Friday, April 25, 2008

Sad KUJH News

From tonight's newscast:

Sad news tonight for those of us associated with the KU school of journalism. Christine Bradford, a lecturer in the school and director of the Multicultural Scholars Program, died this morning of a heart attack. Before joining the J-school faculty in 1999, Bradford had a 35-year career in the newspaper business. She had been managing editor of the Detroit News, where she won a Pulitzer Prize. Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.


More Live Shots

More live shots on KUJH. Yesterday we broadcast live coverage of Mario Chalmers news conference from Allen Fieldhouse. Our eBay VBricks are working. The quality isn't great, but it's acceptable, and it's LIVE!


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Career Nosedive

Ever wanted to know what the trifecta was for ruining your career as a TV news executive??? Well, the GM at a station here in Boston just gave us all a little instruction.


Ch. 7 GM on medical leave, ‘regretful’ after Logan arrest

By Jessica Fargen
Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Channel 7 general manager who was arrested after what police described as a booze-fueled tirade at Logan International Airport Sunday is undergoing “medical treatment” after creating a public relations nightmare for the flashy TV station.

Sunbeam Television Corp., the parent company of WHDH-Ch. 7, disclosed the treatment in a statement today about embattled GM Randi Goldklank.

The statement issued by Sunbeam Television Corp. President Ed Ansin reads: “The unfortunate events of last Sunday night were unanticipated and Ms. Goldklank is deeply regretful. She is currently undergoing medical treatment and is on administrative leave from the company. We wish her a speedy recovery, as do her many friends in Boston and throughout the broadcasting industry.”

The statement goes on to call Goldklank an “outstanding broadcast executive with a record of great success.”

Goldklank, 40, was arrested Sunday night and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer after an incident aboard a plane bound for Boston. She allegedly broke an officer’s glasses, told EMTs she had had three dozen drinks and unleashed an obscenity-laced tirade.

According to a police report, Goldklank threatened to put an officer “on TV and ruin your life,” and screamed, “do you know who the (expletive) I am? Ill have a news crew down here in minutes and you will lose your (expletive) jobs you (expletives).”

Goldklank has worked for Sunbeam Corp. in Miami and Boston since 2001 as a sales executive. She has been general manager of WHDH/WLVI [website] since July 2007.

Mike Carson, who was the previous general manager of WHDH/WLVI, has continued to work as a consultant to the stations, according to the statement. Effective next week, he will temporarily reassume his responsibilities as general manager.

TV Weather Forecasts

7-day forecasts are a joke...sorry Matt Makens.

This article written in the Freakonomics Blog of the NY Times proves that for Kansas City in no uncertain terms. I know there's a lot of math involved, but don't be scared...the writer explains it pretty well.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

KU Grad 1, UNC Grad 0


I bet my meteorologist who is a Tar Heel that we would beat them in the Final Four game, and today she had to pay off the bet...she had to wear the NCAA Championship t-shirt at work. Hee Hee!!!! Love it!!!!!


Thursday, April 03, 2008

Live Shots at KUJH!

Live remotes come to KUJH. On Tuesday, March 25, we broadcast a debate among student senate candidates live from Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. We used VBricks belonging to NTS for transmitting the broadcast-quality signal over the internet (we've used this before on a few occasions such as graduation and the Dole Institute dedication). We used a rented NewTek Tricaster for switching. In addition to the debate we also did a live shot during the 5:30 newscast from the same location.
More good news (we think). We found two VBricks on eBay for $60 apiece (they are normally several thousand) and have purchased them. They're older models and we haven't tried them yet but if they work I'll assume the usual news-director position and decree that we have to do a live shot on every show!


KAB Winners

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has announced the winners of its 2008 student awards. Winners from KU:

Undergraduate television

Complete Newscast: First Place, KUJH-TV News, 10 May 2007. Producer: Tracy Perlman
Station Website: First Place,, KUJH-TV Staff
Enterprise News Package, First Place (tie), "Biodiesel," Sam Knowlton, Stephen Peteritas, Jyl Unruh, Alex Wiebel
Complete News Feature: Honorable Mention, "Lady Bugs," Lisa Allen

Graduate Television
Enterprise News Package , First Place, "Library Porn," Uyangaa Bazaa
Complete News Feature, "Animal Therapy," Heather Brummitt
Second Place, "German Contest," Christopher Brott.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Site Error


It has come to my attention (a.k.a. Dick totally called me out) that the posting box on the right was not working. I have no idea how long that's been true, so if you tried to post something and it didn't go up, I apologize. I wasn't ignoring you. I just didn't get it. Anyway, try again! It should be working now.