Saturday, January 22, 2011

You Know the Voice: Gary Owens returns to prime time (1982)

A great number of voice artists, past & present, have their roots in radio, including Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Casey Kasem, and today's subject, Gary Owens.

Better remembered for being the original voice of Space Ghost, as well as being the announcer for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Owens has also hosted some syndicated radio shows, including the golden oldies series, Gary Owens' Supertracks, which aired during the 80's, and I am not sure if that is still around. He also had a recurring role on Green Hornet during its TV run, playing a televison news anchor. Here, though, is a clip of Gary appearing on a short-lived ABC spring replacement series from 1982, No Soap, Radio, which aspired to be an amalgam of two popular British series, Fawlty Towers (because the show was set in a hotel) & Monty Python's Flying Circus. SufferingFoolsMusic uploaded this clip to YouTube:

Judge for yourselves, folks, and let me know what you think.

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