Guess we can see now that not every national media host is going to stay drunk on Obamaade for the next four years. Leave it to John Stewart to kill the Obama buzz.
Our daughter came home from college the other day. She’s a sophomore who, when she lived in our house, watched tv for hours at a time. Years ago it was “The Power Rangers”, before that “Sesame Street”. In high school she seemed to be wide-eyed in front of the television whenever she didn’t have a phone pushed up to her ear. Of course she did both simultaneously too.
This time though, zip. I’d say except for a few hours of us watching our homemade Christmas videos that put together every year, she did not watch more than 20 minutes of tv the entire time she was home.
And I can say that matter of factly because the tv in her room isn’t connected to cable and she spent most of the time in her room.
I mentioned this to someone in our newsroom today and tonight, I found this article. An actual report shows that young people watch less tv than they used to.
The Deloitte report shows that kids age 14-25 watch just 10.5 hours of television a week.
When I was that age on break from school I’d watch nearly 10.5 hours in a day.
Here’s how that compares with other generations.
15.1 hours for those belonging to Generation X (ages 26-42), 19.2 hours for baby boomer (43-61) and 21.5 hours for matures (62-75).
The curious thing about the findings is that while the 14-25 age group watches less tv than anyone else, they actually spend more time with media than the other groups. According to the study, and according to what I noticed with my 20 year old daughter, they spend time on the computer watching videos, video chatting, e-mailing and texting. Facebook is probably in there somewhere but I was surprised that my daughter had never heard of Twitter.
What does all this mean? For people who’s jobs depend on people watching the local evening news, it’s scary. The economy and the possible bankruptcy of the Big 3 automakers is making it tough enough for tv stations to survive. But with an already dwindling audience who’s got 140 other channels to choose from, here comes a generation of kids who can’t find ABC, NBC or CBS with a television remote if their iPods depended on it.
What’s going to happen when these 14-24 year olds get just a bit older and become that demographic every advertiser is trying to reach?
We, and I mean that as the television industry, better start doing a better job of getting their attention before they tune us out completely.
When it comes to powerful radio people in the grand state of Alabama, Paul Finebaum tops the list.
My apologies to Rick and Bubba who are very popular and loved and successful. Shoot, they’ve written a book, had countless cd compilations of their best and funniest work, and are fairly regular guests on national television shows such as Hannity and Colmes, and Fox News in the morning. Rick and Bubba had their own tv show for several years on the regional Turner South Network and speak to maybe hundreds of church groups and others throughout the year.
But it is sportstalk host Paul Finebaum that is not only powerful but sheer genius.
He’s been on ESPN this week, writing in his weekly column for the Mobile Press-Register and talking on his own afternoon show about the ugliness of race in the Auburn Athletic Department. How the powers that be at that University decided not to hire a coach because of the color of the coach’s skin, and maybe some have suggested, the color of that coach’s wife’s skin.
Auburn fans are of course, outraged and swear they will never listen to Finebaum’s show again. But what none of them realize is that the genius of Paul Finebaum has never been so easy to see.
Finebaum is not a sports guy. No matter what you might think by listening to him on the radio. In person, he looks like the kid always chosen last no matter what schoolyard game was being played. In the pressbox, I rarely saw any of the other respected sportswriters talking to him. I’ve watched and wondered what must go through his mind while the game is being played. I’ve guessed it is “how many bags of that white stuff do they use to line the field?” or “what are those paper streamers doing on top of the goal posts and how did they get them up there?”
Finebaum is not an x’s and o’s sports guy. I’ve never heard him talk about the the downside of a prevent defense when the game is on the line, or pulling guards, or yards after the reception or passer ratings. But still, fans on both sides of the state continue to listen to his show. Why?
Because Paul Finebaum is a genius.
He knows just when and how hard to poke the dog with the stick before running away. He’s also learned, through years of doing this schtick for newspapers, television and radio, when to switch dogs.
For years the dog in the state of Alabama was the Crimson Tide. Finebaum criticized coaches Franchione, Price and Shula while laying off to some degree, of Auburn and Tommy Tuberville. This year, and some of last year, Finebaum switched dogs and started giving new Bama coach Nick Saban a whole lotta love while torching Tuberville.
For the record, it was an easy decision for Finebaum. Alabama’s program had been down for more than a decade and fans (there’s a ton of them in the state by the way) were desperately seeking somebody to say anything good about them. Finebaum was there, understanding that the more he talked up the Tide, the more listeners would tune in. Not just Bama fans but Auburn fans who were curious as to what was happening at the Capstone.
Now with the hiring of a new head coach at Auburn, Finebaum has raised the racism flag (which is always good for some debate or a fight or two). But we really don’t know if Finebaum suspects that race played a part in Auburn not hiring Turner Gill, because Finebaum is just poking whatever he thinks will create the biggest bark, and the most listeners which raises his show ratings which brings in advertising dollars.
