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CHRISTIAN TALK SHOWS TO START JAN. 1 (WKAT Radio Commits Ratings Suicide)
Miami Herald ^ | December 25, 2006

Posted on 01/02/2007 4:37:47 AM PST by PJ-Comix

WKAT-AM (1360) will launch a Christian talk and teaching format on Jan. 1 with a lineup of popular ministry programs.

''Since entering Miami in 2005, we have looked for an opportunity to offer South Florida listeners quality Christian talk programming,'' said Joe D. Davis, executive vice president of California-based Salem Communications, corporate owner of WKAT.

Shows will touch on issues such as relationships and family concerns, as well as Biblical faith. Hosts include James Dobson and Pastor Chuck Swindoll.


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KEYWORDS: lauraingraham; michaelmedved; wkatradio
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When I first heard this change being announced, I thought they would keep some of the popular radio talk shows like Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved and have Christian talk most of the rest of the time. However, WKAT radio has just committed ratings suicide by having Christian Talk 24/7. I just checked their schedule and Ingraham and Medved are OUT.

Hey, I have no problem with Christian talk but did they have to throw out the baby with the bathwater? Ingraham and Medved are terrific and I listened to them all the time. By cancelling those two shows they are also cancelling out a lot of listeners including me.

Okay, so does anybody know when and where Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved will be reappearing in South Florida? Oh, and I hope the WKAT program manager is FIRED for his dopey programming of shutting these two out.

1 posted on 01/02/2007 4:37:50 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

sounds like more of the televangelist fakery.

I would not be surprised if this is some form of stealth err amerika with christian robes.


2 posted on 01/02/2007 4:46:23 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Like I said, I don't have a problem with Christian Talk on the radio. My BIG PROBLEM is over the fact they cancelled out two of the most popular shows in this area. I mean couldn't they have kept those shows and STILL have mostly Christian talk?


3 posted on 01/02/2007 4:50:25 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: longtermmemmory

No, this is the cornerstone of Salem's Programming. And it's money maker. Dobson et al pay Salem big bucks to air on the Salem teaching stations.

In the radio business, the type of programming that the staiton is switching to is known as "pay to pray".


4 posted on 01/02/2007 4:50:49 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks
Pay to pray. Yeah, and I pray they see the light and bring back Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved. Here is the new WKAT schedule. Somehow I don't know why they couldn't have made room for Ingraham and Medved.

5:00AM Living on the Edge/Chip Ingram
5:30AM Back to the Bible/Woodrow Kroll
6:00AM A New Beginning/Greg Laurie
6:30AM A Loving Word/Razz Vazquez
6:45AM The Living Word/Terry Parret
7:00AM Focus on Family/Dr. James Dobson
7:30AM Truth For Life/Alistair Begg
8:00AM Grace to You/John MacArthur
8:30AM Insight for Living/Chuck Swindoll
9:00AM Powerpoint/Jack Graham
9:30AM Turning Point/David Jeremiah
10:00AM Back to the Bible/Woodrow Kroll
10:30AM Somebody Loves You/Raul Ries
11:00AM Renewing Your Mind/R.C. Sproul
11:30AM Living on the Edge/Chip Ingram
12:00PM Jay Sekulow Live!/Jay Sekulow
12:30PM Truths that Transform/D. James Kennedy
1:00PM Healthline/Dr. Bob Marshall
1:30PM Great American Products (Monday and Friday)
1:30PM Veracity/Alex Trujillo (Tuesday)
1:30PM Martinez Chiropractic/Dr. Damian Martinez (Wed)
1:30PM Smiles that Win/DR. Lino Perez (Friday)
2:00PM Stay Successful/Jeff Stay (1 Hour Show-Mon& Wed)
2:00PM Secure Wealth Planning (30 min Show-Tuesday)
2:00PM Stock the Mind (30 Min Show-Tuesday)
2:00PM Join us at The Table (1 Hour Show-Thursday)
3:00PM CrossThoughts/Pedro Garcia (Until 1/15)
3:15PM A Loving Word/Razz Vazquez
3:30PM Focus on Family/Dr. James Dobson
4:00PM Crossthoughts/Pedro Garcia
4:15PM Calvary Doral/Edward Abraham
4:30PM The Caring Place/Dino Pedrone
5:00PM The Drive/Steve James
6:00PM Bible Answer Man/Hank Hanegraff
7:00PM Grace to You/John MacArthur (Until 1/15)
7:30PM American Advisor/Joe Battaglia (Mon-Thurs)
7:30PM FCA/Joe Oliver (Fri)
8:00PM Insight for Living/Chuck Swindoll
8:30PM Jay Sekulow Live/Jay Sekulow
9:00PM Powerpoint/Jack Graham
9:30PM The Caring Place/Dino Pedrone
10:00PM Truths That Transform/D. James Kennedy
10:30PM A Loving Word/Razz Vazquez
10:45PM Calvary Doral/Edward Abraham
11:00PM Radio Kalbas

