My long-in-the-works feature examining PA Announcements on M*A*S*H (a working title) is finally near completion. Actually, I haven’t started writing it but I do have most of the information so it’s really just a matter of piecing it together. Coincidentally, only a few days ago Ken Levine answered a question about the announcements at his blog:
First, whats the deal with the unseen announcer on MASH? Why wasn’t it a regular character (like Radar or Klinger)? They even had those characters doing announcements from time to time.
The concept was taken from the movie. I think it just added to the strangeness of the place. I liked it actually.
My plan for the feature is to briefly discuss the way the announcements were used in the movie MASH and the TV series, write a little about the three men who provided the bulk of the announcements, and list some of the more interesting and amusing announcements heard over the course of the series. Because there are so many episodes and so many announcements, I thought I’d ask readers of the blog to suggest some of their favorite or unusual announcements.
More specifically, I’m looking for examples of announcements made by any of the main characters, announcements made by any else other than the unseen voices, announcements that resulted in a reaction from any of the characters, scenes involving the making of an an announcement, and any announcements that were particularly hilarious.
So, if you’ve got a favorite announcement or just watched an episode that included an interesting announcement, please hit the comments.