Jerry Lewis's fund-raising campaign for Muscular Dystrophy from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas which represents his first National MDA broadcast away from New York.
The broadcast begins at 9 PM Eastern time on September 2nd, 1973 and concludes on September 3rd, 1973 at 6:30 PM Eastern time. This was the first time the telethon was telecast from Las Vegas.
This year's Muscular Dystrophy Association of America telethon raised a record $12,395,983 in pledged money during its 21 1/2 hours of telecasting. There are numerous half hour cutaway breaks from the National broadcast...giving Jerry Lewis a break in the action, and these cutaways are hosted by a litany of hosts all over the country depending on the station broadcasting this marathon broadcast. In New York hosting at different intervals were Buddy Hackett, William B. Williams, Julius LaRosa and Soupy Sales and Mel Torme. In Nashville, Roy Clark hosted, etc. etc. This broadcast was recorded off the air in Schenectady New York, via station affiliate WRGB.
The hosts of locally cutaway segments on this audio air check are that of Ed, and Steve. There segments equate to approximatively 120 minutes of this 300 minute TV Audio Air Check broadcast excerpt. 200 minutes (approximately 3 and half hours reflect the National segments).
This broadcast recording begins at approximately 11:30 EST on Monday, September 3, 1973. John Gavin sings, "We've Got It." The New Seekers, British pop group perform, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." Peter Marshall is praised by Jerry for his game show Hollywood Squares. There is a film promo for MSD. Carol Lawrence sings "A Bright Sunshiny Day, and "Sand Dance." Her husband Robert Goulet and Carol talk with Jerry. Paul Anka who flew in specifically to sing on the show a rendition of "I Did it My Way," changing the lyrics related to Jerry Lewis's MDA telethon contributions sings this version. Phyllis Diller does a stand-up routine.
Andy Williams introduces each of the Lennon Sisters, Janet, Kathy, Peggy, and Dee Dee. Williams sings, "Close to You."
We get a local feed with Mel Torme who sings a duet with Jerry and then interviews Gina Lollobrigida who discusses her photography book "Italia Mia" containing three years of her work...a collection of 191 still pictures of Italians your and elders, families, sights and scenery.
Enzo Stuart sings "Maria." Red Buttons performs and sings "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," and his signature song, "HO HO."
Jerry wraps up the broadcast stating that when he began work for MDA he had but one secretary in 1950 and now his fund raising event is the second biggest in America. Jerry signs off singing, "You'll Never Walk Alone."