January 2, 1988 |
It's 4:30 in the morning and "Great Weekend" already is an hour behind schedule. The tape machine operator, it seems, was in a car crash on his way to the West Los Angeles studio and the show can't go on until he arrives. A costly delay for any TV show, but possible disaster for one broadcast live. "That's why we're doing this run-through," says Lionel Schaen, president of producing USTV. "Now that we know this can happen, we'll have a guy on standby who can be here in a minute."
March 22, 1990 |
While most environmentalists are immersed in stopping something--the destruction of rain forests, acid rain, the depletion of the ozone layer--a vanguard is digging in to repair the damage already done. Restoration ecology are buzzwords to watch for in the '90s. The spring Whole Earth Review presents more than 30 major stories on various aspects of the subject along with a swarm of columns, essays and reviews of books, manuals and even dirt-grubbing implements.
December 21, 1988 |
Depending on which ratings service is believed, either Channel 8 or Channel 10 is the winner of the most recent ratings period in the all-important 5 p.m. local news battle. Though the Arbitron ratings show KGTV (Channel 10) solidly out in front at 5 p.m. with a 15 rating and 35 share, contrasted with Channel 8's 12 rating and 28 share, the Nielsen book released Monday for the same November period has KFMB-TV (Channel 8) leading with a 15 rating and 31 share.
October 14, 1991 |
Angry over the makeup of the panel for this month's edition of "Third Thursday," titled "Being Gay in the '90s," local gay activists are wondering whether the program is going to degenerate into an outdated and cliche discussion of whether homosexuality is a "disease" or a "correct" lifestyle. The rostrum for the town hall-style program, which will air live at 6:30 p.m. Thursday from Mira Mesa High School, is scheduled to include the Rev.
September 10, 1990 |
KNSD-TV(Channel 39) program director Penny Martin called it a "preemptive" strike. Earlier this year, rival KGTV(Channel 10) bought the rights to Maury Povich's new talk show, which won't air until Sept., 1991, before, she says, Channel 39 even had "an opportunity to be interested in it." It was just one of several maneuvers and strategy adjustments that went into this year's edition of syndication poker, the annual bidding competition on the new crop of original syndicated programs.
January 18, 1990 |
Most magazines are content to stir things up with their articles and leave it at that. Most magazines are also content to adopt catchy but relatively meaningless titles--Fame, Money, Sport--that readers can readily identify with. Tikkun sets itself apart on both counts.
September 27, 1989 |
Vice President Dan Quayle, who arrived amid anti-American demonstrations here Tuesday night shortly after suspected Communist rebels killed two American employees at a U.S. military base, today condemned the killings as "cowardly murders" that were linked to his visit. Although no group immediately claimed responsibility, U.S.
November 15, 1989 |
As the stunned "Third Thursday" crew looked on, host Marty Levin suddenly veered for the phone by the side of the stage. A commercial break during a live television show is no time for spontaneity. "Fifteen seconds," warned a nervous-looking floor director. This particular edition of KNSD-TV's (Channel 39) monthly, live, 90-minute public forum show, was focusing on growth. And it was starting to heat up. The six politicians and community activists on stage were clearly growing irritated with each other's comments, while members of the audience were eagerly raising their hands to make comments and ask questions.
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June 18, 2005 |
Searching for directions to an Angels game, my colleague Jim LaVally noticed that the team's official website instructs fans to catch the 605 Freeway in downtown L.A. (see excerpt). The 605, of course, does not go to downtown L.A. Gee, you'd think an L.A. team like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would know that. * A rose by any other name -- please!
June 2, 1995 |
Tennessee Williams must have had a hoot of a time with "Baby Doll," the 1956 erotic comedy he wrote for director Elia Kazan. The movie, based on two of Williams' short stories about Southern discomfort, "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and "The Long Stay Cut Short," gave the playwright the opportunity to indulge one of his favorite vices--repressed sexuality in the hot and humid Dixie psyche.