Friday, August 29, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Scott Shannon

SHANNON ROCKS --- Congratulations to Scott Shannon and his WCBS-FM Morning Team (including producer Louis Pulice) ... they just hit #1 in New York City! It's Scott's first time at #1 since 1988 when he had the top-rated show with Z100, according to the New York Daily News, who did a feature on him last week.

However one quote from Scott had a few Forgotten Hits (Kent Kotal's brilliant music sheet) readers shouting traitor! During the course of the interview, Shannon said "The station has done the right thing by moving its music forward into the 70's, 80's and 90's,” which turned off a few readers (and, I'm sure, some CBS loyal listeners as well.)

I should point out, that the rest of his quote went on to say "Personally, I miss 60's music, but I can play that for myself." And he does ... every day ... on his True Oldies Channel. I suppose the perfect mix would be to feature only music from the 50's, 60's and 70's on True Oldies to pacify the die-hard oldies music fans (as well as Scott's own personal taste in music) ... and then concentrate on the 70's, 80's and 90's for his CBS-FM audience (and go for the ratings!) It's hard to argue with what's working ... and having the #1 rated show in New York City tells me (like it or not!) it's working.

Last Saturday Shannon went to a friend's wedding in Cleveland. Scott was told that he has a plaque in the DJ section of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He's never actually seen it and this was a perfect opportunity to check it out.

It was there --- but --- they still have him working at WPLJ. They have to update the information about his move to WCBS. Lucky he checked it out! Now they can correct his radio history.

And, one more Shannon-item:

Scott tells the story about the time that Eric Carmen (The Raspberries) invited him to be in his new music video. (This was back during Scott's VJ Days at VH-1). Once all the details were worked out and Scott realized the logistics of sorting all this out in order to make the video shoot, he politely bowed out saying that it just didn't make sense for him to do it.

Carmen (not so) graciously accepted Shannon's decision and cast someone else (radio personality Kid Leo) as the DJ in the clip. But watch closely at the end of the video ... where you'll find a giant Scott Shannon poster that is soon the target of several darts being throw at it during the fade out of the song by Leo! (Paybacks are a bitch!)

GROUPIES --- Vivid Entertainment has released Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind online on this week and online and in stores across the country on Sept. 9. The movie is the first of four installments in Varone’s new Groupies series, with each being shot in a different city.

Rock star (former Skid Row and current Saigon Kick drummer) and now porn director/performer Varone takes viewers backstage at concerts and inside hotel rooms to see how groupie sex sizzles. As a veteran rock drummer Varone estimates that he’s bedded over 3,000 women, and says he’s nowhere near stopping.

Being a rock star is one of men’s most popular fantasies, according to Varone. “Let’s face it, the three reasons why guys dream of being rock stars is for fame, fortune and women. The questions I get asked most often are, How many girls have you had? How do you get girls? Is it easy to get laid? Can you tell us some stories? Phil Varone Groupies: The Music From Behind answers all these questions and curiosities. It also introduces some very hot girls and visits places never before seen except by rock stars.”

Varone is still active with his band Saigon Kick and shot interiors for the movie when they were on tour recently at Cheetah (formerly The Button South) in Hallandale Beach, Fla. “I remember that stop very well,” he recalls. “I hooked up with a real stripper and then shot what unfolded.”

Varone’s first book Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock n’ Roll Tour Bus, is available through and through his website, It includes details on some of his most erotic adventures. Fans can follow him on Twitter @ThePhilVarone.

JOAN RIVERS --- Joan Rivers is resting comfortably in a medically induced coma just hours after she performed a typically acerbic show in Manhattan and joked about her own death.

The 81-year-old comic was rushed from an Upper East Side clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition on Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

A picture of health only the day before, Rivers accepted a bouquet of flowers from a fan as she finished her stand-up performance at around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The entertainment legend even posed for pictures with a fan on the way out of the Laurie Beechman Theatre, only to suffer respiratory failure less than twelve hours later during surgery on her throat.

