Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Re: Memories

Don't you remember it was just a comment in the DVD when people were asked their favorite memories of KUJH. (It was at Michelle's apartment when the question was posed.) I don't think it ever happened?!?!?


Monday, October 24, 2005

Fuzzy Memories

God... I hope there was no time Bieke ran down the street in drag. Hopefully everyone was properly liquored up to wipe that memory from our brains.

Doug Donahoo

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Oh, the memories...

Okay, so I just wanted to post something...
I watched our KUJH DVD from 2002 the other night.
So funny! Remember, the days when Jessica Salazar was a.k.a. Maria?

...or Scott Smith's salty balls...

hmph...or the time Bieke ran down Jayhawk Boulevard in drag?

and Julie's graduation party...

Hi, hope you guys are all doing well...take care and drop me a line sometime! I'll be at the same place, probably for the rest of my life.


Editor's Note... I don't think I remember that drag part. Maybe I was too liquored up.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

News from Barry

Editor's Note: I got this in my e-mail today...


This is Kyle Loudis, Barry's younger brother. saw on your blog about my bro's new job. He IS in Manhattan working for CSTV as the Midwest region coordinator. He's loving the big city. Sold his car, in the process of selling his assets, and is enjoying chinese food at 4:00am, as every other NYite. Any more questions - drop a note.

-Kyle Loudis

Editor's Note: So thanks to Kyle for keeping us informed even if his brother is a slacker and doesn't tell us things anymore.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Big Time Funny!

This is from one of my favorite websites for talk about media.

LR guide to the new newswriting
In the old days (prior to, say, 1993 or so) there used to be specific guidelines at stations for use of on-air terminology. This was done so the viewers could understand the importance of stories in relation to each other. Now, so many of the terms are mixed messages. If you have seen that Edward R. Murrow movie, you may be confused by some of the terms used in the film because they are now badly dated. In the interest of public service, Lost Remote presents what news terms used to mean, and what they mean today.


"We interrupt this program to bring you a Special Report":
OLD: The president has been shot.
NEW: A cute girl is missing.

"Breaking News":
OLD: The president will resign.
NEW: There's a car on the side of the road with a flat.

"News Alert":
OLD: Man will land on the moon within the hour.
NEW: Man landed on Pam Anderson over the weekend.

OLD: We are the only people he would do an interview with.
NEW: We are the only people he would do an interview with from 7:43 am - 7:48 am.

OLD: Live!
NEW: Live (on tape or possibly an :01 generic for everyone)!

"Storm Central is in full gear!"
OLD: A major, possibly record-breaking storm is headed our way and there is important information you need to know for your safety.
NEW: It's looking sorta cloudy, isn't it?

"We have a crew on the way."
OLD: We have a crew on the way.
NEW: We just saw the story on the other channel and we're calling in our truck guy from his day off.

"We have new details..."
OLD: We have found out additional facts that are new and pertinent to your understanding of this complex story.
NEW: We got nothin', but we're rewriting the copy in the present tense.

"Our Team Coverage"
OLD: Four reporters on a big story that requires several locations to tell properly.
NEW: Eighteen reporters on a non-story, possibly standing within inches of each other.

"We are sending out our chopper."
OLD: Because there's a riot in the streets, and aerials will provide perspective as to its intensity, range and danger.
NEW: Because the promos say we will.

"We are the number one news station in town!"
OLD: We won in the ratings.
NEW: We won in the ratings among 34-59 year old middle-income white females earning $34,500 - $52,875 with two or fewer kids who are expected to purchase shoes in the next quarter.

"Go to our website for more information."
OLD: Go to our website for the exact same information.
NEW: Go to our website for more information buried among car ads, Google ads, our marketing message, our "community" work, team bios, show schedules and how to buy advertising on our channel.

"We are making calls right now to find out more."
OLD: We are making calls to our contacts who can give us the inside scoop.
NEW: We are waiting for the AP update thingy to go "ping"!

"This story will have major impact here at home."
OLD: Ways the national or international story directly impacts our community.
NEW: Someone in our 250 square mile area has a cousin who knows someone there.

"There has been a major outbreak of a deadly virus."
OLD: 35,000 people are infected and it is spreading out of control.
NEW: It showed up in a dead bird.

"This just in..."
OLD: We just found this out and we want you to know about it.
NEW: We finally got the prompter to work.

"Jeff Smith is on assignment."
OLD: Jeff Smith is doing a weeklong investigation into City Hall corruption.
NEW: Jeff Smith is holding out for more money.

"Our reporter joins us by videophone."
OLD: Because we wanted to get this to you quickly, and it's the best we can do right now.
NEW: Because it's a shitload cheaper than a live truck, a truck op, a cameraman and satellite time.

"Visit our blog."
OLD: Our what?
NEW: Our GM saw someone else doing it, so here it is.

"Are your children in danger? Watch us tonight to find out."
OLD: Yes, there is contaminated water at our playground that is making children ill.
NEW: No they aren't. Good tease writing, though.

"There is controversy tonight over..."
OLD: Two big shots are debating an important matter relating to politics, business or the community.
NEW: Someone thinks Lindsay Lohan and Calista Flockhart are too thin.

"Exclusive new undercover videotape..."
OLD: You mayor smoking crack with a hooker while stealing money from the city for more drugs.
NEW: Paris Hilton.

"You won't believe what we uncovered."
OLD: A smoking gun clearly showing the governor and his cronies on the take.
NEW: Something we took off "The Smoking Gun" website.

"That story when we return."
OLD: We have two minutes of commercials now, then we'll tell you the story.
NEW: It's buried in the "F" block, about 45 minutes from now.

"You are watching WXXX - the Emmy's station of the year."
OLD: We won "station of the year" this year.
NEW: We won it 16 years ago. Before there was competition.

"We are having technical difficulties."
OLD: Something broke. We're fixing it.
NEW: It never worked in the first place.

"Don't miss our News at Five!"
OLD: Watch us. There has been a lot going on today.
NEW: Please watch us or we're getting ditched for Dr. Phil.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Send tapes, part 2

I have not been inundated with tapes yet. In fact, only Mike Alzamora has responded. Maybe part of the reason is that I didn't include the address where you should send them. It is: 2051 Dole Center, 1000 Sunnyside Ave., 66045.

Now, you have no excuse.


Sunday, October 09, 2005

Bunch O' Jobs

Don't know who's looking for a job and the chance to get back to Kansas, but KCTV5 has one or two openings right now, thanks to the expansion to our 9pm newscast on the WB-Kansas City. KCTV is becoming quite the place for KU grads, I daresay we have MU grads outnumbered in the newsroom.

Also, Free State Communication's acquisiton of KTKA in Topeka has officially gone through. Now, the company is looking to hire a full news staff from photogs, news reporters, sports reporters, editors... you name it, they're hiring. The news director is John Rinkenbaugh, who, as I understand it, worked at KSNT earlier in his career. Now granted, it would mean working in Topeka, but you could live in Lawrence and commute.

Doug Donahoo