Walt Disney Trivia I’ll Bet You Don’t Know… Pop Culture

So, you think you know Disney history/trivia? An expert on Disneyland/Disneyworld and subsequent parks?… TV shows – the Disney Channel all the stuff. Here’s something really interesting.

In all of pop culture history – there was no better promoter than Walt Disney himself. He totally understood the power of mass media. Beginning In the 1940′s – Walt Disney movies plus a dash of radio and moving merchandise extended into the new medium of television. He found a willing partner in ABC-Paramount back in 1954. ABC-TV would broadcast a new TV show – one that was a video version of his up-and-coming theme park located in California. “Disneyland” was the name of the show, and name of the park.

Disney History - 1955“Disneyland” the park opened in July of 1955 and September – began season #2 of ABC-TV’s “Disneyland.” And later that year – Disney began using radio as a second media choice. Thought to be dead a few years earlier – radio was catching on again and Walt Disney wasted no time in creating a new radio show – in addition to TV’s “Disneyland.”

The program, “Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom” ran daily on the ABC radio network – around noon time. The first ad stated, “A new kind of morning listening with all the wonderful Disney magic – direct from fabulous Disneyland in California. Listen today where Walt himself will introduce the first show.”

It didn’t last long – but, it’s a fascinating piece of Disney history.

Many years later – Disney would pick up the radio angle… in 1996 with Radio Disney – but its first foray into radio – began in late 1955 and lasted about a year.

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Week In Pop Culture & News With Videos – October 8, 2011… Mr. Pop Culture

Week In Review – News, Pop Tech & More

October 8, 2011 as compiled by Gary West & www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Flames lit up downtown Cairo (Mr. Pop Video) where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire Arbutus store, officials told ABC News affiliate ABC 2. It closed for several hours.Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. A Saturday morning of shopping turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another, officials said.

Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 275 points, led by Bank of America. The euro rose against the dollar. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a “comprehensive response” to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make sure that banks have adequate capital.

A sea exploration company said Monday it has discovered a ship filled with silver 8,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. said it found the remains of the SS Mantola, which sank on Feb. 9, 1917. It was torpedoed by German submarine U-81. The ship was insured to carry silver worth 110,000 British pounds when it sailed in 1917. That value would mean that the ship could hold as much as 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the value of the silver that’s recovered. At current market prices, that much silver would be worth more than $19 million.

President Barack Obama is spending time with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama traveled to the facility in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington on Monday afternoon. Obama has occasionally visited service members wounded in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He visited the National Naval Medical Center in February and made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June, before the center was renamed and moved to its current location.

A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

A steam-powered car considered the oldest vehicle in the world still running has sold at auction in the United States for more than $4.6 million. The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, nicknamed “La Marquise,” which was built in France in 1884, sold for more than twice its estimate at auction Friday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. RM Auctions listed its top speed as 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour) and said it had only had four previous owners over the past 127 years.

Another Republican Debate – All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ­­seize the moment. Cain arrived as a candidate rising on the strength of a buoyant personality and a catchy tax plan that has captured the imagination of many conservative Republicans. But after a series of debates in which his rivals treated him kindly, Cain found himself on the defensive for the first time, with his tax plan under attack. Perry arrived in a slump after three mediocre debate performances in September and poll numbers that were sinking. But he found himself struggling to reassert himself, at times sidelined as others took over the debate and at times caught in exchanges that turned unexpectedly against him.It was Mitt Romney who prospered most.

Obama’s Job Bill – No Pass – as the Senate blocked his signature American Jobs Act. The cleverly named bill was sold as a paid-for, bipartisan package of cures for the country’s anemic job market. But the Senate soundly defeated the measure, leaving it eight votes shy of the 60 that Obama needed just to get the Senate to consider it. Worst of all for Obama were the defections of two of his fellow Democrats, which limited the bill to getting more than a bare majority, as well as the declarations from several more that they would vote against the package if the Senate ever did consider it for an up-or down vote.

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. In rapid succession, the House and Senate voted on the three trade pacts, which the administration says could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. None of the votes were close, despite opposition from labor groups and other critics of free trade agreements who say they result in job losses and ignore labor rights problems in the partner countries.

A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate Southern California beach community. The gunman got into a truck and drove away from Salon Meritage after Wednesday’s shootings. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident while saying he had multiple weapons with him, police Sgt. Steve Bowles said. Dekraai was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, Bowles said. In all, one man and five women died at the salon, one man and one woman died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition late Wednesday. Their names have not been released.

