Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year everyone.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This was it. There was no going back now. All or nothing. Yeah your right enough of the puns.
It was time Meeks and I debut the reel to the entire world. Actually just the crazies in the Big Raggedy newsroom. It all came down to how they react.
I'm guessing they enjoyed it. A year's worth of work was worth it. All I can say is thank you guys. I'm so glad we have a sense of humor and can take pride in our hits while laughing at our misses on the tube.
Thank you Meeks for the writing and helping evolve this into a cult following. Thank you everyone for being a part of the show.
Not to worry I'll get a copy to everyone. And remember the camera is always rolling, did you know?
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
In between the madness, my friend Meeks and I were able to get to work on the annual Christmas Reel. Sorry can't show it on the Forum but trust me a lot of work has gone into this one and the natives are getting restless. They want to see it bad. I might have to hand out some awards for this one.
But for now Merry Christmas everyone.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The people wearing the dark suits and shades are working overtime with this one. It appears that someone with a strong disposition with the outgoing President Bush decided to take it upon himself to fling his foreign footwear towards his head. Yes that is a shoe flying at the President. Having work a number of Presidential visits at Raggedy not in a million years didn't I think a journalist would become a security risk to the Leader of the Free World.
The one thing I have to ask is what was he thinking???? Who in their right mind would take off their shoes and hurl them at the 43rd President of the United States of America. Was he upset that they were the pair of Rockports he asked for were on back order? Or maybe he caught an overnight broadcast of Harrison Ford's Air Force One. It may take some convincing from Jack Bauer and CTU to find the true intentions of shoe hurler. Let's hope it's before the start of 24's seventh season.
The only thing that the Forum can confirm is that they were a size 1o. Thank goodness. If they were Shaq's size 22 we would have had an international catastrophe on our hands.
After watching the video I'll have to consult with the Schmuck Alert Justice League if any other action should be taken.
On Wednesday, the Nubian Princess and I had to go to the Free State of Livingston for a follow up to a story she did earlier. She introduced us to little Mia of Denham Springs. Besides the upcoming gifts from Santa, the big draw for Mia's attention were some inflatable Disney characters that lined the front yard. During the night someone decided to help themselves to the lovable characters. And to make things worse they also cut some of the cords to the yard lights. Fortunately some good people saw the first report and were able to help out in more ways than one. I'll let the NP fill ya'll in on a little funny side story that happened while we were there.
Thursday rolls around and it was quite interesting. It's starts at 7:30 in the morning. The neighbors next door wake me with some screams of excitement. As I open the blinds the only thing on my mind was if the rain had stopped and it did. Too bad there was some white blanket on the ground. Snow. Snow in south Louisiana. Too everyone else the thoughts of snow angels and snowball fights were in their heads. To those who work in TV, it was going to be a long day. With XRAY TED in his pj's drinking hot coco it was up to the rest of the lens jockeys to go and find good television. My quest took me back to the Free State to find a rare sighting of the Livingston Polar Bears. Truly an amazing sight to behold.
Friday and Saturday arrive and the sports department sends up the Bat Signal. It's the High School Football State Championships and the season finale of Sportsline. Two of the local teams made it the title games that means extended coverage. So Erin and I headed to the Big Easy to get the Cinderella team practicing for the game. It's sad that they ran into a storm the next day. After practice and some live shots it was time to get the second team in action. Too bad it was the late game and it never starts on time. However they pulled off another championship run ending a long exhausting season.
What a week. Lots of emotion from a gauntlet of people. Time to rest while I can Monday is right around the corner.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Early Tuesday morning some criminal scum decided to help themselves to the innocent. A couple of parents making an honest living has their lives turned upside down by a few jacks who want to things the easy way instead of the right way. They force their way in a home by gunpoint force dad on the ground, drag mom out of bed, then wave their guns in the faces of the four kids inside. They take what they can eventually finding mom's purse. She's pleads with them not to take the money she got from a loan. She tells them, "That's money for my kids Christmas". One responds, "My kids need Christmas too."
This really bothers me. The fact that they basically stole from kids. What's going to happen when those children wake up on Christmas and not have anything under the tree. How are the parents going to explain why Santa didn't bring them anything this year. To those kids Christmas will be just another day on the calender thanks to some selfish jack holes. That family deserves justice the Christmas Season and it can't come soon enough.
