Post Number: 89
|Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 9:19 pm: || |
On the topic of News!
I remember a Detroit radio commentator/rabble rouser named Lou Gordon. Circa 1960. He was a Walter Winchell/Mike Wallace wannabe. He had a 15 minute “NEWS” spot in the 11:00 P.M. TIME SLOT, just before or after Soupy Sales. Gordon’s ‘ schtick’ was to have spot commercials during the day, encouraging his radio audience to tune in at night, when he would answer the question of the day: “Are carloads of ARMED Negroes roaming through Grosse Pointe sniping at white children WITH THEIR RIFLES?????? And then, during the evening broadcast he would emphatically state that there was no truth whatsoever to such a a disgusting rumor.”
There were some occasions when his muck raking raked in a few ‘muckers.’
Post Number: 775
|Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 9:22 pm: || |
I remember Lou Gordon. Anyone have a pic?
Post Number: 1988
|Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 9:31 pm: || |
courtesy Scott Gordon and MiBuzzBoard
Post Number: 778
|Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 9:55 pm: || |
Yeah, that's him! Thanks Psip!
Post Number: 91
|Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 10:21 pm: || |
In my frail old age, I am astounded at some of these immediate responses! It takes me longer to walk to the bathroom.
Post Number: 317
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 11:03 am: || |
He has the worst rug this side of Bill Bonds.
Post Number: 746
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 12:33 pm: || |
Lou Gordon was the man!
Post Number: 76
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 4:15 pm: || |
Wasn't it on the Lou Gordon show that George Romney made his famous remark about being 'brainwashed' by the military on Vietnam?
Post Number: 214
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 4:30 pm: || |
Lou Gordon's TV show was pretty interesting. He did a decent job as a talkshow host. Still a relatively new concept in the 70's. One of the reasons us kids watched him or had opportunity to watch him was because he came on right before "The ghoul" from Cleveland.
I can still remember that cheesy "xylophony" type intro music that Lou's show had, very 70's.
Post Number: 272
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 5:13 pm: || |
Yeah, and the Ghoul panned him all the time. He would wave a photo of Lou Gordon in front of the camera with the song lyrics "You Talk Too Much" playing loud in the background. Maybe somebody could name that tune? The Ghoul was good with the obscure songs.
Post Number: 3416
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 5:28 pm: || |
Wasn't that tune MacArthur Park?
Post Number: 1865
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 6:55 pm: || |
Post Number: 273
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 9:29 pm: || |
The Ghoul's "You Talk Too Much" was by Joe Jones. Not as obscure as I thought.
The Vintage TV Board has a thread started by Lou & Jackie's son. It mentions some of the most memorable moments of the show.
Lou & Jackie Gordon - Vintage Detroit TV thread
Post Number: 53
|Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 9:55 pm: || |
Lou Gordon was not a bigot at all and was a friend to the downtrodden, including the poor of any color. He went after Utility companies big time for gouging us. I seriously don't believe he had commercials as stated in an above post. He was for the people and had a large following and didn't have to resort to any BS ads like that. He had an hour show every Sat. nite and did like to have popular guests. He even had Pastor BoBo against the Pastor of the church of satan on together. Pastor Bobo reduced the devil worshipper to tears on that show. Gordon and his wife Jackie were ahead of they're time.
Post Number: 1881
|Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 6:33 am: || |
Lou's daughter, Deborah Gordon, is one of the best employment discrimination attorneys in the state and is well respected by both plaintiff and defense lawyers. And she has taken on some very challenging cases. Her dad would be very proud of her.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 6:50 pm: || |
I am Lou and Jackie's Son. The original poster is not correct. My dad had a 90 minute television show on Channel 50 (WKBD) on Saturday and Sunday nights from 1965 through 1977 (until his death). It's true that he had a brief stint at WXYZ radio and television, but nothing like what the OP suggests. He also wrote two columns-per-week for the Detroit News, and was an award winning reporter and highly respected journalist. The TV show was also seen in the 13 largest cities in the country.
Lou was the man known for "telling it like it really was" and was the voice of the little guy, speaking-up for those who had no voice, power, or political clout.
