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, October 07, 2014
America’s Preeminent Bad Boy: Next on TVC
Actor and author Ken Osmond will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Oct. 8-13 at the following times and stations:
WROM Radio Detroit, MI Wednesday 10/8 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Sunday 10/12 8pm ET, 5pm PT 2am ET, 11pm PT Click on the Listen Live button at WROMRadio.net
Known to three generations of television viewers as Eddie Haskell,Ken Osmond was once described by his longtime co-star Jerry Mathers as, hands down, “the best actor on Leave It to Beaver” because he was the complete opposite of the character he played. While Eddie Haskell is still considered “the poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere,” Ken Osmond was a real life hero who not only served twenty years as a peace officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, but was shot twice in the line of duty.
Ken has recently released a new book, Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, that discusses his life and career before, during and after Leave It to Beaver, including his early career as a child actor working with the likes of Jennifer Jones, Ozzie Nelson, and Spencer Tracy; his struggles with PTSD in the years following his shooting; and his triumphant return to television later in his career on The New Leave It to Beaver. Ken Osmond will join us in our second hour.
Also this week: Phil Gries will join us for Part 3 of our tribute to late night talk show pioneer Les Crane, including highlights from Crane’s controversial interview with Marguerite Oswald, the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, that was originally broadcast nationally on ABC-TV on the night of August 5, 1964, just nine months following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a look at the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show and the television career of Bill Cosby in general.