Jul 30 2007
10:04 am
By: bizgrrl

Known for his improvised, casual style and robust laughter, Snyder conducted a number of memorable interviews as host of NBC's "The Tomorrow Show." Among his guests were John Lennon, Charles Manson and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.

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Peak moments with Snyder on Tomorrow included John Lennon's final televised interview, in April 1975 (replayed in December 1980 as a tribute to Lennon, and later released on home video), an interview with philosopher Ayn Rand in 1979, U2's first American television appearance in June 1981. Bizarre moments included 1979 appearances by punk singer Johnny Rotten, Chicago shock-jock Steve Dahl, The Clash in 1981 and a 1980 appearance by rock band The Plasmatics during which lead singer Wendy O. Williams blew up a TV in the studio; the explosion disrupted a live broadcast of NBC Nightly News being produced in a studio two floors above. Tom himself referred to this occurrence on a 1981 followup appearance in which the Plasmatics demolished a car. Also memorable was the 1980 appearance of Public Image Ltd.'s John Lydon and Keith Levene, whose thoroughly uncooperative twelve-minute appearance on the show is still talked about to this day.

His on air personality has been missed for a while. He will be missed. A little crazy can be good.

LeftWingCracker's picture

RIP Tom Snyder

he was the FIRST national show to start AFTER midnight in the East, and he was a godsend to my mother, who battled insomnia all her life.

For all of the jokes, he had interesting people and was a better interviewer than anyone gave him credit for being. He will be missed.

talidapali's picture

I LOVED Tom Snyder...

He was really fun to watch and had great guests! He got more in-depth responses out of his guests in some ways than the folks like Johnny Carson. Man!...this is sad news.
"You can't fix stupid..." ~ Ron White"
"I never said I wasn't a brat..." ~ Talidapali

Pam Strickland's picture

As an insomniac, I have

As an insomniac, I have missed Tom Snyder since he left Late Late Show. Also miss, Dan Ackroyd's character Tom Snyder. The laugh just makes you smile.

Pam Strickland

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." ~Kurt Vonnegut

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