Friday, December 1, 2017

Show Notes: Season 3, Episode 7: The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder

*This episode aired February 12, 1981, at 12:30 am on the NBC television network.

*Tom Snyder started in radio, moved to TV, and got his big break as a news anchor in Los Angeles in 1970. After Tomorrow, he was a news anchor in New York City, then Los Angeles.

*Tomorrow lasted from 1973 to 1982, but this Tomorrow Coast to Coast phase began in October 1980, as the series moved up from 1:00 to 12:30 (The Tonight Show went from 90 minutes to 60 minute) and added Rona Barrett and a studio audience. Snyder didn't like the new format, nor Barrett, reportedly, and the show ended in first run in December 1981, then aired reruns until David Letterman took over the time slot with Late Night.

*Dan Aykroyd did his Snyder impression 12 times on Saturday Night Live according to Wikipedia.

*The "tini" thing with Snyder began when he went to CNBC in 1993 and started calling his show the "colorcast." He went from inviting the viewer to fire up a colortini to calling for a "simultini" when he took over The Late Late Show on CBS in 1994.

*Ricky Schroeder starred in The Earthling with William Holden, which was produced in Australia and barely released in the USA. Learn more about The Ricker in our Silver Spoons episode.

*Iggy Pop, born James Osterberg, was 33 at the time of this episode. The Stooges, inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2010, had disbanded in 1974,

*Jerome Smith's The Coming Currency Collapse and What You Can Do About It has a Kindle edition! One Amazon reviewer apparently thinks this 1980 book was written in 2004.

*Gene Shalit was Today's movie critic from 1973 to 2010. It's unknown whether or not he commented on monetary policy in any of his segments.

*Dorothy Green-Pepper gave an L.A. Times correspondent a psychic reading of some kind in 1986, and you can read the story here.

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