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Notes: Feagler Retiring, Rosen Documentary, "SYTYCD" in Cleveland, More

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 19, 2013

I have been off this site for a few days because my older son married his longtime sweetheart on Saturday, an occasion for great excitement and celebration. So what follows are some of the items that flew into the mailbox while I was off. ...

Veteran newsman Dick Feagler has announced his retirement from his TV show. The final show will air on Sept. 27, after being recorded in front of a live audience a few days earlier. Here's the official word:

Richard “Dick” Feagler’s 50-year career in journalism will come to a festive finale on Friday, Sept. 27 when the final episode of the weekly series, Feagler &Friends,airs on WVIZ/PBS ideastream at 8:30 p.m.(repeat broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m. on WVIZ/PBS).The program will also air several times on WVIZ/PBS Ohio, one of ideastream’s digital channels, including on Monday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Visit for additional broadcast dates and times on WVIZ/PBS Ohio.

Feagler & Friends—with its sometimes irreverent, sometimes irascible, yet always lively host Dick Feagler—has been a weekly presence on WVIZ/PBS since 1997.Each week, Feagler has been joined by a cadre of knowledgeable guests who not only provided facts about important topics of the day, but offered perspective, often sprinkled with a touch of Cleveland-based humor.

“My mother used to tell me that every good thing must come to an end,” Feagler said.“I practiced journalism in my hometown for 50 years, and for me, it was a very good thing. And now it is time for it to come to an end.Time to pass it along to those talented people who will pick it up now.”

“We are grateful to Dick for all his good work and proud of our 17-year association with him,” said Jerry Wareham, President and CEO of ideastream.

The Sept. 27 program will be recorded earlier in the week in front ofa live audience in the Westfield Insurance™ Studio Theater at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, home to ideastream.This special presentation of the weekly public affairs series will find Dick and special guests reminiscing about a half-century of memorable news stories and the people who populated them. Presented in the traditional“Cleveland-style” of Feagler & Friends,the final show will be filled with lively talk, feisty discussion and considerable sidebar conversations. The program will also feature Dick’s final “Commentary,” a familiar forum from Dick’s days as anewspaper columnist and TV commentator.

A documentary about former Cleveland Indian Al Rosen is now on sale. The word on that:

Al Rosen, a four-time All-Star and 1953 American League MVP, is the subject of a new documentary: “Beating the Odds: The Al Rosen Story.”

After seven full seasons with the Indians, Rosen later served as president of three major league teams – the Yankees, Astros and Giants -- and was named Major League Executive of the Year for turning around the San Francisco Giants in 1987.

In the new documentary, Rosen, a one-time collegiate and Golden Gloves boxer, pulls no punches in interviews conducted with the film’s writer and producer, Bill Levy, a former baseball writer and now a film producer in Cleveland.

That’s especially true of the anti-Semitism faced by the “Hebrew Hammer,” as he was known. In the documentary, Rosen talks of the slurs he faced in the minors and then the majors, and also of Elmer Yoter, a manager in the Boston Red Sox minor-league system, insisting that Rosen would never make it in baseball. Yoter told a 17-year-old Rosen to “Go get a lunch pail. You’ll never make it in this game.”

Instead, Rosen led the American League with 37 home runs in 1950 as a rookie, and batted .336, hit 43 homers and drove in 145 RBI in 1953. In an injury-shortened career, Rosen drove in 100 or more runs five times and was the hero of the 1954 All-Star Game, hitting two homers and driving in five runs.

After his playing career, Rosen was Present and COO of the Yankees in 1978 and 1979 under George Steinbrenner, then spent five years as GM of the Astros and seven with the Giants.

The DVD was written and produced in conjunction with the Cleveland Indians and is available at Indians Team Shops (Progressive Field, Westgate Mall, SouthPark Mall and The Strip in Canton), and

Tickets are now on sale for the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour's visit to Cleveland. The basic info:

So You Think You Can Dance will perform Tuesday, October 15 at 8:00 pmFOR ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY at the State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. Tickets are on sale now at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, via phone at 216-241-6000 or online at Ticket prices range from $10.00 to $75.00.

TV Land has made a deal with Darren Star ("Sex and the City," "Beverly Hills 90210") for a new series. The announcement:

TV Land has fast-tracked a project to be written by writer, producer and creator Darren Star, it was announced today by Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for the network.  This single camera comedy, which is based on the novel “Younger” by Pamela Redmond Satran, will follow the story of a suddenly-single New Jersey housewife and mother in her early 40s who, unable to restart her career, decides to lie about her age and successfully passes herself off as a twentysomething.  Armed with a makeover and new resume, she wins a coveted position at the city’s hottest publishing company. Pretending to be "younger” doesn’t hurt in the bar scene, either, as guys line up like never before







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