Wednesday, January 12, 2011

a closer look: NBC Studio 8-H

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #166: What’s New Wit You features Ken's tale of a visit to see Saturday Night Live on NBC's studio 8-H.

Ken was there to see an episode hosted Hilary Swank in February 2005. If you ever have a chance to catch a rerun listen closely and you may hear Ken laugh... or more likely, sigh.

Ken mentioned the former occupant of Studio 8-H, Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini was a famous conductor who became a household name when he began conducting the NBC symphony orchestra on radio.

Here is a picture of Toscanini waving his arms around:

Here he is about to beat a camera with a stick:

And here he is when he was a guest on the Ken P. D. Snydecast:

Toscanini died in the late 50s and the studio was later converted to be a space for TV broadcasts including Saturday Night Live.

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