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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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San Francisco Media Blogger Rich Lieberman Makes Impressive Radio Debut

Over the years, Bay Area blogger Rich Lieberman has built up an extensive network of local media contacts. That Rolodex and well-earned personal reputation were on full display this past weekend as Lieberman launched a new three-hour Saturday/Sunday call-in radio show on KOMY 1340 AM.

Lieberman’s opening guest was KTVU Channel 2 evening news lead anchor Frank Somerville. The conversation eventually segued to a story the host first broke on his blog - Somerville’s adoption of a black girl:

“I have two daughters, one of whom is adopted… Callie just turned eight, and it is just the greatest thing ever… Every single day, I can look at Callie and think, ‘I made a difference in my own little way.’”

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Actor James Marsden in the Middle of More Barry Manilow Funny Business

Last month, singer Barry Manilow was famously inserted into a 2012 World Series telecast by analyst Tim McCarver, who blanked on a Joe Buck reference about old-day cheers for Barry Bonds and meandered into foul pop culture territory. Now comes an equally hilarious Copaca-doozy involving actor James Marsden.

During a panel discussion at the Napa Valley Film Festival, moderator Billy Bush (Access Hollywood) picked up on the actor’s IMDb bio-trivia page, which stated that Marsden is a huge Manilow fan. Wrong. Per The Hollywood Reporter magazine item by Merle Ginsberg and Gary Baum:

“I have a famous actor friend of mine – I won’t tell you who he is – but he likes to go into other people’s [IMDb] bios and add things,” Marsden explained.

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KOST-FM Latest Station to Make Holiday Switch

KOST-FM (103.5) kicked off its 10th anniversary of holiday programming Tuesday, two days after 94.7 The Wave made the switch.

Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register notes Barry Manilow‘s “White Christmas” was the first holiday song the station played at 10 a.m.

*checks calendar*

Yup, still not Thanksgiving yet.

Lyricist Marty Panzer Speaks! At ANMT

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Marty Panzer, multi-platinum, award winning lyricist for Barry Manilow, Walt Disney, and many, many others, will speak about the art and craft of lyric writing. as well as some observations on the current marketplace, personal remembrances, and we hope, a little dish at a special event at Academy for New Musical Theatre.

Salon at the Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) in No. Hollywood, CA on Sunday, August 5th, 2-6pm, but registration closes tomorrow, August 1st.

(photo by Phil Christie)