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Join host David Fleming for a program dedicated to Arts and Entertainment in our region, as well as the people and places providing it. Interviews with authors, producers, visual artists and musicians, spotlighting a classic album or a brand new release. From musical legends and icons - to players at the local level, from Broadway tours to Community theater, from the Hollywood Bowl to the Redlands Bowl.

This edition of KVC-Arts is as much about interesting places and people in our region, as it is a remembrance of Mindi McNeil. Mindi was first heard on KVCR on the program, "My Awsome Empire," which was CSUSB student produced, and led by Lacey Kendall. Mindi began interning at KVCR for a time, before moving on to KUVO in Denver. Mindy passed away just last week. Here are three interviews from Mindi on a few different subjects, though with the same passion and enthusiasm. First Mindi checks out the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino. A rich history here.

4/29/20 - Jim Peterik, Battlefield Earth

Apr 29, 2020

This edition of KVC-Arts opens with Emmanuel Rogers finding out more about the Galaxy Press re-release of the Sci-Fi classic - Battlefield Earth. Then it's David Fleming in conversation with Jim Peterik. He gave us "Eye of the Tiger" after receiving a call from Syvester Stallone - which he thought was a prank. He co-wrote "Heavy Metal" with Sammy Hagar. He gave us any of .38 Special's biggest hits... and he's just released a single called "Empty Arena," a poignant look at the state of performance today - with a hopeful look toward the future.

The sole focus of this edition of KVC-Arts is with KVCR's Benjamin Purper in conversation with Mikel Jollet, founder and frontman of the band, The Airborne Toxic Event. Jollet has a new memoir out, called Hollywood Park, which is also the name of the accompanying new album. He has a virtual book tour underway. More at theairbornetoxicevent.com/book

This edition of KVC-Arts is all about wearing other hats. The program begins with Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with Jessica Yellin, former Chief White House Correspondant, and now author. "Savage News" IS fiction, but draws from Yellin's experiences. After that it's KVCR's Benjamin Purper in conversation with Tad Worku, and ER trauma nurse and musician - who recently had to cancel his tour due to the Corona outbreak.

4/8/20 - Barry Manilow, Author Susan Straight

Apr 8, 2020

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with longtime KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff in conversation with Susan Straight. Author of many novels, her latest work is a memoir - In the Country of Women. Then it's David Fleming speaking with Barry Manilow about his newest release, Night Songs II, an exploration of The Great American Songbook. They also spoke about his long career and many hits - including a number of jingles for TV comercials.

The program begins with David Fleming in conversation with Bob Boilen, creator of The NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. We'll hear about the history of the show, a few behind the scenes moments, and rules for submission for the Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Then we have Lillian Vasquez in conversation with John Tesh. We'll hear about "John Tesh: Songs and Stories From the Grand Piano," which aired on many PBS stations, including KVCR-TV. 

3/11/20 - Kenny Vance

Mar 11, 2020

Kenny Vance was one of the founders of Jay and the Americans. Later, he served as music director for Animal House, Eddie and the Cruisers and more - namely though, the first one - American Hot Wax. Kenny also appeared in the movie as Professor La Plano leader of The Planotones. In 1992, Kenny formed the no longer fictitious group, The Planotones and are touring to this day. David Fleming spoke with Kenny on the day of their newest cd, For Your Love.

The show begins with Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with actor Michael O'Neil. He's been on Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, and so much more over the last almost 40 years. He's part of a new series called Counsel of Dads. Later it's Lillian Vasquez speaking with Andre Rieu. He and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have a couple stops in our region soon.

2/26/20 - Il Volo. Larry Chance of The Earls

Feb 26, 2020

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Lillian Vasquez speaking with Ignazio Boschetto of Il Volo. Il Volo is on their "10 Years Live" tour, with stops in our regions. Shareen Awad checks some events in our area, then it's David Fleming in conversation with Larry Chance of The Earls. They charted a few times in 1962, both at the regional and national level, and are still performing today.

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Emmanuel Rogers speaking with Mark Bowden, author of "The Last Stone." This is a true account of a decades old  abduction and murder case which HAD gone cold... but then there was cause again to reopen - and solve it. Later we'll have David Fleming in conversation with Lala Brooks. She was 12 1/2 when she joined The Crystals, and only thirteen when she sang lead on a couple of their biggest hits - "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me." Brooks will be in the region soon as part of "Legends of Doo Wop Vol 6," in Cerritos March 21st.

