January 6, 2007
KTLA dropping Stephanie Edwards from the Rose Parade is like taking the chocolate out of chocolate cake ["One Less Rose on KTLA's Parade Float," by Scott Collins, Dec. 29]. Has station manager Vinnie Malcolm never watched the Rose Parade? For 25-plus years, Stephanie has been the charming one, cracking jokes to Bob Eubanks' stiff, boring delivery. Prior to that, the KTLA parade coverage was hosted by Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows. Ever since, Stephanie has been Steve and Bob has been Jayne.
November 28, 1992 |
For those who thought that four Thanksgiving Day parades weren't enough, this weekend will feature two more holiday parades--one a longstanding tradition, the other a more irreverent toast to the street march. Roseanne Arnold and her husband, Tom, are the grand marshals of "The Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade," Sunday at 6 p.m. on KTLA. Leeza Gibbons and Bob Eubanks are the hosts of the event that will be repeated at 10 p.m. on Channel 5.
January 3, 2004 |
They're a habit that Southland TV viewers show no signs of wanting to break. We're talking about Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards, hosts of KTLA-TV Channel 5's annual coverage of the Rose Parade in Pasadena. With them at the microphone Thursday morning, KTLA once again dominated ratings for the New Year's Day event, despite the fact that the parade was available on at least six other channels. In all, about 1.
January 19, 1991
To correct Irv Letofsky's TV Review, "Things Come Up Roses in Parade Coverage," Jan. 2: Letofsky writes that KTLA's 1990 parade ratings, "the fattest ever, exceeded the combined shares of the five other stations in town that carry the parade." While this is an impressive comparison, KTLA's 1990 rating of about 23 was not the "fattest ever." In 1988, the last year that I produced, directed and co-wrote with Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards the parade for KTLA, the station received 25.
January 24, 1993
I had the misfortune of tuning in to Channel 11 (KTTV, 10:30 a.m.) to watch the Rose Parade with Dorothy Lucey and Mark Thompson doing the reporting. I had to listen to both talk about how badly they needed to go to the bathroom, her bladder problem, the droppings of the horses, etc. Then they kept telling of the station's 30-second-only commercials, which ran about every three minutes. Consequently, I missed seeing the floats of the Rose Queen and her court, the Queen's Trophy, the Washington Huskies and who knows what else.
January 7, 2006
RE "Edwards Spends This Parade Out in the Cold," by Susan King, Jan. 3, and "Rain on Rose Parade Is OK for KTLA," by Scott Collins, Jan. 4: Memo to KTLA: Some things don't need to be improved. Some things are just tradition, like Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards in the booth for the Rose Parade. After half an hour of this year's format, I turned off the broadcast. For the first time in 25 years, I didn't watch. Why, you ask? Because the spark wasn't there. The repartee wasn't there. The tradition wasn't there.
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November 3, 2010 |
Charlie O'Donnell, a television announcer best known for his elongated introduction of "Wheeeeeeel of Fortune" during the 28 years that he was the game show's off-stage voice, has died. He was 78. O'Donnell, who was also Dick Clark's early sidekick on TV's "American Bandstand," died Monday of natural causes at his home in Sherman Oaks, his family said. "He quite literally was the voice of 'Wheel,'" Pat Sajak, the show's host, told The Times on Tuesday. "He had an old-school style that was a little over the top. It was perfect for the show.