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Sarasota Film Festival Review: “Mike Wallace is Here”

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Film Festival opened Friday night with a screening of a “Mike Wallace is Here”, a documentary that generated a lot of buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film vividly tells the story of arguably the most famous television journalist of the 20th century.

If you remember Mike Wallace from his days on “60 minutes”, you know his hard-hitting interview style that he created first in the 1950’s and later became his trademark on “60 Minutes”. This film goes back and tells his entire career story of when he began in early radio in the late 1930’s and 1940s doing shows like “The Green Hornet” and “Sky King”. Wallace was a radio actor and announcer before going into early television where he did commercials and talk shows. He also acted, hosted game shows and variety shows. But Mike Wallace, born Myron Leon Wallik in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1918, made his name doing a show called “Night Beat” on the old Dumont Network with a raw, hard-hitting one-on-one interrogation style which was at the time very unique, unusual and ground breaking. That show went on to the ABC network and lasted for several years.

The film depicts how Wallace decided to a change his career to being strictly a newsman. The tragedy of his son Peter who died in 1962 in Greece was the impetus to dedicate himself to doing more meaningful journalism. Wallace joined CBS and worked as a general reporter before he and producer Don Hewitt were given a directive to come up with an idea do something. What they created in 1968 was a revolutionary concept at the time, a magazine for television called “60 Minutes”.

The broadcast got low ratings for several years until the Watergate scandal in the early 70’s when the show took off and eventually became number one. Wallace’s investigative no holds barred style of reporting made him a household name.

The documentary directed by Avi Belkin, delves into the tough times including Wallace’s suffering from depression after being sued by General William Westmoreland over a report on the Viet Nam War and his failed marriages. Wallace admits in a candid interview done by colleague Morley Safer, that he was not a great father or husband and at one time thought of committing suicide.

Belkin makes great use of vintage footage from the CBS archives as well as kinescope clips from Wallace’s early career in television showcasing how versatile he was as a broadcaster. It wasn’t always a smooth ride for Wallace getting to the top of his profession, but it sure wasn’t dull.

“Mike Wallace is Here” will be distributed to theaters later this year according to Belkin, who held a Q&A after the screening in Sarasota. In the meantime, the documentary is being shown at other film festivals throughout the country. Highly recommended.





“Book Talk” guest Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars”

Doug Miles talks with Torchy Smith author “Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars” on “Talk Across America”. Book available here: https://amzn.to/2WngvIa





MASN Announces 2019 Baltimore Orioles TV Broadcast Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, today announced its Major League Baseball schedule for the 2019 season. All Orioles games broadcast by MASN will be available in crystal-clear high definition, including the season opener at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on Thursday, March 28.

Other highlights of MASN’s 2019 Orioles schedule include interleague games against the Washington Nationals (June 16-17, Aug. 27-28), and the Colorado Rockies (May 7 24-26), San Francisco Giants (May 31-June 2), San Diego Padres (June 25-26, July 29-30), Arizona Diamondbacks (July 22-24) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Sept. 10-12) of the National League West.

The Orioles will have 89 games air live on MASN and 73 games air live on MASN2.

Sarasota resident Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter will again share play-by-play duties in the MASN broadcast booth, where they will be joined by Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Mike Bordick as primary color analysts, with former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald and Orioles Hall of Fame second baseman Brian Roberts calling select games as color analysts.

Thorne begins his 34th season of Major League Baseball play-by-play coverage, his 13th with the Orioles, and Hunter returns for his 23rd season as part of the Orioles broadcast team.
Palmer enters his 27 season as a color analyst for the Orioles, his only team in a 19-year major league career. Bordick is in his eighth season in the MASN booth, McDonald in his fourth and Roberts in his second.

Sara Perlman begins her first season as MASN’s on-field reporter. The “O’s Xtra” pregame and postgame shows on MASN will be hosted by Tom Davis and Rob Long, alongside Orioles Hall of Fame catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey. MASNsports.com writer Roch Kubatko will appear regularly on “O’s Xtra.”

A full listing of cable, satellite and fiber optic channel positions will be available at www.MASNsports.com.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles Tribute to Singer Kaye Stevens

We pay tribute to singer/actress Kaye Stevens who passed away on December 28, 2011. Kaye was a multi-talented performer who worked with just about everyone in show business including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. She was a regular panelist on game shows like “Match Game” and “Tattletales” and performed on all the variety and talk shows in the 60’s and 70’s. She was also an actress on daytime television’s “Days of Our Lives”.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kaye Stevens in 2010 for my radio show. This episode features three segments of our conversation.





Remembering the great Bob Einstein who passed away today at 76





Legendary L.A. Kings Announcer Bob Miller Interview with Doug Miles

In this archived episode, Doug Miles talks with legendary L.A. Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller about his career in broadcasting and the book he had written about calling the L.A. Kings games for more than 40 years. As aired WSRQ radio 12/2006.





Wink Martindale radio interview

In this archived episode of “Talk Across America”, Doug Miles talks with legendary game show host and broadcaster Wink Martindale. This originally aired on WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL Nov. 2004. Link to Wink’s autobiography “Winking at Life”: https://amzn.to/2KWeI7g





“Dallas” actress Charlene Tilton radio interview

In this archived episode of “Talk Across America”, Doug Miles talks with Charlene Tilton about the classic TV show “Dallas” and her current projects at the time. This was originally aired on WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL Nov. 2004. Dallas seasons 1,2 available here: https://amzn.to/2KWcTXB





“Talk Across America” with guest Journalist Rolland Smith

In this archive interview, former WCBS-TV and WWOR-TV News Anchorman Rolland Smith is the guest talking about his career in journalism. This originally aired on WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL 4/12/06.





“Talk Across America” with Doug Miles guest Broadcaster Michael Manning

On this edition of “Talk Across America” Doug Miles talks with broadcaster/writer/producer Michael Manning about his career in media, his new show “America’s Best Neighbors” and the world of radio/TV and digital media.