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 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)
If 615 Music’s Propulsion and WSFL’s First Report had a baby… lol it would be News Smile!
Since the Granite State doesn’t have much media diversity… let’s get involved!
News Smile is a cut in the Individual Themes from 11/One Music (aka 615 Music v2… not an original one sorry!). If 615 Music’s Propulsion and WSFL’s First Report had a baby… lol it would be News Smile! It has a summer-esque/Floridian feel (First Report) with a high energy cut (Propulsion).
It help that the cover girl is a cute brunette, I actually shared that as an Instagram story a while back when 11/One posted that image, but that was well before I heard News Smile! So yeah, cuteness sells! lol. Ironically the video I rolled from Portsmouth, NH in November 2022, was in the upper 70s!
This is one of my first few themes I’ve spliced, extended, etc which is a standard thing amongst promotions and creative services peeps. Obviously I don’t own the rights to the music but the video of NH’s Seacoast is my own collection of B-roll!
Sidenote: This post has been updated to reflect that I explicitly shared this with the intention of 11/One being aware (you know the fan community is so small and gets few viewers anyways.) I did tag them after posting this, and to share their work as for creatives to be inspired with newer news music themes. This post was put to private for a few days after initially posting this to ensure following the rules because…
As previously mentioned, 615 Music is no more than just brand, the musicians started up 11 One/Music about a couple years ago, but broke out last year. Unlike the original Quarter Past Six, they’ve broken out immediately, not over a decade.
I used some Portsmouth footage again, but this time I synced about 30 seconds of music to a single track called News Smile. It’s fitting for what has been going on with me. The album photo is a couple and a child on a beach, which has a summer like feel. This week did feel like summer here in New Hampshire. While I didn’t have the near 80° weather from Portsmouth in November handy, I thought heck, the music makes me feel happy.
This cut I found has a similar music and melody from First Report, the theme used for WSFL in some ways. At least with this 1/2 witted mind is thinking
After being fired from BCOP-TV for the umpteenth time, I took a 5 day weekend to Portsmouth NH starting on the 1st through the 5th. I rolled about 2 hours of video, nearly 20 of generic b-roll. Perfect enough to run an ideal close for a New Hampshire news station that is a corporate clusterff.
Some people are inspired by editing works of Ken Burns… to much of my chagrin as much as I have made fun of him (good story teller, lousy filming), I didn’t realize where Walpole, NH is not that far away from home base at MNG.
The last words uttered by a decorated local broadcast journalist en route to the Manhattan base after a live shot on March 19th, 2015 for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News This Morning. Her truck driver/photog got out in the middle of traffic, stopped an oncoming FDNY ambulance in moving traffic, banging the door, forcing them to take her over with another patient saying she would die. Well honestly she was basically brain dead regardless, the family pulled the life support plug on the 20th and passed away officially 8 years ago today.
According to New York Post’sPage Six her living mother told the management who attended her funeral in her then residence of Stamford, Conn. that “you made my daughter work herself to death”. Following the Page Six expose, both parties of the family and WABC-TV denied the exchange, and each party covered up one another, but let’s be honest, the management was shady and we who know the industry could trust this Page Six story.