That’s where the genius part comes in with Finebaum. He says what he says not necessarily because it is true or even that he believes it is true, but because it draws attention to him and his show.
He’s very wealthy because of it.
So don’t call Finebaum an idiot. He doesn’t care that he comes across that way to people who know what’s going on or how an SEC school chooses a head coach. Call him a genius because he’s laughing all the way to a long retirement on a beach somewhere.
Thanks again to everybody who calls, e-mails and twitters. I haven’t had much to update lately as the doctors haven’t really told me anything new. I did see a spine specialist today who made me feel a lot better.
No, my back still hurts but he made me feel better by telling me my back should still hurt. It’s been 5 weeks tomorrow and I was beginning to think I needed to toughen up and stop whining about back pain. The spine doctor was surprised that I was getting around as well as I could and said I should give it another week before going back to work.
He’s sending me to get a different back brace that will give me a lot more support. Both orthopedic places I worked with today said they were going to get me in before Thanksgiving because I don’t need to go without one of these braces another day.
I’m still planning to go back to work Monday.
after a doctor’s appointment this a.m we stopped at Delaney’s school for her thanksgiving meal. Early this morning there was much discussion about whether she wanted to eat the turkey and dressing. She insisted she didn’t like turkey and said she wanted to take a sandwich instead.
When I sat down at the cafeteria table I watched as she took her sandwich out of her lunchbox.
A turkey sandwich.
Flipping the remote tonight I ran across one of my all time favorite tv show episodes. “Barney Buys a Car” from “The Andy Griffith Show”.
Barney takes all of his savings out of the bank and buys a car, then takes everybody for a joy ride. Of course trouble, and hilarity ensues. Years ago I memorized the problems Wally found with his car so I could play a joke on a girlfriend. I still remember the line:
“Well, she’s gonna need: plugs, points, bearings, valves, rings, starter switch, ignition wire, water pump, oil pump, fuel pump, clutch, clutch bearings, clutch plates, brake lining, brake shoes, brake drums, radiator hose and radiator hose cover”. And I’d give her a good wash too.
classic tv moment. I found it all on YouTube; watch Don Knotts performance. Brilliant and just as funny today as it was 40 years ago.
I remember the first time I heard him. Not the 7 words you can’t say on tv, an album called “Toledo Windowbox”, named after a flower pot growing pot. I was 17 I guess. Thought it was pretty funny to hear somebody cuss a lot.
Oh, I thought George Carlin could be funny. But too often I found his routines to peak the profanity meter. I can laugh at comedians who use 4-letter words, but Carlin used them so much it became less funny and more boring. Some routines seemed to include sentences with more profane words than not. So, sometime after I bought that first album, I became a former-fan.
And he hated Christians. Hated them. And God. Jesus Christ. Clergy. And the Bible. He thought it all a load of crap. or “Bull****” as the following clip shows. Sure, he had that right and he had the right to say whatever he wanted to say about people of faith. We deserve some of his criticism. But his tirades directed against God was way too much for me to hear.
George Carlin was an evangelist for atheism. He didn’t just make jokes about Christians (we’re an easy and often deserving target) He seemed to want to convert as many people as he could. I mean, some of his routines about religion weren’t that funny and sounded quite like a sermon. here’s one from you tube, and check out some of the comments from his fans from the youtube clip:
he converted me to atheism and im so glad im not just another one of them controlled religious people. just a waste of time and money. and where does it all go? to priests that rape little boys. f*** em. RIP george, im gonna start worshipping him lol
But I’m not going to criticize George Carlin. I’m not going to praise him either. I regret that his anti-religion, anti-Christian, anti-God rants kept me from enjoying his routines. I hate that he apparently never “got” the whole Gospel thing. I hate that he apparently rejected any belief in God. And I hate that he used his celebrity platform to lead others to reject God.
He had quite a talent.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o]
The American Film Institute’s newest installment of the best that film has to offer, is one right now. I thought I might blog their list and mine.
First: Top 10 Animated Movies
I started this list late so pardon me if I miss some of AFI’s list or get them out of order. Theirs culminates with “Snow White” and includes “Toy Story”, “Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Nemo” and others. My top 3 would be:
3. Toy Story
2. The Lion King
1. Beauty and the Best
Their top 10 films in the Fantasy Genre are:
10. Big would be a lot higher on my list. Maybe a top 2 or 3 for me.
9. Thief of Baghdad haven’t seen it
8. Groundhog Day didn’t care for it all that much.
7. Harvey haven’t seen it but maybe once and maybe not all the way through then
6. Field of Dreams Would be #1 for me. Of course I’m a baseball nut who cries every time I see it. I have to watch this every March.
