At this time of the year, there is no one like Santa! And my interview with him—even though it was conducted 30 years ago—just might be the very best interview you’ve ever seen with this delightfully jolly and oh-so warm and friendly fella.
So how was I lucky enough to score an interview with him? Here’s the backstory:
In 1986, I was the producer and host of “Newsmakers” , a weekly Public Affairs program on my local PBS station WXEL. When Christmas time rolled around, I came up with the bright idea of interviewing Santa for that program. And as fate would have it, I was lucky enough to have a good stock broker friend who agreed to accept the assignment. And who turned out to be the most creative and perfect Santa-guy-pick ever! His name, Mark Scheinbaum.
The call-in and ask-Santa program was so successful it won me and WXEL TV 42, a 1986 TV Feature “Newmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida” from FTP NEA—-the Florida Teaching Profession National Education Association.
The interview runs a bit over an hour and if you’ve got little ones–or big ones– who love Santa and want to hear and learn from him, gather round and watch and listen. One important caveat: DO NOT call the phone number on the screen! Santa has changed his number.
Here’s the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMVARIldBBg.