Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

Obits In Advance

Stan Freberg here. When prominent people pass on, the TV networks are all ready. "Film at 11." Ever wonder how that happens? [:60 SPOT BREAK]

When Barry Goldwater died, as well as Frank Sinatra, did video editors work around the clock? Not a chance.

Once in the vaults at CBS, I stumbled on the "Obits" section. There were videotapes, ready to roll: Reagan obit, George Bush obit; I said to an engineer, "Hey, these people are still alive!" He shrugged. "Why wait 'til the last minute?" I got out of there fast without checking the "F" section.

Another time when John Wayne was ill, but still alive, I overheard an announcer saying, "John Wayne, dead at 77." Pause. "John Wayne, dead at want a '79'?" The CBS producer said, "Yeah, he's a tough old bird, better cover our bases." "John Wayne, dead at 79."

Ah, the media...

Stan Freberg here.

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