Kasem’s on-air style dates from his days as a disk jockey in Oakland, when the station manager told him to replace the frenetic comedy routines he was deploying between songs with something more low-key. That night, using a book he found in the studio wastebasket with statistics and information about musicians, he started his ”teaser and bio” technique: before a commercial, he would hint at his next song with an obscure fact about the singer (”Coming up - a song by a musician who credits his success to a rocker named Mick and a barber named Melvin!”) and then, after the break, give the listener the biographical payoff.
”I was drawing on the Arabic tradition of storytelling one-upmanship,” Kasem says. ”When I was a kid, men would gather in my parents’ living room and tell tales and try to outdo each other. I couldn’t understand the language, but I was fascinated. And I was way ahead of ‘Trivial Pursuit’ with my trivia - I was doing trivia before anyone was doing trivia.”
Six Degrees of MFMM
I love how interconnected the Australian film and television industry is- almost everyone, it seems, has worked together before.
Part 1:Miranda Otto
Playing the shady Lydia Andrews in Cocaine Blues, Miranda Otto had previously worked with Essie on the Shirley Barrett feature South Solitary, 2010.
Also, Miranda’s husband Peter O’Brien played the dashing yet villainous René Dubois in ‘Murder in Montparnasse’.
What does the big twist in ‘The Good Wife’ mean for its political corruption storyline?
Good question! I’m wondering the same thing.
(I worry Eli will get arrested, since Alan Cumming’s contract hasn’t been renewed yet)