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I ENJOYED THIS POST ON CRONKITE SO I'M SHARING IT AGAIN
See-BS Apollo 11 Landing Coverage (six parts):
The 1989 Dan Rather documentary on See-BS’ A11 coverage is also on YT:
I haven’t been able to find his “We are fucked in Vietnam” speech, but his entire final broadcast is also online as well as an abbreviated version of his first:
…Note that the final show is listed as the “West Coast” version, but from my recollection the show was aired live for the East and Central time zones, then the tape was played back for the West Coast. I have no idea where the Mountain Time Zone figured into that, but almost three decades later that zone still really doesn’t matter :-P
2) To their credit, Frank McGee, Bill Ryan, Chet Huntley, and David Brinkley actually provided more concise updates than the other two networks. There’s also more of their coverage available online, mostly because of the A&E “As It Happened” rebroadcast for the 25th anniversary in 1988. IIRC, NBC allowed either 6 or 8 hours of continuous archive tape to be aired, with some of the local Dallas footage being replaced by local archive copies – which explains why only those short segments are in color, while everything else from NBC was in living black and white.
3) To put it bluntly, ABC’s coverage just plain SUCKED. I’ve seen some botched newscasts before, but even when you take into account the chaos that was going on in the first 2 hours between the first shots and LHO getting ID’d as the prime suspect in custody, ABC’s entire network news department was pretty much lost. The fact that most people can’t recall who the old guys were who anchored through a lot of “Dicknical Tefficulties” (or was that “Dechnical Tifficulties”?) is a testament to why most people who started out with ABC recall switching to See-BS or NBC. ISTR that the only reason ABC failed to overhaul their news department after this was that they simply didn’t have the money to recruit top-quality news anchors, and the one they had – Howard K. Smith – was doing more documentary and long-form commentary(*) for the network at the time.
(*) “News and Comment”, ISTR was what his show was called at the time.
4) The sole saving grace to ABC’s coverage was the fact that they had exclusive access to WFAA’s live coverage, which included the interview with Abe Zapruder who verified on live TV just how JFK’s head exploded from the front – a live testimony that pisses off more Conspiracy Theorists than any other Lone Nutter evidence.
That got me to thinking - Since everything is digital now and we have the technology, why don't the networks start their primetime offerings at 8:00pm in the central time zones? Are viewing habits that ingrained? Wouldn't the networks like the consistency of having their products air at the 'same' time all across the country, that is from 8:00 - 11:00pm?
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 11:39am
POSTED A FEW YEARS AGO:
My talk with Wayne Dammert on July 5, 2009 was a real eye opener. He was a longtime employee at the famed Beverly Hills Supper Club near Cincinnati and he was there the night of the mother of all modern nightclub fires in 1977.
He and others on the scene that night are convinced it was deliberately set and that one of the nation's worst mass murderers got clean away. He also tells me about the wild days when Newport, Kentucky was an "open town" with illegal gambling joints all over the place.
Wayne wants to get this story out because, at every turn since the beginning of the investigation, too many people have been willing to turn a blind eye to the possibility of arson. If it's true, the 165 victims deserve justice.
From Wikipedia: On October 28, 2008, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed a panel to investigate claims that arson may have been the cause of the fire. In March 2009, the panel, in recommending that the investigation not be reopened, characterized the new accusations as "a very tiny shred of evidence of arson and a huge mountain of conjecture, unsupported speculation and personal opinion."
The ruins sit relatively undisturbed over the last 30 plus years, surely there's an enterprising TV producer with a Cold Case type show that could bring together a forensic team to go over the site and look for evidence. It doesn't appear that the Governor's panel did that.
You can read more about this tragic event in the book Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire by Ronald E. Elliott and based on an original story by survivor Wayne Dammert.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 9:09am
I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY DID THAT SHOW!
Bill(y) Mumy (Lost in Space) on the Howard Stern radio program with Billy West imitating the voice of Dr. Smith. "Suddenly Zorro and Lassie's mom are goin' at it." Definitely R-rated!
Eartha Kitt describes her role of Catwoman on Batman.
Sammy Davis Jr. appeared - and sang - on The Patty Duke Show in 1965.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:09am
The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection is host to over twelve robust hours of exclusive bonus features, including:
Exclusive featurettes on The Ultimate Collection include:
I'll have more info on this exciting release next week!
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 8:09am
The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa
Claus Is Comin' to Town/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns/Mr. Magoo's
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 9:00am
SHOWS YOU (PERHAPS THANKFULLY) DIDN'T SEE
Speaking of which, Lee Goldberg wrote the most wonderful book called Unsold TV Pilots that lists the plots of some grand losers that never made it to weekly TV. Johnny Carson's writers got a hold of the book and he had some hilarious takes on some of the weirder concepts.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:26am
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