Fred Roggin (Click) on Television Special Features Bizarre Clips from Programs around the World

By Hyman, Jackie | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 22, 1993 | Go to article overview

Fred Roggin (Click) on Television Special Features Bizarre Clips from Programs around the World


Hyman, Jackie, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


THERE'S a respite for those weary fingers of yours on the remote control: You won't feel the need to flip through those channels for at least an hour while Fred Roggin does it for you.

The sportscaster and host of the syndicated series "Roggin's Heroes" has put together what may be the ultimate channel flipper.

It's a one-hour NBC special called "Top Secret Television," airing at 6 p.m. Sunday on Channel 5, in which Roggin will introduce short video clips from around the world.

"Conceptually, we will change the channel on the show," Roggin said. "We'll get bored with something and change it before you get a chance to change it.

"We're going to look at unusual, bizarre happenings from the world of television - things you don't get to see in this country," he said. "We click to a channel. It could be Austrian television. Then, you may be on the BBC in London."

Don't get excited, "Masterpiece Theater" buffs. We're not talking about watching Jeremy Irons in "Brideshead Revisited."

"A lot of foreign television is sight gags," Roggin said. "I think that ours is more sophisticated and more conservative. If we've seen a guy get hit in the head with a watermelon, we've seen it a thousand times, but in other countries it plays big. Also, game shows are reckless in other countries. They ask people to do things we could never get away with."

There is, for example, a costumed Japanese man who sneaks up behind people and screams. That goes over like gangbusters in the land of the Rising Sun, along with a survival game whose climax is too scary to be shown on "Top Secret Television."

And, in case you wonder - whether people in other nations act as stupid as some Americans, there's evidence from home videos among the 100-plus film snippets.

Who is this man, and why does he want to sub for your channel-changer?

The video and film clip show has become something of a specialty for the 36-year-old Roggin, whose own production company - put together "Top Secret Television."

It was his use of thumbnail bloopers, packaged as entries in a "Hall of Shame," that first made Roggin a standout sportscaster.

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