5. Miracle on 34th Street. The original which makes a regular appearance in our house every December.
4. King Kong. The original. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this but I know I totally didn’t like the remake from a few years ago.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life. Can’t believe this isn’t #1. What could it be???? I’d have this one #1 or 2. Who hasn’t been impacted by this film? The gold standard in the fantasy genre.
2. The Lord of the Rings. It’s me, I know, but this type of fantasy film or story doesn’t appeal to me.
1. Wizard of Oz. Of course. But I would put Wonderful Life ahead of this and probably Field of Dreams.
My top 5: Family Man, Serendipity, Oz, Field of Dreams, It’s a Wonderful Life. I like magic more than the fantasy.
10. Back to the Future Figured this might be higher on their list but there must be a ton to choose from. How many Star Wars installments make the list?
9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve never seen the original all the way through.
8. Terminator 2 Judgement Day The first time a sequel has made the list. My wife likes these films more than I do.
7. Alien. I remember seeing this in the theatre. But the sequel was scarier to me.
6. Blade Runner. I went to see this at the drive-in when I was in high school. I don’t remember any of it.
5. The Day the Earth Stood Still. Would love to see this one.
4. A Clockwork Orange. I tried to watch this several times. The weirdest piece of film I’ve ever seen. I know the critics praise it for being different, but I hated it.
3. E.T. One of the only films I’ve seen more than once in the theater. Fantastic and unless Close Encounters and Star Wars are above it, should have been higher.
2. Star Wars IV. That’s the first one. We sometimes forget about what a great story this was. Fantastic and makes me want to watch them all again.
1. Got to be: Close Encounters!…. No? 2001 a Space Odyssey Maybe but I’d put Close Encounters here or at least somewhere on the list. AFI really digs Kubrick.
My top 4: Aliens, ET, Star Wars, Close Encounters
Sports Pictures. I immediately think of Hoosiers
10. Jerry Maguire Just okay for me. I think because I kept hearing how good it was before I ever saw it. Never lived up to the hype
9. National Velvet. Probably saw it as a kid. Don’t remember it.
8. Breaking Away. Awesome movie. Wouldn’t have been on my list only because I’d have not remembered it as a “Sports film”. As it is, in my top 5
7. Caddyshack. Thank you AFI for having a sense of humor. How many lines from this movie do we hear repeated at work today?
6. The Hustler. I loved this one too. And the follow up The Color of Money many years later was good too. Jackie Gleason was fantastic
5. Bull Durham. My second favorite baseball movie behind Field of Dreams. I don’t think that’ll make two lists. Does any actor play baseball players better than Costner?
4. Hoosiers. I remember having to talk my girlfriend into seeing this movie on Spring Break. She ended up loving it as much as I did. how many coaches have used something from Hoosiers to motivate their team?
3. Pride of the Yankees. A bit of a surprise only because there’ve been so many other huge sports movies.
2. Rocky. Figured this one would be 1 or 2. Sly Stallone wrote the screenplay, not many people know that. I loved 2 and 3 too. My buddy Buck and I stood and cheered watching this in the theater.
1. Raging Bull. No arguments here. Though there are many others that could have made the list somewhere. I loved Tin Cup, and Cinderella Man would be in my top 3.
10. Cat Ballou. Bet most of you haven’t seen this one. Funny stuff though I might would have put Shakiest Gun in the West above it. Maybe.
9. Stagecoach. I’ve seen this one. The Duke. Wasn’t this the first full-length motion picture?
8. McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Saw this in college but don’t remember anything about it.
7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. One of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen. Wouldn’t mind watching this again soon.
6. The Wild Bunch. I liked The Magnificent Seven better than this one. Wonder if it’ll make the list? Surely. One of the more realistic Westerns (violent) that I’ve seen.
5. Red River. Too many John Wayne movies to consider and only the second one mentioned so far. I’d put “The Cowboys” in this space. We’ve still got to get True Grit, and The Searchers. don’t we?
4. Unforgiven. Who was going to be the good guy in this movie? No arguments, maybe the most recent Western on the list?
3. Shane. I almost forgot. 55 year old movie and I can so picture the last scene. Alan Ladd. there was a cowboy.
2. High Noon. I loved this movie and the music…wow. I watched this in a college film class but need to see it again. So what’s #1? True Grit or The Searchers?
1. The Searchers. My favorite western and one of my top 10 favorites. James Woods said tonight “The real search is for John Wayne’s soul”. I hadn’t thought of that and need to watch this again. I’ve got it on DVD so it’ll be soon.
I’d add The Cowboys and Blazing Saddles and maybe The Shootist, Wayne’s last film.
a commercial break so I’ll update below the line
It’s one of those sweeps stories that gets told and retold every few months. It’s used alot because it works.
Out of Utah, one of the better news pieces I’ve seen in quite a while. I didn’t care for the live intro using the signs (remind anyone of Dylan?) but the story was powerful.
Can’t embed it…but watch it here.