October 16, 2003 by

Wally George

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George Walter Pearch, the conservative talk show host of “Hot Seat,” died on Oct. 5 from pneumonia. He was 71.
George and his mother, a former vaudeville actress, moved to Hollywood when he was a teenager. His first job in broadcasting was as a disc jockey at KIEV-AM 870 in Glendale, Calif. By the time he was 22, he was working as an announcer and engineer at KUAM-TV.
In 1969, George launched “The Wally George Show” on KTYN-FM 95 in Inglewood, Calif. He also took a job as a producer and co-host of the TV show, “The Sam Yorty Show.” That job gave him the opportunity to interview guests like President Gerald Ford, California Governor Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and Desi Arnez.
His show, “Hot Seat,” premiered in 1983 on KDOC-TV. George’s brand of “combat TV” led him to invite “liberals, perverts and left-wing lunatics” onto his show so he could insult, berate and throw them off. “Hot Seat” has been on the air for 20 years; KDOC began airing reruns in June when George became ill.
George fathered three children, a son, Kerry, a daughter, Holly, and film actress Rebecca De Mornay. He also wrote the autobiography, “Wally George: The Father of Combat TV.”

89 Responses to Wally George

  1. Susan

    Good comments about Wally George. I am sad to hear he died. He lived very close to where I grew up in Orange County. In college, the Young Republican group, which I belonged to, would head to the Sam Yorty Show to whoop it up, clap, boo/hiss. That show was great entertainment-esp. in-person. Once, I even had the chance to be a hostess on the show, ushering-in Darryl Gates, and Tiny Tim (of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” fame). I wish I could have written Wally George before he died to share how he made a difference. He was a good, humble, and colorful man who shared his opinions openly, causing fireworkds to fly. Somewhere in my collection of old LP’s is a autographed record that Wally George gave me of his political diatribes.
    Susan

  2. marie hyatt

    Question : why was his first and only legal marriage to Lillian S.N. Kamminga and their 2 children not mentioned or acknowledged?
    reply appreciated.

  3. Hank Ramey

    Morons like George Putman and the late Wally George give birth to the b. s. radio of Rushed Limburger and the like. People should think for themselves, or THEY ARE INSANE. Conservatives are big liars; they lie about Reagan, the Bush family, and why we went to war in West Viet Nam/Iraq. I feel sorry for our troops, and for Wally’s children than I do Wally.

  4. Ed Drater

    WALLY WAS THE MOST ENTERTAINING A HEAD OF HIS TIME TV TYPE ME AND MY FRIENDS ALWAYS STAYED UP[ LATE GETTING DRUNK AND SOMETIMES GETTING FUCKED UP AND GOING DOWN TO SEE HIM LIVE ANYONE LIKE THE FAGGOT HIPPIE ABOVE DOESNT KNOW SHIT ABOUT WALLEY.HE WAS ONE PERSON WHO STUCK TO THEIR GUNS UNLIKE THE SILVER SPOON HIPPIE TOFU FUCKER WHO WENT THROUGH MANY CHANGES BEFORE FINDING THEIR PC BULLSHIT VIEWS SO FUCK YOU HIPPIE GO SUCK SOME PAKI DICK WALLY GEORGE WAS WRONG SOMETIMES BUT AT LEAST HAD HEART WALLEY GEORGE RULES

  5. Jerry

    I heard that Wally George died. Tells how important a person he was, no one cares. No one gave a shit about this man, he was a fucken Right-wing Idiot!!! I just recently happen to see one of his old tv shows and relized what a fucken idiot he was. I’m happy he is dead!!!!!!!!

  6. jerry

    Wally George was truly a gold plated asshole and the biggest and loudest moron on television but he was entertaining as hell. I wonder if they’ll let him wear that stupid wig in hell? Hey, Wally, before you go to the great fiery below Edgar Winter wants his hair back. Please stay dead. Party at Tom Metzger’s tonight.

  7. Mark Ojeda

    I’m gonna miss you fella.You were pure mindless entertainment at it’s best.You were the epitome of the 80’s and all it stood for. When I think of the 80’s, I think of how great it was to live in Orange County, have a bad hairstyle, Ronnie Ray-gun and watching your show. You were a sign of the times and a part of the Orange County culture the rest of the world won’t understand. Enjoy Heaven!

