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#14107: "LIVE AND LET LIVE" A WBAI RADIO SPECIAL
1963-05-19, WBAI, 93 min.
Les Crane, Randolfe Wicker, Randy Wicker, Dick Elman, Randolf Wicker, Harry, Jack, Bill, Peter, Marty

A repeat of a rare July 15, 1962 broadcast for its time. A round table discussion by eight male homosexuals discussing their lives and loves.     

Moderator: WBAI Public Affairs Director, Dick Elman. 

To humanize homosexuality, Randolfe Wicker brought together a panel of eight homosexuals to speak as they would speak to each other. WBAI public affairs director, Dick Elman moderates a discussion recorded at a Brownstone home in NYC on the West Side. 

NOTE:

In early 1962, WBAI New York’s listener-supported “progressive" radio station aired an hour-long special, “The Homosexual In America.” It featured a panel of psychiatrists who described gay people as sick and in need of a cure — a cure that they could provide with just a few hours of therapy.

Gay Activist and founder of the “Homosexual League of New York” Randy Wicker was livid, not only at the ignorance of these so-called “experts,” but also because, once again, there was a panel of straight people talking about gay people they didn’t even know.

Wicker went to the WBAI studios and confronted Dick Elman, the station’s public affairs director. “Why do you have these people on that don’t know a damn thing about homosexuality? They don’t live it and breathe it the way I do. … I spend my whole life in gay society.”  Wicker demanded equal time and Elman agreed, provided Wicker find other gay people willing to go on the air as part of a panel.  When plans for the program were announced, the New York Journal-American went ballistic. Jack O’Brian, the paper’s radio-TV columnist, wrote that the station should change its callsign to WSICK for agreeing to air an “arrogant card-carrying swish.”

The broadcast titled “Live and Let Live,” featured Wicker and seven other gay men, identified only as Harry, Jack, Bill, Peter, Marty, and two others, talking for ninety minutes about what it was like to be gay.  They talked about their difficulties in maintaining careers, the problems of police harassment, and the social responsibility of gays and straights alike. The program’s host guided the programs with questions to the panel. “Is there harassment?” he asked. One panelist described some of the police harassment he had experienced, when one officer “roared up, jumped out of the car, grabbed me, and started giving me this big thing about ‘What are you doing here, you know there are a lot of queers around this neighborhood.’ He said, ‘You know, there’s only one thing worse than a queer, and that’s a nigger’.” (Remember this was 1962.)

The New York Times’s  called the program “the most extensive consideration of the subject to be heard on American radio” —  
   
A week before the broadcast, Jack O'Brian, a "right-wing" columnist for the New York Journal American, attacked it as an attempt to present "the ease of living the gay life." Wicker made the rounds to Variety, Newsweek, and The New York Times informing them of the broadcast and the attack on it by O'Brian. The 90-minute program, believed to be the first such in the United States, aired on July 15, 1962. Several mainstream media outlets, alerted by Wicker, covered the broadcast, which received favorable treatment in The New York Times, The Realist, Newsweek, the New York Herald Tribune, and Variety.

As a result of the publicity, from 1962 through 1964 Wicker was one of the most visible gay people in New York. He spoke to countless church groups and college classes and, in 1964, became the first openly gay person to appear on East Coast television with a January 31st appearance on The Les Crane Show which was recorded at the time of the original broadcast by Phil Gries founder and owner of Archival Television Audio.

 Wicker is credited with organizing the first known gay rights demonstration in the United States. 
                                                                       
#532: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1963-10-26, WABC, 42 min.
Rudy Vallee, Jack E. Leonard, Milt Kamen, Les Crane, Joyce Davidson

Les Crane hosts this live 1:00 AM late night phone-in talk show with guests Milt Kamen, Jack E. Leonard and Joyce Davidson. Rudy Vallee phones the show and talks to the guests. 
He especially criticizes Leonard for using incorrect grammar when speaking on the show.

Debut of program was September 16, 1963. For the first month the title of the telecast was NIGHT LINE...LES CRANE. Beginning on October 18, 1963 the title was changed to THE LES CRANE SHOW. 

These late night LIVE broadcasts were aired Monday thru Friday. on local station WABC New York. Beginning December 6, 1963 late night broadcasts aired Tuesday thru Saturday. Also, another time slot opened for Crane with a similar format airing on WABC in the afternoon...a one hour version broadcast from 1:30-2:30pm, five days a week, and again returning to late night broadcasting usually 1am to 2:00am after the WABC late movie, THE BEST OF BROADWAY. This TALK SHOW / PHONE IN version of The Les Crane Show concluded its final broadcast  on July 31, 1964.

