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A weekly podcast that explores the exciting world of theatre, musical theatre, film, opera, and other performing arts. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, your host, Ray Renati, explores local Bay Area theatre as well as theatre and live entertainment from New York City to London, to Paris. Drop by every Tuesday to hear a new episode.

Green Room On Air with Ray Renati Ray Renati

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

A weekly podcast that explores the exciting world of theatre, musical theatre, film, opera, and other performing arts. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, your host, Ray Renati, explores local Bay Area theatre as well as theatre and live entertainment from New York City to London, to Paris. Drop by every Tuesday to hear a new episode.

    Our Guest - Melissa Ortiz - SF Playhouse Performance

    Our Guest - Melissa Ortiz - SF Playhouse Performance

    Melissa is a Los Angeles-based actor who recently performed in the SF Playhouse production of "Shoot Me When..." by Roben Grijalva. Melissa and I discuss theatre, t.v., movies, and mental health!


    Melissa is super talented. If you ever get a chance to see her on stage, make sure you do!


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    Green Room On Air Web Site: http://greenroomonair.com 


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raysgreenroom/


    Opening and Closing Music by Carly Ozard: http://carlyozard.com


    Contact Ray at Green Room on Air: greenroomonair@gmail.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Alex Bennett - an American Broadcasting Legend (repeat performance)

    Alex Bennett - an American Broadcasting Legend (repeat performance)

    This is a repeat of my chat with Alex Bennett. 


    Alex Bennett is an American radio personality and talk show host, known for his mix of left-wing politics and humor. He currently hosts a show Tues-Fri on GABNet.net at 10pm ET.


    Bennett was born in San Francisco and adopted his on-air name as a tribute to his late father, Alexander Schwarzmann.


    During the 1960s, Bennett worked at radio stations around the country, including KILT in Houston, where he used the on-air moniker James Bond and did his show using an English accent, and WLOL in Minneapolis, before gaining major market attention in 1969 at WMCA in New York. He initially started as a disk jockey, later evolving into a talk show host during the station's transition from its Top 40 "Good Guys" music format to the pioneering "Dial-Log" all-talk era. Bennett brought a progressive rock radio sensibility to the teenage-oriented station, still playing album cuts of music as his talk show evolved, and openly discussing topics ranging from his love life to his participation in various countercultural events, such as Consciousness III, before giving his Yogic sign-off "Namaste" ("The God within me sees the God within you"). In 1969, Bennett flew to London to investigate the rumor of Paul McCartney’s death. He later became friends with John Lennon, who appeared on his show.


    In 1970, Bennett and his wife-producer Ronni moved their show to WPLJ, still in New York. By late 1971 the couple split. Ronni went on to produce for ABC’s 20/20 and Barbara Walters. Today, she writes a blog on aging and what it's really like to get old, Time Goes By.[1] Guests on Bennett's WPLJ show included rock stars, comedians, and left-wing, anti-war activists.


    An early video pioneer, Bennett produced Midnight Blue with Al Goldstein of Screw magazine for a New York public access cable channel.


    In 1980, Bennett returned to his native San Francisco to host a morning show for album-oriented rock station KMEL. Bennett found success by featuring standup comedians as his guests. Before they became famous, performers Bob Goldthwait, Whoopi Goldberg, Dana Carvey, Ray Romano, and Jay Leno were guests on Bennett's program. The popular show aired on three San Francisco area radio stations throughout the 1980s and 1990s: KMEL, KQAK, and KITS. The Alex Bennett Show changed stations due to management/consultant conflicts (KMEL), a format flip (KQAK), and, finally, a station ownership change (at KITS, where he did two stints). Bennett also briefly hosted talk shows on KNBR in San Francisco and WIOD in Miami, Florida (the latter, a very sour experience), in between his Bay Area morning show gigs. During the 1980s, Bennett was the original host of public television’s Comedy Tonight.


    While at KMEL, Bennett’s mother, Ruth, achieved fame as the world’s oldest album-oriented rock disk jockey when she hosted a Sunday night countdown show on KMEL from 1982 to 1983. Bennett hosted the station’s morning show, and Ruth continued at KMEL for a year after his departure for KQAK. Ruth passed away in 2005 at the age of 100.


    The radio show was unique in that it featured a live in-studio audience consisting of listeners who were invited to just walk in off the street. In addition to featuring comedians on his San Francisco radio shows, Bennett produced a number of live comedy shows. The earliest ones included his KMEL/KQAK newsman Joe Regelski and were called "Alex and Joe Shows". He also did remote broadcasts of his morning show, known as "Breakfast with Bennett."


