Jack Nicholson: The Early Years, plus a Tribute to Jules Bass: Next on TVC

Author and journalist Christopher Fryer will join us, plus we’ll welcome back voice artist, television announcer, and author Randy West, on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Nov. 18-21 at the following times and venues:

WBRT 97.1 FM and 1320 AM (Bardstown, KY) Fri 9am ET 6am PT
KSAV: Share-a-Vision Radio (San Francisco Bay Area) Fri 7pm ET and PT
RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA) Fri 10pm ET 7pm PT and Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT
Third Eye Radio (Bainbridge, GA) Sat 5am ET 2am PT and Wed 7pm ET 4pm PT
WTCA AM 1050 and FM 106.1 (South Bend/Plymouth, IN) Sat 6am ET, 3am PT
WKXO AM 1500 and FM 103.5 (Lexington-Fayette/Richmond/Berea, KY) Sat 8am ET, 5am PT
KZFX HD-3 93.7 FM (Ridgecrest/California City, CA) Sat Noon ET 9am PT
WHBL AM 1330 and FM 101.5 (Sheboygan/Milwaukee/Green Bay, WI) Sat 2pm CT Noon PT
KSCJ AM 1360 and FM 94.9 (Sioux City, IA) Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT
America One Radio (Atlanta, GA) Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT
Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN) Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT
Biz Talk Radio AM/FM (Paducah, KY) Sat 8pm CT, 6pm PT
KFMO AM 1240 (Park Hills/Farmington/St. Louis, MO) Sat 9pm CT, 7pm PT
920 WON The Apple (Brooklyn, NY) Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Bull 99.1 FM and KIKO AM 1340 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ) Sat 8pm MT, Sun 6pm MT
WLAD AM 800 and FM 94.1 (Danbury, CT) Sun 5am ET, 2am PT
STP Radio (Fort Wayne, IN) Sun 6am ET, 3am PT
KSCO AM 1080 and FM 104.1 (San Jose/Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA) Sun 9am ET, 6am PT
KOMY AM 1340 (La Selva Beach/Watsonville, CA) Sun 9am ET, 6am PT
Stay Tuned America (Dodge Center, MN) Sun 5pm CT, 3pm PT
CROC Radio (Kimberley, BC, Canada) Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT
KLTF AM 960 (St. Cloud/Little Falls, MN) Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT
KPLT AM 1490 and FM 96.3 (Paris, TX) Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT
WDIG AM 1450 (Dothan, AL) Sun 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Rattler 97.3 FM and KBSZ AM 1260 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ) Sun 8pm MT
KHMB AM 1710 / KHMV-LP 100.9 FM (Half Moon Bay, CA) Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET
United as 1 Radio (Bakersfield, CA) Mon 11am ET, 8am PT
Passionate World Talk Radio Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at PWTR Network

This week’s guests will include Christopher Fryer, co-author, along with Robert Crane, of several books on movies and television, including Jack Nicholson: The Early Years—the first authorized biography of the Academy Award-winning actor—Bruce Dern: A Memoir, and Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder, the memoirs of Robert Crane, eldest son of Bob Crane, that also doubles as a biography of the beloved star of Hogan’s Heroes. Chris has also written for such publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Playboy magazine, and the New York Times, plus he is one of the contributors to Beyond Where the Buses Run, a collection of short stories, edited by Theresa Griffin Kennedy, that centers around the unexpected directions that life often takes us in.

The story that Chris contributed to Beyond Where the Buses Run, “Hunting License,” depicts the actions of a man who discovers his true mettle when he finds himself having to defend the pristine nature that he loves from a man whose darkness might destroy them both.

Reading “Hunting License,” in many ways, will remind you of the works of Rod Serling. We’ll ask Chris about that, plus we’ll talk about the unlikely series of events that led he and Bob to interview Jack Nicholson in 1973—and how the title of Beyond Where the Buses Run owes itself to a saying coined by Bruce Dern. Christopher Fryer will join us in our second hour.

Also this week: We’ll welcome back Randy West, the longtime television announcer, voice artist, and raconteur who has worked behind the scenes in television for more than thirty years, including shows and specials hosted by such icons as Dick Clark, Wink Martindale, Chuck Woolery, Bob Eubanks, Howie Mandel, Ryan Seacrest, and Bob Barker. Randy’s latest book, TV Inside Out: Flukes, Flakes, Feuds and Felonies provides a backstage pass to the truest form of reality TV: both the outrageous behavior that many stars exhibit in their pursuit of success, and the inspiring stories of television performers who beat the odds and enjoy their success while still living by The Golden Rule.

Among other topics this week, Randy will take us behind the scenes of the live versions of The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune (both of which he has hosted in various venues), plus we’ll look back at the career of Gene Wood, the longtime announcer for Family Feud and other Goodson-Todman game shows who was also one of the few announcers to host his own show. Randy West will join us in our first hour.

Plus: Greg Ehrbar will pay tribute to Jules Bass, the award-winning lyricist and composer who, along with Arthur Rankin, produced some of the most beloved holiday specials in television history, including such classics as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
Fri 9am ET, 6am PT on WBRT AM 1320/FM 97.1 (Bardstown, KY)
Fri 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org and CX Radio Brazil
Fri 10pm ET, 7pm PT, Sat/Sun 11pm ET, 8pm PT on RadioSlot (San Francisco, CA)
Sat 5am ET, 2am PT and Wed 7pm ET, 4pm PT on Third Eye Radio Network (Bainbridge, GA)
Sat 6am ET, 3am PT on WTCA 1050 AM and 106.1 FM (South Bend/Plymouth, IN)
Sat 8am ET, 5am PT on WKXO 1500 AM and 103.5 FM (Lexington-Fayette/Richmond/Berea, KY)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KZFX FM (Ridgecrest/California City, CA)
Sat 2pm CT, Noon PT on WHBL AM 1330 and FM 101.5 (Sheboygan/Milwaukee/Green Bay, WI)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT on KSCJ 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 7pm ET, 4pm PT on America One Radio (Atlanta, GA)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 9pm CT, 7pm pm PT on KFMO-AM 1240 (Park Hills/Farmington/St. Louis, MO)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on 920 WON The Apple  (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat 8pm MT 7pm PT and Sun 6pm MT 5pm PT on Bull 99.1 FM and KIKO AM 1340 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 5am ET, 2am PT on WLAD-AM 800 and FM 94.1 (Danbury, CT)
Sun 6am ET, 3am PT on WSTP Radio (Fort Wayne, IN)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose/Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach/Watsonville, CA)
Sun 5pm CT, 3pm PT on Stay Tuned America (Dodge Center, MN)
Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KLTF-AM 960 (St. Cloud/Little Falls, MN)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KPLT AM and FM (Paris, TX)
Sun 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WDIG AM (Dothan, AL)
Sun 8pm MT 7pm PT on Rattler 97.3 FM and KBSZ AM 1260 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Mon 11am ET, 8am PT on United as 1 Radio (Bakersfield, CA)
Various times throughout the week on the Entertainment Channel at Passionate World Talk Radio

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