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Programming Highlights; June 2, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

 

bryan-batt1 At noon Tomatoes in Trenches host Cheryl Benton chills with Bryan Batt, who plays Salvatore Romano on the critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. The flamboyant actor will chat about his new book, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother.

 

joe-delamielleureAt 7 PM The Final Word’s and JayReelz and J.D. huddle with six-time NFL All-Pro Joe DeLamiellueure. The offensive guard will recount his glory days as a central figure in the Buffalo Bill’s “Electric Company” line-up—that led the way for OJ Simpson to rush 2,003 yards in 1973.

 

bonnie-pointerAt 7 PM Life After Dusk host Cedric Collier kicks it with Bonnie Pointer, who—as a founding member of The Pointer Sisters—made R&B history with such hits as How Long and You Gotta Believe. Bonnie will chat about her new album, Like a Picasso.

 

john-refoua1Also at 7 PM 123 Film!’s Sam Heer goes one-on-one with film editor John Refoua, who, with Stephen Rivkin and director James Cameron (above), has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on the highest-grossing flick of all time—Avatar.

 

krystal-gayAt 9 PM Annie and Burl Gregory hang with Krystal Gray, former New York Majesty QB—in the Lingerie Football League—and current member of the Baltimore Charms. Krystal will chat about… well, does it really matter? You guys know you’ll be tuning in anyhow.

 

jg-hertzlerAt 10 PM The Sphere welcomes JG Hertzler, who played Chancellor Martok in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and has also done guest turns on shows ranging from Seinfeld to Six Feet Under. In addition to talking shop, JG will weigh in on the political scene.

 

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O.J. Simpson Slammed Barbara Walters and Katie Couric for ‘Bogus’ Reports About Him – but Never Listened to Howard Stern, Newly-Released Video Reveals

For a decade after his 1995 double-murder acquittal, O.J. Simpson held a grudge against Barbara Walters.

And against Karie Couric.

His gripe? The journalists’ reports about him surrounding the Trial of the Century, which he claims were “bogus.”  Simpson even went so far as to get their bosses involved in trying to correct the stories.

He was particularly peeved at Walters for allegedly begging him to appear on The View years later, only to cancel the appearance without telling him.

“That pissed me off,” he said.

Bashing Barbara Walters and Katie Couric.

"The 'Today' show? Barbara Walters? You expect more from these people," groused Simpson.

The fallen gridiron great made the comments in 2005 during an interview in New York City videotaped by his longtime promoter, Norman Pardo, host of BlogTalkRadio’s Courts Gone Wild.

Aired for the first time ever last night, the interview also finds Simpson – who’s currently on trial in Las Vegas on kidnapping and armed-robbery charges – bashing Geraldo Rivera’s “sleaze television” tactics, while saying that Howard Stern didn’t bother him because “One, I never listened to him. Two… I was his boss for a while, when this happened.”

Perhaps most stinging among Simpson’s claims is that Don Ohlmeyer, who was West Coast president of NBC at the time of the acquittal, called the head of NBC News to say a story being reported on the Today show about Simpson not telling his former in-laws where he’d taken his children – and traumatizing the kids in the process – was not true.

How did Ohlmeyer know?

Simpson says he and his kids were just a few feet away from the NBC honcho at the time – having all slept over at his house, where they’d had a warm reunion during Simpson’s first night as a free man after being jailed for 17 months.

Airing weeknights from 9 to 10 p.m. ET, Courts Gone Wild debuted September 8 and will run throughout Simpson’s Las Vegas trial.

To learn more about Pardo’s show, click here.

Scroll down to see Pardo’s exclusive videotaped interviews, or read the full transcript below.

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OJ SIMPSON: The media to me has let America down – has let me down, obviously. It’s no wonder that they pass lawyers and used-car salesmen as the least-respected profession.  There’s a reason for that, that that has happened.

I feel it has more to do with greed. As you know, during my trial, most news organizations reported record years. They made money.

Then they have to send someone to cruise over to a war zone – to L.A. They came out. Most of them are so lazy, they waited for [Associated Press correspondent] Linda Deutsch or somebody to come out and give them something, then they ran.

And they ran with every rumor. I mean, how many rumors? I would say my trial, and stuff around my trial, if somebody ever went through the media, and find out, this one, this one, this one from the trial. And every time they found out they weren’t true – when 90 percent of them weren’t true – you never heard anything else about it, because there was a new rumor.

So I thought [the media] let me down. I thought they let the American public down – in my case.  I think in general they do.  I read stories about what’s happening in Afghanistan. I have to look at it with a lot of skepticism.  And I’ve had some issues in my life recently, that have happened, and I wonder. I said, If they can write this about me, that I know is not true, how do I know that they’re saying about this other guy is true?

