Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Larry King and TV and Radio

    By on February 10, 2021 in See It Here

    There was an interview that stays with me having worked in both radio and TV. Hal Roach came into our Los Angeles studio to talk about his work making Laurel and Hardy available to both the TV audience as well as the radio audience.

    Larry asked, do you think one was more effective in telling the story than the other?

    Roach was in his 80’s at this point and sat up in the chair and started in.

    I walk into the TV meeting and say here’s how we start the scene–“It was a dark and stormy night…”

    7 hands are in the air. “Is there lightning? Do we see a house? Is there a car in the driveway? Are there lights in the house? Is it raining? How about thunder?

    After an hour, Roach walks out of the room, crosses the hall to another room where 2 radio guys have been waiting.

    He says “It was a dark and stormy night…”

    Both nod their heads and say “OK, got it.”