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Counting time on TV

September 24, 2006

Cerritos broadcasting student Gayle Parks does a regular community action talk show for local Media One/ATT/Comcast/Time Warner (whoever owns it this week) Cable of Downey cable access.

Thursday I was invited for a second time to talk about the Cerritos College Mass Communication department in general and the journalism program in particular. And, boy, did I have to do a lot of talking.

The original invitation was for eight minutes. When I got there I learned I’d have to share the time with another Cerritos College program. But the other guest speaker did not show up. As we were mic-ing up, Parks nonchalantly commented, “Well, it looks like you have the whole eight minutes.”

The director looked up and said, “Umm, you had eight minutes scheduled for each of them. He has 16 mintues.”

Yikes! Turns out that 16 minutes is a lot of time on TV when the host does not have enough questions lined up.

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