Saturday, November 29, 2014

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 28, 2014

Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Chespirito)

Freedom of expression is so large to fit in narrow brains. Therefore, the excess overflows obviously become nauseous

Roberto Gómez Bolaños
February 21, 1929 – November 28, 2014

I'm sure that many American Television viewers would not know the name Roberto Gómez Bolaños or his his pseudonym Chespirito. 

He was a Mexican screenwriteractorcomedianfilm directortelevision directorplaywrightsongwriter, and author. He is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century. He was internationally known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1968), El Chavo del Ocho (1971), and El Chapulín Colorado (1972) television series. The characters of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin America's television, and the shows still tuned in more than 111 million viewers worldwide each day decades later. 

That means that any American who has ever channel surfed at one time has seen Chespirito's work. In fact The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has declared that he created the Bumblebee Man character after watching El Chapulín Colorado (A Mexican Comedia Super Hero parody) in a motel on the United States–Mexico border.

Matt Groening has declared that he created the Bumblebee Man character after watching El Chapulín Colorado (A Mexican Comedia Super Hero parody) in a motel on the United States–Mexico border.
Chespirito died today from heart failure. His shows were apointment viewing when I lived in Puerto Rico and once I got to see him and his costars perform live at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Roberto Gómez Bolaños was born in Mexico City. His father, Francisco Gómez Linares (c. 1892 – 7 September 1935), was a painter and cartoonist from the city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, who died of stroke at the age of 42 or 43. His mother, Elsa Bolaños Cacho Aguilar (4 April 1902 – 22 December 1968), was a bilingual secretary (fluent in both Spanish and English) from the city of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, the youngest child of Ramón Bolaños Cacho, a military doctor, and his Zacatecas-born wife, María Aguilar. Mexican PresidentGustavo Díaz Ordaz Bolaños was his first cousin once removed.

Before becoming an actor, Gómez was an amateur boxer. He studied engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He wrote a number of plays, and contributed dialogue for scripts of films and television shows in Mexico, as well as some character acting work before he became famous. His stage name, "Chespirito", was given to him by a producer during Gómez Bolaños' first years as a writer and was concocted from the diminutive form of the Spanish pronunciation of the name of William Shakespeare or Shakespearito, meaning "Little Shakespeare".

Chespirito was discovered as an actor while he was waiting in line to apply for a job as a writer and soon he began writing and starring in his children comedy shows. Chespirito's first show was Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada, a sketch comedy show that premiered in 1968; the show also starred Ramón ValdésMaría Antonieta de las Nieves and Rubén AguirreLos Supergenios was later renamed Chespirito y la Mesa Cuadrada and later Chespirito; characters like El ChavoEl Chapulín and Dr. Chapatín were introduced in this show (1972, 1970 and 1968; respectively).

His best known roles were in the shows El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado, both series premiered in 1973 and were based on sketches of the same name from Los Supergenios. The shows were produced by Mexican TV network Televisa, and aired in 124 countries. Other shows produced by and starring Chespirito were the short-lived La Chicharra from 1979, and a second version of Chespirito from 1980–1995.

In El Chavo, Chespirito played an 8-year-old boy who often took refuge inside a wooden rain barrel in a Mexican neighborhood, and in El Chapulín Colorado (English: The Red Grasshopper) where he played a good-hearted superhero who gets involved in humorous situations. 
El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado have turned into cultural icons all over Latin America and the United States and have also aired in more than one-hundred countries. He also starred in Mexican movies such as El Chanfle and El Chanfle 2.
Chespirito is also noted as a musical composer. He started writing music as a hobby, and most of his early musical work was related to his comedy work, particularly featured in occasional Chapulín Colorado or Chavo del Ocho special episodes. Later works include the theme songs for various Mexican movies and telenovelas, such as Alguna Vez Tendremos Alas and La Dueña. A comedy song by Chespirito, "Churi Churi Fun Flais", was slightly referenced by Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 in a pairing with fellow rapper Voltio, on their song "Chulin Culin Chunfly" (which used the made-up word "Culin", a reference to the female derriere, in substitution of the second "Churi").

He is also the creator of the theater comedy Once y Doce (Eleven and Twelve), the most successful theater comedy in Mexican history; it is still played occasionally.

Buenas noches Chespirito y Gracias por la risa. 

