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BILL GREEN

Title: Marco Eagle Editor
Contact: 239-213-5329 | Send BILL an email

Recent Work

  • STAY TUNED: Comcast responds; and why we have split seasons Published 02/12/2011 at midnight

    I was honored, humbled and a bit taken aback to learn that Comcast reads my column. Well, at least one employee does. You may recall I took them to task a few weeks back for their less-than-stellar customer service. Then, ...

  • STAY TUNED: Is Katie Couric the next Oprah? Published 02/04/2011 at 4:44 p.m.

    Former NBC Universal Chief Executive Officer Jeff Zucker appears to be lining up his next gig — the buzz is that he’s starting a syndicated talk show featuring “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric. Word of a possible Zucker-Couric venture ...

  • STAY TUNED: Rubbing elbows with the legacy stars: Philbin, Hall, Hart Published 01/28/2011 at 6 a.m.

    It’s hard to complain about work when your assignment is three days in beautiful Miami Beach, rubbing elbows with TV personalities and executives from around the world. The National Association of Television Program Executives conference (NATPE for short) took place ...

  • STAY TUNED: Regis Philbin and Mary Hart have a lot in common Published 01/26/2011 at 7:55 p.m.

    Regis Philbin began today’s discussion with a clarification: “I’m moving on, not retiring.” Last night at NATPE, the TV execs conference being held in Miami Beach, the “Live” talk show host was honored alongside “Entertainment Tonight” anchor Mary Hart, sports ...

  • STAY TUNED: Daryl Hall impresses at TV execs conference Published 01/25/2011 at 10:10 p.m.

    Daryl Hall, the blond half of Hall & Oates, responsible for such hits as "She's Gone" and "Rich Girl" is blazing a new path on the Internet. It's one of the many web happenings that's getting the attention of TV ...

  • STAY TUNED: From Miami, rubbing shoulders with TV gurus Published 01/24/2011 at 8:53 p.m.

    I'm sitting in my hotel room in Miami Beach watching "Entertainment Tonight" when Mary Hart reports on Regis Philbin's salary dispute, which reportedly led to his retirement decision. I'm struck by the irony: Both Hart and Philbin will be in ...

  • STAY TUNED: Comcast and NBC an odd couple Published 01/21/2011 at 1:26 p.m.

    Most of you have heard of the irresistible force paradox: “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?” Well, now that the feds have cleared the way for Comcast to buy NBC, I can’t help but wonder: What ...

  • STAY TUNED: ‘B word’ rises in popularity Published 01/15/2011 at 6 a.m.

    The B word is about to get its own show. Not OWN show, as in Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah has banned the word from hers. The show in question is “Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23,” written by former ...

  • STAY TUNED: A must read for TV lovers; Leighton and Leno; who’s top ratings dog Published 01/07/2011 at 1:13 p.m.

    Michael Ausiello is a TV guru I’ve been following for a long time. I read his stuff when he was at TV Guide. I followed him to Entertainment Weekly. I’ve gone through withdrawal as he left to start his new ...

  • STAY TUNED: HD, 3D and the history of TV; Van Winkle speaks about his new shift Published 12/31/2010 at 11:05 a.m.

    Last week I posed the question, is this the year of the HD TV? And indeed many of you wrote to say that there was a flat screen under your tree Christmas morning. Naples Buzz writes: “So I woke up ...

  • STAY TUNED: Is this the year of the HD TV? Readers respond to Van Winkle move Published 12/23/2010 at 12:47 p.m.

    How many of you awoke this morning to find a new flat-screen HD TV under your Christmas tree? Many are expecting this to be the Christmas of the HD TV. Our household added a second HD TV, only 19 inches, ...

  • STAY TUNED: NBC 2 moves Van Winkle to mornings; Fox 4 expands mornings Published 12/17/2010 at 10:41 a.m.

    Mornings are the new prime time, many in the TV industry say, including Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing and promotions at Waterman Broadcasting — the folks behind NBC-2 and ABC-7. Lieze-Adams emphasized the statement in a ...

  • STAY TUNED: ‘Magic’ is in the air at Starz Published 12/10/2010 at 10:36 a.m.

    On rare occasions, you hear about an idea so good, you just can’t wait to see it take shape. Among TV shows, however, even a wonderful premise rarely ends in a promising result. So I’m trying to stay grounded. This ...

  • STAY TUNED: CBS still has its eye on mornings Published 12/03/2010 at 3:51 p.m.

    “The Morning Program,” “This Morning,” and “The Early Show;” Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, Charles Kuralt, Mariette Hartley and Bryant Gumbel; a live studio audience, Bob Saget doing the weather and a street level studio — just a few of the ...

  • STAY TUNED: With new jury mix, ‘American Idol’ moves Published 11/24/2010 at 2:19 p.m.

    When it premieres Jan. 19, the new season of “American Idol” will be the most radically altered season since its debut. New rules, new judges and a new airing pattern are just some of the changes to expect. Gone are ...

  • STAY TUNED: Humble beginnings secret to Nolan’s success Published 11/19/2010 at 10:49 a.m.

    Fox 4’s 6, 10 and 11 p.m. anchor, Patrick Nolan, may have even surpassed his own station in popularity, if that’s even possible. For four years in a row, Nolan has been part of an anchor team that was voted ...

  • Stay tuned: Your thoughts on cable news Published 11/12/2010 at 4:25 p.m.

    After seeing our readers’ poll last week on cable news, the one in which Fox News won decisively.

  • Stay Tuned: Visualizing the next big thing Published 10/29/2010 at 6:41 p.m.

    Daytime TV fans have had mixed emotions about some of the new shows this season. “Swift Justice,” Nancy Grace’s new court offering, is showing growth in many TV markets over what existed in the time period last season. Folks have ...

  • STAY TUNED: ‘Lights’ out at ABC Family; fixin’ CNN; take our TV polls Published 10/22/2010 at 2:20 p.m.

    Joan Stacy writes: “The time for ‘Friday Night Lights’ was changed, apparently without notice. It moved from Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Ch. 46. I wish they had given change notice as I missed a few shows ...

  • STAY TUNED: O’Brien, Richter continue late-night love affair Published 10/15/2010 at 1:44 p.m.

    So Courtney Cox and David Arquette are splitsville, along with Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman, Heidi Klum and Victoria’s Secret. In these turbulent times, it’s good to know some relationships last. I’m talking about Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter. As ...

  • STAY TUNED: The fall of our discontent Published 10/08/2010 at 8:50 a.m.

    The new fall season is off to an abysmal start. “Hawaii Five-O” is the only new show that made the top 20 this week. And it was down. “Five-O” premiered with 14.2 million viewers. In its second week, it earned ...

  • STAY TUNED: Truth seekers replace con men on Fox Published 10/01/2010 at 12:16 p.m.

    It’s no lie; “Lone Star” is history. After just two episodes, the show about a con man trying to turn his life around (sort of) has won the distinction of being the first series of the new season to be ...

  • STAY TUNED: Lehigh Acres pair in TV court Published 09/24/2010 at 2:32 p.m.

    A Southwest Florida dispute will come to a resolution Tuesday in Judge Joe Brown’s TV courtroom. It started when a scooter and a truck collided in Lehigh Acres. Jerry Bault, 52, is suing Phillip Kleinmann, 51, for $918, according to ...

  • STAY TUNED: Everything old is new again on TV Published 09/17/2010 at 9:10 a.m.

    It’s premiere week in primetime and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. The moment I heard the redo of the “Hawaii Five-O” theme song, I was sold. Not to mention the cast includes the talented Alex O’Loughlin (“Moonlight”) ...

  • STAY TUNED: Forget 2012, “World” ends Friday Published 09/04/2010 at 6 a.m.

    “As The World Turns,” which began just two years after this market’s CBS affiliate, WINK, signed on in 1954, will depart the airwaves next week. The last episode is at 2 p.m. Friday. “World” and “Edge of Night” were the ...

  • Bill Green: Of endings and new beginnings Published 07/22/2010 at 3:03 p.m. 2 Comments

    If you’ll allow me a little self indulgence … October 2006: I visited Marco Island for the very first time. As I crossed the Jolley Bridge, as many people have before and since, I fell in love. I decided to ...

