BROOKE GLADSTONE: This is On the Media. I'm Brooke Gladstone. BOB GARFIELD: And I'm Bob Garfield with a few of your letters. We had a lot of reaction to my commentary that likened the Dean scream to the Wilhelm movie howl. I criticized the media for taking that campaign moment out of context, but according to Fred Kiel, I was also guilty. He writes: "I usually enjoy your show but I turned this one off in disgust after the 14th replay of Howard Dean's scream. I am not a Dean supporter, but I thought I was watching Fox News. Very poor taste, I thought. Once or twice would have been okay, but I bet you replayed his scream 25 or 30 times!" BROOKE GLADSTONE:Actually it was four. But Bob Hart of Lee, New Hampshire was among those who were intrigued with the commentary. He writes: "Dean's scream sure was like blood in the water to all the sharks that surround the field of candidates. When I heard you play back the now infamous scream, I wondered if it really was Dean or the Wilhelm. No doubt some movie sound engineer will have a laugh by using Dean's in a movie. Keep your ears peeled." BOB GARFIELD:Michael Antonoff of New York City writes to point out a serious omission in our discussion about the broadcast of the State of the Union address. "OTM failed to note that this was the first State of the Union to be broadcast in high definition. The pool feed was carried by ABC, NBC and CBS on their digital stations. Greater image detail in the widescreen picture made you feel like you were there. A missed opportunity, though, was not using surround sound. If the State of the Union had been properly miked and broadcast with discreet audio channels, we could have noted the overwrought applause coming from the right and the deafening silence from the left. Maybe next year." BROOKE GLADSTONE:We hope we hear from you before then. Write us at email@example.com, and don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC]
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