Thursday, July 21, 2005

Meter Man

You've got to see the PSA for Albany's new parking meter cash keys. I don't know if it's actually been on the air, but you can find it at the Albany Parking Authority's website ---just click CashKey Video.

In the spot, a flustered woman is searching through her pocket book for a quarter, then with a magical sound effect, TanMan (Jerry Jennings) appears on the scene armed with a cash key. "Hey, I can help, he says. "I have a key to the city!" Oh, boy. He's not the Mayor, he's an urban parking super hero who will pay for your meter ---then presumably stick around to protect your car from all the masonry falling off downtown buildings.
I'm curious if PSA's starring Jennings, like the anti-graffiti spot frequently seen on Time Warner cable, will need to come off the air as we close in on election day.