Listen Free – Here’s The 10 Most Recent Shows
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Show No. 433 with guests David Steinberg and David Bianculli
Original Airdates: Jan. 11-13, 2019
First hour: Ed welcomes David Steinberg, Robin Williams’ manager for more than forty years, and the executive producer of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary from 2018 that is just one part of Robin Williams: Comic Genius, an astonishing new collection of vintage Robin Williams material that is now available on DVD. Also in this hour: David Bianculli, author of Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and co-editor of Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls, discusses the recent passing of Emmy Award-winner comedy writer and actor Bob Einstein. Plus: Chris Korman shares a few thoughts on the passing of his friend Ken Berry. Second hour: An encore presentation of our January 2018 interview with Ken Berry. Topics include Ken’s early years with the Billy Barnes Revue, his friendship with Buster Keaton, the important roles that Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Leonard Nimoy all played at various points of Ken’s career, and, of course, his successful runs on F Troop, Mayberry, R.F.D., and Mama’s Family
Show No. 432 with guests Kirk Bovill, Steve Randisi and Meggie Jones
Original Airdates: Jan. 4-6, 2019
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Gries and Steve Randisi about the legacy of Merv Griffin. Steve’s latest book, The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, is a complete history of The Merv Griffin Show on television. Topics this week include how Merv’s success in first-run syndication prompted CBS to bring The Merv Griffin Show to late night in 1969, where it competed against Johnny Carson and Joey Bishop for the first three-way late night competition in network TV history—and how circumstances beyond Merv’s control handicapped the show throughout its entire three-year tenure on CBS. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the DVD releases of the Filmation animated version of Flash Gordon and the revivals of He-Man. Second hour: Film and television actor Kirk Bovill talks to Ed about his decision to pursue acting while he was in his forties—and the role that Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Dick Van Dyke and Kirk’s own house all played in helping him make that transition. Kirk Bovill currently appears as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, opposite Christian Bale as Dick Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, in the Golden Globe Award-winning satirical biopic, Vice. Vice is playing in theaters everywhere. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Meggie Jones, creator of Nutrient Touch, a Vegan product that keeps horses, dogs, and cats of all ages healthy and strong. Meggie is also co-founder of Nutrient BodySculpt, a product that people can use to tighten and tone their body, refresh nutrients, and hydrate the skin. Among the many loyal users of Nutrient BodySculpt are celebrities Loretta Swit, Ben Vereen, Dawn Wells and Lindsay Wagner.
Show No. 431 with guest Josh Mills
Original Airdates: Dec. 28-30, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our November 2017 interview with Josh Mills, curator of the estates of Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs, and the executive producer of Take a Good Look: The Definitive Collection. Topics include a preview of some of the events and items that are in store to celebrate the centennial birthday of Ernie Kovacs in January 2019. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the recent DVD releases of Huckleberry Hound, The Yogi Bear Show and Kwicky Koala. Second hour: From December 2011: An encore presentation of our New Year’s Eve edition of the Sounds of Lost Television with audio highlights of vintage TV New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians that originally aired on CBS, ABC, and local television, including rarely heard audio of Howard Cosell covering the iconic ball drop at midnight from Times Square, New York.
Show No. 430 with guests Wink Martindale and Marc Cushman
Original Airdates: Dec. 14-17, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Marc Cushman, author of Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979, an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history. Topics this week include the origins of the band, the longstanding relationship between The Moody Blues and The Beatles, and how the Moodies changed the way in which music artists released albums. Chuck Harter co-hosts this segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the new DVD release of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and how the casting of Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn were all inspired choices. Greg not only provides audio commentary for Santa Claus, but appears in The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, the excellent documentary that is part of the DVD package. Second hour: Ed welcomes longtime radio host, author, and game show legend Wink Martindale (Gambit, Debt, Tic Tac Dough, Winking at Life, “Deck of Cards”). Wink’s new spoken word recording, “Heavenly Child,” which pays tribute to Elvis Presley, is now available through iTunes. Wink also hosts and produces the 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, the annual countdown that will be heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country on Christmas Day. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Perry Como Show on Christmas Eve night, 1948.
