Browsing All posts tagged under »CBS«

Chemistry Lessons with CBS and Charles Barkley

March 20, 2012


Even if you aren’t a college hoops fans I highly recommend watching the CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV coverage of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament that picks up again later this week. You don’t even have to watch the games — though you should because they are AWESOME — just tune in at halftime for a great example of how not to build a team show. Last year […]

New Year, New Vision: Revisiting Clear Channel’s DeRegulation Dreams

January 2, 2012


This post initially ran on October 27 just after Clear Channel made some pretty sweeping cuts in the programming departments of many smaller market stations. As more centralized programming will undoubtedly be a recurring theme in 2012 I thought it was worth revisiting. New posts will return to Free Estimates: the Talent Mechanic Blog tomorrow. Let’s […]

Janet Jackson Isn’t Indecent But You Still Could Be

November 3, 2011


We are one step closer to getting some actual clarity on the legality of the FCC’s indecency policy. An appeals court has upheld a previous decision that throws out a $550,000 fine the FCC levied against CBS over Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. This new ruling, along with the Supreme […]

Clear Channel’s New Vision: Deregulation Dreams Realized

October 27, 2011


Let’s take a second and put yesterday’s Clear Channel cutbacks and today’s National Programming Platforms Team announcement in historical perspective. It’s been 15 years since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and we may finally be seeing the vision of deregulation being fully realized. Here’s a history lesson for those of you who don’t remember: The Telecommunications […]

The Perfect Tease Courtesy of “60 Minutes”

October 17, 2011


Sunday, while I was comfortably sitting on my couch watching football, I heard what might just be the perfect tease: “Scott Pelley has been covering Afghanistan for 10 years. What he reports tonight on ’60 Minutes’ may just change your view of the war.” If you want to improve your teases or teach someone how to do […]

Fantasy Football Podcast Showdown: ESPN vs. CBS

September 27, 2011


I’ll spare you the details but suffice it to say my fantasy football season is off to a miserable start. So, with things not going as planned, I decided to try out some new advisors. You see I generally listen to ESPN’s Fantasy Focus podcast which features co-hosts Matthew Berry, known as The Talented Mr. Roto, and […]

Fear and (Self) Loathing in Radio

August 22, 2011


Recently, as I was riding the blue line train on my way to O’Hare for a flight, I saw a billboard for WJMK which is part of the CBS cluster in Chicago. The billboard was all black with two lines of copy: “104.3 K-Hits” and “the greatest hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.” It was […]

Who Has Better Lawyers: Dan Mason or Kim Kardashian?

July 22, 2011


The legal teams of CBS Radio and Kim Kardashian have both been busy. Kardashian and her legal team are suing Old Navy for more than $15 million. Mason and the CBS legal team sent a cease and desist order to Merlin Media, the new owner of the station that used to be Q101 in Chicago. Kardashian is upset because the […]

Where’s the NCAA Red Zone?

March 16, 2011


It’s hard to believe CBS didn’t create a channel like the NFL Red Zone for March Madness. For anyone not familiar with NFL Red Zone, on Sundays when multiple football games are in progress, this channel jumps back and forth between games showing the action at any place a team is likely to score soon.  Now I’m not complaining, I got […]

Charlie Sheen’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

February 28, 2011


It’s interesting to see radio’s connection to Charlie Sheen’s very public meltdown that’s taking place. The supposedly clean, though seemingly drug-addled, actor has used two different talk radio programs as his megaphone; Dan Patrick and Alex Jones. Patrick explained that Sheen had been on his show before so he decided to have his producer reach out. […]