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Tuesday, February 7

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Television Thu Dec 31 2009

Feder's Suggestions for Tonight's Countdown

For my last post of the year, I'd like to quote Robert Feder, who's been writing about television and other media for years. A lot of people in The Biz "know" him but haven't actually met him, but I was lucky to run into him at an event, and he was really friendly. He was so easy to talk to, I almost told him all about the troubles I'd seen at work, but I refrained. I also managed to not shed a tear about my situation, though I wonder if he could tell I was trying to hold it all in.

He has some good advice in his last blog post of the year for tonight's countdown, which is missing on Chicago TV:

Get some prominent Chicagoans to make predictions for 2010 (and hang on to the tape for next New Year's Eve to see how well they did). Display graphics of notable quotes uttered during the year. Review the most spectacular sports plays of the year, and run clips from Roger Ebert's top movies of the year. Show funny outtakes from Ben Bradley's interviews with Mayor Daley or Cheryl Burton's interviews with Oprah. Put up pictures of notable Chicagoans who died or went to prison in 2009. Invite viewers to tweet their opinions of Janet Davies' dress or Mark Giangreco's hair.

And someday, if the folks at Channel 7 really want to get ambitious, they could block off State Street in front of their studios for a big, outdoor countdown to the New Year (like Chicago did when I was growing up). Who needs Dick Clark in Times Square? We'd have our very own Dick Biondi right here at State & Lake.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2010!

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