James Day (1918-2008) was an American broadcaster and network executive. He worked for PBS and was instrumental in setting up San Francisco’s KQED (the PBS affiliate).
Mr. Day was also a wonderful talk show host, during the 1970s he hosted a nightly interview show called Day at Night. A 1974 article in The New York Times about Day at Night said that Mr. Day’s objective was “to create a record of the person.” It added: “He does not want to argue with them or publicize them. He simply wants them to talk about themselves. In the course of an uninterrupted half-hour, he succeeds frequently and impressively.”
Those quotes say it all about Mr. Day. In my opinion he conducted some of America’s most honest and interesting television interviews of the 1970s. I am partial to the shows with artists and writers, I will post one here today then add more episodes during the weeks to come.
The first episode I am posting here is with author Ray Bradbury, he talks about Blackstone the Magician, Charles Laughton, the overrated intellect, children’s books, growing up poor, creativity and writing – just tons of fascinating things.
Here is another great episode with actor Vincent Price. The discussion is mostly about Price’s interest in art history.
One of the most inspiring writers of the 20th century – Mr. Christopher Isherwood. This interview is so wonderful, the camera is zoomed on his face in a way that invites honest intimacy, I just really admire this one because I felt as though I spent 30 mins with Isherwood – face to face, not as though I watched a film of him. I feel that Isherwood is a special person, his life is so interesting and his spirit inspires. I love his thoughts on academia and his comments about eastern spirituality. I also greatly admire his honesty about being a gay man, in the 1970s that was not something many people announced about themselves on broadcast T.V. – but he did. Isherwood is a true beacon for any creative person.