Archive for November, 2018

Marty Krofft, plus The Story of The Moody Blues: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Television producer Marty Krofft and music and TV historian Marc Cushman will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Most, if not all, of the most colorful and fondly remembered children’s television series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows—including Land of the Lost, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and H.R. Pufnstuf—were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, not to mention a testament to the artistry and charm of the Krofft brothers themselves and the magical spell they cast on generations of TV viewers. Then, of course, there were the catchy theme songs for each Krofft-produced series, which not only put us in the right mood to watch the show every week, but summarized the premise in a way that would make Sherwood Schwartz proud.

The Krofft brothers were honored by the Daytime Television Academy earlier this year with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Emmy—but their career is, by no means, over. In the past three years they have created three series, including the twice-Emmy nominated Nickelodeon series Mutt and Stuff, and a reimagining of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that airs on Amazon. They also have several other projects in the works, including a new, original science series starring Mayim Bialik. Marty Krofft will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We will sojourn back to the Days of Future Passed as we talk about The Moody Blues, the British band that has not only left their mark on music over the past five decades, but which many of you may have first discovered through television—either by way of MTV or, going further back, the very same pop music TV shows that Chuck Harter talked about recently on our program. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier in 2018, The Moody Blues have sold more than 80 million records, scoring Top 20 hits in four different decades, beginning with their first No. 1 single, “Go Now,” from 1965. Their true breakthrough, however, came in November 1967 with the release of the classic Days of Future Passed, the first LP to combine the rock album format with orchestral music, spawning another No. 1 single, “Nights in White Satin,” while also giving birth to the genre of “symphonic rock.”

Joining us in our first hour will be award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, These Are The Voyages). Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). Long Distance Voyagers includes original interviews with founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, plus thousands of vintage interviews, reviews, record chart statistics, hundreds and hundreds of photos, and more. If you love The Moody Blues, or enjoy music history, it is a book that will put you on the very threshold of a dream. Chuck Harter will co-host this segment.

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 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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The Sounds of Lost Thanksgiving: Next on TVC

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Phil Gries will play highlights from vintage Thanksgiving Night specials and coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of an encore edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour this week will feature an encore presentation of our special holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television. Phil Gries will play rarely heard audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including clips from broadcasts hosted by Lorne Greene, Betty White, Martin Milner, Kent McCord and June Lockhart, as well as highlights from vintage network Thanksgiving TV specials, including programs hosted by Dean Martin and Bob and Ray.

This week’s program will also include an encore presentation of our February 2012 conversation with Tommy Hawkins, the Emmy Award-nominated broadcaster, renaissance man and former NBA star who passed away in 2017 at the age of 80. Tommy Hawkins enjoyed a 10-year career in the NBA for both the Minneapolis Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the old Cincinnati Royals, playing alongside such Hall of Famers as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Oscar Robertson. When his basketball career ended, he embarked on new challenges, first in radio and television (including co-hosting Mid-Morning Los Angeles with Stephanie Edwards and Meredith MacRae, as well as broadcasting for NBC Sports), then as a baseball executive for eighteen years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At the time we spoke to Tommy, he had just published a coffee table book, Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People, that reflects his many interests, which include such subjects as sports, jazz, art, poetry, travel, life, love, family, and the turbulent decade known as the 1960s. We talked about his playing career, his passion for poetry, and how Regis Philbin played a key role in one of his first breaks as a broadcaster. We’ll replay our conversation with Tommy Hawkins in our second 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 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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Ed Asner: Next on TVC

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

We will welcome back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. All that and more this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

An enduring presence in stage, film and television for more than sixty years, Ed Asner established himself as a solid and versatile performer in many top films and TV series throughout the 1960s before becoming a star in his own right as newsman Lou Grant in the 1970s, first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then on his own hour-long drama, Lou Grant. Ed earned five of his eight Emmy Awards for playing Lou Grant (three on the Moore Show, two on Lou Grant), making him the only actor to win an Prime Time Emmy Award for playing the same role in both a comedy series and a drama. Also known as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up!, and as Santa Claus in the now holiday classic Elf, Ed also won Emmys for his performances in Rich Man, Poor Man, the original Roots and the Canadian drama Forgive Me.