On August 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8, 1964 THE NEW LES CRANE SHOW premiered...a five program trial rivaling Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.  It was Nationally televised and it is considered the FIRST network talk show program to compete with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. On November 9, 1964 THE LES CRANE SHOW premiered and aired regularly weeknights on the ABC network, opposite Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.
After 14 weeks, and low ratings, this series ended with its last telecast airing on February 26, 1965. Les Crane's late night network career was over, and never to be resumed Nationally.

ABC renamed their late night time slot NIGHTLIFE, premiering on February 29, 1965.This one hour forty five minute weekly late night talk series showcased guest hosts. This series run  lasted four months, the last broadcast airing on June 25, 1965. Guest hosts included: Shelley Berman, Pat Boone, Jack Carter, Allan Sherman, Dave Garroway, Bill Cullen, William B. Williams (announcer of this series run), Eddy Arnold, Dale Robetson, Dick Shawn, Louis Nye, & Jan Murray. 

Form June 28 to October 22, 1965 Les Crane returned to this time slot...the series title remaining, NIGHTLIFE. Les Crane no longer was a solo host. He co-hosted with Dave Garroway, and Nippsy Russell.

Two years later, Les Crane returned to local late night television appearing for eight months on WNEW channel 5 in New York 11:15pm - 12:15am from January 15, 1968 changing time slots on July 8, 1968, 11:45pm - 12:45pm. Final show aired on September 6, 1968, and it was the last time Les Crane would host a late night television talk show.   

NOTE: A two hour radio broadcast profiling Les Crane, including TV Audio Air Check Crane highlights from the ATA archive can be listend to in its entirety. It appears on the ATA website under the link TV CONFIDENTIAL. The segment (SOUNDS OF LOST TELEVISION) was recorded in Pasadena California and aired in 2014 with host Ed Roberton, and guest Phil Gries. 

NOTE: Most all of Les Crane's cumulative 26 months of broadcasting as a talk show host is today non-existent. Tapes were destroyed, erased and whereabouts unknown. The 25 television air checks archived in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. library is the most known Les Crane broadcast records to exist in the country.
 
Extant examples existing elsewhere include two broadcast kinescopes archived by The Paley Center for Media (one from 1967, and the other, a broadcast from January 31, 1968 titled "Rich Jews." There is archived at UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE four extant examples related to Les Crane, including a 45 minute compilation demo/presentation reel with clips from the New Les Crane Show trial run (Aug. 1964).

NOTE: The Les Crane Show  late night talk program on ABC during the 1964-65 television season pioneered a format of television later embraced by icon Phil Donahue, Crane fell to NBC’s The Tonight Show, a national brand with a decade of broadcasting tenure, proved its dominance.  Donahue began his legendary career in Dayton in 1967, evolving into a daytime programming staple for nearly 30 years.

Les Crane’s daughter Caprice points out that her father used journalism to cover topics and people that others feared to explore.  “He created the shotgun mike,” says Crane of her dad, who passed away in 2008.  “He had guests who did not provide the typical fluff, for example, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, and the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald.  He had the first publicly gay man on his show.  He was also an amazing listener who helped create a new television format that demanded more information for the listener.  
The Les Crane Show didn’t last long because the person who tries the new thing always gets penalized.  People are afraid of the unknown until it becomes mainstream.”

A renaissance media man for the second half of the 20th century, Crane held interests and influences beyond journalism.  “My dad gave The Mamas and the Papas group its name,” reminds Caprice Crane.  “Casey Kasem credited him with inventing the Top 40 radio format at KRLA.  He also got into the computer business before it was big.  His company was Software Tool Works, which produced the Chess Master computer program.  He was always before his time.”

Crane’s innovative format allowed one of baseball’s biggest heroes, Jackie Robinson, to debate one of conservatism’s biggest allies, William F. Buckley.  Nowhere on television in the mid-1960s could audiences see this type of television fodder.  Unfortunately, The Les Crane Show fell victim to a common policy of television networks destroying tapes because of the shortsighted view that future generations would not be interested.  How wrong they were.                                                               
#587: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-01-08, WABC, 51 min.
Barry Sullivan, Les Crane, Jan Sterling, Dave Garroway

On this telephone talk show, guests are Dave Garroway, Barry Sullivan and Jan Sterling.
#598: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-01-31, WABC, 38 min.
Les Crane, Randolph Wicker, Morton Getman, Sandor Loran, Randolfe Wicker, Randy Wicker, Randole Wicker

Les Crane's guests Randolph Wicker, Morton Getman, and Dr. Sandor Loran take phone calls related to homosexuality. 

