My True Save Story

My story starts with the TV on and an old friend on it. He was anchoring the news. No names. I want to protect the innocent.

I saw it immediately. The collar on his suit coat was turned up. It’s happened to all of us. On TV it stands out.

Normally this kind of thing is caught by the floor director or camera operator. Those jobs don’t exist at most stations anymore.

The second line of defense are the folks in the control room–the producer and director.

Maybe they were busy? Maybe they don’t realize this is their job too? Whatever the reason, silence.

I tweeted my friend.

Fix suit collar. Is turned up.

A few minutes later I got a reply, but not from my friend. A co-worker of his follows my Twitter account. She was working just off set.

I went and fixed it for him

Yes she had! Anyone tuning in after the first few minutes missed this wardrobe malfunction.

To cover all our tracks, I’m erasing my tweets. Stuff happens. I don’t want to embarrass anyone.

It’s my good deed for the day for one of the nicest guys I know.

When TV Goes Bad

It is extremely frustrating if you’re there when that happens. Everyone points fingers. Never good.

I felt terrible for friends at my former station. They did their newscast tonight with no audio going home. I wish I could say that will never happen at Fox CT. I think it’s a lot less likely.

Digital technology has created more single points of failure that can take down the system. It is extremely frustrating if you’re there when that happens. Everyone points fingers. Never good.

A little selling here. I appreciate those of you who’ve moved over to FoxCT. For some of you it’s more difficult to switch. I get it.

Here’s what I see. We have an incredible commitment to our product and that includes spending for things that make small improvements often at substantial cost.

There is a maintenance engineer in the control room every time we are on-the-air. He has no job during the newscast but to be there should something happen. Think ambulance on the sidelines at an NFL game.

My friends wish everyone had one.