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SOWNY » CityPulse's smashing LiveEye truck » October 16, 2020 2:20 am

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Moses 'borrowed' a ton of stuff from WABC (didn't his sister work there for a bit?).  'Everywhere' was an Al Primo idea.  They even wrote an 'Everywhere' song for the Eyewitness News stations in the mid 70s.  Here's the version used by Orlando's Channel 9, circa 76.  WABC brought 'everywhere' back in the mid 90s, after City made it a thing.  Their version was a lot more cinematic (Channel 7 spent a fortune shooting their promos on film) but it didn't have the same...oomph! as City.  Eyewitness News imaging used 'Everywhere' in promos up until about 2014.  The last station to use it regularly was the CBS station in San Fransisco - KPIX. 

SOWNY » CBS' Great Eye-rony » October 9, 2020 1:03 am

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RadioActive wrote:

Paul Jeffries wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

I finally found a sample of the new logo and the sound that goes with it. It's no NBC chime! 

You can see it here. 

Wow, that was a letdown.

Although I'm sure somebody got paid a nice fat bonus for coming up with that. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/unsure.png




PJ

Yep. I'd love to know the price tag for that gem. Want to bet it's in the 6 figure range? I'm in the wrong business!

Add a couple of zeros to that.
 

SOWNY » Why The Trump Impeachment Trial Isn't On Buffalo OTA Stations » January 24, 2020 2:01 pm

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Nielsen returns for day-one of the trial (12p to 7p ET): 10.7 million combined across all networks AND cable.  That's just 3.3 percent of the country.  CBS had the best over-the-air showing with just 1.9 combined nationwide.  The Price is Right averages 5.3 million viewers (4.2 in the 18-49 demo).  The choice is pretty clear to me.

SOWNY » Markham Station Gets Power Boost » November 13, 2019 11:46 pm

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A power boost also makes the station more appealing to potential buyers.

SOWNY » People who retired too soon. » September 4, 2019 10:31 pm

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Cronkite had no choice.  Back then, CBS had a mandatory retirement policy at 65.  Reagan fixed that a few years later.  
Too bad. 'Cause If any business could have benefited from mandatory retirement (over the last 2 decdes), it's broadcasting.  

SOWNY » Instant Replay: CP24, The Early Years » August 13, 2019 12:57 am

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I happened to be in the Global newsroom when the CRTC decision came down.  Global also had an application for a 'regional' all-news channel.  Instead they got something called 'Prime' which allowed them to re-run the crap out of everything from Love Boat to Murder She Wrote, for which they still owned the Canadian rights.  

Global's news pitch was pretty dull, but they convinced the CRTC to at least let them present a video at the hearing in Hull.  City didn't think they were allowed to submit a video (it is TV after all, wouldn't that make sense?) and only found out THE DAY BEFORE the presentations.  So, from Ottawa, Moses and Steve Hurlbut scrambled some very talented staff to make a 5 minute sizzle-reel (this is back before non-linear editing and After Effects, so they had to build all the graphics and effects in ONE DAY!).  
Now, they're done.  But they have to get the tape to Ottawa and the clock is ticking.  They didn't want to feed it by satellite (either because they were too cheap, or paranoid the competition would see something they shouldn't).  Hard to believe, but FedEx didn't overnight packages to Ottawa back then, so the bosses asked me an another young guy from the assignment desk to grab a spare CityPulse truck and drive all night.  At the last minute, we found a guy with a Cessna willing to fly to Ottawa for 200 bucks and a bag of Toronto Ts .   It was insanity, but so typically Citytv.  

One more thing; I took a very early meeting with an older man who was setting up the on air staff for CP24.  They asked me if I was interested in a videographer/anchor position and of course I said 'yes'.  Then he asked if I'd ever directed.  "Not really.  Why?  Do you want me to direct my own anchor shift?  Like, read the throw and say 'roll tape'?"  I see the wheels turning.  "That's a great idea!", he says.  
I didn't take the gig.  But thinking back now, it coulda been interesting to watch - sorta the way that Dr Pimple Popper lady is "i

SOWNY » New Night Walk [4K, Toronto] joins recently-updated Night Ride episode » August 5, 2019 11:57 pm

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Wonder what kind of scoliosis you get from wearing a 96 lbs steadicam (with one of those beastly Sony BVP-5 betacams) and walking around Chinatown all night?  And the part I can't understand is how NO ONE waves at the camera.   People aren't even noticing it!  Have you seen a circa 1986 steadicam?!  It looks like a Buick engine on a pogo stick, strapped to a vest!  AND they apparently shot it all in one night (in May)  

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 2, 2019 11:52 pm

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Who's she going to ask?  All the other people in the newsroom?  I'm betting she's solo all night. So, does she ask the 21 year old board op?  I think it's more about youth and inexperience rather than being uninformed.  You can't expect every new grad to know EVERY single thing about history.  But someone should teach her how to use wikipedia and youtube.  She could have found a ton of easily-consumable context there.  At least one of those Chrysler commercials from the 80s (that's how I learned how to say Eye-a-coke-ah)

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