I was searching for a tape tonight (never found it) and stumbled across an aircheck of my first GMA appearance. It was June 1, 1993. Good grief.
For a few years I was their go to guy and then… well, who knows why, I just fell out of favor.
Actually, it’s a weird story. I had just finished a full week of filling in on the weekday show (while also working nights in New Haven) and was back, on New Years morning, doing the ‘old’ Sunday show.
I finished a live shot in Times Square (across the street from where the studio is now located) and made my way back uptown to TV-2. I walked into the control room. The executive producer was sitting there in the back row. He turned to me and said, “You did a really good job this week. We’ll be seeing a lot more of you this year.”
As you might imagine, that was very good news. It didn’t take me long to call Helaine and tell her. I was juiced!
That was the last I heard from him!
Before long he was gone too. As new staff moved in I was no longer, “You did a really good job this week,” but just some guy from New Haven.
I still think about the fun I had and how I know I’d still be great for them. I’m afraid that train has left the station. That saddens me.
Of course I haven’t totally given up. If you’re friends with Ben Sherwood (GMA’s executive producer), put in a good word, won’t you?
Blogger’s addendum: The attached photo shows me with Joan Lunden and Charlie Gibson. Click here for a larger view. Don’t let the window fool you, we’re on the West Side of Manhattan.
I am holding a miniature helicopter and explaining Bernoulli’s principle. On the table are two plastic copter blades meant to fly when you spin them between your hands.