KFI Transmitter Tour (and their role during Pearl Harbor 81 years ago)

I found this video a while back, but on this day 81 years ago, KFI in Los Angeles was directly impacted by the events of Pearl Harbor as World War II was at it’s breaking point when the Japanese attacked Hawaii. Concerned that the mainland would be a target, the Army took control of KFI’s transmitter on this day.

It could take just one manager from one of the mergers to completely trash the history or paint the transmitter site with iHeart Media-Red color and completely just cover up any of the history.

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Masculinity in Crisis? The Promo of a Story that Never Aired

In case you didn’t miss it, a promo aired during A Copenhagen Thanksgiving Parade of the Masculinity in Crisis story; but was aborted in the last minute. We had a package ready to air on Thanksgiving, but the management ordered us to cancel the production, however on the Creative Services side, we had already made 3 different promos with different ends in the last tag (such as “Thursday at Ten”, “Tomorrow at Ten” and “Tonight at Ten” – for whatever reason the sketch voice over said “11”.)

We also had layoffs the day after Thanksgiving, 6 on the TV side, and 2 on the radio. It’s suspect there was a miscomm between traffic and news for line up of commercial and promotional playouts during the Parade.

The traffic department is a unit that is half sales/half tech, they are responsible for positioning ads and commercials at the right time in advance. They also log these airings to properly bill to the customers who are placing ads on BCOP-TV’s air. Since there was little ads during that holiday, apparently the traffic department was not aware the promo aired, or the promo wasn’t properly logged, or someone from news didn’t inform traffic that this sweeps story was gutted.


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.


SUV Crashes in Mass’ South Coast Apple Store, WBZ-TV’s I-Team Kicks in…

Excuse me while I cringe…

First off, Apple Stores are mostly in malls or in exterior buildings in big cities. Sometimes Apple Stores are spotted to have outside entry in suburbs in places like in the Bay Area, but I was surprised that in Hingham, Massachusetts,  is one of those Apple Stores that you can enter from a parking lot, and not have to through the mall.

As of this writing, an employee of the store is one of those where were killed, and 16 other individuals are injured. It’s safe to make some assumption that Apple employee was likely the front person like you see at all the other Apple Stores…

But WBZ-TV decided to use their branded enterprise journalism units to dig deeper, because the curiosity of an SUV driver driving into the signature glass of the store needed more info.

The I-Team dates back to the days when Channel 4 was once owned by Westinghouse’s broadcast division, and when Joe Bergantino was the lead of the unit, and had a decorative career at Boston’s Channel 4. But like many of the CBS O&Os, it’s known to be the Cheaply Run division of the ol Tiffany Network. For one thing the founder of CBS Bill Paley would a) not want to own so many and b) he would invest in the stations… oh wait boldfaced lie… Paley was cheapening the flagships, WCBS-TV was already lousy in news quality by the time he retired and sold the network to Larry Tisch by 1985, what am I to kid?

The stations that became part of CBS’s O&Os are really hard to identify. KPIX is a mess, KYW was already a WCBS-TV South by 2002; WJZ has always been like “there’s only one ‘JZ” and KDKA is been stable, trying to cover up the sags of the metaphoric Round Eye

Worse the I-Team just went on “sources” closer to the situation. Anyways the I-Team outside of these stories, more consumer investigative, and quasi investigative criminal journalism.

At least Boston still has Mike Beaudet; who can still do great enterprise reporting, and you still need more time past the 8 minutes he can do. There’s hope right?