Yes, my sister is one of the top-10 civil rights attorneys in the State of Michigan, and is also in the book of top 200 attorneys in the nation, with the highest rating possible.
Also, there is a special airing on Channel 56 in Detroit about Lou, Jackie, and the show on April 7 at 9:30pm.
(Message edited by gordov2 on March 12, 2008)
(Message edited by gordov2 on March 12, 2008)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 6:56 pm: || |
I also wanted to let you know that there is a special on Lou Gordon called "Man of Conscience, Man of Truth" that was done upon his death in 1977. It is approximately 90 minutes long, and is considered the "best of" The Lou Gordon Program.
I have permission from the person that runs this board to let you know the "Best Of" show is available for sale on eBay. If you're interested, here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Lou-Go rdon-Program-The-Lou-Gordon-Sh ow_W0QQitemZ150224381447QQihZ0 05QQcategoryZ617QQssPageNameZW DVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:06 pm: || |
Oh, one more thing... the theme song for the Lou Gordon Show was MacArthur Park by Richard Harris. If you hear it (or already know it), I don't think you'll find it "cheesy" at all. For that time period (1960's-1970's) it was pretty hip. The theme song is on the "Best Of" show.
Also, yes dad wore a toupee. This was not a secret. He wore it only when wearing a suit and tie. It was something the television station wanted him to do contractually... he couldn't have cared less who knew about it.
Post Number: 11801
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:18 pm: || |
I think MacArthur Park is on Dave Barry's All Time Worst Songs of All Time, Really Worst list, top ten annually. Actually, according to Wikipedia, it's on top of the list!
When I lived in LA, I occasionally drove by...and couldn't suppress the giggles.
'Took so long to bake it that I didn't have time to make it, oh NO!'
All due respect to your father, and darn glad to welcome you to the board, but I had to bring some Dave Barry into this once you brought that song back up!
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:30 pm: || |
I guess I should have made clear that only a small part of "MacArthur Park" was used as the theme song to the show... it was the instrumental break in the middle of the song (which is less than a minute long).
That small section seems like an entirely different song - and a much better one at that. Yes, I agree the entirety of the song (although better when Donna Summer remade it), is not so hot... but that instrumental break in the middle, really seems to make it a completely different song altogether. And if you hear just that instrumental break in the context of the opening and/or closing of the Gordon show, it gives the song a completely different feel and sound.
In fact, I had never heard the song in total until many years later, and couldn't believe it was the same song!
Post Number: 11803
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:38 pm: || |
Heh, yeah at least Wiki got that right:
The Lou Gordon Program, a weekly talk show on WKBD in Detroit from the 1960s and 70s used the 3rd instrumental section as its theme song.
They even have a link supposedly to the show that goes to the WKBD page with a mere mention of when they broadcasted it.
Post Number: 510
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 7:52 pm: || |
Lou Gordon was one of my parent's favorite shows. If they were home, they were watching.
Post Number: 2855
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 8:35 pm: || |
Lou probably had a 90 rating during the '67 riots. Everyone wanted to hear what he had to say, although in my age haze I can't recall what he did say.
MacArthur Park is a beautiful piece of music; a most harmonious bit of music accentuated by the worst lyrics ever written. Oh, well.
Post Number: 6460
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 9:54 pm: || |
Ray1936 I agree 100% great music, dumb lyrics.
It reminded me of another old piece of music (but without lyrics) very much in the classical genre, called "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams in 1968.
Post Number: 6461
|Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 10:00 pm: || |
By the way... (where are everyone's manners)... welcome to DetroitYES Gordov2!
I used to work for Michigan Bell, which was one of your fathers least favorite utilities. If he were alive today, he would probably be appalled at the breakup and gradual reassembly of AT&T (4 of the 7 Baby Bells are back together with AT&T).
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 5:57 pm: || |
Thanks for the welcome!!
Yeah, my dad would be sick over the utility companies as they exist today!
At the Michigan Public Service Commission hearing, circa 1976, my dad was able to keep information calls free. Based on that, Michigan was one of the last states to allow the phone company to start charging for information calls.