"I have always been a stickler of not wanting the crew to do anything that I would not do. If lighting was started at 3:00 AM, which it did, I would be there no later than 3:30."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hours-plus Archive interview, Lynwood King talks about breaking into television in 1949 at Chicago's WNBQ. He describes the famous "Chicago School" of broadcasting pioneered by such legends as Dave Garroway and Studs Terkel. King talks about his work as a stage manager on such network series (originating from Chicago) as Studs' Place, Garroway at Large, Zoo Parade and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. He recalls working as a director on such series as Hawkins Falls and in New York, Tonight! America After Dark: the late night series that ran in between the Steve Allen and Jack Paar Tonight shows. King also discusses his work in public broadcasting and on such documentary series as Project 20. King speaks in great detail about his work as a director on the Today show, which reunited him with Dave Garroway. King also discusses his later freelance work on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on soap operas, including Ryan's Hope and One Life to Live. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview in New York, NY on November 20, 2002.