Featured, Guest, Tim Conway Jr., Guest, JP Sottile January 23, 2017
John Barbour "the godfather of reality TV" created, co-hosted, co-produced, and wrote 'Real People' - the first reality show, which was number one on NBC for three years during the early 1980's.
Barbour moved to the United States in the early sixties. His comedy act, particularly his 1965 album, It's Tough to Be White, dealt in part with civil rights and black-white relations.
Barbour hosted the pilot for The Gong Show in the mid '70s, and was a regular panelist on the 1988 Canadian (US syndicated) version of Liar's Club.
Barbour portrayed game show host Harry Monte in a 1975 episode of Sanford and Son.
John Produced, Wrote, and Hosted 'Ernie Kovacs: TV's Original Genius,'for Showtime that aired later on PBS. At the time it was reviewed as 'the best documentary about a performer!'
He also directed and wrote the 1992 documentary The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes. This film covers the investigation of District Attorney Jim Garrison, who, after the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, decided to further investigate the official report given by the Warren Commission. The documentary hypothesizes connections between the assassination and the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and other organizations and foreign affairs issues. The film won an award in 1993 at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
Tim Conway, Jr. was born and raised in Los Angeles...and survived 10 years in a youth detention center called the Los Angeles Unified School District.He spent his childhood around Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar Racetracks with his father, four younger brothers and older sister. His father is yes, the real Tim Conway from the real Carol Burnett Show. Dad guests regularly on the younger Conway's radio program and recently told his son, "Comedy is in your blood...too bad it's not on your show."
Conway survived 12 years at 97.1 FM Talk in Los Angeles until it switched to an all-music format. The show was famous for providing Southern California with a wide variety of entertaining topics including live police Chases, Hollywood craziness and current events with a twist of humor. "What The Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?" was a favorite segment and maintains a substantial cult following to this day (it's the stuff radio legends are made of). He now hosts a nightly show on the No. 1 news/talk radio station in the country, KFI AM 640, More Stimulating Talk Radio. You can catch the show Monday-Friday from 6-10pm. Conway's down-to-earth take on life brings a sense of refreshing levity to those surrounded by lunatics in SoCal.
Today, the Conway tradition continues. When he's not on the air, you can find him at the racetrack with his four-year-old daughter. "I got a tear in my eye the first time my daughter was photo'd out of a win." Tim also turned his wife onto horse racing. She's currently banned from two local tracks for verbal attacks on jockeys.
Tim's social handle on FB / Twitter / Insta @Show,
JP SOTTILE is a freelance journalist, published historian, radio co-host and documentary filmmaker. His credits include a stint on the NewsHour news desk, C-SPAN, and as a newsmagazine producer for ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington. Joseph “JP” Sottile is a two-time Washington Regional Emmy Award Winner. Documentary film credits include: writer, director, producer of The Warning and various production and photography credits on other public interest films. His weekly show, Inside the Headlines w/ The Newsvandal, co-hosted by James Moore, airs every Friday on KRUU-FM in Fairfield, Iowa. He is the Newsvandal.