This week's contestant is Sarah Painting from South Hadley, Massachusetts. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, which is a good thing because it gets pretty well-hidden further on. As for the composer style, I could make out a particular quote but just couldn't put the name to the music -- which is a shame because he was the first name I came up with and then veered away to someone else. Silly me.|
Even if you don't like sports, this is a nice two minutes.
Bob Miller is the longtime, and popular Hall of Fame hockey announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. A month ago, he said that he would be retiring at the end of the season, after 44 years with the team, at the age of 78..
Last night was the Kings' final home game. Since the team didn't make the playoffs this year, that meant it was Bob Miller's last game before the home crowd. There's still one game left in the season (tonight), but being his final home game, the club had had celebrations planned to honor Miller.
Little did anyone know that those celebrations included the game.
Los Angeles was losing 2-1 with only a minute to go. But with just 50 seconds left, they tied up with the game. And then, only 30-seconds into overtime, the Kings scored -- which meant that Bob Miller got to go out calling a game-winning goal on his final play.
Here's the video of those two calls. Making it all the nicer is that there was a camera positioned on the broadcast booth, so you can watch Miller and see his happy reaction to both goals.
(By the way, for those who keep notebooks of deep, meticulous minutiae, the Kings won this final home game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and Bob Miller is from...Chicago. Just another informational service we provide for you.)
Since hockey moves so fast, know that for the first goal, the Kings are going from right to left. In overtime, the teams switched sides, and Los Angeles is then going from left to right.
Host Peter Sagal's guest contestant on this week's "Not My Job" segment of NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! game show is Sarah Koenig, creator of the podcast Serial.
Host Peter Sagal's contestant on the "Not My Job" segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is country music legend Charley Pride. The interview is a bit perfunctory, but his story is pretty interesting (not only being in the country music Hall of Fame, but also a very good baseball player who came close to making the major leagues. However, once they get to the question part -- it goes wildly off the rails, and gets pretty amusing.
By the way, Charley Pride is the point of my favorite line in the Statler Bros. wonderful song, "How to Be a Country Music Star." In the song, they give "tips," the joke which is that they all are merely unique iconic descriptions of some of country music's greatest singers. (For instance, for Willie Nelson, they sing, "Get a headband like Willie's.") When it comes to Charley Pride, their "tip" is that you should "Get a gimmick like Charley Pride got." Now, that line is meaningless if you don't know who Charley Pride is. If you do, though, his "gimmick" is that he is a profound rarity in country music for being black.
Here's the song, which they premiered at an appreciative country music awards show --
Host Peter Sagal's guest contestant on this week's NPR quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is Paul Shaffer, the former music director of The Late Show with David Letterman. What's little remembered is that he not only was in the original band on Saturday Night Live (which probably is remembered...), but was also an original cast member.
On this week's "Not My Job" segment of NPR's comedy-quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal's guest contestant is Jordan Peele -- of the Key & Peele show, and writer-director of the new film Get Out. The interview beforehand isn't all that substantive, but it's breezy and enjoyable.
From the archives. This week's contestants are Nancy Parton and Ron Morebello from San Diego, California. At least I got the composer style, but didn't have a clue on the hidden song -- which is really deeply hidden. I was even listening in the right place for it, but couldn't hear it. I even listening closely when pianist Bruce Adolph said where to listen, and I had been listening there, and he slowed to down to be more clear. Zero idea. Even when he gave the answer and I listened again, I had a hard time picking it out. But...it's guessable, because the contestants got it on the second time around. Not me...
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mirabai Knight from New York, New York. At first, I thought I knew the hidden song right off, but then it went off into a different direction. And in fact, the contestant had the same guess. But then halfway through I figured it out right and got it. And the contestant's guess on composer style was mine, too -- and wrong. But close. In fact, the correct answer was my first thought. So...yep, I should have stuck with my instinct. Especially since it quotes a well-known piece.
On this week's "Not My Job" segment of the NPR comedy-quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant is singer Josh Groban who tells host Peter Sagal a charming story about getting his start on the Grammy's, along with a few twists and turns along the way.
On this week's "Not My Job" segment of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal's guest contestant is romance novelist Nora Roberts, who writes thrillers, as well, under the pseudonym JD Robb -- who has 198 novels on the New York Times best-seller list. How is that even possible, to even write that many books?? If you start writing when you're 20, and keep writing until you're 66, as she is, that means you'd have to write four books every year -- and all of them on the best-seller list. Bizarre. And this doesn't count the books she's written that didn't make the best-seller list. (I think that may be why she's a bit uncommunicative at the beginning of the interview when host Sagal asks her a few times about how long it takes her to write a book. She probably doesn't want to say, "Seven weeks.") She opens up later, though, and it's an enjoyable interview..
I mean, just simply reading 198 novels in 40 years would be a lot. That's five a year, every year, for almost half a century.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.