Yak About Broadway and The Best TV’s to buy 2017

Yak About Broadway and The Best TV’s to buy 2017

So I had planned an all tech show. Then Sally tells me she is going to take the family to New York to see several Broadway shows. She was looking forward to Sunset Blvd the most with Glenn Close which I saw many years ago. We then realized that we has seen many productions with some of the great leading ladies; Glenn Close, Betty Buckly, Diahanne Carroll, Elaine Paige. Brought back memories of our Broadway days.


Glenn Close



Elaine Paige

Betty Buckley

Diahanne Carroll















Can’t afford an OLED TV? These four great alternatives are now cheaper than ever

by David Katzmaier, cnet.com

January 23, 2017

We love OLED TVs, and we’re betting you do too.

They’re also getting less expensive, but it’s a slow process. Right now the 65-inch LG OLED65B6P costs $3000 and the 55-inch OLED55B5P costs $2000. If you can afford one, go for it. But those prices can be twice as much (or more) than the four very good-performing LCD TVs I’ve gathered here.

Most of the TV’s I’ve tested in 2016 at all-time lows, making now’s a great time to snap one up if that OLED is too expensive, or if you want a larger or smaller size.

Before you get too excited, remember that with TV image quality, you often still get what you pay for. While very good, none of these three TVs can come close to the image quality of OLED. All suffer from LCDs’ worse black levels and off-angle performance, and the brighter images of the Sony and Samsung aren’t a major advantage: OLED still looks great in bright rooms too.

That said, buying one of these TVs over an OLED will currently save you between $1200 and $1700 at the 65-inch size. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

Here are our four current favorite OLED TV alternatives, presented in descending order of price. I listed the lowest price I found at Amazon, Best Buy, WalMart and/or Vizio.com as of press time; pricing and availability may vary afterward.

4 cheaper OLED TV alternatives

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Model: Sony XBR-X930D series

65-inch price: $1800

55-inch price: $1300

Why I like it: Aside from the Vizio P series, the X930D delivered the best overall picture quality of any LCD TV we tested this year. Both scored a “9” in our picture quality tests, however (only OLED TVs got a 10 in 2016), so they’re very close. The Sony’s other attributes–better HDR quality, beautiful style, a superior Smart TV system, the Sony brand–could make it worth the extra over the Vizio too.

Model: Vizio P series

75-inch price: $3800

65-inch price: $1600

55-inch price: Don’t buy it (see below)

50-inch price: $1000

Why I like it: The best non-OLED picture quality I tested in 2016 belongs to the P series, which had superb black levels and great contrast. No, it won’t beat even higher-end LCDs with full-array local dimming, but they’re even more expensive. The P gives a ridiculously good picture for this kind of money–just don’t get the 55-inch size. It uses an IPS-based LCD panel, which delivers worse picture quality than the others.

Model: Samsung KS8000 series

65-inch price: $1500

55-inch price: $1000

49-inch price: $900

Why I like it: Although it scored the worst picture quality score on this list (“7”) in our tests, this Samsung has a lot going for it. Black levels are still decent and its high light output and excellent anti-reflective screen make it a great performer in bright rooms. Sweet looks and an innovative Smart TV system (complete with device control) sweeten the deal.

Model: Vizio M series

70-inch price: $1900

65-inch price: $1300

55-inch price: $700

50-inch price: $649

Why I like it: Simply put, the M series represents the best bang for the TV buck of any model we tested in 2017. It earned an “8” in our picture quality tests thanks again to local dimming, and while it’s not as good as the P or the Sony, it’s still excellent. And no, the inclusion of a free Android tablet did not in any way figure into our awarding the M series CNET’s Editors’ Choice.

For more alternatives, check out CNET’s list of Best TVs.

YAK n CHAT with Tania and David

YAK n CHAT with Tania and David

We didn’t plan it, but it happened. The “Yak n Chat” segment with Tania and I took over the entire show. We chatted, had some fun. Tania tried out a few jingles for “Yak n Chat.” But then we got down to the reason we have these conversations – Tania’s very moving stories about her devotion to and chronicling of the exploits of our first responders. So listen in as we Yak About Hero’s

Yak About Introduces “Yak n Chat” with Tania Ortega-Cowan

Yak About Introduces “Yak n Chat” with Tania Ortega-Cowan

Well, we’ve been promising to play with the show for awhile. It seems as long as we deliver a broadcast to I Heart, we get to use all the other tools at our disposal. We will be broadcasting video live to both Facebook and Youtube. Other parts of the show will continue to be audio only. Be interesting to see where this all leads. In the meantime, please enjoy the great Tania as she brings both life, joy and interesting stories to the Yak About broadcast.

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The Albert Schweitzer 2016 Prize for Humanitarianism Winner Ralph Fuccillo Yaks with David

The Albert Schweitzer 2016 Prize for Humanitarianism Winner Ralph Fuccillo Yaks with DavidRalph Fuccillo

Ralph Fuccillo is the president of the Dentaquest Foundation. He is being honored for his role as a leader in public health. Early in his career he worked with vulnerable people as a substance abuse counselor. He later provided extraordinary leadership both locally and nationally in combatting AIDS. Today, he is bringing national attention to the need to improve the oral health of all. The depth and range of RALPH’S leadership and service through his work with organizations like DentaQuest, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and the Medical Foundation, Inc. encompasses the essence of Albert Schweitzer and the goals of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism is a prize given to people who made exemplary contributions to humanity and the environment. The goal of the prize is to advance the cause of humanitarianism. The prize was established in 1986 by Albert Toepfer, an international grain merchant from Hamburg, Germany.[1] Previously given under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in New York and administered by Johns Hopkins University, it is named after noted humanitarian and physician Albert Schweitzer and is now administered by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.[2]

Ralph Fuccillo

Recipients include:

Desmond Tutu (1986)
President Jimmy Carter (1987)
Marian Wright Edelman (1988)
Sister Maria Isolina Ferre Aguayo (1989)
Norman Cousins (1990)
C. Everett Koop (1991)