First hour: Phil Gries joins Ed as the Sounds of Lost Television salutes the “World’s Foremost Authority,” “Professor” Irwin Corey, the wild-haired, zany comedian passed away last month at the age of 102. Phil plays rarely heard clips from Corey’s appearances on such TV variety series as Here Come the Stars and Operation: Entertainment. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen pay tribute to actors Joseph Mascolo and Dick Gautier as part of This Week in TV History. Second hour: Platinum recording artist and Season Five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks talks to Ed about his INSP series State Plate, his early influences as a musician, his approach to songwriting, and the possibility of reviving Idol on NBC.
Taylor Hicks is in the middle of a national tour that will take him to such cities as Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Milwaukee, WI, Jackpot, NV and Chicago, IL over the next several weeks. He will also be releasing a new album later this year. For more information on the tour and the upcoming album, go to TaylorHicks.com.