Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Visitors

Unfictional (Radio Program)
Holiday Visitors
Produced by Bob Carlson
Tuesday December 25; 2:30 PM PT
KCRW Radio 89.9 FM (Los Angeles) (linked by Bosco Radio)

On this week's UnFictional, the radio program, stories about Holiday Visitors.

It's December, 1970, days before Christmas. 28 year-old Jerry Schilling is just embarking on a new career as an editor in TV. His previous occupation -- bodyguard, stand-in and best friend to Elvis Presley — goes back to when he was just a kid.

Now Jerry's moving to part-time with the "Memphis Mafia" entourage. He's got himself a little apartment in Culver City and he's following his dream.

In the middle of the night the phone rings. It's The King, asking for his help. Somehow that turns into a cross-country odyssey, ending with Elvis and Jerry in the Oval Office, face to face with President Richard Nixon.

Jerry Schilling is a the author of Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley."

Story Number Two:  Shaz Bennett moved away from her Mormon family in Utah to live an artist's life in Los Angeles. Around the holidays, the pull of home just feels like a burden. Her big family fills the house--along with the memory of her mother who died two decades ago.

So Shaz finds refuge on the salt flats, the place she learned to drive a car, navigating the mirages and sun bleached bones.

It's on a visit to this vast sparkling, waveless ocean that Shaz comes upon a figure walking alone, dragging her wings through the salt.

Shaz Bennett is a writer, filmmaker and performance artist who lives in Los Angeles.

UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in.

The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country.

UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers and other writers and artists. The idea is to create a clearinghouse of creativity both online and on the air.

The program is hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson.

He has an ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark.

Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.)

The stories on UnFictional will stick in your head like a memory.

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