Backstage with Ron Onesti: Famous ‘second banana’ is tops
For three decades, those words opened one of the most popular and most important programs in television history – “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The man behind that all-too-familiar signature introduction? Ed McMahon, of course! And we brought him to town to talk about those golden years of TV.
A few years ago, we produced some live shows at the extraordinary NBC Tower in downtown Chicago. At the time, it had three operating television studios in the building populated by Jerry Springer, Judge Mathis and talk show host Jenny Jones.
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