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Have you ever become obsessed with a topic and taken a deep dive into consuming all you could uncover about it?

Media Path podcast is here to indulge your obsessions. hosted by Fritz Coleman and Louise Palanker, the show takes you along on a scenic tour through books, movies, TV, podcasts and music related to a given topic of captivation. We are exploring entertainment, politics, history, true crime, world events and all of their intriguing intersections.

Fritz Coleman is a legendary Los Angeles weatherman/humorist. Louise Palanker is a filmmaker/columnist and co-founder of Premiere Radio.
Hop aboard. Discover more layers, intrigue and substance. Go beyond binging with Media Path.

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Have you ever become obsessed with a topic and taken a deep dive into consuming all you could uncover about it?

Media Path podcast is here to indulge your obsessions. hosted by Fritz Coleman and Louise Palanker, the show takes you along on a scenic tour through books, movies, TV, podcasts and music related to a given topic of captivation. We are exploring entertainment, politics, history, true crime, world events and all of their intriguing intersections.

Fritz Coleman is a legendary Los Angeles weatherman/humorist. Louise Palanker is a filmmaker/columnist and co-founder of Premiere Radio.
Hop aboard. Discover more layers, intrigue and substance. Go beyond binging with Media Path.

    Radio Through The Decades & Broadcasters In The Digital Age with Joe Cipriano, Larry Morgan & Travis Richey

    Radio Through The Decades & Broadcasters In The Digital Age with Joe Cipriano, Larry Morgan & Travis Richey

    It’s a Premiere Radio Networks Reunion as we are joined by two broadcasting legends who worked with Weezy in the '80s and '90s and are now industry heavyweights: voice talent and king of the promo, Joe Cipriano and radio exec and DJ for LA's legendary KEARTH 101, Larry Morgan! We're chatting about legacy media and our collective memories of radio's heyday and processing how we are all evolving within our fields as technology continues its march towards confounding boomers with seven factor authentication.

    Also with us is new-school content creator, author, actor, and podcaster Travis Richey who shares his utilization of digital tools as he journeys from boy with a dream to working industry professional.

    We look fondly back on our analog childhoods where we put on a show with our cassette tape recorders and wired our bedrooms for two block radius radio transmission! Joe and Larry each scored radio station jobs as teenagers and Travis was feverishly writing Star Trek spec scripts before traveling to Hollywood to join the Acme Comedy group based on advice he found on Wil Wheaton’s blog.

    We examine how radio has changed both culturally and operationally, as we recall the days of big name DJ personalities, air checks, meter readings, FCC licenses, and stacks of carts.   Joe remembers his first voice over home studio and his pioneering ISDN line efforts for remote recording and he previews his unique opportunity promo Masterclass! Learn from Joe how to be like Joe! Larry shares how Covid inspired radio stations to evolve quickly into broadcasting with just a laptop and some wifi, and Fritz shares his experience as a radio station music director. Then we dip into the future, as AI steers us in exciting and terrifying directions!

    Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending Franklin on Apple + and The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling Podcast.
    Path Points of Interest:
    Joe Cipriano
    Promo Mojo Masterclass
    Joe Cipriano Promo Demo
    Living On Air by Joe Cipriano

    Joe Cipriano on Facebook
    Joe Cipriano on Instagram
    Joe Cipriano on X/Twitter
    Larry Morgan
    Larry Morgan's Snark Monkey Podcast
    Larry Morgan on Facebook
    Larry Morgan on Instagram
    Travis Richey on IMDB
    Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy
    2 Hot Guys in the Shower
    The Vampires' Curse: (Decimus Book 1) by Travis Richey
    Exposing Ourselves Podcast
    Travis Richey on Facebook
    Travis Richey on Instagram 
    Franklin on Apple +
    The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling Podcast

    • 1 hr 16 min
    A Supreme Showbiz Legacy & Heroic Acts For Humankind with Annie Potts

    A Supreme Showbiz Legacy & Heroic Acts For Humankind with Annie Potts

    Cultural icon Annie Potts is beloved by fans of every age, and for excellent reason. Her bright on-screen light emanates from deep within her own actual warm soul and big heart! The length and breadth of her philanthropic work rivals her IMDB credits and she’s hovering at 114 of those. Most recognizable now as Young Sheldon’s Meemaw, you may also know her for Corvette Summer, Pretty In Pink, and the Ghostbusters and Toy Story franchises.

    Annie shares with us her deep affection for her Young Sheldon co-stars and the joy and honor it has been to help and watch them grow up.

    Annie’s first long-running sit-com was Designing Women where she played Mary Jo Shively, alongside Jean Smart, Dixie Carter and Delta Burke. Together, in an age before internet harassment they weathered the storm of co-star Delta falling victim to the tabloid bully that was the National Enquirer. Cast camaraderie has always been key for Annie.

    Consider yourself warned, Phantasms. In Ghostbusters Frozen Empire (now in theaters) Annie is finally suiting up and busting some ghost! Also, her sultry Bo Peep has a star turn in Toy Story 5 which will hit theaters next year.

