Saturday, May 31, 2008
Always seems to happen on a Friday night. Most people want a laid back, cruise-control end to the work week. I know better! Spot news is timeless.
So, I am cruising along at a pretty good clip this Friday afternoon. We are in the midst of our 6pm news when all of a sudden, crazy scanner traffic comes across. Oftentimes, area agencies hold 'drills.' However, by the tones of the voices speaking and the units being called, I knew this was no drill.
I have 3 people trapped in a fuel tank in Auburn Township. I can not even visualize what they mean by this?!?! And, being familiar with the area where this is happening, try to get a picture of exactly where this is. I know it's big.
Now, setting the scene. I am flying solo on the news assignment desk. I only have 3crews working tonight, my last crew took a personal day. All of these crews are currently working with reporters. One is east. One is west. And the last one is down south in Summit Cty.
The scanners start hopping. When spot news hits, especially when working alone, everything else flies out the window for the rest of night except pounding the pavement and working the phones on this particular story.
I establish where this is happening. And, again try to ascertain what is happening. I alert my producers and the web and then begin what we call a 'factsheet' which is basically an information file in our computer. I send out a quick note to the producers, desk and the web so they have some info in writing as a starting point...and have all cylinders running....
I listen a bit more and then confab with Dan, the 11pm producer. After a short while, we reroute Dave Summers and his crew Randy White (the crew that can get to the scene quickest even though all of them were on opposite sides of this breaking news story!). In the meantime, another photographer who lives in the area goes to the scene on his own to snap a few pictures which he can beam back to our webmaster.
I know it is going to be a night of ping-pong and juggling. I need to contact my satellite truck operator, who is also out on a story with a reporter. We have conversation as to IF he thinks he can get a signal with a microwave truck or if we have to roll the big rig. He says we should roll the satellite truck. Yet another call to my assistant news director alerting him of our spot news, that I really need to roll the sat truck and that our late crews, more than likely, will be on overtime if that's ok. Right now, we are trying very hard to eliminate unnecessary fees and be as efficient as possible. However, on a night like tonight with such a tragedy, I am given the green light on the overtime.
I contact Dave and Randy giving them updates on what I am hearing. However, you can never use scanner traffic as fact. Usually it is correct. However, rule of thumb is always verify whatever comes across a police scanner. Yet, a reporter can take that info and use it as a springboard in the field to gather yet more information. I also supply Dave with some essential numbers and names which will help him in the field.
My 3rd crew comes back. He has to ingest his tapes. After he ingests, I send him immediately out to this scene to assist with editing and other backup support since the scene is still very active.
When it rains, it pours. I have every night crew on the clock working the Auburn Twp rescue story, and of course, I have yet more breaking news on the opposite side of town in Parma. I have a 4-year-old child who drowned in the family pool. An awful tragedy. On any other night, would be the lead story and would have sent a reporter and crew out to this one. However, tonight, I can not even send a crew to get video. Regardless of whether I can shoot video or not, I have to get the info for our website and our next live show. Then I will pass along to my overnight and weekend crews in hopes that we pick up the story Saturday. You can always pick up a story the next day.
My crews have arrived and everything seems like it is going just as planned. I can still follow what is going on 25 miles away through the magic of our scanners. If I hear something interesting, I relay it to Dave in the field.
Next, I must book the satellite windows for our tape feed and live shot during our 11pm news. I contact NBC NewsChannel and buy satellite time for our satellite truck. I must then convey that information to my signal acquisition operator and my truck operator. This truly is the 'communications business.' If someone is not given the correct information or the information at all, the whole house of cards can tumble down.
Amazingly, the story is STILL unfolding 5 hours later when we are live on the air. However, my crews in the field have a great handle on everything. Dave Summers goes live. While he is live and watching his story, an official tells him there will be a press conference because someone has died. Dave brilliantly incorporates his new information and informs our audience that he will have an update before the end of the news show.
Well, tonight was a great team effort. Everything went off without a hitch. They are not all like this but we lucked out and really were in sync. There was not even any stress within the newsroom or amongst any personnel. It was perfectly choreographed.
These are nights to be proud of as a broadcaster, even though the subject matter is tragic and you certainly hope for a better outcome. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families involved and the rescuers who tried their best to bring about a better resolution.
Click Play Video for Dave Summers' Report.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Eleven years ago I walked into the House of Swing and stumbled upon one of the best Hidden Gems in Northeast Ohio! Oh, I had driven by it my whole life. And my Aunt and Uncle said they had been in there many times in their younger days. Not until one of my dearest friends turned me onto this 'diamond in the rough' did I actually step inside and experience the entire phenomenon!
