Thursday, June 30, 2005

A WMBD Blog

Occasional commenter and WMBD fan Jessamyn has started a WMBD blog.

Home Sick Today

Slept most of the day. Woke up with a bad headache, a really sore throat and a fever. Our oldest has been sick since yesterday.

Got some work done this morning and this afternoon, but it was just one of those days.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Some Really Good Shooting

As I sampled on today, I caught a couple of stories on 19 that I thought were really well shot/cut. Monica's piece on B&W photos at 10 and Laura's story on (this one time at) band camp in the heat at 6.

A great shooter can make an average story good and a good story great. Yes, you also need a solid reporter to write to what you shot, so this thought is very chicken and egg... but as someone who started out learning from some great photographers, I really appreciate the effort I've been seeing.

Update: Brent Horstman shot the band camp story, Dane Firkus shot the B&W story.

Hey Jimmy

Where was the soundbite from Shannon on the hospital story? She told all her friends and family to watch and was going to have you dub over a copy of the aircheck.

For those of you who don't know me, my tongue is planted firmly in cheek...

Tell Mrs. Jimmy we're sending good thoughts.

We Own A Big Hole


Our future home. Posted by Hello

Groundbreaking day! Very exciting. Shannon got a little emotional driving away (tear). I stopped by on my way home, but all I felt was this sharp pain right by my wallet.

Catching Up

Talked to Laura Trendle-Polus today. Laura runs the TV-10 program at ISU and I've mentioned her before in a couple of posts. Apparently some of her students enjoy MARKET 117. Thanks for reading!

Laura wasn't a mom yet when we were working together... now her oldest of two is 10 and I've got three kids. Of course when she knew me, I was in college, working part time as a photographer, had long hair and probably went out way too much. Time flies and things change. My hair is much shorter...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Summer Job Hunting

I've posted a link to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's job file for interested job seekers who might not know about this resource.

NBA Draft

I love watching the NBA draft. I know that might seem kind of weird, but I'm a huge college hoops fan and this night is all about possibility. And the first round is like lining up for lottery tickets that are guaranteed winners.

Lots of good stories and subplots... for example: coming out of high school, teammates Bracey Wright and Deron Williams were ranked among the top 100 high school players with Wright in the top 10-12 and Williams generally rated around 50. Tonight Williams went 3rd, Wright 47th.

20,000

MARKET 117 reached 20,000 hits tonight. Thanks for reading.

Old Habits... More Flipping

Nice job once again by Josh Brogadir and (I'm assuming Dane Firkus) localizing the presidential address with military families. Sweet shots of interviews through the viewfinder of what I'm guessing was an extra camera.

Also, a really well done story by Will Koch. On its surface, update on the Bloomington arena being built seems okay, but Will did a really solid job of writing to what he had. Especially liked the wrting to/cutting of "gone" to empty seats. Subtle, I know, but I like the connection... even if he didn't mean to (I have no idea). Also in the intro and close, Will shows a tremendous amount of confidence.

I'll be watching with interest where Will goes next. I think he's strong enough to go back to Phoenix as a reporter, but I get the sense from how well he does when he fills in... that he wouldn't mind doing sports somewhere, but that's just conjecture on my part.

Same with Josh, although he hasn't been here as long and should be here a while still.

Blast From The Past

Markley and Luciano got a little off topic when Jamie was trying to figure out what former MARKET 117 personality Phil was at one time trying to woo (the original topic was basically crazy things you've done to impress someone in a courting/dating situation).

Through some kind of misunderstanding about Jamie's past dating life, the name Alice Hout came up as Jamie talked about her dating one of his friends. Alice called in for a little reunion (she apparently has a lot of family/friends still in the area).

The former 19 anchor and 31 producer moved on to WTMJ in Milwaukee as a producer, then to a station in Grand Rapids, MI. She now does PR for Planned Parenthood up there.

Separated At Birth - Steve Gehlbach and Steve Scheuer

My Tuesday "Separated at Birth" matches two great storytellers named Steve. Steve Gehlbach and I worked together at WEEK and he actually took my spot when I left TV news. He is currently a reporter at WATE in Knoxville, TN.

I swear Steve Scheuer is like the Norm Peterson of Chicago broadcast media. A photographer at WGN, Steve is connected to everybody. We worked together at WMBD (and had played in the Macker for several years with Darrin Willhite - tying multiple posts together). Quick story I love to hold over Steve's head (all in good fun of course).

I don't have a good picture of Scheuer, but when I do I'll replace and I swear this one will be a pretty good one.

In 97, he and I get a chance to do a feature on the old Hubcap House. In a rare standup from me, I'm walking along the outside and say something to the effect of:

They have so many hubcaps that if you stack them up one on top of the other...

(short pause)

and I know most people at this point are expecting to hear the math... you know something like it would reach from here to the moon, but instead I drop something else:

...you'd have a really big stack.

He looks at me with the "that is ridiculous" look he gives me at least once every time we hang out. He tells me how stupid that is and that he can't stand this standup, (all with love, mind you) but in the end he's happy with the rest of what he shot.

Fast forward to his interview at CLTV. He's got this story on his tape and apparently the people doing the hiring... laugh out loud when they hear the standup. Vindication my friend!

He didn't have to tell me that, but he did.

Steve Gehlbach Posted by Hello

Steve Scheuer Posted by Hello

Monday, June 27, 2005

Waiting For Tom

Waiting through the Wimbledon recap for the Tom Cruise on Leno. Yeah, I know, most of us have heard and seen enough, but it's almost like watching Wile E. Coyote... you know... but you just have to see it happen.

Watching 25 At 10

After watching 19 and 31 at 5 and 6, watched 25 at 10. Wow, lots of numbers...

Solid drought story with farmer by Jeff Muniz. Outlined the issue plus built in the suprise (aquifer), good standup (although like Liza's 5pm live, I'd like to see a tight shot of what he's talking about) nice use of graphic (aquifer and drought area) and strong delivery of tag line.

And a little coincidence thrown in during sports as Josh Simon, the number three sports guy ran a St. Jude's golf standup from event co-chair Matt Pendergrass, former WEEK number three sports guy.

Darrin Makes The Palm Beach Post


The happy couple a few years back. Posted by Hello

Former WHOI producer Darrin Willhite makes the "celebrity" section of the Palm Beach Post.

