Host of "When Radio Was", syndicated 60-minute program that pays tribute to Old-Time Radio
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(on his parody of "The Great Pretender") In addition to coming out fairly funny it lampoons a musical trend that I personally loathe.
Got the idea for his classic, controversial satire on holiday commercialism, "Green Chri$tma$" (Capitol: 1959), from seeing an advertisement around Christmastime, 1958, of a family gathered around the tree, ecstatic at the sight of...four brand new snow tires. For Freberg, a Baptist minister's son, it was all too much, and he wrote the outline for the sketch that very afternoon.