Originally Posted by blackcat6
He was also on WCCB. He did his Sonic Man program in the afternoons, he ran some sort of calling contest for the kids and I do believe that every kid in CLT would pick up the phone at the same time and try to call. I was working for Ma Bell in those days and we could usually tell when the show was on because the phone system would overload. The telephone operators were given instructions not to dial or interrupt the # too. LOL
Every baby boomer and older will also remember him for an infamous commercial. (maybe before he was on the air in CLT)
I recall something that should not have happened along those lines.
A TV station in a substantial market attempted to go all talk in an effort to establish a niche.
I did not get to hear it much, but really enjoyed it when I could.
For whatever reason, there was no buffer, or delay.
This was over 30 years ago, and, I guess there was some expense involved in a time delay.
Everything was "live". Just about all the programming was call-ins.
The host picked up the phone, and the caller talked.
As I wrote, I enjoyed it. But, not everybody wanted to hear what just anybody wanted to say live on TV.
Before the FCC intervened with a mailed fist, a modification to the format was made. The phone went mute, and the host responded to what the viewers could not hear.
That did not last long, and, I imagine was done to allow time to arrange conventional programming.
It was fun while it lasted.