This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know all about this nut bar Nik Wallenda and his bright idea to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Specifically what the deal was with ABC insisting the dude be tethered to the cable as a condition of their airing the stunt (June 15; CTV is also broadcasting the attempt).
The whole thing smacks of 1974, when Evel Knievel made his mega-hyped Snake River Canyon jump. That failed attempt was carried on closed circuit television after ABC refused to pony up for the deal. When it finally was shown on TV it looked laughably lame, with the chute opening on takeoff and Knievel’s rocket-powered ride drifting down into the canyon. Frankly, I would rather have seen him jump Christy Canyon.
The mid-’70s also featured Bobby Riggs/Billie Jean King, Battle of the Network Stars and a host of other tacky yet cherished distractions. Maybe we’re all in for another wild huckster ride.
Scott asks about a bunch of other stuff, including plans to launch Good Afternoon America and the release of the classic ’60s series Route 66 on DVD. You can listen in here.