Broadcasters #72


Gordon McLendon

4 comments:

estiv said...

The Old Scotsman -- I remember listening to his right-wing rants on the radio. He funded the movies "Giant Gila Monster" and "Killer Shrews," in the latter of which he had a small part as an assistant mad scientist with coke-bottle eyeglasses who dies in the laboratory.

Christopher said...

brought movie making to texas..Killer Shrews..Giant Gila Monster..I used to go to his Gemini Drive-in here in Dallas in the early 70s..

Timmy said...

Well, there was a man named Gordon McLendon (note the spelling...) who was a huge AM radio programming genius in Texas, in the late 50's & early 60's. And he did run KLIF in Dallas. But, I don't know about all that movie-stuff part of his life...

Tom Sutpen said...

You were right about the spelling (my bad, there), but it's the same guy. The Old Scotsman had his fingers in a wealth (literally) of diversified pies all over the Lone Star state; only one of which was film production (Killer Shrews and Giant Gila Monster were both shot in Texas). He was a major shareholder in Columbia Pictures and, I believe, did some kind of production work at United Artists. In later years, he was one of the producers on John Huston's Victory.

I thought of McLendon simply because one of his stations, KABL-AM in Oakland, was instrumental in the development of so-called Easy Listening music as a radio format; and it's a peripheral subject of some thing I'm writing for this blog.