Celebrities

This page contains shows with celebrity guests. The influence of celebrities goes beyond their entertainment role. In many cases, their public appeal, and the fact that so many people look up to celebrities in general, can enable them to be very helpful and inspiring. The celebrities who have been interviewed on “Coping Conversations” all have stories to tell… stories of personal experiences that can entertain as well as motivate, inspire as well as educate, making the listening experience enjoyable as well as beneficial.

Rick Barry, one of the 50 best professional NBA basketball players of all time, is my returning guest. We discuss sports as a coping tool, and the new Big3 basketball league for well known players who are no longer playing in the NBA.

Do you remember the television show "Starsky & Hutch"? My guest is Starsky himself, actor, director, producer, writer Paul Michael Glaser. In this longer than usual episode, we discuss his career, how he bounced back from tragedy in his life, and his belief that fear plays an important role in each person's life.

My guest is one of the most popular singers in America, whose popularity has lasted for more than 50 years, the legendary Judy Collins. Known not only for her singing, but also her writing, and she has long been an advocate for mental health. We discuss the personal reasons for this as well as her lengthy career, and more.

My guest on this episode is actor Max Gail, perhaps best known as "Wojo" on the hit television series "Barney Miller." We discuss his career, how he's coped with difficult experiences in his life, his advocacy for Native Americans, and more.

Do you remember the television show "Family Affair"? My guest, Kathy Garver, played "Cissy" on that show. We discuss her experiences as a child star, her memoir (as well as a book she wrote about ex-child stars), and her work as a motivational speaker.

My guest is one of the most popular singer/songwriters in America, primarily known for his folk and American southwest music, Tom Russell. He's released more than two dozen albums, and his latest is "Play One More- The Songs of Ian and Sylvia. Also an author and a painter, we discuss his career, and difficulties he's encountered.

My guest is former New York Yankee pitcher, Ralph Terry, author of a new book, called "Right Down the Middle: The Ralph Terry Story". We discuss his major league career, how he dealt with the very stressful experiencing of losing the 7th game of the 1960 World Series, and how he bounced back to be the winning pitcher of the 7th game of the 1962 World Series.

My guest is former major league baseball player Rick Ankiel, unfortunately known for being a starting pitcher whose "yips", or wild pitches, derailed his pitching career. In his new autobiography, "The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life," we discuss how he bounced back from this devastating experience, resurrected his career as an outfielder, and learned valuable life lessons as well.

My guest is founding member of the popular singing group, the 5th Dimension- LaMonte McLemore. We discuss his new book, "From Hobo Flats to the 5th Dimension", co-authored with Robert-Allan Arno, his career with the 5th Dimension, and the difficulties in his life that he was able to overcome.

 

In honor of the start of another season of baseball, listen to an interview with one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time, Bobby Richardson. Bobby, who played second base during the era of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra, among other big names, has been considered by many the glue that held the team together. Now 80 years old, we discuss his career, as well as his spiritual beliefs and love of family.

 

A very popular singer, whose popularity continues despite his hits coming from the 1950's and 1960's, is my guest, "Mr. Personality", Lloyd Price. We discuss his songs, his longevity in music, how he got that nickname, and a number of other activities that he's involved in. You'll enjoy the personality of Mr. Personality!

Known for decades as the "Voice of the Yankees", sportscaster Mel Allen (who died in 1996) appeared on "Coping Conversations" less than a year before he died. Known not just for his work for the Yankees, but as a radio and television personality, Mel had one of the most recognizable voices in American sports. This show has been digitally remastered and this is the first time it's been available on this website.

This show spotlights actress Beth Broderick, perhaps best known for her role as Zelda in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch on television. We discuss her career, how her attitude is so helpful for her and has helped her cope, and her passion as an activist in dealing with HIV/AIDS, and helping foster children.

Still known as the only player in baseball history to pitch a perfect game in the World Series, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen appeared on "Coping Conversations" in 1996 (to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that unbelievable achievement). Now, twenty years later, in honor of the 60th anniversary of Don's historic event, this show has been digitally remastered and it is the first time it's been available on this website. (Please forgive the sound quality!)