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with Rod Pyle, author of "First On the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience. Then it's Jonathan Linden in conversation with John Schulian. He was on in the past speaking about his book, "The Great American Sports Page - A century of Classic Columns." He's back now talking about the Hollywood writer side of his life. This includes the early days of LA Law, then onto Miami Vice, Wiseguy, and so much more. He even created the character of Xena: Warrior Princess.

2/5/20 - Dweezil Zappa - Hot Rats Live

Feb 5, 2020

Frank Zappa released the album "Hot Rats" in 1969, about a month after Dweezil Zappa was born. The album was actually dedicated TO Dweezil. Theis edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Dweezil about his latest tour, "Hot Rats Live & Other Hot Stuff 1969," which ahas a few stops in this region. We'll also hear about some of Dweezil's earlier recordings, video, and a bit of TV work as well.

1/29/20 - The Terry Kath Experience

Jan 29, 2020

Terry Kath was the monster guitarist from the band Chicago, when they were still a monster guitar and horn-driven band. This edition of KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Michelle Kath Sinclair, who was only two when Terry lost his life. She went on a journey to find the father she never knew, and shares that story with the documentary, "The Terry Kath Experience." This is a rebroadcast for Terry's birthday, who would have been 74 on January 31st.

This edition of KVC-Arts is focused on things to see or do in the Inland Empire. KVCR's Jessica Greenwell speaks with Larry Burns about his latest book, "Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure." This is the follow up to "100 Things to Do in Riverside CA Before You Die." KVCR's Shareen Awad is in briefly with more events coming up in our region.

This edition has David Fleming in conversation once again with Ben Stewart, AKA the bald, geek rapper who stole hip hop, as evidenced by the video for the title cut of Bejiphonik's first EP, We Stole Hip Hop. Ben's in studio again to talk about the next EP, which will have some DIFFERENT sounds for Benjiphonik, as well as the premiere for the next video, Braggadocious Rhyme.

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Benjamin Purper in conversation with Ryan Berk, owner of Parliament Chocolate and A La Minute in Redlands. We'll then hear a brief radio essay from Miles Johnson talking about Frank Ocean's "Blond." The rest of the hour we have Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with actor and comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence.


1/1/20 - Wink Martindale, Music From Songbird

Jan 1, 2020

This edition is primarily David Fleming in conversation with Wink Martindale, who recently emceed a concert here in the Inland Empire. We'll hear about game shows of course, but we'll also hear about Elvis Presley, and some of his first music and interviews. Before moving on to games shows, some of Wink's early TV experience involved hosting Teenage Dance Party, and once again - Elvis is involved in this one too. The program closes with A couple seasonal tunes from Songbird - the duo of KVCR's Benjamin Purper and McCall Potter.

This edition of KVC-Arts is devoted entirely to guitarist Peter Curtis, and his recent release, "Christmas With Your Jewish Boyfriend," an exploration of the phenomenon of just how many well known Christmas songs were written by Jews. We'll hear about what led to the cd, some surprises as well as disappointments, and a tune arranged and performed in the KVCR studios.

KVC-Arts #300 is in conversation with Eva Mikhailovna, with music from Eva and the Vagabond Tales. Eva's been on the show seversal times in the past to talk about her cd and/or album releases. Having recently released a few videos of songs new and old - this is the focus of KVC-Arts #300. As if I told someone of the band, and they checked out the music by going through the videos at evaandthevagabondtales.com or by going YouTubing. A special guest, with special music, for a special show. Thank you Eva!

The program begins with David Fleming in conversation with Leslie Odum Jr. Odum got his start on Broadway in RENT at the age of 17. He also originated the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, for which he received a Tony and a Grammy. He has numerous TV credits as well, including recurring roles on CSI: Miami, and Law and Order SVU, and is currently in theatres as William Still in Harriet. Leaslie Odum Jr will be performing in Riverside soon. Then David speaks once again with Gerry Becley or the band America. On the previous KVC-Arts they spoke about Beckley's new solo release.

12/4/19 - Gerry Beckley, of America

Dec 4, 2019

The sole focus of this edition of KVC-Arts is with David Fleming in conversation with Gerry Beckley, one of the founders of the band America. And while America embarks on their 50th Anniversary tour, Beckly has just released his 7th solo work, 5 Mile Road.

