Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mae West: WBAI-FM on July 14

MAE WEST, the performer and the activist, will be the topic for discussion today on the radio.
• • Wednesday 14 July 2010 at 11:00 AM on WBAI-FM • •
• • Live from New York City, dramatist-journalist LindaAnn Loschiavo will be interviewed by the WBAI Women's Collective along with actress-singer Maggie Worsdale, who performs as Sophie Tucker with The Gaudy Girls. This monthly radio segment, airing on WBAI Radio In NYC every second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM, 99.5FM, and streaming live worldwide at, can be heard online at the station's web site.
• • Ms. Loschiavo and Ms. Worsdale will discuss the trailblazing careers of Mae West and Sophie Tucker as well as the importance of the Annual Mae West Birthday Tribute every August, now in its sixth year, with veteran broadcast journalist and producer Prairie Miller.
• • Taking Feminist Radio to the next level... The Women's Collective covers the entire spectrum of political, cultural, and intellectual issues crucial to women's lives, from feminism and revolutionary global sisterhood to critical aspects of movement building, the mind, body and yes, men! In the belief that debating and dialogue-ing with men, including our He Said, She Said... online column at, is an essential component of Feminist Radio.
• • BIO: Prairie Miller is a multimedia film journalist. Over the past decade, she has been a producer at WBAI for Talk In The Morning, Soundtrack, Wakeup Call and Reel Women. She is currently film reporter for the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine, and a producer and co-host of the WBAI Women's Collective Show. Prairie has written articles and poems here and internationally, and aspires always to the excavation of the lyrical muse in journalism and the poetry in history. She is also the recipient of the International Writers And Artists Association's Excellence in Journalism Award for her WBAI coverage of Javier Corcuera's film, Back Of The World (La Espalda Del Mundo). The Award is bestowed for "distinguished literary, intellectual, artistic and humanistic contributions." Prairie has two published poetry collections, Legends [John Brown Press], and Arguments With America [Pemmican Press]. She is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle, The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The James Agee Cinema Circle of political film critics worldwide.
• • Come up and tune in to WBAI (at on Bastille Day, when fireworks are always expected.
• • Tell them you heard about it on the MAE WEST BLOG.
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1 comment:

  1. R. Mark Desjardins7:12 PM

    Thanks to the heads up from the Mae West Blog, I was able to catch the live broadcast of the interview with LindaAnn Loschiavo on the NYC WBAI FM Women's Collective program dedicated to feminism this morning. I learned a lot and the arguments presented made me recall the time when Mae West asked why she hadn't been more involved in the women's movement and she stated, "I was never asked!"
    Ms Loschiavo stated that currently there is not one fan club for Mae West, though several clubs exist for Marilyn Monroe. She also observed that Monroe had drug and alcohol dependencies and whom we focus on as role models often have destructive behaviors.
    Good point! I would like to add that stars who die young often hold a special place in pop culture and perhaps Mae West committed the cardinal sin of living a long and full life.
    While it is disappointing that Mae West has no current fan club, the late Dolly Dempsey operated the first such club in he 1930's. Craig Russell operated a Canadian based Mae West Fan Club in the the mid sixties.
    During the early 80's the late Robert DeNend, the companion of John West Jr., Mae's nephew, operated "The International Mae West Society, Museum of French Decorative Arts and Hollywood Memorabilia" in Los Angeles. DeNend later moved to Seattle and operated the Society from there until shortly before his death in 1988.
    Throughout the interview Ms Loschiavo proved to be an articulate West historian and the August 14th mounting of her play "Courting Mae West" promises to be a must see tribute to the original blonde bombshell.