Show No. 429 with guests Carole Wells and Steve Randisi
Original Airdates: Dec. 7-10, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes Steve Randisi, author of The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story, a comprehensive history of The Merv Griffin Show on television that also provides insight into Merv Griffin the performer, Merv the producer, and Merv the human being. Phil Gries co-hosts the segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the new DVD releases of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Among the extra features included in each package is The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, an excellent documentary that examines the impact that animators Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass had on television in the 1960s and 1970s, and how they have continued to influence the makers of holiday films and holiday TV programs today. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress and author Carole Wells. Carole’s latest book, Hijacked: An Eyewitness Account of Evil, relives the events of Sept. 27, 1977, when she, along with 155 other passengers and fourteen crew members, found their flight to Bangkok hijacked by members of the terrorist group The Japanese Red Army. The ordeal lasted five days, but it left a scar on Carole that did not begin to heal until forty years later.
Show No. 428 with guests Marty Krofft and Marc Cushman
Original Airdates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes award-winning screenwriter, director, and music and television historian Marc Cushman (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, Diagnosis Murder, Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, An Evening with the Golddiggers, These Are The Voyages). Marc’s latest book, Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979 is an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history (roughly coinciding with the Mike Pinder era). Long Distance Voyagers includes original interviews with founding members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, plus thousands of vintage interviews, reviews, record chart statistics, and more. Chuck Harter co-hosts this segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar takes a look at the various DVD configurations of All in the Family. Second hour: Iconic television producer Marty Krofft talks to Ed about how both The Banana Splits and the musical puppet show Les Poupées de Paris helped launch the careers of he and his brother, Sid; the Krofft brothers’ many collaborations with Charles Fox, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville; the appeal of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters; and their upcoming science series starring Mayim Bialik.
Show No. 427 with guests Ed Asner and Leslie Bertram Crane
Original Airdates: Nov. 16-19, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane about her career in television production and post-production, including working as a “switcher” for such top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live audience, and her experience on Roundhouse and On the Television, two of the first original series produced by Nickelodeon. Leslie is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen discuss the 70th anniversary of Kukla, Fran and Ollie on television. Second hour: Ed welcomes back eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Up!, Elf). Ed Asner is currently starring as God Almighty in the new stage play God Help Us, a political comedy in which God moderates a debate between two pundits on opposite sides of the political spectrum. For more information on God Help Us, including how to book the play to a playhouse near you, go to GodHelpUs.net. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar, along with his son Colin, discusses the DVD releases of the first two seasons of The Good Place.
Ed Asner will also bring his critically acclaimed one-man show A Man and His Prostate to the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019; the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019; and The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Mar. 10. 2019. For more information on A Man and His Prostate and other upcoming performances, go to AManandHisProstate.com. For more information on The Ed Asner Family Center, a nonprofit organization that benefits children with special needs, go to EdAsnerFamilyCenter.org.
Show No. 426 with guests Thom Bierdz and Marvin J. Wolf
Original Airdates: Nov. 9-12, 2018
First hour: A return appearance by author, journalist, screenwriter, raconteur and novelist Marvin J. Wolf (For Whom the Shofar Blows, A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn). Marv’s latest effort, A Tale of Two Rabbis, is the third entry in the Rabbi Ben mystery series. Topics include how Marv came to develop Rabbi Ben, including how he was inspired, in part, by Paladin, the “traveling angel” who was the protagonist of the long-running CBS television series and radio drama Have Gun, Will Travel. Second hour: Ed welcomes actor, author and artist Thom Bierdz (The Young and The Restless, Forgiving Troy). Thom’s latest book, Young, Gay and Restless: My Scandalous On-Screen & Off-Screen Sexual Liberations, not only proves that Mark Twain was right when he famously said that truth is all too often stranger than fiction, but just may be the most open and honest memoir you will ever read. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our December 2012 conversation with music journalist Lesley-Ann Jones, author of Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury. Lesley-Ann’s book not only traces the role that television played in the rise of Queen in the 1970s and ’80s, but includes the back stories of such hit songs as “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Show No. 425 with guests Wayne Péré and Christina Elizabeth Smith
Original Airdates: Nov. 2-5, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes actress and screenwriter Christina Elizabeth Smith. Christina recently joined the cast of NCIS: New Orleans, where she plays Ginny Young (the assistant to Scott Bakula’s character, Dwayne Pride), plus she wrote, produced and stars in Pretext, a dramatic short explores the phenomenon of pre-text calling from both the POVs of rape victims and police investigators. NCIS: New Orleans airs Tuesdays 10pm on CBS. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the recent DVD release of Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, the animated series from Hanna-Barbera from the early 1970s that was inspired by All in the Family. Second hour: Film and television actor Wayne Péré (American Horror Story, Cloak and Dagger) talks to Ed about his approach to playing villains in film and television (including Victor LaRue on Walker: Texas Ranger); the influence the Meisner approach continues to have on his acting career; his work as a screenwriter and director; and why actors are often good directors. Wayne is currently seen as Dr. Emerson in the hit Sony/Marvel feature Venom. Also in this hour: Highlights from our June 2013 conversation with stage and television actress Channing Chase (Mad Men).
Show No. 424 with guests Joni Bovill, Julian David Stone, Regina Keller Gil and Caroline Sorokoff
Original Airdates: Oct. 26-29, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes back filmmaker, playwright and author Julian David Stone. Julian’s latest book, No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock ’n’ Roll Photographer: 1981-1987, is a coffee table book featuring more than 250 photographs of some of the biggest rock ’n’ roll stars of the 1980s, including Prince, U2, the Police, David Bowie, R.E.M., the Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, and Bruce Springsteen. None of the photos in No Cameras Allowed have ever been published before—but that is only half the story. Limited edition prints of the photographs featured in No Cameras Allowed are available through JulianDavidStone.com. Also in this hour: Ed welcomes Regina Keller Gil, executive director of the Gold Coast Arts Center, and Caroline Sorokoff, director of The Eighth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, which runs Nov. 2-13, 2018 in Long Island, New York. For tickets and more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastFilmFestival.org. Plus: An excerpt from our 2017 tribute to Will Jordan, the actor and comedian best known for his uncanny impression of Ed Sullivan. Second hour: Ed welcomes actress and singer Joni Bovill (Bosch, Come Sunday, How to Get Away with Murder, Concussion). Topics include Joni’s deep roots in music; her work with Oscar winners Viola Davis and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Oscar nominee Will Smith; her approach to playing Rev. Yvette Flunder in Come Sunday; and her experience working with puppets on the children’s project The Word Wits.
Show No. 423 with guests Robert Wagner and Leslie Bertram Crane
Original Airdates: Oct. 19-22, 2018
First hour: Ed welcomes Leslie Bertram Crane. Leslie worked behind the scenes in network television and syndicated television for about twenty years, both in production and in post production, including such variety shows and specials as Star Search, Solid Gold, Captain and Tennille Songbook, The American Music Awards, and the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, the daytime talk show Hour Magazine, and two Academy Awards broadcasts. Leslie is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa discusses the final episode of Quantum Leap, which originally twenty-five years ago on NBC. Second hour: Ed welcomes legendary actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart, Switch, It Takes a Thief, You Must Remember This, I Loved Her in the Movies, Pieces of My Heart).
