Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nicholas Ashford Tribute on Visual Radio moved to September 8

8 PM


September 1, 2011

Jonathan Eller
Biographer of
Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

Thursday Sept. 1
8 PM on
Visual Radio

University of Illinois Press has released Becoming Ray Bradbury, a fascinating

look deep inside the man behind Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man,

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Dandelion Wine and more

Bradbury on Wikipedia

The authoritative biography of Ray Bradbury's early years

Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades. Unprecedented access to Bradbury's personal papers and other private collections provides insight into his emerging talent through his unpublished correspondence, his rare but often insightful notes on writing, and his interactions with those who mentored him during those early years.

Beginning with his childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, this biography follows Bradbury's development from avid reader to maturing author, making a living writing for pulp magazines. Eller illuminates the sources of Bradbury's growing interest in the human mind, the human condition, and the ambiguities of life and death--themes that became increasingly apparent in his early fiction. Bradbury's correspondence documents his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses and his earliest unpublished reflections on the nature of authorship. Eller traces the sources of Bradbury's very conscious decisions, following the sudden success of The Martian Chronicles andThe Illustrated Man, to voice controversial political statements in his fiction, and he highlights the private motivations behind the burst of creative energy that transformed his novella "The Fireman" into the classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

Becoming Ray Bradbury reveals Bradbury's emotional world as it matured through his explorations of cinema and art, his interactions with agents and editors, his reading discoveries, and the invaluable reading suggestions of older writers. These largely unexplored elements of his life pave the way to a deeper understanding of his more public achievements, providing a biography of the mind, the story of Bradbury's self-education and the emerging sense of authorship at the heart of his boundless creativity.

8:45 PM
Frank Dello Stritto discusses
the film
with Ron Howard and Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
to be broadcast at
9 PM Friday night for

Visual Radio Public Domain Films
with critic Frank Dello Stritto
These air on Friday nights at 9 PM

REELING follows
Visual Radio on Thursday nights

The Wonderful Show at 7 PM
Visual Radio Live at 8 PM
Reeling at 9 PM

September 8, 2011 8 pm
Visual Radio host Joe Viglione talks to producer Jerry Ross, the man who recorded Ashford & Simpson along with Melba Moore on Bobby Hebb's immortal "Sunny" as well as the entire "Sunny" album. 8 PM on Channel 8 on Comcast, Channel 36 on Verizon.

Mr. Ross produced Spanky & Our Gang, Keith (98.6), Jay & The Techniques and so many more. He also co-wrote "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff of Philly International) which hit for The Temptations & The Supremes, Dee Dee Warwick and Madeline Bell

Tonight Ross and Viglione will discuss the passing of the great Nicholas Ashford.

Hit radio received a jolt, a shockwave,with the tragic passing of Nicholas Ashford on Monday, August 22. It is a significant loss of one of the creators of some of the finest pop records ever to grace an AM radio speaker. With his wife, Valerie Simpson, he crafted such memorable tunes as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for Diana Ross, "You're All I Need to Get By" from Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, "Let's Go Get Stoned" - a huge hit for Ray Charles but a signature tune as well for Joe Cocker - who performed it at Woodstock, Ashford & Simpson's own big Top 12 hit (#1 R & B) "Solid" and so many others. Ashford & Simpson produced and wrote and sang backing vocals on "Remember Me", a superb Diana Ross hit that doesn't get nearly enough airplay as an oldie.

Humble Pie took "I Don't Need No Doctor" from a Nick Ashford solo 45 PM on Verve Records and made it the centerpiece of their live lp HJMBLE PIE PERFORMANCE ROCKIN' THE FILLMORE in 1973 and was a huge FM smash.

R.I.P. Nick Ashford 8/22/11 R.I.P. Bobby Hebb 8/3/10

Two of the great voices behind the hit "Sunny". We'll talk about it from the man who made that immortal recording with these giants, the fantastic Jerry Ross.

8 PM

The show airs at 8 PM tomorrow night on

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me co-written by Jerry Ross, Gamble & Huff

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

I Don't Need No Doctor by Nick Ashford

Joe Cocker Live at Woodstock LET'S GO GET STONED

From the NY Times
"Mr. Ashford died of throat cancer on Monday at a hospital in New York at the age of 70, leaving behind his wife and writing partner and a catalog of hit songs that expressed the couple’s expansive and hopeful view of love, his biggest hits being “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”

I Don't Need No Doctor

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

Ellen Fitzpatrick at 8 PM

Rachel Kramer Bussel



Rachel Kramer Bussel

Rachael Kramer Bussel, erotica writer and editor!
She's just put out the book
"Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women"
in November, her book "Women in Lust: Erotic Stories"
will be out too.


