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Hi, Hello, How are ya? Welcome to "FlashBack with Wes Britton.
FlashBack are lively,
surprising interviews with entertainment insiders - from actors to
musicians to comedians to writers to comic book creators to experts in all
manner of entertainment history!
About Your Host Dr. Wesley Britton
is the author
of four non-fiction books, Spy Television (2003), Beyond Bond:
Spies in Fiction and Film (2005), Onscreen and Undercover: The
Ultimate Book of Movie Espionage (2006), and The Encyclopedia
of TV Spies (2009). Starting in fall 2015, his science
fiction/ mystery/ espionage series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles,
debuted with the ground-breaking The Blind Alien. Throughout
2016 to 2019, 4 sequels followed, including The Blood of
Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien and
The Third Earth.
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February 24, 2024 Show
The name Ellen Bry
might not be a household name to you, but she’s been part of
your life for a long time now.
So Ellen has a ton of
Hollywood insider stories to tell you on the next episode of
“Flashback with Wes Britton” on the ArtistFirst radio
Photo By James Franklin, Courtesy of Loose Gravel Productions
Flashback with Wes Britton once again offers two legendary Hollywood stars on the ArtistFirst Radio Network!
First up, Prairie Bitch Nellie Oleson, really actress Alison Arngrim, takes you back to her childhood on the set of *Little House on the Prairie* and wants you to know how you can meet her and the rest of the show’s cast during this year’s 50th Anniversary Tour around the country! The lady has some funny tales for ya-
Read about Alison
Arngrim’s comic *Confessions of a Prairie Bitch* at-
Then, we offer Part Two of our in-depth conversation with Oscar-winning singer, actor, and dancer George Chakiris as he shares even more behind the scenes tales of *West Side Story* and working with the likes of Catherine Deneuve and Lana Turner! Hear these star-studded memories.
Check out George
Charkiris’s *My West Side Story* memoir at:
Rod Stewart once sang
“Some guys have all the luck.” Well, two such lucky gents
highlight the Feb. 10 “Flashback with Wes Britton” on the
ArtistFirst radio network!
Giants on the next “Flashback with Wes Britton” on the
ArtistFirst radio network!
and Retro TV on the Jan. 27, 28 edition of “Flashback with
Dr. Wes Britton!”
You can’t find a more vivacious and engaging personality
than actress Charlotte Stuart who will entertain you and
keep you laughing.
A Beadle-bag as created by Charlotte Stuart
Comedy Classics and Classic Chart Toppers.
We honor two past guests who have left us in the past decade
in these encore conversations.
Then, in one of
his last interviews before he passed on April 30, 2015,
singer Ben E. King (“Stand by Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Save
the Last Dance
In Loving Memory of Patty Duke a.k.a. Anna Pierce December 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016
Kingsley Amis. John Gardner. Raymond Benson. Charlie Higson.
“You’re way ahead of your time,” producer Norman Lear once told comic actress Geri Jewell before casting her as the first visibly disabled character in network TV, as Geri on The Facts of Life.
Born with cerebral palsy, Geri has a lifetime of funny and poignant stories she tells in her stage performances and her books like 2011’s I’m Walking as Straight as I can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond.”
Geri tells many of these stories including her time with Lear and Facts of Life, her work on HBO’s Deadwood, and the day she decapitated Big Bird on Sesame Street! Plus her lifelong activism for the handicapped and gay populations. Plus her upcoming projects including a new coffee-table book of her magazine columns with an introduction written by Norman Lear.
Leading us all into the
world of Geri Jewell is singer/ songwriter Tabi Haly’s new
song for the disable, “Hello World, We are here, We are
strong, And we are more than what we probably let on.”
Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Tabi knows of what she
sings so she sets the stage perfectly for Geri’s interview.
the God of Hell-Fire and I bring you-Fire!”
The Beatles. Bowie. Jeff Beck. Elton. Lou Reed. Duran Duran. Supertramp.
Have a rockin’, spooky
dance party with “Skeleton Sam” and a band called
Lvcrft on the Halloween special of “Flashback with Wes
our special guest this
week-likes the graphic look of vowel-less names and wants
you to “Scream for Halloween” pretty much every day of the
year cause, as you’ll learn, “Every Day is Halloween” when
the spirit(s) move you-
Blockbuster radio listening comes your way this Friday over ArtistFirst’s “Flashback With Wes Britton!”
Reclaim the wonder of your life with the wisdom of Dee Wallace on this Friday’s Flashback With Wes Britton!
“For Your Love.” “Shapes of Things.” “Over under Sideways down.” “Heart Full of Soul.”
September 22, 2023 Show
The Blues is Alive and Well,
Kickin’ and Cook The Blues is Alive and Well, Kickin’ and Cookin’ on this week’s “Flashback with Wes Britton”
First up is piano player Mitch Woods touting his new Friends Along the Way, a two-disc collection of duets and trios with friends like Van Morrison, TajMahal, Elvin Bishop, Charles Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Marsha Ball, John Lee Hooker, Cyril Neville, James Cotton, John Hammond, Maria Muldar . . . and more. Need I say anything else to whet your appetite?
Then, the Queen of Blues Guitar, Joanna Conner, tells you all about her hot new Best of Me disc with stories to tell about her years in Chicago, on the road, in the studio, and yes, we play you a few samples.
September 15, 2023 Show
Billy J. Cramer concludes our deep dive into "The British Invasion" this Friday on online radio's "Flashback with Wes Britton!"
If you're a Baby Boomer and dug the rock of 1964, then Billy J. Cramer isn't a new name to you. He had huge hits like "Do You Want to Know A secret," "Bad to Me" and "Little Children," many given to him by Liverpool buds John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was Beatle John who suggested Billy add the J. to his name-in honor of his new son, Julian. Billy worked with George Martin and championed his late manager, Brian Epstein, until Brian was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was then Billy's seriously cool album, "I Won the Fight" was released. Hear all sorts of first-hand British Invasion stories.
September 8, 2023 Show
Part 2 of Flashback with Wes Britton’s tribute to the British Invasion
continues with two gents who were there-Peter Asher and drummer Andy White! Peter is best known for being half of the hit-makers, Peter and Gordon, who were given chart-toppers by Liverpool buds John and Paul (McCartney lived with Peter’s sister in the Asher home), being managed by Brian Epstein, produced by George Martin, and then a manager/ producer himself for folks like James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt. Hear more Beatle connections when you learn George Martin called on drummer Andy White for the Beatles first recording session. Martin wasn’t yet convinced Ringo could do the trick. So it’s Andy you hear on the first versions of “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love you.” Andy has lots of other stories to tell like touring with Marlana Dietrich, recording for Herman and the Hermits, and especially his career in Scottish bagpipe bands.
September 1, 2023 Show
September is British Invasion Month on “Flashback With Wes Britton!”
First up, this Fri. Sept. 1, author Gene Popa joins Wes Britton to discuss his new book, British Invasion '64 - The Year That Changed Rock & Roll Forever! In the conversation, Gene and Wes remember The Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Animals, Stones, Cilla Black—a book you don’t want to miss if you love all that truly Classic Rock!
Then, our later September shows will feature vintage interviews with folks like Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon,” Billy J. Kramer (The Dakotas), Jackie De Shannon, and Andy White, the drummer who played “Love Me Do, and “P.S. I Love You” when George Martin wasn’t sure Ringo Starr was a good studio drummer.
August 26, 2023 Show
Special Guest: Alan Paul
Take a deep dive into Southern blues/ rock with the Allman Brothers and Robert Jon and the Wreck on this Friday’s “Flashback with Wes Britton!”
What made the Allman Brothers 1973 album, Brothers and Sisters, so special?
That’s what rock journalist Alan Paul set out to answer in his new Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s. Based on many participant interviews in the Allman saga, Paul gives us a generous ride into what made that period so influential and so much more than “Rambling Man.” Fun for Deadheads too. Then, Robert Jon demonstrates what a new generation of Southern rockers are doing. In particular, he’s the front man for a group called Robert Jon and the Wreck who have a new rockin,’ affirming, energizing CD to share with you, Ride Into the Light. We’ll play two upbeat tracks from the album for ya.
August 11, 2023 Show
Rekindle your '60s
folk-music vibes with singer/ songwriter Dulcie Taylor as she
introduces you to her newest release, Edges of Silver this
coming Friday on "Flashback with Wes Britton" over the
ArtistFirst radio network. Dulci not only channels a wide well
of Americana influences, but her lyrics are honed by a poet
who's been around and felt deeply. She shares lots of
insightful stories and we play two popular samples from
Edges. On, this week's "Extra" is another short reading
from Wes Britton's futurist sci-fi novel, Return to Alpha. It
dovetails nicely with Dulcie's "Halfway to Jesus," a comment
on global warming. After the initial broadcast, the show will
be archived at the ArtistFirst website for streaming and
downloading any ole time you like.
Photo by Linda Parker
August 4, 2023 Show
Mark Wenner from The Nighthawks
For over 50 years, Mark Wenner has sang and played the harmonica as leader of the legendary and award-winning Nighthawks blues and roots rock band. On Friday’s “Flashback with Wes Britton,” Mark shares his memories about blowing harp on the road in the days before the blues got big in the late ‘70s, tells stories about the many greats he knew and worked with, and gets into the Nighthawks latest releases. That’s 50 years of the blues and old-time rock ‘n roll.
July 28, 2023 Show
While the SAG actor’s strike is ongoing, Anson can’t share any stories about his Happy Days days. But a man of Anson’s wide-ranging talents and interests has lots he can talk about from his marriage this year at the age of 72 to his directorial work to telling you all about his favorite charity, The Doors of Change benefiting homeless youth and the Concert of Hope supporting that organization this year.
Her first interview, ever, since appearing as a stripper in 1989’s Licence to Kill!Recorded before the SAG strike commenced, Jeannine Bisignano’s historic interview Shares her memories of the Licence to Kill shooting set and tells Timothy Dalton stories you haven’t heard before! Who should be the next film 007? Jeannine Bisignano thinks she knows and is starting her campaign here at ArtistFirst radio!
First up, meet keyboardist Tony Romero of Red32, "The Space-Age Steely Dan" crossover prog-rock Band. They're gaining major critical and popular respect as their music touches on mankind's future in their dynamic debut album. What does Red32 mean? We'll tell you. What does the group predict for us all? We'll share that with you too.
Get the CD here: www.red32.bandcamp.com
a kick-ass blues guitarist and vocalist who got his nickname
from a gent named Dan Aykroyd some
30 years ago. Since then, Boston based Monster Mike has been
playing blistering leads and pumping out powerful blues vocals
which we'll talk about in between to knock-out samples of his
July 14, 2023 Show
CONSIDER YOUR ASS KISSED
by legendary entertainer Ruta Lee is a glittering ride through
classic Hollywood history!
For three seasons (so far), Peter Macon played Moclan Lt. Commander Bortus on Seth MacFarlane's comedy-drama, The Orville. For "Flashback," Peter takes you behind the scenes, shares some alien makeup secrets (including an invasion of ants in his mask!), and offers some thoughts about a hoped fourth season. Plus, get some sneak peeks into next year's "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" and hear how you can meet Peter this weekend at the Shore Leave Star Trek con in Hunt Valley, Maryland!
For five seasons, John Billingsley played Denobulan chief medical officer Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise. For "Flashback," John will entertain you with his engaging memories of Enterprise, his favorite episodes, his love of fans and his hope that someday he'll star in an unlikely new series, "Old Fat Phlox." (That should give you a taste of his personality.)
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