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Show No. 349 with guest Rick Lenz
Original Airdate: Jan. 13-16, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember actor Robert Vaughn and PBS news journalist Gwen Ifill, while Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of Adventures of Superman and Challenge of the SuperFriends. Second hour: Ed welcomes award-winning actor, author and playwright Rick Lenz (Cactus Flower, The Shootist, Hec Ramsey). Rick’s new novel, The Alexandrite, is a work of “time travel” noir best described as Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day meets The Twilight Zone meets Old Hollywood.

Show No. 348 with guest Loretta Swit
Original Airdate: Jan. 6-9, 2017
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember “the Lovely Lady,” Florence Henderson, not only her experience on The Brady Bunch, but her Broadway career, her early television work on The Today Show, plus her recent appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar looks at the various Norman Lear shows that will be reimagined this year (including One Day at a Time, which premieres this month on Netflix), and whether the topical nature of Lear’s work will resonate with contemporary audiences. Plus: a review of Maude on DVD. Second hour: Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Swit joins Ed for a conversation about her interest in watercolor painting, her “proprietary relationship” with wildlife, her vast stage career (including her recent portrayal of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), and, of course, a few questions about M*A*S*H.

Loretta’s new book, SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, is a collection of sixty-four full-color paintings and drawings, all done by Loretta herself, and all accompanied by anecdotes and stories about Loretta’s life, career and work on behalf of animals. SwitHeart is available, both in print and digital editions, through SwitHeart.com and Ultimatesymbol.com/SwitHeart. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart will be donated to Loretta’s endless campaign to end animal suffering and cruelty. In addition, a set of greeting cards featuring some of Loretta’s animal paintings and drawings, and a select number of posters based on Loretta’s artwork, are also available for purchase through SwitHeart.com. All proceeds from the sale of SwitHeart greeting cards and posters will also support various animal rights organizations.

For our listeners in Southern California, Loretta Swit will also be appearing, along with David Engel, in the stage production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which will run Feb. 3 thru Feb. 12 at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA.

Show No. 347 with guest Don Most
Original Airdate: Dec. 23-26, 2016
First hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome singer/actor Don Most (Happy DaysD Most: Mostly Swinging). Don’s new single, “C’est Si Bon,” is not only available as a digital single through iTunes, but is part of Don’s new Christmas album, Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight, which includes a heartfelt rendition of “The Christmas Song,” the Yuletide classic originally made famous by Nat King Cole. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of our roundtable discussion about favorite Christmas specials and holidays TV specials featuring Joanna Wilson, author of The Christmas TV Companion and Tis the Season TV. Second hour: Phil Gries pays tribute to bandleader Guy Lombardo as part of The Sounds of Lost Television, with audio highlights of early TV coverage of the ball drop at Times Square, including a rarely heard clip from New Year’s Eve 1965 featuring Howard Cosell.

Show No. 346: Celebrating the Centennial Birthday of Screen Legend Kirk Douglas
Original Airdate: Dec. 16-19, 2016
Phil Gries joins Ed for a special program-length edition of The Sounds of Lost Television honoring Kirk Douglas, the legendary motion picture star who turned 100 years old on Friday, Dec. 9, featuring rarely heard audio clips that reveal Douglas’ humanitarianism, his desire for social justice, his sense of humor and his love of singing. Plus: An excerpt from our July 2013 conversation with William Schallert, one of Douglas’s co-stars in Lonely Are the Brave, in which Bill discusses the role Douglas played in ending the Hollywood Blacklist; and a clip from our November 2011 conversation with author Jim Rosin (The Streets of San Francisco: A Quinn Martin Television Series) about the relationship between Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Karl Malden.   

Show No. 345 with guest Gloria Loring
Original Airdate: Dec. 9-12, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the life and film career of Gene Wilder. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar with a look at the complete series DVD release of Taxi, plus an encore presentation of our December 2011 birthday tribute to Dick Van Dyke. Second hour: Ed welcomes singer, actress, songwriter and author Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives“Friends and Lovers”). Topics include Gloria’s upcoming new CD, her songwriting process, and her early TV appearances on The Merv Griffin Show and The Carol Burnett Show.

Show No. 344 with guest Gary Lockwood
Original Airdate: Dec. 2-5, 2016
First hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to political pundit and TV host John McLaughlin (The McLaughlin Group), while Greg Ehrbar reviews the various DVD configurations of The Judy Garland Show. Also in this hour: An excerpt from our August 2010 conversation with TV variety show producer/director Bob Wynn (The Judy Garland Show, NBC Follies, Real People). Second hour: Ed welcomes actor Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey“Where No Man Has Gone Before,” The Lieutenant).

Show No. 343 with guest Ray Starman
Original Airdate: Nov. 18-21, 2016
First hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews recent DVD releases of I Married Joan, The New Adventures of Gilligan and Shirt Tales. Also in this hour: An encore presentation of Phil Gries’ look at early network TV coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Second hour: Ed welcomes Ray Starman, author of Sitcom Class Wars: The 20th Century, a look at the portrayals of class and status in sixty popular sitcoms from the first five decades of television, and how those portrayals changed as the medium of television changed.

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