World War II, Early CBS Television and the California Women’s Conference: Next on TVC

Author, psychotherapist and former CBS-TV sound editor Stephen J. Weiss and California Women’s Conference organizer Michelle Patterson will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Our guests this week include author Stephen J. Weiss, a highly decorated World War II veteran who was also one of the early pioneers of early television. As a soldier for the U.S. Army in World War II, Steve landed on the beaches of Southern France in 1944, where he, along with seven others, became separated from their company during a ferocious battle in central France and found themselves caught enemy lines. Listed as Missing in Action by the U.S. Army, Steve not only managed to evade capture with the help of the French Resistance, but went to serve the French Resistance and an OSS Operational Group behind enemy lines — for which he later received, among other honors, the American Bronze Star, two Croix de Guerre, and the French Resistance Medal (the only American soldier, by the way, ever to receive this honor). When he returned to the United States at the end of World War II, Steve spent 35 years in the television industry as a music and videotape editor, including ten years at CBS, where he worked alongside such broadcast legends as Edward R. Murrow and Jack Benny.

But, like many soldiers who return home from the war, Steve struggled to adjust back to civilian life after experiencing the trauma of combat. For that reason, he not only sought therapy, he began to study psychotherapy, and eventually earned his masters degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a particular focus on helping soldiers who may be at risk from suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Steve writes about his wartime experiences, his work in television, his teaching career and more in Second Chance: In Combat with the US ‘Texas’ Infantry, the OSS, and the French Resistance during the Liberation of France, 1943-1946, a riveting new book that we will talk about during our first hour.

Stephen J. Weiss will be coming to several U.S. cities in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, including the ParkPlace Book Store in Kirkland, WA on Tuesday, Sept. 4; Los Angeles, CA, where he has appearances lined up between Sept. 7-14; New York City, where he’ll be appearing at the Union Club on Wednesday, Sept. 19; and Washington, D.C., where he has appearances scheduled between Oct. 22-28.

Joining us during our second hour will be Michelle Patterson. Michelle’s company, EventComplete, specializes in the strategy, production and marketing of large scale conferences, such as the California Women’s Conference, that are informative and entertaining. One of the most respected tributes to the power of women for nearly 30 years, this year’s California Women’s Conference will take place Sept. 23-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, CA. Scheduled guest speakers include Gloria Allred, Patricia Arquette, Marcia Cross, Mary McDonough, Michael Learned, Julie Newmar, Tippi Hedren, Rose Marie, Mark Victor Hanson, Shannon Tweed, Carol Channing and David Misch, while Grammy-winning recording artists Melissa Manchester and Helen Reddy will perform at the opening and closing of the conference. For tickets and more information, call (949) 218-0866, email or visit

Also this week: Sam Yates with a tribute to Phyllis Diller, and Greg Ehrbar with the return of the DVD report.

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