 

One of the most popular television performers of all time, Ed Asner has won more Emmy awards than any performer, and is the only performer ever to win an Emmy for the same role (Lou Grant) on a comedy (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and a drama (“Lou Grant”). We discuss many things, including his love of performing, how he has dealt with peer criticism and its ramifications as a result of his political views, and how humor helped him to be a better dramatic actor.

This show spotlights actress, singer Kimberly J. Brown, probably best known for her role as Marnie in Disney's Halloweentown movies, and on the Guiding Light. Kimberly also made history for appearing in 3 Broadway shows by the age of 9. We discuss her career, her views on child stars, and many other things.

 

This fascinating show with Lainie Kazan was originally recorded and aired in 1995! It has been digitally remastered and this is the first time it's been available on this website. Having starred in "The Nanny" and, subsequent to this recording, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", among many other things, you'll enjoy this vintage program with Lainie.

This show spotlights the career of New York City ballerina and principal dancer Megan Fairchild. We discuss how she got interested in ballet, her love for it and performing in general, the difficulties she's encountered in her career, and some of the important charitable interests in her life.

My returning guest in this episode is Barry Goldstein, who recently discussed the relaxing, therapeutic, healing benefits of music. In this episode, we discuss the ways that music can help cancer, insomnia, even grieving a loss, as well as other benefits.

In honor of the recent passing of Doris Roberts, we are re-airing a "Coping Conversations" show taped with Doris in 1995. This show, originally aired on "KJOY" (WKJY-98.3FM on Long Island, NY), includes Doris talking about her roles in Remington Steele” and as Marie in “Everybody Loves Raymond” (which aired long after this show was taped); she discusses her career as an actress, and how she coped with the death of her husband to leukemia.

This show with the late Broadway actress (“Company”), movie (“Monster In Law”) and television star (“30 Rock”) Elaine Stritch is both humorous and touching. We discuss Elaine’s alcoholism as well as her diabetes, and learn how her positive attitude helped her with both… and more.

For more than 50 years, veteran actor Eli Wallach was in demand to appear on stage and screen. Recently deceased at age 98, he appeared in more than 100 movies, and has appeared in numerous stage productions, both with and without his wife, actress Anne Jackson. In this newly archived show, originally taped in 1998, we discussed longevity in show business, and how he mixed his career with his important family values.

This archived show, originally taped in 1998, features one of the most popular stage, screen, and television (“The Odd Couple”, “Quincy, M.E.”) stars of all time. At the time of this taping, he was 76 years old (he recently died at age 90), and, following surgery for throat cancer that removed a vocal cord, had resumed performing! We discuss his condition, the surgery, his positive attitude, as well as his career.

Former New York Knicks star power forward Anthony Mason is my guest. We discuss his career, how he coped with injuries, how his attitude always helped him, his views on the difference between basketball past and present, and how his current career grew out of his playing day experiences.

One of the most popular television sportscasters in New York television history, Len Berman has covered virtually every major sporting event during his 40 year career. We discuss the role of sports in our society, how sports help us cope, the difficulties he’s encountered in his career, his wildly popular “Spanning the World” as well as his best-selling books.

My guest, Mike Farrell, is perhaps best known as Captain BJ Hunnicutt on the hit TV series M*A*S*H. Not only is he well respected as an actor, he is also well respected as a humanitarian. He is dedicated to worthwhile causes such as human rights, the environment, and numerous other issues. We discuss his career (and coping with it), how he felt when he was signed to join M*A*S*H, his activism, among other interesting topics.

Former Major League baseball player Tommy John, who pitched for the Yankees and the Dodgers among other teams, is my guest. We discuss the reasons for his success, his longevity (he pitched for 26 years!), his surgery (now called “Tommy John surgery”), his son Travis’ serious injury, and the importance of having a good attitude.

This show, originally taped in November, 2009, is being headlined in honor of the February, 2013, passing of former New York City mayor Ed Koch. One of the most popular mayors in New York City history, Ed "How'm I Doin'" Koch was known for his achievements as well as his controversies. He served three terms as New York City’s mayor, and helped to stabilize New York City’s financial problems. We discuss his accomplishments as mayor, as well as how his positive attitude helped him deal with serious medical issues.

