Listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbGCZuB0rM&feature=youtu.be Ever heard anything so absurd? Itâ€™s not â€œFollow the Leaderâ€ because there is no leader. There are local TV news anchors. I donâ€™t think one of them wants to be on the air reciting the crap their corporate bosses ordered them to do. Not even their managers on the job site. … Continue reading My urge: Follow your conscience, despite the cost
Let's start by updating my latest post on television. Last Thursday, in discussing Fox Sports paying a fortune for Thursday Night Football, I brought upÂ Sinclair Broadcast GroupÂ â€“ the largest TV owner in America â€“ trying to buyÂ Tribune Broadcasting, another biggie. Sinclair had given hints on what it would divest in order to get approval from … Continue reading Sinclair, Tribune TV stations combined: Why itâ€™s not a done deal yet
Did I just write that headline? There's lots on my mind (too often, and that's between me and my medical professional, and I'll get to the rest another time), but I'm going to limit myself to what just happened in southern and northern Florida over the past few days, sinceÂ last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman … Continue reading Parkland now, but North Miami Beach proud!
Last night, I did something I rarely do: open a Facebook post to the public, rather than just friends. Today, I'm blogging about the online battle that followed, something I hadn't planned to do. The story was about one of the hosts of a show on the DIY Network -- part of Scripps Networks Interactive … Continue reading Sad stereotypes too strong to silence (for now)
Most of you know I was a web producer for the Fox station in Philadelphia, but fewer of you know I haven't worked there since last August. The reasons are still to be discussed, and probably won't be public. However, I've come across some interesting and incorrect content from that station while working on my … Continue reading The news where I used to work: Unbelievable!
Philadelphia street signs are different than in much of the country. For example, thereâ€™s no downtown. Locals call that part Center City. If youâ€™re driving, and I wouldnâ€™t suggest tourists do, look for Central Philadelphia. Jan. 28, 2017: On I-676 (the Vine Street Expressway), just past the Broad Street â€œCentral Philadelphiaâ€ sign. I was in … Continue reading Special streets, signs in the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection)
Every situation is different, but death always seems to be a hard topic. We could be talking about a close relative, an acquaintance from years ago, a pet, or a famous person. How people respond is unique and usually understandable. Usually. And I will say it. Tom Pettyâ€™s younger daughter seems to be an exception. … Continue reading Disgraceful daughter
25 years ago today, this was nothing. Itâ€™s hard to believe so much time has passed, not that I ever forgot a Hurricane Andrew anniversary. We were lucky -- awake with curiosity that night, except for my brother Josh who slept through it -- but lucky. Above was a look to the left after walking … Continue reading Hurricane Andrew, after a quarter century
The spring of 1997. It was pretty much my first time away from home. Steve and Tom hired me to produce the 11pm news at WFSB-Channel 3 in Connecticut. I got there, but anchor Denise Dâ€™Ascenzo was on maternity leave for the first month or two. We'd only met during my interview. (Thanks to Dennis … Continue reading Dinner in my honor: A favorite memory
ThisÂ is my first blog in several months, and only my second since arriving back in Philadelphia. The first was shortly after my return, so it has been way too long. Thatâ€™s why I'm happy the articleÂ Let Me Tell You How â€˜The Mediaâ€™ Really Works... really got me thinking and helped me gather my thoughts, some … Continue reading The media: Certainly imperfect, definitely necessary and trying