Ziv Television and a brief history of syndicated television in America

 

Ziv Television and a brief history of syndicated television in America

Nowadays, thanks mostly to cable and online television, there’s better stuff on the small screen than in most multiplexes… and then there’s syndicated television, the PG-rated grindhouse of the small screen, which first became a thing this month back in 1949.

Taking Public Transit to the Beach

It may be chilly and windy today (perfect for flying kites) but it’s officially spring and in Southern California, the beach beckons. Although many Angelenos are holding their breath waiting for a “Subway to the Sea” that won’t arrive until sometime after 2035, there is (despite the suggestion to the contrary) a massive public transit network that can take you to every corner of the Southern California coast today (or this weekend). Here’s how.

 

The Rural Upsurge — A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool at the Amoeblog

The Rural Upsurge — A Brief History of Country Cool and Uncool

Why are there so many goofy rural reality shows on TV right now? 43 years ago, in March 1971, TV was similarly dominated by rural stereotypes but — in an attempt to appeal to younger audiences with money to burn — most of them were given the axe. Since then, country-themed entertainment has come and gone, occasionally attempting to crossover to rural and urban crowds.

Sing a song of eiderdowns

 

Sing a song of eiderdowns

 

It’s cold and blustery in Los Angeles today. Here are some songs with lyrics about eiderdowns with which to keep warm.

Exploring Foothill Transit’s 187 Line

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Exploring Foothill Transit’s 187 Line

The 25 year-old Foothill Transit system covers an area of roughly 300 square miles and 22 Southland cities. I explored along the most popular line, the 187, connecting the Inland Empire to Pasadena.

VideoDisc Day — An introduction to the Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED)

 

VideoDisc Day — An introduction to the Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED)

 

On 22 March, 1981, RCA introduced  a brand new but curiously retro analog video format, the SelectaVision CED VideoDisc system. Today the CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc) is all but forgotten but even at its most popular it wasn’t well-known and was much widely-adopted than contemporaneous video formats like Betamax, VHS, and LaserDiscs.

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County! at the Amoeblog

 

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

Today Orange County turns 125 years young. If you still think of Orange County as the land of God-fearing, science-hating, WASP suburbanites — then you probably haven’t been there in the last 20 years. Do yourself a favor and explore the nation’s sixth most populous county, and one that Forbes recently said is more diverse than Los Angeles.

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