Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kurt Kelly to Interview Television Personality Shadoe Stevens on ActorsE Chat

Shadoe Stevens is a legendary radio host, voiceover artist and television personality. He has been on American Top 40 as well as has his own syndicated show. His show is called, Top of The World, and he also is the co-host of a show called Mental Radiowhich covers all things paranormal.  He has worked with Sammy Hagar to found his new rock station as well called, “Cabo Wabo Radio.” They broadcast live from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  He is also the voice of the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.  He is also the official voice of G.O.D. in the musical Altar Boyz.

Kurt will be sitting down with Shadoe today to speak with him about his experiences in the industry and many upcoming projects.  This will be happening live today at 10am PST.  Watch the show live here: http://www.kurtkelly.com/watch/kurt-kelly-to-interview-radio-host-and-tv-personality-shadoe-stevens.

Shadoe is from North Dakota and then appeared for the first time in the media in 1956 in Life Magazine.  He was in an article entitled, "America's Youngest D.J.", the article featured Shadoe broadcasting on live radio.  There was also an article that spoke about the fact that Shadow had built his own transmitter with a broadcasting kit and an antenna.  He had the help of some of the staff as well at KEYJ which was owned by his uncle and his father.  He found his interviewing style in a "Man on the Street" interview session he was doing and when he fot into high school he had a full time position at the radio station. This was where he came up with his signature style which was the slow and low style.

Shadoe went to school at the University of North Dakota,he was a member there of Sigma Nu and majored in Commercial Art and Radio and Television Journalism.  He put himself through school by working at the adio at KILO in Grand Forks, KQWB in Fargo, and KIKX in Tucson.  He was then the favorite DJ in town and was the talk of the town.  He then joined WRKO in Boston and worked the evening shift.  He then moved in 1970 to southern California and then worked at KHJ, which was one of the positions where he was one of the few last "Boss Jocks" he gained a religious following there and then he became syndicated on The Steve Allen Show.

He then became a very famous personality in LA at KRLA and then was attaining status as a programmer and then was hired to make KMET at successful operation.  He then created programming for a new radio format inb LA which was KROQ where he stayed on board for 5 years.

In the 1980s he gained a cult following and then created and produced, "Fred R. Rated for Federated," which was a very long running series of commercials for The Federated Group, they were a large chain of electronics retailers in the southwest U.S..  There were many ads which were so popular that they were in Time Magazine as a two page spread and then these led to a movie deal, TV, and American Top 40.

Shadoe acted for the first time when he was coerced into auditioning for Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" at the University of Arizona. He not only won a role, he got the demanding lead of Quentin, who is virtually never off the stage. One local reviewer said, the young performer "commanded the stage with a commanding voice." He contributed several deadpan readings of absurd material for The Kentucky Fried Movie and then gained national recognition as the announcer for two incarnations of  The Hollywood Squares appearing in the middle square of the bottom row and guest hosting for a week on the earlier version during its final season, Shadoe returned to the show for a week to serve as guest announcer for a Game Show Week. as well as playing Kenny Beckett on the sitcom Dave's World and played announcer for the Fender Bender 500 segments of Wake, Rattle, and Roll. He appeared as himself on an episode of The Larry Sanders Show and also on Caroline in the City. In 1988, he starred in the film Traxx. In 1990, he also starred as the title character on the TV series Max Monroe: The Loose Cannon. In 1992, he made a small appearance in the comedy film Mr. Saturday Night. In 1996, he provided the voice for the doctor in the Incredible Hulk.
In 1999 he had a cameo in a season 9 episode of Beverly Hills,90210 playing Sonny Sharp, a former top radio DJ who befriends David Silver.
In late 2005, Stevens was hired to be The Late Late Show's announcer, a position he still holds. He is also the author of a series of children's books. The first, released in 2006, was called The Big Galoot.

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