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June 07, 2007

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Blaine

BURT not BERT

365

Fixed

Hear It Wow

This what all those DJs who practiced with CO-STAR albums got--a chance to use those fake conversational skills!

This format has been resurrected for radio advertising. I've heard quite a few fake interview commercials. The latest ones had Tonya Roberts shilling resort properties. I think the newest set might have Tonya actually phoning it in, but they were generic bits with scripts for the local announcers for about a year.

Richard Brandt

Telly Savalas was asked to sing one of the songs at the 1974 Oscars telecast. Go figure.

Burt? What's with the airplane glue on the floor?

agnes stanton

and either one of them could kick tarantinos, brad twit, and/or either of the seadaris' asses. and with more style. bring back the real men. x

Dale Hazelton

LOVE the "Gentle Lover" subtext! I can't believe Burt played second banana (so to speak) in a lesbian fruit salad with Judy Carne and Rebound-Woman. And I can't believe these songs were semi-autobiographical musings penned specifically for him. Much more interesting than the pap most celebrity voices put out in the 60s and 70s. I think his pretension -- and knowing the background -- is what makes it listenable at all. But why no song about the coolness and comfort of wearing pantyhose?

snarfdude

Does anyone actually have the script? would like to get it as a PDF or scan as part of the download here, so I might piece my voice track with the actual program for the hell of it.

open ended interviews are very common from major labels, I've got more then a few on vinyl and CD from artists and record labels. I don't anyone really uses it as a one on one, but more as bits and pieces talking a lead up into playing a clip. very common in syndicated radio, like countdowns, though there's also more then a few fully produced, often by a radio station for a record company, released by the record company is hopes that other stations play this "radio infomerical" for the record company.

Bren Collins

Back when I lived in small-town Kansas, we had a rather drunken chap who ran the local radio station (the only one for about 30 miles!), and he had his own show in the morning. He'd do various things, from cursing during his reading of the news (usually during political tidbits), to calling his mother in Nebraska, begging the elderly woman to try and remember a joke to tell his listeners (and the poor old gal could never find the joke book he had mailed to her for this purpose). One time, he was interviewing a local optometrist about general health-related questions when the radio host himself started to have severe chest pains - he simply began asking heart-related questions, and finished out the half-hour segment before driving himself to the hospital. Now THAT'S dedication!

Anyway, he used to facilitate things like this, except his "interviews" were not what one would call perfect. Mostly, he'd play some sounds of a random person talking (usually not a celebrity, but an obvious impersonator), and he'd interject a few forced giggles or the odd "Uh-huh" and "Really now?" If a listener was a little bit senile (his target demographic), or particular drunk in the morning, this stuff actually might have sounded legit.

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