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Monday, December 13, 2010

Partial Review for Final


Organizing Your Speech: Designs and Structures




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See right hand column for many more
notes and topics for review.

AC Nielson ends its historic position in audience ratings for US Radio stations


In a brief announcement, the Nielsen Co. says it is leaving the U.S. radio ratings business as of fall 2010. More soon at www.radioink.com

Comcast-NBC-Universal is not a done deal

Comcast - NBC Universal is heating up. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, the two branches of government charged with deciding whether the merger of cable and broadband company Comcast Corp. with programmer NBC Universal is bad for the public and anti-competitive is gathering steam. More lawmakers are weighing in and executives from Comcast are setting up cots at the FCC. Coverage from the National Journal andWashington Post. If you want an overview of the issues and the review process, here's Friday's piece from the Los Angeles Times.


-From the LA Times Company Town column.

Dick Van Dyke at 85


Dick Van Dyke turns 85 today. He was to be on stage in a retrospect of his music, co-starring with three recognizable younger actors, with traditional and modernized versions of his "hits" ("Spoon full of Sugar" as a Rap trio). Unfortunately he injured his Achilles tendon during a preview show.

Born in Danville, Illinois, he was both class clown and class President, a skilled amateur musician, dancer, debater and of course actor. He landed in broadcasting, both radio and television where at only the host of the CBS Morning Show, with his "newsman" Walter Cronkite. Later he was a game show host, did theater at night, and kept up his skills with lessons in just about every area of show business. He was"saved" from television by "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway, then motion pictures and eventually a triumphant return to television with the Dick Van Dyke show. In 1993 he landed the lead in "Diagnosis Murder" with a new generation who do not remember his younger career.

A king of the prat falls, he became good friend to Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy, to whom he admitted that he had 'stolen from you". Hardy responded..."I know".


For more go to CBS Sunday Mornings, which celebrated his birthday a day early yesterday morning. Click here for full story.

Albanian Army Taking Over the World


Don't believe the hype. Netflix, which has seen its stock hit highs and just recently cut a deal to stream content from Walt Disney Co.'s ABC as well as some of its cable channels, is getting too much attention. That's the view of a couple of top media executives including Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, who told the New York Times that "it’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world?”