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  • Tony Bennett helps Michael Bourne Celebrate 25 years at WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Tony Bennett stopped by for a visit with Afternoon Jazz and Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne. The two are good friends that share a long history. Listen to the full interview here:

  • Michael Bourne Interviews Theodore Bikel

    November 18, 2009. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    Photo by Brandy Wood
    Photo by Brandy Wood


    A Jewish boy looked out the window of his family's home. He saw a parade of Nazis rolling into his city. And there in an open car was Hitler. Theodore Bikel was that boy in Vienna.

    Theodore Bikel is an actor I've always enjoyed in the movies -- The African Queen, The Defiant Ones, The Enemy Below, The Russians Are Coming, Zappa's 200 Motels, and more than 150 other movies and TV shows. He's best remembered on Broadway for playing the Captain in the 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. He's also played more than 2000 performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, the musical adapted from the stories of Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem. Theo is starring now in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, a play Theo adapted from Aleichem's writings, presented by the National Yiddish Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan through December 13th. He plays the author himself and also Aleichem's characters, including Tevye. He also gets to sing, something he's been doing wonderfully around the world for decades.

    Theo at 85 is delightfully ageless. When he came to WBGO recently, we talked about the new show, about Yiddish, about acting, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, working with Frank Zappa, and much more.
    -MB

  • Guitarist and former Yankee Bernie Williams visits WBGO

    May 15, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Midday host Rhonda Hamilton waves Bernie's new CD in front of the camera.

    rhonda-and-bernie
    photo by Fran Kaufman

    The album, Moving Forward, is Bernie's second, and includes some collaborative tracks with other artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Jon Secada, and Dave Koz.