If you enjoy jazz, blues, and even swing music, The House of Swing is the place to be! Especially for LIVE music!
The House of Swing is celebrating 31 years this Saturday, May 31st! Owner Linda Kallie is the perfect host, especially on these big occasions. She knows how to throw a hopping party. She is gracious and so appreciative of her patrons. She is one of the reasons The House of Swing is the great place it is today! Blues DeVille will headline this year's anniversary party. There will be delicious food, beverages galore for the party guests, fun, friendship, and the yearly toast to Lou, his memory, and the legacy he started many years ago!
31 years ago, Lou Kallie opened The House of Swing (where jazz is king) at 4490 Mayfield Road in South Euclid.
Lou had a long musical history. Back in 1965, he owned 'The Library' in the Little Italy area. That's when he met Linda. He played the music he grew up with and loved but it did not catch on with the 60's crowd. He also played drums in the band, 'The Wild Bunch,' hoping to emulate the likes of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Kallie had an amazing collection of over 15,000 records which he still wanted to share with others after 'The Library' closed. He opened The House of Swing as an outlet where he could share the music he loved while jamming with his very own band, which he did every Monday night.
Besides the record collection, there were and still are loads of memorabilia displayed throughout the entire bar ranging from bumper stickers...album covers....remembrances of all the live bands that have ever played in the Swing....musical pictures, portraits, posters....sports memorabilia of all kinds....fun inflatables....and picture montages of the many devoted patrons who have visited Linda and Lou over the last 31 years!
When you enter the Swing, you feel like family. You are welcomed with open arms and always treated to a wonderful time! A wonderful place to go any night of the week. Linda has live music there 4 nights a week. The other nights, classic tunes playing on the loud speaker!
Lou was actively involved in his city, his neighborhood. Linda recollects how he managed a slew of softball teams as well as starting the Cleveland Heights men's hockey league. Linda says Lou will also be remembered for his 'one liners!'
Lou Kallie passed away suddenly in October of 1995 of a probable heart attack. He was 67 years old. Lou's memory lives on in The House of Swing. However, his ashes also rest in a special place within the bar so he can overlook and oversee his great success --which continues today!
Linda, as well as Lou's son, Harry, have carried on Lou's legacy, his memory. Harry helps Linda out at the Swing in many capacities keeping the music alive and the drinks flowing. Linda has many other great bartenders (including Richie Rich) and a wonderful support staff which have helped her keep the bar open after Lou's passing. She can not believe it has been 31 years. There have been a number of changes through the years. Linda has upgraded with the times adding more televisions, making a bigger stage area, and many other betterments!
Linda says she is not sure how much longer The House of Swing can endure, but for now, it's still alive and kicking and one of the best neighborhood bars in Northeast Ohio!
Come one and all Saturday, May 31st for the 31st anniversary celebration of The House of Swing and see why it is this week's Hidden Gem!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Remember to catch the Fugitive of the Week segment each Monday night on Channel 3 News at 11pm.
You, too, can make a difference in your community.
U.S. Marshal, Peter Elliott, and his guys have been named the Top Task Force in America. Over the last 5 years they have made over 15,000 arrests.
As always, anyone with information for the Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force should call 1-866-4-WANTED.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The Chagrin Valley Jaycees tell me this has been a yearly tradition since 1987! If it's Memorial Day weekend in Northeast Ohio, just look up and watch the skies over Chagrin Falls for the beautiful hot air balloons aloft!
Each year, more and more hot air balloons join in on the festivities! World champions come from all over the country!
You can't beat spending quality time with family and friends, maybe packing a nice picnic lunch or dinner, while watching these beautifully decorated balloons launch, soar, and then come back to earth!
You hardly hear this anymore, but admission is FREE! And this event has a wide range of activities for all ages! You are sure to find something for everyone so the entire family can participate. It runs from Thursday, May 22nd thru Memorial Day. Please click the attached link for the entire schedule of events as well as other festival information!
If you're a music lover, get your dancin' shoes on because you are in store for some great live music! A sneak peak at some of the bands performing this weekend include Armstrong Bearcat, Sonny Geraci, Ted Riser and the Marshall Band, as well as Alex Bevan.
What would a festival be without some good eats! The Taste of Chagrin features Chagrin Valley's finest restaurants and eateries at Triangle Park. And if you're game, join in on the pie eating contest!
