Sentinel's Luke Thomas captures
San Francisco cultural panorama tonight
TV commentator Arthur Bruzzone
guides photographic tour
By Pat Murphy
April 26, 2006
An inside look at San Francisco's cultural panorama captured
in a selection of photographs by Sentinel Editor-In-Chief Luke
Thomas will be guided by television personality Arthur Bruzzone
Bruzzone, a decades-long fixture in San Francisco commentary,
introduces Thomas and his work on "San
Francisco/ unscripted" at 7:30 p.m. this evening on Comcast
The program will be repeated Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at
8:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
In Marin Country, the program will air at 8:00 p.m. on Channel
Thomas mixes memorable imagery from a sojourn across South East
Asia with imagery from San Francisco's political scene.
Thomas, a native of London, England, with a 20 year background
in computer programming, emigrated to the United States in 1984
and was naturalized as a US Citizen on 9/11.
"It was an ominous day to be naturalized on 9/11, one of
the most tragic days in US history, but in an odd way strengthened
my resolve to switch careers and enter into the exciting field
of documentary photography and photojournalism," Thomas opined.
The San Francisco community is the life of the City and it is
from there that "San Francisco/ unscripted" draws its
guests, Bruzzone describes the show.
"We believe that a city -- especially San Francisco ---
is sum of its personalities (and sometimes, leaders.) So the program
features the leaders (occasionally) and personalities from the
community," Bruzzone stated.
"We consider 'San Francisco/ unscripted' a televised conversation,
freed, as much as possible, from stifling, stilted, political
"Our tone avoids offensive barbs, and hopefully boring cliches.
Honest and open questions, and hopefully, honest and open answers.
"We conduct our conversation without "heat". Of
course, our previous program, the award-winning "SF/Politics"
championed televised heat, long before "Hardball."
"We'll rarely interview City Hall characters; they're too
predictable --- and too slick. The Community is the life of the
City. That's where we'll draw our guests..
"We aim to entertain and educate. We believe we must enjoy
producing each conversation --- as much as viewing the final cut.
'Sentence' and 'solace," as dear Chaucer recommended,"
ARTHUR BRUZZONE BACKGROUND
"SF/Politics" -- Comcast Broadcasting- (1991 - 2000).
Producer and Host. WAVE Award, Best Pro Talk Show Western Winner
VISION Award, Best Talk Show, U.S. Nominated for WAVE Award, Western
"Face to Face" -- PBS - KQED-TV. Rotating Co-Host
"San Francisco BusinessWatch" -- Viacom SF. Producer
and Host. Winner WAVE Award, Best Talk Show West U.S. Nominated
for national ACE Award
Appearances on major network news programs, plus CNN, CNN Headline
News, CNN-TV, BBC-TV, French TV, local affiliated and independent
TV Stations. He's been a Panelist or guest on local TV on national,
state-local, and environmental issues.
Commentator on BBC-radio and other European radio stations, on
local talk and TV news shows on politics, national and state issues.
Previous 'fill-in' KSFO-AM, San Francisco
Published in local, state publications and the Wall Street Journal.
He's been a regular online columnist at AmericanDaily.com, previously
featured columnist at Townhall.com and other gateway sites.