Archive for December, 2018

Take a Good Look at Guy Lombardo: Next on TVC

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

We’ll have something old and something new for you this holiday weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Our first hour will include the continuation of our November 2017 interview with Josh Mills, son of singer/actress Edie Adams and the curator of the estates of Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs. You might recall that, in Part 1, we focused mostly on Take a Good Look, the offbeat game show that Ernie hosted for ABC in the early 1960s. We’ll talk some more about Take a Good Look, but we will look back at the careers of Ernie and Edie in general, plus we’ll preview some of the events and items that Josh has in store to celebrate the centennial birthday of Ernie Kovacs in January 2019. PROGRAM NOTE: We will commemorate the Kovacs centennial as part of a special program that will air later in January 2019. Josh Mills will be back in the studio to join us for that.

Our second hour will include an encore presentation of our annual New Year’s Eve edition of the Sounds of Lost Television. Phil Gries will play audio highlights of vintage TV New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians that originally aired on CBS, ABC, and local television, including rarely heard audio of Howard Cosell covering the iconic ball drop at midnight from Times Square, New York.

On behalf of Tony, Donna, Phil, Greg, and Chris, thank you for making us part of your holiday weekend celebration. We wish you all the very best for the New Year and beyond.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
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)
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Wink Martindale: Next on TVC

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Game show legend Wink Martindale will join us, plus we’ll play Part 2 of our conversation with Moody Blues historian Marc Cushman. All that and more this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

In the history of TV game shows, the name Wink Martindale has become synonymous with the word “host.” Wink has hosted nineteen game shows over the course of his career—including such popular games as Gambit, Debt and, of course, Tic Tac Dough—plus he has produced several others. And while he is best known for his work in television, Wink has deep roots in radio, both as a deejay, announcer and talk show host, plus he had a Gold Record in 1959 for the spoken word recording “Deck of Cards.”

Some of you may know that Wink Martindale had a long association with Elvis Presley. What you may not know is that Wink was there at the very beginning. He was at the station in Memphis, TN on the night when an Elvis Presley record was played on the radio for the very first time, launching a phenomenon that has never stopped.

Wink just released a new spoken word recording, “Heavenly Child,” which pays tribute to Elvis. We’ll ask him about that, plus we’ll talk about the annual countdown of the 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time that Wink hosts and produces, and which will be heard of hundreds of radio stations across the country on Christmas Day. We’ll also talk about game shows, of course, when Wink Martindale joins us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman. 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). This week we’ll talk about the origins of the band, the back story of such songs as “Nights in White Satin,” the longstanding relationship between The Moody Blues and The Beatles, and how the Moodies changed the way in which bands released albums.

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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Carole Wells, plus the Legacies of Merv Griffin and Rankin/Bass: Next on TVC

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Actress, author and philanthropist Carole Wells and television historian and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Carole Wells began her career in the performing arts when she was twelve years old. At age sixteen, she sang the coloratura solo in Puccini’s operatic Messa di Gloria at the Hollywood Bowl, plus she co-starred in the television series National Velvet. In the course of her acting career, she appeared in twelve motion pictures, including Funny Lady, and more than 100 television shows, including a co-starring role opposite Ann Sheridan and Ruth McDevitt in the CBS-TV sitcom Pistols and Petticoats.

Carole’s life changed forever on Sept. 27, 1977, when she boarded Japanese Air Lines Flight 472 from Cairo to Bombay, en route to Bangkok. Within moments she, along with the 155 other passengers and fourteen crew members, were taken hostage by members of the terrorist group The Japanese Red Army and their flight hijacked to Dacca, Bangladesh. The ordeal lasted five days—but as you can imagine, it left a scar on Carole that did not begin to heal until forty years later.

Carole not only relives those events vividly in a new book, Hijacked: An Eyewitness Account of Evil, but talks about how her faith sustained her throughout those five days. Carole Wells will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: Author Steve Randisi will join us as we examine the legacy of The Merv Griffin Show (NBC/Synd./CBS/Synd., 1962-1986). One of the most successful and longest running variety/talk shows in television history, The Merv Griffin Show won critical acclaim, multiple Emmy Awards and a loyal audience, setting a standard that remains enviable today, while also presenting thousands of celebrated personalities from all walks of life: movies, television, politics, sports, books, the arts, stand-up comedy and everything in between. Thought mostly known for its wide success in first-run syndication—where it often aired either late afternoon or, in some markets, during prime time hours—The Merv Griffin Show started as a daytime talk show for NBC in 1962. Plus, as many of you know, the success of Merv’s Westinghouse show prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop: the first three-way network late night talk show competition in TV history.

Steve’s book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, covers the Griffin show in all of its incarnations. Featuring original interviews with producer Bob Shanks, Merv’s longtime publicist Albert Fisher, longtime show writer Tony Garafolo, Julann Griffin (Merv’s ex-wife), and several longtime guests of The Merv Griffin Show, it provides insight into Merv Griffin the performer, Merv the producer, and Merv the human being. Steve Randisi will join us during our first hour; Phil Gries will co-host the segment.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar will take a look at new DVD releases of the holiday favorites Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Among the extra features included in each package is The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, an excellent documentary that sheds light on the impact that animators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass had on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they have continued to shape and influence the makers of holiday films and holiday TV programs to this day.

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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