Hot Air Balloon Fun Facts:
- balloons are made of reinforced nylon fabric
- the gondola is woven wicker
- the most popular balloon is as tall as a 7-story building
- the average balloon costs $20,000 to $40,000
- ideal times to fly are just after sunrise and just before sunset
- a hot air balloon can land in water
- balloons can stay up for 1-2 hours depending on conditions and occupants
- inflating a balloon takes about 15 minutes
- invented back in 1783 in Paris, France but pre-modern balloon invented in China
The Blossom Time parade steps off Sunday at 2pm from Triangle Park. Our very own Del Donahoo is the Grand Marshal. Other Channel 3 personalities should be on hand including Abby Ham, Hollie Strano, and Andrea Vecchio along with General Manager Brooke Spectorsky.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It's the final official day of May Sweeps. The strong effort and enthusiasm remains every day, but during this 'sweeps' we had a number of enterprising pieces...and investigative stories! We should know in a few days how we fared against our local competitors.
I've listed our '30 days, 30 ways to save' pieces as well as our other sweeps stories in the margin on the right side of my blog for anyone who would like to take a look back at a favorite!
We can catch our breath for a few days and then right back up on the horse prepping for the next sweeps period!
I'd have to say, this has been one of the craziest wrap ups to a ratings month and definitely NOT a typical day on the news assignment desk.
First off, check out the new look of the Channel 3 Website. You will love it! You, too, can become more involved.
The highlights include: social, search, clip, zip! Our new website is a social network community where the viewer can post photos, start a blog, become involved in ongoing forums, give us opinions on stories, and so much more!
Our web customers can navigate a bit easier searching for stories and video clips.
And when the reader supplies a zip code, they can get a weather report for that particular area!
Next, we've been doing special tapings the last few days with some of the Cleveland Browns. Yesterday, I believe Kamerion Wimbley was in studio. Today, Braylon Edwards.
I'm a huge Cleveland fan, Cleveland Sports fan, and Cleveland Music fan. However, being in TV, some unwritten rules include, 'don't gush,' 'don't ask for autographs,' and 'don't be a nuisance.'
There are times when those rules are bent a little. Today was one of those days! Braylon Edwards came into the newsroom and all eyes turned to him! He was absolutely one of the most gracious, charming, friendly people I have ever met. I hate having my picture taken, but I must admit, I jumped on the bandwagon when the opportunity presented itself!
Folks from all over the building came in a little early or stayed a little later to shower Betsy and Paul with gifts of all shapes, sizes, and colors!
It would not be an authentic Channel 3 Party without Marlene AND --the infamous Ho Ho Cake! As many of you may recall, Marlene recently retired from her longtime position of Newsroom Administrative Assistant. Boy, do we miss her!
Well, as you can see, NEVER a dull moment here at Channel 3! Click the attached link to view slide show of Betsy's Baby Shower!
Photos courtesy: Romona Robinson
1. Betsy cutting the infamous Ho-Ho cake
2. Betsy opening her gifts
3. Weekend Anchor Lydia Esparra and Betsy
4. Education Reporter Kim Wheeler, Marlene, News Director Rita Andolsen
5. Yours truly, Lydia, Romona
6. Yours truly, Carole Sullivan, Kim Wheeler
7. Barb, Brandi, Sarah, Kim
8. Backpack Journalist Lynn Olszowy, Carrie, Lydia
9. Romona, Braylon Edwards, guest of honor Betsy
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tune in to Channel 3 News Wednesday at 6pm and 11pm for two stories you won't want to miss!
Animal lovers who own a pet think of that pet as part of their family! However, do you REALLY KNOW your dog? Tune in at 6pm to see Monica Robins' report on Dog DNA Testing!
Then at 11pm, a touching story on how a local artist is helping families of fallen soldiers heal.
Two stories you WON'T WANT TO MISS! See you at 6pm and 11pm Wednesday on Channel 3 News!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A story you won't want to miss. Tune in to Channel 3 News Monday at 11pm for what some are calling a controversial and, at times, disturbing portrayal of how horses are still being abused and in some parts of the world, slaughtered.
Tom Meyer, the Investigator, follows a group of horses from Sugarcreek, Ohio all the way to Mexico. He has graphic hidden camera video about how they are transported and then what happens to them once they cross the border into Mexico.
At times hard to watch, however, lawmakers agree this story has to be told in order to stop the practices currently in existence.
Please tune in Monday to Channel 3 News at 11pm and see how you, possibly, can make a difference!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tune into Channel 3 News Thursday at 11pm to find out which healing agents are defying modern medicine.
A woman who was told her leg may need amputation tried them...a man needing knee surgery swears by them....
You won't want to miss what they are talking about! Tune in Thursday at 11!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Let's face it, we're living in a new cyberworld where your computer is your best friend, or is it?!
