"Lord only knows how many times I would go to the Grand Ole Opry, not to be seen, I'd hide behind the curtains so that I could understand their kind of comedy. To understand what the artists were doing. After a while, it became a habit, and people knew I was doing it. They'd say, 'come on over and talk to us, Sam.'"
About This Interview
In his five-hour Archive interview, Producer Sam Lovullo talks about growing up in Buffalo, New York and moving to Los Angeles at age fifteen. He describes his first job in television at CBS Business Affairs as chief accountant. He discusses moving into production with The Jonathan Winters Show where he became an associate producer. He then discusses in great detail his long association with the popular syndicated series Hee Haw, which he produced in Nashville. He speaks about several of the series regulars including Roy Clark Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl, and Louis "Grandpa" Jones, as well as several featured country music guest stars. He describes the origins of some of the shows signature elements including the musical segment "Pffft You Was Gone" and the cast's antics in the "Kornfield." He talks about the show's growth in syndication as well as the need for syndicated shows following the FCC's prime access rule. Finally, he talks about his work with the Country Music Association. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in Encino, CA on February 3, 2005.