Saturday, December 31, 2011

TV Confidential


This holiday season you may have heard me on the radio discussing Christmas on TV.  I was lucky to have been a part of several interviews on TV Confidential.  If you missed those pieces, you can still listen to the podcasts at TV Confidential's archives.

Show #118:  Author Greg Ehrbar and I discuss our favorite Christmas programs along with the show's regular hosts Ed Robertson, Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen.  Click here for the link to Show #118.  Ed calls me "...the holiday TV guru..."  I like that alot!  Can you guess which are my own personal favorite Christmas specials?  I was extremely impressed with Greg--isn't he sharp?  I loved his reading of the TV special Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.  In the audio, you can hear me tittering during Greg's reading of that classic Rankin/Bass Animagic special.  I recently got two of Greg's books, Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records (2006) and The Cartoon Music Book (2002), which I'll be reviewing here on my blog soon.

Show #114:  November was my first appearance on TV ConfidentialClick here for the link to Show #114.  I discuss my obsession with The Peanuts character Peppermint Patty, the inspiration for writing my two books, the common themes in Christmas TV stories, the sidebars in my encyclopedia and my love the Christmas episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.  I also spoke about my upcoming appearance at the screening of the Christmas TV movie The Homecoming and the Waltons cast reunion.  Click the links to read my blog posts about those experiences: Waltons Part 1 and Waltons Part 2.

This was just a fantastic experience.  Thanks again to TV Confidential for this opportunity and Ed Roberston, Donna Allen and Tony Figueroa.  I also want to thank the other guest on Show 118, author Greg Ehrbar, for his generosity during the radio show.  Don't forget: I was recently on two podcasts of Galactic Watercooler as well.  Check it out!   Do you regularly listen to podcasts?  Which ones do you like?  Let me know.

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