Trivia / David Letterman

  • Creator Couple: Letterman and Merrill Markoe, on The David Letterman Show and during the first few years of Late Night.
  • Creator Killer: Letterman's morning talk show was one of these for then NBC president Fred Silverman. Silverman canned three game shows to make room and it turned out to be a ratings disaster. Even cutting it down to 60 minutes wasn't enough to save Silverman and soon after, he was replaced by Grant Tinker.
  • One of Us: Dave has made it pretty blatant that he likes classic game shows, among other things.
  • The Pete Best:
    • Frank Owens, Dave's Musical Director for his Morning Show before Paul.
    • Hiram Bullock was the band's guitarist from 1982-84, but his replacement Sid McGinnis has been there ever since.
    • Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell was part of the original CBS Orchestra after Letterman made his Channel Hop, but left a few months later when CBS pressured Paul Shaffer to replace him with some horn players.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Possibly the biggest 'What Could Have Been' on late night talk shows ever.... The Tonight Show Starring David Letterman.
    • Long before hitting it big on late nights; Letterman was a weatherman for Indianapolis, Indiana station WLWI note  during the early-mid 1970s. In a 1997 interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Letterman noted that he had received an offer to do weather for Minneapolis-St. Paul's ABC affiliate at the time, KMSP-TV note  (in the middle of a lengthy Dork Age for the station; the gory details of which are listed here); but turned it down to try his hand in stand-up comedy.
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