Friday, May 29, 2015

Your Mental Sorbet: Hollywood Palace - Adam West (host), Ray Charles, George Carlin, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

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

Originally aired Oct 8, 1966. This program features:

- Adam West sings "The Orange Colored Sky" & "The Summer Wind"
- Ray Charles with the Rayettes: "Crying Time", "Tell the World About You" & "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
- Joey Heatherton (singer-dancer): "By Myself"
- George Carlin (comedian): does a monologue about the American Indian
- Fred Roby (ventriloquist)
- Danny Sailor (high-pole performer)
- Landon's Midgets (slapstick comedians)

Stay Tuned 

Tony Figueroa

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mick Martin and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

Mick Martin and Marvin J. Wolf: Next on TVC

Author, musician and radio host Mick Martin and author/screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf will join us on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 27-June 1 at the following times and venues:

WROM Radio
Detroit, MI
Wednesday 5/27
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
Sunday 5/31
8pm ET, 5pm PT
2am ET, 11pm PT
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Share-a-Vision Radio
San Francisco Bay Area
Friday 5/29
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 5/23
8pm ET, 5pm PT
Sunday 5/24
6pm ET, 3pm 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 5/31
10am ET, 7am PT
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Boost Radio Network
Paramus, NJ
Sunday 5/31
8pm ET, 5pm PT
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunday 5/31
9pm PT
Monday 6/1
Midnight ET
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or use the Live365 app on your smartphone and type in KHMB
San Francisco, CA
Monday 6/1
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

This week’s program will include a return visit from author, journalist and musician Mick Martin, a man who has enjoyed a long, interesting and successful career in two seemingly opposite fields. For many years, Mick was the film critic for such newspapers as The Sacramento Union. He was also the co-author of Video Movie Guide, the annual guide to movies and TV shows available on home video, as well as the collaborator on such books as Them Ornery Mitchum Boys, the memoirs of character actor John Mitchum. At the same time Mick has enjoyed a long career as a blues musician, having played alongside Bo Diddley, The Yardbirds, Jimmy Smith, and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones. He currently hosts Mick Martin’s Blues Party, a weekend radio program heard on Capital Public Radio.

Mick has interviewed hundreds of actors and musicians throughout his career, including Clint Walker, Jack Kelly and Christopher Lee, plus he has a lifelong admiration for the work of many of the great film and TV character actors of the past sixty years. Mick Martin will join us in our first hour.

Our second hour will feature Part 2 of our conversation with author, journalist and screenwriter Marvin J. Wolf (Beating the OddsFallen AngelsAbandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate).

Marv is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran who did tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, as well as statewide. As a matter of fact, while he was in the Army, Marv worked behind the scenes with John Wayne on the making of the movie The Green Berets. We’ll talk about that, and more, during our second hour.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Wed and Sun 8pm ET, 5pm PT on WROM 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 and FM (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
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Monday, May 25, 2015

This Week in Television History: May 2015 PART IV

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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.

May 31, 1930
Clint Eastwood born. Best known to his many fans for one of his most memorable screen incarnations--San Francisco Police Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan--the actor and Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood is born on this day in 1930, in San Francisco, California.
With his father, Eastwood wandered the West Coast as a boy during the Depression. Then, after four years in the Army Special Services, Eastwood went to Hollywood, where he got his start in a string of B-movies. For eight years, Eastwood played Rowdy Yates in the popular TV Western series Rawhide, before emerging as a leading man in a string of low-budget “spaghetti” Westerns directed by Sergio Leone: Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). All three were successful, but Eastwood made his real breakthrough with 1971’s smash hit Dirty Harry, directed by Don Siegel. Though he was not the first choice to play the film’s title role--Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman all reportedly declined the part--Eastwood made it his own, turning the blunt, cynical Dirty Harry into an iconic figure in American film.

Also in 1971, Eastwood moved behind the camera, making his directorial debut with the thriller Play Misty for Me, the first offering from his production company, Malpaso. Over the next two decades, he turned in solid performances in films such as The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Escape From Alcatraz (1979) and Honkytonk Man (1982), but seemed to be losing his star power for lack of a truly great film. By the end of the 1980s, after four Dirty Harry sequels, released from 1973 to 1988, Eastwood was poised to escape the character’s shadow and emerge as one of Hollywood’s most successful actor-turned-directors. In 1992, he hit the jackpot when he starred in, directed and produced the darkly unconventional Western Unforgiven. The film won four Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Film Editing, Best Director and Best Picture, both for Eastwood. He also found box-office success as a late-in-life action and romantic hero, in In the Line of Fire (1993) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995), respectively.
As a director, Eastwood worked steadily over the next decade, making such films as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Absolute Power (1997) and, most notably, the crime drama Mystic River (2003), for which he was again nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The following year, he hit a grand slam with Million Dollar Baby, in which he also starred as the curmudgeonly coach of a determined young female boxer (Hilary Swank, in her second Oscar-winning performance). In addition to Swank’s Academy Award for Best Actress, the film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Eastwood’s second set of statuettes for Best Director and Best Picture.
In 2006, Eastwood became only the 31st filmmaker in 70 years to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America (DGA). That year, he directed a pair of World War II-themed movies, Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). The latter film, which featured an almost exclusively Japanese cast, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and a fourth Best Director nomination for Eastwood (his 10th nomination overall).
Off-screen, Eastwood has pursued an interest in politics, serving as mayor of Carmel, California, from 1986 to 1988. He was married to Maggie Johnson in 1953, and the couple had two children, Kyle and Alison (who co-starred in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), before separating in 1978 and divorcing in 1984. Eastwood also had long-term relationships with the actresses Sondra Locke and Frances Fisher (with whom he had a daughter, Francesca). He married his second wife, Dina Ruiz Eastwood, in 1996. Their daughter, Morgan, was born that same year.

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

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa