When a radio "stunt" goes terribly wrong, who is to blame--the broadcasters, the target of the stunt, or the audience that demands a certain kind of entertainment? The death of Kate Middleton's nurse once again brings into focus the media's responsibilities in an ever-changing world.
Election day is just around the corner. When things get desperate, politicians do desperate things--like demanding TV and radio stations censor or remove their opponents' accusatory advertisements. Too bad federal law has other ideas.
Can media outlets really be held accountable for mistakes printed or broadcast about a public official or public figure? A new lawsuit filed in North Carolina could go all the way in redefining terms like "malice" and "libel."
You'd think a woman in her 40's would feel extremely insecure being a boss in the male-dominated world of 1968 in Key West, Florida. But you never met Margaret Foresman.
Both of them singers from New York City, but one was black and one was white. One was rock and roll (sort of) and the other was Calypso. So what debt does the music industry owe them?
A young man in a life-threatening situation. What would he learn about safety, courage--and his own chosen profession?
Could a child's boredom lead to an international incident? Who knows where the churning waves of our lives may lead, with unintended consequences.
He's old now, slightly bent, certainly gray. Why did his grandson have to ask so many questions? Especially about what had really happened on that one certain day.
When you're way over the retirement age, which would you rather have--a walker or a Number One hit on Billboard? Let's take a look at some hit makers who took a drink from the Fountain of Youth.
A once-in-a-lifetime rock and roll lineup. Roy, Carl, Rick, and the original Blues Brothers. What a night in music history.
Talking dirty, making racial slurs,laughing at the mentally ill, and saying "one hell of a man" were all part of early rock and roll--although most people never heard all that on the radio. Let's take a look at what was "banned in Boston" and nearly everywhere else.
Some singers have more in common than you think--people like Donovan, Nathaniel Mayer, Dean Martin, and the Valentinos can grace the same record collection. But what's really the truth behind some of these singers? Scandal and death.
When rock groups go to die, do they really show up on PBS? The group Foreigner is an exception, since reports of their death are greatly exaggerated. But there are still some family squabbles
Can going to a carport sale make you rich? What about being ripped off at an antique store? Both things, good and bad, can happen to record collectors as they search for that valuable piece of vinyl.
What happened when Elvis made a record with the "Songbird of the South?" Or when some guys, both black and white, had their picture splashed all over their album cover? Or when Sam the Sham first recorded in Memphis? Some of the most valuable vinyl of all time was created, that's what happened.
Worried about where you stand in the bad economy? Go to your grandparents' attic and look for Elvis Presley's "Speedway" movie soundtrack album or the Beatles sitting around with some pieces of meat. You'll be wealthier than you ever thought possible.
Who really fought The Battle of New Orleans other than the Americans and the British in 1814? Try Jimmy Driftood, the pioneer Arkansas musician who wrote that and other historical songs that became gigantic number one pop hits. But Jimmy did more than just sit back and collect the royalties
Lady Gaga doesn't have to worry about another artist answering her "I Was Born This Way" hit, but rock history shows there was a time when many hits spawned "answer" songs. From Elvis Presley to Hank Locklin to Jimmy Dean ("Big Bad John"), singers began to hear their own records redone in the form...
One of the most controversial--yet most successful-- records of all time was seldom, if ever, played on the radio. And why did the group that recorded "Happy Together" fail to have a hit record with the same song? Let's take a look at the darker side of early rock and roll
What do "Round" Robin and "Chubby" Checker have in common besides their girth? And who was twistin' before Chubby, and did that person not get the credit he deserved? Go behind the scenes of early rock and roll.
Young people--18 to 35--both male and female are rediscovering the joy of vinyl records. Students are finding out why one of the first Beatle albums didn't even have the Fab Four pictures on it, and why Simon and Garfunkel's hit from "The Graduate" has a more powerful sound on a 45 RPM disc.