Occupy Wall Street – City officials said early this morning they will postpone a cleanup of  Zuccotti Park after earlier threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been encamped here. As the announcement was made via the “people’s mic” just before 7 a.m., the crowd waved their brooms in triumph.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tweeted that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park,  (and not the city) decided to postpone cleaning. The city was informed “late last night.” Occupy Wall Street had vowed yesterday to stay in the park and try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.

A van driven by a sheriff’s deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children collided with an empty cattle trailer on Thursday in a highway construction zone, killing him and five children and injuring seven other children. Howard Mitchell, 57, was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community of about 600 people.

Time Poll – Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation’s fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential. Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new poll. Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters.The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks.

Gap Inc. plans to close stores in the U.S., while expanding in China. The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end of the year to roughly 45 by the end of next year

Sports News –

Passing -  (Mr. Pop Video) Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday. He was 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. e 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him.-

Tech News –

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings reversed an unpopular decision to separate his company’s DVD rental business and online video streaming service, sending the stock up 7 percent in early trading. U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, as the company has dropped plans to move its DVD rentals to a separate business called Qwikster, Hastings announced in a short statement on the company blog on Monday.

One year, six months, and seven days after the iPad first went on sale, Facebook has at last released its app for Apple’s tablet.

Blackberry Outage –BlackBerry service has had reported outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia already this week, has acknowledge problems with North American services today as well. This morning there were widespread complaints of outages in the United States. The company, headquartered in Canada, confirmed that the problems here are similar to what it had seen in other parts of the world.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Marry – Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are now married.

Passing - Roger Williams, a pianist who was one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century and who hit No. 1 on the pop charts in 1955 with his arpeggio-strewn “Autumn Leaves,” has died. He was 87. Williams died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from pancreatic cancer, his former publicist, Rob Wilcox, told the Associated Press.

At the movies –

Real Steel – (1st week $27.3 million)

The Ides of March (1st week $10.4 million)

Dolphin Tale

Moneyball

50/50

Courageous

The Lion King

Dream House

What’s Your Number?

Contagion

Top TV -

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. Two and a Half Men CBS
4. Dancing With the Stars ABC
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
6. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Big Bang Theory CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. 60 Minutes CBS
11. Modern Family ABC
12. Mike & Molly CBS
13. The Mentalist CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. Football Night in America NBC
16. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
17. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
18. Unforgettable CBS
19. Person of Interest CBS
20. 2 Broke Girls CBS

Pop Culture Music History. “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone?” New Book

Mr. Pop History –

Authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March get into the 1960′s and reveal just what happened to members of such bands as, The Association, Herman’s Hermits, Spiral Starecase, The Zombies and more.

It’s compelling reading from the authors of “Echoes of the Sixties.”

The books is, “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone?” Volume 1

Top Pop Culture History This Week – May 22, 2011

Total bummer about Jeff Conway. Anyway, here’s some Mr. Pop Culture facts for this week – week of May 22-May 29.

From www.mrpopculture.com

The animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero is officially on hold. The companies behind “The Governator” said Friday they have stopped working on the budding franchise that Schwarzenegger helped announce to much fanfare in Cannes, France, last month. “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production” on the project, the companies said in a written statement. There is no word when or if production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume. “The Governator” is to star Schwarzenegger as a superhero living a double life: A family man and former governor who secretly fights global villainy and modern-day disasters alongside a team of hip teenagers.

Amercian Idol Season #10 Winner – Beam Him Up – Scotty McCreery! Runner up is Lauren Alainia. 122 million votes were cast.

Rival TV concerts – Lady Gaga and Rihanna – (Friday May 27) kIcked off summer music on Friday with two morning concerts in New York City. Mama Monster and her Little Monsters stormed Central Park for a concert on ABC’s  “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, Rihanna did her thing for the rival NBC “Today” show over at Rockefeller Plaza. GMA is a copycat and picked up the concert idea after Today several years go.

Passing – Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom “Taxi,” played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical “Grease” and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on “Celebrity Rehab,” died Friday. He was 60. The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.

Pollstar TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS

1. (1) Bon Jovi; $2,465,286; $103.09.

2. (2) Lady Gaga; $1,722,078; $96.77.

3. (3) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks; $1,455,243; $107.14.

4. (5) Elton John; $1,140,460; $95.44.

