Bakersfield puts Harry Belafonte to sleep
October 18, 2011
OK, time to let the jokes about Bakersfield fly. People apparently fall asleep just at the mention of the place.
That’s what happened Friday on the morning show at KBAK-KBFX when legendary calypso singer Harry Belfonte in New York dozed off before a scheduled interview with the Bakersfield TV station. [Mediaite]
“Hey, good morning Harry!” Santiago said to silence as Belafonte rested unresponsive with his eyes closed and motionless.
“Harry, wake up! Harry?” Santiago exclaimed. “Wake up, wake up! This is your wake-up call! Okay, I’ll tell you what, he’s meditating. He’s taking a little nap.”
“Daylight hasn’t come yet,” joked an off-camera anchor. “DAY-O!” responded Santiago.
As one media observer noted “Belafonte is 84-years-old and a hectic schedule of interviews and travel would be tough for anyone.”