I would call them Grinches but even the Grinch had a heart.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Since the economy will be one of the top stories for some time to come any talks of a possible layoffs in or around the viewing area will cause a stir in the newsroom. Turns out one of the major companies is going to have to downsize but they didn't say where. They have some local operations in the area but the possibility of the workers talking to us is pretty slim. So after getting some video of the business, while avoiding a couple near Schmuck Alerts, KN and I go find the local expert who can break down what this would mean. We get what we need and fill some time for the late show. Not a bad way to start the work week after some downtime. At least I didn't have to deal with the Pookster and his following.
Oh well it's good to back at the aslyum. And there's an added bonus, XRAY TED is off this week. Looks like I got an extra week of vacation, did you know???
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Hours before the Human Jukebox headed to the Big Easy, some members of the famed band decided to partake in some form of hazing, if that what you to ball it, by beating the crap out of some younger members to earn their keep. Hazing is nothing new, been around for years, but when it leaves two people in the hospital that's taking it a little to far.
I wish I could say this was the only incident that drew such attention. Remember the infamous Halftime Brawl with Prairie View some time ago.
What's worse is the judgement, or the lack thereof, is going to cast a shadow on the kids who are doing the right thing. And on a program that will cause parents to have second thoughts on sending their kids to the school.
Right now, six people have been arrested with a seventh being sought. Hopefully everyone learns from such a dumb incident.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This is the Bayou Classic, the 35th edition. The championship stakes are high but bragging rights are just as valuable. Winner goes to the championship game in Birmingham, AL. Loser has to hear the smack talk for 365 days. Not an easy thing to deal with.
But this is more than just a game. The attraction brings families back together, at least before kickoff anyway. For the Big Easy this means dollars. An instant way to help plug up any hole in the budget. For the fans pure entertainment. The Bands, the Greek shows, the parties. For us at the Raggedy, one more hurdle to clear.
I've dealt with the madness before. The crowds. The unnecessary people roaming the sidelines getting in front of my lens. And of course the endless number of TV time outs. For Erin this was her first experience. I know she covered the team this year but this game is a totally different beast. Not because of the national television exposure but the people who act as if they have never ventured out in the world before. I know it suppose to be a good time but when you work in the media we don't have time to party until the deadline is done.
So after dealing with the endless number of people, mainly the ones who had too much liquid refreshment, we were able to get the game and shoot post. Now the hard part. Getting the stuff back to BR. No Sat Truck so email was the only option. Just one problem...the Internet was down in the press box. No I'm not kidding. So after shooting a four hour game, hustling to get players for post, and dealing with the idiots who wouldn't leave us alone to shoot some stand ups all of our efforts would go up in smoke because someone didn't check to see if the connection to cyber space was working. Not this time. Erin managed to find a working connection. It's worth having good relationships you can count on in this business. We got the stuff edited and emailed back in time for the show. Whoo, that's over but the day continues. We still have to fight traffic back to the Big Raggedy and edit for the late show. Just another day at the office.
And as for the game, there were some big moments but things didn't go SU's way. There's always next year, did you know?
Thursday, November 27, 2008
That what's happening to some college students from Mumbai, India.
While enjoying the Thanksgiving traditions, the NP and I find one who's in contact with his family as well as keeping a watchful eye on the unknown.
So I load up the White Whale with the Nubian Princess and head to the Airport. Besides some of the check in people acting like they have never seen a camera things were relatively calm. No long lines, no screaming families, just calmness. Going to have really find something to make this interesting. The NP and I find some stuff and manage to fill some time with some help from the Turdpolisher. Thanks again Polisher.
As for XRAY TED, he had his hands full as well. Pretty busy on the day before Thanksgiving, did you know?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision." - Muhammad Ali
Strong words that describe one Erin Cofiell. Her journey to Big Raggedy included her college time in the Northeast and a stay over at the local "Peacock".
Now her drive has created some of the most anticipated television since Evel Knievel's attempt to jump the Grand Canyon. Ladies and gentlemen this is "Darin' Erin".
