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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 20, 1993
John Cooke, president of the Disney Channel, doesn't exactly want to accentuate the un-positive.That would be so un-Disneylike.Still, Mr. Cooke doesn't deny that the good old days weren't so good for the cable network that is now a phenomenal success. Back when the Disney Channel began, it occasionally looked like Goofy was in charge of programming.The schedule was a sorry mishmash that included old cartoons, reruns of shows like "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," big band concerts from Disneyland and a series of lectures by Dr. Joyce Brothers.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2011
Dan Geraghty first picked up an electric guitar when he was 10 and now, at 17, he nearly always has his hands on one. Though just last spring he was a junior at River Hill High School, right now he and the other four band members of Hollywood Ending are contestants in "Next Big Thing," a Radio Disney talent competition that began its fourth season this month. "I've wanted to play music forever," said the Clarksville resident last week from aboard a tour bus traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF CO Today's TV | June 17, 1996
Skip right to the Disney Channel tonight tonight for a movie classic as funny today as it was in theaters 55 years ago."Married...With Children" (6: 30 p.m.-7 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Traci Lords plays one fatal femme who somehow thinks Al Bundy is a private detective."Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this repeat of the pilot, a Virginia rube drives his sister to Boston, where she'll be attending college, then decides to stay in town. The series proved a mid-season hit, but then, everything on NBC Thursday nights is a hit. See how it does come fall, when it moves to Sunday nights.
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By From Sun news services | March 5, 2009
Hargitay hospitalized for lung problem Actress Mariska Hargitay was hospitalized yesterday after complaining of chest pains, according to several Internet reports. The Law & Order: SVU star had suffered a collapsed lung in January. Her representative told Us Magazine's Web site, "Mariska Hargitay went to the hospital this morning after experiencing some discomfort relating to her earlier lung condition. She is undergoing routine tests and expects to be feeling better soon."
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 26, 1997
Cats and dogs seize control of the Disney Channel tonight -- one of those evenings that defines the term "fun for the entire family."First up is "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" (7 p.m.-8: 15 p.m.), the tale of a cat and a pug dog that stray too far from home. Plenty of fun, particularly if you're into pugs."Homeward Bound II: Lost In San Francisco" (8: 15 p.m-9: 50 p.m.) brings back those mischievous adventurers Chance, Sassy and Shadow (voices of Ralph Waite, Sally Field and Michael J. Fox)
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1995
Sister Ellen Callaghan's 15 minutes of fame never seem to end.Yesterday, the energetic science teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School -- dubbed the "eco-nun" by her students -- was the focus of a Disney Channel film crew for a five-minute profile to be aired in December.The 54-year-old Franciscan nun was chosen as one of 60 outstanding teachers in the country to be honored by the Walt Disney Co.But that's just the most current accolade.Last month, Sister Ellen met first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton as a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science that carried a $7,500 grant.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | September 26, 1992
Some things you may not know about "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the landmark album by the Beatles celebrating a 25th birthday this year:* Some of the material was inspired by the Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds."* The song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was not a subtle reference to LSD, but came from a whimsical drawing by John Lennon's son, Julian.* And the refrain for "Good Morning, Good Morning" sprang from a commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes."The Making of Sgt. Pepper," an absorbing cable documentary premiering at 9 p.m. tomorrow on The Disney Channel, offers many such trivia tidbits.
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January 31, 1997
Disney makes almost every child's thumbs-up list, so who better to kick off Common Ground on the Hill's family-concert series than a performer with Disney Channel credentials.Red Grammer, a family-recording artist, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in Alumni Hall at Western Maryland College."When we brought Tom Chapin to Westminster in December, parents and teachers were thrilled and told us the area needed a concert schedule devoted to kids and family," said Walt Michael, founder of Common Ground, a nonprofit organization in residence at the college.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | August 15, 2007
Tweens everywhere are texting, blogging and chatting about Friday's eagerly anticipated sequel, pondering whether it will be as totally awesome as the original. Adults without a preteen in their home may be asking, "Sequel to what?" High School Musical 2, welcome to the radar screen. The follow-up to last year's hit movie on cable TV's Disney Channel is garnering mainstream attention, more than three months after the network announced that the show would premiere Friday night. Consider that the original High School Musical was one of the biggest successes in pop culture last year.
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday | August 15, 2007
Where last year's Disney Channel movie sensation, High School Musical, aimed to be fun for everyone, the sequel that debuts on the cable channel Friday is designed from top to bottom for true believers. This movie is for devotees who've memorized every moment of the original and want nothing more than to relive it, for those waiting and craving for hottie Troy and cute Gabriella and conniving Sharpay to be just as hot, cute and conniving as they were before, only more so. On TV High School Musical 2 airs at 8 p.m. Friday on the Disney Channel.