 Wicker was one of the most visible homosexuals in New York. During the early 1960's he spoke at countless Church groups and College classes. He became the first openly gay person to appear on East Coast television on this Les Crane television talk show. This telecast is not extant in any broadcast form in any museum, or private collection, except for this TV audio excerpt recorded off the air at the time of the telecast by archivist Phil Gries, founder and owner of Archival Television Audio, Inc. 

NOTE: 98% of all Les Crane television broadcasts (1963-1968) are considered lost, wiped or destroyed. 

  
2017 Interview with Randolfe Wicker
LGBTQ Nation

You appeared on “The Les Crane Show” and answered questions about homosexuality, where you were believed to be the first gay person to appear openly on East Coast TV without a disguise or a fake name.

RW: They contacted me and Les Crane was the cutting edge new show and homosexuality was one of the taboo topics. I had to answer call-in questions and some of them were pretty direct. I had one woman call in and say she had a cousin or an uncle who she knew was gay. She worried about him being in contact with her children. I told her I thought the chances of any problems like that would be very minor, especially if she let him know that she knew he was gay, knew that he would not do anything nefarious.

QN: What kind of reactions did you receive after that TV appearance?

RW: Generally very good. When I opened my [art deco] store in 1974, I’d say for a period of maybe 10 years, there would be several people who would come through that door every week and they always said the same thing. They said, “You changed my life.”

People don’t realize that, in those days, you thought you were the only one. Then, they saw me on “The Les Crane Show” and it made them realize there were others like themselves.                                                
#609: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-02-17, WABC, 53 min.
Bobby Darin, Jack E. Leonard, Merv Griffin, Les Crane

Guests on this live telephone talk show are Jack E. Leonard and Bobby Darin. Merv Griffin phones in as well as viewers with questions for Les Crane's guests.
#635A: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-03-00, WABC, 6 min.
Les Crane, Mercedes McCambridge, Lou Antonio

      Les Crane welcomes guests Mercedes McCambridge and Lou Antonio on his afternoon broadcast. Discussion about current young movie stars.        
#628: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-03-00, WABC, 51 min.
Les Crane, Lena Levine

Dr. Lena Levine takes phone calls relating to the subject of "The Frigid Wife."
#628A: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-03-00, WABC, 51 min.
Les Crane, Dr. Tilla Vahanian, Lynn Cher, Gail Greene

Author Gail Greene, psychotherapist Dr. Tilla Vahanian and Miss Lynn Cher take phone calls related to the subject: "Sex And The College Girl."
#635: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-03-01, WABC, 51 min.
Otto Preminger, Les Crane, Keir Dullea

Guest Otto Preminger and Keir Dullea answer phone calls from viewers.
#638: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-03-28, WABC, 60 min.
Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Milt Kamen, Merv Griffin, Les Crane

Les Crane's guests are Merv Griffin and Don Knotts who answer phone calls from viewers including Andy Griffith and Milt Kamen.
#656: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-05-22, WABC, 51 min.
Les Crane, William Haddad, Scott Stanley

The subject for this show is "The John Birch Society." Les Crane's guests are William Haddad, former director of the Peace Core, and Scott Stanley, managing editor of the magazine, "American Opinion," published by the John Birch Society.
#661: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-05-30, WABC, 54 min.
Jayne Mansfield, Milt Kamen, Merv Griffin, Abbe Lane, Les Crane

Jayne Mansfield, who replaces scheduled guest Abbe Lane, joins other guests, Merv Griffin and Milt Kamen on this late night phone-in live talk show.
#682: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-07-11, WABC, 54 min.
Joanne Woodward, Les Crane, Sydney Chaplin

Guests on this live day time phone-in talk show are Joanne Woodward and Sydney Chaplin. The mother of Della Reese calls the show.
#688: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-07-25, WABC, 50 min.
Les Crane, Lena Levine

A follow-up to her previous appearance in March, Psychiatrist and Gynecologist Dr. Lena Levine takes phone calls related to "The Frigid Wife."
#693: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-03, WABC, 62 min.
Robert Preston, Les Crane, Celeste Holm, Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban, Mel Brooks

The Premiere Pilot show on National Nighttime ABC Television is broadcast. Les Crane's guests include Harry Belafonte, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Preston, Celeste Holm and Mel Brooks, who does a satirical recap of tonight's broadcast.             
#694: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-04, WABC, 22 min.
Jackie Robinson, Les Crane, Barry Goldwater, Shelley Winters, William F. Buckley Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson

It's a heated discussion about Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater with guests Jackie Robinson, Shelley Winters and William F. Buckley Jr. The program is interrupted for 8 minutes by an ABC News Bulletin from the White House. President Lyndon B. Johnson talks to the American People concerning the Gulf of Tonkin attack and USA intervention. Prior to resuming "The Les Crane Show," the network plays "The National Anthem," a patriotic gesture of the era.  