    A technology aficionado, Bennett took advantage of the early growth of the World Wide Web. After leaving FM rock radio in the late 1990s, Bennett created an Internet radio show for Play TV that ended when the company went out of business. He also developed an early website, The Surfing Monkey (along with Chuck Farnham, David Biedny and

    • 43 min
    Broadway is Opening in September, and SF Playhouse is Opening in June (sort of)!

    Broadway is Opening in September, and SF Playhouse is Opening in June (sort of)!

    Things are once again approaching normal as we hear that Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are planning on re-opening in September.


    ---SF Playhouse is opening with a very innovative production in June! ----


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    SHOOT ME WHEN…
    By Ruben Grijalva
    Directed by Susi Damilano
    Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse


    PLAY DETAILS
    Jackie has dementia. She also has a pact, carefully crafted with her two daughters, for how to depart on her own terms when the time comes. Well, the night has arrived, the girls have gathered, the plan is in motion—but Jackie forgot the pact. Shoot Me When… is a heartfelt and humorous exploration of love, responsibility, and finding joy in life’s challenges.


    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
    Ruben Grijalva is an award-winning San Francisco-based playwright and filmmaker. His short plays include Full Steam Ahead and the PianoFightShortLived winning All The Worlds Are Stages. His full-length plays include Foresight, Anna Considers Mars, and the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award-winning Value Over Replacement. He lives in San Francisco’s Sunset District with a Labrador named Retha, a human named Keli, and a tiny human named Genevieve, whose arrival served as the very hard deadline for the first draft of this play.


    THE PLAYERS


    Blythe de Oliveira Foster


    Dan Hiatt


    Lorri Holt


    Melissa Ortiz


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    Opening and Closing Music by Carly Ozard: http://carlyozard.com


    Contact Ray at Green Room on Air: greenroomonair@gmail.com 

    • 10 min
    Gary Stanford on Black Lives Matter in SF Bay Area Theatre (first aired June, 2020)

    Gary Stanford on Black Lives Matter in SF Bay Area Theatre (first aired June, 2020)

    Gary Stanford Jr. is a San Francisco Bay Area veteran actor and director. Ray and Gary reminisce about San Francisco theatre, they discuss the current social atmosphere, white supremacy, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other current social and political topics. 



    Planet Bay Area Podcast with Gary Stanford Jr.: https://www.facebook.com/PlanetBayArea


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    Opening and Closing Music by Carly Ozard: http://carlyozard.com


    Contact Ray at Green Room on Air: greenroomonair@gmail.com 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    After the Oscars

    After the Oscars

    Joe Rogan and the Covid Vaccine -  Eek. Oscar controversy over who'd numero uno.


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    Music by Carly Ozard: carlyozard.com


    Closing Song - Angel from Montgomery sung by Ray Renati


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    • 13 min
    Soft White Underbelly and The Immersive Van Gogh Experience

    Soft White Underbelly and The Immersive Van Gogh Experience

    Check out the amazing YouTube Channel called Soft White Underbelly where Mark Laita, renowned photographer, has found a new calling in interviewing the hidden people of society. Be careful, though, because once you start watching you may not be able to stop.


    Yesterday we visited the surreal Immersive Van Gogh Experience in San Francisco. This is not to be missed. If you have any interest in art and music, this display will give you a free LSD trip and leave you healthy enough to drive home. It's not to be missed!


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    Music by Carly Ozard: carlyozard.com


    Closing Song - Angel from Montgomery sung by Ray Renati


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    Please take a little time and rate my podcast on Itunes - http://bit.ly/GreenRoomOnAir


    Contact Ray: GreenRoomOnAir@gmail.com

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Interesting host and great guests

Love listening to the podcast. Ray has a wide array of guests in the industry and hearing his questions to the guests coupled with his experience in the industry makes for a knowledgeable listen. A must for anyone who works in the industry or is interested in it.

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Great Behind the Scenes Content

Ray seems to have a vast knowledge of many aspects of the entertainment world. His interviews are excellent. I listen to this all the time. Love it!

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Great Behind-The-Scenes

I love when actors and others interview those in the field, as there is just an insight. Ray is obviously an entertainer and his understanding of both the performance aspects as well as his interview skills keep this interesting! Bravo!

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