Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Please don't get me started on how the global situation is being handled. I, being a problem solver, may use alternate methods at times. In so many instances, I still see useless 'dead weight' surviving and winning out over dedicated hard workers--for reasons unknown?!?!?!?
A very good friend of my family just passed away. Mr. Frank Oklessen was in his 90's and still working! He had been at his job with the same company for 73 years. Still as sharp as a tack and so productive! In fact, he passed away at his desk at work. He was the first person in the office, as usual! The next person into work found him deceased at his desk. This is how life and the business world used to operate (and it wasn't half bad!!).
Funny, how times change....business leaders and CEO's all of a sudden change their modus operandi (as they choose the route of fewer, less seasoned employees....using cheaper equipment --both causing the decline of the product and its quality).
This new M.O. has sent the world into a tailspin. I guess there is something to be said for experience, seniority, dedication, and giving your employees the best equipment necessary to complete their tasks.
Sad to say, the 'good ole days' are on their way out. Come on, let's face it. Even in the sports arena, times are changing. If you have someone like a Ken Griffey Jr. (or C.C. Sabathia) who has been with one team for so long breaking ties, it's over.
It's really too bad that people who love their job, are great at their craft, want to give 110 percent to their employer on a daily basis, and would even work for less and take a pay cut to continue their tenure are being discarded. We are in the era for forced retirements, buyouts, firings, layoffs, you name it! Heck, it even happened to my mother. She was ill for a spell and was 'forced' to retire, from of all places, the Church! It's a world gone mad!
When the CEO's of the three big auto makers flew their private jets to ask for public funds, it's a world gone mad!
When CEO's, boards of trustees, Presidents, V-P's, and upper upper management continue making 7-figures when they are laying off hundreds and thousands of people, it's a world gone mad!
The holidays are upon us. One of the worst jobs in a newsroom is doing the scheduling. Actually, at times, it does not have to be as hard as it seems. I believe organization, verbal communication (instead of texting and emailing), and proper planning well in advance solves almost every scheduling problem!
When I first broke into this business, I knew I was low man on the totem pole. Let's face it, even as an intern, I worked from 4am until 7pm, weekends and holidays.....which carried over to being an entry level employee. But that was a given fact! You knew that was your lot in life, at least for a while, and you would work hard to be the best!
I continue paying my dues but do have a bit of seniority under my belt! However, I know there are 'untouchable weeks' when the woman with more seniority than I gets first dibs.
I'm not quite sure when it happened, but apparently the rules have changed. Working in this business for almost a quarter of a century does not matter anymore. There was discussion and folks were asked to consider working the holidays so those 'newer' in the business could enjoy time with their families. I'm all for charity and love prevailing and always a very giving person. But, really, what happened to 'paying dues' and seniority???
I must confess. I did not offer to hand back my Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I was fortunate to get them approved. Thank you! I'm not quite sure how this will come back to bite me in the future, if I've been blackballed. I'm sure time will tell. For me, family came first in my decision. My Mother has been in the hospital for so many holidays. I'd really like to spend our few special holidays all together....while we STILL can!
I cantor at my church and sing all the Masses for the major holidays. This is a part of my life. In the past, people were more understanding. Not today. There's a 'robot mentality' blanketing the 21st century society which could be fueling our demise.
I know it is the way of the world now, for whatever reason, and whichever big wigs put out the new edict, but it's quite disconcerting that experience, dedication, love of the job, and seniority really don't have a leg to stand on anymore. It's unfortunate that we are in a world where we may not be able to retire with the company we love and so many people may not even be with their current company this time next year.
Be strong everyone and keep the faith.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
(photo Courtesy wkyc.com)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It was a celebration. Herb Score's funeral Mass at St. Christopher's in Rocky River was a celebration of a great man's faith-filled life. He was loved and adored while here on earth (though he had no idea how revered he was in his hometown and around the world!).....and the masses paid their respects to a hero, a legend Saturday afternoon.
