Emmy Award winner John Bathke is an entertainment and cultural arts  journalist, lecturer and educator. He is the founding host and producer of the television magazine program “ON THE SCENE”. Among John’s interviews are Tony Bennett, Susan Sarandon, Joan Rivers and Jack Nicholson. John conducts live stage conversations with entertainers and filmmakers.


  1. I just caught the end of your ‘On the Scene’ show – Sunday, April 11th at 10am. With the end credits was a saxophone player. Can you tell me who that player was.
    This was the same show with the Ben Vereen interview.

    • Thanks for watching. The sax player is Dave Koz. This was an encore of a show first aired in February.

  2. When does the program On the Scene air?

    • This ON THE SCENE installment will air Saturday February 11th, and Sunday, February 12th at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM both days, on News 12 New Jersey. Please see blog post entitled “ON THE SCENE Show Times Announced” for more information. Thank you.

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