Last Man Standing Featured Ham Radio in Episode on FRIDAY in MARCH 15, 2013
In an episode that aired March 15, the hit ABC comedy Last Man Standing -- starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, KA0XTT -- prominently featured scenes with cast members using Amateur Radio.
According to Last Man Standing Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, the episode called “The Fight” featured several of the regular cast members talking on the radios."This episode has the most significant use of Amateur Radio in a TV comedy since Herman Munster, W6XRL4, got his ham license.” Fans of 1960s television will remember the episode of The Munsters (originally aired January 21, 1965) when Herman, on his ham radio, overheard children using walkie-talkies who were pretending to be Martians.
“In addition to the original KA0XTT station in Mike Baxter’s work office, viewers got to see Mike’s ham shack in the basement of his home,” Amodeo explained. “A cast member also called in from a portable HF radio while hiking along the Amazon.” The ARRL provided many of the awards -- including 5 Band DXCC, 5 Band Worked All States, 5 Band Worked All Continents and VUCC -- that are on Mike Baxter’s home shack wall. The episode, which was filmed February 12, also featured Richard Karn. Fans of Allen’s former show Home Improvement will remember Karn as Al Borland. Last Man Standing is produced by 20th Century Fox for the ABC Television Network and airs on Friday nights at 7 PM Central.