Think Tank Express: The return of Larry Tisch

Of course he’s dead. But you wouldn’t know it The latest radio cutbacks came from a rather unlikely place – CBS Radio, which hadn’t announced cuts since a company-wide downsizing in 2008. CBS announced earlier this week it was eliminating 200 positions nationwide, including a number of¬†positions in Chicago. Other Midwestern cities were hit just as hard including St. Louis […]

T Dog’s Six Pack: The Valentine’s edition

It’s a Valentine’s edition of T Dog’s Six Pack – the heart-shaped winners and the prune-shaped losers: A fine box of chocolates The Grammys. Fueled by the death of Whitney Houston (who paid tribute) and Adele’s 6-for-6 night, the 54th Grammy Awards drew 40 million viewers, the second-largest audience for the awards show in history (The 1984 Grammys drew 43.8 […]

T Dog’s Four Pack

The best and worst of the last three weeks: Good. – The Michael Jackson Memorial Service. Tasteful and dignified. – America’s Got Talent. Once again, the hit of the summer season with an average of 11 million viewers. And it still hasn’t found its Susan Boyle! – Casey Kasem. Tip of the hat to the man who practically invented counting […]

Jackson memorial draws 31 million viewers

The King of Pop’s final act drew a huge crowd to the tube. The Michael Jackson memorial service drew an estimated 31 million viewers between noon and 3 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The service was televisied on all broadcast networks (except The CW) and carried on cable networks BET, MTV, E!, CNN, and Fox News, among others. […]

"Soul Train" heads to DVD

The legendary music series Soul Train is back – on DVD. Time-Life has acquired the DVD rights to the Soul Train Library, which it plans to release on home video. The material features artists such as The O’Jays, The Temptations, Al Green, and The Jacksons. Material featuring The Jacksons and specifically Michael Jackson is hot right now, on the heels […]

T Dog’s Four Pack – In Memoriam

A special edition of T Dog’s Four Pack this week, in honor of four individuals who passed away this week – two of these I have already written obituaries for. – Ed McMahon. Click here for the obit on the legendary pitchman and second banana. – John Callaway. Click here for the obit on the legendary interviewer. – Farrah Fawcett. […]

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett die on same day

Sadly, the Grim Reaper has been busy. Farrah Fawcett: http://tiny.cc/mVgyv Michael Jackson: http://tiny.cc/BYJX8 With the passing of these two icons – plus the deaths of Ed McMahon and John Callaway, it’s been a very sad week. Rest in peace, all.