Legendary New England Anchor Randy Price Looks Back on a Nightmare Broadcast That Went Viral
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It can be argued that news bloopers are the greatest thing in the world. People in suits and nice blouses trying to act serious while their broadcast turns into an episode of The Benny Hill Show is art in its highest form.
Not long ago, New England was gifted with a new entrant to its news blooper lore, when a motorist in Boston used some colorful language to share just how much he loves the news.
But sometimes, the boo-boos go a little too far, to the point where you genuinely feel sorry for everyone involved. This occurred one night in 2006 on Channel 7 in Boston, and veteran anchorman Randy Price remembers it all too well.
“It was one of the worst experiences of a career,” said Price, calling from his new home in South Carolina. “We’re going on the air one night and the director comes to me ahead of time and says, ‘We’re really having a technical meltdown in the control room. Just heads up – we’re gonna do the best we can.”
And try they did. However, it just so happened that the top story was perhaps the worst any news team could encounter at an already cringy moment.
These days, Price is enjoying his retirement, while still venturing up to his longtime home of Kittery to visit on occasion. However, the one-time anchor for both Channel 7 and Channel 5 had some advice for New Englanders during the 24/7 news cycle.
“Don’t watch too much. Don’t watch a whole lot of news. Watch a general news program…read a paper…enjoy our life and just have a good time.”
Price also warned against becoming too invested in national politics and conflicts. “Your life is your local community. If you live there in Portsmouth, it’s a pretty good world. And there’s really not a whole lot to complain about."
“Plus, your life is pretty short. All of our lives will be pretty short. Enjoy.”
To hear more about what Randy's been up to in retirement, and what it was like covering breaking stories such as September 11 and the Boston Marathon bombings, listen to the full interview here.