Dr. Larry Burriss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Well, it's Halloween season.  Time for trick-or-treat, time to get the be-jeebers scared out of yourself, and, if you believe Linus, time for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the Pun'kin Patch.
    This is also as good a time as any to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when radio was the theater of the mind, and the collective psyche of the nation had the wits scared out of it by Orson Wells, the Mercury Theater, and the War of the Worlds.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Flip through the television dial and you'll find all sports, all the time.  It seemed like just a few years ago all we had was a few minutes at the end of the evening news.  Now we've got not just sports stories, but sports stations and indeed, entire sports networks. 
    But I got to thinking just how far we've come, over the last several years, in terms of broadcast sports.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the big questions we’ve had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?” 

We’re pretty sure correspondents for major news outlets count.  What about freelance reporters?  Or lately, what about so-called “I-reporters,” apparently anyone with a cell phone camera who happens to take a picture of a newsworthy, or sometimes not-so-newsworthy, event?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  This past week was some kind of perfect sports and media storm:  baseball is getting ready to enter the playoffs, high school and college football began in earnest, and professional football is back , as if it really ever disappeared.  But there is another perfect storm brewing, and it involves cross-ownerships of sports teams and media outlets.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Every once in a while we need to step back from doom and gloom, coups and catastrophes, floods, fires and famines, and deal with something really, really important. And today that's a lawsuit involving the song "Happy Birthday."