April 15th, 2008 Heather Kovar
Bob Barker was really much happier to be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame than he looks in this picture. But you have to hear the story behind this picture. I was at a table near the broadcasting legend, so I decided I should get a picture for the blog. As I approach, Billy Bush, with a big gracious grin stands and says, “I’ll take it for you!”
“What?” I say. “I was going to ask Bob to take a picture of US.”
I think Bob and the entire table heard, but I’m not sure because my heart was pounding out of ears.
I mean, my idol Charles Osgood was also at the table. Seriously, according to Wikipedia he and I share the same birthday, January 8th, and I just won my first New York Emmy for On Camera Talent: Commentary.
But anyway, I felt I needed to announce to the table why I was interrupting their lunch. I said I was the blogger for the New York Press Club and thought I should get a picture. Everyone was so kind and nice, all offering to take the picture. However, of course the man who eventually ended up with the camera can’t get it to take.
So I say, “See, Bob should have taken the picture.”
The camera goes off when we weren’t expecting, (the picture you see here) and as we are posing for another, my camera shuts itself off with the words “battery depleted.”
Soon after, the program began. Billy Bush was hilarious as host; at the end he got a chance to promote his new syndicated radio show, asking broadcasters to pick him up. NAB President and CEO David Rehr (he was also at the table and very nice) introduced the inductee by saying “Bob Barker, Come On Down!”
Bob was hilarious, after his standing ovation he said “the thing I miss the most is the applause. No. What I miss the most is the money.”
He spoke of how he got started in radio and TV, as well as why he isn’t in many movies, which is because he said he refused to do nude scenes.