For our listeners on the East Coast, the Gold Coast International Film Festival will honor Robert Wagner on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as part of a gala event that will benefit the scholarship and outreach programs of the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival in Long Island, New York. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, New York beginning at 6:30pm. The highlight of the evening will be a conversation with R.J., moderated by a special guest, including the presentation of the festival’s second annual Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award to Robert Wagner in recognition for his many contributions to film and television. A number of well-known celebrities are expected to attend the Wednesday, Oct. 24 event. If you are in the Long Island area that night, or plan to be, the event is open to the public. For reservations and more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastArts.org.
Show No. 422 with guests Jerry Houser, Paul Robert Coyle and Roy Samuelson
Original Airdates: Oct. 12-15, 2018
First hour: Voice artist Roy Samuelson talks to Ed about Descriptive Narration, a burgeoning field of voiceover that provides narrated descriptions of key elements of a film or TV series for those who are blind or visually impaired. October is Blindness Awareness Month. Also in this hour: Chuck Harter with Part 3 of our three-part series on pop music TV shows of the mid to late 1960s, including a look back at The Music Scene, the short-lived music comedy series from the fall of 1969 that also featured a pre-Laugh-In Lily Tomlin, Happening ‘68, the Saturday morning series starring Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere, and Malibu U, the seven-week summer series from 1967 hosted by Rick Nelson. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with award-winning actor, producer, voice artist and teacher Jerry Houser (Summer of ’42, Class of ’44, Slap Shot, The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys), including stories of Jerry’s work alongside David Janssen, Milton Berle, Don Adams, Alan Alda, and Ron Howard in various films and TV shows. Longtime television writer Paul Robert Coyle co-hosts the hour.
Jerry Houser offers fun and informative workshops, both here in Los Angeles as well as private sessions via Skype, for those who are considering beginning a career in voiceover. For more information, visit HouserHoltVOWorkshop.com or contact Jerry directly.
Show No. 421 with guests Robert Crane and Ashley Arpel Greenwald
Original Airdates: Oct. 5-8, 2018
First hour: Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Arpel Greenwald talks about her latest movie, Destined to Ride; the unusual approach she took to booking a role in the political thriller The Runner; and how she came to launch her catering business, That’s Ashley’s Kitchen, an online bakery that specializes in cakes and cupcakes. Destined to Ride is now available for streaming on demand. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and his son, Colin Ehrbar, review the DVD release of Gravity Falls. Second hour: Robert Crane conducts a special TV trivia quiz in which every question touches on the career of his dad, actor and radio host Bob Crane. Bob also shares more back stories behind his latest book, Hollywood Plateau, a collection of candid interviews with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Bruce Dern, John Wayne, Teri Garr, Jack Nicholson, Cheech and Chong, Oscar de la Hoya, Jan Stephenson and other newsmakers that Bob originally conducted circa 1974 to 2013, prior to the era of political correctness.
Show No. 420 with guest Michael Learned
Original Airdates: Sept. 21-24, 2018
First hour: A tribute to film and television actor Burt Reynolds featuring highlights from previously broadcast conversations with people who knew and worked with him, including actors Richard Anderson and James Best and director Ralph Senensky. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews Sid Caesar: The Works, the five-DVD tribute set from Shout! Factory that includes such previously unreleased-to-DVD material as Ten from Your Show of Shows, The Chevy Show, the Emmy Award-winning CBS reunion special from 1967, and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in conversation with Billy Crystal at the Paley Center from 2014. If you order Sid Caesar: The Works directly through ShoutFactory.com, you will receive a bonus disc, Sid Caesar: Extra Portion, which features more than two hours of additional material. Second hour: Four-time Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned (The Waltons, Nurse, Life Interrupted) talks to Ed about the genuine love that Waltons creator Earl Hamner had for his mother and his family, and how grateful she is for her experience on The Waltons because it gave her a second family. Michael will be honored by the Family Film Awards with their annual Legend Award on Thursday, Sept. 27, plus she recently completed production on the short film Second Acts. She will also reprise the role of Miss Daisy in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy in January 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our conversation from June 2014 with actor/comedian Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show).