Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thu Aug 27, 2009


Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, best known for her role as, "Marion Cunningham," on the TV series Happy Days from 1974 to 1984.
Born Marian Ross in
Watertown, Minnesota, she lived in Waconia and then moved to Willmar and eventually to Albert Lea, Minnesota. At the age of 13, she changed the spelling of her name from "Marian" to "Marion" because she thought it would look better on a marquee. After completing her sophomore year in high school, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and worked as an au pair while studying drama at the MacPhail Center for the Arts, and attending Southwest High School. A year later, her family moved to San Diego, California. She graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego. Ross enrolled in San Diego State University, where she was named the school's most outstanding actress. After graduation in 1950, she performed in summer theater in La Jolla, California. The director was impressed by her talent, and recommended that she try for work in films. Ross made her 1953 film debut in Forever Female, starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden. She found steady work in film, appearing in The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Sabrina (1954), Teacher's Pet (1957), and Operation Petticoat (1959). Her career on television also began in 1953, when she played the Irish maid on the series Life With Father for two years. Her list of credits spans the history of classic TV, from The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Brothers Brannagan (two episodes as Diane Warren), The Eleventh Hour, The Brady Bunch, Love Boat and Night Court. In the 1961-1962 season, she played Gertrude Berg's 33-year-old daughter, Susan Green, in CBS's sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College. Ross' most famous role was in the long-running series Happy Days from 1974 to 1984, in which she played Marion Cunningham, mother of Ritchie, Chuck and Joanie. She later starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed drama Brooklyn Bridge, which ran on CBS in the early 1990s. She also played a part in CBS' Touched by an Angel as a homeless lady who talked about the JFK conspiracy, and was in the final two episodes that closed out the series. In 1996, Ross starred as Rosie Dunlop opposite Shirley MacLaine in the Terms of Endearment sequel, The Evening Star. Ross has acted on Broadway and on film, but she prefers doing TV. In recent years, she played recurring roles as Drew Carey's mother on The Drew Carey Show; as evil Bernice Forman on That '70s Show; and as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore and Marylin on Gilmore Girls. She also frequently appears on Hollywood Squares, and did voiceover work as "Grandma SquarePants" on SpongeBob SquarePants. In an episode of the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters that aired on January 21, 2007, she guest-starred as Ida, the not-so-loving mother of Nora and Saul, making an unwelcome visit to celebrate a milestone in her daughter's life. Ross lives in Los Angeles, California with actor Paul Michael. Her two adult children also work in entertainment: Jim Meskimen's credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and Ellen Plummer was a writer/producer on Friends. On Saturday, June 7, 2008, the Albert Lea Civic Theater in Albert Lea, Minnesota changed its name to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tue Aug 25, 2009


Our guests for Tues will be Ron Gastelum (Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee, and former CEO of MWD, Metropolitan Water District) and David Fleming to discuss the California Water Crisis.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tues Aug 12, 2009


David W. Fleming, Founding Chair - BizFed
David W. Fleming, an attorney with Latham & Watkins, is the current chair of the Los Angeles County Business Federation, a consortium of chambers of commerce and trade groups representing over 80,000 businesses in the County. He also serves on the MTA board of directors and he chairs Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Project Grad LA and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. He is a past chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the Los Angeles City Fire Commission. He serves on the boards of the Reason Foundation, the James Madison Foundation and the LA County Children's Planning Council. He was the vice chair of the California Transportation Commission and a member of the LA City Ethics Commission and the LAPD Foundation. He, along with former Mayor Richard Riordan, co-chaired the successful LA City Charter reform movement in the late 1990's.