5. (4) Kenny Chesney; $1,127,293; $68.41.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

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Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray – Seether

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Beastie Boys

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Tech news –

Yahoo is rolling out an upgraded version of its e-mail service to its 284 million users. The revamped service, which will become available to users in the coming weeks, will be twice as fast as previous versions and integrate more seamlessly with social networks. “This latest version of Yahoo! Mail is faster, safer, easier to use, and offers a seamless experience across PC, mobile and tablet devices,” said David McDowell, a director of product management for the company.  Users of the new service will be able to respond instantly to messages from Facebook from their inbox while sharing notifications from Twitter, Facebook and Zynga via a new Updates tab.

A computer security researcher has found a flaw in Microsoft Corp’s widely used Internet Explorer browser that he said could let hackers steal credentials to access FaceBook, Twitter and other websites. He calls the technique “cookiejacking.” “Any website. Any cookie. Limit is just your imagination,” said Rosario Valotta, an independent Internet security researcher based in Italy. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file stored inside the browser known as a “cookie,” which holds the login name and password to a web account, Valotta said via email. Once a hacker has that cookie, he or she can use it to access the same site, said Valotta, who calls the technique “cookiejacking.”

Calling the case a “brazen and outrageous fraud,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a New York man claiming he owns a huge stake in the social networking website. In a filing Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg said the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia is based on a “doctored contract and fabricated evidence.” They also called the plaintiff “an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders.” Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, has contended that he contracted in 2003 for 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s interest in what became Facebook. Facebook is privately held, but analysts have said it could be worth $70 billion should it go public, perhaps in 2012. Forbes magazine in March estimated Zuckerberg’s net worth at $13.5 billion.

Interesting FM Pop Music Format – Mid 1970′s. Pop Culture Radio History.

Mr. Pop History – When you study the history of AM, FM, and various music formats over the years, the traditional top-40 format of playing the hits, sticks out. Some stations played more than 40, others less, but KFRC-FM (K-106) in San Francisco, played with a continuous top-20 countdown format. That’s right – more than several times a day, the station, mostly automated, counted down the top-20 hits, throwing in some new releases. Interesting, to say the least. This was during the mid-1970′s, when some FM stations would try anything.

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David Lee Roth Left Van Halen When? Pop Culture Rock & Roll History.

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Back on April 1, 1985. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar. Roth rejoined the band in the Spring of 2007 – but was also reunited for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996.

Roth – a temperamental rocker – always seemed to be feuding. Joining Roth for the 2007 concert tour was Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, but drummer Michael Anthony was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang Munster. It stinks when you’re not a family member!

Another Star Trek TV Series Re-Boot Question – 1977?

Mr. Pop History – After the original TV series left the NBC-TV air in 1969, Star Trek began to build a bigger audience with syndicated reruns.

A July TV Guide tells me that Paramount Pictures planned to produce 22 episodes of an all-new Star Trek to begin appearing in April 1978. According to the article, it was part of an effort to create one night a week of prime-time programs on a proposed “fourth network” of independent and network affiliated stations. Gene Roddenberry was signed to put the new show together at a cost of $400,000 per episode.

A fourth network? Interesting. Of course, that didn’t happen until Fox-TV – the late 1980′s.

This Week In History – Week Of January 1, 2011 – First Week Of The Year – A Complete Review.

This Week In History – Week of January 1, 2011 – From www.mrpopculture.com

The police investigation into a New Year’s church bombing that killed 21 people is focusing on a local group of Islamic hard-liners inspired by al-Qaida, Egyptian security officials said Sunday. The suicide attack in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria struck Coptic Christian worshippers as they were leaving midnight Mass Saturday about 30 minutes into the new year and also wounded about 100. Dozens returned to pray Sunday in the blood-spattered Saints Church, many of them sobbing, screaming in anger and slapping themselves in grief.

After a holiday season of relentless rain in Southern California, the 122nd Rose Parade was bathed Saturday in abundant sunshine.  Clear blue skies and chilly temperatures greeted hundreds of thousands of spectators who lined Colorado Boulevard to gawk at the New Year’s Day showcase of flowery floats, marching bands and equestrians.

First, New Year’s Eve fireworks were blamed in central Arkansas for making thousands of blackbirds confused, crashing into homes, cars and each other. Then 300 miles to the south in Louisiana, power lines likely killed about 450 birds, littering a highway near Baton Rouge. It’s almost certainly a coincidence the events happened within days of each other, Louisiana’s state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour said Tuesday. “I haven’t found anything to link the two at this point.”