Anchorwoman Miranda Khan is getting hitched to a producer from the other side of the airwaves divide. The lucky guy, Darrin Willhite, is in charge of WPEC-Channel 12's 5:30 p.m. news. She's 30; he's 31. It's his first attempt at marital bliss, her second. And they plan to complete the deed June 25 on a farm outside Moline, Ill. The lovebirds worked there last year, before they transferred to SoFla.

So, when television's equivalent to a McCoy marries a Hatfield, what's the conversation over morning flakes like? "It's no big deal. We want to see the other succeed wherever he works," Khan said. "Our bosses trust us to be professional."

WMBD Radio Switch

WMBD radio, a CBS affiliate back in my day, more recently and ABC affiliate has made the swtich to Fox News Radio. Makes a ton of sense with the primarily conservative hosts they feature.

From Chief Engineer Wayne R. Miller on the Illinois Airwaves Message Board:
After several years as an ABC information affiliate, WMBD has joined FOX News
Radio. I flipped the switch last night (Sunday 6/26) at 8pm. Production and
audio are awesome! Information net and Paul Harvey have moved to 1290 WIRL.

Gassy News

Sometimes the wrong choice in words puts a newscast on its ear.

Happy Birthday, Amanda


That's Amanda second from the right. Posted by Hello

Don't have a decent picture (this is from Miss HOI 2000), but Happy Birthday to WHOI news director Amanda Wozniak. As she's not on aire, she doesn't have a bio on their website, but she was honored last year as one of the Peoria area's 40 Leaders Under 40. Here's what they had to say:

Amanda Wozniak is news director at WHOI-TV, where she's responsible for the day-to-day news operations at the television station and her staff of 30. She's also responsible for special projects including "Kids Count," "One Class at a Time," "Speedcam," and "Every Vote Counts"-plus sweeps planning, election coverage, and other projects. Among her accomplishments, Wozniak was named news director at age 25. She's helped her station give teachers in the Heart of Illinois more than $10,000 in grants as part of its "One Class at a Time" campaign; received recognition for making roads safer in September with an American Red Cross Heartland Hero Award for its ongoing "Speedcam" series; gave out more than 15,000 free DNA Child ID kits; and helped launch the "Kids Helping Kids" initiative. Her community involvement includes work with Neighborhood House, American Red Cross Safe Communities Committee, Peoria Area Safe Kids Coalition Board, and the Woman's Advisory Council.

She was also an original member of the Airwaves.

Flipping At Five Today

The heat is dominating and with good reason. 31 and 19 had heat related live shots... Liza Danver in the corn fields and Jennifer Speiser at a car dealership... both did good jobs with the "show and tells."

Would have liked to see a push in when Liza picked up the dirt... although at six she picked up a bigger piece of dirt so you could see it.

More movement in the 19 hit with interview. Jennifer did a good job of continuing to talk as she closed herself in the trunk, but probably would have wanted her in clothing that didn't look so warm as she's doing the heat story. Minor point. Not sure why the dealership guy was there to close the trunk.

Separated At Birth - Carson Daly And Mark MacGregor

My next edition of "Separated At Birth" pairs NBC and MTV host Carson Daly and WMBD director Mark MacGregor.

Mark MacGregor Posted by Hello

Carson Daly Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Watching WMBD At 10

Nice story by Liza tonight on fighting fires in the horrible heat of summer. Good way to take a different angle on a fire. Good standup too... if possible I would have liked it better if the standup wasn't split up, but to be fair I have no idea how hard it would have been to take the helmet off or what kind of havoc that could have played with the audio.

I remember doing something similar while at 31. "Cold fire" was a sidebar to Jim Dugan's "nuts and bolts" of a huge Peoria fire in the bitter cold of winter.

Here's hoping all is well with the Alois family and Pegs can get a day off.

The Producer Book Online

I've written a number of times about being a news producer. You get to write, you have a certain amount of control over the direction of the show, you can move to larger markets (for the most part) faster than on-air types and producers are much more in demand.

The above link will take you to a great resource for producers or aspiring producers. It is called The Producer Book and it is the natural progression of The Producer Page newsletter put out by former WLS producer Alice Main and Ohio University Journalism professor Robert Stewart.

There is lots of good information in there if you get a chance to check it out.

Mrs. Ernie Makes A Funny


Tiny styrofoam hand.Posted by Hello

After these two took in a movie recently, the first words out of Mrs. Ernie's mouth when her husband arrived home were "how was your date?" Ernie told her about the corresponding nicknames and she couldn't stop laughing.

Breaking Ground This Week


Just like ours, but different. Posted by Hello

I thought we were going to be doing this a couple of weeks ago, but it looks like we'll finally be breaking ground on our house this week. This is the model we went through. Our house is going to be just like this one...

except totally different colors...

and instead of a two-stall front loaded garage, it's going to be three-stall and side loaded...

and the first floor has been "flipped around" so the guest bedroom is in the back and the living room is in the front with a fireplace added...

and the size of each of the bedrooms upstairs has been changed so each has a walk in closet...

But other than it'll be just like this one.

We'll have pictures of our "hole" later this week.

Reading About Television

In this weeks column, Steve Tarter shares a list of books about television.

Josh Morin Posted by Hello

Christian Bale Posted by Hello

Batman Begins

After a great day with my kids, I was able to catch "Batman Begins." First a little disclosure. I grew up loving comic book heros. I spent hours at what used to be Oriental Drugs on the East Side of Milwaukee reading em. And while I grew out of it, there is still a part of me that loves to get lost in those kinds of stories.

Really enjoyed this movie. The franchise/series had taken a pretty rough turn and became, I thought, overly cartoonish, which to some may seem like an odd thing to say, but I don't think stories based on comics have to be cartoonish if that makes sense.

I can see where "purists" might not take to the "revisionist history" of the film, but it lends a great deal of plausibility to the notion of a caped crusader. And it gives the film some relevance to modern times. If within suspended belief you can accept that a "super hero" exists, questions still arise. How did a man with no "powers" get trained? How did a Batcave get built and with no one knowing about it? This film gives those kinds of answers.

And of course in true modern fashion, they left the door open for a sequel.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Boom Goes The Dynamite Revisited

This is a little old, but hey, I had been neglecting this blog thing for a couple of weeks.

