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Thursday Notebook: Channel 8's Football Schedule Juggle, Alec Baldwin, More

By admin Published: December 8, 2011

In case you missed it, WJW is carrying the Browns-Steelers game tonight, which means that "X Factor" and "Bones" will be delayed. "X Factor" will air immediately after the game ends, whenever that will be. More details on the station's plans are here.

I noted the passing of Dobie Gray here and in my latest video. Also in the news, the death of Howard Tate, another fine singer. (Janis Joplin covered his "Get It While You Can.") Here's some Tate for you:

The campaign to save "Community" (which NBC should do) continues, including in this funny spot:

More funny business:

The dapper gents below are yours truly and Beacon Journal pop-music writer Malcolm X Abram, getting ready to shoot some video to accompany our latest discussion of Christmas music. The story will be in Sunday's Beacon Journal; look for the video then on In the video, you will see Malcolm wearing a different, borrowed tie; the green one proved unusable because we did the talk in front of a green screen. I do not know what sort of images our video guru, Michael Chritton, will be putting on the screen, but he often does merry things.

Speaking of Chritton, here's what he did in my latest video chat:

Yes, Romona Robinson is leaving Channel 3. In a brief story for today's Beacon Journal, I wondered if she might go to Channel 8, which has an opening because of Stacey Bell's departure. Having talked to more people this morning, that seems unlikely; Tracy McCool has long been the favorite to get Bell's job and Robinson's availability does not appear to have changed that. So we will see how this sorts out. Local TV churns anchors and reporters all the time, but the churn has seemed especially intense lately.

Alec Baldwin has been back in the headlines over his getting kicked off an American Airlines flight. He has posted an apology and explanation in his Huffington Post column. As I said on Facebook, a simple "I'm sorry" might have been more effective. That said, I hate air travel about as much as Baldwin does. Still, as much as I enjoy him as an actor, Baldwin scares me.

The Washington Post reports: Jon S. Corzine, the former U.S. senator and New Jersey governor who presided over the collapse of the commodities brokerage MF Global, says he cannot explain what happened to “many hundreds of millions of dollars” that the firm was holding for customers. And the report made me think of the old Steve Martin joke about how to have a million dollars and never pay taxes. Two words, Martin said: "I forgot."

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