Rosemary Clooney

A friend of mine gave me a copy of Holly Cole's cd "Temptation" which is a collection of Tom Waits' tunes, so I thought I'd start this show off with one of her songs.  (Saturday, May 6th at 11pm)  And, funny how this happens, but her song, "Falling Down" led to Abbey Lincoln, Mary Ellen Tanner and Larry Kinley.  It's a jazz thing.  

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"He was not an old man, and he never was," said George Clooney about his cousin Miguel Ferrer at a memorial ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles Saturday.

George Clooney praised his cousin Miggy's perpetually youthful outlook on life, saying that "he came in like a comet, he rocketed through life and he got out," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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To most of the world, Miguel Ferrer was a character actor best known for "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Crossing Jordan" or uptight FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on ABC's "Twin Peaks."

But around here Miguel Ferrer – who died of cancer Thursday at age 61 -- was known as Rosemary Clooney's son and George Clooney's cousin.

To me, he was the guy who urged his fun-loving cousin George to pursue acting.  And the drum-playing son who toured the U.S. and Europe with his mother Rosemary and singer Bing Crosby before Bing's death in 1977.

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Jim Nunn knew a little about drumming and a lot about book publishing. But he had never written a book until inspired by his friend, jazz drummer John Von Ohlen.

"For the last two years, John Von Ohlen has been putting up with me as we chatted countless times over coffee," says Nunn, who used to live across the street in Covington from Von Ohlen.

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Two of my favorite Bing Crosby holiday films – and maybe yours – air Saturday night. At the same time.

I've seen "White Christmas" with Bing and Rosemary Clooney a zillion times, so I'm setting my DVR for "Going My Way," the feel good movie which won best picture and six more Academy Awards in 1944.

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Just two years after moving to Hollywood, George Clooney made his national TV debut on this date in CBS' short-lived "E/R" hospital comedy starring Elliott Gould, Conchatta Ferrell and unknown Jason Alexander on Dec. 12, 1984.

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The short answer is: Get an antenna.

Wonderful old Christmas TV specials with Perry Como, Johnny Cash, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Mac Davis, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and many others will air on the GET TV network, a digital subchannel on WSTR-TV, on over-the-air Channel 64.4.

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Veteran broadcaster Nick Clooney was surprised Monday with an award acknowledging his efforts to preserve Greater Cincinnati radio and TV history.

Clooney, 81, was presented a special Founder’s Award from Media Heritage Inc. -- the local nonprofit broadcasting archive which has displays at the Voice of America Museum in West Chester --  during the organization’s presentation of the new “Earl Hamner Storyteller” documentary at the Covington’s Carnegie Performance Center Monday night.

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Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty, Prancer, White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story”…. Yep, they’re all here.

Linus and Lucy, Lucy and Desi, and the “Little Drummer Boy” too.

My annual holiday programming guide below is back and bigger than ever -- since it includes Christmas and Hanukkah specials airing on public radio, here at the new home for my Media Beat blog.

Print it out. Post it on the fridge.

Bill Cartwright has prepared a great show for swing lovers this week...Saturday night at 10pm on May 16th.  The show begins with Gregg Field's version of the classic "Satin Doll", "Let Yourself Go" by Stacey Kent and the ever popular Dean Martin with "On the Street Where You Live."

Other vocalists in the first half of the Swing show include Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest and Maxine Sullivan.  After the mid-show break, you'll hear Bobby Darin, Rosemary Clooney and Glen Gray.  The show ends with Benny Goodman's "Stealin' Apples."

Vocalist June Christy begins this week's edition of the Swing show on Saturday, April 25th at 10pm.  Her song, "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" is followed by songs by Larry Clinton, Vic Damone, and Johnny Mercer's "Candy."  Other songs heard in the first half of Swing with Bill Cartwright include the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, and local favorite Rosemary Clooney.

"China Boy" by the Benny Goodman Trio starts off the second half of the program.  You'll also hear from other vocalists like Helen Humes, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birthday (4/7/15), I've put together a one-hour special celebrating her work that'll air on Saturday, April 11th at 11pm.  You'll hear from jazz vocalist Amy London, former WNOP disc jockey Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and musician Ron Esposito who interviews John Szwed about his new book on Billie. There are plenty of songs by Billie Holiday as well as tunes performed by four vocalists who recorded tribute albums of her work...Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae, Rosemary Clooney, and  Cassandra Wilson.

Many younger audiences know her from the classic movie, White Christmas. But to millions, Rosemary 

Maysville, Kentucky’s favorite daughter, Rosemary Clooney, is the subject of a new play opening November 20 at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical was written by local playwrights Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman, and they join Rick Pender to talk about bringing the life and music of George Clooney’s famous aunt to the stage.

**JUST ANNOUNCED: Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical has been extended through January 4, 2015.

Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer

May 1, 2013

Update: Rosemary Clooney: Big Band Singer will be re-broadcast on Saturday, August 3rd at 10pm.

This two-hour special, in honor of her 85th birthday on May 23rd, focuses on the big band career of local favorite Rosemary Clooney. Beginning with her performances with the Tony Pastor Band, the special highlights other big bands she worked with including Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Woody Herman, and Count Basie. You’ll enjoy songs from Rosemary Clooney’s 1956 show, plus, interviews with some of her family and friends, including her brother Nick; friend and host of Song Travels on WVXU, Michael Feinstein;  jazz vocalist Amy London; drummer Jeff Hamilton; and Cincinnati Pops violinist Stacy Woolley. Hosted by Bill Cartwright and produced by Lee Hay.