... A Sour Apple Tree

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Herald-Dispatch has a great website

Anyone who knows me (or that has even stood next to me in line for more than 30 seconds) knows that I am not the biggest fan of the Herald-Dispatch. As is the case with most Gannett-owned newspapers, the articles can be a bit soft at times and usually aim for the LCD (lowest common denominator) which in our area can be quite low (at least according to the HD). Furthermore, their editorial content seems to reflect something of corporate mentality that seems to be born out of Gannett's suburban DC office rather than Tri State mores.

Also, their Sunday TV section sucks big time, especially since they changed the format in a likely cost-cutting move.

One thing I do love, however, is their website. Unlike most newspaper websites, they update news stories 24-7 as opposed to once in the wee hours of the dawn.

HDonline.com is, hands down, the Tri State's source for breaking news (sorry WSAZ).
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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Jennifer Hudson pwns America

Three years ago, America told Jennifer Hudson that she was nowhere near being the third American Idol. Instead we eventually picked someone named Fantasia or something.

As of last night, she now has an Oscar, which sure beats Kelly Clarkson's Grammies.

It reminds America that democracy is a fragile, precious gift that we must never take lightly and must use wisely. As we approach another oportunity to vote in America's most important poll, we must remember not to repeat the mistake that we made when we all voted in 2004.

This time, vote for talent.

Wait, am I still talking about American Idol?

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Last night's 30 Rock

Last night's episode of 30 Rock was one of the funniest things that I've seen in some time.

Check it out at NBC.com.
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Thursday, February 22, 2007

13.2???

It would be nice if WOWK had a digital sub-channel like several of its rivals. I know that they don't have the financial backing like WSAZ and WCHS/WVAH, as they are controlled by national media companies while 13 is owned by West Virginia Media Holdings. However, it'd still be nice to get another channel.

And the bandwidth is already there.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Too bad Studio 60 is likely done...

Last week's episode of Studio 60, titled "The Friday Night Slaughter," was one of the finest pieces of television that I have seen in a long time. It seemed more like a good play than an episode of a network TV drama.

You can watch it here. It looks like we may have seen the last of S60 on NBC, so enjoy while it is still online.
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To tan or not to tan?

I recently bought a TV that is capable of receiving digital signals. Basically, I get the same channels as before, but now I also get NBC and CBS in HD and I can now pick up My Z, WSAZ's digital spin-off.

If you've seen programs on My Z yet (highlights: MASH and Cheers reruns), you will note that advertisers aren't exactly beating down the door to get on the channel. During certain hours, it can seem that a program's entire block of commercials can be PSAs and plugs for WSAZ news.

And not just PSAs for the two or three big name causes with the big name celebs. To fill up this much advertising time, you gotta dig deep. Really deep.

Apparently, just about every interest group creates and distributes PSAs to TV stations on all sorts of topics. Last week, one caught my eye in particular for its potential to irritate advertisers: a PSA from some sort of dermatological organization that urged people to not use tanning beds due to their claim that doing so leads to an elevated risk of skin cancer.

Flash forward to this week. One of My Z's marketing ploys is called "My Double Dollar Deals" (anyone familiar with ClearChannel's "Discount Dining Dollars" knows the concept). You buy $50 worth of gift certificates for a given business for $25.

This week's Double Dollar Deal sponsor: Planet Tan.
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Friday, February 16, 2007

Big Two?

Automotive News is reporting that GM is in talks to buy Chrysler from its parent, DiamlerChrysler AG.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Your fave prof. from college makes jack shit...

Since it is public information anyhow, WV has posted online the salaries of ALL state employees. The HD reports that RichRod is the highest paid charge of the state, while some of your favorite tenured college profs make only around 40-50 K.

Go ahead, browse and see what your friends make. Just don't get pissed if a dolt makes more than you do.
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Friday, February 09, 2007

Does it have kung fu grip?

Were you asking for a Brent Musberger action figure to be produced in you lifetime? Sure you weren't! Click here for the pinnacle of figure-based crap.
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hilarity from 30 Rock

Here is a funny bit from 30 Rock on NBC.

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