Jan 17, 2003

An angry WTTW staff confronted President Dan Schmidt about the company-owned Lexus he drives in the wake of last week's layoffs of 16 colleagues, reports the Chicago Reader (second item).
"A clear sign that Armageddon is near: The ballroom, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, was easily twice as full for [WB reality show featuring washed-up celebs] "Surreal Life" as for "Becoming American" on PBS with Bill Moyers." So writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jill Vejnoska of this year's Television Critics Association tour.
Tampa's WUSF-FM plans to convert to digital broadcasting within the next few weeks, making it one of the first public radio stations to go digital. In other digital radio news, NPR is teaming up with Harris and Kenwood to test the secondary audio channels the new technology allows.