Tracy Rafter, CEO - Biz Fed
As the first female publisher in the nearly 100 year history of the Los Angeles Daily News, Tracy Rafter brought strategic vision, unbridled passion, fearless innovation, and dynamic leadership at a time of unprecedented challenge and change in the news media industry. She is now the principal of her own next level media company IMPOWER, LLC, and also owns a business advisory, Rafter Group, Inc. which provided management and leadership to organize, launch, and operate BizFed. As a 25 year veteran of the newspaper business, she has held chief executive positions in a variety of major markets across the country, including over a decade with the Journal Register Company of Trenton, New Jersey, where she served as Publisher and CEO of four award winning newspapers in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. While producing record operating profit margins for JRC these individual newspapers and websites received national acclaim for both editorial and advertising excellence. Tracy was part of the JRC executive team that celebrated one of the top IPO's achieved by a newspaper company in 1996. Additionally Tracy owned and operated a group of newspapers and web sites in Walla Walla, Washington before moving to Los Angeles in early 2002 to join the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (owner of the Daily News). During the past six years in California, Tracy has also made her presence widely known in the SF Valley and throughout Los Angeles by contributing her time and talents to a broad range of local civic and charity organizations, hospitals, and businesses. She is currently on the board of directors with LA's Best After School Program, Junior Achievement, Economic Alliance, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, and the Fernando Awards. In recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to excellence and giving back to the community she was awarded Business Woman of The Year by the SFV Business Journal in 2005 and named the Woman of the Honor for Haven Hills (battered women's and children's shelter) in 2006. A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, she began her media career while still in high school at the Times News (formerly owned by Howard publications, now Lee Enterprises, Inc.) and later graduated from College of Southern Idaho. She happily resides in Sherman Oaks, CA with her two young daughters

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mon Aug 10, 2009


Elizabeth “Lily” Hills "The Body Love Manual"
The author, is a life coach, self-empowerment workshop leader, motivational / inspirational speaker and the Co-host of the radio show: The Goddess to Goddess Empower Hour, Inspirational Information for Women and the Divine Dudes that Love Them. Having battled a hugely compulsive relationship with food for well over a decade of her life, she is passionate about educating women on the fact that accepting, appreciating and honoring their bodies is the most direct path to achieving their healthiest and most ideal weight. She wrote “The Body Love Manual” so that others don’t have to endure any more of the hardship that comes with being ashamed of your body and overly preoccupied with food. With her book she hopes to educate as many people as possible on the dangers of dieting, knowing that they all too often lead to a highly compulsive relationship with food. She leads women’s workshops that focus on building self-respect, self-appreciation and balanced living. Her mission is to support all women in setting a healthy example of body respect and appreciation to serve as role models for future generations of young girls.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wed Aug 05, 2009


Geoff Edwards - radio personality
Geoff Edwards is a veteran radio and television broadcaster. He has an Emmy for best talk show host, and an Emmy nomination for best Game Show Host. Besides hosting network game shows, he has appeared as an actor in numerous television shows and movies. In radio, he was top rated in Los Angeles on both KMPC and KFI.

Pam McNeely - PR personality
She is in charge of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and is a PR Guru. Now, Pam joins Mike Horn to discuss movies, celebrities and the world of entertainment

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mon Aug 03, 2009


Bob Crane is the President and CEO of C. Crane Company, Inc. He originally established the company in 1976 in San Carlos, California. At that time the company was a design and fabrication company for executive homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1983, Bob along with his wife Susan and two daughters, Lindsy and Stacy move to Fortuna, California.
During the next few years, the design company evolved into a mail order company, specializing in radios, radio reception, radio antennas and eventually LED lighting. Mr. Crane’s personal philosophy of listening to the needs of people and helping them enhance their lives has guided him throughout his professional and private career. Mr. Crane recently announced the completion of the GeoBulb. The first direct replacement LED light bulb that uses only 7 watts of power, yet puts out the same light equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb and has FCC and UL approval. Mr. Crane graduated from San Carlos High School in 1969 and from Canada College where he received an Associate Art degree. His is currently serving his third term on the Redwood Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, and with his wife, a second year as a judge for Economic Fuel, a local contest for recent college graduates who have desires to become entrepreneurs. There are four grand prizes of $25,000, so competition is fierce.
Mr. Crane travels to Asia frequently and has developed business relations with several manufacturers.
When he is not involved in his business or community activities, Mr. Crane enjoys being a gentleman farmer at his home in Fortuna, California.