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* Parodied in the late-1990's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics with their guests, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a [[Creator/AlecBaldwin chef]]'s [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (as heard in the most famous edition of the sketch, which is almost always featured in the annual ''SNL'' Christmas ClipShow).

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* Parodied in the late-1990's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), Shannon) speak in unenergetic monotone voices, and discuss mundane, cooking-related topics with their guests, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so.guests. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a [[Creator/AlecBaldwin chef]]'s [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (as heard in the most famous edition of the sketch, which is almost always featured in the annual ''SNL'' Christmas ClipShow).


Public radio and television, especially the U.S. Creator/{{NPR}} and Creator/{{PBS}} networks, tend to delve into more serious topics (such as education, politics, science, the arts, classical and/or jazz music, and the occasional pledge drive) than the average commercial broadcaster. Similarly, the "soft adult contemporary" radio format tries to be [[LighterAndSofter inoffensive in its content]] to appeal to workplaces and an older demographic, focusing primarily on "soft rock" and ballads, new and old (although this is now a stereotype, as many Soft AC stations are subverting this by incorporating more upbeat yet "safe" fare).

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Public radio and television, especially the U.S. Creator/{{NPR}} and Creator/{{PBS}} networks, tend to delve into more serious topics (such as education, politics, science, the fine arts, classical and/or jazz music, and the occasional pledge drive) than the average commercial broadcaster. Similarly, the "soft adult contemporary" radio format tries to be [[LighterAndSofter inoffensive in its content]] to appeal to workplaces and an older demographic, focusing primarily on "soft rock" and ballads, new and old (although this is now a stereotype, as many Soft AC stations are subverting this by incorporating more upbeat yet "safe" fare).



It's no surprise that the these types of broadcasters are often a target for satire, stereotyping them as having little to no viewers due to their reputation or quality, attempting to stay relevant with a RatingsStunt or two, outright begging for money because they have NoBudget, or portraying a character as having an interest in shows on such channels just to prove how much of an intellectual they are.

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It's no surprise that the these types of broadcasters outlets are often a target for satire, stereotyping them as having little to no viewers due to their reputation or quality, attempting to stay relevant with a RatingsStunt or two, outright begging for money because they have NoBudget, or portraying a character as having an character's interest in shows on such channels just to prove how much programs as an example of an intellectual they are.
their [[TheSmartGuy intellectualism.]]


* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (as heard in the most famous edition of the sketch, which is almost always featured in the annual ''SNL'' Christmas ClipShow special).

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* Parodied in the late-1990's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, topics with their guests, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[Creator/AlecBaldwin chef]]'s [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (as heard in the most famous edition of the sketch, which is almost always featured in the annual ''SNL'' Christmas ClipShow special).ClipShow).


** A cold open sketch on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' introduced [=C-SPAN3=] as "the channel you find by sitting on your remote."



* Parodied in a cold open on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'', which introduced [=C-SPAN3=] as "the channel you find by sitting on your remote."


* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (said edition of the sketch is frequently featured in the show's annual Christmas ClipShow special).

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]] (said (as heard in the most famous edition of the sketch sketch, which is frequently almost always featured in the show's annual ''SNL'' Christmas ClipShow special).


Public radio and television, especially the U.S. Creator/{{NPR}} and Creator/{{PBS}} networks, tend to delve into more serious topics (such as education, politics, science, the arts, classical and/or jazz music, and the occasional pledge drive) than the average commercial broadcaster. Similarly, the "soft adult contemporary" radio format tries to be [[LighterAndSofter inoffensive in its content]] to appeal to workplaces and an older demographic, focusing primarily on "soft rock" and ballads, new and old.

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Public radio and television, especially the U.S. Creator/{{NPR}} and Creator/{{PBS}} networks, tend to delve into more serious topics (such as education, politics, science, the arts, classical and/or jazz music, and the occasional pledge drive) than the average commercial broadcaster. Similarly, the "soft adult contemporary" radio format tries to be [[LighterAndSofter inoffensive in its content]] to appeal to workplaces and an older demographic, focusing primarily on "soft rock" and ballads, new and old.
old (although this is now a stereotype, as many Soft AC stations are subverting this by incorporating more upbeat yet "safe" fare).



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* Parodied in a cold open on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'', which introduced [=C-SPAN3=] as "the channel you find by sitting on your remote."


* Played with in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Vengeance Formulation". Sheldon is interviewed over the phone by NPR's ''Science Friday'' on a "recent so-called discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ices", so they could [[RatingsStunt "goose the ratings" for pledge week with something controversial]]. [[SitcomArchNemesis Barry Kripke]] [[HeliumSpeech pumps helium]] into the office where Sheldon was doing the interview from. HilarityEnsues.

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* Played with in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Vengeance Formulation". Sheldon is interviewed over the phone by gets an interview on NPR's ''Science Friday'' on to a discuss a "recent so-called discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ices", so ices": he says they could wanted to [[RatingsStunt "goose the ratings" for pledge week with something controversial]]. [[SitcomArchNemesis Barry Kripke]] [[HeliumSpeech pumps helium]] into the office where Sheldon was doing the interview from. HilarityEnsues.


* The quiz show ''Series/RemoteControl'' had a category known as "Public Television", which featured [[UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer difficult questions involving subjects such as science]], as opposed to music and pop culture like the rest of the show. The host's spiel for the category claims that because only 8% of people actually watch public television, you won't know the answer. However, there were moments when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPi2GMMbzTE a contestant correctly answered something from this category.]] Of course, the contestant in the linked clip also couldn't identify who the lead singer of Music/{{Queen}} was.

