Tony Dow, Played Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver from ’57 through ’63–Guest 1/29/2015

Tony Dow
Tony Dow

The Cleavers–Beaver, Wally, June, and Ward–a typical late ’50s, early ’60s American family from the Leave it to Beaver television show of that period, with whom many of us grew up, have seemed always a part of us. During Leave it to Beaver’s six-year run, those growing up during that time related fully to the antics and the mischief of the Beaver (played by  recent KBL guest Jerry Mathers) and Wally, the elder brother, played by our current guest, Tony Dow.

And when the boys’ troubles ebbed just to the point of disaster, we knew to expect loving, sagely, parental intervention from Ward and June, the parents, injecting just the right wisdom not only to help save the day but to instill in the lads valuable lessons about life and values.

Yes, those were simpler times! Although the show ended production in 1963, it has never left television. Multiple generations since have grown up with the Cleavers, a result of a never-ending demand for the show’s syndication. But we at Ken Boxer Live will take it to an even more intimate level–no syndication required. We have as our in-studio guest  the legendary Tony Dow himself.

Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959

After Leave it to Beaver Dow appeared on many other television shows, such as My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, and Mr. Novak.  During the ’70s while continuing acting, he worked in the construction business and studied journalism and filmmaking. Apart from these endeavors Dow has also become a serious and respected sculptor. You can visit Dow’s website to see examples of his work and more biographical information.

Ken and Tai are looking forward to discussing all these subjects, and more, during Tony Dow’s greatly anticipated appearance with us. We look forward to your joining us.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 26th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/29/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Rafer Johnson, Two-Time Olympic Gold and Silver Decathlon Medalist–Guest 1/15/2015

Rafer Johnson
Rafer Johnson

We are proud and honored to have the legendary Rafer Johnson as our guest this week.  As you are likely aware, Johnson is an American former decathlete and occasional actor. He was the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medalist after receiving the silver medal four years earlier at the 1956 games. Additionally, he was the 1960 Olympics flag bearer, and he lit the Olympic Flame at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Many today also remember Johnson’s heroic actions during the moments immediately after Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination, where he along with Rosey Grier, both who happened to be in the vicinity at that moment, tackled the assailant, Sirhan Sirhan.

Rafer Johnson - 1960
Rafer Johnson – 1960

After the Olympics, Johnson turned his celebrity into acting, sportscasting, and public service. For instance, he was instrumental in helping to create the California Special Olympics. For further biographical information, please see Johnson’s Wikipedia page.

This promises to be an exciting show. Both Ken and Tai look forward to this most special interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 12th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/15/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)

Kato Kaelin, O. J. Simpson Houseguest and Witness during the 1995 “Trial of the Century.” — Guest 12/25/2014

Kato Kaelin
Kato Kaelin

Ken and Tai warmly welcome our next guest, Kato Kaelin, a radio and television personality who gained worldwide fame as a witness during the 1995 O. J. Simpson murder trial. More recently, Kato has entered the men’s clothing business, currently promoting his own men’s clothing line,  Slacker.

Like the recent Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa, a trial that mixed celebrity, sex, and privilege, the 1995 O. J. Simpson trial was that–and much more. The whole country seemed fixated on every aspect of the unfolding story. Indeed, even President Clinton admitted to changing his presidential schedule on the day of the verdict not to miss its reading.

Kato Kaelin - O.J Simpson Trial Witness
Kato Kaelin – O.J Simpson Trial Witness

From within this cultural petri dish, out stepped Kato. At the time of the murders, Kato was staying in Simpson’s guest house thereby witnessing some of Simpson’s movements before and after the murders. The prosecution called him as one of its witnesses. His goofy, slightly irreverent, almost cartoon-like court appearances added even more surreality to an already beyond-description national spectacle.  Ultimately the prosecution declared him a hostile witness.

All of us at Ken Boxer Live are looking forward to Kato’s appearance, which promises to be quite lively. Make sure you don’t miss it.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, December 15th (and will initially broadcast on December 25th, one week later than usual). Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 12/25/2014, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)

Randy Gardner, Two-Time Olympian & World Champion Figure Skater–Guest 12/04/2014

Randy Gardner
Randy Gardner

For this episode we have a singularly exceptional guest–Randy Gardner, the former champion pair skater. Together with his long-time skating partner Tai Babilonia (who, as you know, happens to be our permanent KBL co-host), he won the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships and five U.S Figure Skating Championships from 1976 through 1980. Additionally, the duo qualified for the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Tai and Randy began skating together when Tai was eight and Randy was ten. They became five-time U.S. national champions and won the gold medal at the 1979 World Championships. They were favorites to win a medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics but, tragically, were forced to withdraw, a result of a show-stopping injury to Randy.

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner
Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner

Considering all the events Tai and Randy have shared throughout their professional lives–from their pre-teen years, through adolescents, and later young adulthood–this interview will have a bottomless well of possible directions.  And we plan to take you there.

Although Tai and Randy no longer professionally skate together, they will always remain tethered together, eternally skating  the magic they perfected, both within our collective memories and surely within our collective hearts. Expect a very memorable and poignant interview.

In place of our regular 30-minute interview format, in honor of this very special occasion–having Randy and Tai together–we will produce two 30-minute episodes. Please check our showtimes menu for scheduling details.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, December 1st. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 12/04/2014, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)

Lou Ferrigno, Actor, Speaker, Retired Bodybuilder–Guest 11/20/2014

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno

Ken and Tai proudly and excitedly welcome Lou Ferrigno, “The Incredible Hulk,” to this week’s Ken Boxer Live. We can easily predict that this will be a very exciting show, and you surely will not want to miss it.

Lou Ferrigno is an actor, fitness trainer, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the universally known 1977 bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.

As an actor, he is surely best known for starring in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising this role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens.

Ferrigno’s current activities include hosting the upcoming IFBB/NPC Ferrigno Legacy bodybuilding contest at the famed Santa Barbara Granada Theatre, November 28 & 29, 2014. Scheduling and ticket information are available at the event’s website.

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno

For Ferrigno’s full biography, please visit his website.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, November 17th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 11/20/2014, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)

Maya Spielman, Artist and Stunningly Beautiful Model–Guest 11/06/2014

Maya Spielman
Maya Spielman

Ken and Tai warmly welcome the talented and sought-after artist, and dazzling gorgeous model, Maya Spielman as the next Ken Boxer Live guest.

Maya Spielman is one of the most exciting artists to hit the Southern California art scene in a  very long time. Millions of television viewers recognize Maya’s work, such as her painting displayed on the reality series Khloe and Lamar, the weekly television series. You can find more about Maya at her website.

Most interesting to note is that Maya donates many of her exquisite paintings to charities raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for many worthy causes.

Maya Spielman
Maya Spielman

But not only is she an amazing artist, she is also a very sought-after Southern California model. Some of her modeling work can be seen in her gallery.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, November 3rd. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 11/06/2014, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)

Leif Garrett, 1970s Teenage Pop Singer, Actor, and TV Personality –Guest 10/23/2014

Leif Garrett
Leif Garrett

Ken and Tai happily welcome Leif Garrett, who is making a rare Santa Barbara appearance with us, to the next Ken Boxer Live.

Garrett is an American singer, actor, and television personality who became famous in the late 1970s as a child pop star and teen idol. Later in his adult life, he became somewhat infamous, receiving much publicity for his drug abuse and legal troubles. You can read much of Garrett’s biography on his Wikipedia page. We warmly welcome him to our show, and viewers won’t want to miss it.

Leif Garrett
Leif Garrett

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, Oct 20th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 10/23/2014, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)