Archive for the ‘Television Hosts’ Category

Happy New Year 2011!

Friday, December 31st, 2010


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest reaches its 38th annual edition with the Dec. 31, 2010- January 1, 2011 special. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the special starting at 10:00 p.m. (ET & PT) with Fergie joining as Los Angeles segment co-host. As noted in Wikipedia, In terms of years on air, Clark’s string of being the permanent host of the series… is the longest of any host of an American entertainment television program.” Dick Clark spoke about his first New Year’s special in 1959 and his inauguration of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972 (competing with Guy Lombardo who at that time “owned” New Year’s Eve on TV), when he was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on July 29, 1999.

62nd Primetime Emmy Noms Announced Today

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

With the 62nd Primetime Emmy Nominations, the Archive of American Television congratulates all of the nominees, including our interviewees:
Paris Barclay (comedy series direction, Glee)
Ken Burns (producer nonfiction series, National Parks: America’s Best Idea)
Kevin Clash (producer children’s nonfiction program, When Families Grieve)
Robert A. Dickinson (lighting direction, 82nd Annual Academy Awards)
Dick Ebersol (exec producer special class programs, Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony)
Sharon Gless (supporting actress drama series, Burn Notice)
Louis J. Horvitz (variety special direction, The Kennedy Center Honors)
Shirley Jones (guest actress drama series, The Cleaner)
Susan Lacy (exec producer nonfiction series, American Masters)
Christopher Lloyd (producer/writer comedy series, Modern Family)
Sheila Nevins (producer nonfiction special, Teddy: In His Own Words & exceptional merit filmmaking Sergio)
Tim Van Patten (miniseries direction, The Pacific)
Betty White (guest actress comedy series, Saturday Night Live)
Dick Wolf (producer nonfiction series, American Masters)

Special note: With 126 total series nominations, Saturday Night Live has now become the most-nominated series of all-time.

Watch the Emmy Awards Sunday, August 29 on NBC!

The Many Layers of Julia Child

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008


The National Women’s History Museum exhibit, Clandestine Women: The Untold Stories of Women in Espionage, highlights the story of an unlikely operative, Julia Child.

It has recently been brought to light that decades before becoming a famous chef, Julia Child, in 1944, worked for the OSS. She helped the U.S. spy agency develop shark repellent, used to combat German U-boats during World War II.

The exhibit can be seen at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Julia Child was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on June 25, 1999

From Part 1 of her Archive interview: “The OSS began to recruit people to go to the Far East. And I knew eventually I’d get to Europe, at that point I’d only been to Tijuana, and I was anxious to go to Europe some time, but I knew I’d probably never get to the Far East, so I volunteered. And again, the only thing open was in the files. So, I went, I joined up and we had a long ocean voyage. We all met in Long Beach, California. It was said we were not supposed to tell anyone where we were going or what we were doing and it was all so secret. And then we got to this departure thing and there was a great big sign on it saying U.S. Military Departure for the Far East. And we went, there were, I think we had twelve women going over to join the OSS detachment, and we, all twelve in a cabin for two, sailed to, by way of Australia, to India, and we got off at Bombay. I remember sitting out in the harbor at dawn, this kind of mist and you could smell this strange kind of odor of incense and I don’t know what. It was, and I thought, gosh, what have I got myself into here.”

Click here to access Julia Child’s entire Archive interview.

The TVLand Awards: A Sneak Preview!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008


Sunday marked the 6th Annual TV Land Awards, and the Archive was represented in full effect!

Archive staff attended the gala event, held in Santa Monica, which airs this Sunday June 15 on TvLand, one of our sponsor partners.

Many of our Archive Interviewees were honored, including a special tribute to producer Garry Marshall, and the Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan!

Jonathan Winters (pictured here with Archive Digital Projects Manager Jenni Matz) was given the “Pioneer Award” by Robin Williams, and Mike Meyers was on-hand to receive a “Legacy of Laughter” award from Justin Timberlake.

The day began with a red carpet gala with special guests from Barry Williams to Cindy Williams. We spotted Get Smart’s original ‘Agent 99′, Barbara Feldon, Star Trek’s William Shatner, and ‘The Fonz’– Henry Winkler!

En route from the parking lot I bumped into Dick Van Dyke, who was gracious enough to thank ME for remembering HIM from his interview.

We can’t spill the beans on ALL the surprises the night brought, but be sure to tune in to see it all.

Sportscaster Jim McKay has Died – Archive Interview Online

Saturday, June 7th, 2008


American sports journalist and broadcaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) has died at age 86.

McKay was well-known for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports with the introductory line “…the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat” , but perhaps was best-known for his historic and humanistic coverage of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games, when 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and then killed.

McKay discusses his career, and these landmark events in his 6-part Archive interview:

Click here to view Part 1
Click here to view Part 2
Click here to view Part 3
Click here to view Part 4
Click here to view Part 5
Click here to view Part 6

Detailed Interview Description:
Jim McKay was interviewed for nearly three hours in Monkton, MD. McKay talked about starting his career in 1947 at WMAR-TV in Baltimore. He went on to work with producer Roone Arledge at the beginning of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, staying nearly four decades with the job as the show’s host and commentator. McKay hosted the network’s coverage of the Olympic Games for over 30 years, including his critical coverage of the terrorist hostages and killings that interrupted the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The interview was conducted by Gerry Sandusky on October 28, 1998.

