ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS: STRICTLY SINATRA
Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm
Frank Sinatra, Jr. passed away on March 16, 2016. In his memory, NJTV encores the half-hour program in which he, among others, offered unique perspective on his famous father
“The Voice.” “Swoon-atra.” “Old Blue Eyes.” Frank Sinatra was, for a lot of people, the undisputed American male vocalist of the 20th century. His musical legacy was carried on and honored by his singer-conductor son, the late Frank Sinatra, Jr. In honor of Frank, Jr. who passed away this month, NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, presents an encore of ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS: Strictly Sinatra on Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm (check local listings). Check out a promo here.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning entertainment journalist Joyce Kulhawik, ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS: Strictly Sinatra gives viewers some “frank” stories about Sinatra from his son and some close friends about the man, the music and his lifelong connections to his home state, from a modest start in Hoboken, to his singing-waiter days in Englewood Cliffs, to his triumphs in Atlantic City.
The dialogue starts in Atlantic City with discussion of Frank Sinatra’s contributions to music and film, as seen through the eyes of his son, Frank Sinatra, Jr.. Interviewed last fall at the Borgata in Atlantic City, he speaks about what audiences learned from the “Sinatra at 100” show he had been performing on stages worldwide and shared colorful anecdotes of the Hollywood short his father appeared in on ethnic inclusiveness, and how the communist witch-hunt of the 1950s came back to haunt him years later. The program also features vivid stories from Paulajane D’Amato, daughter of Atlantic City’s legendary 500 Club owner Skinny D’Amato, and reflection from former Resorts International entertainment executive Richard Helfant. Also appearing in the program is long-time friend of Sinatra and WPHT radio host Sid Mark. Mark, a native of Camden, NJ, has hosted a Sinatra-only radio show for 59-years in South Jersey and Philadelphia. He adds a unique perspective on Sinatra’s life, as only someone from his inner circle could: “I always say his middle name wasn’t Albert, his middle name was loyalty. If you had Frank as a friend, that was it. You could call. Whatever you needed, he would be there for you,” he shares.
ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS: STRICTLY SINATRA airs Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm on NJTV. ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS: Strictly Sinatra is produced by Public Producers and Riverview Studios. The series, ATLANTIC CITY NIGHTS spotlights top performers and venues both past and present in the Jersey Shore’s entertainment capital, Atlantic City.