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Move Your Dial To The Right

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2003
From its inception until the late 1970s, AM radio was king. The medium survived an assault from television in the 1950s by switching to music as its main source of programming. FM gradually supplant  

America and Soccer: I know, I know

0 Comments · Thursday, June 27, 2002
Americans aren't much for watching soccer, while most of the rest of the planet is enamored with the game. We all know that. Yet every four years, many in the sports media feel duty-bound to inform   

Channel Surfing: Ad Nauseam

Let Me Tell You What You Think

0 Comments · Thursday, June 28, 2001
I'm sick of other people deciding for me what is and isn't appropriate to watch. Can't I decide? Sure, I'm going to have opinions. I write, therefore I get pissed off. But my beefs shouldn't stop y  

Spring has Sprung

0 Comments · Thursday, May 10, 2001
It's time for "Channel Surfing" to do some spring cleaning of sorts: Here is a gathering of items not worth a full column, but still deserving some attention. On the eve of May sweeps, some intere  

Kill Your TV

0 Comments · Thursday, April 5, 2001
Listening to National Public Radio (NPR) last week, I was astonished to learn that some people in America do not own a TV. A listener had written in complaining about a story NPR had done on rappe  

Who's Afraid of the XFL?

0 Comments · Thursday, March 8, 2001
I am no fan of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), nor am I one of its detractors. Who am I to hammer people for enjoying pro wrestling? After all, I enjoy watching outdoor soccer and listening to  

Reality Bites

0 Comments · Thursday, February 1, 2001
Just when things seem to be going well, something comes and let's a greased pig loose. In May, the contract between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the major movie and television studios is s  

'Tis the Second Season

0 Comments · Thursday, December 14, 2000
The holiday season is always a curious time for TV. It's the only time of year any kind of weather is shown, as it is incessantly snowing ... even on shows that take place in L.A. Then we have the h  

No Show

0 Comments · Thursday, November 9, 2000
All across the L.A. basin, pilots for new TV shows are in the planning stages. Hoping to get a shot during the second half of the current TV season, or perhaps a shot at next fall's lineup, produce  

Airwaves:Traffic and Weather together

0 Comments · Thursday, October 12, 2000
The most amazing thing about radio is how its has transformed itself over the course of its 70-plus-year history. Perhaps more than any other medium, radio -- and particularly AM -- has responded t  


0 Comments · Thursday, August 10, 2000
It's strange how your perspective can change. When I was (sort of) in the music business, I gradually came to look at the industry from a different angle. Now the same thing has happened with TV and  

Made For TV Football

0 Comments · Friday, July 14, 2000
Give the people what they want, and they'll still complain. The National Football League (NFL) has never been more popular, but at the same time criticism of the pro game has also never been higher.  

Avoid the Hassle

0 Comments · Thursday, July 13, 2000
It's funny how two diametrically opposed forces can see the same action as detrimental to their causes. A few weeks back The Procter & Gamble Company decided not to sponsor Dr. Laura Schessinger's n  

A Spy in the House

0 Comments · Thursday, June 22, 2000
A Spy in the House David Burke, the British director for White Dot, an anti-television campaign, has written a book about digital interactive TV, Spy TV. His book attempts to expose the agenda o  

I Survived an Episode of 'Survivor'

0 Comments · Thursday, June 8, 2000
After waiting in a long traffic jam caused more by people looking at the accident than by those who caused it, you still feel that guilty urge to look. What exactly compels us toward this action is