Posts Tagged ‘Media’

Now that is some hot sun!!!!

The Tourists (2007) from Animalcolm on Vimeo.

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Angry Talk Radio (Conservative Div.) explained

columnistsMedvedAs very conservative conservatives go, I like Michael Medved and like him a lot–don’t listen to him on the radio but read his columns sometimes.
Medved gives his take why conservative talk radio is more raging rabid than ever in this piece by Tim Mak at “New Majority”:
Conservative talk radio has never been more angry and extreme than today. You might think that’s a response to the Obama presidency. But even more, conservative talkers are responding to a collapse in advertising revenues.

According to Scott Fybush, the proprietor of North East Radio Watch, talk radio has lost 30-40% of its ad revenues over the past two years.

Further, in an interview with a talk radio trade publication, Talkers Magazine, late last year, Talk Radio Networks CEO Mark Masters said: “2008 will be known as the year that weak syndicated programs began dying off in droves,” adding that “it has only just begun.”

In this environment, radio hosts believe that anger is their only path to survival. “If you’re not the most extreme person on the radio or making the most outrageous headlines,” says Fybush, “there is going to be some portion of the base that is going to ignore you and move onto someone who is more extreme.”

One of the most civil voices in talk radio, Michael Medved, explains the economic pressure upon the industry. He told NewMajority: “In this [economic] environment, you have something of a push to be outrageous, to be on the fringe, because what you’re desperately competing for is… P-1 listeners [those who tune in most frequently]. The percentage of people on the fringe who are P-1s is quite high,” he explained.
As a result, talk radio hosts are feeling more pressure than usual to yell harder, scream louder, and insult further. Talk shows “are fighting for an ever- smaller pie, [which means that] you’ve got to be even louder about it because you’re trying to get the attention of an ever-smaller niche,” said Medved.

All these factors exacerbate the existing negative tendencies of conservative news talk radio. Michael Harrison, editor of Talkers Magazine, notes that “news talk radio has traditionally been a street medium… [that employs] the language and emotions and attitudes that one would hear on the street, by the fence, in the schoolyard.”

Of course, schoolyard emotions evoke schoolyard results: a downwards descent into name-calling and fringe politics. Talk radio’s fascination with the “birther” movement is the logical end point.

As conservative politics attempts to reach out and rebuild, the incentives for conservative radio hosts point in exactly the opposite direction. The fact of the matter is that the survival of news talk radio “depends on ratings and revenue, not on getting people elected, or even on bring right,” says Harrison. If the economy worsens, expect more venom on your AM dial.

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One of the best things about life in Dallas, Tx

Yes, one of the best things about Dallas is Krys Boyd, host of the KERA, PBS Radio program “Think.”
It airs Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., on KERA 90.1, and she’s also on the teevee on Fridays, 7:30 p.m., KERA 13.
Think is a topic-driven interview program covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and emerging trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment.
The great think about the program, though, is Boyd’s incredible interview skills, her vast knowledge and burning curiosity about anything and everything, her obvious work ethic, since she comes to every interview about as well prepared as one can get prepared. We got nothing but jitterbug blog love for Krys Boyd. Check her out by radio, or, in other parts of the world, via the Net.


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Walter Cronkite, take your well deserved rest

First Class

First Class

JFJ readers know that my first calling in life was to journalism and that some of the best years of my life were spent sweating out those intense deadline hours at The Houston Chronicle.
Walter Cronkite learned his writing and reporting craft at The Houston Post and at the old Houston Press. (He mentored Dan Rather, of course, who passed through the Chronicle.)
I met WC a number of times after his retirement and he was the genuine article–not a pretentious bone in this global icon’s body. And let me tell you–he was an old working slug newspaper reporter at heart and loved nothing better than the company of inked stained wretches.
I’m partial to them myself. (See what may have been my first blog here in the archives–I was lamenting the passing of newspapers that very day, as you can see!)
I’m weeping over this loss. Really weeping.
Here’s a blurb about WC from the Chronicle about his Houston roots:

Walter Cronkite’s life and career reflected the words he used in a familiar advertising campaign for his alma mater, the University of Texas: “What starts here changes the world.”

