Behind The Scenes: Evan Ginzburg’s Legends TV
by Michael Perlman
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Evan Ginzburg with co-host Steve Ludwig.
Evan Ginzburg with co-host Steve Ludwig.
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Forest Hills resident Evan Ginzburg is a diverse radio host and arts producer who has launched “Evan Ginzburg’s Legends TV,” a show that has hosted a roster of diverse talent at Madhouse TV studio in Deer Park.

Some guests include Martha Wash of The Weather Girls and C+C Music Factory, Coati Mundi, Crown Heights Affair, Carol Douglas, Carol Williams, Paul Cowsill, Gary DeCarlo, and The Ebonys.

Ginzburg’s mission is to create art.

“Whether it’s a TV show done on a shoestring, a low-budget documentary, an indie film like ‘The Wrestler,’ eclectic radio, or our live stage shows, I want to pursue quality work that folks can afford, enjoy, and help ease their problems,” he said.

He added that people need to venture out of their homes and take children by their hands, rather than allowing a computer or television to serve as a babysitter. “Kids need a love of the arts instilled in them, and adults need to be enriched as well,” Ginzburg said.

While sitting in the studio surrounded by cameras and microphones, Ginzburg discussed his work.

“Not everyone would give you 100 percent creative control, and I’ve hosted everyone from opera singers to rappers to legendary selling artists,” said Ginzburg, drawing a comparison to 1950s television. “You’re walking a tightrope and sometimes we will spontaneously have an idea such as a musical mash-up of various genres, and it will work beautifully.”

A recent show consisted of a jam session with lead guitarist Alpha Halvorsen.

“We had some singers and rappers, but I had no idea that one of the wrestlers could rap and another wrestler was a professional dancer,” Ginzburg said. “Next thing you know, we had a crazy mix of rock, blues, hip hop, dance, and even a beauty queen on stage. I live for moments like that!”

Ginzburg has high praise for his radio mentor Fred Geobold.

“The richest man I ever met lived his whole life as a selfless passion to promote artists he loved,” he said. “He taught me that radio was a blank canvas, and in the time you were allotted it was up to your vision for a show.”

Thanks to him, Ginzburg became a host on his show, “Light Show,” a program on WBAI-FM.

Ginzburg came of age in the 70s and 80s, prior to entertainment feeling significantly corporate. That was when he saw visionary artists including George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, jazz avant-garde artists Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Chuck Brown, The Godfather of Go-Go.

“I would like to bring this Joe Franklin-like spectacle, this Internet TV grandchild of vaudeville to an even larger audience,” he said.

Along with co-host Steve Ludwig, Ginzburg is beginning to coordinate live stage shows. One will be an approximately three-hour vaudeville show on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre 294 in Farmingdale, which will offer a mix of pop, R&B, blues, rock, hip hop, jam sessions, magic, comedy, poetry, and pro wrestlers.

“It will be something for all ages, and will be a great night out at twenty bucks,” he said.

Offering advice to members of a younger generation who may wish to follow in his footsteps, he emphasized the need to become a total package in the industry, since having talent is only part of the recipe for success. Other essentials include being driven, having charisma, being likable, and accepting constructive criticism.

“You have no idea how many artists don’t even have a business card, let alone a video,” he said, stressing the importance of being literate, developing social skills, and being a team player. “Support other artists, since it’s not all about you.

“Create art, and you will have nights of unimaginable beauty and comradeship that you’ll never forget, and it will survive long after you do,” he added.

Episodes of Legends TV can be seen on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information and archived episodes, visit www.madhousetv.com.

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