Category Archives: Television

NBC News Papal Canonization Graphics

The following are screen grabs taken from the rare double canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII from a simulcast on NBC and MSNBC hosted by Lester Holt at 4:00 AM EDT. The only difference between the two broadcasts is the bugs identifying the two are different but rendered in the same style.

St. Peter's Square
St. Peter’s Square
Pope Francis
Pope Francis
Crowd outside St. Peter's Square.
Crowd outside St. Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

WBAL-TV 11’s New Graphics Package

WBAL-TV 11, the Hearst NBC affiliate Baltimore, MD rolled out the new Hearst graphics on Wednesday that are being currently debuting to all Hearst NBC affiliates across the country before the Olympics.  There are slight design variations between the stations but the overall look stays the same.  The graphics were originally debuted last week on WESH 2 News of Orlando, FL where the new Hearst graphics hub is based.
Sorry for the watermarks, I have had a Baltimore Sun media critic steal the images without attribution.


XFINITY TV Channel Lineup

As an XFINITY TV subscriber, there was one thing that I wish they’d do for us, create a two page channel lineup with the name and number of every channel.  So in just about two hours I did just that a two page channel lineup that has different categories:

  • Local / National News and Weather
  • Premium (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz! and Encore)
  • Infotainment (i.e. Discovery, A&E Networks)
  • Sports (Regional and National)
  • Entertainment
  • Religious
  • Music Channels (For Music Choice I just put the channel range)

So this is available and applicable who receives XFINITY TV in Baltimore County.  But I believe the 800 channel range is pretty accurate once you get above 815.

Please let me know if there are any corrections that need to be made.

XFINITY TV Channel Listings for Baltimore County

Police Shoot, Kill Discovery Channel Gunman

Pretty scary stuff!  I only caught the tail end of MSNBC live coverage around 4 – 5 PM but I went back and re-watched the continuing coverage that MSNBC had on all day.  I am glad everyone is alright.

“Discovery gunman to NBC News: I have a bomb”

NBC Nightly News:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

A conversation an NBC news producer had with the gunman:

Apparently the gunman had a past protesting the Discovery Channel.

Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski on Today Sunday August 15, 2010
Mika Brzezinski on Today Sunday August 15, 2010

Mika Brezinski is a journalist and presently co-anchor of Morning Joe. She is a intelligent and beautiful woman but I wish at times she would make her views more present on Morning Joe.  I think she wants to keep her journalistic credibility next to the right wing Joe Scarborough.

I know she’s a liberal, her father, Dr. Zbigniew Brezinski, was the Democratic National Security Advisor under President Carter.  But more times than not she ends up biting her tongue and keeping her mouth shut while Joe Scarborough is blabbering on about his conservative views.

When Joe Scarborough is off Mika takes control of the show and she feels much more at ease and open.  I’m not saying that Joe & Mika don’t have a good dynamic, but when Joe is out of the picture she is able to freely express her opinions with out Joe barking in and constantly interrupting her even when she is reading the news.

I love watching Morning Joe it is must see TV and I TiVo it every day.  As the show is described by the third co-host, Willie Geist, the viewer feels they could delve right into the political conversation with today’s news makers and the politicians in Washington.

She is always on set on time when the show broadcasts from 30 Rock in New York City or WRC-TV in Washington D.C. but for some reason when ever they are in a different time zone she always shows up in the shows second hour, forcing Joe to be on time.  Maybe its because “Mommy needs her ambien.”

See below for some screen captures of this beautiful woman from the Today Show from this past weekend August 14th and 15th.

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Rolling Stone Cover: True Blood

Rolling Stone's Cover for September 2, 1010 (L-R Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer)

This is an interesting cover for Rolling Stone for the week of September 2, 2010.  To be honest the cover isn’t that shocking since the show deals with vampires in Louisiana intermixing with humans, a love triangle between the three people on the cover and the vampires pursuit of human blood, not the synthetic made blood.

Clearly True Blood wants people to tune in for their upcoming season 3 finale which airs on September 12, 2010.  I have a back log of episodes to catch up with about six episodes.  It’s a great show and if you never watched you should tune into HBO on Sundays at 9:00PM ET.

Something You Don’t See Every Day

This appeared on screen for about five seconds before Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

I’ve let my domain name, RKOLSEN.COM expire and for a month and a half I could not renew it. So what do I do, renew it in the middle of the night and let host my website.

I have no idea what I am going to blog about. I am fascinated my political news, local news news in general, the technology behind the news, television and everything else.  If you ever come over to my house and look at my TiVo you will find that most of the recordings are from MSNBC, CNN and HLN.    I do also watch other programs but news pretty much dominates my life.

Last week I watched the end of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and proceeded  onto watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  But for about five seconds between the closing credits of Leno and Fallon these color bars show up.

From my previous research and fascination with all things technology I knew what most of the words on the card represented.  I knew that my local NBC affiliate, WBAL TV, appears to get it’s feed from Washington, D.C.’s NBC station, WRC-TV.  The 20 dBFS represents the amplitude of the wavelength that NBC is broadcasting on.  That 16:9 is the aspect ratio that HDTV’s are manufactured for and that NBC broadcasts at 1080i represents the number of horizontal lines in the picture and that the “i” represents that the signal is interlaced where the even and odd lines switch back and forth to save bandwidth while still creating a stellar picture.  But the one thing that had me confused was what VALID (Video Audio Lineup & ID) means.  Apparently in layman’s  terms VALID represents is a method of syncing the audio and video of a television broadcast so that the talking head’s lips aren’t moving but your still hearing them speak.

Maybe I should pursue a career in broadcast technology working at a news station.