Lillian Vasquez

This edition of KVC-Arts goes into the KVC-Archives for a conversation with David Foster. He’s given us SO much in the world of music, songs and singers, and put it out there in his book HITMAN. Lillian Vasquez has more in this conversation from 2009 not long after the book came out, and when we were airing the PBS special by the same name.

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with Travis Langley. He's been on the show in the past with (The Psychology of) Captain America vs Iron Man and The Psychology of The Walking Dead. He's back with his latest - The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them. After that it's David Fleming in conversation with Al Pitrelli, Music Director and one of the guitarists with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, in Ontario soon. Beyond TSO, we'll hear about Pitrelli's time with The Alice Cooper band, Megadeth, and even Michael Bolton and Celine Dion.

11/13/19 - Lee Rocker, Justin Bua & Art Attack

Nov 13, 2019

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with Emmanuel Rogers in conversation with Justin Bua - artist and co-host of the podcast, "Art Attack," making art and art history accessible. Art Attack is approaching it's 100th episode. Then it's David Fleming in conversation with Lee Rocker. Starting with The Stray Cats, Rocker's been a driving force in the rockabilly world for about 40 years now. He has a new album just out, "The Low Road," and will be at The Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga soon. More at lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.

11/6/19 - Brian Hyland, Wink Martindale

Nov 6, 2019

This edition of KVC-Arts begins with David Fleminng in conversation with Wink Martindale. Game shows of course were discussed, but that's for a future program. This episode has Wink Talking about his early days in radio and TV, and a very nervous truck driver named Elvis Presley. Then it's David in conversation with Brian Hyland. He gave us Sealed With a Kiss, Gypsy Woman, and of course started big with Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Binkini.

10/30/19 - Bobby Rydell

Oct 30, 2019

This KVC-Arts has David Fleming in conversation with Bobby Rydell, who was a teen idol of the early 60's, though he started charting in 1959. He was in the movies with Bye Bye Birdie, and on TV with Red Skelton. And the music - among others we had Volare, Kissing Time, Wild One, and Sway - both in it's original form and the later disco incarnation. Bobby Rydell will be in the region soon wiith Legends of the 60's vol III along with Paula and Paula, Jimmy Clanton, The Modern Gentlemen, Brian Hyland, Dodie Stevens, and emceed by Wink Martindale. more at affordablemusicproductions.com.

10/23/19 - Dodie Stevens, OK Go

Oct 23, 2019

This KVC-Arts begins with David Fleming in conversation with Dodie Stevens, only 12 years old when she recorded "Pink Shoe Laces." It started off dismally at #96 on the charts... then shot to number three almost right away. Stevens will be in the area soon as part of Legends of the 60's vol III, along with Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Rydell, Paul and Paula, The Modern Gentlemen, Brian Hyland, and emceed by Wink Martindale. Go to affordablemusicproductions.com for more.

The show begins with KVCR's Benjamin Purper in conversation with poet L.I. Henley about her new book, and several upcoming readins and events in the area soon. More at lihenley.com. We'll also hear from Brian Brigham, of The Modern Gentlemen. They honed their sound as The Four Seasons, backing Franki Valli, but are now on their own with a harmony-filled approach to music of many genres.

10/9/19 - Diahann Carroll, Jimmy Clanton

Oct 9, 2019

This edition of KVC-Arts begins by going into the KVC-Archives. We'll have Lillian Vasquez in conversation with Diahann Carroll, from a 2010 conversaion when Carroll was promoting her PBS special. We'll also hear from Jimmy Clanton - teen idol of the late 50's and early 60's. While Clanton announced his retirement on KVC-Arts about 18 months ago, he never stopped performing. Clanton will be in the area soon as part of Legends of the 60's Vol 3, along with Paul & Paula, Brian Hyland, Bobby Rydell, Dodie Stevens, and The Modern Gentlemen - emceed by Wink Martindale.

We're hearing about two recent EP's on this edition of KVC-Arts. Jonathan Linden speaks with Joyce Cooling about her new release, Living Out Loud. Then it's David Fleming joined by Benjiphonik as co-host for this fundraising edition of the program. Benjiphonik's EP, We Stole Hip Hop wasn't set for release antil November, but he had some pressed early to be used as thank you gifts during our Fall membership campaign.