Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hollywood Through the Back Door, Plus The Man Behind Bart Maverick: Next on TVC

Authors Michael St. John and Linda Alexander will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 30-June 6 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wedn
esday 5/30
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 6/4
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net

Talktainment Radio
Columbus, OH
Thursday 5/31
9pm ET, 6pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at TalktainmentRadio.com

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 6/1
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at KSAV.org

The Coyote KWTY-FM
Ridgecrest, Calif.
Sunday 6/4
9pm PT
Monday 6/5
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at Coyote395.com

The Radio Slot Network
San Francisco, Calif.
Monday 6/5
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at RadioSlot.com

Passionate World Radio
Ann Arbor, MI
Tuesday 6/6
11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at InternetVoicesRadio.com

A pioneer in the entertainment industry in more ways than one,
Michael St. John was the first African-American man hired as a director for NBC television, where he worked on such prime time shows as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and The Andy Williams Show, as well as such news personalities as Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel. Prior to that, Michael also worked as a stage and film actor in such films as Carmen Jones, the first major Hollywood motion picture featuring an all African-American cast.

But there were remnants of segregation in Hollywood when Michael first arrived in the early 1950s. The story of how he overcame that — and go on to leave his mark in the worlds of stage, film, television, music, radio and publishing — is one of the driving forces of Michael’s book,
Hollywood Through the Back Door. Michael’s book serves as a reminder that while Hollywood can be tough to navigate, it can also be a very rewarding town to those who are persistent. We’ll talk about that, as well as ask about some of Michael’s experiences with the likes of Shirley Booth, Mary Pickford, Brock Peters, Marilyn Horne, Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Gish, Pearl Bailey, Dorothy Dandridge, and Otto Preminger, when he joins in our second hour.

Also joining us this week will be film and TV biographer Linda Alexander. Linda’s latest book, A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story, is a comprehensive look at the life and career of the actor best known for playing Bart Maverick on the long-running Western series, Maverick (ABC, 1957-1962). An accomplished, versatile performer since virtually the day he was born, Jack Kelly was a fixture in film and television for more than five decades before semi-retiring from the industry to enter the world of politics, where he served as a city councilman (and, later, a two-term mayor) of Huntington Beach, California. If that weren’t enough, he was also a successful businessman, and owned a newspaper, The Huntington Beach News.

Yet for all his accomplishments, Jack Kelly spent much of his professional life in the shadow of two people: his elder sister, Nancy Kelly, and his co-star on Maverick, James Garner. We’ll talk about that, as well as discuss other aspects of Jack Kelly’s career before, during and after Maverick, when Linda Alexander joins us in our first hour.

It’ll be a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wednesdays and Sundays 8pm ET, 5pm PT
WROM Radio
Thursdays 9pm, 6pm PT
Talktainment Radio
Fridays 7pm ET and PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
Sundays 9pm PT, Mondays Midnight ET
The Coyote KWTY-FM (Ridgecrest, Calif.)
Mondays 8pm ET, 5pm PT
The Radio Slot Network
Tuesdays 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT
Passionate World Radio
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