Wednesday, March 27, 2019

EP116: “How did I get talked into this?” Embarrassing stories during the course of my career.


We all get talked into doing stupid things. These are two of Ken’s.


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7 comments :

Jeff Boice said...

Loved this. Listening to this two thoughts came to mind- "Fyre Festival", then the old saying "those who can, do; those who can't,teach".

Have to say some of the most boring events I've got conned into attending were affairs heavily promoted by the local radio station- the main attraction apparently being we could meet one of the DJ's or hear him do his show live.

Hawknose said...

Friday question: On M*A*S*H, Hawkeye frequently criticized the war--often calling it "stupid" and "pointless." I realize that M*A*S*H was more a commentary on the Vietnam conflict than the Korean one, but do you ever feel a little silly about writing the words that criticized the Korean War so harshly when we now see all the tyranny, oppression, and starvation (both intellectual and nutritional) in the North that the South Korean people were saved from because the US/UN chose to fight?

Ralph C. said...

I don’t know for sure if the TV version of M.A.S.H. was actually a commentary on the Vietnam War. In a recent reunion with some of the cast on Alan Alda’s podcast they didn’t really think the show was a commentary on Vietnam. The movie, however, might have been more of that type of commentary. The TV show was more a comment, perhaps, on the price of war, both physically and mentally, and how a group of people from different backgrounds and nationalities bonded together in a crazy stream of strife.

Douglas Trapasso said...

Fascinating how attitudes can change in just a decade or two. Did anyone besides me just creep out on even the concept of an adult celebrity escorting a girl under age to her prom? Would love to know how many radio stations still run -that- contest.

Jon H said...

I did a search on that writers guild and found it apparently still exists and even has a Facebook page.

Mike Barer said...

The first story, for some reason reminded me of the Ted Baxter Famous Broadcast School on Mary Tyler Moore.

E. Yarber said...

I was taking a bus to Glendale and a woman leaving work helped me find the stop I needed. On the trip, she told me she had paid $1500 to a "script consultant" who called her back for six minutes, said nothing about her manuscript, and expected her to take for granted that 360 seconds from a Professional were worth the fee.

The expected dismal sequel was that I gave her my card, told her I'd read her stuff and give her a phone consultation for my studio rate, and she left a message apologizing but figuring I must not be very good because my charge was so much less.