Her daughter, Melissa, dashed from L. A. to New York and arrived at the hospital at around 8pm and was ushered to the 11th floor luxury room in which her mother is now said by doctors to be in a stable condition.

She released a statement thanking everyone for their messages of support and gave a brief update on her mother's condition.

'I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,' she said in a statement.

'She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.'

CLOSING NOTES --- Jim Peterik, from the Ides Of March, celebrates the release of his book Through The Eye Of The Tiger, at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on Tuesday, September 13. He'll perform after the reception. Can't wait for this one …

A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of ABC’s re-booted The View.

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer.

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the Today show. He launched the fourth hour of Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, which has become a ratings juggernaut. He was also director of programming at HGTV … and, he’s a great guy! Congrats Brian! ...

As summer shows like Under The Dome and Halle Berry in Extant wind down, I must say I've been enjoying both. Dome has ebbed and flowed since that stellar episode several weeks back ending with a Coldplay song; Extant has essentially turned into another sci-fi who-done-it, but her performance has been stellar ...

SIGHTINGS – Comic-Colin Quinn in front of 250 West 57th Street in NYC; Debbie Gibson, Holly Robinson Peete and Lisa Rinna in L. A. Gibson turns 43 on Sunday; Micky Dolenz and his band tomorrow night at The Wolf Den at The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Photo Courtesy Of: Scott Shannon


Rosie Perez With Rick's Cabaret Girls

Three blonde beauties from Rick's Cabaret New York girls were the "round card beauties" at the "Broadway Boxing" Show at BB Kings in Times Square, Manhattan. NYC was pure diamonds this night.

Movie star, choreographer and director Rosie Perez is a big boxing fan and was at the matches. The sexy showgirls from Rick's Cabaret enjoyed meeting Rosie.

"She is so nice," said Rick's Cabaret Girl Adrianna. "She has a great body and I told her that she should get in the ring and be a round card girl with us, too!"

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Kris Jenner And Dean Cain

Kris Jenner and Dean Cain seen leaving Cecconi's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California yesterday. Dining at it's best!


Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley performed last night at MoonShine In The Trunk Album Release Party @ Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Joan Rivers

Comedy legend  Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery today.

Rivers, who is age 81, was at a New York City clinic for a throat procedure on her vocal chords when the complications occurred, reports gossip website TMZ.

Rivers was taken to Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, where her daughter, Melissa, was rushing to her moms side.

 As I was one of the photographers on the set of The Joan Rivers show at CBS Television studios, I can not imagine this happening. Joan is always full of energy, always ready with a joke and is a non stop worker. We wish her the very best.

The NYPD is reporting that Rivers currently is in critical condition


Nash Grier , a division of Eyes On The Go, inks a groundbreaking deal with social media megastars Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier. Dallas and Grier, who have nearly 15 million Vine followers combined, will each host their own reality-based, regularly scheduled programs on the video-streaming network, as well as appear together on special occasions.The series debuted on Wednesday, with the first appearance by Grier.

Cameron Dallas
Dallas (19-years-old), of California, and Grier (17-years-old), originally from North Carolina, exploded onto the internet scene after becoming Vine sensations less than a year ago. Grier has more than nine million Vine followers, surpassing Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Taylor Swift. His fan base is growing exponentially each week with more than six million Instagram followers and 3.6 million Twitter followers. Dallas’ social media numbers shine bright as well, with more than three million Twitter followers and 5.4 million followers on Vine. The fast rise from boys-next-door to teen idols is due, in part, to their good looks, boyish charm and humor, making guys want to be a part of their crew and girls swoon. Both Dallas and Grier have appeared on numerous TV shows, including Good Morning America and Good Day New York, and have recently signed with AwesomnessTV for a feature movie. “We are super pumped about using the network to reach our fans live from home in Hollywood. The chat application will be a really cool feature to connect with everyone,” commented Grier. Dallas concurred adding, “And they have given total control over the camera. How cool is that?”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow visited the Late Show With David Letterman this week in New York City. Rachel's show is one of our favorites and she has the most talented producers in the business, including Andrew Dallos. 