(On major media figures who reported on Simpson during his murder trial.)

OJ SIMPSON: [Investigative journalist] Dominick Dunne says the most ridiculous things.  He told me I looked when I walked out like I was guilty. Jesus. Thank you, Domenic. Let’s get rid of the juries. Let’s just have you look at people and see if they’re guilty.

Strangely enough, Howard Stern didn’t bother me at all. One, I never listened to him. Two, I was on the board of directors [of Stern’s former radio syndicate, Infinity Broadcasting]. So in a sense, I was his boss for a while, when this happened.  And I didn’t listen to him then. But Howard is Howard. That’s his schtick. He makes money. Who cares?  Not that I ever listened to him.

It got like – when people make guises of something they’re not. I mean, to me, Geraldo [Rivera] should be at The Globe or The Star. He really should be. I mean, this is a perfect example of this guy. Trying to act like he’s in danger [while Rivera was covering the U.S. War in Afghanistan for Fox News Channel and claimed to be at a friendly-fire scene, though it was later revealed that he was 300 miles away] and he’s somewhere and he said The Lord’s Prayer. He’s 200 miles away from there.

But guess what? Oh, it was a mistake.  Oh, it’s alright for him to make a mistake.  But nobody else – nobody could be wrong about.  But guys like him, who put on airs to be something that they’re not.  This guy created sleaze television.  Remember he had his points he put out to the media about honesty in reporting? That in my day – you know, if you had a story about hookers, this guy had a story about midget hookers the next day. That bothers me.  He doesn’t bother me particularly. But that type of person bothers me.

(On feeling stung by high-profile members of the media before, during and after his murder trial.)

OJ SIMPSON: Barbara Walters, when I was in jail the first week, and I was very – all these things were being said that were just wrong. And I’m hearing [about] people they make my friends – that I barely knew! – and all of a sudden they were close friends of [my ex-wife, Nicole [Brown].

But Barbara was on – what is her show? 20/20? – gave a report at the end of the show. She tells Hugh Downs O.J.’s contract with NBC was up, his contract with Hertz was up, he was paying about $55,000 in child support and alimony.  And Hugh Downs looked at her and says, “You know, a lot of people think that kind of pressure would lead a man to maybe do something drastic.”  And so that was the gist of what it was.

I was livid! My lawyers were livid.  Hertz had resigned me to an extension. NBC had resigned me to an extension. And I didn’t pay any alimony.

So here’s an investigate show, with Barbara Walters.  They could make one phone call. They could call NBC and found out that that wasn’t true. They could call Hertz and found out that that wasn’t true. They could call anyone.

But they went on and gave a total, New York Post-type story.  Barbara Walters!  But did she ever go on TV when she found out it wasn’t true?  ‘Cause she found out – ‘cause I tracked [former ABC News Chairman] Roone Arledge down from jail.  He was at the Deepdale Country Club [in Manhasset, N.Y.], playing golf.

And I said, “Tell her this: I’d like to speak to her.”  And I spoke to her about it.  She never corrected herself.  I mean, we had a long talk about it. But she never made a public apology about it.  And then, years later – the only reason I brought it up; I wouldn’t bring it up, ‘cause I accepted her apology – about a year ago, I guess, I was in New York promoting this Internet thing I was doing, and they called me and begged me to come on that show, The View.

And I said, “Are you sure you want me on that show, The View?” Then they talked me into the show. And the next day I gonna go on the show and she’s on TV saying, “Well, we’re not going to.” They didn’t call me and tell me.  She went on TV and said she cancelled me because, “Well, we didn’t want any…” Made me look really bad. After they convinced me to come on the show! So that pissed me off.

There was one other incident in the media that bothered me: I’m out – my verdict is in. I’m at Rockingham [Simpson’s former estate in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles]. I got to see my kids. I haven’t seen my kids in 17 months. So I talked to [my in-laws] the Browns and my buddy A.C. [Cowlings] is gonna go get them out the next morning.  But I can’t get out of my house. It’s like Troy – I’m under siege, right?

So I find a way to get out of my house.  And I meet [my kids] and the house we want to go to, the media’s there.  So we end up going to Don Ohlmeyer’s house. And Don is head of entertainment at the time at NBC.

And my kids and I, we have a great afternoon together. And we’re up late night.  First thing in the morning, both kids are hugging me on the bed. Sydney [my daughter] wants me to get in the pool. So she’s in the pool.  Justin [my son] is going into Don’s arcade room. And I’m outside there.  And Don’s housekeeper calls me – “You gotta come see this.”

Susan Ford is on Katie Couric, and they’re giving this report: O.J. spent the night with the kids, but that man – what a horrible person he is. The Browns are so worried. He never called, he never said where he was at.  They were worried, they were calling the police, finding out if anything had happened to the kids. He showed up at three o’clock in the morning.  Sydney was traumatized. And Katie Couric is going, “Oh my god, oh my god.”