Videos just coming to light show the crew of a Navy aircraft carrier got an eyeful on shipboard TV: Gay slurs, suggestive shower scenes and mimicked masturbation in clips made not by some sailor run amok but by the ship’s second-most powerful officer. The Navy said Sunday it will investigate the “clearly inappropriate” videos shown through the nuclear-powered ship’s closed-circuit television system as part of an onboard movie night. The star of the videos, made in 2006 and 2007, is Capt. Owen Honors, who now commands the USS Enterprise but was its executive officer — the second in command — when the videos were made.

Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday as California’s 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a much different and more troubled state than the one he led then.

A Rasmussen  survey finds says that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure.

The survey was conducted shortly after the FCC decided on a party line vote to impose so-called “net neutrality” regulations on the Internet world. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly oppose FCC regulation of the Internet, while Democrats are more evenly divided. Those who use the Internet most are most opposed to FCC regulations.

Ending a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama is appealing to newly-empowered Republicans to resist jockeying for the White House in 2012 and work with him to get the economy growing and the jobless back to work. Facing anything but a political soft landing after his holiday stay in Hawaii, Obama told reporters en route to the capital Tuesday that he understands Republicans, who recaptured the House in last fall’s elections, “are going to play to their base for a certain period of time.”

Sales of General Motors cars and trucks rose 6.3 percent last year as a strong lineup of new models helped the company make a comeback from its 2009 bankruptcy. GM sold 2.2 million cars and trucks in 2010, nearly 131,000 more than the prior year, even though it got rid of four brands to focus on Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.

A Texas man had his conviction overturned Tuesday for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit after serving 30 years in prison, more time than any other inmate subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence in his state. Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, was formally cleared of the aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon conviction that had kept him behind bars from December 1979 until July of 2010. He served 30 years of his 75-year sentence before making parole in July. About a week later, DNA test results came back proving his innocence.

It’s official: Robert Gibbs is leaving his post as White House press secretary. Gibbs, one of President Obama’s most seasoned and trusted advisers, says that he will leave the podium in early February to lend outside assistance to the president’s re-election campaign. He broke the news to this staff at a meeting earlier this morning.

A new Congress convenes in Washington with prayer events, real and ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies and a formal transfer of the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi to John Boehner, reflecting the change in party control over the House. The day will be a stream of pomp and pageantry along with hopeful, optimistic speeches about the future of the country and the decency and diligence of the American people

North Korea called Wednesday for “unconditional and early” talks with rival South Korea to put an end to months of tensions. Seoul quickly dismissed the offer as insincere and said it’s waiting for an apology for two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang.

After a nationwide frenzy for a life-changing chance to win a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, the two winning tickets were sold in small Pacific Northwest towns just 125 miles apart. Shoppers at a Safeway supermarket in Ephrata spent Wednesday wondering who bought one of the winners at the store 130 miles east of Seattle, in the middle of Washington’s potato country. A stream of people were checking their tickets at the video department where lottery tickets are sold, then turning away disappointed.

Amazing – All done on the Internet – In Ohio – homeless out of work announcer Ted Williams – get’s spotted on a street corner. He has a golden voice and demonstrates that on the video. A day later – he’s a guest over WNCI-FM Columbus and gets job offers – one from the Cleveland Cavaliers!

The nation’s economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. But the job growth fell short of expectations based on a strengthening economy. And the drop in unemployment was partly because people stopped looking for work.

Sports –

Orange Bowl administrators, determined to make this week’s matchup between No. 5 Stanford and No. 12 Virginia Tech less entertaining, have decided to bar Stanford’s irreverent band from performing at halftime. The move comes after the band announced its show was entitled: “Recent Events in the Pro Sports World in Miami.” Apparently bowl officials were concerned that the band might mock LeBron James and hurt his feelings.

The United States plans to send 1,400 additional combat Marines to Afghanistan to try to hold on to recent but fragile security gains, only months before a planned U.S. drawdown, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan with record casualties on all sides of the conflict and with the insurgency spreading out of traditional strongholds in the south and east into once-peaceful areas in the north and west.