  8. Mr Will

    I have to agree with the last postee. I left Orange County in 1993 to Seattle and now Dallas. As a grad of El Modena in 1982(the year MTV came to California 9/30/82), there was something to be said about having the Summer Olympics(1984)in our backyard, working across the street from Anaheim Stadium at Charley Brown’s, partying and getting crazy at Confetti’s, get drunk and loaded to go to KDOC’s studios when Wally was taping with the car stereo blaring out old Oingo Boingo, Sparks, and Missing Persons, catch an episode on TV at noon weekdays, hit Newport Beach on off days to go boogieboarding or surf, meet chicks at Mutt Lynch’s, and have that chance run-in with Wally George as he would always stop by the gas mart on Katella/Haster in Anaheim before heading to work.
    Was he entertaining? Hell yeah! Was he out there? Hell yeah! Was he a passionate patriot? Hell yeah! Was he always being asinine? Hell No! It was like WWF/WWE wrestling. Most of the combat was entertainment. 7 years ago I quit drinking and sobered up but the Republican in me remains. Yes I can think for myself. RIP Wally, U2 Ronnie!
    Jerry and Mort got nothing on you.

  9. Jamie

    I miss Wally George. He was pretty good at what he did. I have a feeling that he and Ronald Reagan had a great reunion in Heaven.

  10. Sambo

    Wally was entertaining. If your too stupid to see that his work was entertainment only and your going to cry about how harsh he was then read my opinions: GO back to Mexico or Vietnam! P.S. FUCK ATZLAN/ATZALAN/ ALL WETBACKS that think California is owed to them. CLOSE down the borders to every person regardless of race/country! Help fight overpopulation and the multitude of problems that came/come with it.. Stand up for your rights as a citizen and an employee/employer! Thank you!

  11. Paul

    I had the pleasure of being kicked out of Wally’s studio audience in 1987. I was in line to ask a question when he was doing his audience Q & A. They cut to a commercial before he got to me and I knew he had no more time for the segment and that I would not get to ask my question. I so badly wanted to be on TV that in a fit of pique I ran up onto the stage as he cut to commercial to get in view of the camera. I guess I invaded Wally’s personal space, because he had his security guards kick me out. Not just me, but the friends I came with. Of course, they were pissed.
    Another time we were in his audience, my friend asked Wally if he would ever have condom ads on KDOC during his show. (Again, this was circa ’87, height of AIDS hysteria.) Wally said no.

  12. derilect jones

    Wally reminds me of fond memories of the good old days living in the O.C. But let’s face it, the guy was an idiot who wasted his life catering to drunk and high college students who for the most part hated him. Not much to be proud of, in my opinion.
    Ran into him once in a restaurant, and he was a bit of a pompous ass showboat. I don’t have anything against the guy, but i think we’re probably better off without him.

  13. matt, 22 yrs

    i remember staying up at night sometimes getting drunk or stoned and watching wally george and laughing my ass off.. ‘what a horses ass’ was usually in my mind..i was cruising the computer tonight when i happened tho think of wally george.. i’ve been in the service for the last two years and don’t really watch t.v. anymore so i decided to see what the hell that guy was doing now.. when i realized he had passed i felt a little shocked.. i’m a registered independant who leans just a little to the left.. no doubt wally had some very warped points of view, and COULD be a real jackass sometimes.. but he sure as hell entertained me, which is what he wanted to do.. behind the loudmouth, behind the 1-dimensional arguements was a surprisingly self-honest, humble and good-natured man who truly did love america and his fans.. i actually DID agree with him on one subject: his abhorrence of animal cruelty.. in life he was a champion of animal rights, which i respect. anyway, i was saddened by his death, and saddened more by the fact he left behind a young teenage daughter.. my heart goes out to her, and i never thought i would say it, but wally will be missed.. by me and others.. Rest In Peace, brother
    matt, 22 yrs, pzychotic@hotmail.com

  14. Salvatore

    Wally George RIP my friend. Wally helped me establish my core conservative beliefs and give me the notion that it was OK to be patriotic and OK to be proud of your country. I remember watching as a kid in Jr High school the news about the american hostages being taken in Iran and the American flag being burned NIGHT after NIGHT. President Carter was HORRIBLE for the United States and Ronald Regan along with Wally made it clear that the USA IS NUMBER ONE. I get a kick out of the hate the liberals are posting and that he was basically not well known. Guess what you, (as Wally would say) LIBERAL LUNATICS? You have just helped to make him immortal!

  15. meme

    Wally George was the pre-cursor to todays neo-cons.
    Promoting mobacracy and mindless groupthink
    He created the genre that media bullies like Morton Downing Jr., Rush Limbarf, Bill O’Reilly and that transsexual, Ann Coulter have codified and commercialized. These usurpers of the media and what is left of conservatism will later be sighted by historians as the death of the American Empire. Tattletale Mobacracy and a high-tech police state will be the rewards for helping to dumb-down America. Too Bad Wally did not live long enough to see the fruit of his labors.
    Good riddance. Maybe now Edgar Winter can get his hair back.
    6363

  16. Arkenth

    I wonder if Wally ever got the chance he so painfully desired, to reconcile with his actress daughter, Rebecca DeMornay.
    He used to pay tribute to her and talk about how proud he was of her career, and how much he wanted her above all, to acknowledge his “fathership.”
    But she apparently would have nothing to do with him, and was embarrassed to even acknowledge that Wally George was indeed her real father.
    One wonders if in the end, Rebecca even called.

