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.
The Real Brian Wilson & Accessing an Artist’s Path Far Beyond the Beach featuring David Leaf
At the age of 19, David Leaf created a To-Do list:
1) Write about Brian Wilson
2) Become his friend
3) Help him finish SMILE.
You may know Brian as an extraordinary artist who spread surf, song and Southern California style around the world, but there is SO much more to uncover.
David has released an expanded version of his seminal tome entitled ‘God Only Knows” The Story of Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and the California Myth,’. First published in 1978, and updated in 1985, the story continues to unfold and this definitive opus has been extensively bookended with what amounts to an entirely bonus book of Brian Lore.
David joins us for an in-depth conversation, digging into Brian Wilson's artistry and influences as we explore his relationships with family, fellow Beach Boys + the triumphant hero’s journey of 'SMiLE’.
Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending 1899 on Netflix and the movie 'She Said', now in theaters.
Creating Comedy & Working Motherhood
Liz Astrof is a writer, producer and show runner who has helped create some of your favorite sitcoms, including King of Queens, 2 Broke Girls, Whitney, Becker and Last Man Standing, while precariously balancing marriage, career and children beyond the storm of her own darkly dangerous childhood.
Liz has written a wickedly funny, raw and revealing book, called 'STAY-AT-WORK MOM' which hilariously pours a conflicted cocktail of emotions, highly relatable to anyone who has ever attempted to build a career, raise a family, or, boldly do both!
Liz provides us with an inside look at her difficult childhood, her parenting style, her creative process, working with tightly wound comedian/actor types and sharing a career path with her writer/brother Jeff.
Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending the The Automat documentary and Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song.
A Cowsills Christmas, L.A.'s Favorite Public Radio & The Mind of the Modern Man
We are three guests deep, welcoming Guy’s Guy, Robert Manni whose brand and purpose are all about guiding men and boys through an ever-changing cultural landscape towards a better understanding of themselves, women and our collective human experience.
From there, we’re backstage with The Cowsills who are bedecked with jolly and about to take the stage for the Andy Williams Moon River Theater Christmas Extravaganza in Branson.
The Cowsills just dropped brand new music with their album, Rhythm of the World, they share a special history with our co-host Louise Palanker who directed the doc, Family Band: The Cowsills Story, they are armed with teen idol memories and ready to play Teen Mag Trivia AND, they will close out their appearance here with a helping of Christmas Carol!
We culminate with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis, host of Greater L.A. and a man who truly understands Los Angeles on a granular, neighborhood level. What do Angelenos need and expect from their local NPR station? How is public media structured? What is the news/music/information mix that suits listeners? And how can public radio best entertain and inform the people it serves?
Plus Fritz and Weezy are celebrating British women of particular note and character, recommending The Crown and Enola Holmes on Netflix and PBS’s Miss Scarlet and The Duke.
Shifting from Morning Radio to Podcasting with Tom & Dan
In 2009, Tom Vann and Daniel Dennis left their corporate radio gigs and ventured boldly into the great unknown of podcasting with their under promisingly titled show, A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan.
Armed with only their well-honed rapport, technical know-how, business acumen and a hearty helping of tenacity, Tom and Dan have successfully transitioned, along with their Orlando, FL fan base, from terrestrial radio to streaming audio, bringing their charismatic, easy chemistry and fearless candor to a devoted following who have endearingly labeled themselves, “Scumbags.”
It hasn't been easy. T & D have sacrificed and faced difficult decisions. They’ve contended with legal entanglements and crash coursed the basics of running the sales & marketing end of their business. Tom and Dan join us to talk about everything from publicity stunts to, baring their souls to podcast monetization!
Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending Tár, now in theaters and God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty on Hulu.
Smart Comedy & Finding Your Niche featuring Don McMillan
Don McMillan took the path less traveled, in fact he may be that path’s lone pedestrian. Don came to stand-up comedy from Silicon Valley. A former engineer with a Masters from Stanford, the comedy and problem solving portions of Don’s brain have collaborated to craft a unique act that features a hilarious roast of power point presentations, illustrated, of course, by a power point presentation.
Don’s uniquely relatable brand of stand-up took him to the semi-finals on this year’s America’s Got Talent. With jokes that are perfectly pithy, while maintaining all the elegance of the Pythagorean Theorem, Don has established a Corporate comedy niche that finds him performing consistently for an audience of global brand giants.
Don joins us with AGT behind-the-scenes secrets, success tips and power point dos and don’ts!
Plus, Weezy recommends ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger and Fritz's pick is B.J. Novak’s VENGEANCE.
The First Real Working Mom On Film & L.A.'s Unhoused In Crisis
Our guest is Joyce Chopra who broke bold ground as a female filmmaker in the 1970s with her award winning documentary short, Joyce at 34, profiling her own struggle as a working woman, to have and raise a child. The film’s existence thus proving that she could do both.
Her Sundance winning feature, (One of the first directed by a woman) Smooth Talk (1985) starring Treat Williams and Laura Dern opened doors to male dominated spaces that she treacherously navigated, paving paths for others to follow.
Joyce’s new book, Lady Director: Adventures in Hollywood, Television and Beyond, tells her captivating stories.
Also joining us is Jan Perry a Los Angeles civic leader now serving as Executive Director of Shelter Partnership which helps provide essential needs to the unhoused. Jan shares that we can all work together to help address the homeless crisis in our cities.
Plus, Fritz and Weezy are recommending Amsterdam in theaters and a Jazzman’s Blues on Netflix.
Such Great insight!
Fritz and Louise are such great hosts that go on a deep dive of a variety topics. If you listen you definitely will learn something new and interesting!
Found it and Love It
This is one of those podcasts that you find and stick with it. Each episode is different and unique and flows very well. Start from the first one and work your way through. New and great conversations each time.
The episodes showed a wide range of topics and conversations that flowed together very well. In a world of podcasts and so many choices, this is an easy one for me.
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A fantastic podcast!
I've been loving this podcast, having been late to discover it. Fritz and Louise are superb interviewers, knowledgeable and funny, and ask great questions. They choose fascinating guests and allow them the time and space to talk and explore their lives. Looking forward to many more episodes!