Bill Tush's career began as a radio DJ in 1965 in Latrobe, PA as a morning host for the Mid Morning Polka Party. His radio career landed him in Atlanta, GA in 1974, where he would eventually join Ted Turner at his struggling local television station, WTCG Channel 17. As WTCG changed to SuperStation WTBS, Bill became a jack of many trades at the station doing everything from commercial spokesman, movie host and reading the news at 3am, about which Turner jokingly commented, "we have a 100% share at this time". Bill would often read the news with his co-anchor Rex, a German Shepherd in shirt and tie.
Bill was given his own show in 1980 by Ted Turner simply called Tush. The cast included such newcomers as SNL's Jan Hooks and Bonnie and Terry Turner (SNL writers and co-creators of 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70's Show) and was a one hour comedy skit show which aired at 12:05 AM Eastern time on Friday and Saturday nights. The show ceased production one year later but reruns aired thru May 28, 1983. The following week its old timeslot was filled by a six hour music video program called Night Tracks. Later that year he appeared in a Night Tracks sales presentation video playing a investigative reporter. Bill took off to Hollywood to host a new entertainment show, People Now, on the new CNN channel. Bill was made senior entertainment correspondent for CNN in 1993 and relocated to NYC to host Showbiz Today.
Bill retired from Turner Broadcasting System to pursue other interests including writing and producing in 2003.
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By Bill Tush:
On the Job
Recently I was cast. That is a poor choice of words. I was picked to be an Extra in a commercial for a major Atlanta airline. You can decide what company I’m talking about.
I knew there was no glamour in the job, it was just something to do and you got paid. This one was above average because it was paying union scale. A far cry from when Cecil B. DeMille paid five or six thousand people five dollars and a box lunch to sit in the coliseum all day and watch a chariot race.
It’s just the term, “extra” that gives you the overall feeling of unimportance.
Or Maybe Not
I learned a long time ago to never start telling a story or a joke with the opening line, “This is really funny, or this is a funny story.” You have then, as they say, set yourself up for failure. Maybe it was funny to you and maybe it is funny that you just don’t know how to tell a joke or story. Save yourself public humiliation and skip that preface.
Here is an example…