Ed Asner is currently starring as God Almighty in God Help Us, a new stage play in which God moderates a debate between two pundits on opposite sides of the political spectrum. A comedy that speaks to audiences of all political persuasions, God Help Us will make you laugh and make you think, while also offering hope for the future, provided that we all listen to each other. We’ll ask Ed what it’s like to play God (literally), plus we’ll ask him what inspired him to start The Ed Asner Family Center, a nonprofit organization that benefits children with special needs; the differences between playing God and playing Santa Claus; and, of course, a few questions about The Mary Tyler Moore Show. We’ll also talk about some of his other upcoming projects in 2019. Ed Asner will join us in our second hour.

For more information on God Help Us, including how to book the play to a playhouse near you, go to GodHelpUs.net.

Ed Asner will also bring his critically acclaimed one-man show A Man and His Prostate to the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019; the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California on  Friday, Feb. 1, 2019; and The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 10. 2019. For more information on A Man and His Prostate and other upcoming performances, go to AManandHisProstate.com.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production. After working behind the scenes on such variety shows and live television events as Star Search, The American Music Awards, the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, and two Academy Awards broadcasts, Leslie became as a “switcher” for top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live audience. We will find out what a switcher does, plus we’ll ask Leslie about her experience as post-production supervisor on such shows as ER and Third Watch, and her experience working on Roundhouse and On the Television, two of the first original series produced by Nickelodeon.

Leslie Bertram Crane is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles.

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 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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Thom Bierdz and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Actor, artist and author Thom Bierdz and screenwriter and novelist Marvin J. Wolf will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

The first openly gay contract player on a major daytime TV drama, Thom Bierdz is best known for playing Philip Chancellor III on The Young and The Restless. Some of you may also remember him for his frequent appearances on such prime time shows as Matlock, Murder She Wrote and Melrose Place. Also an award-winning author and artist, Thom’s books include Forgiving Troy, a memoir that recounts the murder of his mother by his paranoid schizophrenic brother (and how Thom came to survive that tragedy and ultimately find forgiveness), while publications such as Highlight Hollywood have likened Thom’s artwork to that of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

Thom’s latest book, Young, Gay and Restless: My Scandalous On-Screen & Off-Screen Sexual Liberations, not only proves that Mark Twain was right when he famously said that truth is all too often stranger than fiction, but just may be the most open and honest memoir you will ever read. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll show you how, despite its provocative title, Young, Gay and Restless is a testament to the human spirit. Sensitively written, it tells the story of a man who, after reaching stardom in Hollywood, returns to his humble beginnings to find what we all seek—peace and contentment—in the solitude of a cabin in the woods far away from Hollywood. Thom Bierdz will join us in our second hour.

With Veteran’s Day weekend upon us, this week’s show will also include a return appearance from author, journalist, screenwriter, raconteur and novelist Marvin J. Wolf (For Whom the Shofar Blows, A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn). A former combat photographer for the U.S. Army during Vietnam, Marv has been a freelance photojournalist and freelance writer for more than forty years. Marv’s latest effort, A Tale of Two Rabbis, is the third in a series of mystery novels featuring crime-solving Rabbi Ben. A master of the Torah, Talmud and Tae Kwon Do, Rabbi Ben is a discerning student of human nature that one reader once described as a “Jewish 007.”

In A Tale of Two Rabbis, Rabbi Ben reluctantly probes the disappearance of a rabbi in the Temple Hill area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—only to find himself under suspicion of the murder of another man. We’ll ask Marv how he came to develop Rabbi Ben, including how he was inspired, in part, by Paladin, the “traveling angel” who was the protagonist of the long-running CBS television series and radio drama Have Gun, Will Travel. But we’ll also show you how Rabbi Ben shares some of the characteristics of Dr. Richard Kimble (The Fugitive), Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock (Route 66), and, in at least one important respect, Jim Rockford of The Rockford Files. Marvin J. Wolf will join us in our first hour.

Also this week: Given the recent release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the critically acclaimed, highly anticipated biopic of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, this week’s show will include highlights from our December 2012 conversation with music journalist Lesley-Ann Jones. Lesley-Ann’s book Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury not only traces the role that television played in the rise of Queen in the 1970s and ’80s, but includes the back stories of such hit songs as “We Are the Champions,” “Under Pressure” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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 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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