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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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Remembering Bob Crane, Gerry Goffin and FUNNY: The Book: Next on TVC
Television writer/producer David Misch, makeup artist Karen Crane and author Rich Podolsky will join us as part of our Fourth of July week edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing July 2-7 at the following times and stations:
WROM Radio Detroit, MI Wednesday 7/2 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Sunday 7/6 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net
This week’s program will include highlights from our December 2013 conversation with Karen Crane, award-winning special effects makeup artist and the daughter of Bob Crane.
Best known as the star of Hogan’s Heroes, the long-running CBS comedy series from the mid-1960s that currently airs on Me-TV, Bob Crane was also an accomplished drummer, not to mention an innovative radio personality whose influence on broadcasting can still be felt today. All of Crane’s accomplishments, however, were overshadowed by the gruesome nature of his murder on June 29, 1978; the unsolved status of the case; and his addiction to sex, which by all accounts the actor was trying to overcome at the time of his death.
Less talked about when it comes to Bob Crane is that he was a generous actor, a loving father, and a good friend to those who knew him. That is the Bob Crane that we will talk about when Karen Crane join us in our second hour.
This week’s show will also remember Gerry Goffin, the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame lyricist responsible for such iconic songs as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and “The Locomotion” — all of which Goffin co-wrote with his wife at the time, Carole King, and all of which were produced by legendary music impresario Don Kirshner.
You might recall that we talked at length about Gerry Goffin and Don Kirshner in June 2012, as part of our conversation with author Rich Podolsky. Rich’s bookDON KIRSHNER: The Man with the Golden Ear tells the story of Aldon Music, the song publishing co-founded by Kirshner and Al Nevins that was not only responsible for some of the biggest hits in music history (including “On Broadway,” “Up on a Roof,” “One Fine Day,” “Go Away Little Girl,” “You Lost That Lovin Feeling,” “Splish Splash” and “Dream Lover”), but also developed some of the greatest and most prolific songwriters and performers the music industry has ever known, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Connie Francis, Tony Orlando, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Jack Keller and, as mentioned, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. We’ll play highlights of our conversation with Rich Podolsky during our first hour.
Also in our first hour: We’ll replay part of our June 2012 conversation with longtime television writer and producer David Misch. (Mork and Mindy, Police Squad!, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman,Duckman.). David is the author of FUNNY: THE BOOK: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy, an entertaining look at the art of comedy from every conceivable angle: historical, musical, psychological, philosophical and everything in between. David’s book also explores comedy from the worlds of movies, television and stand-up, including the impact of such iconic comedians as Buster Keaton, Groucho Marx, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Woody Allen, while also answering the eternal question “Why are fart jokes funny?”