Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tom Snyder interviews Ayn Rand

Tom Snyder, 1936-2007 is one of the legends of broadcasting. With his golden voice and engaging manner he sought to make the subjects he investigated clear to the common man without dumbing down the dialog or chasing after glitz. A true gentleman, he got his start in radio, moved on to national broadcasting for NBC, and secured his fame with the beloved Tomorrow Show which ran late nights from 1973 to 1982. He was the last to interview John Lennon, and the first to interview U2 for an American audience.

The Tomorrow Show was canceled to make room for a distinctly different type of program, Late Night, with David Letterman. But after a stint on radio he returned to TV with the Late Late Show which he hosted from 1995-1999. He died of complications from leukemia in 2007.

Here is a classic interview from the Tomorrow Show with a brilliant but tough guest, Ayn Rand. Enjoy this three part clip. My thanks to J. Hoyle for bringing it to my attention.

Click here for Part 2.
Click here for part 3.


Favela Cranshaw said...

This is my favorite interview. Thank you!

Ted Keer said...

Thanks, Favela. Did you mean favorite Snyder interview, or Rand interview, or just plain favorite interview? As for interviews, my favorite ever was Robin Williams on Dick Cavett. They did an improv piece as if it were Buckley interviewing Capote - drop dead funny, wish it were on YouTube. As for Rand and Snyder, they are, of course, both favorites of mine as well.