The Foote Files

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George Burns & Gracie Allen

George Burns and Gracie Allen were one of the top comedic duos in the country when they started in vaudeville. When vaudeville died, they moved to motion pictures.

04/21/2015

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What It Takes To Make A 30-Second Commercial

A TV commercial starts with the creative department of an advertising agency. Once they get a sense of what their clients want to achieve, they map out a strategy that includes all facets: media, creative, you name it.

04/15/2015

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Why Is Prime Time The Way It Is?

The beginnings of prime time go back to the days of network radio. Essentially, it refers to that time of day that has the highest available audience for viewing or listening.

04/08/2015

KVIL

Success With A K: KVIL & Kannon In The Morning

I love KVIL, ever since I did that 2-hour Sunday night show in October 1968 at age 14 just before Ron Chapman took over the mornings and put this station on the national stage ever since.

04/02/2015

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Look Back At The Top 10 Hits Of 1985

I loved the ’80s. Great times, the decade in which I got married, and the one that got my TV career started. But it was also the decade of some of the best music ever recoreded.

04/01/2015

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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