Robert Newton

Owner/Creative Director at The Cape Ann Community Cinema


Bobby Whitlock of Derek & The Dominoes

Producer Rob Fraboni

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


It's the 42nd Anniversary Of Woodstock!

Visual Radio is honored to be speaking with
JOHN TILL, founding member of
and a member of Joplin's KOZMIC BLUES BAND
that performed at Woodstock!


Aug. 17, 1969 | Woodstock Festival Ends

John Till and Janis Joplin performed at WOODSTOCK on August 17th.

We are celebrating the 42nd Anniversary the night after on Visual Radio!

Here's a rare Janis Joplin rendition of Me & Bobby McGee live at Threadgills


Visual Radio host Joe Viglione interviewed Mr. Till for a biography published on / Rovi

The music was underrated at the time, but now provides a treasure chest of insight into how Joplin was perfecting her craft -- and how John Till was growing artistically as well. Full sets from Port Chester, NY, in early August, the first Woodstock fest in mid-August of 1969, and the Texas International Pop Festival from Labor Day weekend of the same year, along with material from the Boston Music Hall that December, exist and show the power of the band. When Joplin formed her Full Tilt Boogie Band it was the creation of a perfect unit with which she could express herself. The Pearl album and the tour that preceded it has the dependable John Till sound embellishing her music in a natural progression from the experimental sounds Sam Andrew provided. - Joe Viglione for

John generously allowed our audience to hear some history by allowing me to print info from this e mail:

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:09 John Till wrote:


I've been to Boston a few times, and always had a
good time there.

The final live concert that Janis ever played was at Harvard Stadium, Aug.12/70.

Of course none of us in the band ever imagined that it would be the last time,
but we had a great time while we were there!

The Stadium was jammed packed and noisy that afternoon.

The band's dressing room was a small house trailer along one side of the of the field right by the seating area. So close we could shake hands with the people when we opened the trailer door. There were several cases of beer on ice in the trailer that we couldn't ever have
finished so we handed dozens of bottles out the door to the people.

There were a lot of thumbs up each time we did that.

It was a hot day.


Thanks, John, for sharing the memories. John has a disc of 8 songs from the Harvard Square show where the band played Mercedez Benz behind Janis! Not something you hear as the hit version of the song was a capella

We may talk about Janis' press secretary, Myra Friedman, who passed away last October

John spoke with Myra on the phone constantly and saw her again in 2009 at her apartment on 14th Street.


Some of the topics that might be discussed

---Sony re-release of Janis Joplin - The Woodstock Experience (This is the remix of the Woodstock tracks on the new edition. There are three different mixes out there...the soundboard on the bootleg, the mix for the WOODSTOCK BOXED SET and the new mix on the 2009 release.

---The recent passing of Jerry Ragovoy July 13

---the DVD Festival Express which features John Till

---What John Till is up to today

---where Full Tilt Boogie Band is today ...who are the surviving members

Brad Campbell

Ken Pearson

Clark Pierson

The late Richard Bell

Cover (Pearl:Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band)

Full Tilt Boogie Band

Joplin live at Woodstock August 19th 1969


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thursday August 11, 2011 Eric Casaccio

Eric Casaccio will appear on VISUAL RADIO LIVE
this Thursday night, August 11th.
Tune in to
Eric Casaccio is a storyteller of many traits that began with acting and lead to producing, writing, & directing films. http://www.freakthef​

His filmography is here

FRANK DELLO STRITTO talks to us about the Friday night movie

9 PM Friday Night August 12, 2011

Upcoming guests:

Bobby Whitlock from DEREK & THE DOMINOES
Eric Clapton producer ROB FRABONI
Anthony Gamaira to talk about Marvel Comics!


August 4th (Our 2nd Thursday)
MASS ACCELERATION, 5 young ladies from Climate Summer Cambridge

July 28, 2011
DONNA HALPER, author of BOSTON RADIO 1920-2010

JULY 22, 2011 Our last Friday evening show
Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast
Bruce Kulick of Grand Funk Railroad and Kiss

On July 15th the movie will be TOO LATE FOR TEARS
July 8

Joe LaRocca talks about True Grit

Talking about a great film with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. HORROR EXPRESS with Bela Lugosi biographer Frank Dello Stritto (pronounced Dello STREEETO) Joe Viglione host on Visual Radio Live.

July 1

Mitzi Szereto talks to Joe Viglione on Visual Radio Part 1 July 1, 2011

June 24, 2011

Ted Yates Oldies 1150 CKOC Toronto on Visual Radio with Joe Viglione pt 3

June 17, 2011

Bob Hyldburg Total Patriots on Visual Radio with Joe Viglione

June 10, 2011

Frank Schaeffer on Visual Radio Live

6-10-11 Sex, God & Mom