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WBZ And King Leo

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In the golden age of radio, everything was done live. Usually, live broadcasts weren’t a problem, but one night in April of 1932, King Leo, an 18 year old trained lion, was brought to the WBZ studios at the Hotel Bradford to demonstrate how he could roar on cue.  King Leo was supposed to be tame, but when the show began, something scared him, and he broke loose, rampaging through the studios as the announcer, and the orchestra tried to get out of his way. The 800 pound lion broke two plate-glass windows, and ran through the station, injuring five people and terrifying the studio audience. The animal’s trainer, and Boston Police, finally subdued King Leo and got him back into his cage. Probably one live broadcast the listeners at home, and the people at the studio, would never forget.

 

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