I’m sittin’ there – my mouth is on the floor. My kids are right out here with me.  My kids never went back to Laguna. The Browns knew they were with me.  This is a total false, bogus story.

So Don calls the head of news for NBC, I can’t think of his name now, to tell them the story is not true.  They go, How do you know it’s not true?  And Don says, “Trust me.” Because Don couldn’t tell them.  And they guy kept saying, “Well, Don, how do you know it’s not true?”  And I’m standing there with Don.

So Don says, “So that’s what we’ve come to in journalistic integrity – ‘How do you know it’s not true?’ – not, that we know it’s true because of?”

So that’s what NBC News and the Today show is all about. We had to prove that it wasn’t true. And to Don’s credit, he never gave, you know… And once, four or five months later, when I invited him back to my house, I was able really to read the riot act to the NBC people.  I mean, how can you guys just do that?

This is the Today show, this is Barbara Walters.

If you’re saying Howard Stern, Geraldo Rivera – Howard, I apologize, puttin’ you in the same category with Geraldo.  So I do apologize, Howard. But Geraldo – who cares? They’re going to say what they’re going to say.  This guy’s going to lie, make up crap anyway.

But the Today show? Barbara Walters? You expect more from these people.

And ask them if everything I just said isn’t true.

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It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on This Week’s ‘Mix’

And if you think that’s just some hype to get y’all to tune in, we’ve got two words for you: Father Mulcahy.

Now we’ve got two more: O.J. Simpson.

And two more (OK, six – but you get the point): The Wicked Witch of the West.

Coming to you as always at 9 p.m. ET, this eclectic show answers such all-important questions as:

—What 90s fitness guru Susan “Stop The Insanity!” Powter wants to do with a roomful of naked women.

One if by land, two if by North Korea.

Christopher: One if by land, two if by North Korea.

—Which one of the late Judy Garland’s daughters is going to Britain this winter to star in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

—Who inspired rap sensation PNG’s hit single Uncle Blacc Wit It.

—Which Colonial American hero is M*A*S*H star William Christopher related to.

—How MavTV stars The Rad Girls got their name.

—Does O.J. Simpson hope Osama bin Laden will be caught before the terrormeister is murdered – or murdered before he’s caught?

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, every Monday at 9 p.m. ET,

O.J. Simpson: Guilty of Not Guilty? Let Your Voice Be Heard

America’s most infamous celebrity goes on trial today in Las Vegas on kidnapping and armed-robbery charges.

Is this the face of a felon?

O.J. Simpson: Is this the face of a felon?

And, like most Americans, chances are good that you’ve a got strong opinion when it comes the accused: one Orenthal James Simpson.

So here’s your chance to weigh in.

To vote guilty or not guilty in BlogTalkRadio’s O.J. Vegas Trial Poll, CLICK HERE.

And at 9 p.m. ET today, be sure to call into Norman Pardo’s Courts Gone Wild, as O.J.’s longtime promoter hosts a spirited discussion on this footnote to the Trial of the Century – in which not a single jury member is African American.

Exclusive: O.J. Talks About 9/11 — and What He’d Do to Osama if He Caught the Terrormeister

Where was O.J. Simpson on the morning of September 11, 2001?

Which sports great was he talking to when he heard that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center?

What was O.J. scheduled to do later that day with the sports great?

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“I was so shocked - it was almost exciting!” O.J. Simpson says of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What comparisons does O.J. make between his own murder trial and that of Osama bin Laden?

What does O.J. vow to do to bin Laden if he ever catches up with the terrorist leader?

Hear the answers to these and other questions tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Court of Public Opinion as host Norman “The Judge” Pardo presents an interview with The Juice for the first time ever about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In this exclusive chat, airing on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy, the former NFL MVP also talks about how America has changed since 9/11.

To hear this fascinating show and learn more about Norman Pardo, click here

Also, be sure to vote guilty or not guilty in BlogTalkRadio’s O.J. Vegas Trial Poll by clicking here.

You Read About O.J.’s Drug ‘Problem’ in Page Six, Now Read the ‘Director’s Cut’

O.J. Simpson’s longtime promoter – and BlogTalkRadio’s newest host – Norman Pardo shares just one snippet from his trove of never-before-seen O.J. tapes with the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column today.

In that tidbit, the former NFL MVP recounts how would-be drug dealers at South Beach nightclubs in Miami are always trying to force drugs on him. (Read the item here.)

