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June 9, 1995 | CONNIE KOENENN
While not advocating a ban on advertising and commerce, the authors of "Marketing Madness" do think it's time for consumers to draw a line. "Like air pollution and acid rain, commercialism has crossed the threshold into the danger zone, and it is time to consider remedial action," they write. Their book, intended as a consumer guide, offers ways to fight back and resource groups. Some examples: * If an ad campaign offends you, contact the manufacturer and boycott the product.
May 11, 1986 | Times Staff writers Kim Murphy, Mark I. Pinsky and Bill Billiter compiled the Week in Review stories.
The fate of Orange County's only Public Broadcasting System television station, KOCE, was finally resolved: It will become a "television academy" for student courses. The station has been on the financial brink for years, as its operator, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees, repeatedly threatened to eliminate its funding in the face of competing costs of operating its three colleges.
June 30, 1990
I find it revelatory to observe that the very week the rap lyrics censorship and NEA funding controversies rage across the country, TV viewers had the opportunity to watch a heavily promoted series of four programs created by an acknowledged anti-Semite that included the following plot elements: 1. A physically deformed man physically and mentally abuses his likewise deformed brother over a piece of jewelry. 2. Another man murders his brother in a passionate argument over the same piece of jewelry.
December 6, 1985
I like the word oxymoron. I like the look and the sound of this noun, which means "a combination of contradictory or incongruous words." I am grateful, therefore, to reporter Thomas B. Rosenstiel for giving me a chance to use it. In his story (Nov. 22) on "infotainment," that mix of news and entertainment being served up by the networks, Rosenstiel refers to the "dull, bald, erudite Kuralt." Bald and erudite, yes. But dull? Dull as in stupid, lacking sharpness, slow in perception or sensibility?
January 17, 1987
Two California State University, Northridge students flew to Montreal Friday to participate in an internationally televised debate. Ian Fielding of Reseda and Mark Crossman of Northridge will argue against establishing a free-trade agreement between the United States and Canada, said William Eadie, chairman of CSUN's speech communications department. Eadie said Fielding and Crossman are both graduate communications students.
March 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
Public radio and television programming faces serious disruption unless Congress finds money to pay for a new satellite to replace one that will fail in 1991, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting said today. CPB officials, who are also seeking full funding of their fiscal 1992 budget authorization of $265 million, urged a Senate panel to provide an additional $143.
August 15, 1987
Jorge Samaniego, the Cuban-born dancer and choreographer whose stagings of "A Christmas Carol," "Peter and the Wolf" and "The Nutcracker" proved local favorites over the past several years, has died. He was 40 and died Wednesday at County-USC Medical Center of AIDS, said his colleague and longtime companion, Kenneth MacDonald. Samaniego started and ended his dance career in Los Angeles, studying here as a youth at the American School of Dance before moving to New York City.
October 26, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Earl Peyroux, 78, who was host of more than 600 episodes of the "Gourmet Cooking" television show for the Public Broadcasting System, died Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., after a prolonged illness. A native of New Orleans, Peyroux graduated from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and studied in France, Italy, Spain and Japan. He was an understudy to chefs Julia Child and Paul Prudhomme and wrote seven cookbooks.
February 4, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Public Broadcasting System's board of directors, as expected, voted Saturday to accept 30-second underwriting messages from corporate sponsors that spend at least $2.5 million annually with the public television broadcaster's prime-time schedule. The previous limit on the messages had been 15 seconds. PBS executives hope the change will entice more support from corporate sponsors at a time when such spending is down, largely because of a soft economy.
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