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By Sarah Rodman and Sarah Rodman,New York Times News Service | January 3, 2008
They hail from New Jersey, but right about now we're guessing that the Jonas Brothers' favorite state is Montana. The curly- topped siblings have front-row seats to the hottest tour of the year as the opening act on the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour, which has parents across the country selling family heirlooms for tickets. The boys got major exposure on the hit Disney Channel series, and riding the Mouse train is paying off for Kevin, 20, Joe, 18, and Nick, 15. Their Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock, premieres next summer, and their rock-stars-as-undercover-spies series, J.O.N.
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Jay A. Fernandez,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 28, 2007
Peter Barsocchini is a screenwriter who a few years ago took what he thought was a small assignment to write a kids' TV musical so he could entertain his preteen daughter, Gabriella, even naming the female lead after her. That small assignment for Disney Channel turned into High School Musical, and more recently High School Musical 2, which became a global entertainment phenomenon - and one of the most lucrative payouts a Hollywood writer has ever received...
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By Diane Werts and Diane Werts,Newsday | August 15, 2007
Where last year's Disney Channel movie sensation, High School Musical, aimed to be fun for everyone, the sequel that debuts on the cable channel Friday is designed from top to bottom for true believers. This movie is for devotees who've memorized every moment of the original and want nothing more than to relive it, for those waiting and craving for hottie Troy and cute Gabriella and conniving Sharpay to be just as hot, cute and conniving as they were before, only more so. On TV High School Musical 2 airs at 8 p.m. Friday on the Disney Channel.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | August 15, 2007
Tweens everywhere are texting, blogging and chatting about Friday's eagerly anticipated sequel, pondering whether it will be as totally awesome as the original. Adults without a preteen in their home may be asking, "Sequel to what?" High School Musical 2, welcome to the radar screen. The follow-up to last year's hit movie on cable TV's Disney Channel is garnering mainstream attention, more than three months after the network announced that the show would premiere Friday night. Consider that the original High School Musical was one of the biggest successes in pop culture last year.
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By Mary McNamara | July 15, 2007
Miley Cyrus doesn't look like a mouse. Or a befuddled bear. Or even a princess. But make no mistake, like Mickey, Winnie the Pooh and Snow White before her, she is a Disney franchise. Miley is the star of Hannah Montana, a half-hour Disney Channel sitcom following the travails of Miley Stewart, a young girl living in Malibu, Calif., who also happens to be pop star Hannah Montana. Costarring real-life dad Billy Ray Cyrus and consistently featuring a wish list of co-stars including Dolly Parton and Larry David, Hannah Montana is one of the top-rated kids' shows of all time (in 2006, it was second only to American Idol among kids 6 to 14)
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By Gena R. Chattin and Gena R. Chattin,sun reporter | March 1, 2007
Kids across America have been singing along with Disney Channel's High School Musical in record numbers since it first aired last year, but some local young actors will be the first in the Baltimore area to perform it in front of an audience. Children's Playhouse of Maryland brings the stage version's area premiere to life starting Saturday at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus. Children's Playhouse got permission to perform the musical so early by moving fast and being in the right place at the right time.
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March 1, 1998
Two Baltimore teachers have been nominated as finalists in the eighth annual American Teacher Awards by the Walt Disney Co.Rachel E. Newman-Turner, a math teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and David L. Brock, a science teacher at Roland Park Country School, are among 36 teachers nominated in 12 subject areas. One of the 36 teachers will be named Outstanding Teacher of 1998 in a June 20 program on the Disney Channel.Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney Channel, said the awards are presented to teachers who demand "excellence in their students and in themselves."
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By Joseph Menn and Joseph Menn,Los Angeles Times | November 1, 2006
Walt Disney Co. is nearing multiyear deals to continue to supply billions of dollars in content to the two largest U.S. cable operators, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., according to people involved in the talks. The negotiations have been going on for years and cover a wide range of issues, including the license fees Disney will charge for ESPN, the Disney Channel and its other networks. The Comcast deal, which could be announced within weeks, also calls for the Philadelphia cable company to buy Disney's 39.5 percent stake in E!
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | October 24, 2006
My 9-year-old daughter, Nyaniso, brimmed with excitement moments before the Cheetah Girls concert at Washington's Constitution Hall a week ago. That evening was sure to eclipse the previous Thursday, when I announced that we were going and she immediately proclaimed, "This is the happiest day of my life." Yet as we sat among thousands of other children and parents, all I could think was "Whose idea was it to hold this on a school night? Doesn't this twentysomething group remember when they were Cheetah Cub Girls, when it was difficult to get them out of bed in the morning after a scarce night's sleep?"
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