    Annie also shares some backstage stories, tells us which of her shows she wishes had enjoyed a longer run and gives us a peek into the Young Sheldon finale and a spinoff that will feature Young Georgie. Then, Annie takes on a round of IMDB Roulette.

    All that, plus Fritz and Weezy are recommending A Man In Full and Baby Reindeer, both on Netflix. Annie’s pick for you is Alice and Jack on PBS!
    Path Points of Interest:
    Annie Potts
    Ghostbusters
    Young Sheldon
    Annie Potts on Wikipedia
    Annie Potts on IMDB
    Annie Potts on Instagram
    Annie Potts on Twitter
    Annie Potts on Facebook
    Any Day Now
    The Heart Channels
    White Pony Express
    Kemarley of Anguilla
    Baby Reindeer
    A Man In Full

    Alice & Jack

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Game Show History & How The Gong Show Changed TV

    Game Show History & How The Gong Show Changed TV

    The Gong Show was a spicy blend of talent, shock and zany, sprinkled heavily with the special sauce that was Producer/Host Chuck Barris. 70s TV was all about The Gong Gang and Game Show Guru Adam Nedeff’s newest offering, Gong This Book chronicles the weirdly hypnotic cultural touchstone that was The Gong Show.

    Adam joins us with returning guest, author and Game Show Writer Shelley Herman. She appeared on The Gong Show and The Dating Game and her book is called My Peacock Tale: Secrets of an NBC Page. Together, we’re celebrating game show history and delving deeply into The Gong Show, The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game. We take a look at Adam’s all-time favorite hosts, Bill Cullen, Dennis James, Alan Ludden, Gene Rayburn, Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest. Adam shares The Gong Show’s origin story which includes original hosts Gary Owens and John Barbour before the NBC head of daytime let Chuck Barris know that he was the only person who could host such a specifically strange show. He did and it worked, but it consumed him.

    Was Chuck Barris really a CIA spy???! We CAN tell you without having to kill you. Did The Gong show usher in the phenomenon that would become reality TV? Probably. What happened on those Dating Game dates!? Shelley is telling all. Fritz almost hosted two game shows but his tenacious weather job kept pulling him back in and Weezy’s very first Hollywood show biz experience was her appearance on the game show, Face The Music!

    Adam and Shelley also discuss the fascinating intricacies of game show question writing and researching. And, they share the heartwarming story of Adam's book about Alan Ludden appearing dog eared and well loved in the very last photo taken of Betty White. Adam is now the proud owner of Betty’s copy of his book.

    And in recommendations, Fritz has been loving Palm Royale on Apple Plus and Weezy went book to screen with We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. It is now a series on Hulu.
    Path Points of Interest:
    Adam Nedeff Amazon Author Page
    Gong This Book by Adam Nedeff
    Books by Adam Nedeff
    The Gong Show Playlist
    Adam Nedeff on Facebook
    Adam Nedeff on Youtube
    Adam Nedeff on Instagram
    Adam Gives Conan Tour of Madame Tussaud's
    Adam's Bill Cullen website
    Shelley Herman
    My Peacock Tale by Shelley Herman
    Shelley Herman on Facebook
    Shelley Herman on Instagram
    Quiz Show Expo
    Palm Royale on Apple Plus
    We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
    We Were The Lucky Ones on Hulu
    Georgia Hunter's Blog

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Inside The Halls Of Congress & Career Fluidity with Jasmine Crockett & Michael Burger

    Inside The Halls Of Congress & Career Fluidity with Jasmine Crockett & Michael Burger

    We are attaining excellence and saving democracy. High bars easily cleared by our guests, Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett and TV Host/Motivational Speaker Michael Burger.

    Jasmine Crockett proudly represents Texas’ 30th District. She is a Freshman Leadership Representative, fighting hard for reproductive and voting rights and her viral moments in committee are legend. She is coming in hard for MAGA Republicans and sharing her insights and strategies on energizing our Democratic base, reclaiming our human rights and standing united with Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

    When showbiz veteran Michael Burger lost The Price Is Right hosting gig to Drew Carey, he realized that he had a skill set that transcended the studio set. He takes us on a hilariously, uplifting journey from the high seas (where he began as a cruise ship comic) to Southern California where he has worked on and off camera on a slew of sitcoms, game and talk shows, (He's hosted 4000 hours of TV!) to corporate conference rooms across the land where he inspires and motivates today's most powerful business leaders. 

    Michael shares stories about his iconic colleagues, like Home & Family co-host Christina Ferrare, Betty White, and the cast of Hot in Cleveland (he was the warm up guy), Johnny Carson and Gregory Peck plus we learn his pick for the greatest game show host of all time and we hear how Pat Sajak tanked Fritz’s budding game show hosting career!