5 posted on 01/02/2007 4:53:24 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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No, this is the cornerstone of Salem's Programming. And it's money maker. Dobson et al pay Salem big bucks to air on the Salem teaching stations.

In the radio business, the type of programming that the staiton is switching to is known as "pay to pray".


6 posted on 01/02/2007 4:53:29 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: PJ-Comix

They must not have been ratings blockbusters. WKAT didn't show in the ratings.


7 posted on 01/02/2007 4:55:38 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks
In the radio business, the type of programming that the staiton is switching to is known as "pay to pray".

To me its known as "boring." They couldn't have had just mostly Christian talk? Instead they tossed out two of the best talk radio shows in South Florida. Hopefully WIOD radio here will toss out Glenn Beck and Tod Schnitt for Ingraham and Medved in the same time slots.

8 posted on 01/02/2007 4:57:47 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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Ingram maybe. They've been tossing Beck in a lot of markets and replacing with Ingram or local. (WIOD's parent company). I doubt Medved will make the line up.


9 posted on 01/02/2007 5:01:15 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks
Ingram maybe. They've been tossing Beck in a lot of markets and replacing with Ingram or local. (WIOD's parent company). I doubt Medved will make the line up.

Glenn Beck is almost unlistenable. He does the same basic shtick every day. BOOOOORRRRING. As for Medved, he is waaay better than Todd Schnitt in the same time slot on WIOD.

10 posted on 01/02/2007 5:05:34 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

Thou doth protest too much, methinks.


11 posted on 01/02/2007 5:11:32 AM PST by Enosh
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To: Enosh
Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

Yeah, such a MINOR detail to protest about. I mean I only listen to Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved every day at 9 and 3. So now I should just be happy to listen static in its place?

12 posted on 01/02/2007 5:16:41 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

I believe both of the programs are streamed in multiple places.


13 posted on 01/02/2007 5:17:54 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: PJ-Comix
They can commit rating suicide, but the fact is that each of those ministries pays money to broadcast so the revenue is guaranteed with each show. They probably were not drawing enough advertising revenue so they switched formats. Either that or the station owner decided that he would prefer ministries to politics.

If Medved and Ingraham are high rating shows they will be picked up by competing stations. In the meantime, just listen to them on the internet.

14 posted on 01/02/2007 5:23:18 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: PJ-Comix

Great thread you are right on target as well.


15 posted on 01/02/2007 5:24:00 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: joesbucks
I believe both of the programs are streamed in multiple places.

I'm usually out and about at those times so streaming doesn't help me.

16 posted on 01/02/2007 5:28:15 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: joesbucks
Either way it's a dumb move, Laura and Bennett were doing well, even in Miami.
17 posted on 01/02/2007 5:28:18 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeah there's a winning format bound to score .2's and .3's in this market.


18 posted on 01/02/2007 5:29:01 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PJ-Comix

YOu have freepmail.


19 posted on 01/02/2007 5:29:39 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: Enosh

actually not he is right on track.


20 posted on 01/02/2007 5:32:05 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: joesbucks
Bott Radio network is also a Christian talk/ministry radio network. It's popular, and in many ways far more interesting than the political talk shows.