Media from all over showed up to say goodbye to their friend, their fellow broadcaster. The likes of Tom Hamilton, Terry Pluto, Doug Dieken, John Telich, Sheldon Ocker, Dan Coughlin, Pat Murray....I don't mean to slight anyone but the Church was a sea of people.
I was fortunate enough and blessed to be on hand. I'd like to share my thoughts and memories with you as well as the complete transcript from the homilist, Father Gary Chmura. Please click on the following attached link:
Man of unshakable faith
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- American League Pitcher of the Month for April, 2008
- selected to and started his 1st All-Star game on July 15, 2008
- American League Pitcher of the Month for August, 2008
- won 22 games (22-3) with an ERA of 2.54 and 170 strikeouts
- AL Comeback Player of the Year Award
- Players Choice Award, AL Outstanding Pitcher of the Year
- AL Comeback Player of the Year (awarded by fellow players)
- 4 complete games
- 2 shutouts
- American League champion for wins
- American League champion for ERA
- Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
- Sporting News Comeback of the Year Award
- 2008 AL Cy Young Award
As if Lee has not been in the pressure cooker the last couple of seasons, Lee's personal life has been riddled with adversity. Cliff and Kristen Lee were dealt a blow when their son, Jaxon, 4-months-old at the time, was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Jaxon, Lee and his wife conquered that battle. Jaxon, 7-years-old now, is a Children's Leukemia survivor. The Lee's have a daughter as well, 5-year-old Macie, who is probably ecstatic to have her big brother around!! The Lee's passionately support and do as much as they possibly can for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
One of my 'rule of thumbs' is to try and remember that we may only see one side of a person. Every human being has many sides which affect the final product. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt and always think the best of someone before making any assumptions or final conclusions.
Thinking of the trials and tribulations WE ourselves endure on our daily journey through life, I'm amazed by someone like Cliff Lee, who, through adversity still manages to triumph and excel. Congratulations, Cliff Lee! I've only touched the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully after reading this short tribute, you too will understand why I have chosen Cliff Lee as this week's Hidden Gem!
(this final photo courtesy: Videographer Chris Kunz)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On the eve of the announcement of the American League Cy Young Award winner (fingers crossed), I ponder at how day in and day out, I sent crews to get Indians' Pre-Game and Postgame....sent crews down to cover stories for legendary Nev Chandler at Cleveland Municipal Stadium....was working the night of the tragic boating accident....field produced a World Series Game on the third base line with Jim Donovan as well as field producing other games at Jacob's Field and Progressive Field ....the list is endless!
Yet, not on the 'A' List. I am still scratching my head over this one!
Mr. Score and his wife Nancy were two of the nicest people who ever walked this earth.
Mr. Score forever will be characterized as a Cleveland Indians' pitching legend and broadcasting icon.
Mr. Score's devout faith was true inspiration to all.
I did not want to see him pass, yet knew he was suffering and had been through very rough times over the last few years.
As an assignment editor, you always want to break the big story. When it revolves around this delicate subject matter, many bittersweet feelings cloud your vision and your thinking.
I'm not going to take full credit for this story. However, I must say I got the ball rolling and stayed on top of it from its inception to its tragic ending.
I had one heck of a source. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My source has been keeping me in the loop on Mr. Score for years. However back on October 27th, my source called me with daunting information I really did not want to hear. Mr. Score was in Fairview Hospital not doing well. I received the call off the clock. I immediately called and emailed the appropriate people with the information. I had total faith in my source --110 percent sure of everything they were telling me.
The initial call made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and sent chills down my spine. This was the day before the Feast of St. Jude, Herb's favorite Saint. Herb prayed to St Jude the day he was struck in the eye with a baseball. He prayed asking St. Jude to spare his sight, and he did.
That initial information started the process. Dick Russ, who had done stories with Herb in the past, began writing .....and pulling file video. Dick contacted a few of his contacts who were able to get us a bit more video of Herb in action to augment our story. News Editor extraordinaire, Matt Hein, also began pulling video. Matt is a huge fan of Cleveland, baseball, the Indians and knew dates and times off the top of his head of video he wanted to include in a story, in preparation for that fateful day.
