Connie Stevens: Next on TVC

Singer, actress and film director Connie Stevens will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

One of the few artists to conquer the worlds of movies, television, music, Broadway and Las Vegas before launching an equally successful cosmetics empire, Connie Stevens recently returned to motion pictures as a film director, including A Healing, a documentary about a group of Red Cross nurses who return to their workplace in Vietnam, and Saving Grace B. Jones, the critically acclaimed dramathat is based on a traumatic event that Connie witnessed when she was a young girl. We’ll ask Connie what drew her to film directing, as well as talk about her experience working alongside Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, George Burns, Bobby Darin and other legendary performers. Connie Stevens will join us in our second hour.

Connie Stevens will be appearing at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-Sept. 20 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information, go to www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as The Sounds of Lost Television remembers pioneering television broadcaster Les Crane. The first national late night talk show host to compete against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Les Crane first left his mark as a radio talk show host for KGO-AM in San Francisco before moving on to WABC-TV in New York, where he really came into prominence. The original “bad boy of late night television” — and, in some respects, a forerunner of “shock radio,” in that he often tackled such then-taboo topics as homosexuality and prayer in school — Crane’s popular New York talk show also paved the way for The Phil Donahue Show and, later, Oprah Winfrey.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will say Happy Birthday to Bob Newhart as part of This Week in TV History.

 

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