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Diahann Carroll, Rodney Allen Rippy and Olympic Gold Medalist Diane Dixon on BlogTalkRadio

att-dianedixonDiane Dixon: The Olympic gold medalist, who holds the American record for fastest time in the 4 x 400 metres race, recalls how she talked her way into her first professional race. “I saw this guy with Gucci loafers, no socks, an Izod shirt,” she tells host Chris LaMonica as part of our 28 Days of Black History Makers series, presented by AT&T. “I walked over to him, I said, ‘Hi, my name’s Diane Dixon.’ And Fred said, ‘I have enough runners.’ And I said, ‘Yea, but you don’t have me!’”

diahann-carrollDiahann Carroll: The Tony Award winner, who last month was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, stops by Buzzworthy Radio to chat with host NaVell Lee about her guest role opposite fellow show-biz legend Billy Dee Williams on the USA Network series White Collar.

rodney-allen-rippyRodney Allen Rippy: The former child actor, whose ‘70s Jack in the Box ads—to say nothing of his Tonight Show appearances—made him a pop-culture icon, stops by The NeverHood to talk with host Ethan Tudor W about his current work for Hurricane Housing Relief.

laura-lippmanLaura Lippman: The New York Times bestselling author sits down with Book Club Girl to chat about her new novel, The Girl in the Green Raincoat, which tells the story of a pregnant private detective in her third trimester who must investigate a missing person—without ever leaving her bedroom.

patrick-fabianPatick Fabian: The Last Exorcism hunk, who has a recurring part on HBO’s Big Love, sits down with Movie Addict Headquarters host Betty Jo Tucker to chat about his starring role opposite Melissa Peterman and Ed Asner on CMT’s new scripted comedy series Working Class.

drew-seeleyDrew Seeley: The Canadian star of Glory Daze—which follows a group of college freshmen who pledge an Animal House-like frat during the ‘80s—drops back in on The VRO host Amy McCracken to chat about the TBS sitcom, and his pop-music career.

Natalie Portman, Penny Hardaway, Sally Kellerman and More Today on BlogTalkRadio

natalie-portman3Natalie Portman: Star Wars’ Queen Amidala reveals how she trained as a ballerina for her new thriller Black Swan, opening tomorrow. “We were swimming a mile a day,” she tells Keeping It Reel host Tim Gordon. “And we were toning so that my body could look like a dancer’s.”

sally-kellerman1Sally Kellerman: M*A*S*H’s Hot Lips Houlihan, whose new CD is titled Sally, recalls making the TV film Murder Among Friends with the late Leslie Nielsen—who teased her with fake flatulence. “That really headed him into the comedic part of his career,” she tells Milling About host Robin Milling.

wally-lambWally Lamb: The author of the best-selling novel—and Oprah’s Book Club pick—She’s Come Undone talks with Book Club Girl about the new paperback edition of his latest work, Wishin’ and Hopin’, which tells the comic Xmas tale of a fifth grader named Felix Funicello.

bill-mcgowanBill McGowan: The author of Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of The New York Times Means for America—who won a National Press Club Award for Criticism—talks with Accuracy In Media’s Roger Aronoff about how the WikiLeaks will impact journalism the world over.

dan-croninDan Cronin: The funnyman—who worked as a writer for Conan O’Brien, both on Late Night and during Coco’s ill-fated Tonight Show stint—drops in on The Dr. Bones and Tetra Show to dish about the new TBS incarnation of the red-haired host’s comedy fest.

penny-hardaway2Penny Hardaway: The retired NBA guard—who told us in July he wants to return to the Miami Heat to play alongside LeBron James—tells fellow Bottom Line Sports Show hosts Gerald Brown and Jonathan Foy what the King should expect what he meets the Cleveland Cavs tonight for the first time since defecting.

Ed McMahon: 1923-2009

With the passing of Ed McMahon, the book on a TV legacy is, sadly, closed forever.

Arguably the greatest emcee of all time, Ed – who served as Johnny Carson‘s Tonight Show announcer from 1962 to 1992 – died yesterday morning in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family.

CAPTION: "I had six years, two wars, 85 combat missions. I'm very proud of that," Ed (above) told us his military service.

"I had six years, two wars, 85 combat missions. I'm very proud of that," Ed (above) told us of his military service.

Though his publicist, Howard Bragman, gave no cause of death, he said the 86-year-old media icon had a “multitude of health problems the last few months.”

But it wasn’t long ago that Ed had us captivated with tales of his seven decades on television.

Appearing on The Andrea Shea King Show in November 2007, he recalled his first-ever job in the medium.

“In 1949, I started in Philadelphia, on a show called Take 10,” he told host Andrea Shea King.

“I was the host of a three-hour, daily, live variety show. I was the producer, I was the makeup man, I swept up the studio – whatever you had to do.

“I was on the air from 12 to three, and I was the happiest man in North America.”

Later in the show, Ed recounted working with Johnny (who died in 2005 at age 79) for the first time ever.

“I did a show with him called Who Do You Trust, on ABC. It was a quiz show in the afternoon, and it was live.

CAPTION: "We were pals. We were buddies," Ed said of Johnny (right).

"We were pals. We were buddies. We gravitated toward each other," Ed said of Johnny (right).

“[Johnny] hosted it and he had another announ- cer, named Bill Nimmo, who then got his own show.

“And I came up and auditioned for the show and I got the job, which was a lucky happenstance.

“On the very first show – here I am a little nervous, you can imagine; I’m relacing somebody, I want to do a good job, and I’ve got a script in front of me, and on the script it’s got the six responses of the day, plus [a commercial]: ‘Swan’s Down Cake Mixes, the mixes you can trust.’

“And I have to read this. Now, the audience at home doesn’t see me, of course. But the audience in the theater does.

“Johnny comes over and sets fire to my script. That’s the very first day I ever worked with him.

“That kind of sealed our 47 years of friendship. When he set fire to my script, I knew we were off and running.”

To hear Ed’s full interview, in which he also discusses his days in the U.S Marine Corps – where he first met Johnny – click here.

Heeeeerrrrreeee's Ed McMahon!

Editor’s Note: To read Ed’s June 23, 2009 obituary and appreciation, click here.

The man who originally made “Heeere’s Johnny!” two of the most famous words in the English language will be on BlogTalkRadio tonight. Ed McMahon!

McMahon Ed McMahon is famous for being Ed McMahon. He was Johnny Carson’s famous sidekick for years on The Tonight Show. He’s been an announcer on numerous shows and hosted blooper shows, greatest TV commercial shows, Star Search and of course, the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

He’ll be live tonight On A Conversation with Andrea and … Ed McMahon at 9pm ET. This is a rare opportunity to talk with Mr. McMahon, the man who sat beside the great Johnny Carson for all those many years and accomplished so many great things.

Heeeeerrrrreeee’s Ed McMahon!

Editor’s Note: To read Ed’s June 23, 2009 obituary and appreciation, click here.

The man who originally made “Heeere’s Johnny!” two of the most famous words in the English language will be on BlogTalkRadio tonight. Ed McMahon!

McMahon Ed McMahon is famous for being Ed McMahon. He was Johnny Carson’s famous sidekick for years on The Tonight Show. He’s been an announcer on numerous shows and hosted blooper shows, greatest TV commercial shows, Star Search and of course, the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

He’ll be live tonight On A Conversation with Andrea and … Ed McMahon at 9pm ET. This is a rare opportunity to talk with Mr. McMahon, the man who sat beside the great Johnny Carson for all those many years and accomplished so many great things.