friend and LA Radio Talk Show Host Kitty Felde has turned from
radio to theatre FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! For one very exciting night.
Read all about it and check out her show this Friday, November
22nd in the P Jean Delacour Auditorium at the Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles County (across the street from USC). The
museum is opening up their Cooperstown Hall of Fame exhibit
at 7 p.m. and a five dollar ticket gets you into the museum
AND the staged reading of Bum's Rush.
Kitty repeats this information in her article.....
I Really Wanted to be Vin Scully
By Kitty Felde
It was because of baseball that I got into radio in the
first place. Years ago, the Dodger station realized that few
women were listening to sportstalk. The theory was: put a
woman on the air and youll get that demographic. So
KABC had a contest for would-be sportstalk hosts. Seventeen
hundred people tried out. Including me. I didnt win,
but I was one of the ten finalists. Not bad for an actor with
NO radio experience.
So I went back to school with a new goal: I would become
the first female play-by-play announcer. I called a few college
games, but soon realized I had a fatal flaw: I have no depth
perception. Such a shortcoming matters little in most professions.
But its deadly in baseball. Every pop fly looked like
a home run ball to me. My career was over.
But if I couldnt call the games, I could produce radio
features and documentaries on sports subjects. One of those
was a five part series about how the Dodgers nearly stayed
in Brooklyn. I called it Bums Rush. And
it won an Associated Press award my first broadcasting
My love of baseball has never left me. Neither has my love
for the theatre. I was a drama major in college and spent
ten years trying to make a living as an actor. But when not
acting, I was writing plays. And have continued to write plays.
My work has been performed at the National Theatre in Washington,
DC, off-Broadway in New York, and in tiny theatres here in
Los Angeles. One play a romantic musical comedy called
Bums Rush combined my love of baseball
and my love of theatre. And its getting a staged reading
Friday, November 22nd, at the Museum of Natural History of
Bums Rush is at its heart the story of
a woman caught between her ex-husband con man (whos
been hired to keep the Dodgers out of Los Angeles) and a married
Puerto Rican sportswriter from Brooklyn (whos out on
the story of the Dodgers defection from New York
and discovers the Latino families who call Chavez Ravine their
home.) Theres even a singing Walter OMalley who
shares his secret for true love. The very talented Glenn Mehrbach
wrote the music and lyrics.
The show is one night only: Friday, November 22nd in the
P Jean Delacour Auditorium at the Natural History Museum of
Los Angeles County (across the street from USC). The museum
is opening up their Cooperstown Hall of Fame exhibit at 7
p.m. and a five dollar ticket gets you into the museum AND
the staged reading of Bum's Rush.
About the Author
Kitty Felde hosts Talk of the City on NPR affiliate
89.3 FM KPCC Monday through Friday at 1 PM. She has been named
this years LA Press Club Radio Journalist of the