Episode 29: Actually live with Bill Stainton of ‘Almost Live!’
For some longtime Puget Sounders, it’s a treasured memory, an anchor point of local TV culture.
For those with, shall we say, shallower roots? It’s the stuff of legend, lore and YouTube.
And for Bill Stainton, “Almost Live!” on Seattle’s KING-TV was all of that and more, it was his job.
The Snohomish County resident joins Check It Out! podcast co-hosts Ken Harvey and Jim Hills in this episode. Stainton brings stories about just how rare the show was and his role as executive producer and cast member.
Stainton recalls that “Almost Live!” had such a loyal following that for 10 years, Seattle was the only market in the U.S. that delayed airing “Saturday Night Live” to give the local show top billing.
Today, the 29-time Emmy winner is translating the lessons learned from producing laughs every week for 15 years to lessons on how to produce results in the business world. Stainton brought his message to the TEDxStanleyPark stage in 2017 and served as an emcee at the 2017 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event. Stainton notes that creativity is often about combining existing ideas in new ways, a process that can be planned for and cultivated. And in the process, maybe get a few laughs.
Episode length: 1:16:03
- Bill’s website
- Bill’s presentation at TEDxStanleyPark 2017
- KING-TV interview with Bill
- “Almost Live!” on YouTube
- “Almost Live! The Show That Wouldn’t Die” book
- Presidents of the United States of America in the library collection
- Caspar Babypants website
Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Ken brings broad professional experience from his service with Community Transit, Sound Transit, Reno, Nev., and several positions in radio and TV.
Jim Hills is the library district’s Assistant Communications Director, Communications & Marketing. Jim is a storyteller who claims to still have some ink in his veins from familial connections with, and previous-career infusions from, the newspaper biz.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.