The Boom Goes The Dynamite kid made the rounds in NYC... first on the Late Show with David Letterman (Ball State's most famous alum) and then on the Early Show.

I had posted my take on Brian Collins' situation back in May and I'm glad to see he's embraced what happened.

Feedback From Average Joes And Janes

Steve Scott is at the Radio Television News Dirctors Association (RTNDA) session in Oklahoma City this weekend. He has a great post about a TV/radio news focus group.

The "CSI" Effect

John Sharp of the Journal Star has an interesting TV related follow up to the Beeney case. For those of you unfamiliar, Ronald Beeney was a former East Peoria police officer who, this week, was found not guilty of possessing and delivering cocaine and other drugs from his ex-girlfriend's house.

Took A While


Kristyn Hartman Posted by Hello

It took a while (she was hired full time in December), but WBBM now has a bio up for former WMBD anchor/reporter Kristyn Hartman.

Marc's Moving On

From former WMBD photographer and Bradley alum Marc Bujnicki:

After 8-succesful years in the television industry I've made the decision to
allow Lisa and me to finally grow some roots in the Central Florida region, a
place we've both come to love. I've decided to use mymultimedia training and
television marketing experience to assist me in my passion for Real Estate. I've
become a licensed real estate agent and a member of the National Association of
Realtors. I decided to work for a small boutique agency that has been in
business in Windermere, Florida for over 20 years. Lisa and I are very excited
for this new venture. I want all of you to know that I would love to assist you
with either advice, relocation info, or with finding an honest agent to help you
find your dream home - no matter where you live in the country. (Shut it STEVE!)
Congrats, Marc!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Disclaimer Validation And Blog Thoughts

The linked article is why this line in my disclaimer is there:

Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect that of my employer. Out of respect for and in accordance with corporate policies set forth by my current employer, I will not be posting from or about work.

Here's a little from the article:

Blogs are proliferating as fast as a computer virus. According to a report
this year by public relations firm Edelman and Intelliseek, a provider of
business-intelligence solutions, about 20,000 new blogs are created daily,
and an estimated 10 million U.S. blogs will exist by the end of 2005.
Together, these blogs link up to create what is known as a blogosphere, a
collective Internet conversation that is one of the fastest-growing areas of
new content on the Web. More than 8 million adults in the USA have
created blogs, according to two surveys by the Pew Internet & American
Life Project, a non-profit research center studying the Internet's social
effects. And 32 million Americans are blog readers — a 58% jump in 2004.

Just a couple of thoughts that have struck me about blogging in the past 10 days...

For Josh's birthday outing, Jill Henriksen took her dinner break and joined us at the game. She knew where we were, but only because she had read where I posted that we'd be in a certain section. I'm not one of the people who thinks blogs and the internet will take over the world, but I do recognize the potential impact.

Look at e-mail for example. It is the primary way many of us communicate. I used to be a letter writer and my friends were too, (I'm a saver and have stacks of letters from 94-96) but as e-mail gained more acceptance, the letters stopped.

Saw Amy Paul at Dan McCollister's going away party last night. Amy shared with me that she's a regular reader and has kind of gotten to know me via my blog. Weird because I, like many viewers, feel that we have gotten to know Amy by watching her on TV (FYI, Amy and I only worked together for two weeks back in 97).

But here's the thing... we can't all anchor the news, but anyone can have a blog. I can almost see a day where people having blog is almost as common as having a cell phone.

Rumors Vs. Commentary

I want to set the record straight as I get the sense there could be some confusion about my blog and Jeff's Peoria Television Stations blog.

I won't post rumors. I will post commentary. There's a difference.

Rumor from Jeff's blog had a station hiring a new morning anchor and their news director wrote him to correct this.

Commentary is me saying "I'd like to see Brad on TV or a woman take over for Bob when he decides to hang it up."

TV stations have enough drama... I'm going to relegate myself to stuff that's already posted on their bulletin boards and my observations as a retired newsie.

And You Thought He Was Gonna Ga Ga Over Katie Holmes


Matt and Tom square off. Posted by Hello

I didn't see it, but I heard replay and commentary on the Markley and Luciano show on the way home. Good stuff. I've linked to the transcript from the Drudge Report.

Two things come to mind. On the one hand, the heads of the studio putting out "War of the Worlds" must be pulling their hair out. When they have stars go out as a movie is being released, they want little controversy and lots of pub. Well they're getting half of that.

But on the other hand, isn't it refreshing that someone really just says what they think about what they believe? I'm not taking a side, I'm just saying how tired I am of the canned interviews and canned answers. Maybe they were both pretty ticked off afterwards, but it was compelling.

Update: Coincidentally "The Last Samurai" just came on.

Congrats To Darrin And Miranda


A Glimpse Into Your Future Posted by Hello

Shannon and I couldn't make it to the wedding this weekend. And not that I imagine any of the people there will see this, but I did want to say "congratulations" to Darrin Willhite and Miranda Kahn as they walk down the aisle on Saturday. I took this picture at Mark MacGregor's wedding and e-mailed to Darin with the subject header "A Glimpse Into Your Future" and here they are.

If You're Bored

Click on the above link.

Angry Wife Gets Revenge Via eBay

A Howard Stern type DJ in England made the wrong crack on air while interviewing a supermodel. His wife got revenge.

Morale: be careful what you say on air.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Welcome Back, Greg

Got to listen to much of Markley and Luciano on the way home from work and to and from my haircut. As I posted before, I feel bad about what happened to Doc... a clear illustration of the harsh realities of working in broadcasting. Still, I am excited to hear Greg Batton back on the local airwaves.

As a co-worker in 96-97, I became a big fan of Greg and Yvonne... called in when a topic interested me and would sit in to watch them work when I got the chance. Tried to catch them during their Chicago stints too.

During the 4:00 segment, he and Jamie talked about how he got his start and his past in Peoria radio. Interesting stuff.

Say Goodbye To Hollywood


Put that thing away. Posted by Hello

Actually it's say "goodbye" to Dan and Dan is saying "hello" to Hollywood. Just a reminder, his going away party tonight at Kelleher's... I'm told people will be showing up around 9, but I'm sure the bigger crowd will be there around 10:45.

