Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now

You may have heard about the scripted message delivered recently on nearly all Sinclair-owned television stations.  It created a scandal, but like many scandals this one will probably be forgotten by most people.  It shouldn’t. Sinclair Broadcast Group owns or operates either 170-odd or 190-odd television stations around the United States.  The number we hear depends on the source of information, and maybe some of those sources are including pending purchases or radio stations.  I’m unclear on that. Sinclair is not a broadcast network.  The stations owned or operated by this company have different network affiliations, and some are listed … Continue reading Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now

This is Progress

Gordon Thomson, who played one of at least three Long-Lost-Carrington-Children-Later-Emerged, Adam Carrington, is disappointed with the way a new, Dynasty-based series on CW is being handled. Although it isn’t anything new that someone connected to an older television series is criticizing a reboot, Carli Velocci’s article, posted on The Wrap and reposted on MSN, appeals to a maturing society.  Note that Mr. Thomson also comes out publicly as gay in the article, but the coming out is secondary.  The lead in — and forty percent of the entire article — is focused on what he has to say about the … Continue reading This is Progress

Sugar-Coated Nostalgia

Even during the 1950s, at least one cereal manufacturer was adding sugar to raisins: Judging by the lack of graphic art on the box, a different commercial for the same brand (shown below) may have been produced earlier. It doesn’t mention sugar on the raisins. The U.S. English vernacular may have been different from the way it is now, too.  Seriously, someone who did creative work at an ad agency believed the American Public would buy cereal endorsed by Jake the Flake, and the agency’s client approved it.  If this commercial were produced now, we’d call the name of the … Continue reading Sugar-Coated Nostalgia