Captain Airwaves turns off 'TV Column' after 21 years
NEW YORK — After 21 years of chronicling the daily doings of the broadcasting biz, Washington Post scribe John Carmody bid farewell to “The TV Column” Monday.
In a final missive headlined “Captain Airwaves Rolls the Credits,” Carmody, who spent 36 years at the Post, offered up a final assessment of the state of the biz, arguing “the networks have allowed themselves to be frozen into a political rectitude that blunts creativity and certainly hasn’t mollified or honestly explained the contentious U.S. society, large elements of which don’t like each other very much, that most viewers face almost every day.”
His advice to webheads? “Make everybody mad enough, it might even bring audiences back to the tube.”
Carmody also gave final nods to his print alter-ego, Captain Airwaves, as well as thank-yous to the Infobabes (a select group of female journalists and publicists), publicists and TV execs who had been of help to him over the years. In keeping with the frequently insiderish nature of “The TV Column,” Caromody’s thank-you list consisted of first names only.
There were no tips of the rabbit ears, tastefully wrapped or otherwise.
The Post announced Carmody’s long-expected retirement last month.