Did Billy Crystal Really Work at a Maine Radio Station?
Someone told us today that they had heard that Billy Crystal once worked for WBLM. It's one of the many stories we get from time to time about the legendary Blimp, like that we didn't hire Howard Stern when he came for an interview way back in the '70s (TRUE), that several Stephen King stories mention WBLM (ALSO TRUE), and that WBLM actually stands for We Believe in the Legalization of Marijuana (PLEAD THE 5TH). And that at one point in time, every single person in the state of Maine actually had visited the Blimp trailer in Litchfield (MAYBE?).
Actually, Billy Crystal DID work for WBLM in the movies. Remember City Slickers from 1991? Billy played a Radio Sales Executive that worked for...WBLM! Here's the classic Classroom Scene where he talked about the wild and wonderful world of WBLM radio sales. Pay attention for the WBLM mention!
The producers of the movie DID ask if they could use the WBLM call letters. We don't know why they choose WBLM, other than maybe one of the producers was a Blimp fan!
Now, there is a pretty INFAMOUS story about a REAL WBLM salesperson. And this guy is not a sourpuss WBLM Radio Salesperson like Billy Crystal played in City Slickers, but rather the most positive, hilarious, and energetic guy we know. His name is Mike Marcello. He's also the ONE New England Patriots fan that has ever got in Rodger Goodell's grill. We hope one day they make a City Slickers 4 so he can be in it!