The first “up close and personal” TV interview with author Stephen King.
Produced and aired in 1982, this half hour interview with Stephen King was shot on location in his home in Bangor, Maine. This was part of series of programs I produced for the University Maine to showcase alumni high achievers. I produced this program while serving as the radio and television producer for the University of Maine Public Information Office in Orono, Maine and was a co-production with WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine.
At the time, King had just finished writing his novel “Christine” and one year earlier had starred in Creepshow, a campy horror/sci-fi movie based on several of his shorter stories. Initially, I conducted a radio interview and we discovered that we had a lot of similar interests, most importantly the same warped sense of humor. He then agreed to an extended “sit-down” television interview, even though he had avoided that concept up to this point. I think he did it because he knew it would be good for the university. Stephen was extremely hospitable to my crew and I throughout the entire interview process. When I returned to his home later in the week, he told me his mother had watched the show and thought it was the best interview she had seen of him. Mind you, this was broadcast only on local television in Bangor and Portland, Maine.
The title of the show, “Stephen King: I Sleep With the Lights On” comes from his answer to my first question, “Do you sleep with the lights on?”
Finally, I could use help in identifying some of the people who were interviewed. Since this was the edited master and the only remaining copy of this program, it didn’t have on-screen identifiers of the others who were interviewed. If you have any clues or information please share them and I will add them to the program.