Category Archives: TV and Radio

Lara Logan

Those of us back in the US, covering whatever we cover, do so almost always under the cover of law. We may loose our jobs, or have an advertiser pull his run, but our lives are safe and we will work — safely — another day.

Our prayers are with Lara Logan — and with the hundreds other journalists injured, imprisoned and killed doing the job of bringing the world to us.

Bill O’Reilly to President Obama: “Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?”

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was relatively civil [by O’Reilly standards] to President Obama during his live 15-minute pre-game one-on-one. But O’Reilly can’t help himself — he was repetitively argumentative, stepping on the President’s responses in what was as much a debate as it was an interview.

The Last DJ

By Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Think about it.

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As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see
How much you’ll pay for what you used to get for free

• • •

Well you can’t turn him into a company man
You can’t turn him into a whore
And the boys upstairs just don’t understand anymore

Well the top brass don’t like him talking so much,
He won’t play what they say to play
And he don’t want to change what don’t need to change

There goes the last DJ
Who plays what he wants to play
And says what he wants to say, hey hey hey…

And there goes your freedom of choice
There goes the last human voice
There goes the last DJ

Well some folks say they’re gonna hang him so high
You just can’t do what he did
There’re some things you just can’t put in the minds of those kids

As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see
How much you’ll pay for what you used to get for free

There goes the last DJ
Who plays what he wants to play
And says what he wants to say, hey hey hey…

And there goes your freedom of choice
There goes the last human voice
There goes the last DJ

Well he got him a station down in Mexico
And sometimes it’ll kind of come in
And I’ll bust a move and remember how it was back then

There goes the last DJ
Who plays what he wants to play
And says what he wants to say, hey hey hey…

And there goes your freedom of choice
There goes the last human voice
There goes the last DJ

We don’t need a weatherman to know how the wind blows, but everyone needs shelter from the storm

We’ve seen plenty of clips parodying “news”people who stand outside in stormy weather to capture the rain live at 5 (their mothers clearly did not teach their children well). Flip side: Here’s a guy who’s outside in the rain for a cause — and in this case, his performance makes sense.

Good luck, California!

But, hey, it’s a holiday week and we’re mandated to kick back. With that in mind, here’s a double dose of Dylan (the second via a trip to YouTube). Enjoy:

As we commiserate with a drenched California, a blizzard-socked Midwest, and a cold-snapped Northeast … and with hope that there will be joy in our hearts and peace in our relationships in the New Year … Lena Horne:


Jon Stewart on the Rachel Maddow Show, uncut

An intelligent conversation.

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A tax on business by campaigning pols

Here’s something you might not have considered: With candidates buying up so much TV and radio time, what’s left gets sold at a premium to a station’s regular clients.

Iowa marketing maven Michael Libbie tells us about a Des Moines business owner who had been buying 30 second early morning (circa 4:30 am) radio spots for only about $30 each:

“When Campaign 2010 (also known as the Lie Express) cut loose 90 days ago his costs went to $80 for the same 30-second ad in the same day-part.  I’ve been hearing this from so many business people I’ve lost count.”

Libbie concludes:It’s pretty bad when politics stands in the way of doing business.”

Now, get out there and vote!

‘Fran and Jan’ in Portland

We can’t predict how the “Fran & Jan Show” will play once it rolls, but their clever promotional videos  portend a good start.

In video-1, Fran (Francine Raften) and Jan (Janna Lopez) are planning their show — should it be with or without sex (maybe you heard, sex sells!). Their consultant-guru reminds them it’s all about “building an audience, and then you can take them wherever you want to go.”

Fran loves the idea: “There’s a potential here to generate a heck of a lot of listeners.” Jan‘s not as certain: “The Fran & Jan Show is not about sex selling. We’re different. We don’t have to go the whole self-exploitation route to get a few people to talk about us.”

So, they thought about it. And sex … not so much.

Jan musters the courage to tell their consultant, “The Fran & Jan Show has to be smart, it has to represent who we are, it has to be funny and it has to be something that will give people reason to think about who we are.”

You think so? Here’s video-2—

The show, out of Portand, OR, is scheduled to debut on Thursday, Oct. 28, on the earth2world network.

Video3 connects with the planned debut just before Halloween—

Good luck, ladies!

Post revised 10/18/10 at 10:32 am