    In recommendations, Weezy is picking the documentary series Synanon Fix on HBO and Fritz is a fan of A Gentleman in Moscow on Amazon Prime.
    Path Points Of Interest:
    Jasmine Crockett's Campaign Site
    Jasmine Crockett's House Site
    Jasmine Crockett on X/Twitter
    Jasmine Crockett on Wikipedia
    Jasmine Crockett on Instagram
    Michael Burger
    Michael Burger's Hosting Reel

    Absolutely Necessary by Ross Shafer and Michael Burger
    Coloring Your Way to Success by Michael Burger
    Michael Burger on Wikipedia
    Michael Burger on Facebook
    Synanon Fix on HBO
    A Gentleman in Moscow on Paramount and Amazon Prime
    A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Life Lessons In Musical Form & Gen X TV Memories

    Life Lessons In Musical Form & Gen X TV Memories

    Are you a New Zoo 70s Kid? The New Zoo Revue starred Freddy The Frog, Charlie The Owl, Henrietta Hippo and real-life couple, Doug Momary and Emily Jo Peden Momary. Together with their courtyard of critters, they taught kids the values of courtesy, cooperation, humility, patience, kindness, problem-solving, manners, and promises. Throughout the 70s and beyond, the show aired five days a week and it was packed with fun, humor, lessons and music. Each episode was a mini-musical with Doug writing the scripts and over 600 songs.

    The goal was to create a warm, nurturing and entertaining environment which would fortify kids with some guidance and wisdom to take with them into life. Now, nearly 40 years later, they are sharing their memories on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram and New Zoo kids, now in their 50s and 60s are completely delighted! 

    Doug and Emmy Jo join us this week to paint a picture of what it was like behind the scenes, complete with hectic production schedules, appeasing the advertisers, two White House visits and an unrelenting drive to provide quality programming to little kids on their way into facing life’s challenges. 

    The Moberys met doing summer stock in Santa Maria, CA and they have been together ever since, creating quality kid content and raising their own family. The full circle moment being when their daughter Joanna opened a New Zoo Facebook page, reintroducing them to their loyal fanbase who credit them with life lessons that have sustained them. Be on the lookout. Doug, Emmy Jo, Joanna and Freddy may be heading to a Comic-Con near you.
     Until then, enjoy their completely engaging stories and go find them online!

    Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending Scoop on Netflix and Manhunt on Apple TV+.
    Path Points of Interest:
    New Zoo Revue
    New Zoo Revue Clips
    New Zoo Revue on Wikipedia
    New Zoo Revue Opening Theme 
    New Zoo Review Episodes
    New Zoo Review on Prime
    New Zoo Revue on Facebook
    New Zoo Revue Family Reunion Group
    New Zoo Revue on Instagram 
    New Zoo Revue on Twitter
    New Zoo Revue on Youtube
    New Zoo Revue Shop 
    Scoop - Netflix
    Manhunt on Apple TV

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Standup Comedy & Modern Classic Film Acting with Kevin Pollak

    Standup Comedy & Modern Classic Film Acting with Kevin Pollak

    Get ready to rewatch some Mrs. Maisel with the man behind Moishe, Kevin Pollak! His podcast is called My Mrs. Maisel Pod and he is taking a deep dive into the show with co-stars, creators and celebrity super-fans.

    Kevin joins us to talk about his podcast celebration of the writing, production and cinematic marvel that is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel along with his old school casting of pod, The Kevin Pollak Chat Show featuring ten years of conversations with superstars like Larry David, Dick Van Dyke, Tom Hanks, Bill Burr and Elon Musk, (in Kevin's words "before he became a bond villain.”) 

    We chart the full trajectory of Kevin's career, from standup to Avalon, A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and beyond including a round of IMDB Roulette which takes us to the lands of Wayne’s World II, L.A. Story and Drunk History.

    From there, Kevin graces us with the world’s greatest Peter Falk/Alan Arkin/Johnny Carson story, and some important insight into Jack Nicholson’s iconic A Few Good Men moment… if you can handle the truth.

    Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending The Girls On The Bus on HBO and Rachel Maddow’s best selling book, Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism.
    Path Points of Interest:
    Kevin Pollak
    My Mrs. Maisel Pod
    My Mrs. Maisel Pod on Apple Podcasts
    Kevin Pollak on IMDB
    Kevin Pollak on Wikipedia
    Kevin Pollak on Twitter
    Kevin Pollak on Instagram
    Kevin Pollak Chat Show on Youtube
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    The Girls On The Bus
    Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism by Rachel Maddow

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Jerkahle ,

This show is a must listen!

I found Media Path within the last year and I am hooked! Fritz and Weezy have great chemistry that translates into a fun and informative journey through all avenues of pop culture. Plus, they welcome amazing guests on the regular. Stop looking for the next podcast to binge, you just found it!

MikeKnox-Comedy ,

This reminds me of LA

I grew up with Fritz so I feel like I know him and not in a creepy way. This podcast brings you all the great people and places who touch our lives in Los Angeles, CA. They also have some cool lunchboxes!

ChristopherJay76 ,

You Gotta Hear It!

The Media Path Podcast was a great find. Weezy and Fritz get into the interesting parts of music, and have an interetsing take on The Beatles, Gilbert O'Sullivan and others. And they tackle comedy to keep the listeners laughing. Now that I've found the show, I can't wait to explore the backlog. It's worth a listen if not more. And I'm delighted to hear Fritz Coleman, since I grew up watching him when I lived in LA. This is a fun and delighful podcast that should not be missed. Five stars for sure!

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