When WNBC Radio hired me to do nightly UFO reports in 1978
(the 2nd most popular radio station in America at the time), they agreed to let
me write and talk about anything I wanted in the field of UFOlogy and
unexplained phenomena — with one condition. For the first year, to lend some
extra intrigue for the listeners, the station programmers had the costume
department of “Saturday Night Live” create a costume for me to wear whenever I
made certain kinds of public appearances around New York City. And my on-air
identity was simply “The Alien.”
The four images show me getting into the outfit, a close-up of it, me with
two armed guards hired to watch over and protect me from potential overzealous
fans, and a promo shot showing me holding a transistor radio.
I was on NBC radio between 1978 - 1986, and during that time, I wrote, produced
and voiced nearly 1500 programs for NBC national and local markets. On the left
is an image of me getting ready to do a typical WNBC UFO radio report in 1978;
on the right, a WNBC Radio promo image from 1982.
way, I had a chance to meet some interesting folks who helped make it all fun
and highly informative.
William Shatner, aka Capt. James T. Kirk, who stopped by in 1979 to talk with me about the first “Star Trek” movie and his own UFO experience
Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, dropped by in 1984 to chat about unexplained phenomena and his experience directing the new movie, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.”
In 1982, I helped the great science and science fiction author, Isaac Asimov, promote his new “Isaac Asimov Super Quiz” trivia game.
In 1985, two hometown New Hampshire boys got together in Houston. Myself and America’s first man in space (and the first man to play golf on the moon!), Alan Shepard.
In the early 1990s, I wrote and co-produced a nationally syndicated classical
music program, “Lincoln’s Music In America,” broadcast over the Concert Music
Radio Network. One of those shows, “The Classics In Space,” focused on the
Letter sent by Frank Drake, congratulating me on the program
classical music that was included on phonograph records put on board the two
Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977. The sounds, music and images on these
discs — portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth — were intended
to be eventually found by extraterrestrials. Astronomer Frank Drake, who founded
the SETI Institute in California, was the co-host of this special radio program.
The show went on to win an international award and, in 1993, was added to the
Letter from the museum in New York, on their acceptance of my program into their collection
permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York (now the
Paley Center for Media).