Even though most people are still at work (and nowhere near a TV set) when 5pm rolls around, many America
their first live newscast
of the evening at that time, referring to it with the catchy moniker
, "Live At Five". The corporate decision to continue broadcasting live news at 5pm has got to be either a throwback
to decades past, when people were already sitting in their La-Z-Boy
at 5pm with martini
in hand, or an attempt to reach housewives
, the elderly
, or anyone too injured to work. I can't imagine the term "Live At Five" being trademark
ed or copyright
ed, since nearly every U.S. city has such a broadcast.
The content covered during a typical Live At Five is pretty broad and shallow, and is interspersed with innocuous "human interest" pieces to keep the mood light. In the 1980s, the writers for Late Night With David Letterman
would routinely create skits where Dave
would barge in on NBC's local Live At Five show in a neighboring studio to do any of several asinine
things, including giving canned ham
s to the entire news team.