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Bring on the Convention Madness

August 21, 2008 5:37 PM

Live from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, it's TV Week.

OK, some of the media hotels are in Cleveland, but heck, you know ... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame …Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre both have the word "rock," so it counts. Besides both will have rock stars—Sheryl Crow on Sunday in Denver will throw a concert to greet delegates.

For much of the media going to Denver, the Democratic convention kicks off Saturday night with a media party and the official donning of the press badges on Sunday. But on a more serious note, Sunday, Harvard's Shorenstein Center hosts "A Conversation with Sunday Morning TV Moderators" featuring NBC's Tom Brokaw, CBS's Bob Schieffer, and ABC's George Stephanopoulos in discussion with PBS's Judy Woodruff.

The event will include a tribute to Tim Russert, the late NBC News Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press."

Starting Sunday afternoon, but especially Monday, it starts to get a bit crazy. There are restaurants taken over by cable networks, parties, studies to be released, stars talking about [insert cause or policy here] and ... Jon Stewart is taping Comedy Central's Daily Show during both conventions.

While the excitement starts in Denver, the action quickly turns to the Republican convention in St. Paul on Labor Day and the GOP convention already is showing signs of being too big for one city. A number of GOP events are in neighboring Minneapolis.

While it’s still early, it’s already starting to become clear that local television stations in both markets will get some advertising because of the conventions. A coalition of health care and smaller business groups launching mostly national advertising during the conventions urging Congress to make health care a first priority is saying it will advertise its message on cable news channels, Comedy Central and local stations in the convention cities.

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