NOTE:     In his autobiography I Never Had It Made, Jackie Robinson explained his encounter with William F. Buckley Jr., a harbinger of the right wing, and his reliance on a sports strategy: “When you know that you are going to face a tough, tricky opponent, you don’t let him get the first lick.  Jump him before he can do anything and stay on him, keeping him on the defensive.  Never let up and you rattle him effectively.  When the show opened up—before Buckley could get into his devastating act of using snide remarks, big words, and the superior manner—I lit right into him with the charge that many influential "Goldwaterites" were racists.  Shelley Winters piled in behind me, and Buckley scarcely got a chance to collect his considerable wit.”

The Les Crane Show was a late night talk program on ABC during the 1964-65 television season.  Les Crane was a pioneer of a format on television in the mid-1960s where  audiences could not see this type of television confrontation banter elsewhere.  Unfortunately, The Les Crane Show fell victim to a common policy of television networks destroying tapes because of the shortsighted view that future generations would not be interested. Sadly, only a few excerpts and two shows remain extant from Les Crane's entire television broadcasting career. 
        
#695: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-05, WABC, 48 min.
John F. Kennedy, Les Crane, Marguerite Oswald, Melvin Belli, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mel Brooks

A debate between attorney Melvin Belli and Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, eight and half months earlier.  

During the show Les Crane states that this program is his most important, and a breakthrough in television history broadcasting. 

NOTE: 
Mel Brooks, who listened to this tape in 2012, stated that he did not remember doing this show. He in fact does appear and contributes a rare serious editorial recap at the end of the broadcast. 

Archival Television Audio, Inc. sold to Shout Factory a number of "lost" Mel Brooks TV appearances used in their 2012 release of "The Incredible Mel Brooks," a five DVD and one CD box set.           
#696: LES CRANE SHOW, THE NEW
1964-08-06, WABC, 47 min.
Shelley Berman, Mort Sahl, Les Crane, Rona Jaffe, Richard Burton, Mel Brooks, Hugh Hefner

"Morals in America Today" is discussed by guests Hugh Hefner, Rona Jaffe, Shelley Berman and Mort Sahl. Richard Burton discusses his career in a separate segment and Mel Brooks does an editorial recap of tonight's show.             
#14665: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-11-09, WABC, 20 min.
Les Crane, Madalyn Murray OHair

 Premiere of THE LES CRANE SHOW which is the first weekly telecast Nationally televised talk show to compete against THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. 

Guest is Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American activist supporting atheism and separation of church and state, who founded the American Atheists, serving as its president from 1963 to 1986. 

On this premiere show O'Hare discuses the Supreme Court decision on prayer ban in Public Schools.  

Duplicate of # V1.                                                               
#V1: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-11-09, WABC, 20 min.
Les Crane

 Premiere of THE LES CRANE SHOW which is the first weekly telecast Nationally televised talk show to compete against THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. 

Guest is Madalyn Murray O'Hare, American activist supporting atheism and separation of church and state, who founded the American Atheists, serving as its president from 1963 to 1986. 

On this premiere show O'Hare discuses the Supreme Court decision on prayer ban in Public Schools.   

Duplicate of # 14665.                                                               
#14688: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-11-30, WABC, 21 min.
Les Crane, Max Rafferty, Bernard Levin

Les Crane's guests are Dr. Max Rafferty and Mr. Bernard Levin.

A debate on censorship. 

Duplicate of #V2.                        
#V2: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-11-30, WABC, 21 min.
Les Crane, Max Rafferty, Bernard Levin

Les Crane's guests are Dr. Max Rafferty and Mr. Bernard Levin.

A debate on censorship. 

Duplicate of #14688.                         
#SS1: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-12-02, WABC, 13 min.
Les Crane, Malcolm X

  Les Crane's guests is Malcolm X.

Note:some audio variation (hum) but very discernible and rare.                        
#14692: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1964-12-08, ABC, 7 min.
Les Crane, Jackie Vernon

Les Crane's guest is comedian Jackie Vernon. 

