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Minifig Newsguy’s 3 1/2 Decade Birthday Overnight Aircheck (BCOP Newsradio March 12th-13th, 2022)

Doing overnights on DST is like doing midday drive – in the dark!  – @MinifigNewsguy

The Facebook stream of BCOP Newsradio from 10pm EST March 12th to 5am EDT March 13th, 2022. This aircheck also catches your humble Minifig Newsie hitting his mid 30s on 3/12 (heheh 3 and 1/2 decades on 3/12) at 11:10 pm in the midst of a time check!

The Traffic reporter teased your’s truly at 11:18 following that time check

This is being submitted for an MISAB Yellow Brick Microphone Award for Best Radio News anchor. During this stream, off air audio was captured as well, near the end of the nightpart…

This was a raw recording of behind the scenes and the camera that fed to Twitch live that night

 

BCOP-TV Test Credits…

Just in time for February Sweeps, we have revamped our full closing credits, normally 40 pages of our full and mostly part time staff. This is a test, we may tweak this when we feel it’s needed. The music is the Morning Theme of Propulsion V2 from 615 Music. This was KHOU11’s early morning news theme upon the 2011 rebrand and to the Gannett/Tegna takeover in October 2014. It has a very classic 615 sound to it! It matches our branding of bubbling minifigures and hard news (the “Primary Theme” in Propulsion V2)

Montage: WLS-TV’s Livestream 1 year anni (plus Jaisol Martinez’s first night!)

“[We got] lot of noobs” – Cheryl Burton making a pun of “A lot of news” to start on their first anniversary of the streaming show.

Captured coincidentally on WLS’s first year anniversary of their 7:00 news on a stream only, the intention was to record Jaisol Martinez’s first night (pronounced Hi-Soul) – who was from WHDH-TV before. This montage is mostly about Jaisol and dedicated for the Chicagoland audience as you got a nice gem from Boston. I wished there were more people like her in a changing news world that is a but superficial when the weather department is involved.

She had so much energy last night, I am so happy she has landed her feet at one of the best run news operations in the country, never mind the Midwest.

Continue reading Montage: WLS-TV’s Livestream 1 year anni (plus Jaisol Martinez’s first night!)

New Developments: Jaisol Martinez has arrived to WLS-TV ON FIRE!

As much as I am bummed still getting over the feeling that Jaisol Martinez left WHDH-TV’s meteorologist late in the year; she has since announced she has joined the news at WLS-TV, the ABC O&O in Chicago. As I am writing this, their 7:00 pm CT streaming newscast is on, and it’s not just it’s first anniversary (I guess the WCIU days are gone, as they did air off hour news that station) but Jaisol’s first night.

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Wayback Wednesday: Jackie Bruno’s Piece on Menstruation in 2021

Draft Written in late 2021
In 2022, I reflected on how the media and the press had focused on women’s issues. Last year, it was on abortion. Somedays it was abortion, abortion, and more abortion. While I was never on the camp of the   misogynistic /manopshere media, I have my views on abortion, but they are not popular, to the pro-choice groups, not only that, the bandwidth for what abortion should be is being hogged by the apparent “progressive” pundits and politicians.
I also (as a man mind you) think there is other issues among women that never get reported.
a screengrab from a podcast featuring your's truly featuring a split box of the report on menstruation
This was a reaction video form a podcast I used to do that wasn’t related to my newsgathering content. Before this week, the only video I had internally was this reaction video and the only visual I could reasonably use
In June 2021, Jackie Bruno did a roughly a 15 minute report for NBC10/NECN and it was on menstruation and the polices behind feminine hygiene. I cannot find the video even using advanced Google searches. Yet all her other videos is at her now former employer’s site. That’s interesting. Her last words in the story was “we wouldn’t be here without periods.”

Well, earlier this week, someone did find the video, and it got a lot of attention on Twitter as well (it nearly nearly 1,000 pairs of eyeballs when Bruno Retweeted it)

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Comparing 2 Stations with 1 Story…which station was more vindictive?

Let’s compare 2 copies from the two TV stations after the situation with Alexandra Eckersley

from Amy Coveno from WMUR-TV,  on Tuesday…more than a day after the incident

A judge set bail Tuesday for a homeless woman accused of giving birth in the woods and abandoning her newborn on Christmas night.