Carolyn

21 posted on 01/02/2007 5:32:40 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: P-Marlowe
It really doesn't work that way in Miami, top stations are spanish language, most english broadcasts are targeted northward to broward and palm beach where there are still a few gringos left.
22 posted on 01/02/2007 5:33:52 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hannity really owns 3-6 Eastern.


23 posted on 01/02/2007 5:34:33 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: CDHart
It's popular, and in many ways far more interesting than the political talk shows.

Forgive me for finding Laura Ingraham a tad more interesting. And why couldn't they have kept the two popular talk shows and filled most of the rest of the time with Christian Talk?

24 posted on 01/02/2007 5:35:09 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: rodguy911
You have to remember, ratings doesn't always equal income.

This company, Salem, has made a killing doing "pay to pray" with no or little ratings. When you have a non rated station or a low rated station, it's very hard to make money with a traditional format. Medved and Ingram are traditional formats.

Look, I'm not defending Salem. I don't particularly care for them. But their business model works for their directors and stockholders. And a big part of that business model is "pay to pray".

25 posted on 01/02/2007 5:35:09 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: rodguy911

I like Medved better than Hannity. Here we are now stuck with Schnitt which is really Schnitty.


26 posted on 01/02/2007 5:35:49 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: rodguy911

Sometimes I listen to Spanish talk radio. I guess I will listen to it a lot more now.


27 posted on 01/02/2007 5:37:28 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: rodguy911
Hannity really owns 3-6 Eastern.

Buy my book and eat at Ruth's Chris Stakehouse.

28 posted on 01/02/2007 5:39:40 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Conservatism hasn't been tried and found wanting, it has been found wanting to be tried.)
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To: joesbucks

I guess,but I can only guess what their numbers will be.


29 posted on 01/02/2007 5:39:54 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hannity has his moments, however I usually try and listen to rush and then if i work late mark levin, other than that I have to work anyway.


30 posted on 01/02/2007 5:40:55 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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Well, they could have. But since it's their station, I guess they can do what they want with it. You may be able to listen online to the shows you like.

Carolyn

31 posted on 01/02/2007 5:41:28 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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P.S. You could try writing to them and protesting their programming change. You'd be surprised what an effect that has.

Carolyn

32 posted on 01/02/2007 5:42:32 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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Yeah I get it, but you don't get 13.5 million listeners(# 2 to rush) solely because you follow the big guy.
33 posted on 01/02/2007 5:42:35 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: rodguy911

I don't even know what Bill O'Reilly is doing on the radio. It sounds like he is only marking time on there. Every time I listen to O'Reilly on the radio it reminds me of that SCTCV sketch of Perry Como lying down on a stage and singing, "Am I Still Alive?"


34 posted on 01/02/2007 5:44:43 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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P.S. You could try writing to them and protesting their programming change. You'd be surprised what an effect that has.

Probably somewhere between Nil and None. Look, I heard WKAT had the opportunity to boost their signal to 50,000 watts but just sat by until the opportunity lapsed. With that kind of managerial judgement, how can one reason with them?

35 posted on 01/02/2007 5:46:35 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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Like minds, BOR is a Rush wannnnabe. He is so jealous of rush it's pathetic! No one in their right mind would go up against the big guy and expect to be successfully, ego run wild.
36 posted on 01/02/2007 5:48:33 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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BOR just sounds tired. No enthusiasm at all. It's like he just wants to mark time on his radio show just to claim that he is doing radio.

p.s. South Florida is really lousy for talk radio. Even Fort Wayne, IN has a better lineup of talk radio.

37 posted on 01/02/2007 5:52:11 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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Same thing happened up here in JAX w/ WJGR.

They used to have on Bennett, Laura, Prager, Medved, Hewitt, Galgher.

Now it's nothing but Religious Programming local talk show hosts that can't pull in the same caliber as the big guys/gals.

They went way left too. One local guy, Andy Johnson, is a flaming lib (even though he says he's "fair") Hell they got one guy on there that's a socialist once a week.

I don't much listen anymore.
38 posted on 01/02/2007 6:01:44 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: PJ-Comix
Just because he is marginal on t.v. is no indication at all whether or not he can make it on talk radio, much less starting out against the best, bad move.
39 posted on 01/02/2007 6:02:35 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: PJ-Comix

They missed "Life Lessons" with Steve Schell.


