Mon 01-05-98 02:19 pm

MAN SNUBBED BY ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ MAY GET TALK SHOW OF HIS OWN

MIAMI, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s the latest on that 32-year-old car mechanic who has been trying to get on the Tonight Show: he may wind up with a TV talk show of his own.

Mike Babone, a car mechanic in Dania, Florida, has gathered 105,000 signatures from people who say they want to see him play hockey with Jay Leno – but the Tonight Show has turned him down cold.

However, an executive with a TV production company who heard about Babone on the radio now wants to give the mechanic his own television talk show.

Diane Archer of JSP Syndication says Babone speaks for the common man and the company hopes to sign him to a contract by mid-January.

Archer claims the unknown Babone could be as successful as Leno or David Letterman and says the mechanic’s lack of show biz experience will be one of the show’s major selling points.

CONTACT: Mike Babone, ****1/2; Arrange with Bill Singletary; Miami, FL; (305) 652-1211; Diane Archer, ***; Miami, FL; (305) 460-4074

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