this was taken in the summer of 2023 in Keene, New Hampshire in my Lego in Real Life photography. This is a Minifig rendering of a Nissan NV3500, it looks European, but these low profile vans has the ruggedness of an SNG trucks, so as the Ford E350s were a workhorse these Sprinters or Transit Connect can hold more.
It’s almost been a long couple of months for me. I haven’t been able to disclose it, nor will I say much further, but my Grammie who has been part of my life for more than 3 decades passed away in peace from natural causes on Wednesday Morning at sunrise. I also have a strong editorial policy to not disclose much of my personal life that is beyond me as the subject.
She had been a huge and core part of my life especially of all our times we had watched breaking. news in wall to wall fashion, and watching many, many Patriots games before the days of Brady and Belichick. , and part of me has been gone. I have been really busy that I haven’t really had time to by on YouTube or even on dot-com for the last month.
video memo prior to what I would know…
I do not see this changing any time soon, and to prevent mis understanding of my thoughts in the industry (not to mention being behind from the latest stories in the news world), the ongoing threat of loosing the First Amendment in the so-called “free-state” ; since criticizing institutions can be now a “threat”. The History of US Recorded Media, is now a year off, and my sometimes strongly assertive views of certain news operations was planned, but has been pushed off till further notice.
I don’t know of when I will return, but it’s been a long couple of months that seemed to vaporize at the same time.
I made a special mini series in the theme of the Bill O’Reilly Inside Edition era trash and flash, even ripping Inside’s ol computer terminal cursor in the “edition” part of the logo.
The intention was to do a 3 parter series for the month of April, to coincide with Autism Awareness Month. The copy that was used for the Sound on Tape or SOT, the narration track was from another blog I publish that had about 4,000 words, I then was reading it and fumbling so the editing the sound cuts was really difficult. Part two was published in May and it focused on a really complex story line between the infamous KRON sale in 2001 and the war NBC picked with affiliates.
“I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air. And stay there for a day. Without a book; without a magazine; without a newspaper; without a profit or loss sheet; or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you’ll observe is a vast wasteland.” – Newton Minow at the NAB in 1961.
It was supposed to be a challenge to the industry as a way to use the most powerful medium of the time. Newton Minow passed away from a heart attack on May 6th at 97 years old. Despite being known for stating TV being a “vast wasteland”; he was in fact a TV junkie. Minow was a pioneer in television standards and was the head of the F.C.C. where he was known for “public interest”. He was also behind developing the idea behind modern day broadcast debates of the Presidential candidates. He helped pave the way to the modern day public broadcasting.
He spoke to WGN-TV in 2017 suggesting local journalists being skeptical, hold the government accountable without being cynical.
He was alive to see this all disappear on all mediums, not just broadcast TV, but cable and never mind social media and an FCC that is selectively regulating the signals, and is not holding the license holders or the broadcasters in the same way as Mr. Minow did back in the day.
WGN-TV did this well done report, given Mr. Minow’s connections to Chicagoland, and it’s also their 75th anniversary on the air.
May he rest in peace and aspiring broadcasters to take a page of the past to implement in the future to hopefully make mass media have some credibility again.
Economic downturns often forced profit-centered media properties to find ways to cut down costs. Not even 3 years after NBC’s parent company, RCA was sold to General Electric, they were finding every efficiency possible to make NBC be very profitable and ensure that they’d get it “for free” when GE sold mostly all the former RCA assets.
“Corporate media” that is often used to degrade the media in 2023 to me is a slur, but it was in 1985, when most of the our present media companies became more profit centered, than being a utility to inform and entertain. (the other three was Bill Paley’s sale of CBS to Larry Tisch, The Capital Cities acquisition of ABC and News Corporations acquisition of the Fox Movie studios and Metromedia chain of indie stations.)
For NBC, they did a lot of cost cutting, for instance NBC wasn’t entirely based at 30 Rock before latter part of the 80s, they were based off various offices on the Manhattan island. By the end of the 80s, virtually all the NBC operations were in 30 Rock soley.
As you folks know that I am not just a news junkie but a nerd to the surface of news production too, and that #NewsMusicMonday isn’t just a random feature. However, just because jam to the tunes on the news, doesn’t mean that was my intent with my work with BCOP TV and radio. The reason why my music was blasted so loud over the years, was the lack of understanding basic audio engineering. (which I’ll cover for another day)