Friday, December 3, 2010
HANUKKAH HILARITY - WJZ-TV - CIRCA 1979
Now,from the secret files of KINESCOPE HD comes a story so powerful, dangerous and daring that it has been kept under a clandestine...er...eh...ah... What? Too much local news hype?
Okay, the story posted below didn't really change the world.It's just one of the funniest moments you'll ever see on a LIVE newscast.
I know. I was there and fortunate to have served as executive producer of CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
But, before we go back to the videotape...
It was the first night of Hanukkah,1979,and high atop Baltimore's Television Hill, in the WJZ-TV studios, producers wanted to do a LIVE talkback with a Rabbi and his family to explain the significance and history of this ancient Hebrew celebration.
Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation agreed to explain the story behind the traditional lighting of the menorah , accompanied by his wife and two sons, while the comely Talmudic tableau was to be captured ,LIVE, by EYEWITNESS NEWS camera person Carol Kummer and technician Carmine Lisciandrello.
In the studio, legendary, Baltimore Anchorman Jerry Turner was paired with the fast and funny newsman,Richard Sher, on this infamous night. Producer Nanette Wilson was in the control room, navigating through EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 6pm, which was Maryland's most watched news program.It was a relatively quite news day...until...
Well ... keep an eye on the little guy on the right side of the frame and enjoy!!!!