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On TV: A viewer's guide to the Democratic National Convention

This week, we get the Democratic National Conventional, which starts on Tuesday in Charlotte.

Unlike the Republican convention, which was scheduled to run Monday through Thursday last week, the DNC only runs three days, Tuesday through Thursday. Broadcast networks will mostly handle the Democratic convetion the same way they handled the RNC: Coverage on morning news shows and on their nightly news programs, but just one hour of primetime coverage each night starting at 10 p.m. (only NBC deviates from this standard -- see below).

PBS (UNC-TV locally) will devote three hours of primetime to the convention each night, but no daytime hours. Cable news shows will be almost around-the-clock for the Charlotte action.  

As with the Republican show in Tampa last week, much of the TV coverage will start ahead of time on Sunday's political discussion shows.  

Here's a brief breakdown of what everyone will offer:

On TV: A viewer's guide to the Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention officially kicks off in Tampa on Monday, but most TV networks following the event will begin their coverage on Sunday, with discussions on morning roundtable shows and various "countdown" specials.

During the week of convention activity (the actual convention runs Monday through Thursday), broadcast networks and cable news channels will handle their coverage very differently.

The major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- will be airing their morning and evening news programs from Tampa, but you'll only get one hour of primetime coverage (at 10 p.m.), and only Tuesday through Thursday (no primetime Monday coverage). PBS (UNC-TV locally) will devote three hours of primetime to the convention each night, but no daytime hours. For the super-duper wall-to-wall coverage, you'll want to head to the cable news channels, which will provide up to 20 hours per day of convention news and analysis.

Here's a brief breakdown of what everyone will offer: (UPDATE: There have been some big changes in the convention schedule thanks to Hurricane Isaac, but much of the coverage information below will stand. Any changes will be noted below as the information becomes available.)

Surviving the DNC on cable Pt. 3

All I have to say about Wednesday night's cable of coverage of the DNC is WILL THESE PEOPLE PLEASE SHUT UP?

Thanks to the endless prattle (particularly among ego-tripping MSNBC pundits), I nearly missed an unexpected barn-burner of a speech by John Kerry (which I managed to catch, in part, on CNN and C-SPAN). And I completely missed Tammy Duckworth's speech, which my girlfriend told me about after she listened to it on public radio while at work.

My advice to one and all is to watch it on C-SPAN tonight. I guarantee the electricity on stage is going to be a lot more interesting than the wind-powered commentary on the sidelines.

Surviving the DNC on cable, Pt. 2

Boys, boys, break it up.

If you've been watching MSNBC lately for the Democratic conevention (it's The Place for Politics, after all) you may have said those words to your TV screen more than once. Can't windy know-it-alls get along?

First, nighttime co-anchors Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann ganged up on morning guy Joe Scarborough, mocking him when he suggested that McCain's attack ads against Obama may be paying off in the polls.

Then, Scarborough gave a schoolyard bully-boy smackdown to correspondent David Schuster for disagreeing with him about withdrawing from Iraq. (Scarborough actually said he didn't care whether Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gets killed after we leave. Classy.)

Last night, things got really awwwwkward between Matthews and Olbermann, when the latter formed one hand into the universally-recognized gesture for blah-blah-blah after Matthews went on a bit too long (you think?) about Hillary Clinton's speech later that evening. That's when Matthews got snippy. DO NOT tell that guy to shut up.

Meanwhile, over at Fox News, where there's nary a shred of disunity, a decision was made to cut off Mark Warner's keynote speech so that Obama's link to 60s radical Bill Ayers could be treated as breaking news. To be fair to Fox, Warner's speech was kinda boring.

NCCU's 'Black in America' connection

There's a local component to CNN's two-part "Black in America," which premieres tonight at 9.

In April, as part of CNN's "Black in America" college tour to promote and gather material for the special, about a dozen people involved with the production visited North Carolina Central University in Durham.

"They were trying to find i-reporters for each one of the HBCU schools," says visiting lecturer Dr. Brett Chambers. "They wanted us to encourage our students to send in i-reports. They would pick one student from each HBCU school to be that school's i-reporter."

The winner from NCCU was Erica Horne, then a senior in the school's video production class. You can view her report here.

Another treat for the students was a visit from CNN anchor T.J. Holmes in Chambers' Mass Media and Society class.

"He's young, the students can relate to him — he's got some female fans," Chambers says. "He was really cool with the students. The students listened to what he had to say. He and I were kidding around. I said, 'You know, I can say the same thing you say, and they'll ignore me.'"

CNN's "Black in America" airs Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m.

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