Every couple days, I was getting updates and would relay to the appropriate people.
I brought in my copy of Terry Cashman's song, 'The Ballad of Herb Score' which Matt used throughout our tribute piece...with permission from Mr. Terry Cashman himself.
Matt and Dick were almost done with a 'look back' piece when I got the news that Mr. Score returned home.
Dick Russ' writing, a masterpiece. Matt's editing brought tears to my eyes. Matt showed me the story which left me speechless. What a talent and great asset to Channel 3.
Finally, Tuesday morning I got the call I hoped I'd never get. Mr. Herb Score had passed away. Again, I immediately called the station and emailed the appropriate folks in the newsroom. I checked all other websites to see if the news had been broken anywhere else. When I checked, it had not. I was fairly confident we were the only ones with the info, at least with a little head start before the Cleveland Indians' put out their statements, and the funeral home sent out their releases and the Indians sent out famous audio calls of Mr. Score as play-by-play announcer...
We were able to air our Herb Score tribute story starting on our Noon News. You could tell the other stations were scrambling.
I posted a timely story on this work blog including the calling hours and funeral arrangements before other stations distributed the information.
Though this story is quite sad and close to my heart being a huge baseball fan, Cleveland Indians fan, and faith-filled person, this is what an assignment editor does.
The AE gets a story and does not let go until the very end. The AE follows through until there is nothing more to get.
Again, I'm saddened at Tuesday's news. But I am blessed and fortunate to have been able to contribute SO MUCH to and on this breaking news story....and allow my station to have the time to put together such a wonderfully moving tribute, very well deserved, to a true baseball legend and amazing human being!
There is no doubt in my mind Mr. Herb Score is perched atop the pitching mound once again, having the time of his life striking out the likes of Shoeless Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Mickey Mantle...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
(photo Courtesy: wkyc and wkyc.com)
Whether you are a baseball fan or not, you've probably heard of and listened to Herb Score.
75-year-old Herb Score passed away today at his home in Rocky River after battling various illnesses and set backs over the last few years.
Mr. Score became a legendary pitcher with the Cleveland Indians from 1955 to 1959. But his ties to the Cleveland Indians' Organization did not end when he set aside his pitching glove. If you listened to the Tribe games on your local radio dial, you were serenaded by his vivid and one-of-a-kind play-by-play game announcing from 1963 to 1997.
He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998.
In 2006, Score was inducted into the Cleveland Indians' Hall of Fame.
For those of you who do not follow the game of baseball, more than likely you have heard of his baseball injury which may have cut his baseball career short. On May 7 in 1957 Score was struck in the face by a ball hit by Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees. Score suffered numerous broken bones in his facial area. Score, a very religious man, prayed to his favorite Saint, St. Jude., while laying on the mound bleeding. Score regained his 20/20 vision and did name his daughter Judy after his favorite Saint. However, he was never quite the same after the accident and eventually retired.
Herb Score continued to be a positive force in the world of baseball, with the Cleveland Indians, in northeast Ohio, and with the local Catholic Community. He was very involved with his church, St. Christopher's, in Rocky River. A side note: my family would travel around to see the Indians' in various cities. Each Sunday morning, no matter which city we were in, we'd go to the local Catholic Church for Mass before attending the game. You'd always see Herb Score attending Sunday Mass giving praise to his God.
The Cleveland Indians and Busch Funeral Homes have released funeral arrangements.
Visitation will be Friday, November 14, 2008 from 1-3pm and then 6-9pm at Busch Funeral Home located at 21369 Center Ridge Road in Fairview Park, Ohio. The website for Busch Funeral Homes is http://www.buschfuneral.com.
The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 10:30am at St. Christopher's Catholic Church located at 20141 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio. Interment will be at Lakewood Park Cemetery located at 22025 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Cornerstone of Hope
5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, Ohio 44131
Cleveland Indians Charities
c/o Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Dept
2401 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
For a wonderful piece on Herb Score's career written by wkyc reporter and managing editor Dick Russ and edited by wkyc editor Matt Hein, please click onto the wkyc.com link.