Update: Dan is apparently off to a week as a counselor at MDA camp, then its on to Tinseltown. Good turnout for the party with all three stations represented.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Overnight Welcome Wagon

A belated welcome to Emily West, the newest producer at WEEK. She replaces Wen Tung who moved to KSEE in Fresno. Emily is working the overnight shift producing for Gary and Sandy. For tips on staying sane with these hours, I suggest contacting Mark MacGregor, AM/Noon director at WMBD.

Early Arrival

Dave Dahl lets us know that Greg Batton will be reintroduced to Peoria listeners tomorrow afternoon filling in for Phil Luciano as Jamie returns from daddy leave.

Getting Props

WCBU News Director Jonathan Ahl (like Dane Firkus, also an Airwaves soccer star) is getting props from the Peoria City Council and coverage from the Peoria Pundit after the council voted to not change its meeting start time as it would interfere with the broadcast of WCBU's "Outside The Horseshoe" program.

Interested In Moving On Up?

Not to the east side... not to a deluxe apartment in the sky-hi-hi.

How about up north to Madison?

Renee Charles' job is now posted on her station's website. As shared here last month, the former WMBD anchor is getting married and moving on... although I promised her I'd keep the destination and any details under wraps until she's got something official.

Lunch At "One World" And The Stream Of Consciousness Thinking That Comes With

Celebrated Brain's birthday today. I didn't ask her how old she is cause you just don't ask women that.

Had lunch at One World on Main St. in Peoria (Brain's choice). Shannon was jealous a) because she "hearts" that place, especially the hummus and b) because "my" children wouldn't stop fighting. Anyone who thinks staying home is easy has never stayed home.

One World is good, but to be honest, I'm really much more of a Plain Jane/meat and potatoes kind of guy. So of course everyone found it amusing when I ordered a waffle with bacon. And for some reason the bacon is round. Still tasted like bacon though. In the immortal words of Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) "bacon tastes good!"

This by the way was Nuzzo's favorite Peoria restaurant. Whenever we would share a meal that was always her first choice. I suppose, I used to drag big groups of newsies to Perkins and Dennys at 4AM... it was probably only fair.

A Little Lost... A Little Out Of Place

Only caught the last bit of "Lost" tonight, but kept it on HOI for the "A" block.

Again, another good feature story from Josh (and several nice tight shots from the shooter), however... while I recognize staffing here in MARKET 117 isn't what it is in bigger places, I thought his story was misplaced in the show.

I'm guessing he and his shooter were in Pekin for the EP cop verdict and probably found the buggy story while there, but it was sandwiched in between a bunch of crime stories.

I don't normally point this kind of stuff out, but maybe a few thoughts here might help people who are interested think about shows a little differently.

From a producer's perspective, I like having the live/reporter presence on my lead. Plus, if you have a reporter willing to do both (and someone who is enterprising)... you want to take advantage... because inevitably you'll at some point work with reporters who will look at you like you're speaking a foreign language if you ask for more than just their package.

From a reporter's perspective, the buggy piece was more of a challenge... better opportunity for sound, movement, etc. whereas the verdict story was very straight forward... nuts and bolts.

Still at some point I think both people have to give on something... maybe it's having the lead be a vo/sot only or on the flipside, maybe it means writing the package for an anchor to track and air later in the newscast. I did that a few times and while it was kind of disappointing, it did make for a better show.

Quick Hello

Quick hellos to Jimmy and Mrs. Jimmy... ran into them at Applebees the other night. Also to Doug and Jenny... had to cut my conversations short as I was trying to flag down a co-worker for a group lunch. Jenny... get some sunscreen! ;-)

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? An Homage To "Ask Chuck"

For those of you from back in the day... a friend sent me these questions...


Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze
these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out!"

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered
assassinated instead of just murdered?

If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in".. . but it's only a "penny for
your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried
in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a
good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like
every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

If you drink Pepsi at work in the Coke factory, will they fire you?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars
to look at things on the ground?

How come we choose from just two people for President and fifty for Miss
America?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you
naked anyway.

If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom does he/she call?

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet soup?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible
crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

When your photo is taken for your driver's license, why do they tell you to
smile? If you are stopped by the police and asked for your license, are
you going to be smiling?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about
him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut,
why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't
point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both
dogs!

What do you call male ballerinas?

Can blind people see their dreams? Do they dream?

If Wyle E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he
just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables,
what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Is Disney World the only people trap operated by a mouse?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call
it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you,
but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks his head out the window?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Big Story Guy

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

CNN is happy to report that its Ted Rowlands broke the story of the rescue of 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins in the mountains of Utah, four minutes ahead of MSNBC and seven minutes before Fox News Channel.
I got to know Ted a little here and there when I worked at KSBW. He was at KNTV at the time when KNTV was still technically the ABC affiliate for our market (Salinas/Monterey) but billed itself as "The San Jose Newschannel" (now it is the NBC affiliate in SF). He would occasionally come down for nightside stories of interest in our market.

He really took the world by storm the summer before I left. He had been covering the murders in Yosemite and had the presence of mind to go to the jail, get an interview and confession of Cary Stayner (Yosemite killer). Since then he's interviewed Scott Peterson among others and apparently was Johnny on the spot so to speak on the missing Utah boy story.

Nice Slice Of Life

Kudos to Josh Brogadir and (Airwave soccer star) Dane Firkus on their "best seat in the house" story. Well shot - strong composition on interviews and good variety, pretty good structure, good rhythm...

If someone could post who shot it, I'll add that person's name above - Update: thanks to whomever posted that Dane was the shooter.

Keep On Dancing

Shannon took great pleasure in pointing out tonight, that her new show is now the number one show in America.

I of course only watch to make fun... but to be honest, I'm sure part of it is jealousy cause I have no rhythm.

Two Women?

Watched WMBD's "A block" at 6 tonight. Tricia was filling in for Bob and did a nice job with Amy. Not the first time we've seen two women based on a fill-in need, but it got me thinking.

Now let me preface this by saying I have no insight into this: I have no idea when Bob plans to retire, if Amy (and Kevin) are content to stay here or if Brent (being a dad to young kids) would want to move to nights or if that's the direction my former station would go... just floating this idea...

My question is would WMBD look to staff its main shows with two women?

