Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Good Old Days

      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.....
    

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention, the good old days meant, to be on TV news, you were supposed to be good looking, like you two were. Nowadays they put any plane Jane/John in front of the desk point the camera and tell them to read.

Anonymous said...

Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder.

Anonymous said...

Talking about good looking news people,was watching the channel 3 news this morning,and Laura Hand was still there.Got to be approaching or past seventy,not a grey hair,but she was looking somewhat rough,like the tortoise in that tootsie roll lollipop commercial,time for her to retire and give up the slot to a kid that needs it.

Ray said...

I thing in the good old days reporters went out to get the story more. Now thanks to your story we know why. To get a drink or two.😂

Anonymous said...

" a couple of good-looking news reporters" maybe one! this is a good example of how the media can spin almost any story until it hardly represents the facts.

Anonymous said...

The news reporting around here is a joke. The is no investigative journalism. Even when they have a story handed to them they screw it up. The WDT is dying a slow painful death, and rightfully so. Ch. 7 has washed up reporters that make corny stupid jokes and the only ones that laugh are themselves. The good reporters only stay a short period. Newzjunky used to be good but now its all old news. If they had a actual reporter they might actually have something. They have the readership but won't for long unless they change

Anonymous said...

Hate to say it, but agree with 11:53, Laura's spots are pretty mundane too. Nice to watch a somewhat local show on Sundays, but have to change the channel to stay awake. But then there's Charlie Osgood..time to go Charlie, we can hardly hear or understand you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, she should go and give the younger guys like Brian and Anne a shot at the big time.

Anonymous said...

Chuck Plumpton - great guy. Wonder where he is now?

Anonymous said...

Chuck is in Syracuse.

Anonymous said...

I still like Mel Busler, John Friot, and John Moore. I don't care about Mz Habeeb, their full time women's health reporter. Nothing but pink this and pink that. Hey Cindy, men have health issues too. And if Kubis would quit reading numbers and they would cease with the riveting practice of walking towards the camera, I'd settle for it.

Anonymous said...

10:12 that is funny,a shot at the big time,they are happy right here,it seems the high point of their day is guessing the weather guy's question of the day.They race each other to see who can answer it first,it is hilarious.Makes you wonder what else they race each other to..

Anonymous said...

Mel is the clown and makes us laugh with all of his papers fanned.

Friot is sincere as is Moore.

Koob is a boob

And the rest are going through the motions till retirement.

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Jeff, you are involved with advertising decisions. Would you please suggest to Barry Waite that he drop that campaign with the fool trying to sound like a hick? It is so fake and contrived. It really is a stupid sounding ad. I like Waite's. But this sounds like a Middle School project. It reminds me of the time Hillary did her pretend black speech.

Anonymous said...

Hillary's not black???

Anonymous said...

The lady in Placid must have been drunk...

Anonymous said...

The 6:00 anchors of TV7 (News?) are so stale they are hard to watch. They haven't broken a hard news story since the Eisenhower Administration. They actually see themselves as newspeople? Could they make it in any other market? Her longshot stare into the camera is downright scary. And.......Is there nobody in-house to introduce the news "from our studio in DOWNTOWN Watertown?.....Don Alexander has a great voice, but he is sooooo yesterday.

The shiny domed sports guy's high/low/high delivery is annoying. His commercials are........well.....amateurish and amusing only to him. It is obvious he produces them himself. He really couldn't make it in any other market. He comes across as full of himself. Frankly, who really cares about JV intramurals from Heuvelton, or, Beaver River, or Moristown, or, Malone?

Weather guy....count the number of lowtone "uh"s between sentences. They're quick but as annoying as the sports guy. If he didn't recite the temps already on the screen the weathercast would be about 37 seconds long. His quiz---so enjoyed by the laughing anchors---is another time-killer. Serves no purpose.

John Moore is the only pro on Arcade Street. He knows news.

Bring back Chuck Plumpton, Jeff Graham, Joe Rich, Don Hopkins, Ken Hunter and Bob Tompkins.

What about the new guy at 50? OMG. He is so enthralled with himself he is another lowspot for local TV. Does TV 50 not have a booth announcer? Is their local staff just him? Triple Ugh. Triple gag.

If you took out the self-promos from 7 (News?) you'd see their local advertising---other than cars---- is minimal.

At least Time Warner breaks news and the anchors are young and eye candy.