The advent of serious, thoughtful, artistically ambitious television has brought us many marvelous shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife. And the growth of comedies with strong points of view has allowed oddball projects like 30 Rock and Community to emerge and earn praise.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. These days, when people talk about the leading names in R&B and soul, a certain big-voiced British woman is often the first name to come to mind, but there's an American in the house whose name is being mentioned in the same sentence as some of the leading voices in soul. His name is Ryan Shaw.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOVE")
The controlled chaos and wonderfully oppressive din of E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo), the world's most important videogame expo, has ended. During the event in downtown Los Angeles, many journalists and fan sites distributed awards purporting to name the best games of the show. The problem? These games aren't even completed. Sometimes, they aren't even playable at the show. These awards, therefore, have become both ubiquitous and nearly meaningless.
In the quiet of the WHQR music library, on a slow Sunday afternoon, Willard Fields sat across from me at a large writing desk. His easy manner reflects a life doing mostly what he feels passionate about – radio and jazz.
Fields speaks with pride about his father who was one of the first black broadcasters in the Midwest, but music, it must be said, is what lit Fields' path in broadcasting.