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Have you ever become obsessed with a topic and taken a deep dive into consuming all you could uncover about it? Media Path podcast is here to indulge your obsessions. hosted by Fritz Coleman and Louise Palanker, the show takes you along on a scenic tour through books, movies, TV, podcasts and music related to a given topic of captivation. We are exploring entertainment, politics, history, true crime, world events and all of their intriguing intersections. Fritz Coleman is a legendary Los Ang ...
 
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Big Brother cast members made history this summer as The Cookout alliance insured that a black player will win the game for the first time in the show’s 21 year run. We are talking about the significance, the fan reaction and reality TV’s reflection of societal energy with Reality Blurred’s Andy Dehnart and reality show YouTuber and podcaster Cames…
 
We welcome writer/producer Cheri Steinkellner whose award gathering body of work includes Cheers, The Jeffersons, Facts of Life, Teacher’s Pet and the book for Broadway's Sister Act. She comes to us with stories, writing advice and loads of life-affirming charm and joy. Plus Fritz and Weezy are recommending The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor, W…
 
Bill Schnee is a Grammy winning music producer, engineer and mix master, who has worked with Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, The Beatles and beyond, devoting his career to conducting orchestras of studio tracks in the creation of the iconic music that we most cherish. Bill joins us to share the backstage stories that accompanied that music. Plus…
 
Who better to walk us through a history of standup comedy than the man who wrote the book on it, Wayne Federman, and authenticated, brilliant standup comedian Shawn Pelofsky. The first comedy club may have been a primitive weapon with some funny carvings, so we’re going back only as far as Mark Twain and Will Rogers and moving right on into podcast…
 
Fritz and Weezy serve up hand picked selections, recommended for your viewing, reading and listening pleasure, including McCartney 3,2,1, Barry Gibb’s new album Greenfields, Willie Nelson’s autobiography, It’s a Long Story, The Lost Leonardo documentary, and Our Own Worst Enemy - The Assault From Within on Modern Democracy by Tom Nichols which invi…
 
Ed Begley Jr. is 329 IMDB credits into his career while simultaneously moving heaven and earth to save heaven and Earth. That heroes journey should come with a cape. Ed joins us for a deep dive into his TV history, true tales of his movie star dad, his mysterious origins story, electric car road trip tips and can Ed remember the plot to his guest s…
 
Richard Sterban’s deep bass voice and love for gospel music launched him from Camden, New Jersey onto a Vegas stage with Elvis. And he was just getting started. He joined the Oak Ridge Boys and their rocket took off fueled by Elvira, Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, Every Day and on and on. Richard’s new book is called from Elvis to Elvira…
 
Marc Summers never wanted to host a game show for kids but he attacked the challenge with purpose and Double Dare quickly became the most-watched original daily program on cable television. Marc’s success secret is that he sees and seizes every opportunity and any challenge. He is here to share his wisdom and dishy show biz tales. Plus Fritz and We…
 
Bill Medley’s iconic baritone voice has woven a path across almost 60 years of music history. We never close our ears when we hear that voice intone the opening line, “You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.” You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling is the most played song in radio history. Bill shares similarly tender moments from his life…
 
Jon Bowzer Bauman describes himself as being “Renaissancey” which begins to cover it. His talents range from musical prodigy to social justice advocacy with, of course, some Sha Na Naing along the way. Jon shares how his “Truth in Music” campaign won back performing rights for original members of The Drifters, The Coasters and The Platters and how …
 
The Manhattan Transfer will be ringing in their 50th anniversary with all kinds of goodies. A symphony album, a documentary and a box set. Proud Member in Excellent Standing, Cheryl Bentyne joins us with behind the scenes insights into crafting harmonies both on and off the stage. She also shares her Cancer battle and recovery journey and her inspi…
 
Katharine Weber does not just hold the fascinating family secrets. She digs for more and shares them. Her family is the stuff of legend. Katharine’s grandmother is the groundbreaking first woman to write the score for a Broadway musical and she shared a long and loving affair with George Gershwin. The intrigue does not stop there. Katharine’s great…
 
