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January 15, 2007 - 11:08am
ME UP, SCOTTY
A tribute to the long gone Dumont network.
Alluc.org allows you to watch entire episodes of TV shows online. Actually, what they've done is scour You Tube and other video sharing entities and compiled a comprehensive, easy to use list. It's not legal to watch these shows like this, I expect - but it is what it is.
January 14, 2007 - 8:44am
At the time I was working for the advertising arm of this publication (heck, I WAS the advertising arm) and truly enjoyed it, so much so that Judy Zee (the mag's typesetter) and I set out to cover the local music scene for the rag. And we did it for free! It was cool because the editor of the magazine didn't bother to read the articles - until advertisers started complaining that I was being less that complimentary in my reviews of the goings on in their clubs, the very same businesses I was designing ads for. I remember the printers threatened to stop printing the mag because I was using the word 'fuck' and I would get 'fired,' then allowed to continue simply because the magazine was ad heavy and starved for content.
bands covered were mostly obscure, but I hope the articles contain some
level of continuity and tell (in a very limited way) some of the story
of the punk / new wave scene in the very early-1980s.
You can find the articles here.
January 14, 2007 - 8:39am
January 10, 2007 - 10:36pm
KEVIN S. BUTLER:
The convention sponsored two seminars, one dedicated to NYC based radio & TV kid show hosts and one where Sonny talked about his first venture on radio.
Fox appeared briefly at the first seminar honoring NYC based kid's shows
which also had Chuck McCann and John Zacherley on the panel (Bill Britten
the third host/ performer of 'Wonderama' & NYC TV's "Bozo"
and Captain Allen Swift of WPIX's 'Popeye Show' were slated to be there
but Bill was working out of town and poor Mr. Swift had been injured in
an accident and had to bow out.)
I asked him how he first became involved with Mr. Herb Sheldon as his comedy scriptwriter. I forget the way that he was introduced to Mr. Sheldon but I do know that it was not a happy experience for Sonny because he stated that Sheldon was not a witty man.He also talked about 'Wonderama' and how he made the show successful and recalled how he had to leave the series to co-host a daily talk/variety show for adults, 'The New Yorkers' with Penelope Wilson, Stewart Klein (this was Mr. Klein's first appearance on WNEW TV) and Gloria Okon in 1967.
He didn't watch Bob McAllister's version of 'Wonderama' until a few weeks later and he was not pleased with what he saw. He felt Bob's version of the show leaned more towards game show concepts and too much entertainment and not enough towards meaningful informational segments.
Mind you, these are Sonny's opinions, not mine.
At the end of the seminar, the panel's moderator Brian Gari, grandson of entertainer Eddie Cantor, gave Sonny an award for his lifetime of achievements as a host and producer/creator of quality radio and TV shows.
January 10, 2007 - 8:48pm
"I recently contacted the KTVU Program Manager, Caroline Chang, to see if any of the classic programming still survived. Here is her response:
"Thank you for taking the time to write and for your suggestion. Unfortunately, the programs you mentioned no longer exist. We were just talking about 'BITS & PIECES' yesterday, and are talking about resurrecting the 'idea', but the programs/spots themselves are long gone. In addition, many of those shows were done on a format (2" tape) that doesn't exist, and we have no way of playing anymore. Shows like ROMPER ROOM were produced by us, but we don't 'own' the show's format, and none of those shows were saved. The ONLY elements that still exist are contained in the 30th Anniversary special show. Many of those shows that were used on that special were part of then-employee's personal items, and that was almost 20 years ago. Those employees have long since retired. None of them had more than a few shows or photos. It is very unfortunate that our employees in the 50's didn't foresee a desire for the audience of today to reminisce, and find a way to store/file all those old shows. Thank you so much for writing, and I wish we were able to provide the audience with the shows you requested. They're missing out on some great old shows.
"This is quite sad and there seems to not be close to any Bay Area produced children's show surviving. The only one might be the KRON program 'Buster & Me'. The funny thing about this show is that the main character (or at least the monkey puppet, 'Kovacs' The Chimp) was used in Mrs. Doubtfire. It is possible that KRON has other shows, or at least episodes. Wouldn't it be great for someone to put together a book and DVD set of surviving local shows from around the Country, of course the work involved would be tremendous."
Great DVD news from Frank Darmstadt: "Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Maude: The Complete First Season on March 20th. Prolific TV producer Norman Lear's groundbreaking spin-off from "All in the Family" starred the ever-lovely Bea Arthur as the outspoken and strong-willed title character. The three-disc set will include all 22 episodes presented in remastered fullscreen and Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks. Retail is $29.95. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Volume 1 is due on 3/27/2007. It will include the first 25 episodes. Retail $29.95." I'll be first in line for these! Why does Sony have all the great stuff but I never get review copies? Is it because they know I'll buy it anyway?
"As a child I remember seeing a Saturday morning special several times that was called The Secret World of Ugg - could you tell me any information on it or whether I can purchase it? Thank you, Whitney & JT Anderson"
"Love your site! I have a question: you have the famous 1967 Benson and Hedges TV commercial; can you tell me who did the music, please? I mean that fabulous wordless female vocal, over that beautiful music. Thanks, Tony Rowat"
January 8, 2007 - 9:16pm
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