As a TV news producer, here's why the reporter was reading from a cell phone: that phone had a copy of the script the reporter wrote in the field and sent into the newsroom for the technical director, who needs to see cues of when to roll the video and the soundbite. If directors don't hear those words, they won't roll the video or sound, or we have to improvise and things look sloppy. Also, we need a copy of what the reporter is saying for closed-captioning purposes, mandated by the FCC. Hope this helps! --YHS, Christopher
My Most Honourable Tom, the Forest Service does indeed let many fires burn to clear out old dead brush and buffelgrass, as long as they're not endangering property. It let two fires we had in the Pusch Ridge area burn themselves out for this reason, and also because they were in remote areas. Same for that recent fire near Corona De Tucson, even though it had to fight the northern flank because it was getting too close to homes. To be sure, rain helped all these fires from getting out way out of hand. Many fires --especially small ones -- in remote parts of Arizona are managed, not fought, "to accomplish resource objectives," as the FS likes to say.
Here's an interesting fact, via the Wildfire Today blog: "Only natural ignitions may be managed for resource benefit objectives,” said Holly Kleindienst, the Kaibab’s [National Forest] deputy fire staff officer. “Human caused starts must be suppressed according to the Forest Service’s 2009 Guidance for Implementation. From 1970 to present, lightning accounts for about 75% of the 150 wildfires that start on the Kaibab each year. Our supporting Forest Plan, and community support, coupled with plenty of lightning are the reason that the Kaibab has been able to treat an average of 11,000 acres per year with lightning caused wildfires since 2003,” she continued."
You can't cross-examine a red light camera in court if you challenge the ticket. That's why I'm against these cameras. I'm also wary about the performance of the devices when they're baking in the extreme summer heat.
Also of note -- KLPX is now broadcasting in HD (for the few of you who have HD car radios, and the fewer who have tabletop HD) with two subchannels. HD-2 is "deep cuts" (also available on the KLPX web site under the "music" tab), and HD-3 appears to be programmed by KFMA (according to the digital ID readout), although I'm not sure if it's the same as KFMA itself.
Dearest Commenters, I read the comments on this page, and it's not hard to see why people hate politics. And politicians. And political parties. But, some will not be satisfied until half of this nation is hating the other half. --YHS, CF
My Most Honourable John,
I cannot let this column go without mentioning that another long-time media fixture is retiring. He never appeared in front of a camera, but he was instrumental behind the camera. In fact, he operated a camera for much of his four-decade stint at KOLD.
Mike Knott is stepping down as our assignments manager. In fact, as I write this, he is savoring his first taste of life permanently away from the desk, from the phones, from the colourful characters, stubborn shills, grousing grouches, pesky pranksters, and just about every lifeform one is bound to encounter in the daily process of running down leads, investigating tips, juggling logistics, and prying the truth from people without a dental degree.
Mike had a huge rule in shaping the news you see on KOLD/KMSB/Tucson News Now.com, and yet for a job so important, you might have called him Mike Rowe instead of Mike Knott for the gritty dirty job that it is. It's not a thankless job, but it can be, and I know all of us will be appreciating him more and more as we look up to that island of scanners and phones in the newsroom and realize we won't be hearing his voice anymore or that deep-throated chuckle that came when he extracted a particularly juicy piece of information.
Good Bye, Mike, and thanks for all the news!
Your Humble Servant And TV News Producer,
KOLD-TV/KMSB-TV/Tucson News Now
(speaking as himself, not as his station, but as a proud employee of such)
Clear Channel, owner of KNST, uses the tagline "More Stimulating Talk Radio" on KFI, its powerhouse talker in Los Angeles. So it's not surprising CC is sticking that tag on a sister station.
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