My guest is television and movie star Esai Morales. We discuss his career, ranging from his early movies such as La Bamba, through his television roles, including NYPD Blue and Fairly Legal. We talk about how he’s coped with the difficulties he’s faced in show business, his important advocacy activities, and how his love for music has been so supportive and essential in his life.

Popular television performer, Conrad Bain, is my guest in this extended, archived show, originally taped in his living room in Santa Monica Hills in the 1990s. We talk about his career, how he felt about being the star of two hit television series (“Maude” and “Diff’rent Strokes”), and his experiences in working with Gary Coleman and other stars. We discussed how he dealt with the difficulties in moving from idea and concept to the actuality of “Diff’rent Strokes,” and how he felt about taking a subordinate role to the other cast members.

Joe Bonsall is one of the lead singers of the popular country group Oak Ridge Boys, perhaps best known for their monster hit “Elvira”. In addition to singing with the Oak Ridge Boys for almost 40 years, he is also an author, writing the popular book “From My Perspective.” We discuss his career, the difficulties he’s encountered in show business, his devotion to family, and the story behind his children’s books.

My guest is former child star Paul Petersen who played Jeff Stone on the old Donna Reed Show. Today, Paul is best known for his advocacy work. He founded the well-respected non profit organization A Minor Consideration that advocates, and provides services, for child stars and former child stars in trouble. We discuss his personal and professional interest in working with child stars as well as the valuable work of A Minor Consideration.


An amazing gold and silver medal winner in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, my guest, Rebecca Soni, talks about her career, how she's overcome adversity to achieve top-of-the-world status, and the difficulties of being a world-class athlete.

In honor of the recent passing of talk show legend Joe Franklin, we are re-airing a "Coping Conversations" show taped with Joe in 1995. This show, originally aired on "KJOY" (WKJY-98.3FM on Long Island, NY), shows Joe at his best, talking about his role in talk show history.

 

American TV and radio personality Joe Franklin is considered by many to be the host of the first television talk show. His show, “The Joe Franklin Show” aired for 50 years, and he has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest running TV talk show in history. He has interviewed many guests, including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Buddy Hackett, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Redd Foxx, Vincent Price, and Howard Stern. Called the “king of nostalgia,” we discuss the trials and tribulations of interviewing guests and maintaining a public profile for this length of time.

 

Included in this program is an "after comment", a very brief discussion with Joe after on air taping concluded, an indication of how gracious Joe always was.

 

My guest, Rick Barry, has been named one of the 50 best professional basketball players of all time. A 12-time all star who was elected to the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame, we discuss his career, how his positive attitude and good feelings about his life overshadowed any criticism, and how working hard, combined with talent, can maximize the likelihood of success.

My guest is Shadoe Stevens, currently the announcer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a popular American Radio Host, voice-over actor, and television personality. We discuss how his career was a life-long dream, how he enjoys having such a recognized voice, difficulties in his career, and where his name came from, among other topics.

Emmy-award winning American television host and journalist Bill Boggs has been popular for decades. We discuss his various in-the-public-eye activities, how he always wanted to be an interviewer, some of the biggest names he’s interviewed, and how he’s coped with the ups and downs of his career.

One of the best-selling singers of all time, nicknamed “Little Miss Dynamite”, Brenda Lee has had hits including “I’m Sorry,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, and “I Want to Be Wanted”. We discuss her career, her positive attitude despite adversity, and how her love of performing has lasted through more than five decades.

Grammy-award-winning country singer Charlie Daniels is perhaps best known for his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. He has been active as a singer for more than 50 years, and in 2008 was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, a lifelong dream. With dozens of successful albums and singles; his newest CD is “Land That I Love”. We discuss his career, the stroke that he suffered early in 2010, and his surprisingly popular GEICO commercial.