40 Years Ago: "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" Premieres

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Forty years ago, on February 19th, 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered. Originally titled Misterogers (as its precursor had been called in Canada) the show emanated from WQED Pittsburgh and aired on EEN (Eastern Educational Network). The series moved to PBS in 1970. Production ceased in 2001. Sadly, Fred Rogers passed away in 2003; the series continues to air nationwide.


In 1999, the Archive of American Television interviewed Mr. Rogers. Click here to Fred Rogers’ 9-part interview (and be on the lookout for puppet cameos). Also, check out this link on the show’s homepage for Mister Rogers trivia.

A favorite excerpt from the interview:

“My mother, as long as I could remember, made at least one sweater every month. And at Christmas time she would give us each a hand-knit sweater. And so, until she died, those zipper sweaters that I wear on The Neighborhood were all made by my mother. We would open up the boxes at Christmas and, and we’d all try on the sweaters. Then she would say, ‘Okay, now what kind of do you want next year? Now, I know what kind you want, Freddy, you want the one with the zipper up the front.’ There are ties that many people don’t know, just watching certain programs and it makes the experience so much deeper to know from whence Mr. McFeely came or where the sweaters came from. And the music is a huge part of my work. That was always my way of saying who I was and how I felt. In those days, you didn’t speak your feelings as much as express them artistically. I was always able to cry or laugh or say I was angry through the tips of my fingers on the piano. I would go to the piano, even when I was five years old, and start to play how I felt. So it was very natural for me to become a composer. Having written all of the music for The Neighborhood, I feel as if that’s one of my gifts to children. Here is a way that doesn’t hurt you or anybody else, to say who you are and how you feel.”

Interview description:
In his 4-1/2 hour interview, Fred Rogers described his work as the creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began its run in 1968. He described the show’s evolution, which started with Misterogers which he produced in Canada for the CBC. He described each aspect of the show including the origin of his trademark sweaters. He described his early years in television working as a floor manager for NBC on such shows as NBC Opera Theatre, The Kate Smith Hour, and The Gabby Hayes Show. He detailed his move into public television in 1953 with his work as the program director for WQED, Pittsburgh. He described his first children’s program The Children’s Corner (1954-61 WQED; 1955-56 NBC), which introduced several puppets later used on Mister Rogers. He talked about the importance of children’s programming and his longevity as a childrens’ show host. The interview was conducted on July 22, 1999 at WQED in Pittsburgh, PA.

Happy New Year 2008!

Friday, December 28th, 2007


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve reaches its 36th annual edition with the Dec 31, 2007-January 1, 2008 special.

Dick Clark spoke about his first New Year’s special in 1959 and his inaguaration of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972, when he was interviewed by the Archive of American Television (scroll to 24 minutes into the segment below) on July 29, 1999.

To access Dick Clark’s entire Archive intervew, click here.

Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the special starting at 10:00 p.m. (ET & PT) from New York.

Link to Official ABC site.

An Archive Christmas Special: Andy Williams

Friday, December 21st, 2007


To celebrate the season, the Archive has posted our interview with Andy Williams. Williams hosted his network primetime variety series from 1958-71. The best-known version ran on NBC from 1962-71 and featured “Moon River” as its theme song. Through his variety series, Williams began hosting a series of Christmas specials. From these specials and his many renditions of Christmas standards, he’s become closely associated with the holiday.

Listen to Andy Williams talk about his work in television in his 3-part Archive Interview. And be sure to visit this link to TV Land to see a special video, Andy Williams and America’s Favorite Christmas Show, featuring excerpts from the interview.

….AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM EVERYONE AT THE ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION!

Interview Description:
Andy Williams discusses his early career working in his brothers’ singing group on stage and in radio, before embarking on a solo career. He spoke about his early appearances on television, including being cast as a regular singer on Steve Allen’s Tonight show. He then spoke in great detail about hosting his own series The Andy Williams Show. For this series he talked about the production schedule, some of his favorite guest stars (including the Osmond Brothers, whom he is credited with discovering), and the show’s segue into a series of Christmas specials. In conclusion, he discussed the establishing of his own theater in Branson, Missouri.

The Archive’s Dick Clark interview featured on TV Land Online

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Bandstand fans: check out this new 5-minute video produced by our partner TV Land Online featuring excerpts from the Archive’s Dick Clark interview (conducted in 1999). In the photo-filled piece, he discusses his journey from radio to hosting American Bandstand — the show’s groundbreaking racial integration, the move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and the many cultural changes the program reflected throughout the decades it aired.

We’ll Miss You Bob Barker!

Friday, June 15th, 2007


Bob Barker has retired after 50+ years in television and 35 years as the host of The Price Is Right. The Archive wishes Bob a happy retirement!


Barker was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 2000 and inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also saluted with a special evening at the Television Academy in March 2007.

Press the play button on the video below to see the Archive’s Salute to Bob Barker featuring clips from his interview!

Interview Description:
Bob Barker began by talking about his childhood growing up on an Indian reservation in South Dakota. He described his work in radio which led him to be “cast” as the host of the game show Truth or Consequences, by show creator Ralph Edwards. Barker talked about his long run on Truth or Consequences in its network (1956-64) and syndicated (1966-74) runs. Barker then discussed in detail the show for which he is most associated, The Price Is Right, which he has hosted continually since 1972. Barker also talked about his other hosting duties on such programs as the “Miss USA Pageant” and “The Tournaments of Roses Parade,” as well as his animal rights activism. The interview was conducted by Fred Westbrook.

Click here to access the entire 7-part interview with Bob Barker.