Born in Missouri, he moved with his family at age 10 to Houston, where he attended Lanier Junior High School and San Jacinto High.

It was at San Jacinto where he met Fred Birney, one of his earliest journalism instructors. Birney, Cronkite wrote in his autobiography, taught him the “sacred covenant between newspaper people and their readers. We journalists had to be right and we had to be fair.”

Cronkite’s autobiography also includes tales of summer jobs on the Bassett Blakely ranch, now the site of the Cinco Ranch development, at Sylvan Beach on Galveston Bay and at the downtown Sako­witz store.

He held a summer job during high school at the Houston Post before attending UT, where he made his broadcast debut on radio station KNOW and was advised at the end of the school year that he would never make it as a radio announcer.

Began as newspaperman
Cronkite subsequently dropped out of college to cover the Legislature for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, then worked for the afternoon daily Houston Press before returning in 1936 to Kansas City. He was a newsman for radio station KCMO in Kansas City and at WKY in Oklahoma City, where he called Oklahoma Sooners football games on radio in 1937, before joining the United Press wire service.

As a UP correspondent, he worked in Dallas (where he was assigned to cover the 1937 New London school explosion that killed 295 students and teachers), Austin and El Paso, before covering World War II in Europe.

Cronkite joined CBS in 1950, returning on occasion to Houston where he spoke frequently with Ann Hodges, the Chronicle’s TV columnist for more than 40 years.

“He was certainly the most influential anchor ever on television,” Hodges said. “There will never be another that influential.”

One of the most stirring examples of Cronkite’s command of the moment, she said, came on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“That was an incredible, terrible day, and he was very important to the country at the time,” Hodges said. “He sort of held everybody together. Through him, we knew what was happening. We trusted him enough to know it was not the end of the world.”

Longhorn legacy
While Cronkite didn’t graduate from UT, his lasting ties to the university included his donation in the early 1990s of his personal and professional papers to the school’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

The collection contains hundreds of thousands of documents from Cronkite’s life and career — plus one moon rock, given to him by NASA in recognition of his coverage of the space program.

“It’s a really outstanding collection of materials documenting the inner workings of CBS News during his tenure,” said Don Carleton, director of the Briscoe Center.

Carleton said portions of the Cronkite papers will be made available to scholars later in 2009 and that an exhibit honoring Cronkite’s career will debut in May 2010 at the LBJ Library on the university’s campus.

He continued his relationship with Houston by narrating a documentary for KUHT (Channel 8) on philanthropist and publisher Jesse Jones.

But Cronkite’s most public gift to Longhorns everywhere is, of course, his voice. In association with the Austin advertising agency GSD&M, he has for several years provided the narration for public service announcements that appear during every televised Longhorns athletics event, extolling everything from UT’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible to its mascot, Bevo.


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Feeding the beast of cultural narcissism

More from the book I quoted from this morning on St Francis–Servants, Misfits and Saints by Rev. Howell:

“Christopher Lasch suggested that there is a profound difference between celebrities and saints. In a narcissistic, self-pleasing culture, we welcome celebrities because we lack imagination and courage. Traditional heroes make demands on us. Glittering stars in our culture merely feed our narcissism, our love of self, our addiction to everything society finds pleasurable. No one ever asks how our constant exposure to the rich and famous is supposed to make us good or wise or faithful.

Even if we are trying to live faithful lives, our minds are always being reshaped, just a little, all the time, into the image of what surrounds us. But heroes–saints–stretch our imaginations and stand as imperatives, calling, wooing us into a higher, holier life.”

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Like they rock at the Telluride Bluegrass Party!!!!<

36th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival from Justin Weihs on Vimeo.

Now that is jitterbug theology!

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‘Beauty will save the world.’ — Doestevsky

I’ve started two new categories for the blog postings here. I think this video fits in both: beauty, nature. paul

The Magic Hour from Ray Paunovich on Vimeo.

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