Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Equalizer

With the holidays on us comes the need to shop for the family gifts. But it also brings about the criminal element preying on the innocent to satisfy their greedy intentions. That's where the Equalizer comes in. It may sound like some 80's TV show but this is some serious stuff.

The Equalizer is a self defense class, put on by Baton Rouge Police, to teach women how to handle themselves in life threatening situations. So the folks at the Big Raggedy had this great idea, let's let Keitha take part in the class. It will make a great sweeps story. Wait a minute don't they know I have to work with Keitha on a daily basis. Now when she get mad with me she's really gonna take it out on me. Anyway time to make this happen. In order to complete the course Kn has to go through 16 hours of training and man is she a quick study. Learning how to strike, escape choke holds, and letting the bad guys have it.

Now the class is over it was time to feed the beast and it was hungry, being sweeps and all. Every show had to have something with the Equalizer. So the feeding menu went like this. Live Shot with PKG for the morning show, quick VO and sound for the noon, PKG's for 5 & 6, and Live Shots plus PKG's for the 9 & 10pm shows. That's right six shows featuring ladies taking out ruthless aggression on would be attackers.

It was long day but it was worth it so here's the recap of the KN in The Equalizer.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Just a Preview

With all of the madness associated with this business you need a good laugh. Something to take you mind off everything for a short time. That's where the old Christmas Blooper Reel comes into play. This is something not for air & only to debut in front of your comrades at the party.

So imagine what a surprise it was when management had an idea of showing some of the mess ups of the Big Raggedy for a sweeps story. "Are you sure", I asked. "Yeah, this will be the most watched segment of the book". So I opened up the treasured collection of flubs & flops. The unexpected and unexplainable. So here's a small look at funny side of the Big Raggedy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

And the Band Plays On

I've heard the stories about the Band Hall the Golden Band from Tigerland is subject to. The place is falling apart not to mention there's not enough room for the students & their instruments. So what do they do? They ask to have a new hall built and all seems to be going well. However a new facility would roughly cost around $15 million. The state legislature has promised five million dollars but the band has to match the funds. Say what???? A bunch of college kids have to come up with $5 million. Where are they gonna get that kind of cash??? Streetbeat tells me they may have raised close to $1 million but they are way short. The band has said that if you donate a million dollars to their cause they will let you conduct the band at Tiger Stadium during a game. That's asking a lot considering that not many people carry that kind of money in their back pocket.

Now isn't this is the same place that got a new football complex built but nothing can be done for the band or the music department.

No right is right. The state's flagship university can get everything else funded but can't get a band hall paid for. Do you see what's put in the State's operating budget and you you can't get a band hall paid for???? I think it's time to put some strong priorities in order and start funding Education in this state properly.

While I'm in session, throw my Jags and the Human Jukebox some dollars. They could use an upgrade on their facilities also. But for now here's the Golden Band doing what they do best.

Monday, November 12, 2007

1 Down, 4 to Go

I see why Garfield the cat hates Mondays. It's a good thing he doesn't work in television news.

First..... The alleged second suspect in the July 4th shooting at the Levee decides to turn himself after lunch. Lunch what's that???? Anyway, evidence is linking him to the crime. As he walked out he, like most who are caught by law enforcement, proclaims his innocence. We'll let the Legal System run it's course but for now he makes it on the early newscasts. I get back and my lovely assignment editor tells me to hurry and get your stuff in the system then head to Jetson Correctional in the Live Truck. This can't be good.
Turns out I was right. Two of the current residents there decide that that don't want to hang out in the youth facility anymore. So after watching too much TV they decide to scale a fence, covered in barb wire, and run off to the woods. This now cause a manhunt involving more of the boys in blue.
With the madness going on I get some pictures while Ms. KN is gathering as much info as she cans. Call comes in, "Hey can we get a VO and sound for the 5pm". Just one problem, nobody can go on camera with this. Another call comes, "We want to go live for the shows". I knew that was coming. So no problem get the video back do a couple of live shots and put Monday in cruise control, right? No.
After the live shot, we get the someone to talk to us for the 10pm story. When we get back, "We need to send you somewhere". I'm thinking when is this going to end. Turns out while I was on the north side, someone wanted to use the drive thru at a check cashing place. Just one problem, there was no drive thru. This person drives into the building destroying the front door and a couple windows. With my luck the car was out by the time I got to the scene and the driver is begging me not to put them on television. I think you other things to worry about like the increasing insurance premium coming you way.
At least I don't have to clean this up. Time to go back to the station. Edit the 10pm story and call it a day. Not by a long shot. Some more breaking news is happening during the newscast. Oh well just another Monday, one down and four to go.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Where's the Turd?

Because of a need of adequate representation, Ol' Turdpolisher has been moved to the day shift. Rep. Polisher has expressed the desire to provide quality legislation and Turd'L Wax to folks of the Big Raggedy during the hours of daylight. They're gaining a one now if we can just keep him from killing any more Live Trucks.

Don't worry Pookie, Ray Ray, and the rest of the gang. The Senator is still around and I got the "Man Beast" watching my back.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Returning Hearts

A little over a month ago KN & I were granted an all expense paid trip to Angola. Well not all expense paid but we still had to go.

There was a national christian group called Awana that was reuniting children with their fathers who were serving life sentences. I know what you might be thinking, how can someone who commits an horrific act be allowed to see their flesh and blood. Their goal was to break a cycle of crime and violence by showing that this was not a place to be. To show their kids the wrong choice can lead you to this place or worse. Here's the story.

They say you never know what you have until it's gone. I think these guys realize that. Now let's hope the kids learn from their father's mistakes.

Friday, November 2, 2007

There's A Disturbance In The Force

The build up to the LSU Alabama game is gaining big time momentum. The Tigers with a chance to play in the National Championship may hinge on this. Bama is looking to go into 1st place in the division and return to national prominence at the expense of their hated rivals.

But as an added bonus it's Nick Saban's first game against his former school. The Purple & Gold faithful feel betrayed with his new alliance. The Crimson folks want their school to be feared on the gridiron just like the days "The Bear" roamed the sidelines.

To me this is story of a chosen hero sworn to protect the innocent but his lust for power clouded his judgement thus making him the very thing he fought against. Wait a minute this story has already been told.

Special thanks to George Lucas and the men and women who made the Star Wars franchise a success. Here's the view of Nick Saban in South LA.