You'll see it in bigger markets... including my first station, WISN. In the Peoria market, where the dominant 10:00 show is fronted by two men, it would clearly differentiate the look of the "cast." Would this make a difference to viewers in this market? Could it attract more viewers?

Just a thought...

NBA Finals On HOI

Watching the NBA Finals tonight. Pulling for the Spurs a) cause I love their team concept b) I love how they've managed the salary cap and re-loaded since David Robinson retired c) if I had to start a franchise it would be with Tim Duncan and d) I've actually interviewed the owner's dad... terrific guy.

I would like to see the Pistons force a game seven though. It'll give the final game that NCAA feel I think the NBA playoffs often lacks.

Update: I guess I got my wish.

Turning The Paige

My wife is a big fan of Trading Spaces/Paige Davis. So is Bill Dennis. My guess is their reasons are different... as you might see from a recent post.

Fact the market has been flooded and there are so many of these kinds of shows now... she probably isn't worth the money to the powers that be. I get them all mixed up anyway and would only really get interested at the end when people absolutely hated what their neighbors did for them.

Paige is an actress by trade and I'm sure she'll be glad to be moving on to new opportunities.

Runaway Bride on 25


Whatever Posted by Hello

I'm just catching the end of this... had to mow the lawn.

Yeah, I realize just by having it on, I'm contributing to the stupidity, but I did want to comment on this.

This whole fiasco is definitely one more sign of an apocalypse. Shannon and I were talking about this last night...

Basically this woman who was arrested three times for shoplifting, can't bring herself to marry some guy, so she takes off, then fakes as if she was abducted.She was sentenced to probation and community service, was fined $2,550 and is repaying the city of Duluth, Ga., $13,250 in overtime costs related to the search for her.

For this she has been able to work out some kind of deal (I won't get into the whole paying for an interview issue) for $500,000.

I don't mean to sound like I don't have compassion, but if Shannon had thought of this, minus the taxes and the fines she would have had to repay, we still could have paid for our wedding, a honeymoon (we couldn't afford at the time) and our house. I'm kidding of course...

If this woman is as geniuine as she's trying to sell herself to Katie and the rest of America, she would give all of this money to charity... to people who need and deserve it.

Our society is crumbling... and we have team coverage tonight...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Go West Young Man


Dan McCollister - superstar! Posted by Hello

Through Thursday, this guy is a shooter at WMBD. After that... he's outta here. On his way to my former stomping ground... LA, CA. Think of him as Vince Vaughn in Swingers... but instead of at 45 RPM... 78.

Anyway, Dan is a pretty funny guy and local newsies are wishing him well, Thursday night at Kelleher's. There seemed to be some confusion on the time (someone said 8, but Dan says he works till 10), so if someone from 31 could post the actual time, that would be great.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy First Father's Day

Happy First Father's Day to brand new dad, WMBD's John Alois and of course big congrats to his wife WHOI's Jolie, who did all the hard work. The happy couple welcomed Evan Anthony to the world on Saturday morning.

Top TV Dads

Steve Tarter covers potential budget cuts at WTVP, WHOI's improved signal, local award winning radio and in honor of Father's Day, posts his top 10 list of TV dads.

1. Andy Griffith ("Andy Griffith Show"). Down home wisdom, and just look how Opie turned out. 2. Bill Cosby ("Bill Cosby Show"). Can't argue with success.
3. Robert Young ("Father Knows Best"). The '50s model for dapper dads.
4. Hugh Beaumont ("Leave it to Beaver"). We don't know what he did for a living, but we didn't care.
5. Chuck Connors ("Rifleman"). Known simply as Paw.
6. Lorne Green ("Bonanza"). Known simply as Paw, too.
7. Tom Bosley ("Happy Days"). Let's hear it for Mr. C.
8. Carroll O'Connor ("All in the Family"). Now here was a father figure.
9. John Goodman ("Roseanne"). Played the henpecked husband and big dog all rolled into one.
10. Bernie Mac ("Bernie Mac Show"). Those may be his sister's kids, but he takes care of them.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

A Recurring Theme

Had a really great time last night... but something worried me a little. Something I didn't really anticipate when I first started this thing.

A recurring theme at last night's outing was something to the effect of "this isn't for the blog..." or "this isn't going to end up on the blog, is it?

First of all, I'd like to point any worried parties to the disclaimer and I'd also invite you to do a random sampling of my previous posts. I think you'll see, I'm not out to bust anyone or dive deep into the sometimes nitty gritty of people's lives. Nothing poster here should get you in trouble with your boss.

If I "report" (and I use that term loosely as I'm no longer a reporter) on something, it'll be something everyone saw (on TV or heard on the radio) or info that has been officially released, posted on another source, or if the subject has told me they'd like to see it on here. The original content will be my non-specific rants.

Consider this: if you have worked with me in this market or more recently we've hung out... consider all the things that I know/you think I could possibly know that don't appear here. People tell me stories all the time that would be really interesting material... but that's not what this blog is about. So feel free to speak freely.

Blow It Out Your What?

Not sure how many of you watch the show, but this item was in Bill Flick's Friday column in the Pantagraph.

When a man stepped up on the stage on the WB's "Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge" the other night, lodged a miniature marshmallow into his right nostril and successfully launched it across the stage where it was caught in the mouth of one of his friends, the television world stood duly amazed. In Delavan, the Tazewell County town, they just cheered. Again.
Scott Jeckel, of Delavan, is fast becoming one of the world's most renowned professional marshmallow nose-blowers. We're still checking on the name of the man -- identified on TV only as "an engineer from Peoria" -- who has refined the art of catching projectiles blasted out of Jeckel's nostril. His job may not involve quite the same skill but certainly involves courage.

The only thing I wonder about these sorts of "talents" is how does one come to the conclusion that they have such ability?

Hello and Goodbye

Dave Dahl announces a big change at WMBD radio.

From Dave's site:
1470 WMBD announced a major change in the line-up today. Greg Batton is
returning to the station to co-host the morning show with Dan DiOrio, effective
June 27.

We'll be going ahead without Doc Watson, whose last day with us was
Wednesday. That part of it isn't fun for anyone. Doc is a good guy who will
hopefully find something else.

Nice to see Greg back in the market, but at the same time a tough break for Doc. I too hope he lands on his feet.

Pics From Josh's Birthday Outing

Enjoy!

And a good time was had by all! Posted by Hello

EWD and the drool king. Posted by Hello

Lisa, Little E, Melissa and Gina Posted by Hello

Birthday boy with my sleeping two year old. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 17, 2005

Baseball Birthday Bash

Hey all... we're going to be in section 109 at the Chiefs game tonight to celebrate Josh's birthday. Great night to take in a game if you don't have plans. Stop by and say "hello" if you're out at O'Brien. Not sure where we're out to afterwards, but if I can I will post.

Big thanks to Rocky!

Update: (10:07) - The party has moved to Kelleher's for those of you getting off at 10:30.

Sucked In

Finishing up some end of the season soccer stuff and flipping around. Stopped on Deliverance.

This could be bad.

Update: arrow scene. Yikes.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hit Me Baby... Again

I vowed not to watch. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem.

Update: Shannon just said two things about this...

1. "I can't believe you're making fun of me watching the dance show and you're watching this."

(Now Irene Cara is singing "What A Feeling.")

2. "I used to rollerskate to this in the driveway."

Update 2: Wang Chung is now doing a cover of Nelly's "It's Getting Hot In Here." I'm speechless.

Update 3: (last one on this I promise)

4 year old : "Is this one done?"

Shannon: "Yes, thank God for small miracles."

Hits Are Up A Bit

That's thanks to a new source... someone posted a link to MARKET 117 on the Medialine message boards. I used to post there a lot when I lived down the street from where Medialine lives. I think Steve Gehlbach will even tell you he got to know me as well via the boards as he did shooting for me.

Making Me Feel Old Part 2

A nice article in the PJ Star on the brothers McClellan - Scott, Matt and Nick. For those of you newer to the area, their parents were part of the 6 and 10 news team at WMBD in the mid to late 90's while I was there. And I babysat them once or twice.

Best Of Luck, Jason

Best of luck to Jason Koma, formerly of WHOI and soon to be formerly of WMBD radio. According to Dave Dahl's blog, Jason is on his way back to Ohio U (which by the way has also given MARKET 117 Shelli Dankoff, Amy Paul and Liza Danver) for grad school.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

One More On Brad Burke

Heard Brad on the Markley and Luciano (with Eric Shangraw filling in nicely for the new dad, congrats Jamie) on my way home. Very funny. Very entertaining. Brad, I believe started with the hard news before becoming "Mr. Entertainment" so I still think he'd be a great HOI morning anchor as previously stated.

Phil announced that Brad will be filling in for Jamie on Thursday.

Update: (this is a Thursday update): I called in to the show and guessed the number two movie on the Journal Star's best baseball movies list. It was Major League, filmed in my hometown of Milwaukee. Brad did well. I'm telling you... he was made for a morning TV show. And my one man quest to get Brad a spot on TV continues.

Talkin Baseball And Birthday

Hey newsies...

Shannon and I are organizing an outing for Josh Simon's birthday on Friday night (apologies to anyone I told Sunday... we're going out Friday). Chiefs game and then out somewhere downtown. I've already got a preliminary headcount started, but e-mail me if you're interested.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Delivery For Dummies - Talk With Your Face And Your Hands

I've seen some pretty good packages the past few weeks. Just a thought on how to make the delivery a little better.

Talk with your face and your hands. You do it on camera. Do it in the edit bay while your tracking. If you can get clip mic for this, even better.

Reading something suprising? Raise your eyebrows.

Reading something funny, or turning a clever phrase? Smile big as you read.

Trust me. Once you're used to this, you'll be able to hear the difference and it makes for better story telling.

And let your hands go. When you tell a story at the bar after work, my guess is you're pretty animated, right? That same energy needs to be in your voicetrack.

For those with 10+ years experience, you've probably found your voice and don't need to worry too much. But for those of you in job one or two, or if this is something you think you struggle with, this is a good way to work on finding your voice.

Happy tracking!

This Makes Me Feel Old

As I get ready for my 10 year college reunion next month, this made me feel old. My friend Trenni from college popped up on one of the Fox Sports Regional reports tonight. Glad to see she's doing so well. But when I was a senior in college, she was just starting to intern as a senior in high school. I think I actually shot a couple of games where she was a cheerleader.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Flipping On A Sunday

A couple of things...

Not to be too picky, but let's not call a report "live" if it isn't. Maybe I missed something or maybe there was some kind of glitch, but the Michael Jackson story on 25 looked like a package.
And on 31... hot dogs are funny! That Dan guy cracks me up. He should be doing live shots every morning for non-news segments.

Also checking out the NBA finals on 19. They may not be flashy, but the Spurs play basketball the way it was meant to be played: as a team. The ratings I'm guessing will be down as San Antonio is a smaller market (by pro sports standards), but that's just a reflection of our society's leaning towards style over substance.

Tennis Anyone?

Among other things, Steve Tarter has a bit on local tennis fans' displeasure over the displacement of French Open coverage by the Children's Miracle Network telethon. I know there are some die hard tennis fans out there, but if tennis as a whole didn't drop the ball in terms of marketing the sport, this wouldn't be an issue.

As someone commented on Jeff's blog, this wouldn't happen to NASCAR.

Kudos to WEEK for being part of such a great cause.

Movie Weekend

Did the semi-bachelor thing for half the weekend. Got to see more movies. Took the big boy to see "Madagascar." It was funny, but story was okay.

Saw "The Girl Next Door" which felt a little like "American Pie" and a little like a raunchier John Hughes movie.

Shannon and I watched "Meet the Fockers" when she got back. Some funny scenes, but didn't blow us away. Maybe went in with expectations that were too high.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Another Way To Look At Blogging About A TV Market

Someone in Omaha is doing something like what Jeff is doing with stations in MARKET 117. Omaha BTW is market 76.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Flipping Around At 10

Watching a little of each station tonight. Nice to see Liza Danver and Josh Brogadir getting to fill in on the desk. Single anchor shows too can be tough.

Congrats to Lisa Miller (a good reporter and big fan of my baby boy) on winning the award for Best Hard News Story and Bob Larson for Best Anchor at the Illinois Broadcasters Association Awards dinner tonight. Only caught the 31 winners, if anyone can fill me in on the others I'd appreciate it.