Edgey Pires With Delila Paz And Brad Wilk

Delila Paz, Edgey Pires, Brad Wilk of The Last Internationale visit the Late Show With David Letterman today in New York City.


Diane Sawyer

Tonight ABC News' Diane Sawyer signed off from "World News" as anchor for the final time, concluding her five years leading the flagship evening newscast to great heights. She will devote her energy full time at ABC News to create original reporting, innovative specials and events in new ways, while interviewing the biggest newsmakers of our time for all programs and platforms.

Sawyer is leaving "World News" on top - the program won back-to-back Sweeps (May and July) Among Adults 25-54 for the first time in seven years and ranked #1 in the news demo for her final full week. Watch the final show HERE.



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Seth Meyers

The Emmys --- Monday’s Emmys were the object of much intense anticipation. From new-host Seth Meyers, to the fact that this was the first time since 1976 (May 17 to be exact) that the show was held on a Monday, rather than their usual Sunday berth (where the VMA’s held court).

The show was certainly entertaining enough; Jimmy Kimmel’s bit involving Matthew McConaughey winning almost everything in sight was certainly hilarious (do you want the BET performer of the year award too?); and, Meyers was certainly serviceable as host – he veered right down the middle of the road, and, yet at times, he seemed liked he was back on SNL delivering the news.

The old news is that the same old faces were winners again; from Modern Family winning again for Best Comedy (tying the record with the late-great show Frasier) and Breaking Bad seemingly winning … everything.

Bryan Cranston

Funnily enough, lead Bad-actor Bryan Cranston (who won as well) in his acceptance speech, even said he considered voting for McConaughey.

For the record: Jon Hamm, who has never won, has delivered consistently, brilliant work on Mad Men. As that show enters its final season, maybe he will be honored next time. It’s a huge error he has not yet been rewarded.

Interestingly, many new-er shows, like Orange Is The New Black and HBO’s mega-juggernaut Game Of Thrones, were basically shut out.

As a fan of True Detective, I would have been pleased if its actors and creator, Nic Pizzolatto, had taken home more trophies. But it won the only award it should have won, for Cary Fukunaga’s outstanding direction; and, he was seemingly poorly prepared for his acceptance speech; and, that was a bit odd.

Julianna Margulies

Justice was also served to The Good Wife: I was thrilled to see Julianna Margulies win for her extraordinary year of work, and on behalf of her wrongly snubbed series.

I was also glad to see that Emmy shared my regard for Fargo (winner, outstanding mini-series) and The Normal Heart (winner, outstanding TV movie)—but I got a slightly perverse kick out of watching Sherlock (winner, outstanding writing, actor, supporting actor) upset both in this weirdly organized “genre” (to use Meyers’ awkward term).

The highlight of the show for sure was Billy Crystal memorializing his late-friend Robin Williams. His voice, breaking, Crystal delivered the emotional highlight of the night.

Also, the win for Normal Heart; for me one of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV, was spectacular. The love for Larry Kramer, frail and weak who walked onstage, was much deserved. It must also be said that Ryan Murphy's direction for this project was brilliant as was his acceptance speech where he encouraged "all young people to take charge for a cause they believe in." Bravo!

For me Meyers ultimately didn’t work for me; bring in Ricky Gervais!!!

NEW PRINCE --- It's been five years since Prince put out a new record in the U. S., since he limited the release of his 20Ten release, but that will change next month.

On September 30th, the artist will release two new records: Plectrumelectrum, his long-teased album with the group 3rdEyeGirl, and his recently announced solo album, Art Official Age. He will reportedly hold a series of special events and live dates around the world, details for which are forthcoming, to celebrate the albums' release. Both records are available separately as pre-orders, via the website, and include "instant gratification" downloads.

