Bill Buckmaster is a dying breed. He's about good news coverage, objectivity and getting to the core of the issue. He pushes aside petty conflicts and non-issues and sticks to what's important because he cares about the community and wants to make it better. He is missed on the air, but his radio show is great stuff. He can get any guest, any time because they know he's fair and isn't looking for a "gotcha" moment. Don't we have anybody in Tucson who can pick up the ball and run with it?
Sad situation at Arizona Illustrated right now. But at least they've moved away from the preening blonde sorority sister who was vaguely aware that there was someone else across the table from her during the interview, while the audience was given the inestimable privilege of admiring her on their teevee screens.
I write this comment with sadness!!! I have been a supporter of KUAT for over 35 years. The last two years has seen this wonderful local icon disintegrate. There has been an exodus of talent, then poor decision after poor decision. Management experts will agree that this is indicative of very poor management and a hostile workplace. I was shocked two years ago that the General Manager of KUAT makes over $200,000 a year!!! for what?? Thank you John Schuster for this important article!!!
If I were coming from Toledo (Ohio),I guess I'd be pumped too. Wonder how long he'll stay?
I'm not so impressed with this guy. And certainly KOLD's overuse of "late breaking" is getting tedious. Debbie Bush, you are crying wolf, lady. Scale it back.
Parisi seems like a nice guy. Wake me if he ever has anything interesting to say.
Met Fran during my stint at the U of A as a journalism student. Impressive and very nice gentleman. Enjoy your retirement, you earned it!
Fran Sherlock was one of my first bosses and one of the best I ever had. I hope he enjoys retirement - he deserves it!
Truth2013, I am not defending anyone as I was not an observant, however, since you fail to sign with your name. I don't think your story is true, don't hide behind a fake name, put it out there buddy.
While I take talk of discrimination seriously, I feel a character reference on Rivera must be told. Not too long ago I was eating lunch with Rivera...actually nearby her. And some loud motorcyclist came by while we were having a rather peaceful lunch outside a restaurant. Rivera, annoyed like everyone there, burst out a series of profanities that would make a truck driver blush. That brush off that she claims to have gotten when she inquired about her colleagues, I feel, is probably a result of her personality as well.
Wah, wah, it's not fair that blonde Rebecca doesn't have to carry a camera, wah, wah, wah ....
It still bothers me that they didn't promote Lacee Collins to the sports director position back in the day.
I came from a station where "one-man bands" were commonplace. Now a reporter is required to do it all in large markets. Must agree its not easy lugging the t-v gear around and in many cases the photography suffers. But while stations are attempting to save money they should also be fair. In my case "everyone" had to do it all, including some anchors, not just a select few.
..except that in the case of radio, most of the techie stuff is now done out of town. You MIGHT get to announce every now and then, but the rest of the time...turn on the satellite feed, and watch out for dead air.
"...multimedia journalist, or MMJ...interview, write and edit, and operate the camera equipment...
"...it's hard to concentrate on gathering facts and telling an accurate story when you have to worry about whether the camera is in focus."
TV now seems to be a lot like...radio.
Dear Dan, I have appreciated your work and your publication immensely, but I must say that attacking your commenters and/or deleting/closing comments sections to them is less than what we expect from you. There is already enough effort in the world against those with small voice. Corporate America already has all the friends and power it needs, there is some reason for the Tucson reporter exodus, and somewhere behind that is the real story. Don't keep it in the dark, or bully the commenters who want to see it all out in the open. Thank you.
SonoranWinds: Sure, that's true, but on the other hand, I'm not sure the world will fall apart because we didn't cover a contract dispute between a TV anchor and a station as immediately as you'd prefer.
AZaggieone: If we had the staff and resources of the Star, our coverage would be wildly different, I promise. But, hey, I'm sure there are some mugshots or something left unposted taking up their time.
Hey @Dan, poor excuse. You use your website all the time for updates. #fail
KOLD had a new 4 pm anchor Thursday and a new female reporter as well. Didn't even wait for the body to get cold....
No mention on tucson weekly of kilburys contract dispute at least in this article. This column has seem to taken management side lately. Maybe it is time for schuster to give it up to a more objective reporting. What is really funny is you guys always harp on the azds for not reporting everything, now you are guilty of it. You know what they say about trowing stones.
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