Crisis in Masculinity: Editorials in the Edit Bay

As I ingest video, log the clips, remember nuances, prepare names and statistics for our off-air “Chyron” system and to display live on-air too, with nearly 2 hours of video that had been captured for a 2 minute 30 second package… I ponder…

  • that my father had repeatedly denied creating me, then had no audacity to tell anyone – adult or child in the family. Not only this but he treated my two half-siblings as hierarchal children well into their adulthoods, but found out on a Facebook post (of which I was gaslit because I had posted it publicly; even in a tone of low key and fact-first. Jeez, why the hell do journalists struggle with families?
  • Why can women degrade men in this modernest society? I have felt that way for a number of years. More than 2 decades.
  • Has the NBC News’ Standards & Practices pay attention to their freelancers like MSNBC-dot-com columnist Liz Plank, who is NOT a U.S. citizen who has since May of 2022 spread venom to the most vulernable men in society since the repeal of Roe v. Wade? If I can’t get my First Amendment protection as a lifer, why the hell is some erratic  “feminist that loves men” can say whatever she wants and get away with it – but if I said something that offended an entire half of the world’s population, I would get canceled?
  • Ms. Plank is the same writer who wrote on her own Substack comparing self pleasure (or mastrubation) to mass murder. Perhaps it may had had been an MSNBC-dot-com reject, and if that was the case, good for them!
  • I am sorry, the late Tom Synder would say on his ol ABC Radio talk show around 1991 “the networks got rid of the standards [later “& practices”] department years ago.”
  • Then I wonder, how the f-ck can Jordan Peterson be a freeloader of free speech and he’s a f-cking Canadian too?
  • I guess some people would say I have strong views of women and I am starting to wonder if I hate women or strongly dislike them even if I admire them… must be that boyish autism in me…
  • But I wonder if the media will look at themselves for the constant man hating biases too…
  • If 6 does greenlight more packages, how am I going to tie the so called “manosphere” without offending 60% of the market that leans conservative?
  • Do we say Andrew Tate’s name, or Kevin Samuels, or the other whacked up YouTubers and Podcasters, or hell how do we incorporate Courtney Ryan in the mix, and be objective?
  • All I know as a point of fact (without too much bias), I was born as bastard child, from a man who was for all intensive purposes wanted to extend the family’s blood and was just a sperm machine. All I am is an object, a pawn, another prince in a matriarchy. Will never move up in a conservative family structure. 

Meanwhile people may think I am some cringe and fringe person. Maybe they’re right!

COMMENTARY: The Back story to The Crisis on Masculinity

Very rarely can you spook me. That’s the subtitle. I am not one that shrieks on a crazy Tweet or some wacky post from a Meta page on my personal Facebook. Like in news, there’s thresholds of what’s a news story and what’s even breaking. Masculinity is such a triggered subject, I have spooked one of the well known Boston area newsies, not once, but even twice in less than a year to the point the individual even offered to exchange telephone #s… that’s whole other story.

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Masculinity in Crisis, the Prescott Park Interview

There are some things that have come to my attention in a couple weekends after recording this as this was done on my time, and not the station, and it now feels like winter, as two weekends ago it felt like closer to 90°. Not complaining, though I have realized I made some errors…

  • On the handwritten notes of questions,  I had my URL to this site, I didn’t let them know.
  • I also didn’t identify myself, which to me felt odd
  • I went on the assumption they’re on social media and perhaps leaving big footprints on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that one of them would have found the “logged” clip

I was extremely socially anxious despite “Kate”, the one on the left that was the more spoken of the two.

Masculinity in Crisis? 6 Bought the Story but…

After weeks on end trying to get management to put some story on their air, earlier in the week, we got the OK to air a package scheduled to air on the late news on Thanksgiving night. Still in that sweet spot for November Sweeps, but a few eyeballs will probably be watching 6 News. We air Home Alone and Home Alone 2 on Thanksgiving nights, preempting network programming, but lead-ins to the news is often misleading because we do not know for sure if the viewers are actually watching us.

But there was a condition, that they would only take one story (so far) and air no less than 2:30,  or 150 seconds of content, no further than that time frame.

Special projects stuff like this would require a multi part or a four minute package, but management is spooked out about what we might air. Regardless at least we will get something to air before the holidays. We could be ready by January to put more packages out to air for a February sweeps blowout of stories.

Masculinity Under Crisis?

In September I took the role of handling Special Projects and Creative Services at BCOP-TV Copenhagen. Why? because doing same day news is very taxing, to flip stories, edit them, voice them over and post them. I like to do longer form reporting on issues, and also promote the living crap out of them (that’s the part of Creative Services) as well high visual stimuli of videography and graphics.

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