Man I need to get your PBS channel. You mean you actually have 4
months out of the year that they aren't doing the beg-a-thon? Man, you
are really lucky. Here they cancel any wood related shows and show
local cooking shows all day during the apparently 11.75 months that
they have the beg-a-thon.
No, I don't watch much PBS and only donate grudgingly though my
federal taxes - and I suppose when I buy stuff from the many
advertsiers on this "non-commercial" public broadcasting system.
Houston's, one of the first in existence, if not _the_ first TV station in
the nation, has commercials from most car companies, banks, etc ... at the
very beginning, and end, of programming.
These are blatant _commercials_, some going up to 30 seconds, but most in
the 15 second range, and run one after another for up to five minutes.
There is no way I would contribute again even if they stopped the
commercials, and particularly after seeing the Taj Mahal they built
themselves, which is why I suspect they continue to have to rely upon them.
I stopped contributing many years ago when a $20 check was returned for not
meeting the "minimum contribution" amount.
That, and I trained one of their audio engineers as an apprentice many years
ago, who is now a key player, so I occasionally get to hear some of the
That's too bad, it has not deteriorated that much in Mississippi and I
hope it does not. I like a lot of the programming.
Underwriters are common, but they had specific rules about the length
of the spot, only identification of the company and what their primary
business is, not hawking any specific product, etc. I thought that
the limit used to be about ten seconds for the underwriter
I know Delta was/is an underwriter on several programming segments and
the spots were set up to carefully observe the rules. I don't mind
seeing who underwrites if it doesn't drag on forever.
And people like Norm can use the products on the air, but not mention
them by brand name. In my book, nothing wrong with that. better than
an ad making claims that may or may not be true.
BTW boiled down that smoked turkey carcass to make gumbo stock, but
chickened out on the microwave roux method. Old habits are hard to
My oldest daughter was visiting from England until yesterday, so Monday, at
her command and as promised, I made shrimp etoufee and a small pot (six
quarts) of chicken, sausage, okra, seafood (crab/shrimp/oyster) gumbo for a
family farewell get-together ... much to youngest daughter's chagrin, still
being at college for a couple more weeks, so I froze about a quart for the
night of her return.
You know you raised 'em right when, no matter where they are in the world,
the first thing out of their mouth's is "Dad, are you going to make gumbo?"
... and, if they can help it, the first thing in when they get home.
At Christmas I'll break out the big gumbo pot and make another 30 gallons
... all with my, now perfected, microwave roux technique. ;)
You really need to try it.
Here's an easy one that will puzzle Frank B even further, and make you an
instant hit with SWMBO, family and friends ... just tell them you slaved
over it all day! ;)
NOTE: The first time folks attempt the below they can't believe it will work
so they can't resist adding/messing with the recipe, or quit too soon, or
use Mild Pace Picante sauce (it won't work, use HOT only!).
RESIST doing so!... follow it EXACTLY and you will be surprised, I
guarantee! And like all good Cajun dishes, it will be even better the next
EZ Etoufee ... from an old post back in 2002:
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup (NO water); a stick of butter or
margarine; bring all to a low boil; (RESIST temptation to add anything
else!) add 2 lbs. of crawfish or shrimp and cook about five minutes until
crawfish/shrimp is done. Serve over rice.
Takes all of 15 minutes. Best "bachelor" etoufee you ever ate ... you'd
swear your Cajun momma made it.
: Underwriters are common, but they had specific rules about the length
: of the spot, only identification of the company and what their primary
: business is, not hawking any specific product, etc. I thought that
: the limit used to be about ten seconds for the underwriter
I think it's now 15 seconds, subject to the content constraints you
mention above. The picture is complicated by the fact that local
stations can air 30 second spots on local PBS channel programming -- the
really shot spot limits are for network, i.e. official PBS product, shows.
-- Andy Barss
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