Art Official Age is being billed as "classic Prince," since it was produced, arranged, composed and performed by the musician (alongside singer-songwriter Joshua Welton). The record reportedly contains a mix of soul, R&B and funk. The pre-order includes the songs "Breakdown" and "Clouds," as well as three digital singles. The funky, jazzy latter track is now streaming at Complex.

Prince has already released the video for album track "Breakfast Can Wait" and he played "Funknroll" during his appearance on Arsenio earlier this year, though the version on Art Official Age is "funkier and nastier," according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune writer who got an early listen. The reporter also claimed that "This Could Be Us" was a ballad inspired by Prince's Purple Rain costar Apollonia Kotero and that "The Gold Standard" had lyrics "wild and rude." The writer also said the album contained an "aggressive and menacing" rap song featuring Rita Ora.

Plectrumelectrum, a "classic band album" that is said to be an "electrifying funk-rock statement," features the singer leading the all-female group ThirdEyeGirl.

He also previewed the record at a late-night listening session in New York City, which revealed the hard-rock guitar number "Pretzelbodylogic," as well as the original version of "Funknroll."

The records also mark Prince's return to Warner Bros., the label he split from acrimoniously in the Nineties after wearing the word "slave" on his face as a protest to his record contract. "When you stop a man from dreaming, he becomes a slave," he told Rolling Stone in 1996. "That's where I was. I don't own Prince's music. If you don't own your masters, your master owns you."

Earlier this year, he worked out a deal with the label where he now owns the masters to his recordings. The label previously announced a plan to put out a deluxe, digitally re-mastered, 30th anniversary release of the Purple Rain soundtrack, though it has yet to announce a release date.

"Prince is one of just a handful of visionary artists who have truly reshaped and redefined modern music and culture," Warner Bros. Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement about the two new records. "For the past 35 years, he has never stopped evolving, challenging himself, reinventing his sound and pushing boundaries. In true Prince fashion, he has just given us not one, but two extraordinary albums that express the incredible range and depth of his talent. All of us at WBR are immensely proud to be working with Prince to bring this brilliant new music to his legions of fans around the world, and needless to say we are thrilled to be working in partnership with him again."

Fans and critics alike, love Prince. But, he’s been one of the most consistently frustrating artists ever. He is innovative, but has his time passed? He’s created history that no one will ever forget. I saw him two years back at Madison Square Garden, in the round no less, and he was as good as ever. Brilliant, in fact.

No artist creates as much ink as he does, often confusing and somewhat mis-directed. The record company folk are different now than they were back then. It’s a whole new ball game … but, I am glad to have him back in.

CLOSING NOTES --- Oscar winning director Sir Richard Attenborough, whose movies included the much awarded Gandhi and The Sand Pebbles, has died at age 90.

Known to his friends as “Dickie,” Sir Richard also directed Chaplin with Robert Downey Jr., the movie version of A Chorus Line, and the 1977 classic A Bridge Too Far. He won kudos also for Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins and Cry Freedom, with Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.

Attenborough started as an actor, and was prolific. He appeared in dozens of films and British TV series, including Jurassic Park, plus the feature Dr. Dolittle and the Cate Blanchett movie Elizabeth.

SIGHTINGS: Jersey Boys’ Donnie Kehr at Patsy’s in NYC; Paul Haggis, Gayle King, and, Anna Wintour at the U. S. Open in Forest Hills; PR-kingpin David Salidor and Rebecca Pollack at Victor's in NYC.



Baby On Board For Megan Hilty

Wendy Bellissimo And Megan Hilty

Wendy Bellissimo and Megan Hilty celebrate the launch of the Wendy Bellissimo for Destination Maternity Collection at Destination Maternity yesterday in New York City.