  17. Ash

    I am actually related to Wally George, he was a close cousin of mine. He was a very smart person. Everything he did on TV and radio was not the person he was. All you people saying he should rot in hell. Well, there are alot of other people you should be saying that about, and not him.

  18. Jacob

    It saddens me his show doesn’t come on any more, and of course that he’s passed on . Sure he was representitive of the worst the conservative party has to offer in many, many, many, respects An egotistical, bullying, controlling, close-minded, sexually frustrated, mean and rude hypocritical jesus nut, somewhat deranged hell-bent jerk. But thats why we love him. You could have probably commited him if he didn’t have a forum, but thats all just the surface, and anyways I don’t believe in that kind of bullshit.
    We may never realize the true magic of Wally. From the suave wig to the picture of a beaming tricky dick, to the hilarious sunglass wearing antagonistic yahoos in the audience. It’s ridiculus to get angry at something so ridiculous.
    In his old(er) age the guy really mellowed, there was a peace and profound humour about him near the end. He aquired the ablity to laugh at himself and wasn’t quick to underestimate people, He was genuinely interested in people, or glad to have the company of, or appreciate, or something. For a while there he was a hell of nice guy, even insightful.
    Hell is for heros you nitt-wits! You liberal Loonies! Your out of here!! Whadda ya think!!
    I’m sure he’s battling wind mills where ever he is and fighting the good and extremely bizzare fight. Not insulting him here, theres a little Wally in all of us, dark and sticky, all the time it’s getting strong. Oh, and hell doesn’t exist except in H.P. Lovecraft, as a human mind state… and maybe in Africa. Please, lets all try to be civil and erotic.

  19. Bo Buzz B.

    Wally also did commentary for Rollergames.
    He hated every team except the T-Birds (or
    acted like he did), even the other goody-goody,
    babyface teams.
    Maybe he saw that extreme views and intense,
    emotional debate made for entertaining TV,
    and on his show he was just playing to that.

  20. Wendy

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS:
    Those of you that couldn’t watch Wally and appreciate him, and his humor…ya’ll are pretty uptight. He was a hilarious man! and he stood for what was right. The good of America. My favor part of his show was his closing blessing, and of course his car ads, when he would say, “tell them Wally sent ya!” He was a great man.

  21. Scott

    Isn’t it amasing the all of the name callings are from the liberals. And as for thinking for your self. If you tell a Democrat that you vote the issue they know that you are a Republician. Wally showed us that we have to stand up for our country. At that time we had been kicked in the balls and we needed to fight back. Also remember it was LBJ that got us in Vietnam.

  22. matt

    i love wally but this is for scott-
    don’t forget it was GEORGE DUBYA that got us into fucking iraq, which us military and former military realize will be worse than vietnam.. yea we were ‘bringing freedom’ to the vietnamese people and now we’re ‘bringing freedom’ (and dipping into the oil of) the iraqi people. the iraqis know why we’re there and we’re there imposing our way of life on them.. they’re fucking arabs!! you think they want our way of life? is it a big damn mystery why there is blood-soaked insurgency on our hands? and we’re going to be there for years to come. i have friends in the army that went there and died for those pathetic reasons. and they knew it. FUCK YOU, Scott. you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. we KNOW, ITS A GOD DAMN FACT, iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. okay, we god rid of a dictator. but have you ever heard of idi amin? have you heard about muhammed adid? have you heard of pol pot? have you heard of the countries of Sudan, Rwanda or Ecuador? people and places equally as destructive and desperate as saddam hussein and iraq. this is not a ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ statement. becuase i know people from both sides who will tell u them same thing. morons, the lot of you… and people like you are in charge of our government. americans should fear this. poor ignorant bastards…
    WALLY!! i know you wouldn’t agree necessarily but you were all for good old fashioned fun..

  23. Mark Spears

    Wally was one of my favorite heroes growing up. As an OC local and 30 now, he reminds me of the good ole days of Orange County.
    Wally inspired the real republicans in all of us locals. OC is the same strange place where Ross Perot won the popular vote (and nowhere else, I think). OC has always stood for small business, thinkers, entrepreneurs….always on our own ideals and two feet.
    I really wish they would still show reruns. I’m sure they would get good ratings.
    I’ll never forget the show that Rick Dees was on. It really stands out. Rick had a briefcase and wouldn’t tell Wally what was in it. Finally, when Wally wasn’t looking, Rick opened the briefcase and pulled a cream pie out and got him right in the face.
    I remember watching some of his more recent shows a few years ago. He seemed not so angry, and even calm and happy. He even blessed the audience. I’m happy for him. Hopefully, there is a little of his anger in all of us. I know there is in me.

  24. ricardo

    I met wally george back in the mid 80’s. he was a pretty nice guy. it is unfortunate that people judged him on his bigoted, hitleresque audience, they were the idiots, not wally. He himself told me he can’t control the thinking of his fans.
    Wally was a true American, fair to all. He will be truly missed.

  25. Chris

    Wally at 4:00 or 4:30 right before Poor-Man; he was more fun to watch after school than CHiPs. Liberals need to brush their damn teeth and shave their legs. AIDS is a well deserved gift. Please keep putting poop on your penis and hopefully you will die soon. Diamond Dave Rocks!

  26. Bill H in Miami

    Wally George invented right wing entertainment, something only appreciated by people with enough charecter, values and balance to recognize it clearly as entertainment…
    the rest of you must have missed the joke. Wally George inspired controversy, and threw untouchable issues on people’s minds out there to be debated… and did so with humor. Hell, it was fun, as you can see by everyone’s memorials with desires to get copies of his show. Sign me up if anyone has them, as they are hysterical.
    Wally, rest in Peace… you were an original.

  27. CRAIG

    Growing up in Orange County I had the great privilege fo watching HOT SEAT and HOT SEAT HOLINE. I remember coming home from school and flipping on HOTLINE, where cranks would call it in and spin Wally up. One occasion Wally stated that if the next call is a pencil-neck he was going to go into “Dr Gene Scott” mode (another SoCal TV personality. He would just stare blankly into the screen..it was hilarius great TV. Long live KDOC and RIP Wally you were the best!

  28. Anwar Washington

    OK, WALLY GEORGE WAS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE TV TALK SHOW HOSTS OF ALL TIME, HE USED TO WORK AT KUAM-TV, THE STATION’S FIRST EMPLOYEE.
    THEN, HE WAS THE CO-HOST OF THE SAM YORDY SHOW, THAT PROGRAM WAS AIRED ON KCOP-TV CHANNEL 13(Before UPN)AND THEN, HE MOVED TO ANAHEIM WHERE A SINGER NAMED PAT BOONE WAS ABOUT TO OWN A TELEVISION STATION CALLED KDOC-TV AND HE HIRED WALLY TO DO A CONSERVATIVE TV TALK SHOW CALLED “HOT SEAT”.
    WALLY GEORGE IS A GREAT MAN, A GREAT PERSON AND A GREAT CONSERVATIVE TV TALK SHOW HOST.
    WALLY’S “HOT SEAT” SHOW HAVE TRANSPIRED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS TO SEE HIM EVERY WEEK.
    WALLY’S “HOT SEAT” SHOW PAVED THE WAY FOR OTHER “COMBAT TV” STYLE TALK SHOWS LIKE MORTON DOWNEY, JERRY SPRINGER AND OTHER RUSH LIMBAUGH, WALLY IS THE BEST TV TALK SHOW HOST THIS COUNTRY IS EVER HAVE.
    WE WILL MISS YOU WALLY G., YOU’RE MY IDOL AND YOU’RE MY VERY BEST FRIEND!!
    R.I.P.
    Walter(Wally)Lloyd George
    December 4, 1931-October 8, 2003

  29. TK

    My father, David Kennedy, was Wally’s side kick on those shows. Both enjoyed watching the reactions of all viewers. I know my father enjoyed meeting and talking to many of the guest off camera even when he disagreed with their point of view. My father passed away December 2003. I know he was entertained by being on the show and hopes the viewers were entertained.

  30. robert

    So very sorry to hear that Mr.wally george has died. He stood for values. These values are so important for all to live in this world. some people can talk some real s#!t about wally, but the reason he stood for these values is because look at the world we live in, gang members who kill innocent people, freaks who fly planes into buildings killing innocent people, other horrible things that go on in this world. We need someone like Mr.WALLY GEORGE!!!!! I very worried to know we don’t have him around to help us “good people” (that want to live in peace) in times that are very very dangerous. WALLY… PLEASE LOOK AFTER US WHO WANT TO DO THE R I G H T THING.

  31. mike drater

    FUCK YOU JERRY YOU LAME FUCK WALLY IS NOT IN HELL YOU FUCK HE IS IN THE EARTH WHERE ALL PEOPLE ARE WHEN DEAD WALLY WAS A GREAT GUY DRINKING BEERS AND SMOKING A FATTY AND GOING TO SEE HIM TAPE HIS SHOW WAS THE SHIT HE IS THE PATRON OF TALK SHOWS THE KING OF BEERS THE FUCKING ALL TIME ROCKER YOU ARE GAY AND HE WOULD OF THROWN YOU OFF HIS STAGE WITH AN ARMY OF STONERS CHEERING HIM ON HE WAS THE FUCKING VOICE YOU COULD COUNT ON NO MATTER WHAT POOL YOU SKATED THAT DAY OR TWELVER YOU STOLE OR BROAD YOU BANGED YOU COULD ALWAYS GRAB SOME BREWS A COUPLE OF FRIENDS A PINCH OF WEED AND KICK BACK AND ENJOY BEING AN AMERICAN UNLIKE NOW SO GO GET FUCKED YOU SACK OF SHIT JERRY DIE

  32. Michael

    It was interesting to see the post above from Rudy Krause, one of the most colorful personalities to be a guest on Wally’s show.
    I wonder whatever happened to Lightning Amen or Norm “Rev. Bud Green” Lubow. I know Blase Bonpane is still alive…….
    I used to love watching Hot Seat in the 80s, although I violently
    disagreed with Wally’s politics. If Wally were alive right now hed probably be on Fox News…..

  33. Davy

    I remember the first time i watched wally on channel 56, after geting stoned, my cousin tim and I sat down to watch hot seat hilites, i had never even heard of the guy, but my cousin had.I laughed so hard that nite,and also became a loyal fan,I remember staying awake on saturdays just to catch his show and get stoned.If theres anybody out there who taped any of his shows or has info on how to get purchase them i will pay money for them. “Peace” wally,wally,wally!!!!!!

  34. Davy

    I dont think they still play wally on chan 56 anymore?do they?I would reall enjoy having some copyies of his hot seat shows taped of the tv or used vhs or dvds?I can be reached at onfnldy@yahoo.com Wally rules,theres gotta be a way to get copies of his shows from kdoc or something??I would appreciate some info on this from some true wally fans!!!!I know your out there!!!oh yeh to all the haters out there dissin wally !! As Wally would say your outta here!!! A allways loyal fan Mr.Davy onfnldy@yahoo.com

  35. solo

    I’ve been away from SoCal for a long time, but one of my fond memories was watching KDOC. Between the Japanese stuff and Wally, this little station was the pride of Anaheim. “Wally-Wally, ohhh-ohhhh, we gotta go, and WATCH YOUR SHOW . . !” He had every nutcase guest he could find, and had so much fun going ballistic at them. I forget which idiot is was who had a temper tantrum and dumped his desk, but it proved that too many liberals are humor-impaired. Many happy hours watching the show on the tube or in person.

  36. adam pantell

    I went to a taping of his show. HOT SEAT, Rudy Krause was a guest. He had his super cosmic visor on his head. I saw Rudy Krause at the beach another time too. I asked WALLY a question live on tv. I still have the video tape. It was one of the few times I was on tv. I was very stoned and when I was called up to ask my question I had cotton mouth. He bustedf my balls a bit don’t “fogetabuthim” I still think he is a ledgend. Rebecca call me anytime adam pantell

  37. adam pantell

    If anyone buys a home through me in CALF. OR NEVADA I WILL GIVE YOU MY WALLY GEORGE TAPE and I will autograph it. doctorhome@yahoo.com This tape is a classic pro- Regan, I went to a taping of his show. HOT SEAT, Rudy Krause was a guest. He had his super cosmic visor on his head. Rudy had some crazy ideas I asked WALLY a question live on tv. I still have the video tape. It was one of the few times I was on tv. I was very red eyed and when I was called up to ask my question I had cotton mouth, and I had trouble speaking He busts my chops a bit don’t “fogetabuthim” I still think he is “the man” please email any pictures of wally or rebeca. I will share too.
    adam

  38. KEVron

    “Isn’t it amasing[sic] the all of the name callings are from the liberals.”
    Posted by Scott on October 14, 2004 01:22 PM
    hey, scott? you’re a lying-ass dumbdick. scroll up and find these gems:
    “ANYONE LIKE THE FAGGOT HIPPIE ABOVE….THE SILVER SPOON HIPPIE TOFU FUCKER…. FUCK YOU HIPPIE GO SUCK SOME PAKI DICK”
    Posted by Ed Drater on April 21, 2004 05:49 PM
    “If your too stupid to see that….GO back to Mexico or Vietnam! P.S. FUCK ATZLAN/ATZALAN/ ALL WETBACKS….”
    Posted by Sambo on July 23, 2004 06:53 PM
    “….you fucking assholes….”
    Posted by holly george on September 3, 2004 10:05 PM (what a fucking LIAR!)
    “….LIBERAL LUNATICS….”
    Posted by Salvatore on September 10, 2004 09:50 AM
    the “liberals” have posted comments about the thread topic; insults should be expected, considering the volatile nature of the man. but your fright-wing knuckle-dragging buddies have done all the name calling. typical selective vision of a kool-aid drinking liar.
    christ! you fucking righties are so fucking deluded….
    BURN IN HELL, WALLY! AND ENJOY THE BAKED ALASKA THAT IS RONALD REAGAN’S DAMNED-TO-HELL FROZEN HEAD!
    KEvron

  39. Grow Up

    [i]”WALLY WAS THE MOST ENTERTAINING A HEAD OF HIS TIME TV TYPE ME AND MY FRIENDS ALWAYS STAYED UP[ LATE GETTING DRUNK AND SOMETIMES GETTING FUCKED UP AND GOING DOWN TO SEE HIM LIVE ANYONE LIKE THE FAGGOT HIPPIE ABOVE DOESNT KNOW SHIT ABOUT WALLEY.HE WAS ONE PERSON WHO STUCK TO THEIR GUNS UNLIKE THE SILVER SPOON HIPPIE TOFU FUCKER WHO WENT THROUGH MANY CHANGES BEFORE FINDING THEIR PC BULLSHIT VIEWS SO FUCK YOU HIPPIE GO SUCK SOME PAKI DICK WALLY GEORGE WAS WRONG SOMETIMES BUT AT LEAST HAD HEART WALLEY GEORGE RULES”
    Posted by Ed Drater on April 21, 2004 05:49 PM[/i]
    [/i]
    You sound real educated and intelligent…[b]NOT![/b] but just what I would expect from your type. πŸ™

  40. Revbudgreen

    This is the real rev bud. I found wally to be an egomaniac who tried to use my fame when i was a jerry springer show producer. Smoke the bud and overthrow the fucking government.

  41. Tom W

    Cruising down the 5 with an open beer, blaring Boingo or whatever Jed The Fish (KROQ) was playing during the afternoon drivetime, off at Harbor just in time for the 6 pm taping of WG. It wasn’t exactly “professionly” done (small stage, maybe 15 very close rows of uncomfortable metal foldings chairs flanked by particle board walls and very bad lighting) but Wally was our very own during a time when people used to ask “Orange where?” One could only reply “where Disneyland is located”. I seriously hope all the negative posters here don’t believe Wally’s audience walked around after the show chanting WALLY, WALLY wearing their sunglasses. We loved him because for a half hour each day we could act crazy and have a good time. Most of us were college students from CSUF, OCC, GoldenWest, or wherever unlike audiences from Springer, Rivera, etc (damn they had some nasty trailer looking people on those shows!) Love him or hate him at the very least Wally raised up the patriotic level in us deep inside The Orange Curtain. This country could use a little of that now. Thought provoking? Probaly not but that was the show’s charm. The core message: Be proud of your country and don’t be afraid to wave the flag once in awhile, if only for a half hour. Thanks for the memories Wally. Say hi to the Gipper

  42. Tony Testosteroni

    I’ll never forget calling Wally during his very first “Wally-thon.” Richard Blade was Wally’s guest, sitting next To David Kennedy, and Wally was taking live phone calls. I dialed in and asked Wally if he and David Kennedy were sleeping together. Richard Blade frickin’ cracks up. Wally furrows his eyebrows, points at the camera, and says something like, “You sicko, pervert punk kid! I bet that’s what you say to all your buddies down on Santa Monica Boulevard! RIGHT, EVERYBODY!” [Wally! Wally! Wally!]. Ahhh, those were the days….
    Thanks for making yourself being such an easy target, Wally. You were always good for a larf.

  43. Jeff Tolcher

    I was surfing the web for info on wally and stumbled across this site. I was a semi-regular guest on Hot Seat and enjoyed the showed. I also appeared on his radio show numerous times. I found wally to be a little high strung but overall a good guy. After reading most of these posts I can see most people in the studio audience were drunk or stoned, which is no shock to me.
    Wally did believe in most topics and was a good showman. I recorded all the shows I appeared on as well as some of wallys year end shows which are still a blast to watch.
    The sadest part was when I went to wally’s memorial service at the CC in garden grove. I would guess maybe 50 60 people made it and most it seemed were the staff from KDOC. It was sad he was so popular and few people came to pay thier respects. I understand wallys last few years on earth were not good ones. I enjoyed being a part of his show for 6 years. May he rest in peace.

  44. Steve

    The “Hot Seat Hotline” was the 30 minute show that ran during weekday afternoons, where people would call in. It was the greatest show to watch, as a kid in Elementary and Jr. High School. I watched it every day – and remember one caller, “Josh from Orange”. I think josh was a friend of KDOC, because he got through on almost every show, and always said something outrageous, or random, like “Wally, I saw you when you mooned me”.
    I loved the “Wally Burger”. I forget where it was – but some restaurant over by Cal State Fullerton…really was quite a good burger. In person Wally was a rather shy, quiet, lonely guy. The show was completely an act, obviously. But great for a laugh or two!

  45. Rossi

    Well I didn’t have time to read all the rantings, but belated RIP Wally George. I didn’t know him PERSONALLY so I can’t say anything about his character, but he was funnier than hell. Entertained me on manya afternoons in the 80’s and early 90’s.

  46. BostonMike

    A belated RIP to Wally George from the bluest of the blue states, Massachusetts. In a region starved for conservative commentary especially in the 80’s under Governor M. Stanley Dukakis, Wally provided solid patriotic and conservative talk that has allowed us to avoid electing another Democrat Governor since 1986. While Wally could go to extremes, he created a corridor for those of us with more moderate Republican views to get those ideas out there. Wally won’t be down for breakfast, but his ideas live on. A man before his time, especially mixing conservative commentary with animal rights, long before PETA became trendy. Wally RIP!

  47. TAG

    Anyone that dosen’t see that Wally George was the Father of everything we see on TV today is ignorant. Jerry Springer, Mort Downey Jr., and everything today came from the GENIUS of Wally George. But nobody on TV today has the Raw energy of a Wally George and never will. Great WALLY Burgers at Texas Lucy’s also…..He was a Reniassance MAN. Love Ya Wally!

  48. TAG

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  49. Ken Kemzura

    Love him or hate him, Wally got your attention!
    I had the good fortune to meet Wally at a public appearance in Alhambra in 1986. Had my picture taken with him as well! I can personally attest that he did NOT wear a wig! It was his real hair! The reason why it looked the way it did was that he did an extreme comb-over..from the back to the front and around. He must have used a lot of mousse and hair spray!
    I also called in to his radio talk show on Monday nights on KLAC and talked to Baxter Ward. I did not always agree with Wally’s views but he has my respect. R.I.P. He was a fonf memory of the 1980’s!

  50. George Kuc

    I was a guest on both Wallys Hot Seat and his radio show when I was 19 back in 1988/89 debating gun control and star wars during the Dukakis campaign. I must admit that even though I didnt agree with 95+% of what he stood for, I was a little sad that he passed; it was like a part of my past died with him.

  51. Mr. E

    I’ll bet Wally George and Reverend Gene Scott are having a party in heaven – yes heaven! (Wally George became a born again Christian at the Billy Graham Crusade at Anaheim Stadium in 1985). Even though he didn’t seem to show it on TV, it’s true. Whether you’re a left wing Liberal or right wing Conservative or somewhere in between, this is the fact. I’m just setting the record straight. Let these facts speak for themselves. Don’t be surprised on the day you meet your maker (or should I say shocked).

  52. scottie

    Wally George BEAT …
    – Jerry Springer in encouraging guests to act out frustrations as entertainment.
    – Rush Limbough in inviting guests he disagreed with, then verally abusing them.
    – George W. Bush in adopting primitive policital thoughts about right and wrong.
    Wally George was NOT …
    – As good as Jesus, Mohamid, Buddah.
    – As bad as Hitler, Stalin, or Sadam.
    – As influential as Zimmerman, Elvis, or the Beatles.
    Wally George WAS …
    – Ignorant
    – Frustrated
    – Inarticulate
    – Abusive
    – Shallow
    The world is certainly better off without him.

  53. Allan

    I knew Wally, my son went to school with his daughter for a while. In person he was nothing like the character he “played” on his talk shows. He was very friendly to everyone. Regardless of your political views, if you asked him, he would always pose for a picture…of coarse if you were a real liberal, he would invite you to be a guest on his show.

  54. InternetForDummies

    Personally, *I* love how the thread # for this post is the San Fran. area code… πŸ™‚
    It was just TV, people. Take some time off from vain political activism and do something positive in your own community.
    Remember the poster in the background? Right behind the desk? In every episode?
    HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY
    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

  55. Anwar Washington

    WALLY IS THE BEST EVER CONTROVERSIAL TALK SHOW HOST ON THE AIRWAVES, I’VE USED TO WATCH “HOT SEAT” AND HIS “HOT SEAT HIGHLIGHTS” SHOW ON KDOC-TV AND NOW “HOT SEAT” AND “HOT SEAT HIGHLIGHTS” IS NOW GONE BECAUSE CHANNEL 56 PULLED IT OFF FROM THE SCHEDULE, I WISH THAT KDOC-TV GONNA RELEASE A DVD OF WALLY’S “HOT SEAT” MEMORIES SO WE CAN PURCHASE THEM!!
    ON OCTOBER 5, 2006, WILL MARK THE 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WALLY GEORGE’S DEATH, WE WILL REMEMBER WALLY AND MEMORIES OF HIS WORK ON “HOT SEAT”, WE MISS YA, WALLY!

  56. Honestmicky

    I loved to watch Wally on Saturday night. First his show was on at 8 p.m., then as the years when on it was programmed at 9, 10, 11, 12, 1 a.m., 2, 3 a.m.! I had to actually SET my alarm to wake up to watch him. I remember in 1983 when Wally first came on cable t.v., my building didn’t have cable so I could not watch him, so I drove 14 miles to my sister’s apartment which did have cable just to watch hot seat at 5 p.m. I didn’t care how many reruns I saw of the same show it was alway a hoot. I loved to get high and do tequila shooters just laugh my ass off. It was the highlight of the week by far. I made a few audio recordings of Hot Seat and I still have them, but I did not video record. I was the first one on Craig’s List L.A. to post Wally’s death. I followed the thread and only 4 people commented on Wally. Sad. I also wish KDOC would put the show on again late on Saturday nights, but it is an economic thing, and Hot Seat seemed to play a lot of public service ads by John Denver to save the trees, or Fran Drescher for cancer, etc. If someone from KDOC is reading this I speak for a lot of people: please bring back Wally to late night t.v. Peace to all……….

