STAY TUNED: Run for office from the radio? That's what a reader says

David writes: "As a winter transplant to the city of Naples, I am wondering if you can help me? I have watched this very good show all season. But I had to miss last week's episode. I tried to find it (for download) on iTunes, CBS etc. and I can't find it. Do you have any idea of where to look? CBS allows other shows like "NCIS," and "Unforgettable" on iTunes but not "Person of Interest." And on CBS they only have clips."

Thanks for reading David. Good news! I checked and you can watch the latest "Person of Interest" — the full episode — at CBS.com. You will also find it at <a href="http://tv.com/">tv.com</a>;. Also, if you have On Demand from Comcast, you should be able to watch it from there as well.

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Trey Radel, equal time

Brad writes: "I am curious if and when the FCC will look into Trey Radel having several hours a day between TV and radio to espouse his views over the course of the last couple of years. He could not have possibly come up with the idea to run for Congress at 8:45 a.m. on the Friday he quit. That lends to a very gray area regarding equal time for candidates and when this idea hatched about running for office. I doubt anything will happen, but that was the first thing I thought of when he made his announcement.

"I personally feel he had this all worked out when he replaced Mandy Connell ... just saying. He had two years to further establish name recognition and wait for Connie Mack to make the jump for a Senate run.

"I have to disagree with you on your observation about him being 'more moderate and common sense centered.' He is pretty hard-core conservative. I will agree that no one was safe as far as him calling out politicians. He did hold everyone accountable, but he is far from being moderate. I wish him luck in this endeavor. He probably has a pretty good shot at winning in this demographic.

"I enjoy reading your articles!"

Thanks, Brad. For those of you who don't know what Brad is talking about, the equal time, or more accurately, the equal-opportunity provision of the federal Communications Act of 1934 requires radio and television stations and cable systems that originate its own programming to treat legally qualified political candidates equally when it comes to selling or giving away air time.

Simply put, a station that sells or gives one minute to candidate A must offer or give the same amount of time with the same audience potential to all other candidates for the particular office.

The "legally qualified" is where the radio station would stand its ground, if so required. Once Radel qualified, filled out the paperwork and announced his candidacy, equal time went into play, and not before.

As far as my opinion on Radel, I think you said it best. I was impressed with his willingness to blame both sides equally. I guess that's why I gave Radel praise in the first place. So many politicians want to blame only the other party when I think there's plenty for the two sides to share. Neither Democrats nor Republicans alone got us into this mess and one side alone won't be able to get us out, either.

Where are Smith, Berkus

Dani wants to know what happened to former and longtime on again and off again CBS morning host Harry Smith.

Smith, who was with CBS News for 25 years, left the network in the summer and joined NBC News, where he is a regular contributor, and is also featured in Brian Williams' new magazine show, "Rock Center," which airs at 10 p.m. Mondays.

Last week we told you about several lineup changes for NBC 2 and ABC 7, including a particular design host's downgrading to a 3 a.m. time slot locally.

Norman writes: "Are they crazy? Nate Berkus is just getting in the swing of it — I love his show with a little bit of everything for everyone!"

"Stay at Home Gram" also writes: "Who in their right mind would get up at 3 a.m. to watch 'The Nate Berkus Show' — it was the only thing worth watching on daytime television — on any local channels. Thanks for nothing!!!"

Berkus is very likeable and good at his job, if that job is design. I agree he needed more time as I don't believe he found his comfort zone in front of the camera.

Berkus was a regular guest on "Oprah." And it was her production company, Harpo, which helped launch his daytime show. Broadcasters had high expectations, given her track record with "Dr. Oz" and "Dr. Phil."

Berkus never reached those expectations, and the distributors decided this would be the show's last season. Syndicated real estate is hard to come by, and the distributors wanted to get this middle-of-the-road performer out of the way for something new.

Locally, one can hardly blame Waterman Broadcasting for downgrading the show. Even if the ratings picked up, the decision had been made.

Make sure you set your DVR and enjoy the remaining new episodes at your leisure.

Until next time: Stay tuned.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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