Los Angeles Music Legends Bacharach, Botti, Warren and Tyrell Join LA Tonight with Roy Firestone on KCET



New week of specials features Burt Bacharach, Chris Botti, Diane Warren and Steve Tyrell on the issues shaping their lives & music.

Tennis great Andre Agassi and famed choreographer Debbie Allen join Roy the following week, which includes an encore broadcast of an interview with hit-maker David Foster.

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to present L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone. This special series of new half-hour interview shows, hosted by Emmy® award-winning journalist Roy Firestone, features some of this century's most influential leaders in entertainment and sports. 

In the week-long "Music Makers" series beginning March 12, 2012 at 10 p.m., Firestone begins an intriguing two-part interview with Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti ("When I Fall in Love", "Emmanuel" and "Cinema Paradiso"), who reveals the key question to ask aspiring young musicians, why it's sometimes good to be broke, and the artist he says gave him his career.


Next, on March 13 at 10 p.m., viewers get a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most enduring artists of our time with legendary musician, composer and producer Burt Bacharach ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, "House Is Not A Home" and "Alfie"), who talks about his favorite hip-hop artists, and the experience that made him stop writing Broadway musicals.


Later in the week on March 14 at 10 p.m., multiple award-winning songwriter/producer, Diane Warren ("Because You Loved Me", "How Do I Live" and "Un-break My Heart") discusses the time she got down on her knees and begged an artist to record one of her songs; and then on March 16, Grammy® Award-winning jazz vocalist and producer Steve Tyrell ("The Way You Look Tonight," "Simple Life" and "Crush on You") shares stories about his partnerships with the biggest names in the music industry, and the song he credits with changing his life.


During the week of March 19, Firestone switches gears and introduces viewers to an entirely different side of retired tennis icon Andre Agassi, who talks about his conflicted relationship with his celebrated career and his full life off the court involving his non-profit work and family.


And on March 20, Firestone welcomes dancer/director/choreographer Debbie Allen - 30 years after FAME! - who tells him how dance gave her a sense of self, but that fame was never the goal.


During this series, KCET will also air encore broadcast of L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone featuring 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer/songwriter, David Foster ("Prayer," "Home" and "If I Didn't Love You"), Foster performs some of his biggest hits on the piano and reminisces about working with some of the greatest voices of all time.


The new L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone schedule includes:

March 12 at 10 p.m. -- Chris Botti, Part 1

March 13 at 10 p.m. -- Burt Bacharach

March 14 at 10 p.m. -- Diane Warren

March 15 at 10 p.m. -- Chris Botti, Part 2

March 16 at 10 p.m. -- Steve Tyrell

March 19 at 10 p.m. -- Andre Agassi

March 20 at 10 p.m. -- Debbie Allen

March 21 at 10 p.m. -- David Foster

For media assets for any of the above programs, please visit http://www.kcet.org/about/pressroom/



Originally produced and uninterrupted, L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone invites celebrities and public figures who live in Los Angeles to discuss their lives and the provocative issues shaping today's news in a lively and intimate format.  The show also provides unique moments of insight into the show's guests, with engaging questions, live solo performances, as well as unexpected calls from the people who impacted their lives the most.  Previous guests on L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone include Mark Geragos, celebrity defense attorney; Steve Edwards, veteran entertainment reporter and anchor for Fox 11's Good Day LA; and Harvey Levin, founder of TMZ.




Roy Firestone is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning and seven-time cable ACE Award-winning host, interviewer, narrator, writer and producer.  As the ground-breaking, original host of ESPN's legendary Up Close, Up Close Classic and Up Close Primetime, Firestone has interviewed more than 5,000 athletes, musicians, actors and political figures, as well as scores of writers and filmmakers.


Sports Illustrated calls Firestone "The best interviewer in the business."  The late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jim Murray once said, "Roy Firestone isn't just the best sports interviewer I've ever seen, he's the best interviewer period. That includes, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, any and all of them."


Firestone currently hosts Up Close Classic, which is broadcast on ESPN daily.  Other shows hosted by Firestone include: HDNet's Face to Face with Roy Firestone and AOL's Time Out...with Roy Firestone.


Not limited to television, Firestone is also prolific on the printed page -- as the author of two best-selling books, Up Close with Roy Firestone, and most recently, Don't Make Me Cry, Roy.



On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.


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