I was talking to someone today about my early years in television , when we shot and spliced 16mm film and took the company car to Paddy Keough's bar in Carthage and never got caught.
The Golden Days of local TV ? Anyway the picture we had for ads for The Public Eye was a reminder that Chuck Plumpton and I were a couple of good looking young news hounds. It's also a reminder that public affairs programming is a lost art. No Sounding Board shows produced by Ted Ford, not much of anything really.
The paper is thin as a reed, radio is generally lame (but there are many more stations) and TV is, well, the finest because they say so.
Newzjunky has readers but no reporters.....a novel model for journalism in the 21st Century.
Anyway, the idealism Chuck and I had and the hustle we did to put out our product every week was epic. The effort on the Lake Placid Olympics was an experience I'll never forget and we had to shuttle the film back on route 3 to get it on the air. No going live from your cell phone when Jimmy Carter was President.
One of my favorite moments in broadcasting was doing a stand up in downtown Lake Placid and a lady came up to me and ask if I was Tom Snyder.....