Television during August is rather august

Published 4:59 pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I love late-summer television programming.

Since it made its debut, I have been a major fan of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. I’ve been a shark fan ever since “Jaws” hit the big screens in 1975. When I learned some of the scenes in “Jaws” were filmed in Destin, Fla., my attraction to the movie grew even more. After all, Destin is just a thrust of a great white shark’s tail from my hometown of Pensacola, Fla. I’ve played in the waters off Destin.

Oh, those waters! All shades of green, blue, aqua can be found in those waters. Add the sparkling white sand and you have one of the beaches in the USA, if not the world, in my opinion.

Yep, got to love Shark Week.

This time of year also means the Little League World Series on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC.

And when someone says Little League World Series, that person speaks the truth. Teams from around the world compete in one bracket. Teams from the USA compete in another bracket. The winners of those two brackets take to the diamond to decide which team will be world champions.

Some games are exciting, going into extra innings before a winner is decided. Other games are so one-sided they can become a bit boring. But there’s more to Little League World Series coverage than the actual games.

Watch enough games and learn about all the amenities the players enjoy while spending time at the Little League World Series. The players, coaches, players’ families — and perhaps the umpires — get to avail themselves of great food, video games, swimming and other activities away from the diamond.

And there’s something about the metallic sound made when a baseball and bat make contact that’s unforgettable.

Let’s not forget preseason NFL football games, where rookies try to make teams by showing coaches they’ve got what it takes to play in the NFL and where NFL veterans try to remain on teams by showing coaches they’ve still got what it takes — plus experience — to play in the NFL. Yes, those games often are not pretty to watch. It’s not the best football to watch. That comes about late November and lasts until the Super Bowl, with some rare exceptions.

Then there’s Turner Classic Movies’ Summer Under the Stars each August. For each day in August, TCM features the movies of an actor or actress. Just the other day, I became better acquainted with Wallace Beery by watching several of his films. Of course, I always look for the days when John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jimmy Stewart and Elizabeth Taylor are featured.

Now, if some cable network can combine Shark Week, Under the Stars and the Little League World Series into a summer-long program, I’d sign up in a heartbeat.

Mike Voss is the senior member of the newsroom at the Washington Daily News.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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