Local Affiliates Are Pissing Me Off – Who Cares About Stan Musial When SNL Is On?

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It’s happened at least  four time in the last 6 months; some bullshit sporting event preempts the show that I am DVR-ing such that I get little to nothing of the show I WANTED to watch and no way to see it again without resorting to illegal downloading.

It really pisses me off and I can seem to figure out what to do about it.

This Saturday, January 19th, Saturday Night Live had what would prove to be an excellent show on. The chick that played Catniss and The Lumineers were on. They did a Hobbit parody, a commercial for Starbucks Verismo coffee machine and others that were outstanding as well as a couple bits on the news that killed. But I didn’t get to record them or see them as aired because STAN MUSIAL DIED!

I don’t care about Stan Musial and was it any surprise to anyone that a he died for christ’s sakes? How fucking old was he anyway?

I wouldn’t have minded a five minute break to announce his death and the returning to the network feed, but NOOOOOOOO, the local affiliates in St. Louis, highjacked the network feeds to run an hour of “waaaahhhh Stan Musial died”.

Honestly, it was more coverage then I saw when our ambassadorial staff was murdered in Benghazi.

And they are still going on and on and on about it. This morning I counted 27 mentions of Stan’s name in the first 90 minutes of the local Fox affiliates morning news.

But it goes beyond this one story. Every time there is some sporting event that runs longer than it should have they take over the fucking TV with the offending game and tell the rest of us to suck it. They offer no alternative to viewing the shows we want to see WHEN IT IS BEING AIRED like the rest of the country.

You might be able to see it on the networks website two or three days later, maybe, but it will be choppy and hard to find or it will contain locked in commercials that you cannot avoid. In a very rare event, the show may be re-aired at a later date of which unless you watched the fucking game you will never know.

What I don’t understand is why. With the availability and ubiquity of HDTV, why they don’t push the overtime OR the show that is being preempted to one of the secondary HD channels. In case you are unaware, every local affiliate must broadcast in HD and nearly every major and middle market channel has at least one sub-channel which they can show old shows or continuos weather or play music or WHATEVER THEY WANT.

But they don’t and it would be so simple. I’m sure it would require a very minimal effort to shunt the offending game to the sub-channel or push the network feed over. Even if it’s not easy, they still should make it happen because its this kind of shit that is forcing people like me to download TV shows completely avoiding commercials. Eventually I won’t need cable at all and believe me I am part of a movement away from cable that counts hundreds of thousand of people as members. The anti-cable movement is a rolling tide that is gathering strength all the time and this is just one of the numerous reason that people are “cutting the cable”.

I don’t want to conclude this rant without addressing the Stan Musial thing though. I really don’t care about baseball; Stan Musial or otherwise, but I recognize that he was an important figure in the sport. I am however, completely put-off by the level of coverage that his death has received in St. Louis in comparison to the death’s of other public figures who have contributed significantly to society at large and here locally. For example, when Senator Thomas Eagleton died back in 2007 it was mentioned that next morning and then the day of his funeral, but it was not the headline for 5 days running. In case you didn’t know, he was Missouri’s US Senator for 20 years and has the largest federal building in the state named after him. He was no slouch but I guess he was not as important since he didn’t play a child’s game for a living.

I personally don’t care much about Eagleton either; politically he and I did not see eye-to-eye, but I think he was far more important that Stan Musial.

This countries obsession with sports figures and lack of interest in leaders of science, arts and government is deeply disturbing.

Steven Eagleton

With all due respect,

The Chief