Michigan-based Highland Appliance company was once one of the largest electronics retailers in the nation, and now it isn’t. Founded in 1933, they went out of business sixty years later. When they were in their heyday in the 70’s and 80’s, Highland was known for their highly entertaining radio and television commercials, many of them fondly remembered by mid-westerners to this day.
Though the Highland Appliance commercials we present to you today are radio spots, and consequently without pictures, they are of special interest to animation fans. The voices you hear are all by actors who have done cartoon work. All of them feature Bob Arbogast (Sesame Street, Hot Wheels, Roger Ramjet) interviewing people with odd occupations. Each one features a surprise guest actor. At least they would be a surprise if we didn’t write their names above the sound files anyways. So give a listen, and try to fight off the urge to buy a new stereo cassette tape player…
Hatchetman – Featuring Mel Blanc
Wimp – Featuring Marvin Kaplan
Yes Man – Featuring Frank Nelson
Eavesdropper – Featuring Joan Gerber
Bad Influence – Featuring Lennie Weinrib
Disclaimerer – Featuring John Irwin