40 posted on 01/02/2007 6:04:33 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: OXENinFLA

I wasn't kidding about Fort Wayne, IN having better talk radio shows than all of South Florida. I noticed a wide variety in the Mid-West. Down here it is almost a wasteland.


41 posted on 01/02/2007 6:06:18 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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Salem doesn't get it. Like others have said on here the temptation to go religious or sports talk is always big because it's so easy to sell. Usually stations with no sales dept. do such things.
42 posted on 01/02/2007 6:06:41 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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Bingo!


43 posted on 01/02/2007 6:11:17 AM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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I don't even know what Bill O'Reilly is doing on the radio. It sounds like he is only marking time on there. Every time I listen to O'Reilly on the radio it reminds me of that SCTCV sketch of Perry Como lying down on a stage and singing, "Am I Still Alive?"

I like O'Reilly but his moving into radio was a bad move, he thought he was going to shove Rush Limbaugh into early retirement or something but it was more like a sparrow crashing into an oncoming car's windshield. I look for O'Reilly to eventually back out of radio entirely, just like Rush did with his brief segments on TV.

And LMAO about that Perry Como sketch on SCTV, I actually met Perry Como in an Albertson's grocery store in south Florida (where he used to live), he was going down the aisle like any shopper, I saw him and before I could say "hey, aren't you...?" he grins and says (really he said this) "yeah I'm still alive, here in the frozen foods!" - one terrific guy, talked to him for maybe 10 minutes, just like bumping into your neighbor at the store. One of the nicest people, a shame he's not around now.
44 posted on 01/02/2007 6:13:55 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: rodguy911

"I guess,but I can only guess what their numbers will be."

I think it was explained pretty well before - they didn't have the numbers to show up in the ratings, the new format guarantees them income regardless of ratings. If the religious broadcasters pay THEM, why would they hold on to the shows they have to PAY FOR?


45 posted on 01/02/2007 6:29:39 AM PST by smalltownslick
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To: mkjessup

Actually I think that SCTV sketch might have brought Perry Como back into the limelight since he was mostly forgotten back them. BTW, the cancellation of SCTV by NBC was one of the great cultural crimes. NBC picked up SCTV for broadcast and then BETRAYED that show. What they did was broadcast it after midnight on the weekend so there would be few viewers. It turned out they did this to eliminate competition for the inferior SNL.


46 posted on 01/02/2007 6:30:40 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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It really doesn't work that way in Miami, top stations are spanish language, most english broadcasts are targeted northward to broward and palm beach where there are still a few gringos left.

Saw one the other day in my neighborhood. He didn't make it. : (

Jus' funnin'...I'll have to check for these two shows in my area.

47 posted on 01/02/2007 6:38:58 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: rodguy911
Schnitt isn't even local down here. He broadcasts out of the Tampa area for the South Florida show. PLUS he does a 4 hour show in the morning. By the time he does his afternoon show on WIOD he sounds burnt out. And yet WIOD has kept Schnitt for at least 4 years despite the fact his show sounds like no more than locker room talk.

Glenn Beck in the morning is also boring. He does the same basic shtick day after day putting on a silly voice. Laura Ingraham and Michael Medved are both light years ahead of those two WIOD bozos.

48 posted on 01/02/2007 6:47:32 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

I don't know all the names but many of them are legitimate preachers -- not hucksters.


49 posted on 01/02/2007 6:48:52 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: PJ-Comix
NBC picked up SCTV for broadcast and then BETRAYED that show. What they did was broadcast it after midnight on the weekend so there would be few viewers. It turned out they did this to eliminate competition for the inferior SNL.

SCTV was head and shoulders above SNL, no question of that. Drug abuse notwithstanding, Belushi was (IMHO) one of the premiere talents of SNL, and it was ironic that he would end up paired with Dan Akroyd, a truly premiere Canadian talent in his own right.

And nothing could top that footage of TVs being thrown from the high rise buildings in the opening shots of 'SCTV', LOL!
50 posted on 01/02/2007 6:49:22 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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