Friday, May 28, 2004

Underground Savannah

Andy Warhol was right. Everyone has their fifteen minutes of fame. I know that I've had at least 45. I've done radio, written an editorial or two, I've even done "Wheel Of Fortune". No joke on the last one.College Week, 1985. But, that's for another day. But the most fun I've ever had was creating my own television show.

I started "Underground Savannah" in 1990. I was out of work, aside from the fact that I was working for my old man in his record store. Since he was paying me so cheaply to work for him, you may as well say I was unemployed. I lost my last radio job at the time and was bored out of my skull. My future ex-wife, then girlfriend at the time, Jan, could see it. I had so much pent up energy. We would joke around, playing skits around the house. We would watch all of these shows on the telly and say to ourselves, "WE could do better than that", even though for the most part, I thought it couldn't be done.

What I didn't realize was the growth of the cable industry in the early 90's. It was a booming business wich channels up and coming. Cable companies were growing and had to satisfy the local viewers. One of the things they did was create local access channels where citizens could voice their own opinions as they saw fit. There were political shows, religious shows, general chat shows, gardening, education, blah, blah, blah. Simple simple stuff. How about a show that I can watch? That's how I came up with "Underground".

It would be a music video show, back when clips where really getting a foothold of America. It would also be a sketch comedy show, written mostly, but improv driven. The budget for the show? What budget?

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