  57. moosedick

    I had the pleasure of getting kicked of the show. It was wonderfull. I hated what he believed in but I loved the guy because he could make me hate him. And I have a hard time hating anybody. RIP wally

  58. John Metzger

    Wally was a great guy….and we really had much fun with him on The Hot Seat. He would invite myself or Tom Metzger to his show a few times a year and we had a blast. Between Wally, my day, me, or the audience, no one knew who was the most polluted in the studio. Wally was the only talk show host who asked my dad, Tom Metzger, white racist, to sit down and have a beer when they ran into eachother. (and that was at a benefit Wally was hosting, with strippers!)
    See you in another life Wally!
    John Metzger

  59. Ken

    I loved watching “Hot Seat”……….Wally was insane though very entertaining, in my opinion. Being a hardcore Republicen Myself, I say “F” all of you bleeding heart liberal, tree hugging faggots!!!!!!!! Wally wasn’t a pussy like all of you!!!!!! don’t you dare disrespect him or his memory, and yes he is in Heaven with Ronnie!!!!!!

  60. Tony Dupree

    Wally was what he was. He didn’t surgar coat anything and always said what was on his mind. More people should be like that instead of hiding behind a mask. Wally entertained me many of nights on The Hot Seat. I never really took him serious and maybe that’s why I got so many laughs from watching. No bodies life should be lived in vain and the good things that he did do go un-noticed. He was one of God’s children after all so please show him and his family some respect. Wally George God Bless and RIP.

  61. Jeff Gaidosh

    I saw this cup of urine in Oshkosh, WI 1987. I asked him about his hypocritical views surrounding his daughter Rebecca and untamed sex. He got pissed, said “fuck you, buddy” and told me to sit down. Worm food! πŸ™‚ see ya wally

  62. HARRY DICK

    THERES NOTHING TO EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME DEBATING ABOUT,,IT WAS JUST A STUPID, MORONIC,SHOW THAT WAS TARGETED AT 18 TO 25 YEAR OLD IDIOTS FOR ENTERTAINMENT ,LIKE SPRINGER ,AND ALL THESE OTHER STUPID SWOWS WITH THE SAME STUPID TOPICS,WAKE UP ==WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WALLY ,WALLY,WALLY WIG. R.I.P.

  63. Gene

    One of my greatest memories of “Hot Seat” was being in the audience when he had his “debate” with Rick Dees. I laughed my a$$ off because it was so cheesy. Anyway, I wish KDOC would bring back some highlights or have a Wally-thon of some of his greatest hits. A real OC institution!

  64. juanpablito

    Wally was living proof of just how ridiculous radical conservatives are, but hey, the whole thing was just one very entertaining put on. No liberal I knew back the day took him seriously. In fact, I suspect liberals watched Hot Seat at least as much if not more than conservatives. You always had the choice of laughing at him or with him. Anyway, for all you boring people out there at both ends of the political spectrum (i.e. the ones who actually took him seriously) there is one thing he did that absolves him of everything else: He repeatedly put El Duce of the Mentors on his show! If anyone knows where to get those shows plez post here and do share. When those two went at each other it was great fun! Truly hilarious! Some of THE BEST television from the ’80s. So I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Wally and wish him luck at the next level. This is one of many ‘lunatic liberals’ who were just crazy enough to love AND I MEAN LOVE watching his show. Oh, and the difference between him and all the conservative yahoos that came along later was that Wally was actually fun to watch. Rush, Savage, Coulter et. al. are dull as dirt. Wally was never dull. Hail Wally!

  65. Steve

    Well, i certainly must say, after reading all that is written here, that Mr Pearch is NOT dead, but alive in all of us, and is due to be remembered for a good long time.
    Like him or not, Belive him or not, Respect him or not, He seems to have hade an impact on all of us. I just thought his show was damn funny, but his effect on popular TV was quite drastic, which could be linked to the mindset of a hand fed america.
    I hope we can salvage a few of his shows, keep them alive online somehwere, maby even revive Wallygeorge.com.
    But even if his name is never mentioned again, his work shall not be forgotten.
    RIP WALLY

  66. Mike

    Wow was watching tv one night and saw old Wally George on and had to sit and watch him. My Grandmother loved his show and thought he was right in many things he said. In my generation its Rush and he isent as out spoken as Walley was he still tells it like it is. Walley will be missed by all. Walley, Walley, Walley

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