This enjoyable show, originally recorded and aired in 1995, and digitally remastered to be available on this website, stars the late actor Eddie Bracken, known for playing Mr. Duncan in Home Alone 2, and National Lampoon's Vacation, among many others. We discuss the changes in show business from his earlier performances, his enjoyment of his later roles, and the role of family in his life.

Do you remember the song “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window”? One of the most popular songs of all time was a hit for my guest, Patti Page. One of the music industry's best-selling singers, also known for her hits Cape Cod, Tennessee Waltz, and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, we discuss a career that has lasted more than five decades, as well as some of the difficulties she has endured during her life.

My guest is former Major League baseball player Steve Sax, who played second base for the Dodgers, Yankees and two other teams. We discuss how he felt about being Rookie of the Year, how the very next year he developed fielding problems that threatened his career, and how he conquered these problems. We also discussed how these experiences led to a post-baseball career as a motivational speaker.

Andy Williams is considered to be one of the most popular singers of all time, someone whose voice was called a “national treasure” by President Ronald Reagan, and singer of many chart-topping songs including his signature song, “Moon River.” Still performing at his Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri, Andy and I discussed how he dealt with the difficulties he encountered on his road to success, the insecurities that were instilled in him at an early age, and how he successfully dealt with a potentially career-threatening throat problem, in this show taped in February, 2010.

Do you remember the song “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat?” How about “Happy Go Lucky Me?” Both of these songs were hits for guest Paul Evans. We discuss his music career, how he dealt with the ups and downs and changes in his career, and the success he has had writing songs as well as performing.

In this new show, Tommy James, lead singer of the rock group Tommy James & The Shondells, discusses his hit songs, his rise to fame, and how he dealt with his tumultuous association with Roulette Records and the dark side of the music industry. We discuss his brand new autobiography, “Me, the Mob, and the Music.”

One of the most popular singers of all time, Connie Francis was the top charting female singer of the 1950’s and 1960’s. She has numerous hits, including “Who’s Sorry Now?”, “Where The Boys Are”, “Stupid Cupid”, and “Lipstick On Your Collar”. In this new show, taped in February, 2010, we discuss some of the difficulties Connie has had to deal with throughout her life, and how she has coped with them.

Most people love music, regardless of the genre. But music does far more than just provide a vehicle for enjoyment. It can be relaxing, therapeutic, even healing. My guess on this episode is composer, producer, and music expert Barry Goldstein, author of the new book, "The Secret Language of the Heart". We'll talk about how much music can do for you.

A popular American tennis player, and Davis Cup champion in the 1960's and 1970's, Cliff Richey has won an even bigger match, conquering depression. We discuss his tennis career, as well as how he has "aced" depression.

 

Dodie Stevens broke onto the music scene as a 13-year old singer, with a #1 hit, "Tan Shoes & Pink Shoe Laces". Since then she has continued her career in music, but has given back in a very commendable way. We discuss her career as well as the ways in which she has used music to help others.

This show's guest is popular actress Jennie Garth who, among other roles, starred in Beverly Hills 90210 and What I Like About You, and appeared on Dancing With The Stars. We discuss how she has coped with her heart disease, her father’s death, and her daughter’s juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Her positive attitude is key, and something to be admired. We discuss all of this, as well as the work she is doing with the American Heart Association.

This new show features Gunnar Nelson, half of the popular rock group Nelson (along with his twin brother Matthew), and son of the late singer Ricky Nelson. We discuss his relationship with his father, the influence that his father’s music had on Nelson’s development, and the Guinness record that resulted from Nelson’s hit “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” their new album, “Lightning Strikes Twice”, among many other things.

Jodie Sweetin, perhaps best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on TV's “Full House," has gone through a lot in her young life. We discuss her autobiography, “Unsweetined”, which includes stories about her addictions, failed marriages, and her successful recovery, as well as the current joy in her life.

Former New York Jets star defensive football player Joe Klecko is my guest. We discuss his career, how he coped with injuries, his views on the difference between football past and present, and the importance of teamwork, among other topics. He also offers advice to current New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

My returning guest is stage, screen, and television star, and now author, Matthew Arkin. We discuss his new book, "In the Country of the Blind", how he became interested in the process of writing, and the emotional catharsis that he experienced writing the book.

