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The Burton Gilliam Show Demo Reel

Art Greenhaw

Sound | 1990s

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  •  Burton Gilliam introduces yodeler Janet McBride 
  •  Radio broadcaster Ron Chapman serves as the program’s first guest. Chapman joined KVIL-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth in 1969 as a morning disc jockey, music director, and program director in 1969. He remained with the station for 31 years before moving to KLUV/Dallas. Chapman retired from radio in 2005. 
  •  Gilliam shares a blooming onion with Todd Whitthorne, then co-host of WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas 
  •  Making sound effects with Joe Sabath 
  •  Snake wrangling 
  •  Glenn Moree 
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The Burton Gilliam Show was a public access television series produced at Eastfield College in Mesquite. This demo reel highlights a number of the program’s guests, including yodeler Janet McBride, Dallas radio broadcaster Ron Chapman, and WFAA-TV host Todd Whitthorne. Do you know more about the production of The Burton Gilliam Show? Email us at info@texasarchive.org.
Burton Gilliam was born on August 9, 1938, in Dallas, Texas. After serving in the US Coast Guard, he joined the Dallas Fire Department. Gilliam made his film debut in Paper Moon (1973) while still working as a firefighter. He left firefighting to pursue acting, landing a prominent role in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974). Gilliam’s filmography includes Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Gator (1976), Telefon (1977), Fletch (1985), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Honeymoon in Vegas (1992). He also made numerous television appearances, including on Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Evening Shade. Gilliam currently lives in Allen with his wife, Susan.