I Love Bubble Hockey


One day... one day. Posted by Hello

Grew up playing the USA/USSR version. The one at Richard's in downtown Peoria is where I play now when I get a chance, but one day I'd like to have one in the house. Still, I can't rationalize spending 25-26 hundred dollars for one, but that's about the only price I can find on the internet. Anyone "knowaguy" if you know what I mean?

Its Time To Get "Lost"

I know, I know I'm a whole season behind... better late than never, right?

Update: I like this show. Doesn't move like "24", but it's still pretty intriguing. The flashbacks to the plane are cool.

A Heated Debate

Medialine's Open Line has a heated debate raging about race and television for those of you who are interested.

Searching For Kimberly Houk?

One sitemeter related post... seems the most popular person taking people to MARKET 117 via Google is former WMBD reporter Kimberly Houk... now at WJZ in Baltimore. So for those of you searching for her... here's a link to her Memorial Day live shot and story.

Six Feet Under

The new/last season of Six Feet Under started Sunday, but I didn't get a chance to watch it until tonight.

This show is so real and out there... so funny and sick and twisted... outrageous and touching... all at the same time.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hey... How About Voting Anchors Off The Island

The above link is to a contest being run by a radio station back home. They're holding auditions for "Milwaukee's Next Talk Radio Star." Which got me thinking... (dangerous I know).

I know posts on Jeff's blog say Jake Miller might be on his way back... and of course I've chimed in with my mini-campaign for Brad Burke. But how about letting viewers decide. Take five finalists and let them audition for a month... each gets a day of the week. You could have them all live together... you could probably find a a house on the Bradley campus to sublet for the summer. You could follow them around... see how they handle themselves at say... "The Lucky Lady"... let people get to know them. Then at some point, let viewers vote anchors "off the island" so to speak till you have a winner.

Amanda could play the role of Donald Trump (as I know, like me she watches "The Apprentice") Jolie Alois could be Carolyn Kepcher and Nick Stroman could be George Ross.

This would be a ratings bonanza. This would be "Must See TV." I would definitely watch.

Congrats To Bob and Tom

Bob and Tom... I made a funny.

From Bill Flick's column in the Pantagraph:

So TV-25's Tom McIntyre enters his 32nd year at WEEK next month -- and he's not even the dean of the area's most familiarized facial mugs.
That honor goes to Channel 31's Bob Larson who, although an anchor only since 1990, celebrates his 34th year at the station this month.
"Was there TV before Larson?" jokes WMBD General Manager Kevin Harlan.
Apparently there was. As Larson put it, "Believe it or not, I do remember life before the 10 p.m. news."
That's a video shot of Larson, a Morris native on his way to turning 56, as he appeared shortly after he joined the station in 1971.
Among Larson's duties when he started: Hosting the "Dialing for Dollars Movie" afternoons.
That's back before there were 150 channels with movies.
We won't even go into the fact no one "dials" on a phone anymore either.

Reporter Recognition

I know it's not original to MARKET 117, but I like the opens that WMBD has been using the past couple of months. Yeah, it takes a little longer to get into the show, but just on reporter name recognition alone, consider that viewers are hearing the reporter's name twice... once in the open and once in the intro to the live intro (and three times... in the tag... if it is a package).

Yeah, I expect to hear from the anonymous "oh it's not about the reporter" poster, but in terms of making a connection with your viewers (i.e. will a viewer think to call that reporter with a tip or will someone with a Nielsen diary make a connection between a story they saw and the station they watched etc.), hearing the reporter's name is a good thing. And do the math... a 31 reporter's name is now being mentioned twice as many times as their counterparts across town.

For those of you who work in television, something this simple may seem obvious, but the fact is people aren't paying as close attention as you are. Case in point: I was ordering a drink a couple weeks ago and someone within ear shot turned to his signifcant other and whispered "hey... it's Eric Shangraw."

Monday, June 06, 2005

Thanks Donnie!


A photojournalist in the making? Posted by Hello

Thanks to Donnie Tillman and WHOI for covering the Mid State 6/Mid Illini Girls Soccer All Star Game. BTW, I took this photo of the goal that wasn't.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Finally Saw Star Wars

Got to see it with my brother who was born the year that episode four came out. Didn't read much in the way of reviews. Tired and have a big day tomorrow (later this morning) so I'll leave it at this.

With this series I can get past whatever dialogue and acting and pace many of the critics or the die hards take issue with. I recognize those things, and could write novels, but choose to overlook them. I grew up loving these movies (not enough to dress up, mind you) and go in expecting a great story and an escape... and I got it.

But most of all I got the feeling you get when you're doing a puzzle and there is one piece left. You know how it's gonna look, but there's an immense ammount of satisfaction when you snap in that one last piece.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Big Weekend

Our baby is getting baptized tomorrow. My brother the chef is coming to town from Colorado as are my parents, so blogging will be light.

Fantasy Football And Adult Co-Rec Soccer

I saw this article on ESPN and I thought I'd throw the offer out early. Any current or former MARKET 117ers who might be interested in joining the WEEK Alumni Fantasy Football League. And you don't have to be a current/former 25er to play... Robert Hahn, the sports guy from 31 and Melanie Gregg, former WMBD radio anchor joined last year.

Also, the Peoria Park District's adult co-ed rec soccer league will be starting up again in August, but I always forget to recruit for that too until the week before signups... so I'm starting early. If you're interested in joining the Airwaves, this league plays on Sunday afternoons starting mid-August, skipping Labor Day weekend and ending in October. Then, indoor starts in October at the Morton indoor soccer complex. As always, no experience necessary... we just have fun. No yelling between teammates or anything like that.

I've actually played less and less soccer since I've gotten Sunday Ticket and since my knee has really started bothering me.

Anyway, if you're interested in either or both, shoot me an e-mail (top of the page). Don't know how many we'll end up with for football, but I've been telling league members the past few years I'd like to see 16 and we were at 12 (provided everyone comes back). As for soccer, with the addition of a half dozen of the girls I coached who will be attending either Bradley or ICC in the fall, we might have three teams.

Help Wanted at 25

With Wen Tung's move to sister station KSEE, WEEK is in the market for a new morning show producer. As I wrote in a previous post, if you want to move fast, producing is the way to go.

Friday, June 03, 2005

An Open Letter To TV News People

This is an interesting post on something called The Media Center Blog.

