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Stars of Shows Such as America's Got Talent Lack "Staying Power": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 14, 2010

DSC_5799.JPGSeptember 14, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "As reality television took hold in America, it became more difficult for artists who won acclaim to sustain success after a show wrapped, experts say," begins a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story published in today's edition. Kyle Lawson writes that when it comes to programs like America's Got Talent, "Viewers tend to lose interest in competition reality stars, said Jeff McCall, professor of media studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind."

Dr. McCall tells the newspaper, "Many of them, frankly, are fun to follow while in the competition but don't have staying power or sufficient talent to take the step to established celebrity."

The complete article -- "Stardom not guarantee for talent show winners" -- can be accessed at the Tribune-Review's Web site.

A 1976 graduate of DePauw, Jeffrey M. McCall is a professor of communication mccall-fox-june2009-2.jpgand author of Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences. He has been cited in articles published by more than 100 newspapers and appeared nine times on FOX News Channel's O'Reilly Factor

On September 4, Professor McCall offered his thoughts on CNN's hiring of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer in an Indianapolis Star op-ed.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review