Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shop Local Saturday "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY": Mr. Hoopers Egg Cream

Here is your Shop Local Saturday 
little spark of madness
that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

Telly and Gordon want a "Mr. Hooper Egg Cream."

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

Friday, November 27, 2015

Your Black Friday HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: The Jack Benny Program - Christmas Shopping

Here is your

little spark of madness that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

The Jack Benny ProgramSeason 8, Episode 7

Christmas Shopping Show (15 Dec. 1957)

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Tony Figueroa

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Your Holiday Sor-Bay: Thanksgiving 2015

Here is a Thanksgiving "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" tradition.
This is a little brain candy to snack on while dinner is cooking.

May we all be thankful for what we are about to view... 
Station manager Arthur Carlson comes up with a big idea for a unique holiday promotion involving live turkeys and a helicopter. First aired on October 30th 1978 (Season 1, Episode 7) 
In 1997 TV Guide ranked this episode number 40 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Your Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Sorbet PSA: William Shatner & State Farm® present "Eat, Fry, Love," a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale

Here is the first "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" of 2015.
This is a kind of Video Advent Calendar that we could use to artificially stimulate our Holiday spirit. 

We start with a Pre-Thanksgiving P.S.A.

William Shatner loves deep-fried turkey, but over many Thanksgivings and Christmases he's made mistakes, burned himself, and nearly burned down his house. In this dramatic retelling, Bill shows us how dangerous turkey fryers can be.

Stay Tuned and have a SAFE Thanksgiving

Tony Figueroa

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Sounds of Lost Thanksgiving: Next on TVC

We’ll play audio highlights of early TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on a special holiday edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Nov. 25-30 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 11/25
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 11/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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KHDN AM-1230
KBSR AM-1490
KYLW AM-1450
Billings, MT
part of GLN Radio Network
Friday 11/27
3pm ET, Noon PT
Saturday 11/28
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Monday 11/30
3pm ET, Noon PT

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 11/27
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in KSAV
or hear us on the KSAV channel on CX Radio Brazil

Indiana Talks
Marion, IN
Saturday 11/28
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/29
6pm ET, 3pm 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 11/29
9am ET, 6am PT
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KHMB AM-1710
KHMV-LP 100.9 FM

Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 11/29
9pm PT
Monday 11/30
Midnight ET
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San Francisco, CA
Monday 11/30
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
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Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at

Phil Gries will join us for an encore presentation of our special holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television that will feature rare audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including clips from broadcasts hosted by Lorne Greene, Betty White, Martin Milner, Kent McCord and June Lockhart. That’ll be in the first hour. The second hour will include highlights from early network Thanksgiving TV specials, including programs hosted by Dean Martin and Bob and Ray, and a rarely heard holiday special from Rankin-Bass.

Also this week: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will continue our look at milestone TV premieres this fall as part of This Week in TV History.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM Radio
Fri and Mon 3pm ET, Noon PT and Sat 6pm ET, 3pm PT on GLN Radio Network
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 10pm ET, 7pm PT on The Radio Slot Network
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This Week in Television History: November 2015 PART IV

Listen to me on TV CONFIDENTIAL:

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.

November 25, 1920
Noel Neill is born. 
She is best known as her portrayal of Lois Lane in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), and on the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman.

November 27, 1940
Bruce Lee born. Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved back to Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Lee was a child actor who appeared in some 20 Chinese films; he also studied dancing and trained in the Wing Chun style of gung fu (also known as kung fu). In 1959, Lee returned to America, where he eventually attended the University of Washington and opened a martial-arts school in Seattle. In 1964, he married Linda Emery, who in 1965 gave birth to Brandon Lee, the first of the couple’s two children. In 1966, the Lees relocated to Los Angeles and Bruce appeared on the television program The Green Hornet (1966-1967), playing the Hornet’s acrobatic sidekick, Kato. Lee also appeared in karate tournaments around the United States and continued to teach martial arts to private clients, including the actor Steve McQueen.
In search of better acting roles than Hollywood was offering, Lee returned to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. He successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon (1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.
Lee’s body was returned to Seattle, where he was buried. His sudden death at the young age of 32 led to rumors and speculation about the cause of his demise. One theory held that Lee had been murdered by Chinese gangsters, while another rumor circulated that the actor had been the victim of a curse. The family-curse theory resurfaced when Lee’s 28-year-old son Brandon, who had followed in his father’s footsteps to become an actor, died in an accidental shooting on the set of the movie The Crow on March 31, 1993. The younger Lee was buried next to his father at Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery.

November 27, 1980
 Bosom Buddies starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari debuted. An offbeat sitcom about two men disguising themselves as women, the show ran for four years and first brought Hanks to national attention.
Hanks studied acting in high school and played with a Shakespeare festival for three years. He appeared in a horror flick, He Knows You're Alone, in 1980, then Splash in 1984, followed by a huge success with Big in 1988, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. His career took off again with Sleepless in Seattle (1993); he is now considered one of the top box office draws alive. He won the Best Actor Oscar twice, for Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994.
Peter Scolari was born September 12, 1955 later workedon Newhart and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".


Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa