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.
n7iqv/Tucson: Sometimes news happens on a schedule that isn't convenient for weekly newspapers with deadlines.
And no mention at all of the departure of Lorraine Rivera from KVOA. She's grown to be one of the best reporters in the market. She did the right thing and walked when KVOA tried to negotiate a new contract with lower pay. Too bad the Weekly has ignored this major media story.
The Star's story has more of the nitty gritty details on the reasons these "personalities" are leaving.
Having worked along side Ryan in a past career, I can assure you he actually did reporting duties, despite what you might think...
Headline in today's Star:
"Tucson loses 3 TV news personalities"
It is just wrong to have "news" and "personalities" adjacent.
They are TV personalities, and have very little to do with actual news reporting.
Nice piece on Ryan Recker leaving KVOA for Pittsburgh. Oh..wait..you don't have a piece on Recker here, even though he's already gone from Tucson TV.
Good luck to Ryan, and to Scott as well. Hope we'll see you back here sometime in the future.
Contrasting reporting (or journalism by press release - the second link)
Don't feel bad..Ted doesn't return ANY phone calls...you either get lucky and he answers the phone...or you don't.
PPM is more accurate than diary for sure...but the poor jocks in those markets are micro managed to death...I know I'd hate that.
The radio biz started to die during the Regan Administration, then the coffin nails were provided during the Clinton Administration...it would be nice to put the genie back in the bottle...I live in hope but I'm not holding my breath....
I used to work for WKBW in Buffalo in the 60's with Tommy Shannon and others.
It was high pressure Top 40 at it's height. They actually had an engineer in the control room, who took hand cues from the DJ. Real vinyl too. Cart machines had yet to arrive.
I've been away from the industry for so many years that if I walked into a station today, frankly, I wouldn't know what to do. The world changes so quickly.
Local radio isn't completely lacking. I'm a fan of hard rock, and to me that includes anything from the heavier psychedelic songs The Beatles performed all the way to the other side of the spectrum that includes Swedish melodic death metal. I personally have found that I really enjoy listening to KXCI in the wee hours of the am on their harder rocking days. If these guys aren't playing something I'm necessarily into, at least it's usually something I haven't heard thousands of times (are your ears ringing KLPX?) or at all.
Trying to cater to a select group of people with cookie cutter programming is the problem with radio, terrestrial and satellite, in my opinion. I personally will listen to a song that I don't much care for and even through a commercial break if I'm pretty sure something cool and/or rarely heard will be played soon. That's where KXCI is the clear winner. Radio personalities such as Dave, Ray, Roger Dodger and Julio (Best Of TW winner) are not cookie cutter corporate radio programming kooks; these are guys who enjoy what they play and try to honour requests when they have the material available to them. Yeah sure, I don't love every song I hear, but I'm almost guaranteed to not have to listen to "Freebird", "Renegade" or another song from AC/DC's Back in Black LP (are your ears ringing KLPX?) that's been pummeled to death.
Being stale is what is killing the terrestrial market. Sure, there are more options with satellite radio, but if you listen to the same stations enough eventually those get stale pretty quickly also. Tucson needs a commercial station that hearkens back to those free form days of the early 1970s (are your ears ringing KLPX?) to gain listener interest. I know I'll pay more attention if that happens and I can't imagine I'd be the only person who does so.
Local radio stations are the reason I chose to subscribe to Sirius/XM. I get the format I want without all the mindless chatter. Haven't missed any of the local djs.
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