Dan Winters is the man behind the camera behind the bees and Angelina Jolie. He got stung seven times. Angelina? Once. Most of Dan’s subjects do not sting. They include, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kate Winslet, Stacey Abrams, Jennifer Garner, Barack Obama, Mr. Rogers, Kobe, Shaq, Bono, Tupac, eagles, spacecraft,…
 
Do unhappy childhoods carve comedians or is it the comedians who best survive the chaos? Steve Bluestein has both theories and stories and he implores us to be kind to one another because nobody’s childhood is perfect and we can all use some love and encouragement. Steve’s new book Point of Pines celebrates the little Massachusetts community that h…
 
While you grew up turning on your TV set, Stanley and Barry Livingston grew up turning onto the set of your favorite TV shows. Both brothers starred in the two longest running sit-coms, first on Ozzie & Harriet and then on My Three Sons. Stan as Chip Douglas and Barry as Ernie. Oh, have they got stories. You’ll hear about Paul Newman, Raymond Burr,…
 
Is Brandy really such a fine girl? Writer/Performer Elliot Lurie from Looking Glass is about to rock your yacht with the truth about the sailor’s favorite girl in that harbor town. Plus is it yacht or is it not? Elliot is becoming an expert And it’s Fritz vs. Elliot in “Brandy Trivia.” And Fritz and Weezy are recommending My Love and Kiss the Groun…
 
Harry Elston is a wonderful Friend of great Distinction and he has had himself some incredible adventures with his chart topping group, The Friends of Distinction, his touring years with Ray Charles and an early stint as limo driver to The Temptations. Harry has dishy stories about Miles Davis, Jim Brown, The Fifth Dimension, Pat Boone and more, an…
 
Billy Gilman’s story is as American and as moving and inspiring as the lyrics of any country music song. Signed to a record deal at age 11, Billy’s smash hit One Voice captured hearts and fans but Billy’s awareness of his truth was moving faster than Nashville’s ability to accept it. Billy came out as gay in 2014 and moved into the power pop lane f…
 
Elayne Boosler carved a path through the comedy landscape that led her from tiny New York clubs to huge stadiums and enormously popular standup specials. Her strategy? Just be funny. Yes, she faced challenges and obstacles but as women in every field are learning to do boldly… she persisted. Elayne is hilarious and kind and she is bringing the joy!…
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Dr. Zaius from Planet of the Apes hosted a seventies style afternoon talk show? Dana Gould has gone beyond wondering and created this exact slice of YouTube heaven. Hangin’ With Dr. Z. Season One is an actual thing that exists on the internet and Dana Gould is here to explain himself. Plus Fritz and W…
 
At the waning edge of the turbulent sixties The Cowsills topped the charts with an infectious power popped sound that was loved by kids and parents and trusted by parents because, after all, their mom was in the band! The real-life Cowsills inspired the sit-com Partridge Family but The Cowsills’ public facing talent and charm was haunted by behind-…
 
Television promo and strategy greats Vince Manze and Preston Beckman masterminded Must See TV at NBC and groundbreaking FOX programming like American Idol, 24 and House. These two broadcasting giants have been tapped to roll out Discovery Plus and they’ve got stories to share about the casting of Friends, how to promote talents like Seinfeld who ha…
 
Gary Puckett may possess the finest voice in rock and roll history. His sound on hits like Young Girl, Woman Woman, Over You and Lady Willpower is an unmistakably powerful piece of pop history. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap are actively touring the world and recording new material and Gary joins Fritz and Weezy to fill us in on the latest news from …
 
Dennis Lambert is the hitmaker behind “We Built This City,” “Nightshift,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and hundreds more classic recordings. Dennis's newest song, Covid 19 Blues features an all-star cast and benefits the Jazz Foundation and the Actors Fund. Bob Sarles is a prolific documentary filmmaker whose award winning movie, Bang! The Bert Berns Story…
 
