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Remember When David Letterman Featured Rochester On His Talk Show?

The news earlier this week that David Letterman was returning to TV with a new series on Netflix reminded me of how he once spent some time talking about Rochester.


Letterman retired as host of the Late Show on CBS back in May 2015, after having hosted that show and his Late Night show on NBC for over 32 years. But it was back in early 2014 that Letterman got to talking about our fair city during his national late night TV show.

It happened during one of his signature bits, called ‘Small Town News.’ As he’s introducing the bit (which mentions a humorous ad found in the Post-Bulletin) he talks about Rochester – and how we have as many big hotels as Las Vegas. Paul Shaffer chimes in, too. It’s kind of cool. (And, the ad featured in the bit from the Post-Bulletin is kind of funny, too.)

It’s not surprising that both Letterman and Shaffer were familiar with Rochester, Mayo Clinic notwithstanding. Both are Midwest guys — Letterman’s from Indianapolis and Shaffer’s from Thunder Bay. Shaffer, in fact, has said his family would head to down to Minnesota regularly when he was a kid.

Check out this video walk down memory lane…

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