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WBTS/NBC 10 Boston at Midday (1st 11:00 am Newscast) – 2021

Captured ~ July 27th, 2021. This aired after the moved to noon to 11am to line up with sister NBC O&Os that opt to a 11am newscast. “Look S”, the corporate graphics package is used, except for the weather. Tim Kelley was on remote, and I am suspecting the only reason why they were still on “Look N” for the weather was perhaps a technical issue with updating the graphics or they needed to be trained on. Look S weather graphics appeared by the time of the Closing Ceremonies in Japan a few days from this recording.

Montage: Katherine Underwood’s Last Newscast at NBC 10 Boston

An Update (September 2022): This montage originally posted in May; has since the site has started recording performance logs in January, has been one the most visited page out of all the other junk on this platform. So much, the sweetheart journalist has retweeted this link on September 24th:

an image of a retweet
“This is the most-viewed page since logging site performance in January – @KathNBCBoston’s last day at the station. Apparently Katherine has left an impression for those who are using search engines to find her 😊 #FlashbackFriday”    For those who are wondering why her old work handle is still there, the moment of any handle change requires another round of getting the blue checkmark, while Instagram does it differently. Jackie Bruno has left the station and “thejackiebruno” is verified on Insta but not on Twitter when her handle was junked as an FYI…

It’s almost been 2 weeks this weekend, that Katherine Underwood left the NBC O&O cluster in Needham. I think it’s safe to assume she’s not related to another anchorlady at the competition at the Cox owned station a few miles south on Mass’ 128. But much of my surprise, she had been at the cluster dating as far back as 2014, when it was just NECN based in Newton. I have watched mostly 10 since the inception, and followed the infamous war between Sunbeam and the peacock company. Even then she didn’t catch my radar. Prior to her departure, she was the weekend anchor and reporter for NBC10 Boston, but also acted as the New Hampshire reporter for NECN and NBC10.  Continue reading Montage: Katherine Underwood’s Last Newscast at NBC 10 Boston

TBT: Meeting Emily Rooney (First ever meeting a local TV reporter) in 2016

Revised in September 2022 for clarity purposes

Given the news that Beat The Press being canceled by Boston’s Channel 2 a couple weeks ago today, and I miss my own deadline for writing this letter on my site. Not knowing her affiliation with the station, I didn’t want to risk sending an email and have it be bounced by their postmaster in their messaging system (if she had been let go, most local media freeze email and logins solely to the station’s legal folks.) Regardless with the cancellation of BTP, and her leaving Greater Boston in 2014, she was quasi-retired, so I assume she’s off their books.

I only met Emily once in my lifetime, but I felt like I have known her for years. I had watched BTP off and on probably since its inception (I think it was really 1999 to this year.) That time I did meet her was in 2016 at the First in the Nation Primary in New Hampshire. I had lived in this market my entire life, and have walked around many of the local media talent in their live shots.

Before meeting her…

I never did hi-mom shot at all. One time circa 2010, there was a WHDH ENG crew was at my local high school and I had walked the drivers side while I took pictures of the crew, but never met them in person or introduced myself. I’ve been known to take pictures of people shooting video in live shots or things of that nature. In 2012, I did have an encounter with Dick Brennan from WNYW as they were based out of Saint A’s college in Manchester with the Fox News crew, as I snapped their vehicle. ENG field people rarely get appreciated. That was the reason. Before the mid teens, when MySpace was the only popular social media platform of it’s time, Facebook was barely existent to public-figures; and Twitter was really new, and Instagram wasn’t existent yet. I think it was with Instagram with selfies and selfies with local public figures is where I think I felt most comfortable.

Back to ’16…

a picture of a multi story hotel off Merrimack St in Manchester, NH now branded as DoubleTree by Hilton
Taken prior to the pandemic; nearly 5 months after meeting her, I would frequent this area weekly for several years of which that moment in February wouldn’t be forgotten for me. This is roughly a few hundred feet from sight; where my normal walking route would be in Downtown ManchVegas

Many of the local press converged at the Center of New Hampshire expo center, which at the time was part of the Raddison chain. Outside of First of the Nation, the first floor is an open lobby, but it’s all split apart when the primary time comes along. WGBH (FM and TV along with PBS IIRC) was camped out, adjacent to Merrimack Street (I’ll get to that later see the facility on the right side.) The setup was on camera and producers were sharing tables and the small studio was on the lobby side. The set looked a lot like what was later used at the Boston Public Library; I could be mistaken. They literally brought studio grade equipment to Manchester and the magic of modern day newsgathering, you can bring a studio via broadband computer network and most of the heavy lifting is done back in Brighton, roughly 50 miles south.

I looked like a lowlife guy, because I and my mother had came into the building from a cold day outside about 5 minutes before. I had frequented Manchester and didn’t think differently, and didn’t think I was an outsider. Despite the minifigures, I did manage to do two packages for a reporter that tagged along with me. So I did feel (in my objective opinion) felt I was part of the press.

I know from an acquaintance Emily is short, just over 5′ (yes TV does add height!) in fact in less than a minute, I didn’t need do a stakeout, because she walked by. I asked if it was her, she confirmed, and asked could I get a selfie. She was reluctant at first, but I was able to get a snap, said she didn’t think she looked alright, and despite the reluctance, she was better dressed than your’s truly. I did say I was a fan of her show and watched for many, many years, since again she really was doing BTP  completely at that point. I kept myself short and sweet.  It was interesting why she was there early in the week, when media affairs is a fraction the overall coverage; but it happened….

I write this because ironically nearly five months after I met her, I would on every Wednesday before the pandemic, I would cross the other side of Merrimack Street, on an alley way, that would be two blocks down from where WGBH was setup on that eve of the Primary Election in 2016. On those Wednesdays, I would have my own throwback, being nearly a 500′ of line of sight of where I met her back in 2016. In fact without going into my personal life, it came unexpectedly.  There was never a day that went by for a number of years where I couldn’t forget that moment in my life.

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