Roy Clark on live television – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

Roy Clark on live television – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews


I was raised in live television And I and I loved it. I feel very comfortable the first time I looked at A television camera I didn’t see a mechanical piece of equipment. I saw people And I played to that camera just like I would played to an audience And this is back when the cameras I don’t know if the camera said instead of all the Fade in fade out and all the things that can do now This had three lenses on it and they turned it for a close-up wide shot in Telephoto I guess and and all the lights I’ll never forget one time We were in the famous last words. I was going to do a saw that was a hit forget who did it But it was called. Hello operator and It was at when the Dick Clark Bandstand was coming coming in very popular And so this song was one of those type songs that she would hear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The phone rang on the record and he picked it up and says hello Yes operator this is me. And Then you started into the song So doing rehearsal, and this is back in Washington doing rehearsal The guy that was going to bring the phone though said I’m not set up for that he said but it’ll be ready come Showtime Showtime And which I’ve learned is a very famous line Meaning it’s not going to work. Anyway, so I get from the floor director. I get the key to the Cameras on you it’s time to do so. I looked at the phone and it just sit there and I knew enough that it’s live and it’s enough to go on so I picked up the phone said Yes operator, this is me, and the phone rang? Just and I mean it sounded like a gonna wake the dead You know well Everybody in there went into hysterics and the back scenery fell down and come down across me But I’m still then Underneath all of this and I’m not giving up the ship I’m there, and I just finished the song but that’s that’s You learned back then? doing live television That you got on and you got off Whatever it took to do it, there is no stop the tape that we can wrap it up and do it again and I think that’s one of the the great things that There’s some of the younger television performers did not go through that really really keeps you on your toes

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