Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Fugitive’s Unsung Hero, plus Inside the Whimsy Works: Next on TVC

The Fugitive’s Unsung Hero, plus Inside the Whimsy Works: Next on TVC

We’ll remember actress Ruby Dee, television writer Stanford Whitmore and Walt Disney Company executive Jimmy Johnson on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing June 18-23 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 6/18
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 6/22
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Vero Beach, FL
Wednesday 6/18
9pm ET, 6pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 6/20
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 6/21
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 6/22
7pm ET, 4pm PT
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or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 6/22
11am ET, 8am PT
Also streaming at

Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 6/22
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 6/22
9pm PT
Monday 6/23
Midnight ET
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or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB

The Radio Slot Network
San Francisco, CA
Monday 6/23
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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This week’s program will include a tribute to Stanford Whitmore, the novelist and longtime television writer who wrote for such diverse shows as Johnny StaccatoNight GalleryMcCloud and, most notably, The Fugitive, as well as numerous made-for-TV movies. In many respects, Stanford Whitmore was the unsung hero of The Fugitive, in that while Roy Huggins created the series and Quinn Martin produced it, it was Whitmore took Roy’s concept and really fleshed it out. Stan not only wrote the pilot episode of The Fugitive, “Fear in a Desert City,” he established the character of the One-Armed Man as well as wrote the episode “The Girl from Little Egypt,” the show that depicted the back story of Dr. Richard Kimble.

Stanford Whitmore passed away on Thursday, May 8. I spoke to him many times in the course of writing my book The Fugitive Recaptured, and he was very proud of the pivotal role he played behind the scenes in the development of that series. We’ll play audio highlights from one of my conversations with Stan as part of our second hour.

And speaking of unsung heroes, Greg Ehrbar will join us as we rememberJimmy Johnson, a man who not only devoted his entire career to the Disney organization, but innovated many changes in merchandising, publishing and direct marketing that helped stabilize the Walt Disney Company during its formative years, while also overseeing the creation of Walt Disney Records, an offshoot of Disney that continues to play a critical role in the company’s financial success. Johnson died in 1975, but before his death he completed a manuscript called Inside the Whimsy Works, a memoir of his life with Walt Disney Productions that has just now been published, with the help of Greg Ehrbar. We’ll talk about the life and career of Jimmy Johnson when Greg joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: Author James Rosin remembers his friend Ruby Dee, while Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember film critic Roger Ebert (born during This Week in TV History). It’s a full program as always, and we certainly hope you’ll join us.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Wed 9pm ET, 6pm PT on WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio,
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT on
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 11am ET, 8am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT Boost Radio Network
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM 1710 (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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