Fritz and Weezy are suggesting and discussing The Pharmacist, The Brothers Warner, HBO’s Q: Into The Storm, Nat Geo’s Genius: Aretha, Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel, George Orwell classics Animal Farm and 1984 and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Plus Books into movies, Firefly Lane and Moxie, and some Little Known Leave it to Beaver…
 
There was something so uniquely beguiling about four year old Mason Reese that Madison Avenue soon realized that this little kid sold product! Soon, young Mason was hawking Dunkin Donuts, Underwood deviled ham, Raison Bran and Kung Fu Adventure Sets. He was then guest hosting with Mike Douglas, interviewing his idols like Leonard Nimoy, dancing wit…
 
Denny Tedesco’s long awaited and much heralded film The Wrecking Crew tells the story of his father Tommy Tedesco and all of the unsung studio musicians who created the soundtrack of the sixties. Denny’s next movie, The Immediate Family will document the great players who backed the 70’s singer songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Jackson Br…
 
The Netflix mini series, Night Stalker: The search for a killer features KNBCs Laurel Erickson and Paul Skolnick, reporters who stayed hot on the trail of lead detectives hunting a serial killer who was terrorizing Los Angeles in 1984. How did the collective efforts of investigators, reporters and L.A. citizens finally stop a monster? Paul and Laur…
 
Her path has taken her from Cher to to Celine, from Gaga to McCartney, from Bieber to Biden and beyond. Iconic songwriting diva Diane Warren joins Fritz and Weezy to share insights into her creative process and how she has successfully harnessed the power of her songs into a successful business. With 37 years of hit records behind her, Diane remain…
 
Both Tony Dow and Bill Mumy were launched into public lives as children. As adults, Their work ethic and wide ranging talents have sustained their creative output. At the age of 12 Tony won the role of Wally Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver. Today he is a director, producer and world renowned sculptor. Bill Mumy had logged over 100 TV credits before h…
 
Comedian Dwayne Perkins joins Fritz and Weezy for a conversation that moves from the roots of funny to the rules of zombie literature. Dwayne’s comedy specials can be found at Drybar and on streaming media. His books, Hot Chocolate for the Mind and Zombie Run are available wherever you find books and Dwayne’s insights into all of the above and how …
 
Musician/Producer Billy Sherwood from Yes and Asia brings news of his just dropping, prog rock, super group offering with the band, Arc of Life featuring Jon Davison, and Jay Schellen. Billy is rich with stories about his history with Yes, from fan boy to key member and his powerfully touching relationship with Chris Squire. Plus, Fritz and Weezy r…
 
Mid-century pop culture expert/enthusiast, Charles Phoenix is a performer, author, explorer, collector and story-teller. His passion is celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style and he joins Fritz and Weezy to spill about his favorite finds. We’re talking cars, clothes, cakes, slide shows, road trips, and how to appreciate the hidden …
 
Writer/Journalist/Mayor gumpy man-about-everywhere David Laurell regales Fritz and Weezy with true tales of celebrity sitings, encounters and friendships. He shares stories about Joe Namath, Dick Cavett, Dick Clark and Marlon Brando. Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending the new Billie Holiday documentary, Soul on Disney Plus, Let Them All Talk, S…
 
KFI Radio legend Tim Conway Jr. may be the funniest man on the radio in Los Angeles. He may even be the funniest Tim Conway. Tim unleashes stories about his bold career launch, the dawn of internet radio, growing up in Hollywood, Tim Conway Sr., Don Knotts, Ernie Anderson, Rick Dees and More. Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending Joe Bonamassa: Gu…
 
We may all be home alone for the holidays but we are joined by great cinema. It’s streaming straight to the TV on your wall or the phone in your hand and it is excellent. Fritz and Weezy are recommending the sensational writing and powerful performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, David Attenborough’s extraordinary look at The Great Barrier Reef, …
 
Comedian Shawn Pelofsky is a hearty consumer of reality TV and bad Christmas movies. This pandemic season she has strapped on the binge bag and she is getting after it! Gather ‘round Bachelor Nation Children. Shawn has some wonderful opinions to share with you about Claire, Tayshia and the hermetically sealed, Covid tested men who love them. Shawn …
 
