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    Broadcaster Tom Snyder, newsman and late night talk show host, dies at 71

    SAN FRANCISCO — Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration for Dan Ackroyd on “Saturday Night Live”, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71.



    Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia, his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz told The Associated Press on Monday.

    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.

    Snyder began his career as a radio reporter in Milwaukee in the 1960s, then moved into local television news. He anchored newscasts in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before moving to late night.

    “He loved the broadcast business,” said Marciarose Shestack, who co-anchored a noontime newscast with Snyder at KYW-TV in Philadelphia in the 1960s. “He was very surprising and very irreverent and not at all a typical newscaster.”

    In 1972, Snyder left news to host “The Tomorrow Show,” which followed “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

    His catch phrase for the show was: “Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air.” Snyder smoked throughout his show, the cigarette cloud swirling around him during interviews.

    He gained more fame when Dan Ackroyd lampooned him in the early days of Saturday Night Live.

    In 1995, he returned to late night television as the host of “The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder” on CBS. The program followed David Letterman’s “Late Show” until 1998, when Snyder was replaced by Craig Kilborn.

    Snyder announced on his Web site in 2005 that he had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

    “When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence,” he wrote then. “Now, my doctors say it’s treatable!”

    Horowicz met Snyder in 1982 and worked with him at WABC in New York before producing the “Tom Snyder” television show.

    “He was a great guy and very talented,” Horowicz said.
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    Figured it would be lung cancer that got him..... Bummer.

    I was too young to watch his show when it was on, but a lot of those classic interviews are still floating around.

    Here's the interview with Johnny "Rotten" Lydon from 1980. I don't think poor Tom was ready for Mr. Rotten......


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    Always enjoyed his show. I sorta thought Tom was kinda "Hokie", but his show was entertaining. He was a talk show pioneer.

    RIP TOM.

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    Ah man, I have such fond memories of the Tomorrow Show and Tom Snyder. I worked part-time in a bank in the (then-known-as) RCA building while I went to college. One of my customers was NBC and everyday the same guard came in and took care of company bank business. As a stereotypical punk at the time, whenever one of the bands I loved was due to appear on the Tomorrow show, I would hit him up for tickets. Sometimes, he would surprise me and bring me tickets when he heard an up-and-coming UK band was going to be on the program. I got to see the Jam and U2 that way.

    BTW, years later I got to interview John Lydon at his hotel, which was across the street from my day job at that time. My boss had heard of Johnny Rotten's "reputation" and was afraid for my well-being. She spent the entire time I was there looking out the window to see if I was dangling from some ledge or otherwise being abused.

    Turned out John was an absolutely lovely man with none of the sarcasm or bitterness I expected. He wound up giving me advice concerning my self-depreciating interview style, -- "there will be no negative putdowns of yourself during this interview. Be confident, you know you can be," he said in his trademark monotone.

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    How sad.

    Watched Mr. Snyder's show while growing up.

    RIP.
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    That really sucks. He was great! I watched his show in high school. When he came back on. It was on 12:30 am the same time as Conan O' Brien for a few years.
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    I just watched the clip of his show when KISS was on and Ace was LIT UP.
    Classic.

    Always liked his style.
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    I used to watch him once and a while too when he followed Letterman...


    RIP man...

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    RIP TOM.

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    Sad news. My parents watched his show all the time, good memories of watching his show with them while I was in high school.

    RIP Tom

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    That is a shocker.
    I thought he was already dead.
    The PiL stuff was hilarious.

    RIP Tom.

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    "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air."

    RIP Tom

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    That little Johnny Rotten kid is a real douche!! I'd kick his ass and tell God he just got his ass kicked.
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    Only in my early 30s now, I had to learn who Tom Snyder was in his later broadcast years. But he was from the "old school" of talk TV, and I liked his style.

    RIP Tom.

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    Tom Snyder was the best at giving interviews. Had a real simple concept. Ask the question, then listen to the answer and maybe even ask another question off of their answers. None of this question shit and then go right to the other question while reading his cards. My father liked him so I suppose that's where I got that from. He seemed genuine in his interviews. Like he gived a fuck whether if it was about saving the wolrd or eating pizza with a fork. He'll be missed.

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