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Remembering Eydie Gorme

(24) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Some celebrity deaths hit you much harder than others. Usually it's because they're major stars, cultural icons, and they represent a good period of your life. You're mourning your own childhood or some beloved era as much as you're mourning the person. Sinatra was a big deal. So was Johnny...

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'M*A*S*H' 30th Anniversary Finale: Looking Back On The Event

(39) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 8:07 AM

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the series finale of "M*A*S*H." For many years it was the single highest-rated television program in history. Not sure what finally eclipsed it -- either a Super Bowl or the "Celebrity Fit Club" episode where Chaz Bono lost seven...

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American Idol: Is This the End of Jennifer?

(76) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 8:57 AM

How hard is it to be a writer for American Idol? Just lift the narration from The Sorrow and the Pity, begin every sentence with "Coming up..." and change "death camp" to "singing competition". But the rest is all there -- the ultimate challenges, the heartbreak, the tears, the uncertainty....

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American Idol: Season 10 Debut

(49) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 8:22 AM

Losing Simon Cowell from American Idol was like losing Alan Alda from MASH.

AfterIDOL premiered last night on Fox. Randy Jackson is the only holdover from the original series. Reminds me of the final episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show where everyone was fired but Ted. So now you...

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Ron Santo

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 1:40 PM

How can someone have heart problems, diabetes, several amputations, bladder cancer, and worse, be a lifelong Cubs fan, and still be the cheeriest person you've ever met? That was Ron Santo, and that was his gift. Ron passed away on Thursday. He was 70. The man who lived under the...

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Dave Niehaus: 1935-2010

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 12:59 PM

The best way for a baseball announcer to endear himself to a new audience is to be with a winning team. You report good news every night and the fans will love you. Piece of cake. On the other hand...

When I first became a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners...

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2010 Emmy Awards Roundup

(48) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 10:46 AM

Shorter than the Oscars and gayer than the Tonys -- it's the 62nd annual Emmy Awards! This year starring Betty White and Temple Grandin.

For the first time ever, the Emmys were shown live in Los Angeles. NBC recognized they were up against very stiff competition this year -- the...

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Newest Hall-of-Famer: Jon Miller

(45) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 2:20 PM

The Hall-of-Fame is about to get funnier. My former partner in Baltimore, Jon Miller, gets inducted into Cooperstown this Sunday. Jon is currently the voice of the San Francisco Giants and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Yes, Vin Scully is the penultimate baseball broadcaster but Jon Miller is the best of...

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The 2010 All-Star Game

(16) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 9:45 AM

The Rally Monkey is off their back. In Angel Stadium, home of Rally Monkeys, thunder sticks, Splash Mountain fountains and other features that just wreak with baseball tradition, the National League beat the American League 3-1 for the first time since 1996. How long ago was that? The Ozone Layer...

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The Porn Industry Has Gone Too Far

(179) Comments | Posted July 8, 2010 | 10:49 AM

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anybody that the porn industry exploits its performers. Many impressionable young people with stars in their eyes arrive in LA every day and realize all too soon that this is a hard town, an unforgiving town. And for whatever reason wind up...

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The Ken Levine Stand in Line for You Service!!

(6) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 11:39 AM

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Remembering Coach Wooden

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 2:33 PM

When I think of John Wooden I think of that Joan Osbourne song -- "What If God Were One of Us?" The most impressive man I've ever met was often spotted in Du-Pars' coffee shop in the valley. Hardly a church; they filmed scenes from Boogie Nights there. I had...

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I Should Replace Simon Cowell

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 2:45 PM

I mentioned this on Twitter and Facebook and got an unbelievably positive response. Three, maybe four people at least. So I've decided to really go for it.

I'm throwing my hat in the ring. I should replace Simon Cowell on American Idol. Crazier things have happened. Look who our governor...

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American Idol Finale

(131) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 10:19 AM

If you just tuned in to American Idol for the first time this season because it was the finale (the way a casual sports fan might watch baseball only during the World Series and porn stars only catch the Masters when Tiger is playing) I wonder if you'd look at...

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American Idol Goes to the (Bad) Movies

(49) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 9:41 AM

It was movie night on American Idol. Okay, I didn't expect them to sing the theme from High Noon or Gone With the Wind, but Free Willy and Caddyshack?? Now I'm hurt they didn't sing "Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now," the theme from Mannequin 2.

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Remembering Ernie Harwell

(10) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 4:38 PM

Here's how valued Ernie Harwell was.

Ernie was the long-time voice of the Detroit Tigers. He passed away yesterday way too young at 92. But in 1948 he was broadcasting for the Atlanta Crackers minor league team. Red Barber, the announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers took sick and the Dodgers...

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American Idol: Elvis Week

(29) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 10:07 AM

Look, can you blame them? It's the 9th season. It's hard to keep any show fresh for nine seasons. See how much you love Glee when those kids have already graduated high school and college, gotten nowhere on Broadway, and wind up back home working at Jiffy Lube and developing...

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American Idol: John, Paul, Crystal and Siobhan

(51) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 10:09 AM

It was Lennon & McCartney night and not only did the kids pretty much rise to the occasion, no one sang "Imagine"! How many times have we heard that song trampled? I am a little disappointed no one did " Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"...

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American Whitel

(9) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 10:07 AM

It was "Soul and R&B" week on American Idol as performed by the New Christy Minstrels. A high school girl from Middlebury, Connecticut taking on Aretha; another high schooler getting down with Bill Withers. I'm surprised the celebrity mentor wasn't R&B legend Kristin Chenoweth.

The mentor they did use, Usher,...

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American Idol: Top 11

(56) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 9:55 AM

When it comes to truly great vocal teachers, there are really only two masters - Barbara Cook and Miley Cyrus. One has 80 years of life experience and is an expert in song interpretation; the other can pole dance. So it was a real coup for American Idol to get...

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