The theme answers were time periods, or ages, when one or another group or item was, apparently, in ascendance, while also being common (or proper) nouns. So, the period dominated by the likes of Dan Rather and Peter Jennings? was ANCHORAGE. The period I would most enjoy, I think, is probably COVERAGE. I like a good cover song. The one I would probably like least is SHRINKAGE. I thought PILLAGE could have been clued more aptly as Period when thousands of people are dying from opioid overdose? Too soon?
The puzzle was off to a good start, in my book, with IMDB, everyone's favorite online database. CAKED, GULPED, RIOT, and CRAMS are also solid. I also love ASIF, but my favorite clue is 11D A, as in Aristotle (ALPHA) - ha! I also enjoyed the example ALIBI provided at 62A "I was with my mistress at the time." And, with apologies to Sports Illustrated, Zowie, it's OWIE (again)!
We've got little flickers of a mini fire theme with CHAR, SOOT, and SPARK here and there. And French one, too, with MOUE, VOILA, and BEHEADED.
LAMS as a verb is kind of lame. Abet others would agree. Ha.