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Entries from November 2006

Getting on Board with the Arena

November 29th, 2006 · Comments Off

Yesterday’s ground-breaking ceremony for Louisville’s new downtown arena was evidence that this project is really going to happen, so it’s time to get on board with it and trust that what this smart bunch of folks is building is a good thing. It’s time to forget that the LG&E site may not be the best [...]

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Tags: Arena · Politics

The Sham of Breaking News

November 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

On Tuesday,  WHAS-TV teased its late news viewers with an upcoming “Breaking News” story. Once on the air, anchor Doug Proffitt quickly cut to reporter Rebecca Rector on “the scene” where breaking news was happening — right now. Viewers were assured that WHAS-TV had this “breaking story” that was crucial for viewers to know. Here’s [...]

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Tags: TV

Lighten Up with Bugs, Sly and Tweety

November 27th, 2006 · Comments Off

There was face painting, crafts, caricatures and free photos with Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety at the Light Up Louisville celebration downtown Nov. 24. The weather was perfect, which may have helped keep even larger crowds away from the city’s indoor kids activities, which were packed with families for a couple of hours. The sight [...]

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Tags: Picture Marketing

Cards? I Don’t Want No Stinking Cards

November 24th, 2006 · Comments Off

Did you think you were the only one who failed to use that gift card from Aunt Louise at Christmas last year? Get this — In the U.S. alone this year, there will be a 20 percent increase in gift card purchases above 2005, with the total exceeding $80 billion. And 10 percent of them [...]

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Tags: Shopping

What Happened to Kramer?

November 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

I posted the video from YouTube here because you have to see it to believe it. It shows how easy it is to ruin a once-promising career. If Michael Richards was worried about forever being remembered only for his role as Kramer, now he’s changed that for good. As an original fan of “Seinfeld” I’m [...]

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Tags: TV · Video

November 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

Michael Richards N-Word Tirade [youtube=]Kramer Implodes

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Lethal Legalese

November 23rd, 2006 · Comments Off

The Kentucky Supreme Court has decided it’s OK to use lethal injections on Death Row inmates, though we haven’t seen many executions here. I hope we don’t start seeing them, either. The court ruling came down Wednesday in a case brought by two convicted murderers. It’s a timely ruling, in the little world inside my [...]

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Tags: Movies · Politics

Black Monday in Local Radio

November 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments

Few would argue that the last decade has been bad for fans of quality radio programming. With local station owners selling out, there are just a few owners in the radio game, the biggest of which is Clear Channel. Last week, Clear Channel Communications Inc. announced it was being sold to private equity investors and [...]

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Tags: Radio

I want my OJ

November 20th, 2006 · Comments Off

WDRB in Louisville was among a handful of Fox affiliates nationally which had refused to air the “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened” special featuring an interview with O.J. Simpson. Simpson, obviously in dire need of funds, had convinced the Fox network to air the special, but it’s drawn so much criticism that [...]

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Tags: Sports · TV

News Judgement (or lack of it) is what’s wrong with TV News

November 15th, 2006 · Comments Off

Last night I decided to take a close look at a newscast, and I came away with a theory about what’s wrong with TV news, and why so many folks complain about it. The 11:00 p.m. WHAS newscast (no comparisons in this post to other stations, for now) led with a near-breathless Doug Proffitt inviting [...]

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Tags: Newspaper · Politics · TV