Alexandra Eckersley, 26, appeared in court by phone from a hospital and pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence and reckless conduct.

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I swear to gawd Mama I didn’t “go there”! Amy Coveno Blocks @MinifigNewsguy on Twitter

Edited 12-28-2022 at 10:36 ET for clarity 

I can say raunchy things. I could be a creep at times. I could invade personal lives of journalists. I could say “you’re a fake news artist” if I wanted to. But I don’t because I respect the work and the job. I bet it’s not easy.  It’s not to say that I disrespect the ones who disrespect themselves. Today that’s Amy Coveno from WMUR-TV in Manchester


Coveno who has a history of favoring “heroes” such as first responders has not been a punishable offense. In 2016 she was caught in a public email defending the Manchester police department after a mass department situation.

Coveno, who is involved with CASA the local child’s rights organization per to her bio on the station’s website was assigned to the story of a 26 year old woman giving birth pre maturely outside of a Manchester neighborhood-   homeless living in a tent and dialed 9-1-1. The premature child was found elsewhere and the woman is charge for felony for abandoning the newborn. The Boston stations added (via confirmation) that the woman,  Alexandra Eckersly is the daughter to the recently retired NESN color announcer for the Red Sox

WMUR-TV decided to just skate past it.  Now with that aside Coveno 5,600th tweet was this cringe (via a reply that another reporter that tagged her before the identity was released.

“First responder are in my heart tonight” tagging the Manchester, NH police department, the Manchester (UK) fire department (most likely inadvertent) and the AMR Manchester Twitter (the private sector EMS company for the city) Then yours truly felt he had to call her out

then she went classy…

of course I couldn’t let up for a few hours until the Merrimack outlets gas leak from falling ledge became the area story. In fact copters were flying by the base operations of @MinifigNewsguy but with my new iPad 10 arriving my priorities were different.

But there are so many ethical violations Coveno did. First why is she still assigned to stories involving law enforcement and second why is she allowed to do work that should be the responsibly of the stations Community Connection program? Third – the CASA conflict?

Also why is News 9 Investigates being used? This reminds me of the Hingham Apple Store event the local stations use their enterprise journalism branding  as entertainment value. It’s like “New Development” a catchphrase to tag a different part of the same story on the same wheel of the same newscast.

I don’t worry anymore as 2022 closes if I’m a credible newsie. People IRL are completely unethical and are lacking a filter and I’ve always held to a higher standard that local media in the Top Ten market that have stopped to a low level of ethical trash. It makes me sick.

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CNBC’s 2005 Christmas Gift – Garbage Packaging

On the week of aprox. December 16th, 2005, CNBC had rolled out a new brand that replaced the fun, flirty, edgy, aggressive package that was used when they relocated from Fort Lee to Englewood Cliffs, N.J. CNBC had been a close tie to Pyburn Films, a motion graphics design firm. They had done promos for CNBC before, and their previous graphics package before they moved. Whoever at CNBC was running promotions, apparently loves blue. Dark blue. Sick blue. Sick Building Syndrome Blue.

Before we go to late 2005 (of which I had watched a lot that first week of it’s new look because I believe I caught the flu, one of two instances before I caught COVID a year ago to the day.)

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A Copenhagen Thanksgiving Parade

ICYMI:  this is my 2nd parade I produced in a row for BCOP-TV.  The production took nearly 4 to 5 days, nearly 2 to 3 hours of raw media, about a couple hours to ingest, and I exported the video in real time. The secret to that will be in a future post.

My child puts their lego toys in a perfect row and slowly moves them and shoots them on a camera. Stereotypical mother that doesn’t get their kids’ autism – thankfully my mother isn’t one of ’em.

Regardless, all of this is extremely taxing which I am taking part of this week off, because all of this “live” production actually requires an editing application especially if you want effects and banners. No hobbyist has a Chyron Duet, a Grass Valley switcher and an audio board just laying around in their basement. I used Avid, you could use Premiere, Edius (for PC) or Apple’s FCPX (quality maybe less than say the other three.)

If you have 43 minutes (the actual running time without commercials or promos) enjoy it.