Museum Piece

Writing about The War of the Worlds prompted me to search for KLOS in the database of The Paley Center for Media. I found a reference to the live broadcast we did on the Mark & Brian Show in 1997, as well as our live broadcast of The Witch’s Tale in 1998.

Then I searched for KROQ. I found the entries for two weeks worth of broadcasts that the Kevin & Bean Show did from the museum’s New York studio in 1995. All the entries listed me as a participant. One in particular gave a description of a bit that Jimmy Kimmel and I did:

One in this series of morning radio shows featuring the team of Kevin (Kevin Ryder) & Bean (Gene Baxter) on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. This program, part two of two, originates from the radio studio at The Museum of Television & Radio in New York as part of a tie-in to the MTV Music Video Awards held nearby at Radio City Music Hall. Highlights of Kevin and Bean’s final broadcast from The Museum of Television & Radio in New York during their two-week visit include: Kevin and Bean talk to their producer, Frank Murphy, about what gifts, if any, he bought for his wife and children while in New York; the hosts play “Tomorrow” by Silverchair; next there’s a news update from “Doc on the Roq” and a sports report from Jimmy “The Sports Guy” Kimmel; the hosts then play “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer and “Come Out and Play” by the Offspring; Frank and Jimmy venture out to find gifts that Frank can bring home with him; Kevin and Bean play “Natural One” by Folk Implosion and “Mysterious Ways” by U2; they get updates from Frank and Jimmy as well as from “Michael the Maintenance Man” in Times Square; and the hosts end the show by playing “All Over You” by Live and “Evenflow” by Pearl Jam. Includes commercials and promos.

After that, I typed in another set of call letters from my past. When I searched for WAVA, I found the listings for a series of “Best of Don & Mike” tapes that I gave to the museum. The collection includes a memorable visit from comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Charles Fleischer. One bit is described as “Frank runs around 7-Eleven.” Another is labeled “the birth of Frank Jr.”

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