Category Archives: Media

Something Bigger, Better, and Live: The Tonys

The television watching theatre lover in me took great delight in the 67th annual Tony Awards program on June 9, 2013. Live from Radio City Music Hall. In particular, for the opening number, producer Ricky Kirshner, director Glenn Weiss, and … Continue reading

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Through the MBC Prism, Forward via the Past

In its first full year after cutting the ribbon to a new permanent home in downtown Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) hosted events and personalities from all slices of media history. Looking forward, through the prism of the … Continue reading

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The Marriage Bill Right Next Door at UIC

It was perfect timing. For the fall 2013 semester at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), I was teaching the course “Mass Media and Politics,” connecting the dots between campaigns, elections, and the push behind key contemporary issues. On … Continue reading

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Flashback to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

After nearly a year of polarizing politics, it is easy to forget that 2013 started fresh with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, beginning another four-year term. No matter the party, a Presidential Inauguration represents a rare convergence of … Continue reading

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The Charming and Delightful Larry Lujack

My college era encounter with Larry Lujack was everything I could have hoped for. Short. Caustic. Mocking. Authenic. It came in the visitor’s lobby of the studios of Chicago radio station WCFL. Two of us from Northwestern’s radio station were … Continue reading

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Day 3 of 4 of JFK Coverage

The “Four Days” surrounding the Kennedy assassination marked the first time that the first draft of history was written as it happened, via live television, with everyone looking on. In the five decades since, there have been endless attempts to arrive … Continue reading

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An MST3K Reunion and Celebration @ the MBC

On Saturday November 16, at Noon, the Museum of Broadcast Communications marked the 25th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a cast reunion and live program celebrating all things MST3K. (Ticket information here.) The shorthand “MST3K” either brings an instant smile … Continue reading

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