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This Week's Video and Other Notes

By admin Published: January 6, 2010

My weekly video is above. Topics include "The Simpsons," some new DVD releases, and what I've been reading ("Churchill") and listening to (Phoenix, Gil Scott-Heron, Jeff Healey) of late. You may also note several Sam Cooke items in the background; I'm working on a column about "American Masters" on Cooke, and have been accumulating material.

Today's HeldenFiles is here. The big question: Why would anyone call a NE Ohio-based sports-talk show "The Drive"?

"NewsNight Akron" and "NEOTropolis" are switching time slots. Here's the boilerplate announcement:

Western Reserve Public Media announces a schedule change for its two weekly news productions that air on Fridays, NEOtropolis and NewsNight Akron. On Western Reserve PBS (WNEO/WEAO 45.1/49.1), NEOtropolis, a new regional business and economy program that premiered on Nov. 6, 2009, in the 9 p.m. time slot, will move to 8:30 p.m. It repeats on Saturdays at 4:30 a.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. NewsNight Akron returns to its traditional broadcast time of 9 p.m. The program repeats on Saturdays at 5 a.m.
The shows’ air dates and times on Western Reserve Public Media’s Fusion channel (WNEO/WEAO 45.2/49.2) also have changed. NEOtropolis airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m. NewsNight Akron airs on Fusion on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. and Mondays at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
“We are fortunate to have a strong viewership for NewsNight Akron, which enabled us to use its time slot to introduce NEOtropolis,” said Don Freeman, programmer for the stations. “Our Western Reserve PBS programming on Friday evenings now offers a comprehensive block of regional and national news programming, beginning with Nightly Business Report at 6:30 p.m. and also including PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Now and Bill Moyers Journal.”

On another topic, if you have been reading about "Crazy Heart," which is getting Oscar buzz for Jeff Bridges, has it brought to mind the Rip Torn movie "Payday"? In fact, I am thinking about writing something on country-music-biz movies, a large field: "Tender Mercies," "Sweet Dreams," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Songwriter," biopics of Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., "Nashville" come to mind. Open to suggestions.

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