Technology –

The first portable devices announced for Verizon Wireless’ new, high-speed wireless data network are a smart phone and a tablet from Motorola, both designed to take advantage of network’s speed with cameras for videoconferencing. More devices for Verizon’s “4G” network, which went live for laptop modems in December, are expected to be announced Thursday by the CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

For the moment, Verizon has the fastest wireless network in the country, and it’s hoping to capitalize on it by selling data-hungry tablets and smart phones. There are unconfirmed reports that Verizon will also get to sell version of the iPhone, breaking AT&T Inc.’s

Last year, Electronic Arts made the golfing great share the cover of his bestselling game with Northern Irish rookie Rory McIlroy for the first time ever. This year, following the controversy away from the green and lackluster play on it, Woods has been dropped from the cover of the March 29th release of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Entertainment news –

Passing – Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, described by director Steven Spielberg as “the best actor in the world,” has died at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. A gritty and powerful actor, Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1993 film “In The Name Of The Father.”

Country singer Shania Twain and businessman Frederic Thiebaud tied the knot Saturday in a New Year’s Day wedding in Puerto Rico. A message on Twain’s website says the couple were wed in Rincon with 40 close family and friends in attendance. Twain and Thiebaud announced their engagement last month.

An hour into a rapidly-deteriorating concert at the Congress Theater Saturday night, Chuck Berry slumped over an accompanist’s keyboard before being helped offstage. The 84-year-old rock and roll legend and a backing band of three Chicago musicians attempted to resume the show for a packed house about 15 minutes later, but Berry almost immediately was taken off again to be checked by paramedics who had been called to the scene.

Passing – 1970’s hitmaker Gerry Rafferty. He is best known for the 1978 song Baker Street but also had a huge hit in 1972 with Stuck in the Middle With You with his band Stealers Wheel.

Britney Spears reveals her album’s first single, “Hold It Against Me,” would officially be released next Tuesday, January 11.

Television news –

Bill O’Reilly will interview President Obama in a special set to air before the NFL championship. Black Eyed Peas will perform on the half-time show! The Fox News Channel host will interview Obama for sister network, Fox, as part of the network’s pregame coverage. This will be O’Reilly’s first time interviewing Obama since he was elected. Super Bowl XLV will air Sunday, Feb. 6 on Fox.

Oprah Winfrey says she’s “grateful that we weren’t embarrassed” during the much-anticipated first weekend that her new OWN network was on the air. For a network started from scratch, OWN delivered some impressive sampling on its Jan. 1 debut. At one point Saturday night, OWN was the third-ranked cable network behind ESPN and USA in the ratings. The challenge will be turning the curious into regular viewers. “I am grateful that the first phase of what we wanted to happen actually happened,” Winfrey told reporters on Thursday. “I’m grateful that we weren’t embarrassed. I’m grateful that people came.” Winfrey called her network’s programming “mind food” and said the intention is to bring positive energy into the homes of people who watch it.

Calif. – Piers Morgan says he’s spoiling for a prime-time fight with CNN’s rivals — and he’ll throw the first punch with Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, who is promoting her new OWN cable network, will be the first interview subject when “Piers Morgan Tonight” launches on Jan. 17. The former British tabloid editor said Thursday he interviewed Winfrey for that debut this week in California. Morgan replaces Larry King, whose interview show ended after 25 years last month. He joins CNN at a low ebb, after a year in which Fox News Channel and MSNBC beat the original cable news network in the prime-time ratings.

MTV’s biggest premiere as a whopping 8.4 million people tuned in to the Season 3 premiere of “Jersey Shore,” which followed the gang back to Seaside Heights, N.J. Season 2, which was filmed in Miami, debuted in July to 5.3 million viewers.

Ted Williams, the 53-year-old homeless man with a “voice of gold,” has had an overwhelming week: After being plucked off the streets, he reunited with his mom after 10 years and has been fielding numerous job offers. A panhandler from Ohio, Williams became an Internet sensation earlier this week after the Columbus Dispatch posted a video of him. He has since appeared on NBC’s Today Wednesday and then again Thursday after he was reunited with his mom, Julia Williams. In the last week, the Brooklyn-born man has recorded a commercial for Kraft, voiced an MSNBC promo and is even being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers to do announcing work.