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* The quiz show ''Series/RemoteControl'' had a category known as "Public Television", which featured [[UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer difficult questions involving subjects such as science]], as opposed to music and pop culture like the rest of the show. The host's spiel for the category claims that because only 8% of people actually watch public television, you won't know the answer. However, there were moments when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPi2GMMbzTE a contestant correctly answered something from this category.]] Of course, the contestant in the linked clip also couldn't identify who name the lead singer of Music/{{Queen}} was.Music/{{Queen}}: you win some, you lose some.


Similarly, television channels and programs devoted to public affairs (such as coverage of governmental sessions and other political events) are similarly intended to be a public record rather than exciting entertainment ''by design'' (that is unless a protester or quick-witted politician livens things up, or they're covering the White House Correspondents' Dinner), Some public access shows may also fall into this category if they are not deliberately aiming for that [[StylisticSuck kitschy]], NoBudget feel.

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Similarly, television channels and programs devoted to public affairs (such as coverage of governmental sessions and other political events) are similarly intended to be a public record rather than exciting entertainment ''by design'' (that is unless a protester or quick-witted politician livens things up, or they're covering the White House Correspondents' Dinner), Dinner). Some public access shows may also fall into this category if they are not [[PlayedStraight deliberately aiming aiming]] for that [[StylisticSuck kitschy]], NoBudget feel.


* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]].

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring sketch in the late 1990's known as "The Delicious Dish", which focused on an eponymous cooking show on NPR. The hosts, Margaret Jo [=McCullen=] and Teri Rialto (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon), discuss mundane, cooking-related topics, and sound perpetually bored whilst doing so. They don't break character, even if they are contributing to a barrage of [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] about a chef's [[BallsGag "Schweddy Balls"]].Balls"]] (said edition of the sketch is frequently featured in the show's annual Christmas ClipShow special).


* Played with in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Vengeance Formulation". Sheldon is interviewed by NPR's ''Science Friday'' on a "recent so-called discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ices", so they could [[RatingsStunt "goose the ratings" for pledge week with something controversial]]. Of course, [[SitcomArchNemesis Barry Kripke]] livens things up as a prank by [[HeliumSpeech pumping helium]] into the office where Sheldon was doing the interview from by phone. HilarityEnsues.

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* Played with in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Vengeance Formulation". Sheldon is interviewed over the phone by NPR's ''Science Friday'' on a "recent so-called discovery of magnetic monopoles in spin ices", so they could [[RatingsStunt "goose the ratings" for pledge week with something controversial]]. Of course, [[SitcomArchNemesis Barry Kripke]] livens things up as a prank by [[HeliumSpeech pumping pumps helium]] into the office where Sheldon was doing the interview from by phone.from. HilarityEnsues.


* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' is an AffectionateParody of the educational programming aired during the daytime by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{ITV}} until the early 1990's (intended to be watched at school before the advent of the VCR), right down to the 1970's production values.

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* ''Series/LookAroundYou'' is an AffectionateParody of the educational programming aired during the daytime by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{ITV}} until the early 1990's (intended to be watched live at school before the advent of the VCR), right down to the 1970's production values.



* ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail:'' In "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE120Radio radio]]", Strong Bad describes the voices of various radio show hosts. As its slogan promises, the host on Public Radio Sounds is "Smooth 'n' Smarmy", as he reports on events at Capitol Hill and the United Nations. The station also distributes gifts such as bottle openers and tote bags to its supporters, such as Marzipan (who wondered why she had not received her tote bag yet. Somehow, Homestar got it and was using it as a hat).
** In an EasterEgg of the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "[[Recap/HomestarRunnerDateNite Date Nite]]", Strong Sad is heard listening to an ad on Public Radio Sounds promoting a wrestling match between [[Radio/ThisAmericanLife Ira Glass]] and Ira Flatow (a BrickJoke about remarks made by Marzipan earlier). Strong Sad thinks this is a sign that they were ''really'' [[RatingsStunt getting desperate.]]

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''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail:'' In "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE120Radio radio]]", Strong Bad describes the voices of various radio show hosts. As its slogan promises, the host on Public Radio Sounds is "Smooth 'n' Smarmy", as he reports on events at Capitol Hill and the United Nations. The station also distributes gifts such as bottle openers and tote bags to its supporters, such as Marzipan (who -- who wondered why she had not received her tote bag yet. Somehow, yet (somehow, Homestar got it and was using wearing it as a hat).
** In an EasterEgg of the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short "[[Recap/HomestarRunnerDateNite Date Nite]]", Strong Sad is heard listening to an ad on Public Radio Sounds promoting a wrestling match between [[Radio/ThisAmericanLife Ira Glass]] and Ira Flatow (a BrickJoke about remarks made by Marzipan earlier). Strong Sad thinks this is a sign that they were ''really'' [[RatingsStunt getting desperate.]]


** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman Homer Badman]]", Homer resorts to using public access TV to issue a rebuttal of his sexual harassment allegations without it being [[ManipulativeEditing manipulated]]. The man in charge of the station immediately says that their lines were ringing ... with just two calls. One is a wrong number and the other is a salesman, implying that very few people were watching. One of them was Groundskeeper Willie, who, luckily, had an alternate angle of the alleged incident that clarified what had actually happened.

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** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman Homer Badman]]", Homer resorts to using public access TV to issue a rebuttal of his sexual harassment allegations without it being [[ManipulativeEditing manipulated]]. The man in charge of the station immediately says that their lines were ringing ... with just two calls. One is a wrong number and the other is a salesman, implying that very few people were watching. One of them the viewers was Groundskeeper Willie, who, Willie: luckily, he had footage showing an alternate angle of the alleged incident that which clarified what had actually happened.

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