Conversations with Joni Baillon
Aug. 31, 1977
Rod Taylor was interviewed on this talk show hosted by Joni
Baillon on KMTV-3, a TV station in Omaha, Nebraska.
This installment was titled "Conversations with the Stars" and
aired in prime time. Rod would have been promoting "The Oregon
Trail," which was scheduled to premiere on Sept. 21, 1977, on NBC.
KMTV was an NBC affiliate at the time.
Other guests on the half-hour show were Jane Pauley, co-host of
NBC's "Today" show; Jack Klugman, star of NBC's "Quincy, M.E."; and
MacDonald Carey, the patriarch of the NBC soap opera "Days of Our
The show's host, Joni Baillon, had been a popular local radio
personality before launching the "Conversations" series in 1969.
"Conversations" continued into the early 1980s and was among many
quality daytime talk shows that populated local TV stations
throughout the United States during this period. The shows featured
the issues of the day, tackling controversial topics and performing
public service -- and occasionally talking to celebrities.
The prime example of this genre came out of Dayton, Ohio:
"Donahue." As Phil Donahue's show moved to Chicago (and eventually
New York City), it grew in popularity and was syndicated nationwide,
eventually stealing audience from the local talk shows and changing
the talk-TV landscape.