Category Archives: Television

Adam West: The Batman Who Mattered

Adam West saved Batman. At least, for me. As a young viewer and comic book fan, I saw the Adam West Batman series from episode one and was thrilled as one of my favorite heroes made the leap from the … Continue reading

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Micky Dolenz solo concert: Victory Lap and Bucket List

Micky Dolenz knows what makes a performance tick. For his Chicago show at City Winery (June 13) Dolenz reached way back to his Monkees audition number (“Johnny B. Goode”) and carried on through to his latest tunes (“You Bring The … Continue reading

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The Beatles on TV, Live in Your Living Room

The musical dam was already breaking when The Beatles stepped onto The Ed Sullivan Show stage on February 9, 1964. On Billboard’s charts, the group had the country’s top single (I Want To Hold Your Hand). A pair of albums … Continue reading

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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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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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Robert Feder and the Modern Media Madhouse

Robert Feder and the Internet have been a perfect match. Feder has always prided himself on “getting the scoop” and the instant nature of the electronic medium has meant eliminating the delays inherent in newsprint. Since departing the Chicago Sun-Times … Continue reading

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Convention story encore!

“Do you have a photo of our convention anchor booth from last time?” That question was first posed to me by a network producer between Democratic National Convention cycles some ten years ago. My instant response back then was: “Don’t … Continue reading

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