Archive for June, 2019

Dolly Read Martin, plus The Sounds of Rare Merv: Next on TVC

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Actress Dolly Read Martin and author Steve Randisi will join us this weekend for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Movie fans know Dolly Read Martin as one of the stars of the cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, while game show fans remember her many appearances on such classic game shows as Tattletales and the CBS Match Game. The widow of comedian Dick Martin (Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In), to whom she was married for more than thirty years, Dolly was also one of the first Playboy Bunnies from London hired by Hugh Hefner to open the London Playboy Club in 1966, while in the United States she also worked in the Playboy Clubs in Chicago and New York.

We’ll talk to Dolly about how the loose, free-flowing vibe behind the scenes of Match Game was an integral part of the appeal of the show; why working as a Bunny at the Playboy Clubs was not always as glamorous at it would seem; the secret greeting that she and Harvey Korman shared with each other for more than thirty years; plus a few other surprises. Dolly Read Martin will join us in our second hour. Chris Korman will co-host.

Steve Randisi will join Phil Gries in our first hour for the third and final part of our special Sounds of Lost Television tribute to the short-lived but critically acclaimed NBC daytime talk show that Merv Griffin hosted between October 1962 and March 1963. This week’s segment will include highlights from Merv’s 1963 interview with Montgomery Clift—one of the actor’s rare appearances on a daytime talk/variety show—plus a clip with Jack Benny in which the iconic comedian revealed why he chose for his onscreen persona to remain age thirty-nine. Steve Randisi is the author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on 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
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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TV’s Longest Sustained Laugh, plus A Glimpse Inside the Obama White House: Next on TVC

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Emmy Award-winning writers Rick Hawkins and Geoffrey Mark and iconic actress, comedian, filmmaker and photographer Anna Wilding will join us for a brand new edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,  KSAV.org.

Calendar year 2019 marks the eightieth anniversary of the original theatrical release of Gone with the Wind, the epic length Oscar-winning movie that was also the inspiration for one of the most, if not the most, famous movie parodies on The Carol Burnett Show—that being “Went with the Wind,” the sketch that, as most of you probably know, also contains the longest sustained laugh in television history.

Joining us this week will be Rick Hawkins, the Emmy Award-winning staff writer for The Carol Burnett Show who co-wrote the “Went with the Wind” sketch with Liz Sage. Rick’s stint on the Burnett show launched a thirty-year career as a television writer and producer that included an Emmy Award, seven Emmy nominations, five WGA nominations, and more than 600 television credits, including writing and producing such popular shows as Punky Brewster, Major Dad, and Sister, Sister, and writing the original two-hour made-for-TV movie that ultimately led to The Love Boat.

We’ll ask Rick about the back story of “Went with the Wind,” including how the sketch almost never made it on the air, as well as how Carol Burnett’s performance as Scarlett during the famous “curtail rod dress” sequence had as much to do with the audience reaction to that moment as the outlandish outfit itself. We’ll also talk about the three years that Rick spent in Russia in the early 2000s, during which time he adapted such popular American shows as Married with Children, Everybody Loves Raymond, and I Dream of Jeannie to Russian audiences on behalf of Sony International. Rick Hawkins will join us during our second hour.

Also this week: We will welcome award-winning actress, director, comedian, producer and iconic still photographer Anna Wilding. Considered iconic both for her work on screen and behind the camera, Anna added a new chapter to her eclectic career when she spent two years (2015-2017) as a member of the White House press corps, mostly under the Obama Administration. During that time, Anna worked as a photographer and occasional reporter for the Herald de Paris, Huffington Post and an Israeli television network, while some of her photos of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were shared worldwide through Splash News and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Celebrate Hope, a collection of photographs that Anna took during her stint as a White House press photographer, not only offers the public a rare opportunity to experience the “People’s House” through up-close-and-personal images of President and First Lady Obama as they inhabit the West and East Wings, but, in many ways, reveals the humanity behind these two highly scrutinized public figures. Anna Wilding will share a few of the back stories of these images, and more, when she joins us in our first hour.

Celebrate Hope will be on display at The Palos Verdes Art Center Museum in Rancho Palos Verdes, California through Sunday, July 7. For more information, call (310) 541-2479 or visit AnnaWilding.world.

Plus: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us during our first hour for a remembrance of singer, actress, and animal rights activist Doris 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
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Hollywood’s Most Influential Woman, The Most Interesting Man in the World, plus The Genius of Tim Conway: Next on TVC

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, and Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Geoffrey Mark will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum, will join us this week for a look at some of the many exhibits that will be on display this summer, including Remembering Lucy, the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman exhibit, the fabulous tribute to the six actress who have played The Catwoman, plus two more exhibits that will become open to the people in June. We will also play more highlights of our special coverage of recent events from the floor of The Hollywood Museum, plus a few other surprises.

Also a member of the California Film Commission, as well as the chair of both the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Historic Trust, Donelle Dadigan is also considered Hollywood’s most influential woman. We’ll learn why when she joins us in our second hour.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our conversation with Jonathan Goldsmith, the prolific film and television actor with more than five hundred screen credits under his belt, including Hang ‘em High, The Shootist, Go Tell the Spartans, Ice Station Zebra, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, The FBI, The Rockford Files, T.J. Hooker, Dallas, and Magnum, p.i. Without question, however, Jonathan is best known as The Most Interesting Man in the World, the character he played in a wildly popular ad campaign for Dos Equis beer that not only increased national sales Dos Equis beer by 15 percent, but made Jonathan the idol of young and old consumers alike, including such high-profile fans as Michael Jordan, Leonardo diCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and President Barack Obama.

The Most Interesting Man in the World character not only catapulted Jonathan from obscurity, but came to him at a time and place in his life when he needed it the most. We’ll talk about that, and more, when Jonathan Goldsmith joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated writer, producer, performer, author, music and TV historian, and showbiz raconteur Geoffrey Mark will join us during our first hour for a remembrance of Tim Conway, the beloved star of McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show who passed away on Tuesday, May 14. Geoff not only knew Conway personally, but has insight into Conway’s unique improvisational genius.

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 Noon ET, 9am PT on KDUN AM-1030 (Reedsport, OR)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT KSCJ Talk Radio 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WON 920 The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 1pm ET, 10am PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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