Super Ads

Friday, January 30, 2009

Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC's "On The Media" and Advertising Age columnist, looks at the effects of the recession on Super Bowl advertising.


Bob Garfield

Comments [5]

marc from brooklyn

i know this is too late for the show, but i just wanted to mention that there are many actors in nyc, myself included, who make a living from the commercials we appear in. the superbowl gold infomercial, the animal "actors", and animation are making it harder for us to make a living. add to this the big 3 in detroit pulling out of on air advertising, and earning enough to keep our benefits up is increasingly challenging. me, i'd welcome some more flashy auto advertising. thanks.

Jan. 30 2009 11:02 AM
Shawn Gorman from Cambridge, Mass.

Watching the ads during the Superbowl really is a '90's phenomenon. I date the end of that period in history to the decision by Budweiser to terminate their "Bud Bowl" ads. Each year, throughout the '90's, I placed bets with friends on which team of beer bottles would win the Bud Bowl, and won quite of bit of money that way -- destroying a number of relationships, but the price was well worth it!

Jan. 30 2009 11:00 AM
ceolaf from brooklyn

On the Media is a great show in many many ways, perhaps my favorite on NPR.

Bob's "Thank you" to President Bush a couple of weeks ago was another excellent. Well worth listening to.

Jan. 30 2009 10:58 AM
MichaelB from UWS Manhattan

I avoid the commercials as much as possible. I also shut the show off during halftime.

I have one word to describe every part of the "show" apart from the game itself: boring.

Which is what most of the games have been as well, with some notable exceptions. Hopefully, this year's contest will be competitve.

Jan. 30 2009 10:58 AM
Maggie Waters from Brooklyn

What about the kids watching? The ads for Viagra and the violent previews for movies are unconscionable.

Jan. 30 2009 10:56 AM

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