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Q&A: Lightning TV announcers have two bosses

Announcers have 2 bosses

Who do the Tampa Bay Lightning TV announcers work for?

Bill Wickett, the Tampa Bay Lightning's executive vice president for communications, told Times reporter Tom Jones that television announcers Rick Peckham and Bobby "Chief'' Taylor are hired jointly by the Lightning and Sun Sports. Sideline reporter Paul Kennedy is an employee of Sun Sports.

Radio announcers Dave Mishkin and Phil Esposito are hired by the Lightning.

No "unanimous consent" vote

How was Sen. Jim Bunning able to block the bill to extend unemployment and other benefits for the period of time that he did?

Bunning, R-Ky., was able to hold up for five days the vote on a $10 billion spending bill that would extend jobless benefits and fund transportation projects by objecting to a "unanimous consent" request, the Washington Post said.

The Senate majority leader asks for "unanimous consent" when Congress wants to authorize funding, and typically senators do not object, according to the Wall Street Journal. Bunning blocked the vote because he wanted Congress to find a way to pay for new spending with cuts in the $3.5 trillion budget.

$85 million to save $500 million

How much money did the Census Bureau spend to send letters out to tell me that my census form is coming in the mail?

It costs about $85 million to print and mail the advance letter and reminder postcard, U.S. Census Bureau officials said. It mailed the advance letters to about 120 million addresses nationwide, notifying households that 2010 Census forms were arriving March 15-17.

The mailings increase response rates by about 6 to 12 percentage points, officials said. The potential increase in response rates demonstrated by its research could result in a savings of more than $500 million.

Low ratings doomed Hunt show

Can you tell me why The Bonnie Hunt Show is ending? Is there a chance it could get picked up by someone else? Also, please give me an address for her show.

The syndicated talk program, currently in its second season, simply did not have enough viewers to continue. It had an average rating of 0.8 — less than 1 percent of homes with television — which is not high enough for a first-run weekday show. And talks shows, once canceled, are very rarely resurrected.

You can sign an online petition to try to help save the show. The link is

And you can contact her through her show's Web site,

Q&A: Lightning TV announcers have two bosses 03/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2010 10:04pm]
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