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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

Actor Gary Owens (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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

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In Memoriam Of Those Who Passed In 2014

2014 was an unusual year in that we lost so many celebrities — some way too early. Here’s a list of those I was blessed to have some sort of professional or personal connection to.

12/30/2014

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Ken Foote’s Annual Holiday Message

As we are in full swing for the holiday season, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the past year and a look ahead at 2015.

CBS 11–12/24/2014

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Radio & TV Performance Royalties

Do you ever wonder how much money singers, songwriters, actors, actresses, writers, directors and producers make on performance royalties of their work on radio and TV?

12/16/2014

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My Top TV Game Show Hosts Of All Time

Game shows, also known in the early days of radio as quiz shows, have been a staple of network radio and television since the 1930s. And the hosts had and have talent.

12/11/2014