                                     
#727: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1965-01-31, WABC, 10 min.
Jack E. Leonard, Les Crane, Abe Burrows

Les Crane's guests are Jack E. Leonard and Abe Burrows.
#14911B: NIGHTLIFE WITH LES CRANE
1965-07-02, WABC, 18 min.
Les Crane, Nipsey Russell, Harold E. Knowlton, Bob Trapp, Michael Sumner

Tonight's topic: 

"Is There Anything Wrong with Motorcycling?"

To date there are one million motorcyclists in the USA.
During the past week 15,000 motorcyclists converged on the town of Laconia New Hampshire for the 46th annual New England motorcycle rally and race. A riot ensued and police and The National Guard were called to stop the riot. 

To discuss this topic are guests Harold Knowlton Police Chief of Laconia, Michael Sumner, journalist covering the story at the scene for Sports Illustrated magazine, and Bob Trapp President of the CCMC motorcycle club. He was in Laconia at the time of the rally. Nipsey Russell and Les Crane add their own points of view. 


LES CRANE TV  Late Night Talk Show Host.

The debut of Les Crane on WABC television in New York  was September 16, 1963. For the first month, the title of the telecast was NIGHTLINE...LES CRANE. Beginning on October 18, 1963, the title was changed to THE LES CRANE SHOW. 

These late-night LIVE broadcasts were aired Monday thru Friday. on local station WABC New York. Beginning December 6, 1963, late-night broadcasts aired Tuesday thru Saturday. Also, another time slot opened for Crane with a similar format airing on WABC in the afternoon...a one hour version broadcast from 1:30-2:30 pm, five days a week, and again returning to late-night broadcasting usually 1 am to 2:00 am after the WABC late movie, THE BEST OF BROADWAY. This TALK SHOW / PHONE IN version of The Les Crane Show concluded its final broadcast on July 31, 1964.

On August 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8, 1964 THE NEW LES CRANE SHOW premiered...a five program trial rivaling Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.  It was Nationally televised and it is considered the FIRST network talk show program to compete with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. On November 9, 1964, THE LES CRANE SHOW premiered and aired regularly weeknights on the ABC network, opposite Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.
After 14 weeks, and low ratings, this series ended with its last telecast airing on February 26, 1965. Les Crane's late-night network career was over, and never to be resumed Nationally.

ABC renamed their late-night time slot NIGHTLIFE, premiering on February 29, 1965. This one hour forty-five-minute weekly late-night talk series showcased guest hosts. This series run lasted four months, the last broadcast airing on June 25, 1965. Guest hosts included: Shelley Berman, Pat Boone, Jack Carter, Allan Sherman, Dave Garraway, Bill Cullen, William B. Williams (announcer of this series run), Eddy Arnold, Dale Robertson, Dick Shawn, Louis Nye, & Jan Murray. 

Form June 28 to October 22, 1965 Les Crane returned to this time slot...the series title remaining, NIGHTLIFE. Les Crane no longer was a solo host. He co-hosted with Dave Garroway, and Nipsey Russell.

Two years later, Les Crane returned to local late night television appearing for eight months on WNEW channel 5 in New York 11:15pm - 12:15am from January 15, 1968 changing time slots on July 8, 1968, 11:45pm - 12:45pm. Final show aired on September 6, 1968, and it was the last time Les Crane would host a late night television talk show.   

NOTE: A two hour radio broadcast profiling Les Crane, including TV Audio Air Check Crane highlights from the ATA archive can be listened to in its entirety. It appears on the ATA website under the link TV CONFIDENTIAL. The segment (SOUNDS OF LOST TELEVISION) was recorded in Pasadena California and aired in 2014 with host Ed Robertson, and guest Phil Gries. 

NOTE: Most all of Les Crane's cumulative 26 months of broadcasting as a talk show host is today non-existent. Tapes were destroyed, erased and whereabouts unknown. The 25 television air checks archived in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. library is the most known Les Crane broadcast records to exist in the country.
 
Extant examples existing elsewhere include two broadcast kinescopes archived by The Paley Center for Media (one from 1967, and the other, a broadcast from January 31, 1968 titled "Rich Jews." There is archived at UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE four extant examples related to Les Crane, including a 45 minute compilation demo/presentation reel with clips from the New Les Crane Show trial run (Aug. 1964).

