Episode 48 – TV During World War II

This week join Andrew as he leads a discussion with Steve and Jonathan about how TV was used not before, not after, but during World War II. Contrary to popular belief the then new medium was at least thought about as another technology to be harnessed during the war effort. We also discuss how the rudimentary uses of TV in the immediate post-war era is surprisingly similiar to how we use it today.

NBC Newsreel from Eisenhower’s return to NYC: link

Life Magazine’s photo coverage of Eisenhower’s return: link

A wonderful site titled Early Television Museum from which we borrowed some images: link

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Episode 47 – The Mouth of the South

This week join Steve as he weaves a tale of one man’s drive to not only see A future, but to see multiple futures and gamble big on being in control of it all. This one has family drama, high stakes media wagers, big money, celebrity romance, and the changing of the very media landscape itself. Oh, and Jonathan says “yup” a lot and tends to agree with most of what Steve’s saying.

Two great weblinks about the man and his accomplishments:

Atlanta Magazine: link

Jack Doyle: link

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Episode 46 – The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

This week join Steve as he begins surgery on the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Jonathan occasionally hands Steve a scalpel, especially in terms of attempting to get behind Lynde’s troubles with the bottle. Otherwise, it is a lot of lighthearted, Halloween fun as we attempt to survive some of the most surreal 1970s variety show sketches and dance numbers this side of the Star Wars Holiday Special!

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Episode 45 – KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, and Special guest Frank Bridges as we rev up for Halloween with a special episode on the 1978 TV film KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Jonathan gives some context for how and when KISS got to be so big as to warrant such a production. Frank gives us some first-hand fan experience about what it was like to be bombarded by the entertainment experience that was KISS. And Andrew provides the outsider’s view as he tries to make heads or tails of both the band and this train-wreck of a film.

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Many of the still images used here should be attributed to the KISS FAQ.

Episode 44 – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, and Steve as we take a deep dive in the 1980s TV program Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. We also provide context for the US audience relationship to watching the wealthy on TV both before and after Lifestyles. We also discuss the rise of gourmet culture, how entertainment media frames issues of class, and why the 1980s were not coincidental for Lifestyles rise to success.

Here is a link to Diana Kendall’s Framing Class: link

Here is a link to Larry Samuel’s Rich: link

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Episode 43 – Game Shows

This week join Steve, Andrew, and eventually, Jonathan, as Steve leads a discussion on the legendary Goodson / Todman production team and the shows they created. We also deconstruct the genre to discuss the game props and mechanics, gender, and consumersim vs. “high brow.” And of course, we try to have a few laughs along the way. We surveyed 100 people and asked them “what does Steve geek out about?” And, if you guessed “game show buzzers”  – you’d be a big winner. 😉

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Episode 42 – The History Channel

This week join Andrew, Jonathan, and Steve as Andrew leads a deep dive discussion into the history of The History Channel. The guys discuss how programming on the channel has changed, who owns the channel, and what strategies they’ve employed to stay relevant to capture advertiser dollars. If you like History, history, or the history of History, you’ll dig this episode.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on September 22, 2016 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

Cracked’s funny send up of The History Channel: link

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Episode 41 – Race on TV with Alvyn Haywood

This week join us for a special conversation between Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan with Steve’s friend and colleague, Alvyn Haywood. Mr. Haywood, a professor of Communication at Mercer County Community College, brings his knowledge, gleaned from years as an educator both in the classroom and out in the community, to the topic of race on television during the 1980s. Steve moors the conversation around Sut Jhally’s early 1990s analysis of The Cosby Show, but the conversation also touches upon issues of class, cultural representation, and the medium’s tendency towards cultural amnesia at best, and invisibility at worst.

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Episode 40 – 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee

This week join Steve as he drags Andrew kicking and screaming into the 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee Special, while Jonathan attempts to deconstruct all the deep thoughts flying around the pianos and gorillas. What exactly were The Monkees trying to say with the special? Why were there no subsequent specials? Why is Little Richard present? Will Andrew walk out of the studio in disgust? These answers and much more on this week’s episode. You can also listen to a previous episode we recorded about The Monkees and representations of 60s youth counterculture here: link

Check out this wonderful resource for info on The Monkees and 33 1/3: The Monkees Live Almanac

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Episode 39 – Jim Henson Biographer Brian Jay Jones

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, and Steve in conversation with author of Jim Henson: The Biography, Brian Jay Jones. We discuss Henson’s early start in the Washington, D.C. television market, what made Henson so unique, and the challenges that all biographers face in dealing with the archive. You can also listen to a previous episode we recorded about Henson and the Muppets here: link

Biographer Brian Jay Jones (author’s homepage)

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Jim Henson: The Biography (Google Books)

George Lucas: A Life (Google Books)

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