PAUL VAN HOUSE REMEMBERS:
My two favorite memories are of on-air gaffes. Both of these as well as
photos and other audio cuts are on my Radio memories page,
The gaffe was at WIDG St. Ignace while I was doing the morning sports. The
PD (Mike Travis) posed in the window in front of me next to Leo Sayers'
"Endless Flight" album in which Leo is floating in mid - air. Travis then
turned the album sideways and matched the pose. As I started to giggle he
turned the album upside down and began to stand on his head. I totally
lost it as I was talking about a man who fell into the icy waters of Lake
Huron during a yacht race and was rescued when helicopter lights shined
off of his "bald head." I cut the sports short and Travis issued a "Thank
You Bouncin' Binky," a reference to my CB Handle.
The second was while doing the morning news at KPRC Houston. I was reading
a story about how a very unfortunate boy was beginning the new year in
Austin ... as sports anchor Steve Gilmartin slid into the studio to do his
thing. Now this was a "filler" piece that I always included to fill time
if necessary. Since there was literally no spot load that morning, I was
deep into the "not proof read" filler. The story was about a boy who had
some sort of birth defect, his father was in prison, his mother on drugs,
and other unfortunate things. I could hear Gilmartin suppressing laughter
as each new tragic development was revealed. When I read the line about
one of his relatives being run over and killed by a taxi cab I had to kill
the mic because I was laughing out loud. After 10-15 seconds of dead air,
I keyed the mic back on and tried to finish. Gilmartin's face was red as
he tried to contain himself. I finally gave up, hit the sports jingle and
introduced Gilmartin, a consummate professional. As he was muttering
something about "that poor little boy," my head was down and I was shaking
with silent laughter. As Gilmartin tried to compose himself there were
long pauses and deep breaths. You could hear me sobbing in the background.
He finally got into a fairly lengthy actuality and we were both able to
Luckily, I have both of these on tape and will hopefully post them on my
web site in the future.
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