MCG: Did You Tape Your Live Show For The Sitting Dead?
Did You Take A Lickin’ At Your Last Live Performance As your Audience Stopped Tickin’ ?
The Music City Ghost [File #85] 2015: It’s hard to believe in the early days of television and radio a lot of the shows were LIVE as they were happening. With this form of broadcasting there came with it some very funny, sometimes sad, and some times down right pitiful circumstances. For example one very popular children’s show from Chicago was in the middle of the show when all of a sudden all the kids were laughing very loud and wouldn’t stop. The host went over to one of the little boys and asked what was so funny. The little guy pointed to one of the other little boys and said HENRY FARTED. Then there were all the variety shows from New York that had mishaps during the LIVE shows. Guitar amplifiers that worked fine during sound check that afternoon refused to work that evening during the LIVE show. Trained dog acts that performed to perfection earlier in the day would lay down on the stage or even walk off behind the curtain and refuse to do the master’s commands. One of those shows was sponsored by TIMEX watches. Their slogan was a Timex watch takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. To demonstrate how durable the watch was they tied it to the propeller of an outboard motor used on small boats. They lowered the motor down into a glass water tank so the audience could see the propeller did indeed have the watch tied to it. They then started the motor and quickly shut it off as the water was going everywhere. As luck would have it when they untied the TIMEX watch and held it up to the camera the second hand was NOT working. It had takin a lickin but was not tickin. Now a days LIVE telecast are few and far between regular scheduled programming. I think the part I love most however is they announce such and such a show is taped before a LIVE studio audience. I personally wouldn’t want to be at one of those tapings if they brought in a dead studio audience
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