And I have the video to prove it!
CBS is always revamping its morning show. (Who's doing it now? Charlie Rose? Steve Avery?)
Well, in 1973 someone got the brilliant idea to do an hour news show
and hire someone to anchor it who had never been on television before.
She had no experience whatsoever. Sally Quinn was a reporter for the
Washington Post. And with no training, no rehearsals, no nothing -- CBS
threw her on the air doing a national broadcast. In a book she wrote
about the experience, Sally said that no one even told her the red light
on a camera meant it was on. She's broadcasting coast-to-coast and
doesn't even know which camera to look into. Great preparation. I
swear, if you pitched this idea as a series, every network including CBS
would say, "Too ridiculous. Too stupid. It could never happen in a
Well, it did.
They gave Sally a partner, Hughes Rudd, who, by his own admission, was
not a normal anchor. He was more of a rumpled reporter.
Needless to say, this experiment was an absolute disaster and lasted
only a few months. Your heart has to go out to Sally Quinn who was just
a deer in the headlights. When you watch this you will probably be
shaking your head saying, "This can't be real!"
By the way, on her first broadcast, Sally also had the flu and collapsed
an hour before going on national TV live. I'm guessing some of that
was nerves. Anyway, here is that ill-fated first broadcast.