“Live and Lively Radio” in the late 1950’s. I was there…wasn’t I ?
A few years back I wrote a blog entry about this and decided to do a fact research first rather than relying on my memories alone. I was surprised to find that none of the bio’s of the celebrities that I remembered listed them as being on ABN radio at that time. It was terribly frustrating. I knew I was part of that era … I’d lived it but I could find no proof that it actually existed. Was I there or did I just dream it ???
No wonder I was thrilled last week when I received an email from the son of Scott Vincent…(staff announcer for ABC radio and TV from the mid 50’s. until his death in 1979)… trying to verify his Dad’s early days in radio and specifically his involvement with the “Merv Griffin Show” … one of the ones I’d promoted.
Through multiple emails with him I’ve learned that my memory is not that accurate when it comes to specific addresses. However, the performers that I wrote about are etched in my memory correctly and I was also able to recall one specific promotional gala where most of them were present. Even the crew from the Chicago based “Breakfast Club with Don Mcneill” were there. Our give-away promo item at that event was a record album featuring songs and performances from our live radio shows.
When I reported this to my new friend he went to work and actually found a description and photo of the album You see it pictured here and it’s entitled “The Live One is American Broadcasting Network”. Unfortunately it was a “sold” item on eBay so we are still searching. We feel sure that if we find a copy of the album the write up on the back cover will answer a lot of our questions…
…and now I can say, in all honesty, I WAS THERE
A pregnant me in 1959