Hot Hits This Week –

Firework – Katy Perry

We R Who We R – Ke$ha

What’s My Name? – Rihanna fea. Drake

Raise Your Glass – P!nk

The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Black Eyed Peas

Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – enrique Iglesias fea. Ludacris $ DJ Frank E

Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

Just A Dream – Nelly

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

Bottoms Up – Trey Songz fea. Nicki Minaj

Like a G6 – Far’ East Movement fea. Cataracs & Dev

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher fea. Pitbull

No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame fea. Roscoe Dash & Wal

6 Foot 7 Foot  Lil Wayne fea. Cory Gunz

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Please Don’t Go – Mike Posner

Yeah 3X – Chris Brown

Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

F**k You (Forget You) – Ce Lo Green

Animal – Neon Trees

Coming Home – Diddy – Dirty Money fea. Skylar Grey

Hip Monday Night TV (TV Squad)

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: ‘The Bachelor’* — (120 minutes)
CBS: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Rules of Engagement’
PBS: ‘Antiques Road Show’* — 15th season premiere
ABC Family: ‘Pretty Little Liars’*
Cartoon Network: ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Regular Show’ and ‘Robotomy’
ESPN: ‘Orange Bowl’ — 8:30 start for Stanford and Virginia Tech
OWN: ‘Enough Already! With Peter Walsh’
truTV: ‘Bait Car’ — 8:30 start
9:00 to 10:00
CBS: ‘Two and a Half Men’ and ‘Mike & Molly’
PBS: ‘American Experience’* — (90 minutes)
A&E: ‘Intervention’
ABC Family: ‘Greek’*
Discovery: ‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior: A Crew Divided’
Food Network: ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’*
Lifetime: ‘The Craiglist Killer’ — (120 minutes)
Oxygen: ‘The Bad Girls Club’
TLC: ‘Cake Boss: Next Great Baker’
TNT: ‘The Closer’**
Travel: ‘Dining With Death’
USA: ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’ — (120 minutes)
VH1: ‘My Big Friggin’ Wedding’

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: ‘Castle’
CBS: ‘Hawaii Five-O’
A&E: ‘Hoarders’
Bravo: ‘Tabatha’s Salon Takeover’
Food Network: ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’
HGTV: ‘Cash and Cari’
ID: Disappeared’*
MTV: ‘True Life’
NatGeo WILD: ‘Swamp Men’
OWN: ‘In the Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman’*
Science Channel: ‘How the Universe Works’
TLC: ‘The Opener’*
TNT: ‘Men of a Certain Age’
truTV: ‘All Worked Up’ — Two episodes
VH1: ‘Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby’

11:00 to Midnight
Lifetime: ‘Craiglist Killer: The Phillip Markoff Story’
MTV: ‘Vice Guide to Everything’ — Two episodes

Unless otherwise noted, everyone is back with new episodes. But, if you’re not interested in live chat, IFC is airing reruns of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ Monday to Thrusday nights at 11PM.

11:00
‘Charlie Rose’ (PBS): TBA
‘The Mo’Nique Show’ (BET): TBA
‘The Daily Show’ (Comedy Central): TBA
‘Chelsea Lately’ (E!): TBA
‘Conan’ (TBS): Zach Levi; performance by Christina Aguilera (repeat)

11:30
‘Late Show With David Letterman’ (CBS): Paul Abdul
‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC): Ron Howard; Nicole ”Snooki” Polizzi
‘The Colbert Report’ (Comedy Central): TBA

Midnight
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC): Patricia Heaton; reality-TV personality Brad Womack; performance by Josh Groban
‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS): Robert Duvall
‘Lopez Tonight’ (TBS): Janet Jackson; performance by Rooney (repeat)

12:30
‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ (CBS): Lisa Kudrow; actor Matt Braunger
‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC): Gwyneth Paltrow; animal handler Jeff Musial; performance by Best Coast

1:30
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (NBC): Johnny Knoxville; composer Nathan Barr; performance by OFF! (repeat)

At the movies –

Little Fockers

True Grit

TRON: Legacy

Yogi Bear

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Deawn Treader

Tangled

The Fighter

Gulliver’s Travels

Black Swan

The King’s Speech

The Tourist

How Do You Know

Maurice Gibbons of the Bee Gees – Gone For Eight Years… Week of January 8, 2003

And some other tidbits from that week eight years ago:

Music news –
Passing – Maurice Gibb – one of the three famed Bee Gee brothers. He was 53.

Barry Gibb tells the BBC that the Gibb Family would fight to discover the truth about brother Maurice’s death in Miami at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

This week – The Rolling Stones live on HBO.

Eminem sings a licensing deal wit Nesi Apparel to create of sportswear called “Shady.”

Tommy Mottola – the former Mr. Mariah Carey – is stepping down as head of Sony Music Entertainment in a reverse of fortunes for the company. No doubt, Mottola had many high points at the company – bringing in such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. Sony Music Entertainment is in the dumps now – posting operating losses of $142 million for last year.