Wednesday at 11pm on Channel 3 News, Barbara Gauthier takes a look at 'Who's Googling You,' what information is available about you on the internet, who can access that information, and most importantly, how YOU can protect yourself online. You won't want to miss 'Who's Googling You.' Wednesday night at 11pm on Channel 3 News.
Please click the attached link for Eric's first special report. Eric Mansfield knows first hand what it is like to try and get back on track after coming home from war.
Get a glimpse through Eric's eyes of what it was like in the trenches.
Be sure to check out Eric Mansfield's blog as well for more insight into this issue.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Eric Mansfield's 5-part series 'The Long Road Home' starts Monday at 11pm. Eric speaks from experience in this series and hopes to share the stories of many military personnel and their families about their long road home....
Be sure to tune in all week at 11pm for Eric's in depth stories on 'The Long Road Home.'
Here's a preview of the week ahead.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Many may think of the APL as a place where abandoned or stray pets wind up, and though that is true, the APL does so much more!
- Adopt out pets they receive--in 2007, they placed almost 6,000 animals with new owners! They never give up and when space is limited, use their foster families to hold animals while they continue looking for a good owner.
- Treat sick and injured animals. Contributors to the Second Chance Fund assist with this program.
- Spay and Neuter--they have a new spay and neuter clinic which offers low-cost spay and neuter surgery to low-income owners as well as surgery for animal welfare groups, rescue groups, shelters, and others in need.
- Screen dogs for heartworm
- Screen cats for feline leukemia and FIV
- Vaccinate all animals over 3 months old for rabies
The APL gets their need and their story out to the local media on a regular basis. Every Friday at 6am on Channel 3 News Today, Hollie Strano highlights adoptable dogs in her Doggone Weather segment. Every Friday on Good Company, Amy Hafner is LIVE with adoptable dogs. The APL also appears periodically on the Channel 3 weekend morning show with pets needing a good home.
The APL holds various events throughout the year to raise funds for their cause, their programs. One such event is HERE! The annual Pledge for Pets Radiothon on Q104 kicks off Friday, May 9th at 6am. It goes until 6pm and then starts up again Saturday, May 10th from 10am until 4pm.
The Q104 morning show team of Wilde and Fee will broadcast LIVE from the APL. I have tuned in every year and have heard absolutely heart wrenching, unbelievable stories of situations these animals have endured. Stories about abused, mistreated animals who have overcome as well as the heroes who rescued and nursed them back to life.
Last year's radiothon raised more than $126,000 and placed 125 animals.
You can certainly get more details about the APL, their animals, the animals you have seen in this story on this blog, their programs, and upcoming events by logging onto http://www.clevelandapl.org/ or calling 216.377.1628.
Pictures and Information Courtesy and with Permission of the Cleveland APL.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
You can have a big part in this project!
We are currently looking for all kinds of photos including landscapes, wildlife, skylines, mammals, flowers, insects, weather scenes, storms, dramatic skies, clouds, sunsets, atmospheric phenomena, seasonal themes, and more....
Just click the attached link to find out more about the rules and photo submission guidelines!
Submit your photos and, who knows, they may get chosen to appear in our upcoming Northeast Ohio Weather Calendar!
Good luck and thanks for your help!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
A 'must see' story Wednesday on Channel 3 News at 11pm.
Tom Meyer takes an in depth look into a place where Cleveland EMS, Police, and Fire are called three times a day. Taxpayers hard earned money is used as these emergency crews respond to a place with over 173 sex offenders.
These calls add to the fatigue of our emergency workers after working 18 hour days.
Please tune in Wednesday at 11pm for an eye-opening report!
Monday, May 5, 2008
There is a table which sets in the center of our news room.
If there are ever any giveaways, gifts that folks can't use, leftovers, or the most popular-FOOD, it goes on the central newsroom table.
Today we set a record.
Mike O'Mara came back from his story sporting 6 pizzas (out of the goodness of his heart!). Before he could even put the last one down, it was a feeding frenzy! And within seconds, not minutes, but seconds, all 6 pizzas had been inhaled.
It was an amazing sight to see!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
You won't want to miss Tom Meyer's Investigation Monday at 11pm. A follow up to a story he has been working for months on how a woman was strip searched at a local jail. Tom Meyer has obtained new video, exclusive video and new details in connection with this investigation. Please be sure to tune in Monday at 11pm!
Friday, May 2, 2008
'Beyond Beauty' is a pop-rock band from Streetsboro High School.
