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Last year's crowd in Atlanta will be repeated next week at the first "American Idol" auditions to be held in Milwaukee.

OnMedia: How to audition for "Idol"


A week from today, the Bradley Center and the sidewalks around it will be clogged with young singers dreaming of spending the first half of next year on Fox's "American Idol."

It's the first phase of Milwaukee's first "Idol" auditions, as the first cut of hopefuls is made by casting producers for the top-rated singing competition. Some of the folks picked in this round will appear before the judges.

If you're interested, and you're between 15 and 28 -- with a birth date between July 16, 1981 and July 15, 1995 -- you can register Monday and Tuesday for Wednesday's auditions.

If you're under 18 on the day you register, you'll need a parent or adult guardian to accompany you.

And, no, you can't camp outside the Bradley Center, you can't bring a guitar or other instrument with you and if you make it to the semifinals, you can't be managed or have a recording contract.

There are a whole bunch of other rules, and suggestions that you can find here. There's a release form that you will have to sign. And there's a form for your parent or adult guardian if you're under 18.

It's best to regularly check the Idol Web site for last-minute changes in the audition schedule, including specific times.

Those two weather channels: After I reported last week that Milwaukee Public TV had contracted with AccuWeather to beef up weather information on its digital subchannel 36.7 (Channel 980 on Time Warner Cable), several readers questioned whether it would be the same programming as Channel 4's weather offerings on Channel 4.2 (Channel 999 on Time Warner Cable).

While both will offer AccuWeather forecasts, Channel 4's calls itself "Storm Team 4 TV," and also makes use of Channel 4's own weather team on screen.

MPTV general manager Ellis Bromberg tells me that among AccuWeather offerings MPTV's weather channel will broadcast travel forecasts for select cities across Wisconsin, boating forecasts and radar animations across the region and in key cities within the Milwaukee TV market. It will replace the rudimentary National Weather Service graphics and audio.

The AccuWeather deal is perhaps more important because it provides weather graphics for Channels 10 and 36 that can be put on screen when there are weather warnings and watches.

On TV: Fox has announced its fall premiere dates, with the season really kicking off Monday, Sept. 20. "Glee" is back on Sept. 21 in the 7 p.m. hour.

  • An eagle-eyed viewer has noticed Lyra O'Brien is still on at Channel 12 despite the fact that July 4 was reported to be her last day. News director Lori Waldon tells me "she graciously offered to work on a temporary freelance basis (Sunday mornings only) to help us out until we find her replacement."
  • Speaking of readers, one expressed his outrage last week that the first season of ABC's "Modern Family" wasn't out on DVD. The latest word is that it's coming out in the second half of September.
  • TV Newser says Campbell Brown's CNN show will end July 21, to be replaced by a repeat of Rick Sanchez's show until the Eliot Spitzer-Kathleen Parker show launches this fall.

We report, you shut up: This long bit of video features Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly trying to handle Kirsten Powers, who has a whole different view of one of those supposed political scandals that Fox News go wall-to-wall with.

"You don't seem to know what you're talking about," Kelly said after Powers didn't seem interested in following the day's script.


Talkbacks

sandstorm | July 15, 2010 at 1:24 p.m. (report)

Cheers Tom! i'm sure a lot of stuff "amazes" you. and you do realize you're the same as any "lefty" when it comes to mud slinging, right? i mean, you get that, don't you? what am i saying? of course you do! you're smarter than lefties and know how to think for yourself! now hurry! i'm sure there's some right wing whack genius hawking fear on some radio station somewhere. they'll tell you stuff you can pretend you thought of yourself! go! go!

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tommcmahon | July 15, 2010 at 12:40 p.m. (report)

It always amazes me how Lefties will jump right in to make my point for me.

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wiscoleeds | July 15, 2010 at 12:22 p.m. (report)

I was just waiting for them both to strip down to their panties and start wrestling. There's no news channel that isn't a media branch of one political party or the other and for anyone to believe Fox is worse than any of the others, well...there's a bridge in Arizona I'd like to sell you. Cheers Wiscoleeds

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sandstorm | July 15, 2010 at 6:03 a.m. (report)

but tom, i didn't actually call you a hypocrite now did i? heck, you might not be one at all. your previous post only made you SOUND like one. read it again. sheesh, what happened to "no child left behind"?

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brunocarlson | July 14, 2010 at 9:16 p.m. (report)

I just want someone to share their tips on auditioning for American Idol!

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