The Foote Files

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Happy Anniversary, Scott Shannon!

On March 3, WCBS-FM in New York City celebrated the first anniversary of The Big Show With Scott Shannon, which airs weekday mornings. Shannon has been a favorite for years.

03/25/2015

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Bach!

March 31 is the 330th anniversary of the birth of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. If you enjoy classical music like I do, Bach is probably one of your favorites.

03/23/2015

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Diagnosis: No TV Reception

Viewers occasionally find themselves unable to get CBS on the television. When we get a call or email from a viewer about reception problems, we ask the following questions.

03/11/2015

Actress Barbara Billingsley attends the TV Land Awards 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

Dinner With The Stars At NATPE

If you were attending NATPE during the 80’s, it was very fast paced during the day. But at night, the pace was completely opposite: very relaxed with friends and colleagues — and sometimes Hollywood stars!

03/04/2015

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The Last TV Program Syndicator

Last week, I lost one of my best friends in the business, Al Shore. He was the last of a generation of syndicators alive who wrote the book on how to sell TV shows to stations.

02/25/2015

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Remembering Owens, Gore & Simon

February has been an awful month for celebrity deaths. Here are three famous and successful individuals who we lost this month — Gary Owens, Lesley Gore and Bob Simon.

02/18/2015

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Love Is On The Air!

TV shows that were all love, all the time!

02/11/2015

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Ken Foote’s Radio/TV Files: Get Ready For The Grammys

This Sunday, February 8, one of the biggest musical events of the year, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, will take place and will air LIVE on the CBS Television Network

02/04/2015

Entertainer Rich Little arrives at the funeral for actor Tony Curtis at Palm Mortuary & Cemetary on October 4, 2010 in Henderson, Nevada. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Snowing? The Show Must Go On!

If you have been keeping up with the weather, then you know how much snow hit the northeastern U.S. this week. But that weather triggers a story told by comedian Rich Little.

01/29/2015

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Garage Rock Music

If you grew up in the 1960’s you most likely heard a type of rock music on the radio that is now known as “garage rock” or “underground garage rock”.

01/22/2015

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Where’s My Carol Burnett?

The biggest topic for the last two weeks has been about Carol Burnett & Friends on MeTV/KTXA 21.2 and why it is not being shown locally even though there are promotional spots airing. I’d like to explain.

01/14/2015

Ken Foote

DFW TV History From April 14, 1986

A funny thing happened to me in the spring of 1986, on the way to work as director of programming for KXTX Channel 39 (this is now a Telemundo station owned by NBC Universal).

01/07/2015