It’s hard to know if actors are handling this pandemic really well or if they are just acting like it. That’s why Lesley Boone and Lisa Arch started their own honest, raw and revealing Youtube show. Truth? They are half dressed and drinking heavily. Sure, some days they are fully dressed and half drinking but the point is the honesty. We find out w…
 
Standup comedians are tightly wound bundles of hilarity woven with doubt, despair and anxiety. Fold a pandemic into the mixture to yield Taylor Williamson’s mood. A proactive and solution oriented Taylor has attempted zoom shows, drive-in shows, socially “safe” shows, closed circuit shows and dog sitting. Verdict? He’s still lonely. And so, Taylor …
 
Jordan Zaslow’s viral videos will make your heart shine and your eyes leak happy rain. Jordan and her company Love & Fireworks create globally acclaimed social experiment content like the Regret Blackboard and You’re More Successful Than You Realize. This election cycle Jordan helmed Women for the Win, producing inspiring content for candidates Chi…
 
How accurate is the Netflix Helen Reddy movie, I Am Woman? Our fact checker is Paul Cowsill from The Cowsills who toured with Helen and he knows too much to go back and pretend. Plus young people pollster Cyrus Beschloss from Generation Lab joins us to share data and intel on what matters to newly minted voters. Also, Fritz and Weezy are recommendi…
 
Breaking News: Fritz and Weezy need to election vent. Let’s call this conversation Election Result Results. Can we Americans really hear each other across the cultural divide? Are we even trying? What inspires us or drives us to vote the way we do? How can we better understand one another? Plus, are you pandemic parched and what can you do to quenc…
 
Award Winning Rock Biographer Peter Ames Carlin joins us to talk shop. Peter’s shop is stocked with best selling books about Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. Peter brings fascinating insight to a conversation about the drive, struggle, light, dark and genius of artists who attain and utilize the power to share so sign…
 
Bass legend and fine gentleman Leland Sklar is fertilizing the soil of his pandemic pause with creative seeds which are sprouting into a YouTube channel, a photography book, graphic art, virtual concerts and new music from The Immediate Family which includes Lee plus Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Postel and Russ Kunkel. Lee comes to us brim…
 
“Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.” So, once said Cary Grant. Born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England, at nine his was abandoned by his father and told that his mother had died. (She hadn’t.) At 14 he ran away and joined the circus. (OK, an acrobat troop but you get the idea.) By 20 he was honing his public persona of…
 
Kimberly Soenen is the creative director, curator and editor of “SOME People” (Every) Body, an ongoing, multiverse group project that raises questions about definitions of “health," "health insurance," “healthcare” and Public Health. A Best Practice and Public Health policy thought leader, Soenen has combined the creative and journalistic forces of…
 
Michael Reagan joins us for an engrossing conversation about finding your own voice while growing up in a Hollywood family and coming of age in a political family. Michael’s parents are Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. His step-mother is Nancy Reagan and he is an accomplished writer, political consultant and radio host. Plus Fritz and Weezy discuss th…
 
What is it about The Sound of Music? Story? Cast? Soundtrack? Message? Family? Ideals? A dash of magic? Or all of the above? The Sound of Music Story Author Tom Santopietro is captivated by Von Trapp family values and he joins us to share his enthusiasm with Fritz, Weezy and surprise guest, Sound of Music super fan, Rick Rosenfeld. Tom comes to us …
 
Why did Mark Felt leak? Was he on a hero’s journey to save democracy, uphold justice and protect The FBI or was he engaged in an epic battle of succession to the seat of power, previously held for 37 years by J. Edgar Hoover? Author journalist Max Holland joins us for a deep discussion about what motivated Deep Throat. Max also holds a fascinating …
 
Wendy Liebman and Jeffrey Sherman are among the world’s most adorable couples. The cutest thing about them being that they are each other’s biggest fans. Wendy is a comedian with a unique wordplay afterthought style that has taken her to The Tonight Show, Letterman, HBO and Comedy Central Specials. Her husband Jeffrey Sherman is an accomplished wri…
 
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