Claim: A children’s radio show host, thinking that his microphone had been turned off, wrapped up his broadcast one evening by inadvertently blurting out over the air, “There, that oughta hold the little bastards!”
Synopsis: Although this legend has been applied to Uncle Don and nearly everyone else who ever hosted a children’s radio program between the 1920s
and the 1960s (and even to some television hosts as well), it is perhaps the greatest apocryphal “manufactured memory” in American popular culture. Despite the claims made by untold thousands of people who swear they were listening to the radio that fateful night when the words “little bastards” slipped off Uncle Don’s tongue, the legend antedates his career as a children’s host (and the careers of nearly everyone else to whom the legend has been ascribed over the years).
Origins: The recollections of long-time broadcasters from radio’s early days indicate that this legend was circulating as far back as the mid- to
Please take a look at the article below for detailed information about the origins and history of this most infamous of broadcast legends:
|History of the “little bastards” legend|
Sightings: An episode of the popular television series, The Simpsons (“Krusty Gets Kancelled,” original air date
Last updated: 5 August 2007