Arts, Entertainment, Living

May demos

Thursday, 26 June 2008 06:40 AM Written by

Local TV news demos for May are out and much remained unchanged from a year ago, particularly at 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. Other changes to key demos - women and persons (aka "everyone" in plain English) ages 25-54 - were slight. (See demo ratings box attached to this week's Tuned In column.)

KDKA was up a point in persons and women at 5 and 6 p.m. and down a point in persons and women at 11 p.m. Channel 2 was also down a point in women at 6 a.m.

WPXI was up a point in persons at noon and 10 p.m. and up a point in women at 6 a.m. Channel 11 was up a point in women at 6 p.m. and up a point in persons and women at 11 p.m.

WTAE showed inprovement in persons and women at 6 a.m. Channel 4 was down a point in persons at 6 p.m. and down a point in women at 11 p.m.

'The Odd Couple' at the Public

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 11:43 PM Written by
Last night I finally caught up with "The Odd Couple" at the Public Theater.

Schwenneker speaks

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 08:01 PM Written by


For this week's Tuned In Podcast, I chatted by phone with former WTAE meteorologist Don Schwenneker, who now works at WBBM in Chicago. He talks about his first six months in the Windy City and the differences in forecasting between Pittsburgh and Chicago.Don Schwenneker, formerly of WTAE-TV.

Subscribe to the podcast or listen at the Post-Gazette podcast page.

Are there are other local TV personalities you'd like to see interviewed for the podcast? If so, post your suggestions in the comments below. (To comment, you must register.)

BlueNotes has a new home

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 08:00 PM Written by
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B.B. King, the King of the blues at the Chicago Blues Festival June 8. I wanted a nice big photo for the new blog home, and this was it.


We've moved.

Ohh, 'Baby'

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 03:01 PM Written by

Woo-hoo, Tuned In Journal is finally a real blog thanks to the addition of a commenting feature. You'll have to register to comment, and hopefully you will. TV is more fun to discuss with a group than just to blather on about myself.

For instance, are you even watching TV this summer? Or has the abundance of reality shows driven you away?

The summer of reality shows continues tonight with NBC's premiere of "The Baby Borrowers" (8 tonight, WPXI). This one is actually more interesting than most reality series as five teenage couples agree to parent someone else's baby for three days. Alicea Davis and Cory Davila play parents in  

BlueNotes is moving

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 10:27 AM Written by
BlueNotes is moving

Tuned In Journal: 'Rescue Me' minisodes debut

Monday, 23 June 2008 08:00 PM Written by
"Rescue Me" returns, albeit in short form.

Walter Trout blends blues and rock

Monday, 23 June 2008 06:12 PM Written by

Blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout is not known for his shyness in expressing himself on the guitar.

That certainly applies to his new CD, "The Outsider" (Provogue Records), on which he bends the wire as well as stretches his songwriting and vocal skills.

But there's more than just fiery guitar at work here (even though there's plenty of that). The tracks often defy the standard ear-splitting blues-rock stereotype. And the thoughtful lyrics often defy the harsh, testosterone-only blues-rocker image.