Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Dean Jones

“I could remember a half-dozen incidents in which I'd come much closer to death, but I could never recall any past moronic stunt that filled me so completely with disgust.” 
Dean Carroll Jones
January 25, 1931 – September 1, 2015
Dean Jones was best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies between 1965 and 1977, most notably The Love Bug. Jones also originated the role of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company.
Jones subsequently starred in the NBC television sitcom Ensign O'Toole from 1962–1963, produced by Four Star Television, portraying an easy-going and inexperienced officer on a [U.S. Navy destroyer. His co-stars included Jack MullaneyJack AlbertsonJay C. FlippenHarvey Lembeck, and Beau Bridges

Jones' signature Disney role would be as race car driver Jim Douglas in the highly successful The Love Bug series. He appeared in two feature films (The Love Bug andHerbie Goes to Monte Carlo), as well as the short-lived Herbie, the Love Bug television series produced in 1982 and the made-for-TV 
movie The Love Bug in 1997.

Dean Jones died yesterday at the age of 84, of Parkinson's disease.

Good Night Mr. Jones

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Tony Figueroa

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Remembering Russell Johnson and The Streets of San Francisco: Next on TVC

Kimberly Johnson, Bill Funt and James Rosin will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Sept. 2-7 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 9/2
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 9/6
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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KHDN AM-1230
KBSR AM-1490
KYLW AM-1450
Billings, MT
part of GLN Radio Network
Friday 9/4
3pm ET, Noon PT
Saturday 9/5
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Monday 9/7
3pm ET, Noon PT

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 9/4
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 9/5
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 9/6
6pm ET, 3pm PT
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KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 9/6
9am ET, 6am PT
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KHMB AM-1710
KHMV-LP 100.9 FM

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 9/6
9pm PT
Monday 9/7
Midnight ET
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San Francisco, CA
Monday 9/7
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at

Our second hour will include a replay of our March 2014 tribute to Russell Johnson, the actor known to three generations as Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island. Russell’s daughter Kimberly Johnson will share some memories of her dad, plus she’ll talk about his favorite episodes, her favorite episodes, and her dad’s take on the whole Gilligan’s Island pop culture phenomenon.

Also joining us in our second hour will be our friend Bill Funt. The son of Candid Camera originator Allen Funt, Bill first came to know Kimberly and other Gilligan’s Island personnel (including series creator Sherwood Schwartz) as part of an effort to bring the three Gilligan TV-movies from the late 1970s to DVD.

Our first hour will include an encore presentation of our November 2012 conversation with author James Rosin, whose books on music, film and television include The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin TV Series, everything you wanted to know about the long-running ABC police drama starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Quinn Martin himself believed that The Streets of San Francisco was the best show that he ever produced.

James Rosin will be appearing at this year’s MidAtlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 17-19 at the Hunt Valley Wyndham in Hunt Valley, MD.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
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 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
Replays various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWRNetwork
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Tony Figueroa

Monday, August 31, 2015

This Week in Television History: September 2015 Part I

Listen to me on TV CONFIDENTIAL:

As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

September 1, 1970
The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV. 
Jeannie and Tony's cousin want to make Tony the chili king even though NASA forbids its astronauts to make commercial endorsements.The show premiered was on September 18, 1965. 

September 5, 2005
Katie Couric makes network anchor debut on the CBS Evening News. 
Couric, who served as co-anchor of The Today Show from 1991 to 2006, replaced Dan Rather, who anchored CBS Evening News from 1981 until his retirement on March 9, 2005, in the aftermath of a controversial story about the military record of President George W. Bush. (Bob Schieffer served as interim anchor between Rather’s departure and Couric’s debut.) Barbara Walters was the first woman to co-anchor the network evening news, when she was paired up with Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News from 1976 to 1978.
Couric was born on January 7, 1957, in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979. That same year, she began her career in journalism as a desk assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. During the 1980s, she was a TV reporter in Miami and Washington, eventually becoming a Pentagon correspondent for NBC. On April 5, 1991, Couric became the permanent co-host, alongside Bryant Gumbel, of The Today Show, where she was known for her perky on-air personality as well as her hard-hitting interview style with politicians and other newsmakers. On April 5, 2006, after months of speculation in the media, Couric announced she would leave Today. That same day, CBS officially confirmed that Couric would become the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News. Her salary of $15 million per year--which made her TV’s highest-paid news anchor--reportedly remained the same. Couric said farewell to Today Show viewers on May 31, 2006. Meredith Vieira, a former co-host of Walters’ daytime chat fest The View, replaced Couric on Today starting in September 2006
Couric’s heavily hyped September 5, 2005, debut on the CBS Evening News attracted large numbers of viewers, but the show’s ratings later dropped below those of competitors NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson. Some critics charged that Couric didn’t have the hard-news experience and gravitas of her CBS predecessors Rather and Walter Cronkite.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".



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Tony Figueroa