World's Largest Ball of Video Tape


Kansas City, Missouri

This mobile mass is the silent fourth partner in the TV Weasels team that produces Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, a program from KCPT in Kansas City that focuses on Outsider Art environments, Roadside Attractions, Muffler Men and Lady Liberties. It's such a part of the team, it even has an official bio:

It started like this... In 1982 Randy and Don made a pilgrimage to Cawker City, Kansas. The local folks were holding a Labor Day twine-a-thon to add girth to the Big Ball of Twine smack-dab in the middle of town. Seems there were other balls in other places making claims to be the "world's largest," and by winding twine together, Cawker City-ites hoped to regain the title. Inspired by this event (and a check from TV's "Ripley's Believe It or Not") the boys decided to create a record-holder of their own, using something they had plenty of close at hand: 3/4-inch videotape. All tape, no cereal filler. Actually, like most of us, the ball had an awkward adolescence: outbreaks of strange bumps and split ends. In the mid-80s Randy dragged it along to the local TV show "All Night Live," and took a series of PR shots heralding its presence. Stardom seemed to beckon. Then tragedy struck. David Letterman rejected it. Twice! For years afterward, the humble orb lived in a Prairie Village garage, glimpsed only by the producer’s kids and an occasional workman. Then, in 1995, as a way to "announce our intentions," the ball came out of retirement and joined the Rare Visions crew on a jaunt across Kansas. The rest, as they say, is history… You can find out more about the Big Ball, the Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations program, the TV Weasels, and all the sites they've seen on the Rare Visions Road Trip Website

World's Largest Ball of Video Tape Stats

Lives at the KCPT Studios in Kansas City when not on the road with the KCPT TV Weasels
over 53 pounds, solid video tape

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