The voice of KITT

Yesterday morning on KFJC (Foothill College radio station), in the Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show, the TV Mystery Theme — identify the show and win movie tickets! — was from Knight Rider, a show that featured reliable actor William Daniels voicing a car.

A few words about the Norman Bates show, the Knight Rider series, and William Daniels.

Norman Bates. From the KFJC site:

The Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show with Robert Emmett, Saturday 9am – 12pm: Hear The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in music from stage & screen. Listen to what you watch. Music from silent films, yesterday’s classics and today’s latest releases.

The TV Mystery Theme comes on about 10:30; listeners phone in, and the first to identify the theme get movie tickets.

Yesterday’s theme (played o the radio without the narration):

Knight Rider. On the show, from Wikipedia:

Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible car [named KITT].

Conceived and produced by Glen A. Larson, the show was an instant hit.

Here’s a clip from a show in which KITT is pitted against an evil AI car named KARR.

Magnificently preposterous.

The (somewhat prissily over-precise) voice of KITT is William Daniels. From Wikipedia:

William David Daniels (born March 31, 1927) is an American actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild (1999 to 2001). He is known for his performance as Dustin Hoffman’s character’s father in The Graduate (1967), as Howard in Two for the Road, as John Adams in 1776, as Carter Nash in Captain Nice, as Mr. George Feeny in ABC’s Boy Meets World and its sequel, Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, as the voice of KITT in Knight Rider, and as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, for which he won two Emmy Awards.

Mark Craig’s wife in St. Elsewhere was played by Daniels’s real-life wife Bonnie Bartlett (who got an Emmy of her own for the role — along with Daniels in 1986). The couple:

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