This new show features Alan Young, best known for playing the role of Wilbur on the classic TV show “Mister Ed”, discusses how he coped with being second fiddle to a talking horse, who was originally supposed to play the role of Wilbur, and other fascinating anecdotes, many of which are contained in his autobiography, “Mister Ed, Me, and More”.

Today’s guest is veteran actor William Schallert, perhaps best known for playing dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show”. We discuss his lengthy show business career, how he dealt with the mix of performing and family responsibilities, and other issues he coped with during his acting career.

Fans of American Idol remember the second runner-up from the 2006 season, one of the favorites that year, Melinda Doolittle. Not only is Melinda a great singer, she has just released a new book, entitled “Beyond Me”. We discuss Melinda’s experiences on American Idol, and the difficult life experiences that has successfully shaped her into the person she is today.

Scott MacIntyre, one of the finalists from the 2009 season of American Idol, discusses his visual impairment, his kidney transplant, and sound advice for how people should deal with their own adversities. We discuss his new album, “Heartstrings” as well as his memories of being a finalist on American Idol.

This show features popular actress Jill Eikenberry, perhaps best known for playing Ann Kelsey in the long-running television program LA Law. Married for more than 30 years to Michael Tucker, who also starred on LA Law, Jill has also spent years advocating for people with breast cancer, as a result of her own experiences with the disease.

This show features popular actor Michael Tucker, who, despite numerous movie and television credits, is probably best known for playing Stuart Markowitz in the long-running television program LA Law. Married for more than 30 years to Jill Eikenberry, who also starred on LA Law, he is the author of three books, the latest of which is entitled, “Family Meals: Coming Together to Care for an Aging Parent.”

In this new show, we welcome popular heavyweight champion (and Olympic gold medal winning) boxer, chef, entrepreneur and author George Foreman. We discuss his boxing career, the most important moments for him in his life, and the lessons he has learned that he wants to share.

This show, originally aired in 2005, shows how maturity transformed the popular comedian by enabling him to use comedy both for laughter and for more serious purposes, including the improvement of his own life.

Before there was Nurse Jackie, and at the very beginning of “The Sopranos” Edie Falco was my guest in this archived show from 1999. We talk about her career in acting, the role she played in “The Sopranos”, how she balanced appearing in a number of different productions at the same time, and the importance of having a positive attitude.

In this archived show, originally aired in February of 1995, Gary Coleman, star of “Diff’rent Strokes”, discusses the few fond memories of the program, what he’s done since the termination of the show, and other topics of interest. Although more than ten years old, this show reflects Gary’s true feelings about a number of things and makes for fascinating listening.

In this show, originally aired in 2003, the popular comedian, actor, chef and author talks about his career, and one of his favorite topics… food! We discuss how food can you help you cope, and how he combines cooking with his comedy talents.

This show with one of the original Golden Girls, originally broadcast in 2002, is almost prophetic in its relevance to today’s issues of breast cancer and menopause, as well as today’s knowledge of the effectiveness of psychological treatments in the alleviation of medical problems.

This show, which was recorded in 2003, illustrates the progression of Bob Dole from young politician to mature and caring public servant. We also discuss how Senator Dole has successfully dealt with a number of medical problems and injuries in his life.

This show with the former ER star and well-respected actress, dating from 2003, shows how adversity strengthened Kellie Martin and led her to become a public advocate for autoimmune diseases and their treatment. It also discusses the efforts of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), for whom Kellie is the national spokesperson.

In this new show, popular nightclub comedian Sal Richards discusses his career, as well as his new autobiography, “Behind the Laughter, Hidden Tears.” We talk about the difficulties he’s had dealing with his medical illnesses and the death of his son, among other experiences.

My guest today is singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci, who has appeared on stage, screen, and television, but enjoys her singing (and interacting with her audiences) the best. She has performed for sold out audiences all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Opera House in Barcelona, 25 years in the Oak Room at New York’s Algonquin Hotel, and even the White House. We discuss coping with the ups and downs of a show business career, among other things.

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