In 1998, NBC Affilate WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee gave me the opportunity to produce and host my own TV show. These test series aired on subsequent Sunday nights at 10:30pm Central time, just after the late local news.
Here’s the promo for the series:
Below you’ll find the full episode of the first Gadget Guru TV show from 1988 that appeared on Sunday at 10:30pm on NBC Affiliate, WSMV-TV in Nashville. Prior to this era, I had appeared in numerous TV segments, but never hosted a full show. If you ask me, it was cutting edge for the 80’s.
The show opening was performed by a Mac + that had a very early version of text to speech software. That would be the equivalent to Siri’s Grandfather!
My Co-Host was Sharon Steakley and while I did a segment on the first microwave oven that included a popcorn button, she hosted a follow-up segment on the best microwave popcorn.
TV legend Charlie Chase stopped by the set to get some advice on the various camcorder formats so that he didn’t end up with the equivalent of another Beta machine. The free popcorn was a nice perk!
And, to demonstrate the differences of various camera focal/zoom lengths, Former Ms. Kentucky, Suzanne Pittman provided a unique method to showcase this optional camcorder feature.
Sharon and I made a video phone call. Well, it was a “still” video phone call!
Executive Producer and legendary movie reviewer, Jimmy Carter provided a Top 10 List of the best movies available at the rental store.
And, Mike Bohan, Nashville TV and Radio legend lends his voice as the Announcer!
Yes, there’s lot’s of legends on this TV show!
I’ll be releasing other episodes of The Gadget Guru TV Show in the future, but until then, grab some popcorn and enjoy! But, if you want to know which brand of popcorn is the best, you’ll have to watch the video. Well, you’ll find out which brand was the best in 1988!
So, I’ll ask you: Did this show survive the test of time? What’s it like to watch a new products show that’s 27 years old?
Here’s the first episode: