I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
America’s First Talk Show Host, plus the Era of Live Television: Next on TVC
Broadcast legend Joe Franklin and author, playwright and director Julian David Stone will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Jan. 15-21 at the following times and venues:
WROM Radio Detroit, MI Wednesday 1/15 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Sunday 1/19 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net
Indiana Talks Marion, IN Wednesday 1/15 11pm ET, 8pm PT with replays at various times throughout the week Click on the player at IndianaTalks.com or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks
Credited with bringing the talk show genre to the early days of television, Joe Franklin is also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest-running talk show in TV history, Joe Franklin's Memory Lane, which aired on WABC-TV in New York, then later WWOR-TV (also in New York), for 41 consecutive years (1952-1993). It has been said that Joe Franklin has interviewed more than 300,000 people in his radio and TV career, ranging from top celebrities in the world of entertainment to local personalities, legendary stars from vaudeville and the silent movie era, and five U.S. presidents. That number continues to grow, because Joe is still very active today, hosting celebrity interviews every week for the Bloomberg Radio Network. Joe Franklin will join us in our second hour.
Also joining us for our conversation with Joe Franklin will be our friend Phil Gries. Phil helped put togetherJoe Franklin’s TV Audio Archives, a forthcoming CD that will feature more than 10 hours of highlights from the Memory Lane show. The CD will be released later in 2014, but you can pre-order it by contacting Rick Russo at this email address.
And speaking of the early days of television, Julian David Stonewill join us in our first hour as we look back at the era of live TV, from complex dramas such as the anthology series Playhouse 90 to boisterous comedy/variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and Texaco Star Theatre. If you get a chance to watch some of the live shows from the Golden Age of Television, while everything seemed calm and controlled on camera, beyond the scenes there was usually craziness and drama going on that was often as compelling as the program themselves.