Remember, every Friday between 5am and 7am, you can tune into our 'Live on Lakeside' segments and see local bands, musicians, and singers performing LIVE during our broadcast.
If you are part of a band or know of a great band in the area, check out the 'Live on Lakeside' application and sign up for your chance to perform on a future show.
Be sure to visit the 'Live on Lakeside' section of wkyc.com for background information on our bands and videos of their performance.
If you are a member of Facebook, log on and join the 'Live on Lakeside' group. Same thing for MySpace folks!
Would love your feedback on how you like 'Live on Lakeside' and what you'd like to see in future segments!
We were quite lucky and blessed to be able to keep in touch with Eric while he was away. He or his wife, Lisa, would periodically send an email and even pictures to give us a taste of how combat and just plain daily living was in his neck of the world. While we were discussing this upcoming series, he said I could relay some of his thoughts and photos which he began sharing with me back in April and May of 2003. Be sure to check out Eric's Blog as well!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
- the quality of the team on the field
- fan IQ
- the neighborhood
Responses came from season ticket holders as well as fans who attend at least five games a year.
Indians' Vice President of Public Relations, Bob DiBiasio, said "it's a wonderful honor. It speaks volumes to the team effort that goes into entertaining our fans to the best of our abilities."
Progressive Field has only been around for 15 years. However, every year there is something new added to keep the fans coming back for more. If it's not the promotions and gifts given out to adults and children alike, it's the amenities. In 2004, a new scoreboard was erected with an immense video display. The Batter's Eye Bar has become the hotspot before, during, and after the games. Last year, Nostalgic Heritage Park opened to honor former Indians' Players. Fans were able to purchase pavers to be a part of history. And this year, along with some delicious, new foodstuffs, the right field Party Deck and Champions Suite were unveiled.
On a cold, rainy day, there is absolutely no better place to view the game then from the Terrace Club, front and center behind the warm glass. The Terrace Club has only the top chefs in the nation serving a menu fit for a king.
Believe it or not, there are many hometown people who have never set foot inside. I know it seems hard to believe, but it's true. This year, we have to get those folks inside Progressive Field!
For 455 straight sell-out games, it was absolute mayhem. Then when the streak ended, a slight let down, but you have to look at the glass half full. So many folks who could not attend before were able to share the experience.
We are lucky enough to have season's tickets. We've had Indians' season tickets since 1988 at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Going to so many games, we are lucky to meet a slew of out-of-towners in just to see our ballpark. We've come across business men in town for seminars who steal away to catch a game or two. We've met die hard fans who follow their beloved team to Cleveland from New York, Boston, Toronto, St Louis...We've even met those warriors visiting every single major league ballpark (one of our goals!).
And we hear the same thing time and again. This is one of the prettiest, nicest, cost efficient, and most enjoyable ballparks to watch a game.
Last year, we sat next to the dreaded Boston Red Sox Fan. He was in town for the entire series. He could not believe how much cheaper the whole experience was. Right off the bat he said the seat he was sitting in alone would have cost him triple at Fenway. The beer about 3 dollars more and so on....
We, too, have visited numerous ballparks around the nation. And, it's true. Can't beat watching a game at Progressive Field. We were at Camden Yards, which many say looks and feels a lot like Progressive Field. We were sitting in Club Seats which supposedly were one of the top seats available. Well, their value was high end but so were the seats. Nose bleed USA!
The entire experience is usually a win-win situation. You can either take an RTA rapid from various locations and then it's a short jaunt from Tower City or there are dozens of parking areas around the ballpark.
If you have a handicapped person, you normally can park in the garage adjacent to the field and there are wheelchairs available at the gate to transport wherever you need to go inside the ballpark.
There is usually not that bad of a restroom wait.
There is food for anyone and everyone, and the cost is better than most other ballparks.
There is something for everyone --young and old. Slider be-bops around entertaining the children as well as kid's land and a food stand for the young ones. The children also love the hotdog derby where life size hotdogs race around the field with their eye on the finish line. There are contests throughout the entire game for adults to win free giveaways.
And the young players give 100 percent day in and day out. You can tell they want to be there. They want to play hard. They want to win. Even the other day when CC lost 1-0 to the Yankees, it was a great pitcher's duel. CC pitched a great game.
The players are very accessible before the game signing autographs for fans as well as after the game by the players' parking lot, where many players do stay and sign autographs for the children.
Win or lose, you will not leave Progressive Field disappointed. Your entertaining visit will leave you wanting more...
If you are one of the locals who has yet to visit Progressive Field, please get to a game this season. You will not be disappointed and will find out why Progressive Field is this week's Hidden Gem.