LOS ANGELES — America, Lucy’s home!
On Aug. 5, legendary TV, radio and movie star Lucille Ball will be returning to the airwaves with “Let’s Talk to Lucy,” a revival of her 1960s radio interview show built from her recordings of conversations with some of the biggest names in Hollywood history.
What You Need To Know
- Lucille Ball's radio interview show re-airs starting Aug. 5 on SiriusXM satellite radio
- Ball, who died in 1989 at 77 years old, was a beloved actress and entertainer best known for her work on the groundbreaking sitcom "I Love Lucy"
- While on filming breaks, Ball would jump between sets and stages, chatting up legendary performers like Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and many more
- After they aired, the tapes sat dormant for decades with Lucie Arnaz, Ball’s daughter with Desi Arnaz
The show will premiere on SiriusXM satellite radio, where her chats will re-air alongside new “interviews” with modern celebrities, such as Amy Poehler, Ron Howard, Tiffany Haddish, Randy Rainbow and more. They are composed of questions posed by Ball in her original interviews. The channel will have a limited run, though the interviews will also run on the SXM app and SiriusXM subsidiaries Pandora and Stitcher.
Ball, who died in 1989 at 77 years old, was a beloved actress and entertainer best known for her work on the groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy,” though her career spanned over six decades and across vaudeville stages, Broadway, radio, television and film.
While on filming breaks, Ball would jump between sets and stages, chatting up legendary performers like Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope and many more — all with a tape recorder in hand. CBS Radio would eventually broadcast the interviews between 1964 and 1965 as "Let’s Talk to Lucy."
After they aired, however, the tapes — 240 episodes — sat dormant for decades and, for years, were left with Lucie Arnaz, Ball’s daughter with Desi Arnaz.
“Although I have been care-taking these ancient tapes for over 30 years, I had never really listened to them all and had no idea how many remarkable people Mom had talked to on these radio shows,” Arnaz said. "It's a treasure trove of personal information from some of the greatest talents of American Entertainment, and my family and I can't wait to share them with the rest of the planet."
When presented with the opportunity to re-air Ball’s show, SiriusXM jumped on it.
"Few stars reach a level of worldwide fame that they need only be known by one name. Lucy is one such star," said Jack Vaughn, SiriusXM's senior vice president of comedy programming. "Hearing her conversations with some of the world's biggest names, full of her signature wit, charm and intelligence, is truly a surreal experience, and I can't wait for listeners to tune in."