Posts Tagged ‘American Idol’


Prof. Jeff McCall ’76 Discusses “Aging” of TV’s ‘American Idol’

“As American Idol winds down its 11th season, it’s time to ask: Is Fox‘s smash singing contest losing the kids?,” asks Scott Collins in today’s Los Angeles Times. His story, which examines how the TV program has lost younger viewers to NBC‘s The Voice, includes analysis from Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University. […]

Originally posted: April 14, 2012

American Idol and its Rivals Meet “Need for Optimism” in Tough Times

American Idol has spawned a series of television programs based on talent competitions, including The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and The Voice, writes Scott Collins in today’s Los Angeles Times. “Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University, wondered, ‘At what point do all of these aspiring singing stars start to look and sound […]

Originally posted: January 18, 2012