Music in the dog room is uplifting...not! It does the trick though. Just need James Reel to DJ. I'm sad and happy in the dog room at the same time.
I still miss you Chris. Rest in Peace.
Wow. Bob Walkups's tenure as mayor sure felt longer than just two years ("1999-2001")!!! Coulda sworn he had something to do with that dang streetcar back in what, 2008-2009? False memories I guess.
Bikes for kids. Every year at the holidays. Enough said .
Sprint the best in Tucson?
That's really funny (or not).
One bar reception at Ft. Lowell and Columbus...just around the corner from a Sprint retail store! Known issue they say. Here's a box to connect to your internet so your cell phone works in your house they say. I'm exercising my right to terminate this new contract I say.
Back to Verizon!
About six week ago Chuck suddenly stopped his on air report, walked over to the camera and said something to the effect:"Down Here, Down Here!" Then proceeded to take his hand and push the camera lens down. Then he walked back to the green screen and resumed his report. Also very strange. But darn, it did frame the shot better. Chuck is a big fish in a small bowl. Sometimes, when that happens, you hit the glass sides of the fishbowl, or just the glass...bottle.
John C Scott (Ulm) is the best in Arizona radio at what he does. Is he a blowhard? Yep. But a damn good one. He is the survivor who keeps falling on all four feet. A cat with nine lives. A pitchman, a newsman, a salesman. Who else is the institutional memory of this town (and has a job in the biz, and talks to all the local movers and shakers on a weekly basis)? Bud Foster? Maybe. Give JCS a cell phone, internet connection, or microwave relay and you have instant radio. Just add advertisers. Always wished I could stream or replay Scott's interviews (without the commercials :) ) when it was good for my schedule. The Jolt's streaming never worked most of the time. Maybe a new radio programming model of JCS on local NPR affiliate KUAZ. But then again I don't think the Santa Cruz is ready for ice skating today...
Mr. Shaw's reasoning on running football instead of coverage of a history making event is just plain wrong. His bone-headed actions have harmed the NBC affiliate station much more than he can obviously comprehend. Serving the public good was part of the old National Association of Broadcasters Code. Newscasts were originally envisioned to do just that, serve the public. Fifteen minutes of information for the local audience and sell some soap on the side. Maybe tell the citizens to hide under their desks if the Russian missiles were on their way.
Fast forward to the events of Saturday 1/8/11, the largest story to hit Tucson since the big Pioneer Hotel fire that killed over 30 citizens and some local movers and shakers at the hands of an arsonist in December, 1970.
Mr. Shaw's actions have forever lost the station's newscasts their credibility. Choosing to run football games, playoffs even, instead of CONTINUING live coverage of a unfolding local tragedy with national consequences kills credibility for a news organization. Commitment. Without commitment there is no credibility. Bantering news anchors may not break any news like their comrades in the field, but their presence on the air is a reassuring gesture that the station actually gives a damn. Channel 4's two local competitors stayed on the air, and presumably, on the story. What if the seasoned field reporters Mr. Shaw employs like Sandy Rathbun or Lupita Murillo had actually broke more news through the sources they spent years developing? Did they? Guess we will never know. Only Rathbun and Murillo will ever know if their talents and skills were properly utilized that Saturday as news was breaking instead of being pissed away. The station needed to be repeating the events over and over again. If management did not give a shit to stay on the air then what, if any, support did they really provide to their news team? During a lull my garage sale on Saturday I went to my laptop to see if the Koreas were still smiling at each other across the DMZ only to find my homepage, NPR, was reporting that Gabby Giffords was shot dead in a far and remote corner of the earth: Ina and Oracle. I immediately went to a local news outlet that could provide immediate updates with a LOCAL perspective: Channel 4. Nope. Not happening. Some dickhead at KVOA (Shaw) made a decision it was not important enough to run a live newscast repeating facts ad-nauseum on TV at that moment. Shaw is O.K. wasting money with live stand-up shots of new journalism school grads in totally dark parking lots giving a rehash, after several hours have elapsed, of a gang bang shooting. However Shaw was not O.K. with giving immediate live video on Saturday. Yeah, local TV news in this town reached its apogee, like, 8 to 10 years ago. No more helicopters for Bud Foster to ride in now. But hey, it was Bud's station, CBS affiliate Channel 13, that did run at least 14 hours of continuous "Wall-to-Wall" coverage. Pretty good for the resources they had available ( Bud Foster and other veteran reporters and newbies alike). See, the GM and news management over at KOLD had a sense the town was witnessing, experiencing, a historic event that would forever change the town (maybe the nation?) in some way at least. What about ABC affiliate KGUN Channel 9? Does it really matter what they did? It was hard watching, at least for me, a news organization that shares the same building, resources, management, ownership, (and provides news cut-ins) with a radio talk show host with continued and unforgiving hateful diatribe directed toward local politicians. Ever been to that building? It has lost most of its identifying signage and is constantly in a lock-down prison mode because of the contentious nature of it's prized, number one rated, morning talk show. Yeah, they're hiding in that building. Channel 4 is no longer the home of "Where the News Comes First". If it comes "First", its on a Sunday without sports playoffs. I hope the news talent there has grown accustomed to holding those silly little signs they display in their newest, preachy, newscast branding campaign. The talent will soon need the backside of the signs to scribble on to solicit change on street medians. Shaw, at the very least, will have a discussion with corporate now that the playoffs have ended. A letter in his file? A forced resignation or transfer? Or the most justifiable result: the eventual online obituary that states, among his many career accomplishments, that he choose to run with the football game instead of the attempted assassination of the local congresswoman, and the needless deaths and injuries of several of Shaw's neighbors and viewers? By the actions of Mr. Shaw, the station and its news operation have now achieved a stature and a perception. This stature and perception has been the death blow to many other news operations in this digital age. It is the stature and perception of being irrelevant. Patty Weiss really has left the building. Oh, and Gabby Giffords is very much alive.
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