Although I don't live in Boston, most of my network channels stream from the city. Over the past 10 plus years however, I gave grown (with the possible exception of PBS) to despise most of the Boston networks. All four (CBS/ABC/NBC & FOX) can hardly hide their desire to be 24 hour news networks. They have all clearly hired too many personalities in their news divisions, and therefore, to justify the salaries they pay, cut into shows every time a flurry hits the pavement or any time there is a possible crime or news story they can make bigger than it actually is.
In a time of many networks, the need for networks to 'interrupt your regular programming for this important bulletin' in reality does not exist. With the invention of the crawl, and countless news networks, viewers have no shortage of options to get news and if they're watching Judge Judy, they darn well expect to see their Judge Judy. I especially love when the local affiliates interrupt the network. The Boston NBC especially seems to enjoy cutting in on The Today Show for important local traffic updates....
All of this has led me to NEVER watch these network affiliates live. If there is anything I want to watch on Network TV I DVR. Recently however, as I was fast forwarding through a DVR recording of Jeopardy, I had to pause at the frequent interruptions by the pleasant (aka adorable) face of broadcaster Liam Martin. Liam joined WBZ_TV earlier this year, and I must say he has me less bothered at... well being bothered.
Superficial I know, but I am going to miss out finding out who wins final jeopardy, it might as well be by someone pleasant on the eyes. A graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Martin spent time on air in Massachusetts as a sports journalist prior to moving to WBZ as the co-anchor of the 10:pm new broadast. Given I am giving Stephen Colbert's show a try, I have been seeing Liam on a nightly basis lately which isn't the worst way to end a long day.
Last month, we joined model Yoni Barker and David from YogaBear Studio on the tracks in Borrego Springs California. (Vapors Of The Past) After leaving the old abandoned train and track, Model and artist headed to the rocks, the location of the second part of their shoot.
I have enjoyed images of many men David has shot in this particular location, but I am not sure any have so powerfully used the space as well as Yoni. Yoni, with or without his sword and shield, harkens back to a another place in time. Yoni so beautifully channels those heroic warriors from the past with his body, soul and spirit.
'On to the huge boulders and dried plants, I could feel the wind and nature all around me. Posing with my siddur, (Judaic book of prayer) and my salit (traditional shawl usually used for prayer and religious events) I felt a connection with my peoples past, and our future. With the sword and shield a true warrior's spirit, yet kind and loving as well. The added bird and effects and the costume were David's magic. He led the moment one step further, and took the story to one more chapter.'
Although I am sure former tennis star James Blake would have rather not have been in the news last week, I am hoping there might be something positive. Watching Blake on television last week, it is clear this talented man needs to be on TV full time. CNN should scoop him up as a commentator ASAP. Although clearly still shaken, Blake remained respectful, making well thought out comments, not laced in anger, but from careful and well thought logic. Add to all that, he's hot as hell, has a killer smile and an Athlete Ally. Blake would be a great addition to any network.
Quinton Wynn by Michael Dar
I have only recently discovered the work of model Quinton Wynn. Some of my favorite images of Quinton come from photographer Michael Dar whose work with Quinton was featured back in the spring on Fashionably Male.
Taylor Kitsch by Matthias Vriens-McGrath
Thanks to photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath, (and his tumblr) we get to enjoy these shots of actor and former model Taylor Kitsch in these shots Matthias shot for Numéro Homme. Thanks to oh-snap for the heads up!
Teddy Sears on Masters Of Sex
We all remember Teddy's memorable behind (and it's chilling last scene) on American Horror Story. (HERE:) Teddy's recent nude scene on Masters Of Sex thankfully has a happier ending. Masters Of Sex caps below from DC's Men Of The Moment.
Photographer David Vance once again unviels an outstanding series of images of model and natural body builder Alexander Yunayev. Born in Moscow, and fluent in both English and Russian, David shares that Alexander is very Americanized with not even a hint of an accent.