Country artist Faith Hill, who sang NBC’s Sunday Night Football anthem for six years, announced via tweet that she would no longer be singing the anthem. The anthem, which is entitled “Waitin’ All Day for Sunday Night,” is an altered version of Joan Jett’s “Hate Myself for Loving You.” On her official Twitter account, Faith tweeted, “Amazing 2 have been part of SNF–an honor. I’ve just let everyone know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open. Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all you guys at SNF–I’ll be watching!!!”
Amazing 2 have been part of SNF – an honor. I’ve just let everyone there know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open.
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 15, 2013
Personally, I am sad to see that this tradition won’t continue. She did a terrific job, and she set the bar really high. P!nk, who sang the anthem for the inaugural season of Sunday Night Football on NBC, offered a true tribute to Joan Jett. But Faith made the song her own, bringing strong vocals and less scream.
I’m interested to see what direction NBC goes in with the next artist. Do they go after someone young? Will they continue the pattern of having a female singer, or will they change it up and pick a male vocalist? I was never a big fan of Hank Williams Jr. and his role with Monday Night Football, but I would be open to having a male vocalist take over the role. In the end football’s largest audience is males, and having an attractive female singer would make males happy.
Who would you like to see sing the next Sunday Night Football anthem? Respond in the comment section below!
Since 1986, General Electric has had a stake in media conglomerate NBC Universal. On the skirts of selling its majority stake to Comcast in 2009, today General Electric announced its intention to sell its remaining stake (49%) to Comcast for $16.7 billion. It’s a very sad day for television enthusiasts like myself, as this is the beginning of a new NBC Universal.
The National Broadcasting Company, first a radio network before experimenting with television, was founded by GE, Westinghouse Electric Company, and Radio Corporation of America in 1926. For over 80 years, NBC Universal has been tied to its founding companies. RCA owned NBC Universal until 1986, when GE acquired RCA and NBC Universal.
The news of GE selling its remaining minority stake in NBC Universal is significant because for the first time in its history, NBC Universal will not be owned in some shape or form by GE or RCA. It is sad to witness, as the number of media companies decreases. As companies try to save money, news sources are now controlled by fewer and fewer people or companies. Small newspapers and television stations who at one time were locally owned are being acquired by national media conglomerates who care more about quantity rather than quality.
I hope Comcast doesn’t forget the tradition and history that NBC Universal has. It deserves to be treated better than just another channel on the television lineup.
When CBS announced that the prized post-Super Bowl time slot would be given to its freshman drama Elementary, the overall reaction by viewers on TVBytheNumbers.com website was lackluster to put it politely. Elementary, which is supposed to be a modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, was having a decent first season, but was not one of CBS’ top dramas. CBS’ top dramas include veterans NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, CSI:, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and Person of Interest. CBS obviously hoped that by putting Elementary in the post-Super Bowl time slot it would bring new viewers to the show and spark new interest.
Hurt greatly by the 34 minute blackout during the third quarter of the Super Bowl, Elementary didn’t start until after 11/10 CDT. Despite averaging a 7.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and over 20 million viewers, it was a major drop-off from the Super Bowl lead-in, which averaged a 46.3 rating and over 108 million people. According to TVBTN.com, this makes Elementary as one of the lowest-rated shows following a Super Bowl ever. Only ABC’s debut of Alias had a worse result.
To put this into perspective, the Big Bang Theory and NCIS both average nearly 20 million viewers on a regular basis. Maybe next time CBS should stick with a comedy, because it appears that viewers were not interested in watching another police cop drama.
When the instructions were delivered for this blog assignment, the first thing that popped into my head was the familiar melody of “Who Are You” by The Who.
I absolutely love the television franchise of CSI:, including the original CSI:Crime Scene Investigation in Las Vegas, CSI:Miami, and CSI:NY. The theme song for CSI:Crime Scene Investigation asks the important question: who are you?
For the television show, it is a relevant question as a team of crime scene investigators attempt to solve murder mysteries and bring closure to families of victims. For a sophomore journalism major at Creighton University, this question is tricky to nail down. I struggled for quite a while thinking of how to approach answering this question. I don’t want to come across as sounding arrogant or self-centered, but I discovered that I wasn’t thinking of answering the question in the right context.
If I want to develop my own brand and identity, I need to differentiate myself. If my brand is to accurately reflect who I am, then I need to be myself and communicate my special talents and background. The field of journalism is continuously evolving, so I am unsure of what jobs will be available when I graduate in 2015. However, I am confident that I will locate a job upon graduation.
Who am I?
I am a farm boy who grew up in a small Nebraska town that enjoys sharing my love of technology and computers with the world.