Editorial Replies on Network TV Affiliates

KABC-TV and KCBS-TV Editorial Replies

Back in the 1980s, when the Fairness Doctrine was still in force, broadcasters were required to discuss on the air controversial issues of public importance, as in editorials delivered by the station’s general manager, and then to also give airtime to contrasting views. Once on KCBS-TV and later on KABC-TV, network television affiliates in the Los Angeles area, I wrote (in keeping with the stations’ strict airtime limits) and delivered in studio editorial replies that were taped and soon broadcast throughout our metropolitan area.


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PDF Document Biological Controls as Alternatives to the Urban Aerial Spraying of Malathion vs. the Mexican Fruit Fly

KCBS-TV Editorial Reply

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A Broadcast Reply to a KCBS-TV Editorial, April 20, 1984


Audio Introduction: “Channel 2 has criticized the nighttime aerial spraying of malathion in Los Angeles. Here with a reply is Douglas E. Drenkow, agricultural and environmental author.”


We must consider biological controls for the prevention of Mexican fruit fly outbreaks.


Biological control typically uses predators and parasites to feed on pests. For example, “BT” bacteria are deadly to many caterpillars and fly maggots, but are relatively non-toxic to people, pets, and plants.


Biological controls are far less expensive in the long run than chemical controls, because the living creatures reproduce themselves. In Southern California avocado orchards, predators and parasites have been established for years and have eliminated countless insecticide applications.


Biological controls for an imported pest, such as the Mexican fruit fly, are often found in the pest’s native land. A century ago, the citrus industry in Southern California was almost wiped out by a pest accidentally imported from Australia; so a ladybug that feeds on the pest in Australia was intentionally imported: For five thousand dollars California’s multi-billion dollar citrus industry was saved.


Predators of fruit flies and their maggots include many spiders, praying mantids, las niñas de la tierra, ants, lizards, birds, and possums. Agricultural officials can properly supervise biological controls.


An ounce of biological prevention is worth a pound of chemical cure.


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PDF Document In Opposition to Colorizing Black-and-White Films

KABC-TV Editorial Reply

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A Broadcast Reply to a KABC-TV Editorial, January 7 & 8, 1987


“Colorization” is the computerized paint-by-numbers bastardization of black-and-white films.


KABC-TV’s John Severino tells those offended — which includes most of Hollywood — to just turn down the TVs’ color; but just as it would be wrong to add colorful but unauthorized words to Mr. Severino’s editorials, it’s wrong to add color to films without the filmmakers’ permission.


The “color” of movies isn’t always the color of money. Greed breeds the fuzzy, gaudy mutant movies — we must boycott them! The colorized Yankee Doodle ain’t a dandy.


Ted Turner opposes vandalizing our environment but supports colorizing our entertainment!


Let’s see the light — it’s black-and-white!


Incidentally, Mr. Severino and I got along famously the day of the taping — we were able to respect each other’s point of view.


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