His memoir, Which One Was David?, is filled with great stories about his film and TV career, as well as his friendships with the likes of Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Rock Hudson, Dirk Bogarde, Angela Lansbury, Roger Corman, William Wyler, Ida Lupino and Barbara Stanwyck.

David has a new project in the works, plus another that is available to the public right now. We’ll talk about both, and more, when David Frankham joins us in the studio during our second hour.

The first hour of this week’s show will include Part 2 of the conversation we began on our May 5 program with Ralph Senensky, whose long and eclectic career as a television director includes multiple episodes of some of the most popular drama and comedy series of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including The Waltons, The F.B.I., the original Star Trek and the original Twilight Zone.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, FeedBurner, SoundCloud
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Charlotte Stewart: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Actress and author Charlotte Stewart will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision RadioKSAV.org.

Known around the world as Miss Beadle on Little House on the Prairie, and Betty Briggs on Twin Peaks, Charlotte Stewart began her career as Disneyland’s first walk-around character of Alice in Wonderland ― and though she didn’t know it at the time, she would go through the looking glass on more than one occasion as she embraced the hippie movement of the ’60s and ’70s (and all that it embodied) before bottoming out in the 1980s after falling prey to alcoholism and drug addiction.

Charlotte speaks candidly about her life choices (good, bad and disastrous) in Little House in the Hollywood Hills, a book that not only gives you a good idea of what it was like to live in and survive the era of Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, but includes great stories about some of the many real-life characters from music, film and TV that were part of the fabric of Charlotte’s life. Charlotte Stewart will join us in our second hour.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour for the final segment in our six-part series on the life and career of comedian Joey Bishop. Among other things, we’ll play highlights from Bishop’s final appearance from his ABC late night talk show (Nov. 26, 1969), as well as discuss his controversial choice to walk off the air that night, his fallout with Regis Philbin, his sometimes difficult relationship with writers and other show business colleagues, his place in the pantheon of late night TV hosts, and his philosophy to life in general. Plus: Greg Ehrbar with an expanded DVD report that takes an in-depth look at Cop Rock, the short-lived yet infamous series produced and co-created by Steven Bochco that attempted to fuse a West Side Story-like musical into the genre of TV cop shows.

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 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Ralph Senensky, plus More Life Lessons from The Twilight Zone: Next on TVC

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Television director Ralph Senensky and television critic Mark Dawidziak 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 show will include a return appearance by Ralph Senensky, longtime member of the Directors Guild of America and a man whose eclectic career as a television director includes multiple episodes of some of the most popular drama and comedy series of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including The Waltons, The FBI, the original Star Trek and the original Twilight Zone. Among other things, we will talk about a new film featuring Ralph about the discovery of the original pony cart that was used in the famous episode of The Waltons that Ralph directed in 1976 and for which Beulah Bondi won an Emmy Award. Ralph Senensky will join us in our second hour.

Our first hour will feature Part 2 of our conversation with Mark Dawidziak, television critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, a new book that takes all of the various life lessons, ground rules, inspirational thoughts and musings of the series and basically says “We would all be better people if we lived our life by what The Twilight Zone teaches us.” We’ll talk about some more of the fifty-one lessons found in Mark’s book, plus we’ll continue our conversation about the various portrayals of humor in The Twilight Zone and look at some of Rod Serling’s other notable works in film and television.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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 (Marion, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
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 (San Francisco, CA)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
Tape us now, listen to us later, using DAR.fm/tvconfidential
Also available as a podcast via iTunes, FeedBurner, SoundCloud
and now on your mobile phone via Stitcher.com
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