But that’s just the beginning. Here’s what else O.J. – who goes on trial today in Las Vegas on kidnapping and armed-robbery charges – had to say in that interview:

“[One] night, it was just pervasive. [So] you take it, put it in your pocket, drive home. Next day, I wake up and look over next to my bed. I had two things I assume were ecstasy pills, a couple of things I assume were cocaine, and one little package of pot. All of them had phone numbers on them. All I could think was, If I got stopped by the cops drivin’ home and told them I didn’t know that was in my pocket, who’s gonna believe that? Only way to avoid it is I don’t go to South Beach anymore!”

Will he beat the rap again?

O.J. Simpson: Will he beat the rap again?

Norm, who shot 70 hours of behind-the-scenes O.J. footage while promoting the gridiron great from 2001 onward, plans to unspool this and other gems on his new show, Court of Public Opinion, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on BlogTalkRadio and runs throughout the Vegas trial.

The hour-long program will also feature anecdotes from Norm, who sat side by side with O.J. as he rode in parades, cut grand-opening ribbons, headlined at nightclubs, appeared on live radio shows and signed sports memorabilia in cities throughout America.

“For every person I met in those travels who loathed O.J., there was at least one who loved him,” Norm tells us. “Anyone who’s passionate about this man is invited to call in and ask me most any conceivable question about him.”

Guest commentators on the show will include celebrities and legal experts, including Craig Brand, O.J.’s attorney in the NFL MVP’s 2001 Miami road-rage trial case.

So if you’ve got any opinion whatsoever on O.J. (and we know you do), you’ll want to be front and center for this exclusive look into the mind of the world’s most infamous celebrity!

Meanwhile, don’t forget to cast your “innocent” or “guilty” vote here.

What’s Going On? September 8, 2008

Susan Powter

Susan Powter

Monday always shows such promise. It’s the start of a whole new week – and new segments from favorite hosts and brand new personalties. I hope you’re starting the week with the same enthusiasm! Here are today’s highlights to get you through your day – all times EDT:

  • The trial of OJ Simpson vs the state of Nevada begins. The Court Of Public Opinion with Norman Pardo covers the first day of the trial and the opening remarks. Join the show and find out the story behind the trial and what is driving the public opinion. You can become a jury member and state your case on guilt or innocence. Tonight at 9:00.
  • Remember Susan Powter? She had all of those boisterous “Stop the Insanity!” weight loss infomercials in the early ’90’s. Tonight she visits with the Midlife Gals and talks about her much-anticipated comeback. Don’t miss it tonight at 7:00.
  • This morning at 11:00, In Touch Radio will feature discussions about your favorite ABC Soaps!
  • Jesse Godderz from Big Brother 10 is visiting Reality Check Radio tonight at 11:00 p.m. He’s taking calls so stop by early to listen in or interact.
  • On the Swollen Dome, Mike Harmon, contributor to FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio, reviews the good, bad and ugly of Week 1. He’s joined by Derrick Deese, Super Bowl champ with the 49ers and FOX Sports Radio co-host. Nothing is off-limits when Deese and Harmon get together to talk NFL. Tune in this afternoon at 2:00.

As always, this is just a tiny sampling of today’s great programming. Do check out our On Air Schedule for the complete rundown of today’s BlogTalkRadio segments.

Have a great day!

Deb

What's Going On? September 8, 2008

Susan Powter

Susan Powter

Monday always shows such promise. It’s the start of a whole new week – and new segments from favorite hosts and brand new personalties. I hope you’re starting the week with the same enthusiasm! Here are today’s highlights to get you through your day – all times EDT:

  • The trial of OJ Simpson vs the state of Nevada begins. The Court Of Public Opinion with Norman Pardo covers the first day of the trial and the opening remarks. Join the show and find out the story behind the trial and what is driving the public opinion. You can become a jury member and state your case on guilt or innocence. Tonight at 9:00.
  • Remember Susan Powter? She had all of those boisterous “Stop the Insanity!” weight loss infomercials in the early ’90’s. Tonight she visits with the Midlife Gals and talks about her much-anticipated comeback. Don’t miss it tonight at 7:00.
  • This morning at 11:00, In Touch Radio will feature discussions about your favorite ABC Soaps!
  • Jesse Godderz from Big Brother 10 is visiting Reality Check Radio tonight at 11:00 p.m. He’s taking calls so stop by early to listen in or interact.
  • On the Swollen Dome, Mike Harmon, contributor to FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio, reviews the good, bad and ugly of Week 1. He’s joined by Derrick Deese, Super Bowl champ with the 49ers and FOX Sports Radio co-host. Nothing is off-limits when Deese and Harmon get together to talk NFL. Tune in this afternoon at 2:00.

As always, this is just a tiny sampling of today’s great programming. Do check out our On Air Schedule for the complete rundown of today’s BlogTalkRadio segments.

Have a great day!

Deb