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Alison Yobage


April’s Springtime Miracle for Toys R Us

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My Saturday morning began like many of yours: with an email alert that it looked like April was finally, really in labor this time. The baby was coming soon!

Like millions of others, I tuned in to see the miracle of birth…of a little baby giraffe, at a not so little 5’ 9” tall, 175 pounds.

April needs little further introduction, and no last name. Her pregnancy has been watched via live stream from the Animal Adventure Park’s “Giraffe Cam” by hundreds of thousands of us at a time. Even in the middle of the night. For months, we’ve been sticking our necks out waiting for this little thing. Read More


53 Year-Old Game Shows for $1000, Please

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Answer: America’s longest running game show premiered on this day in 1964.
What is “Jeopardy”?

With many more than 7,000 episodes aired, “Jeopardy!” has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. In January 2001, TV Guide ranked the show number two on its “50 Greatest Game Shows” list—second only to ”The Price Is Right.” Additionally, “Jeopardy” has gained a worldwide following thanks to running in slightly different versions in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Israel, and Australia. The American version of ”Jeopardy” airs around the world as well. The series, which used to run weekly, has been airing daily for 33 years.

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Whatcha Gonna Do When Sheriff John Brown Comes for You?

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The opening lines of that song have been played on TV at least 1,500 times, every Saturday for the last 28 years. The reggae beat of its distinctive theme song, Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys”, is well known to us now, and will continue to be: Season 30 began taping in February this year.

“COPS” began its run on the Fox Broadcast Network on March 11, 1989. The network had just launched a few years prior, in October 1986. It took a chance on “COPS” after other major networks passed on it, jumping on the opportunity in the middle of a five month-long strike by the Writers Guild of America. The strike had crippled TV production in the summer of 1988. A reality-based show that required no writers and was inexpensive to produce was a perfect recipe for the new network.

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The Most Famous Thumbs on TV

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In the days leading up to the Oscars, I thought about which movies I had seen and which movies I had interest in seeing. When both of those lists were short, I thought about what a sharp contrast this was to several years ago when Siskel and Ebert had a near monopoly on televised film reviews, and even if I didn’t see many movies, I was very much aware of them – their plot, their stars, their likelihood of success.

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were pioneers of film criticism. Long before the internet prompted millions of amateur critics to endlessly discuss films, there were Siskel and Ebert. Two newspaper guys from Chicago: Siskel wrote for the The Chicago Tribune and Ebert for the cross town rival paper, the Chicago Sun Times. Their television series, with several different names, ran from 1975 to 1999.

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Kickin’ it with the Budweiser Clydesdales

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A weekend trip to snowy Vermont and New Hampshire last weekend, two days of covered bridges and northern New England history, left me with George Clooney’s voice in my head.

Woodstock, VT, is a small town about a three-hour drive north from Boston and about five hours from New York City. As of the 2010 census, its population was just over 3,000 people, spread across 44 square miles. Set in Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains, the town and surrounding village are postcard-perfect, filled with historic buildings and houses, small farms, quaint inns and old taverns.

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This is SportsCenter

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As I read the news this week that Wieden and Kennedy and ESPN were parting ways after a 25 year partnership, I kept thinking, “follow me, follow me to freedom”. W+K was responsible for the long running “This is SportsCenter” campaign, among other great work for ESPN. The campaign, which began in 1994, mixed sports, celebrity, and a behind-the-scenes look at the high-rated sports news program.

“Follow me to freedom” comes from one of my favorite spots in the campaign. In this spot, SportsCenter’s production team engages in a Y2K test. Things don’t go well, and in seconds, alarms sound, the lights go out, athletes loot the place. Mark McGwire takes a baseball bat to a computer. Jonathan, the University of Connecticut mascot, a dog, absconds with some awards. The show’s announcers read highlights by candlelight.

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64 Years Ago, ‘Today Show’ Ushered In a New Era of TV

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If you watch TV in the morning, enjoy the personalities and news as you prepare for the day ahead, but treat the program as background noise, you are one of many millions of people who start your day as Pat Weaver hoped. When the “Today Show” launched 64 years ago last weekend, these were some of its founding goals.

Weaver was a television executive who got his start in radio and later worked at an advertising agency. He took this prior experience and applied it to TV. In just seven years at NBC (1949-1956), Weaver left a huge mark as one of the biggest innovators in television programming, developing and championing programs “Today Show,” “Tonight Show,” “Meet the Press,” and “Your Show of Shows.”

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Television: Uniting America Since 1951

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It has been said there is nothing like TV to bring people together. Whether a national emergency or a national event, everyone is together, in the same living room, watching the same thing. The Super Bowl. Man on the Moon. The OJ Car Chase. New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve. Hundreds of thousands of people pack into tiny pens in Times Square to wait for the Ball to drop. Millions of people watch for that same moment, on TV. In the hours leading up to midnight, the various networks cut away to acts and talent performing across town and across the country in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Key West, among other spots. In many cases, the networks go to a split screen format, allowing us to see footage from two cities at the same time.

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A Wonderful Time to Watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

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As happens in December, my TV watching turns into a holiday movie marathon. There are so many good ones, many of which I make a point to watch every year, out of tradition.

If “It’s a Wonderful Life” is also on your holiday playlist like it is on mine, you may have a clerical error that took place 45 years ago to thank.

December 20, 1946: the theatrical release of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Director Frank Capra was one of Hollywood’s A-list directors in the 1940s. Everything he directed touched the heart and was a huge success, movies such as “It Happened One Night” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. In 1946, he directed a black-and-white film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed that looked like it would be another winner: “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

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Jolly Green Giant: $754 Million Dollar Man

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As happens in December, there is a buzz around the return of a certain mythical figure, able to stop children in their tracks, bring adults to attention, and known to bellow “Ho Ho Ho”.

This time around though, it’s not a man in red with a white beard. This one is green. He is currently on a cross-country road trip and his goal is to change children’s behavior and maybe some grown ups’ habits too.

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