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"Game Show Confidential" Book (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, May 15, 2023

This week I talked with author Boze Hadleigh about his fabulous new book “Game Show Confidential” published by Lyons Press & distributed by the National Book Network. At a time when books are being censored across the country this must-read LGBTQ inclusive book covers a fascinating history of the game show genre. Since first appearing on radio broadcasts in the 1930’s to the current phenomenon dominating our broadcast culture, game shows continue to draw huge audiences. We especially saw an insurgence of this popular programming during COVID providing TV audiences with its “feel good” entertainment. “Game Show Confidential” describes the evolution of the game show with its larger-than-life producers & hosts as well as the scandals that have rocked it from time to time. Back in 1954 the FCC tried to ban television game shows but the Supreme Court disagreed. Then came the 1958 game show scandals that led to a Congressional investigation into the rigging of game shows which director Robert Redford zeroed in on in the film "Quiz Show". During that time an interesting fact was former contestant & child star Patty Duke appeared before a Congressional investigating committee & broke down crying admitting she'd been coached by adults to lie. “Game Show Confidential” also addresses the misogyny, bigotry & homophobia that have dominated the genre until recently. Though we now have women hosting primetime games show like Jane Lynch, Ellen Degeneres & Elizabeth Banks, when Betty White was set to host a 1960’s game show, ABC vetoed having a female host. I talked to Boze about his inspiration for writing “Game Show Confidential” & his spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN 

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