  • Bill Green: City manager firing ... I have some questions Published 04/22/2010 at 4:42 p.m. 16 Comments

    Whether you’re a fan of embattled City Manager Steve Thompson or not, the actions by City Council Monday night, especially those of Chairman Frank Recker, should be of great concern to you. On that note, I have some questions.

  • Editor's Notes: This issue is dedicated to you Published 03/26/2009 at 5:39 p.m.

    It was Jan. 8 online, Jan. 9 in print, that we first announced the Eagle i initiative to Marco Island.

  • Editor's Note: You’re in control, like never before Published 02/26/2009 at 7:23 p.m.

    First thank you! You, our readers, have made the Eagle i initiative an unquantifiable success.

  • Bill Green: Tract K, a high school and Lely Published 01/29/2009 at 5:42 p.m. 31 Comments

    I’ve received quite a few comments concerning the proposal for Tract K — a solar farm for Collier Schools and a community athletic field. A few individuals, who’d really like to see a high school there, are sad the dream ...

  • Bill Green: The i’s and ears of our Island Published 01/08/2009 at 5:24 p.m. 3 Comments

    Someone who is eagle-eyed is said to have keen vision. Hence, the term eagle-eyed reporter — a journalist who rarely lets anything escape his or her watchful eye.

  • Editor's Notes: Let’s not be too quick to judge Published 10/23/2008 at 4:18 p.m. 1 Comment

    I won’t point fingers, but some city councilors and a hand full of residents have already tried and convicted City Manager Steven Thompson, without even bothering to look at the evidence. Heck, we haven’t even made it through discovery yet.

  • Editor's Notes: Nastiness is a small price to pay Published 10/09/2008 at 12:18 p.m. 6 Comments

    Occasionally, when an article appears in the Eagle like Wednesday’s “Politics get personal at council meeting,” I will get a couple of complaints from readers.

  • Editorial: Will you go out with me? Published 09/11/2008 at 2:43 p.m.

    I’m not much to look at, but for those of you who’d like to have a gander anyway, you’ll find me at Orion Bank Monday night, along with some of my compatriots.

  • Editorial: Marco Island is literally the picture of health Published 07/24/2008 at 4:29 p.m.

    Most of us desire to live a long time, especially if we’re able to retain our health and quality of life. If you chose Marco Island/Naples to live out the second half of your life, then AARP says great choice!

  • Editorial: For whom the bridge tolls Published 07/11/2008 at midnight 4 Comments

    On a recent weekend, a friend and I decided to take a nice Sunday drive to Sanibel and Captiva Island. I hear their names quite frequently on the news, but having moved here just over a year ago, this was ...

  • Editorial: Don’t hit and run; owe your outrage Published 05/20/2008 at 12:01 a.m. 1 Comment

    If someone cuts you off with a grocery cart between the milk and the bread, chances are you don’t flip ’em off as you speed around them. However, if someone cuts you off in traffic, there’s a good chance you ...

  • Editorial: We’re not dead yet Published 02/28/2008 at 11:54 a.m. 3 Comments

    Ever since I was old enough to know what a newspaper was, I’ve heard that it’s a dying industry. So it’s with some amazement that I find myself in the year 2008, working in the business and invited to the ...

  • Editorial: The election’s over — Let the healing begin Published 01/31/2008 at 2:49 p.m. 4 Comments

    Marco voters finally had their say on the sewer project and it appears they want it to continue. This newspaper spent the better part of 2007 on coverage leading up to this election.

  • ‘Where’s my Monday paper?’: Marco Eagle to publish three times a week Published 11/29/2007 at 4:01 p.m.

    A couple of weeks ago, I told you change was a comin’ and well, it has arrived. Starting next week, there will be no Monday Marco Eagle. No Tuesday or Thursday Eagle, either.

  • It’s only the beginning: Marco Eagle gets new redesign Published 11/13/2007 at 5:01 p.m. 1 Comment

    Change. Isaac Asimov, who many suspect was paraphrasing Greek philosopher Heraclitus, said that its life’s only constant. Roman poet Ovid produced a classic thematic handling of the subject called “Metamorphoses.”

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