Archive for August, 2012


ON THE SCENE: Evolving Like An Artist

August 15, 2012

The other day I tweeted how I hoped people watching would take special note of my interview with the actor Joe Pantoliano in this weekend’s ON THE SCENE encore. (News 12 New Jersey, 8:30am, 11:30am, 4:30pm August 18th, 19th).

This is an uncommonly personal, revealing and at times hilarious  interview about his battles with mental illness and growing up in a (highly) dysfunctional mob family. Our walk through his neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey opened everyone watching to Joe’s world in a most unique way.

I also learned a lot from doing this interview. And I’ve made a decision that ON THE SCENE will again evolve as it has numerous times over its seven incredible years. We will be going even deeper into the experiences and pivotal moments of the artists we interview. Because I see how so many people watching will benefit.

Actually, the change began a year and a half ago with my interview with Darlene Love, then at a pivotal moment in her life. She found out just a couple of days before the interview that she would be inducted into  the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. In that interview, producer Ivy Charmatz and I came up with a list of questions…and a structure…that would take Darlene back over several other pivotal moments in her life  (falling on hard times and working as a maid, getting ripped off by producer Phil Spector)  that led her to where she was on the day we met.  Watch it on the credits page of my website.

So in the coming episodes look for more of this pov and let me know what artists you’d like to see me interview.


Joey Pants ON THE SCENE Encore

August 12, 2012

I heard from many people who saw my profile of actor Joe Pantoliano for ON THE SCENE. The feedback was so positive that News 12 New Jersey is replaying the episode August 18th and 19th at 8:30 am, 11:30 am and 4:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Viewers were struck by Pantoliano’s candidness in describing his troubled family life and years of depression and other mental illnesses. And our walk through his neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey and seeing him engage with people he’s known for decades is a unique, memorable experience.

This show also includes the  popular segment on the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey which is marking its 50th anniversary season of performances.