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Subject: RIP Wally George

Written By: Mr_80s on 10/07/03 at 08:23 a.m.

For anybody that has never heard of Wally George, he died today in California.

Wally was mostly known in the LA area for his political talk show in the 1980's, but it was syndicated nationally throughout the 80's.

The founder of "Hot Seat", this show was a kind of combination of "Rush Limbaugh" and "Howard Stern".  He loved to bring on the show illiterate fools and then let them make fools of themselves.

However, he mostly loved to take on raceists.  KKK, Neo-Nazi, anti-semites, they were all fair game on his show.  He used a fast talking style that had them going in circles, and trying so hard to keep up that they appeared slow witted and stupified compared to Wally's quick articulate style of speaking.

Of course, Wally is much more known by contemporary America for his daughter, actress Rebecca De Mornay.


Subject: Re: RIP Wally George

Written By: bj26 on 10/07/03 at 09:41 a.m.

Sorry to hear about his passing.  Do you think the movie, "Talk Radio" with Eric Bogosian was based on Mr. George?

Subject: Re: RIP Wally George

Written By: Mr_80s on 10/07/03 at 01:08 p.m.

Sorry to hear about his passing.  Do you think the movie, "Talk Radio" with Eric Bogosian was based on Mr. George?
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Talk Radio was probably the best movie that Oliver Stone ever did.  I have seen it many times, and still watch it 2-3 times a year.

Talk Radio was actually loosely based on the life of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host from Denver who was assasinated by New-Nazis in 1984.  The producers also attended several tapings of the Tom Leykis talk show that was based out of Los Angeles.  Wally George did a TV show, with a live studio audience from a small UHF station in Anaheim California, but was syndicated nationwide.

But Wally George has also been threatened many times, and I seem to remember after he kicked John Metzger off his show he recieved a great many death threats.

This is one man that the Left was never able to accuse realistically of being racist or bigoted.  He blasted a great many people, on both sides of the fence.  Mostly, he picked people that were unable to explain their beliefs, and was very effective in tearing them apart.  I always enjoyed watching his show (even though at the time I was a Democrat myself), because he always supported our troops, was patriotic, and tolerated no BS.

Subject: Re: RIP Wally George

Written By: bhs82 on 10/07/03 at 03:45 p.m.

That's sad, I hadn't heard yet... mostly election coverage on the news right now...

Back before Jerry Springer, before Geraldo, before Morton Downey Jr. - Wally George pioneered outrageous TV - and it was just as you stated. Basically - any and every guest he had was of a contrary and descending opinion - hence the pasionate argumentation which uniquely characterized the show. This confrontational format was a first. He always had his security guards just off camera to haul the culprits away, so any physical confrontation was usually prevented beofore getting too serious.

Hot Seat still airs on KDOC, which is the Orange County station. I love to catch it late night on occassion. These are shows from back in the 80s. I lived in OC, and the audience shots remind me of people I knew back then - LOL

They just showe an old show with Poorman. As usual the audience was with Wally - until Poorman brought out a couple of babes in scantily clothed bikinis - the mostly teen audience quickly turned, and you could see Wally trying not to laugh on a couple of occasions. Other guests included Irv Rubin and the likes of what you mentioned.

Rebecca was always embarassed by her father and kept her distance - at least early on in her career. Many people who knew of them both don't even know she was his daughter. She was very liberally minded, while Wally was so conservative. I hope she got a chance to patch things up with him. I was just commenting to my wife last week while watching Boomtown that Rebecca was starting to look like her father. - wow