NOTE: The Les Crane Show  late night talk program on ABC during the 1964-65 television season pioneered a format of television later embraced by icon Phil Donahue, Crane fell to NBC’s The Tonight Show, a national brand with a decade of broadcasting tenure, proved its dominance.  Donahue began his legendary career in Dayton in 1967, evolving into a daytime programming staple for nearly 30 years.

Les Crane’s daughter Caprice points out that her father used journalism to cover topics and people that others feared to explore.  “He created the shotgun mike,” says Crane of her dad, who passed away in 2008.  “He had guests who did not provide the typical fluff, for example, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, and the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald.  He had the first publicly gay man on his show.  He was also an amazing listener who helped create a new television format that demanded more information for the listener.  
The Les Crane Show didn’t last long because the person who tries the new thing always gets penalized.  People are afraid of the unknown until it becomes mainstream.”

A renaissance media man for the second half of the 20th century, Crane held interests and influences beyond journalism.  “My dad gave The Mamas and the Papas group its name,” reminds Caprice Crane.  “Casey Kasem credited him with inventing the Top 40 radio format at KRLA.  He also got into the computer business before it was big.  His company was Software Tool Works, which produced the Chess Master computer program.  He was always before his time.”

Crane’s innovative format allowed one of baseball’s biggest heroes, Jackie Robinson, to debate one of conservatism’s biggest allies, William F. Buckley. Nowhere on television in the mid-1960s could audiences see this type of television fodder.  Unfortunately, The Les Crane Show fell victim to a common policy of television networks destroying tapes because of the shortsighted view that future generations would not be interested in. How wrong they were.                                                                                                                                                       
#14942: NIGHTLIFE WITH LES CRANE
1965-09-01, ABC, 10 min.
David Susskind, Les Crane

June 28th 1965-October 22nd, 1965 (ABC)

Guest: David Susskind.                                  
#V4: NIGHTLIFE
1965-09-01, ABC, 2 min.
David Susskind, Les Crane

  Les Crane with David Susskind who tells a joke.                                                                           
#14949: NIGHTLIFE WITH LES CRANE
1965-09-27, ABC, 28 min.
Oscar Levant, Les Crane

June 28th 1965-October 22nd, 1965 (ABC)

Guest: Oscar Levant. 

                                               
#V3: NIGHTLIFE WITH LES CRANE
1965-09-27, ABC, 10 min.
Oscar Levant, Les Crane

  Les Crane interviews Oscar Levant.                                                                           
#15512: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1968-01-15, WNEW, min.
Les Crane, Timothy Leary, Max Rafferty

 PREMIERE OF THE LES CRANE SHOW which airs five nights a week for one hour. Broadcast locally from New York on WNEW Channel 5 New York. Again,Crane's tenure in this format, late night, competing against Johnny Carson's Tonight Show on NBC as well as The Joey Bishop Show on ABC, would not last as ratings never climbed. The show ended seven and half months after it began with the final broadcast, September 6, 1968, ending Les Crane's television talk show career which began in New York only five years before...totaling in that span of time only 22 months of actual broadcasting. 

 Les Crane's guests are Timothy Leary and Max Rafferty who debate the topic of drugs.    

Duplicate of # V5.                                                                         
#V5: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1968-01-15, WNEW, min.
Les Crane, Timothy Leary, Max Rafferty

 PREMIERE OF THE LES CRANE SHOW which airs five nights a week for one hour. Broadcast locally from New York on WNEW Channel 5 New York. Again,Crane's tenure in this format, late night, competing against Johnny Carson's Tonight Show on NBC as well as The Joey Bishop Show on ABC, would not last as ratings never climbed. The show ended seven and half months after it began with the final broadcast, September 6, 1968, ending Les Crane's television talk show career which began in New York only five years before...totaling in that span of time only 22 months of actual broadcasting. 

 Les Crane's guests are Timothy Leary and Max Rafferty who debate the topic of drugs.                                                               
#15527: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1968-01-31, WNEW, min.
Les Crane

A pro and con discussion on the Viet Nam war.

Duplicate of #V6.                                                  
#V6: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1968-01-31, WNEW, min.
Les Crane

A pro and con discussion on the Viet Nam war.                                    
#AC1: LES CRANE SHOW, THE
1968-03-19, WNEW, 50 min.
Les Crane, Stephen M. Burmingham, Bill Kramer, Jack Hirshman

A discussion on the subject of "Rich Jews." Panel, Rabbi Bill Kramer, Stephen M. Burmingham, and Jack Hirshman. 

  A rare complete Les Crane Show broadcast archived on video in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc.                                              
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