Some dude named Zac Crain, who's apparently running for mayor (that can't be right), sends this missive concerning yesterday's posting about the Republican National Congressional Committee allegedly pulling a million-dollar ad campaign for Waco-area U.S. House of Representatives candidate Van Taylor that was scheduled, or not, to appear on Dallas TV.
I've heard a lot about that guy because he's running against my parents' beloved Chet Edwards. He "lives" in my former hometown of West, and I use that in quotes because he claims to, but doesn't really--he's there like once every month or two to keep up appearances.
As for the reach of local news, I'm not sure about the CW, but when I was growing up, we had two of every affiliate on our local dial--the D/FW stations and the Waco/Temple stations. And no one ever watched the Waco broadcasts. Everyone knows this, but to give you a sign of their quality, it was a Waco TV reporter (John McLemore) who accidentally tipped off the Branch Davidians. Same station, different guy: During a news update, the anchor totally stopped everything down because he couldn't read the TelePrompTer. He sheepishly apologized and grabbed his glasses. It was awesome.
Peace out playa,
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In related "Zc" news, Dallas' Only Daily ran a brief this a.m. about a CD Zac's releasing to raise money for his campaign. It will feature rare and unreleased tracks from the likes of Rhett Miller, Peter Schmidt and his Gentleman Scholars and the Polyphonic Spree--in other words, bands Zac didn't completely alienate during his tenure as the Observer's music editor. What, no Eden Automatic? Dude. --Robert Wilonsky