• TUBE TUNES
19 episodes
This monthly podcast takes an in-depth look at the history of American television through the theme music that began and ended most every series from TV's earliest days in the late 1940s through to the present day. Biographies of the composers, lyricists and performers are included. The podcast also features brief biographies of the series' stars, a look at the series' broadcast history, a synopsis of each show, and fun facts about all of them. And, of course, full audio clips of the theme music itself accompany each episode.

Episodes

S02E08: You’re In the Army Now (Part 1)
2017 Apr 15
This episode, packed with 34 opening and closing theme tunes, will focus on the theme music of seven representative military sitcoms from the 1950s up to the present, some of them well-known, some of them forgotten. Here are the series and theme tunes included in this episode:
TURBO TUNE #1: CPO SHARKEY
2017 Apr 077m 23s
To commemorate the extraordinary life and career of comedian Don Rickles, who died today at age 90, I'm posting this TUBE TUNES TURBO TUNE episode about the TV series for which he'll probably be best remembered: CPO SHARKEY, which ran on NBC from 1976 to 1978. The theme music for CPO SHARKEY was composed by Peter Matz, a veteran of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. I hope you enjoy this brief look at (and listen to) the theme music of a very funny show with a very funny man.
S02E07: Please ‘B’ Mine
2017 Mar 29
This episode, packed with 46 opening and closing theme tunes, will focus on the theme music to seven series, each from a different decade from the 1950s up to the present, and all of them with titles beginning with the letter B. Here are the series and theme tunes included in this episode:
S02E06: The A’s Have It
2017 Mar 19
Brought to you by the letter A, this episode will focus on the theme music to seven series, each from a different decade from the 1950s up to the present, and all of them with titles beginning with A. Here are the series included in this episode:
S02E05: The Earle Hagen Themeography
2017 Jan 31
In this episode, I briefly explore 20 classic television series from the 1950s through the 1980s with memorable theme music composed and/or co-composed by prolific theme tune writer Earle Hagen. Here are the series included in this episode:
S02E04: Best of the Millennium
2017 Jan 2245m 55s
In this episode I present eight Emmy-winning theme tunes (along with lots of trivia) from seven selected series that aired during the New Millennium (between 1999 and the present). Here are the shows and theme music featured:
S02E03: Games People Play (Part 1)
2017 Jan 16
In this episode I present series synopses and theme music of five of the most popular game shows to air on American daytime and prime time television, starting with the few venerable game shows that are still running today. Here are the five shows (and 26 themes) I'm featuring:
S02E02: Cable Hits (Part 1) – HBO
2016 Dec 091h 37m 14s
In this extra-length episode, I briefly explore 22 of the most popular and well-known series that aired as original programming on Home Box Office, or HBO as it is now known. I explore their stories, their stars, and their impact on both the pay and free TV landscape. And of course I present information about each series' theme music and theme music composers. Here are the series included in this episode:
S02E01: Go West, Old Man – Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 2)
2016 Nov 05
In this episode, a sequel to "S01E01: Go West, Old Man - Adult Westerns of the 1950s (Part 1)", I explore ten more adult-oriented western dramas from the 1950s. I'll explore their stories, their stars, their impact on the western genre, and of course their theme tunes, some of them very familiar. And if your favorite adult western of the 1950s was not included in either episode, don't despair, partner; there will be a Part 3 episode in the future. Here are the series included in this episode:
S01E09: Out of This World – Science Fiction Themes (Part 1)
2016 Apr 261h 4m 22s
In this episode, I explore some iconic theme music from science fiction series set (as a whole or in part) within the outer reaches of space. I'll leave other supernatural shows such as THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE X-FILES and even LOST to a future episode of TUBE TUNES. In this episode I'll be looking at six well-known TV space dramas, one representative series from each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s; I'll explore their stories, their stars, their impact on the science fiction canon, and of course their theme tunes. Here are the series included in this episode: