- Dennis Wholey
Dennis Wholey (born July 2, 1939, Cranston, Rhode Island) is an American television host and producer, and the author of a number of self-help books, one of which was a New York Times bestseller. He currently hosts This is America with Dennis Wholey, an interview program shown throughout the U.S. on PBS and the AmericanLife TV Network.
Life and career
The son of an attorney father and a librarian mother, Wholey received a B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America in 1959. He started his media career as a tour guide for NBC in New York City and then became the host of a radio talk show, The Age of Involvement, on WBAI-FM. He also produced and hosted a television talk show on WNDT-TV in New York. Wholey eventually moved to WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, where he hosted The Dennis Wholey Show. In 1969 he was the emcee of a short-lived game show, The Generation Gap, on ABC.
Wholey then became the host of the morning show AM Detroit on WXYZ-TV in Detroit from 1973 to 1977 and a similar show Morning Break on WDVM-TV in Washington, D.C. in 1977 and 1978. He moved to late night programming with PBS Latenight, an interview show on WTVS-TV in Detroit from 1982 to 1985, which was widely distributed by PBS. He also hosted LateNight America with Dennis Wholey for PBS beginning in 1989. He currently hosts This is America with Dennis Wholey, distributed countrywide by PBS and the AmericanLife TV cable network.
Radio/TV Mirror magazine named one of Wholey's talk shows an "outstanding program" in the Midwest, and he received the Golden Mike award from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for AM Detroit. In 1984 Wholey began a successful career as an author with his book The Courage to Change: Hope and Help for Alcoholics and Their Families, which sold well and was on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. The book recounted Wholey's own struggles with alcohol and valium addictions, which reached serious proportions during the 1970s before he found help in an alcoholics' support group. The book also included interviews with other recovering alcoholics, including former Congressman Wilbur Mills, rock musician Pete Townshend, Monty Python performer Graham Chapman, and trumpeter Doc Severinsen.
Wholey followed The Courage to Change with a book on the sometimes elusive nature of happiness, Are You Happy? Some Answers to the Most Important Question in Your Life (1986). Featuring interviews with such figures as chef Julia Child, reporter Helen Thomas, actress Ruby Dee and critic Cleveland Amory, the book advised active involvement in life and a careful avoidance of self-pity and resentment. Wholey's third book Becoming Your Own Parent: The Solution for Adult Children of Alcoholic and Other Dysfunctional Families (1988) focused on poorly functioning families and included some material on Wholey's own often difficult childhood.
Wholey continued in the self-help genre with When the Worst That Can Happen Already Has: Conquering Life's Most Difficult Times (1992) and The Miracle of Change: The Path to Self Discovery and Spiritual Growth (1997). His newest book, published in 2007, is Why Do I Keep Doing That? Why Do I Keep Doing That?: Breaking the Negative Patterns in Your Life, which discusses how to escape counterproductive behavior patterns.
- Contemporary Authors (Biography) by Emily Compagnone, Thomson Gale 2004
- The Courage to Change: Hope and Help for Alcoholics and Their Families, Houghton Mifflin Company 1984 ISBN 978-0395359778
- Are You Happy? Some Answers to the Most Important Question in Your Life, Houghton Mifflin Company 1986 ISBN 978-0395407790
- Becoming Your Own Parent: The Solution for Adult Children of Alcoholic and Other Dysfunctional Families Doubleday 1988 ISBN 978-0385245913
- When the Worst That Can Happen Already Has: Conquering Life's Most Difficult Times, Hyperion Books 1992 ISBN 978-1562829858
- The Miracle of Change: The Path to Self Discovery and Spiritual Growth, Atria 1997 ISBN 978-0671518912
- Why Do I Keep Doing That? Why Do I Keep Doing That?: Breaking the Negative Patterns in Your Life, HCI 2007 ISBN 978-0757305825
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
BoA — Infobox musical artist Name = BoA Img capt = BoA Kwon Background = solo singer Birth name = Kwon Boa (권보아) Alias = Born = birth date and age|1986|11|5 Origin = Gyeonggi do, South Korea Genre = Occupation = Singer songwriter, composer, dancer,… … Wikipedia
Grace Slick — Infobox musical artist | Name = Grace Slick Img capt = Grace Slick in 1968 (approx. age 28) Img size = Background = solo singer Birth name = Grace Barnett Wing Alias = Born = Birth date and age|1939|10|30|mf=y Origin = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.… … Wikipedia
The Generation Gap — Infobox television show name = The Generation Gap caption = The Generation Gap title logo. format = Game Show runtime = 30 Minutes creator = Castle Drive Productions for Norton Simon/Talent Associates starring = Dennis Wholey (1969 02 07… … Wikipedia
WXYZ-TV — This article is about the television station WXYZ TV. For other uses, see WXYZ. WXYZ TV Detroit, Michigan Branding Channel 7 (general) Channel 7 Action News (newscasts) Live Well Detroit (on DT2) Slogan Taking Action … Wikipedia
What's My Line? — Género Programa de concursos Presentado por John Charles Daly (1950 1967) Wally Bruner (1968 1972) Larry Blyden (1972 1975) Reparto Arlene Francis (1950 1975) Dorothy Kilgallen (1950 1965) Louis Untermeyer (1950 1951) Hal Block (1951 1953)… … Wikipedia Español
Cranston, Rhode Island — City Seal … Wikipedia
Jack Barry (television personality) — Infobox Person name = Jack Barry caption = Jack Barry in 1984 as host of The Joker s Wild birth date = March 20, 1918 birth place = flagicon|New York Lindenhurst, New York, USA death date = death date and age|1984|5|2|1918|3|20 | death place =… … Wikipedia
Dan Enright — Daniel Dan Enright (August 30, 1917 – May 22, 1992) was one of the most successful game show producers in American television. Enright worked with Jack Barry from the 1940s until Barry s death in 1984. They were partners in creating programs for… … Wikipedia
Ban Ki-moon — ] His mother is reportedly Buddhist. Personality Ban s personality has been described by many as bland. In the Korean Foreign Ministry his nickname was Ban chusa , meaning the Bureaucrat or the administrative clerk . The name was used as both… … Wikipedia
Barry & Enright Productions — ( or simply referred to as: Jack Barry Dan Enright Productions or Jack Barry Dan Enright Productions), was a U.S. television production company that was formed in 1947 by Jack Barry and Dan Enright.HistoryIn 1956 Barry Enright created the game… … Wikipedia