A true legend...a class act...our heartfelt prayers go out to your wife Nancy, your children and family. You will be missed, Mr. Score.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yesterday, full staff PLUS.....people from other parts of the building helping out in the newsroom and people from out-of-house coming into our home to assist on the most comprehensive election coverage in town.
Today, back to the normal, hard-working grind.
I pull into the parking garage and can actually find a spot, multiple spots.
I walk into the newsroom and there are only about a dozen people right now working away.
It's like someone let the sparkling water out of our gigantic, election night news snow globe. Just physically and emotionally drained.
What has NOT changed: all the food that continues to circulate around the newsroom. This MUST stop. My willpower level is non-existent right now. I am definitely not near starvation by a long shot but have the mindset that I will never see another Cheryl & Co. fudge brownie --ever again!!!!!!
Back to NEVER a dull moment. It's more intense and busier on NON-ELECTION days. On election night, that is your one goal, your focal point.
The other 364 days are non-stop, grueling days with dozens of tentacles whipping around constantly thrashing at you. You have to stay moving and multi-task to make it through the day successfully. News comes from all angles, all topic matters and you must pick and choose and decide the news of the day. Sometimes it's just you in the newsroom. No one to cover the phones while you make a restroom pit stop or grab an apple so you don't pass out.
Back to reality!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
- What we are covering, the bulk of the content
- Reporter assignments
- Who is working with whom (reporters & camera crews & truck operators)
- Live truck assignments
- Signal tests & logistics at each location
- Making graphics
- Compiling lower thirds
- Dividing up the races, issues, election info
- Assigning remote designations
- Doing all of the above for our web coverage, blogging, & mobile phone coverage
- Making sure we have ample staff in all departments to cover all of the above
- Assembling our bloggers
- Getting appropriate credentialing
- Obtaining parking passes
- Assigning our student helpers
- Ordering food--top of mind for everyone!
Well, you get the idea....the list is endless! There is a lot of hard work and planning that goes into an election night and it is truly a full team effort!
There are always unexpected issues that arise every election day. However, if everything is properly planned and done just right, then honestly, there is not much left to do on election day except EXECUTE!
When I walked in today, I thought I would get inundated with viewers having various election issues, complaints, problems....
Believe it or not, I only got a handful of election snafus complaints....
I AM getting inundated with calls, but it has absolutely nothing to do voting problems.
Apparently, Channel 3 is having audio issues. The calls started coming in shortly after 5pm and continue as of this writing. I was told our HD channel is having transmission problems. The viewers I have spoken with have various stories: some have HD, some do not, some have been experiencing this problem for the last week, some just today....
An awful predicament to be in on one of the most important nights of the entire year.
Rest assured, the problem is being addressed. We hope to have the problem rectified as soon as possible and everything back to normal for the rest of our extended election coverage throughout the night into tomorrow.
Monday, November 3, 2008
We've got you covered!!!
Channel 3 has extended our live Decision 2008 coverage Monday and Tuesday.
Channel 3's Monday Evening Schedule:
5pm --hour long election and news special
6pm --Channel 3 News at 6
630pm --Nightly News has an hour long special
730pm --Channel 3 News at 730
11pm --Channel 3 News at 11
Channel 3's Tuesday Evening Schedule:
5pm --hour long election and news special
6pm --Channel 3 News at 6
630pm --Nightly News comes on and has complete coverage all night long with WKYC-TV
11pm --Extended Channel 3 News at 11
Then be sure to tune into Channel 3 News Today Wednesday morning for a wrap up of Tuesday's events and any updated results....and sound from the winners and losers......
As always, for complete and up to the minute election results, you can also long onto wkyc.com.
And if you are not going to be near your computer or your television, you too can get the latest results on your mobile phone....at m.wkyc.com.
As you can see, Channel 3 and NBC is the place to be for all of your Decision 2008 Election Coverage! See you Monday and Tuesday!