Lack of traditional stations with Emmy nominees
When I first got here, Phoenix television was probably a lot like TV where you grew up: three network stations and an independent.
Some smaller cities didn't even have that many. All news, sports, comedy, drama, soap opera and kid shows were on NBC, CBS, ABC or the local station that had reruns and movies. If the big three didn't play it, we didn't see it.
And then it all changed.
Cable TV that originally provided television service to rural communities that couldn't get an over-air signal, suddenly began creating its own shoes and very lucrative pay-per-view events. The floodgates opened and out came CNN, HBO, ESPN, MTV and the entertainment and information tsunami that followed.
Why this seminar on the growth of media choices? Because the Emmy nominations were announced yesterday and in the drama category alone, the nominees represented AMC, Showtime, HBO and PBS.
Not one from a traditional network.
The other categories were similar. Your kids have never known a time without dozens and dozens of channels.
So, are you having more fun now?
I'm Pat McMahon.
Pat McMahon, Host