TV Confidential is a two-hour radio talk show about all aspects of television that reaches approximately 200,000 listeners a week and directs itself primarily to the Baby Boomer, Generation X and senior markets. Each edition features lively interviews with special guests on topics related to popular network TV shows and the state of the medium in general. Listeners can participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our audience encompasses listeners from all parts of the world, including many who work in the film, radio and television industries. The common bond is their unbridled passion for the past, present and future of television programming.
Regular features of TV Confidential include an interactive look back at “This Week in Television History,” The Sounds of Lost Television and commentary on items related to television. But the hallmark of the show is the in-depth interviews with the many well-known actors, writers, producers, directors, journalists, authors and other entertainment industry professionals who appear as guests. We strive to take listeners behind the scenes of a wide range of television programs past and present. We often compare contemporary programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. This allows a very broad audience to not only relate to our show, but participate with their imagination and memories.
Previous guests include such film and TV icons as Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family, Elmer Gantry), Jaclyn Smith (Charlie’s Angels), Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless), Barbara Feldon (Get Smart), Charles Grodin (Midnight Run), Lee Meriwether (Barnaby Jones), Julie Newmar (Batman), Ken Berry (F Troop, Mama’s Family), Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne, The L Word), Rose Marie (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Tony Denison (Crime Story, The Closer), Stacy Keach (Titus, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer), John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars), Michael Learned (The Waltons), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H), Dee Wallace (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Cujo), Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor, Car 54: Where Are You?), Mary McDonough (The Waltons), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows) and Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), as well as NPR television critic David Bianculli, HBO programming executive Andrew Goldman, Emmy-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (Saving Grace, thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars), former CBS programming executive Mike Dann and broadcast pioneer Loreen Arbus.
Meet the people who bring you TV Confidential:
Ed Robertson (Host) is an award-winning, nationally known author, journalist and media analyst. His books on television include The Fugitive Recaptured, The Ethics of Star Trek, Maverick: Legend of the West , and Thirty Years of The Rockford Files and The Case of the Alliterative Attorney: A Guide to the Perry Mason TV Series and Made-for-TV Movies. Ed’s articles on television appear in The New York Times, The Wave Magazine, Media Life Magazine and other media venues, including Columbia House, where he helped develop many titles for the popular subscription-based Columbia House Video Library. Ed has appeared on such programs as Biography, Showbiz Today and Entertainment Tonight. He has also consulted on documentaries produced by NBC, The Biography Channel, E! Entertainment Television and Warner Bros. Home Video, while his comments on television appear in articles for MSNBC.com, USA Today, Forbes.com, E! Online, The Los Angeles Times and other publications.
Tony Figueroa (This Week in TV History) is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor and storyteller with extensive experience co-hosting and co-producing radio shows in Los Angeles. Tony’s blog, CHILD OF TELEVISION, is an example of life imitating art (he once wrote a sitcom pilot where the main character happened to write a syndicated column called “Child of Television”). Tony hosts and produces “This Week in TV History,” an engaging look at the people, places and events that continue to shape the television landscape. Tony’s segment is usually heard in the first hour of TV Confidential.
Donna Allen (This Week in TV History) always knew that she wanted to act. Her professional credits include principal roles on the popular daytime dramas Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, as well as appearances on such prime time series as The Robert Guillaume Show. Donna also lends her voice to many animated characters, and has appeared in several television commercials. Theater credits include several LA productions (including readers and Radio Theater) and a season with Chicago’s famed Free Street Theater.
Phil Gries (The Sounds of Lost Television) is the founder and owner of Archival Television Audio, a peerless archive accredited by the Guinness World Book of Records as the largest resource on the Internet, and in the world, of audio for “lost” television programs. A director of photography since 1970, Phil has worked on more than 1,000 union and non-union projects, including features, industrials, advertising, and many Emmy-winning or Emmy-nominated documentaries. He also teaches media part-time at The Borough of Manhattan Community College. Phil’s segment is usually heard every other week on TV Confidential.
Greg Ehrbar (DVD reports) is a two-time Grammy-nominated and multiple Addy-winning freelance writer/producer for television, advertising and publishing for Disney, Warner, Universal and others in projects involving some of the industry’s biggest names. You can look for Greg’s books at amazon.com, enjoy his “Animation Spin” column every Tuesday at CartoonResearch.com and enjoy a variety of Greg’s videos and other creative projects by visiting either gregehrbar.com or greg-o-vision.com. Greg’s DVD reports are heard about twice a month on the program.
Chris Korman (producer) The son of beloved comedian Harvey Korman, Chris has fifteen years experience in the entertainment industry, working with artists in various capacities, including brand building and agenting. A graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, where he studied theatre history, he received training in stage management at Colorado Mountain College under Thomas Cochran. Following in the tradition of his father, Chris has supported such charitable organizations as the non-profit Marianne Frostig Golf Tournament, which he co-hosted and served on the board for twenty-two years; Keshet of Chicago, for which he served as spokesperson in 1997; and the Learning Disabilities Association of America, for which he gave a keynote address in 2017. Chris has worked behind the scenes of TV Confidential since 2016.