Thursday, March 2, 2017

Operation Save a Life and John Harlan

I've been involved in radio and television since 1979, and I've been part of a lot of public service projects.  Most have been great.

Operation Save a Life is in the upper tier.  Kidde and WNEP distribute smoke alarms to fire companies here in our area.  Firefighters make sure they get to people in need, families and individuals who may be unprotected.

We did another distribution, our 14th, Tuesday.  I really had nothing to do with it.  My job was to hang around, say hello, and point visitors in the right direction.  Still, it was nice to watch the process and meet all the firefighters.
We gave away thousands of units.  If you need one, please contact the fire department in your town.  Our friends in Wilkes-Barre say they always have a few smoke alarms on each truck, so they can install them, where needed as soon as possible.

Hope to see you all next year.

I have to note one more thing before I hit the "publish" button.  John Harlan died Monday.  He was the announcer for several game shows and network specials.  Great voice.  Great delivery.  Not over the top as some game show announcers can be.  I will remember him best for the ABC editions of Password in the 1970's.  The great Johnny Olson was my all time favorite game show announcer.  Harlan was a close second.  John Harlan was 91 years old.

Below is a list of Harlan's work I lifted from his LinkedIn profile.  The man was a giant.

50 Thousand Grand Slam
All Star Blitz
Celebrity Sweepstakes
Cross Wits
Face the Music
It Takes Two
It's Your Bet
Jeopardy 78 - 79
Name That Tune
Relatively Speaking
Surprise Package
Two In a Row
You Don't Say


American Gladiators
Book Of Lists
General Hospital
Hunt For Amazing Treasures
Queen For A Day
The Brighter Day
The Girl In My Life
The Ron Reagan Show
You Asked For It

Academy Awards
American Dance Awards
Cable Ace Awards
Disney Teacher Award Show
Emmy Awards
Golden Globes
Grammy Awards
Horatio Alger Awards
People's Choice Awards
SAG Award Show
Soap Opera Awards
TV Acadamy Hall of Fame
Victor Awards
World Music Awards

Miss America
Miss Universe
Miss U.S.A.
Mrs America
Mrs World
Mother/Daughter Pageant


All Star Salute Dinners for…..
Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
Bob Hope Specials 
Candid Camera Specials
Captain and Tenniele
Disney's Young Musicians
Flip Wilson
Judy Garland Show
Mac Davis
NBC Follies - Sammy Davis
The Monte Carlo Show
This Is Your Life

Ice Capades with Kirk Cameron
Joan Rivers Salutes Heidi Abromowitz
Joe Piscapo - In Concert
Julie Andrews Christmas
Kathy Lee…Christmas In New York
Muhammad Ali 50th Birthday
Munsters Today
Muppets…A Celebration of 30 Years
Neil Diamond …Hello Again
Opening Night At Rodney's Place
Pavaroti and Friends
Perry Como
Rich Little and Great Pertenders
Ringling Brothers…Clown Collage
Rodney Dangerfield..Nothin' Goes Right
Season Greetings Honnymooners
Super Model Of The World '88
The AFI Salute to ……
The Disneyland Story
The Honeymooners 35 Anniversary
The Knotts Landing Block Party
The Michael Crawford Special
The Mouseketeer Reunion
This Is Rock 'N' Roll
TV Academy Hall of Fame
Young Comedians Special

ABC Staff
California Artists Radio Theater
Sears Radio Theater