Monday, June 30, 2014

This Week in Television History: July 2014 PART I

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As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

July 6, 1927
Patrick “Pat” Layton Paulsen was born. 
The comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers TV shows, and for his campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which had primarily comedic rather than political objectives, although his campaigns generated some protest votes for him.

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Tony Figueroa

Friday, June 27, 2014

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 237: Remembering Stanford Whitmore, Jimmy Johnson and Ruby Dee

Show No. 237: Remembering Stanford Whitmore, Jimmy Johnson and Ruby Dee
Original Airdate: Week of June 18-23, 2014
First hour: Greg Ehrbar remembers legendary Disney executive Jimmy Johnson, a man who 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. Johnson died in 1975, but his memoirs, Inside the Whimsy Works, were recently published with the help of Greg Ehrbar and Didier Ghez. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember film critic Roger Ebert, who was born during This Week in TV History. 

Second hour: Ed remembers novelist and longtime television writer Stanford Whitmore, the unsung hero of The Fugitive. Whitmore fleshed out Roy Huggins’ concept by writing the pilot episode of The Fugitive, “Fear in a Desert City,” developing the character of the One-Armed Man, and writing the episode “The Girl from Little Egypt,” the show that depicted the back story of Dr. Richard Kimble. Also in this hour: Author James Rosin remembers actress Ruby Dee.

Your Mental Sorbet: Knight Rider- Fright Knight

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

Knight Rider
Fright Knight

 March 7, 1986


Inexplicable accidents on a movie set are blamed on a legendary phantom haunting Stage 28.


Karen Bennett..........Lenore Kasdorf
Victor Gavin...........Michael Callan
Liz Preston............Leann Hunley
Edward Kent............Robert Englund
Mel Tobey..............Antony Ponzini
Sam Clifford...........Richard Slattery

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Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

American Top 40 and The Mystery of Flight 3: Next on TVC

Authors Wesley Hyatt and Robert Matzen will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing June 25-30 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 6/25
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 6/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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WYYR: Yesteryear Radio
Vero Beach, FL
Wednesday 6/25
9pm ET, 6pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 6/27
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 6/28
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 6/29
7pm ET, 4pm PT
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KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 6/29
11am ET, 8am PT
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Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 6/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 6/29
9pm PT
Monday 6/30
Midnight ET
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The Radio Slot Network
San Francisco, CA
Monday 6/30
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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The host of American Top 40 for nearly four decades, Casey Kasem was a fixture on radio who also left his mark on television, most notably as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, Where are You? and as the voice of Robin the Boy Wonder on The Adventures of Batman in 1968, and throughout the 1970s on Super Friends.

We’ll pay tribute to Casey Kasem along with Wesley Hyatt, pop culture critic and the author of such books as The Encyclopedia of Daytime TelevisionTelevision’s Top 100 and The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits. Wes also worked in the music industry, particularly with Harry Casey, the man behind KC and the Sunshine Band, plus he crossed paths briefly with Casey Kasem on one occasion. Wesley Hyatt will join us in our first hour.

Also joining us this week will be Robert Matzen, author of such books asErrol Flynn Slept Here and Errol & Olivia: Ego and Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood. Robert’s latest book, Fireball: Carole Lombard and The Mystery of Flight 3, is a fresh look at the life of Carole Lombard, the legendary Queen of Screwball Comedies who died tragically in a plane crash near Las Vegas on January 16, 1942. Robert’s book not only explores the life of Lombard, but the lives of the 21 other passengers aboard that light and the lives of those they behind, including Carole Lombard’s husband at the time, film icon Clark Gable.

Plus: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen with a brand new This Week in TV History.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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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)
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