Radio on the TV

As expansive as the world wide web may be, I have discovered that the simplest things are often the hardest to track down.  Years ago, I searched fruitlessly for a reference guide to upcoming guests for the late night television shows.  This was, of course, before a simple YouTube search could yield vintage clips like this or this.  Far too often, I would find out after the fact that one of my favorite bands had appeared recently and my only (unlikely) hope was to catch it in reruns. 

Late night was, and continues to be, one of the few places to find actual live musical performances on television.  But there has always been very little emphasis on providing information on when bands are actually scheduled to appear.  I remedied that by stumbling upon the fantastic Late Night TV Page and still reference it to this day. 

Updated daily, and with no advertising, it is worth checking regularly to see which bands are hitting the talk show circuit.  Along with your favorite actors/actresses, comedians, and any other personalities that might get booked on the 15 or so shows tracked on the site.  Set your Tivo, DVR, VCR, or just call your friends and have them do it for you.

And if you are looking for more live music on television, I highly recommend keeping tabs on the upcoming performances on Austin City Limits.  ACL has actually been on public television for 34 years and offers up an eclectic mix of mini-concerts, as opposed to the single songs slotted by most late night shows.

Lastly, I will leave you with an unbelievable cameo from the man who changed late night television forever.  Personally, I could watch David Letterman in his movie acting debut alongside the definitely-not-for-everyone Chris Elliott in “Cabin Boy” over and over.  You, on the other hand, may not be surprised to learn that Letterman has not left his day job (night job?) for any movie roles since.

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~ by acm213 on January 7, 2009.

One Response to “Radio on the TV”

  1. Love the late night guests list!

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