Join Roseanne Barr and Johnny Argent can now be heard on Wednesdays at 5PM PST as the two go Beneath the Surface on KPFK Radio.
As 2009 kicks into high gear, the Domestic Goddess will be going Beneath the Surface to broadcast on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA – Roseanne Barr returns to the airwaves with her partner Johnny Argent on Wednesdays at 5PM PST on fiercely independent KPFK Radio. KPFK is progressive radio for all of Southern California and can be heard at 90.7FM in Los Angeles and San Diego, 98.7FM in Santa Barbara and worldwide at http://www.KPFK.org.
Frazzled commuters and Internet junkies alike can catch Roseanne and Johnny for a series of special programming this winter and spring every Wednesday at 5PM for an hour of stimulating conversation. From politics to economics, radical ideas and beyond, no topic will be too taboo for this dynamic duo.
In a promo spot currently running on KPFK, Roseanne says, “In addition to offering insights and expert analysis on the nut jobs running things, we’ll have great guests and call-ins from KPFK listeners, who are the smartest radio audience in the world. Of course, my slightly bitter, but right-on-the-money partner Johnny Argent will keep things rolling. We are so jazzed to be doing this radio show!”
Apparently Johnny agrees. “We’re ready to rattle some cages, step on some toes, burn some bridges and probably get audited and wind up on some FBI list,” says Argent in the same spot. Roseanne adds, “Been there, done that.”
According to the show’s Producer, Christine Blosdale, the program is expected to stir up some interest not only due to Roseanne’s famous voice, but because of her no-nonsense take on the issues as well. “Roseanne is one of those who just make an impact on you,” Blosdale said. “In the late 80s she changed television for the better by addressing subjects important to the struggling class – working families who barely earn enough to make ends meet. I think she’s perfect for KPFK and I’m really excited about having her and Johnny on the air together.”
About Roseanne Barr -- Roseanne’s creation and portrayal of "Roseanne Conner" on ABC's Roseanne has been hailed as "the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since All in the Family, (Entertainment Weekly)" adding, "She’s the funniest disturber of peace that we have." After Roseanne finished in 1997, she portrayed The Wicked Witch of the West in the Madison Square Garden production of The Wizard of Oz. "She is a mixture of Othello and Ted Bundy. She's definitely a serial killer," said Roseanne describing her interpretation of The Witch. In the fall of 1998, she hosted her own talk show for two seasons. The Roseanne Show established itself as one of the most successful launches of a syndicated show, not only domestically, but in thirty foreign countries.
About Johnny Argent -- Musician and writer, Johnny was a composer of songs for children's reading programs and bandleader when he got together with Roseanne Barr seven years ago. Since then, along with co-hosting on radio, they've created a DVD of original music videos for kids, co-written a well-received HBO Comedy Special "Blonde and Bitchin" and toured from Las Vegas to London with Roseanne's standup comedy show to which he contributes as a writer and musical accompanist. They both love edgy talk radio - especially in these challenging times.
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Make History: Uprising’s Same-Sex Marriage Challenge
KPFK PACIFICA RADIO BROADCASTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE JUNE 20, 2008
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KPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7FM Los Angeles made history with the first national Pacifica Network radio broadcast in Southern California of a Same-Sex marriage. The live Same-Sex wedding broadcast happened at 8am on Friday, June 20 during KPFK’s morning drive time public affairs show Uprising. In collaboration with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, KPFK will broadcast from the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 North McCadden Place in West Hollywood.
The Monday after the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on same-sex marriage in this state, Uprising covered the story and issued an invitation for a Same-Sex couple to make their wedding vows live on the air. Ms. Linda Martinez and her partner Ms. Regina Rodriguez answered Uprising’s call and have agreed to wed on the air. The Walnut, California based couple have been together for 8 years, and engaged for 7 years. Next year, this 3rd generation Mexican American couple plans on starting a family. The right to marry one another is a dream they have been waiting to realize. Martinez and Rodriguez are excited about making history on KPFK’s airwaves. Together with their supportive families, they intend on formalizing their commitment to one another on live radio as a way to underscore the hard-won victory of the LGBT marriage equality movement.
The response to KPFK’s outreach to celebrate the couple’s marriage has generated interest and generosity. Frederick Fulmer and his partner James Berg, owners of Joshua Tree Highlands Houses have generously donated a four-night honeymoon stay in one of their charming houses on five acres nestled in the high desert with panoramic mountain views at 3000 foot elevation, adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park, 130 miles from Los Angeles (www.joshuatreehighlandhouse.com). “We are honored to be a part of this historic wedding event being broadcast on KPFK," said Fulmer. "We embrace the couple and their families and extend our best wishes to them in celebration of the love and courage their union reflects."
Talk About It Jewelry has donated the wedding rings from a new version of their jewelry line, crafted from Titanium, 7 millimeters each in size, from the Band of Infinity brand. The rings are sequentially numbered to reflect and represent the LGBT population of individuals as well as supportive family members who purchase the rings as a commitment to one another and to the community.
KPFK intends to showcase the common humanity of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) community in its quest for civil rights and equality. The broadcast is a political statement, symbolic of the progress and the political change that the California Supreme Court ruling heralds nationwide.
KPFK Pacifica Radio stands side by side with Ms. Martinez and Ms. Rodriguez as the electronic witness to this historic and happy moment in their lives.