Radio Live! Television Live!: Those Golden Days When Horses Were Coconuts
During the golden age of live radio and television, writers, performers, and producers created their programs in an environment far different from ... Show synopsis During the golden age of live radio and television, writers, performers, and producers created their programs in an environment far different from the studios of today. With live programming, anything could happen, and often did. Robert L. Mott, a veteran writer and Emmy-nominated sound effects creator of the live era, recreates the days when television and radio programs were performed live. He includes personal reminiscences as well as a forthright look behind the microphones: horses hooves were played by coconuts, African-American women were played by white males, andtelevision actors might ad lib an entire program that didn't go as planned. Celebrities like Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason, as well as the unsung heroes in the sound booth and backstage, step up to the mike here. Behind-the-scenes photographs are also included in this account of the excitingbut not always glamorousworld that was live on the air.