Willing to do more than just lug around a camera. Striving to ask more than just questions to local athletes. Erin is ready to go beyond the boundaries to bring the viewers a different look into the world of sports. As well as increase the station's health insurance policy.
So far Erin has challenged a star football and soccer goalie, keeping her record at .500. Her next challenge from what I hear has something to do with a hockey team. I know what you are thinking, "Hockey in south LA????" Yes it is true. I believe it is an underground sport where not paying out the bets is more brutal then being cross checked through the boards.
The series is quite entertaining and has lasted longer than Super Dave Osborne. Once the bruises heal I'm sure Erin will tackle the next challenge lying in wait. I wonder if she'll do this one?
....small black balls have rained on the parking lot of the asylum. What could they be? Where did they come from?
Did we make the news gods angry by not bending time and space when asked by the producers after the meeting? Did a flock of birds ingest too much fiber enriched bird feed from the park and thought the BFR was mid air porto potty? Did XRAY TED open his mouth again?
Who knows? I'll get some answers but I've ruled out one conclusion.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Now Tippy's story has come across our radar or rather the classifieds. There is always something about dogs. You can be gone for five minutes but when they see you they act like you've been gone for five days. I hope Tippy turns up soon and in good health.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I'm talking good old duct tape and look it comes in new colors. Why is this a must have? Let's say you are at a press conference and the participants decide to hold it outside, no problem. But there is no podium. Mic stands are useless. Clipping a lav mic won't be effective since more than one person is going to talk. So the only logical course of action...take a light stand, whip out some duct tape, and voila. Instant podium. It may not look pretty but you just have to play the cards your're dealt.
So whether it's a securing cable across a busy floor during elections or creating a podium for a presser it's always good to have a roll of duct tape. Now to and get some more, did you know?
For us however it's the wall to wall coverage during the night. Unfortunately it also mean dealing with the jacks who constantly invaded the designated media space.
It's bad enough you must stay on your island while the "supporters" get to roam around, mainly near the free bar. Then act like they own the place. You try to section off you equipment, the camera, the lights, etc., but somehow the supporters manage move the protective barrier and walk around with drinks in hand acting like they don't have a care in the world. All of this while your are trying to make the person who sold them to their ideas look good on the flashing box in the living room.
I try to keep my sanity. I try not to lose it with the constant bumping of my lights during the :30 live shot. I keep my mouth shut and focus on the task at hand while the mindless dribble spews from the mouths of the idiots who say, "Why do you need that?", "Does this have to be there?", or "I don't think that light will make it through the night."
Alas the results come in and the final live shot happens. Time go and edit for the early show then go home. Somehow I manage to keep my sanity for another election. I hope there's a bigger room and a cash bar next time.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I wonder who he's after. Where did he come from????
Alright, you can't go around scaring people. That's not nice.
Your're lucky she didn't hit JACK!!!! Get out of here!!!!!!!!
Will you put Steve down. Team Streetbeat is going to have some explaining to do with this one.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Last year was a new experience. We broke all kinds of barriers. No one in the group got separated by the gruesome monsters and the good looking Senatorial Gentleman lived through the movie. Unfortunately there were some rewrites for this year's sequel.
Cheryl, our leader, for fear of being called by the spirits of the haunted cemetery decided make a dash with the Nubian Princess and get out of harms way. Joe L., the smartest one of the group mysteriously disappeared. Maybe trying to figure out which will keep you lost longer, The Bermuda Triangle or the Twilight Zone. You decide.
So C-Line, Brandon, and I are the only originals. Enter Hayes, Meeks, and Kacie. A new group of targets to satisfy the blood lust of the ghouls inside. Just like the brutal Hollywood Horror movie franchises we should have stopped at the last one.
A new group now braves the unknown of the Mummy's Tomb, the Haunted Crematory, and the Endless Hall of Mirrors. It's too bad they got me in the cemetery. I didn't see it coming but I survived, after all I do work at the Aslyum on Government Street. Next time I'll be ready if the Sweeps Month doesn't get me first.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
What do you know, looks like we have a model to showcase the new attire.
Turdpolisher and XRAY TED. I wonder how the reporters will look in these things?