Life in line
For many wannabe stars, today just might be the biggest day of their lives. The popular television show American Idol is looking for the country's next great singer. And it's holding auditions in downtown Minneapolis.
An estimated 10,000 people converged on the Target Center early this morning, hoping to get their shot in front of the show's judges.
Reporter Nikki Tundel put together a little audio sample of the talent in line this morning.5:50 p.m.
What Bert said
Recent incidents of profanity getting on the broadcast airwaves in the past week has brought the FCC guidelines about profanity and indecency back to the spotlight. Because of a switching problem during the State Fair, some off-air banter between the DJ at the fair and the studio inadvertently made it to the air.
Then, over the weekend, Twins announcer Bert Blyleven swore on the air before a Twins game.
The FCC has increased the fines for each occurance to $325,000. Moreover, there's concern from broadcasters that the rules and penalties have been applied unfairly.
We asked our media commentator David Brauer what the FCC won't allow on the broadcast airwaves.5:52 p.m.
Town ball Over 240 teams play in Minnesota's amateur leagues in the summertime. That may sound like a lot, but consider this: in 1950 there were almost 800 teams.6:20 p.m.
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