Manténgase conectados

Tony Figueroa

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)

Stay Tuned and Safe Shopping

Tony Figueroa  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TV CONFIDENTIAL Archives: Show No. 255 with guest James McEachin and Show No. 256 with guests Tom Wopat and Don Most

Show No. 255 with guest James McEachin
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 12-17, 2014
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen say Happy Birthday to Ed Asner, the iconic actor who was born during This Week in TV History. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 4 of our tribute to late night TV talk show pioneer Les Crane, the first man to compete directly against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on a national level. Plus: Greg Ehrbar on A or B?
, the new play by Ken Levine at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA.
Second hour: Ed welcomes actor, author, screenwriter and U.S. Army veteran James McEachin (TenaflyThe Perry Mason MysteriesFarewell to the Mockingbirds,Tell Me a Tale). James’ latest project, The Purple Heart, is based on the true story of the discovery of a lost Purple Heart medal that belonged to Lt. Henry Schenk, James’ patrol leader in the Korean War — and the role James played in helping restore that medal to Schenk’s family. To keep track of the latest developments of The Purple Heart, go to ThePurple

Show No. 256 with guests Tom Wopat and Don Most
Original Airdate: Week of Nov. 19-24, 2014
First hour: Ed welcomes singer, actor and musical performer Tom Wopat (The Dukes of HazzardCybillAnnie Get Your Gun, Sondheim on Sondheim). Tom, along with his longtime friend and fellow Dukes co-star John Schneider, has just released a new CD, Home for Christmas, that puts a new spin on several holiday classics while also celebrating their 35-year friendship. Tom and John will perform songs from their album Dec. 2 at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City, and Dec. 9 at the John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana. Also in this hour: Phil Gries with Part 1 of a holiday-themed edition of The Sounds of Lost Television, featuring audio highlights of some of the earliest surviving telecasts of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 
Second hour: Singer/actor Don Most talks to Ed, Tony and Donna about his roots in musical theater, his passion for Bobby Darin, and the 40th anniversary of Happy Days. Don will perform his live musical show, Donny Most Sings and Swings, on Dec. 27 at "54 Below" in New York City, and Dec. 30 at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles, CA.

Your Holiday Sor-Bay: Thanksgiving

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 35 years ago 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 26, 2014

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 2013. 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Margaret O’Brien: Next on TVC

Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien will join us on our Thanksgiving weekend edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Nov. 26-Dec. 1 at the following times and stations:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 11/26
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 11/30
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at

Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 11/28
7pm ET, 4pm PT
10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Listen Live button at
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 11/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/30
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Click on the player at
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Indiana Talks

Pittsburgh Talks
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday 11/29
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 11/30
6pm ET, 3pm PT
Click on the player at
or use the TuneIn app on your smartphone and type in Pittsburgh Talks

KSCO-AM 1080
San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA
KOMY-AM 1340
La Selva Beach and Watsonville, CA
Sunday 11/30
10am ET, 7am PT
Also streaming at

Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 11/30
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Click on the On the Air button at

KHMB-AM 1710
Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 11/30
9pm PT
Monday 12/1
Midnight ET
Click on the Listen Live button at
or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB
San Francisco, CA
Monday 12/1
10pm ET, 7pm PT
with replays Tuesday thru Friday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Click on the Talk Slot button at

Ann Arbor, MI
Various times throughout the week
on the Entertainment Channel at

One of the great child stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood,Margaret O’Brien went on to become one of the most popular, versatile and endearing actresses over the past seven decades, largely because of her work on stage and television. Margaret will share a few memories of her long career, including her work with such stars as Robert Young and Mickey Rooney, when she joins in our second hour.

Margaret O’Brien will be honored next week by the Actors Fund with its inaugural Shirley Temple Award, which recognizes early pioneers in show business for their legacy in paving the way for other young performers. The event is open to the public and takes place Thursday, Dec. 4 at the: Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles, CA beginning at 6:30pm. To purchase tickets, or to inquire aboutsponsorship opportunities, call (323) 933-9244 or

This week being Thanksgiving, Phil Gries will lead off our first hour with Part 2 of our look at vintage television celebrations of Thanksgiving. Plus: Greg Ehrbar remembers Phil Silvers and Sergeant Bilko, while Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen take a look at network trends that have developed so far this television season. It’s a full program as always… 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, and CX Radio Brazil
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Indiana Talks
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 6pm ET, 3pm PT on Pittsburgh Talks
Sun 10am ET, 7am PT KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA)
Sun 10am ET, 7am 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
Tape us now, listen to us later, using
Also available as a podcast via iTunesFeedBurner
and now on your mobile phone via
Follow us online at
Follow us now on Twitter:
Like our Fan Page at