television http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Howard DeMere: An ‘Unwitting’ Television Pioneer Signs Off http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/howard-demere-unwitting-television-pioneer-signs <p>The first weathercaster for KSD Channel 5, the first television station in St. Louis, quickly abandoned the job in favor of sales. Howard DeMere replaced him. It was 1949, and Mr. DeMere stayed on for most of the next 30 years, becoming one of the most familiar and celebrated personalities in St. Louis television history.</p><p>Mr. DeMere marveled at television, a medium that did not exist when he was born.</p><p>“(TV) turned civilization upside down,” Mr. DeMere wrote in a recent blog post, “a new art form, new language, different commerce and a much laxer moral code.”</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:31:03 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34419 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Howard DeMere: An ‘Unwitting’ Television Pioneer Signs Off The 'Calm Act' Will Quiet Down Commercials, So What Should Congress Do Next? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/calm-act-will-quiet-down-commercials-so-what-should-congress-do-next COME RIGHT DOWN RIGHT NOW BUY SOME FURNITURE EVERYTHING MUST GO WE ARE LIQUIDATING MERCHANDISE FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE LAST FEBRUARY AND THIS TIME WE REALLY MEAN IT WE ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS ANY REASONABLE OFFER WILL BE ACCEPTED OR MY NAME ISN'T CRAZYPANTS MCGILLICUDDY.*<p>If this is what television commercials sound like to you, Congress has you covered. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:51:10 +0000 Linda Holmes 7329 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The 'Calm Act' Will Quiet Down Commercials, So What Should Congress Do Next? The 25 magic words of American television http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/25-magic-words-american-television Tonight, two new fall shows premiere: <em>Mob Doctor</em>, which is about a doctor who works for the mob, and <em>Revolution</em>, which is about a devastating global power outage and — more than that — a revolution.<p>Neither of these shows particularly requires your attention, but taken together, they emphasize that essentially, all you need to make a show is the right combination of title-friendly words. In fact, if you take the correct 25 words, you can combine them (often in either order!) to create all the television we will see in the next ten years. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:26:23 +0000 Linda Holmes 4621 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The 25 magic words of American television