WHOI Change And A Suggestion

As mentioned on Jeff's blog, it sounds like Todd Blackinton is moving back to Pocatello, ID. I haven't met Todd and I really don't have time to find out the details (Fiesta Ranchera is calling), but a couple of thoughts/guesses.

Some people might wonder about this move as it is market 164, so first, a little from his bio on the WHOI website:
  • graduate of Brigham Young University
  • news intern at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City
  • weekend and morning anchor at KPVI-TV in Pocatello, Idaho
I'm going to guess he's from out west... and the lure of home for many is strong. That's how I ended up here (Shannon's home). As I've gotten older, being near some family has become increasingly more important to me.

I'm going to guess he's got some kind of anchor job lined up back there. Probably not enough money if you're a GA reporter.

Whatever the case, best of luck, Todd!

Jeff poses the question, should WHOI hire from within and several people have put in their two cents about that or should/could it be another female. I've got an unsolicited suggestion for Amanda:

How about the Journal Star's Entertainment guy, Brad Burke? Not that I've heard from him in a while, nor do I know if he'd interested, but this could be the TV version of Phil Luciano/WMBD radio.

Brad is a solid writer and those of us who know him know that he's really funny, has a personality that will break through the camera and of course he does have the TV looks. And for those readers who want to wamp (thanks, Beth) about "oh, let's find a serious journalist" go ahead. Comment. My blog, my random thought... just run with it.

It would be some nice extra scratch for Brad, HOI wouldn't have to pay moving expenses or benefits (as his day job takes care of that) and both the station/paper could probably leverage the exposure.

Not that I expect this to happen. Not that I would expect 10% of something if it did. I would just hope Brad or Amanda would buy me lunch.

Update: I love Fiesta. Just reading the comment section on Jeff's blog and someone mentioned Jake Miller. I think I had heard he was in the running for a main job somewhere a little bigger, but if that didn't pan out, he'd probably be a good fit back at HOI.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Hit Me Baby One More Time

This is gonna rock!

The genius of this show is with weekly eliminations and only so many weeks in a summer, they've got bands that only have a few hits... so you don't have to worry about any of these people saying "I'd like to perform something from my new album."

Update: This is like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Update 2: I loved "Tennessee" by Arrested Development.

Update 3: Tiffany just performed. Later she's going to sing a song by Kelly Clarkson. So just to make sure I have this right, a singer whose biggest hits were remakes is going to do a cover of a singer from a reality show.

To paraphrase a quote from my friend Dave Dahl... "there's a half an hour of my life I'll never get back."

NBC has just advertised the show "Who wants to be a Hilton?" What has happened to television? Anyone? Bueller?

Update 4: I am now suffering from watcher's remorse.

WGN's Choice

From NewsBlues (better late than never)

John Alois, a sportscaster at Nexstar's WMBD-31-CBS in Peoria, has been filling in mornings at Chicago's WGN-9-WB.

Way to go, John!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Anchoring For Dummies - Ending Your Sentences

With the extra day off and soccer season over, I've been watching a little more news on all three stations lately. Just a thought on anchoring, sort of related to a couple of thoughts I shared last month.

I won't call anyone out, but I absolutely cannot stand when people don't end their sentences. Anchoring, and this may be a shock to some, isn't just about being on television.

You are supposed to be communicating. You are the connection between the story and the audience. While a story is a bunch of sentences about the same topic, the sentences themselves are separate thoughts. I can't help but roll my eyes when I watch someone anchor who doesn't get this because: you are paid to get this.

When you see a period, that is the end of a sentence and the end of a thought. They don't have to all run together until you get to the package or SOT. Really. They don't.

I was far from perfect as an anchor, but this part I understood.

Some reading this may think, what's the big deal? I'll tell you.

I don't think most people watch the news as closely as people who used to work in it. Nothing wrong with that, but that means they need things to be that much more understandable. If you aren't clear and if you don't separate thoughts, messages are lost. And getting messages out for people to understand is the whole point of what you're trying to accomplish as an anchor. You need to make it clear.

If a photog shot video that was out of focus, we'd lose some of the message, right? This is no different.

Update: this is not an indictment of all anchors in our market. Some absolutely get it. And you can be assured you'll hear what I describe even in bigger markets.

More Wedding Bells

Congratulations to one of my friends from the corporate TV world. A number of MARKET 117ers who freelance in the mornings where I work will know Steve Ashburn. He checked in the other night and reads MARKET 117 on occasion. Steve's tour of duty in England is up this fall and not only is one of his daughter's getting married soon after, so is he! Steve was also very involved in local theater when he lived here, as well as with the annual Gridiron Dinner.

Housing Update

So we did it. We signed on the dotted line and save for the three day "omIgodwhatdidIdo" grace period, Shannon and I now own a piece of land.

Jeff Is Branching Out

According to Dave's blog, News 25's Jeff Muniz will be filling in on the radio on Friday.

Dave also reminisces about his start in broadcasting 18 years ago. A good read.

Sports Kids Moms and Dads

I'll be watching "Lost." Maybe I could tape one and watch one live. I hope this show is as good as the "Hollywood" moms and dads.

Best Of Luck, "Brain"

Surgery will be fine. Not figuring you and Mr. Brain are reading my blog tonight. But just in case, I'm thinking about you!

Update: Glad to hear you're doing well. I have but one wish:

Get well get well soon, we wish you to get well!!

Summer Viewing

My friend "Pinky" has informed me that I have a chance to jump on the "Lost" bandwagon without shelling out money for the first season DVD. The first season restarts tonight. With the exeception of "24", for some reason, I have real trouble getting into shows if I don't get in on the ground floor. That's why I couldn't get into "Tilt."

Also on my radar is "Hit Me Baby 1 More Time." I generally hate this kind of show, but come on: week one features Arrested Development, Flock of Seagulls and Tiffany.

Flipping Around At 6

While flipping, I ended up stopping on Kimberly Laburda's spelling story. Funny stuff. One person interviewed hit the nail on the head: spell check is the downfall for the majority of our society's spelling ability.

HOI Want Ad

WHOI is advertising for a new morning anchor. Jeff speculates about what that might mean on his blog.

Update: Anonymous sources on Jeff's blog report morning anchor Todd Blackinton is going to Idaho.