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Eye Don’t Like 60 Minutes on CNBC

April 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

NEW YORK – Does anyone else think it odd that 60 Minutes, the flagship, iconic banner of CBS News, would be seen on CNBC, even in reruns? Here is the description on the CNBC site: ABOUT THE SHOW: “60 Minutes on CNBC” takes you a step further into hard hitting investigative reports, interviews, profiles, and […]

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Hollywood’s Lesson in Lena Horne and Betty White

May 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

HAMPTON, Virginia – What do Betty White and Lena Horne have in common? I will answer the question, but please let me tell you a story first. At the entrance to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel between Hampton and Norfolk was a motel called Strawberry Banks. Though it was a motel, it was on the […]

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Brands of Jim Rockford’s L.A.

April 11th, 2010 · 9 Comments

LOS ANGELES – What guy doesn’t want to be Jim Rockford? Well, perhaps living in the trailer was a bit tiresome (how come they let him keep it in the parking lot?), but the rest of the life as L.A. private eye is way cool. It would be fun to drive about L.A. in a […]

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Tags: Media · Regional Brands · Tourism

Note to NBC: Time Habits Critical to Media Brands, Most Brands

January 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Time is a very important part of branding, whether it be time of year, time of week or time of day. As humans, while we crave variety, we are creatures of habit, and any company that pays attention can build a brand if there are specific times associated with it.But if a company screws too […]

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Kukla, Fran & Ollie Come Back on DVD

December 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Kukla, Fran & Ollie, a show that debuted January 12, 1949 on NBC, is now on DVD thanks to Martin Tahse Productions. The ad-libbed show initially ran five nights a week at 7 p.m., and was just as much for adults and kids. Of the initial run, there were 720 shows produced in black and […]

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Tags: Media · News

The Future of NBC Radio in a Comcast Universe

November 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

With GE’s pending sale of NBC Universal to Comcast, we look back at the pieces of NBC and RCA that still survive. GE purchased NBC’s parent company RCA in 1986; it actually reacquired it, as it was once the same company. GE quickly dismantled the company. RCA’s consumer television business, which had competed with GE, […]

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Companies: Create Your Own Saturday Night Live

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Saturday Night Live and British Airways’ new LCY-JFK flight one are two different business ideas illustrating an important idea, namely adaptive reuse.Traditionally, adaptive reuse is applied to historic preservation of buildings. It is a very specific idea; to properly understand it you need to go and read James Marston Fitch‘s seminal book, Historic Preservation. In […]

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Tags: Airlines · Commentary · Media

Saving Westwood One and Network Radio

November 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Who would have thought that Westwood One (NYSE: WON) would be in penny stock range, and near de-listing? It’s a shame, as it was once a terribly innovative company; in 2005 its stock was at around $25. It still commands star power. Above, a Paris Hilton interview with Westwood One at the MTV Video Music […]

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