Live and Reporting Outside from Anywhere (Doesn’t Matter Where), To Tell You How Cold It Is Out There

News Reporters in Winter Live Shots

As local newscasts, in Chicago and throughout Midwest, prepare to cover the potential record breaking cold temperatures over the next couple days, I hope news directors come to the realization that live shots of their reporters standing outside from various locations to tell us how cold it is does not enhance the newscast or provide any additional benefits to the viewer.

1/31/19 UPDATE – At least one television station is exhibiting common sense

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Barry Rozner Deserves Better from 670 The Score

Barry Rozner

2/6/2019 UPDATE – Robert Feder’s reports that Barry Rozner has officially cut ties with The Score.

Barry Rozner has been one of my favorite voices on 670 The Score, probably for the better part of the last 5 plus years. That is saying something because Rozner has never been a full-time host at the station.

Rozner, a long-time sports columnist at the Daily Herald, has been a prominent weekend and fill in host for The Score over the last decade. For much of the time, he’s co-hosted “Hit & Run,” The Score’s long-time Sunday morning baseball show. And when regular full-time hosts were either on vacation or off sick, Rozner had been the most called upon personality to fill in.

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Morning Joe Chicanery

Morning Joe on MSNBC

Astute viewers of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” have noticed for quite a while that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the now husband and wife co-hosts, appear to be broadcasting from outside of the 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios where the rest of the show originates from.

If you search on Twitter using the phrase “Morning Joe studio,” you will see a series of tweets dating back several months and years. The common theme among these tweets is that viewers notice a remarkable difference in the show’s chemistry with Scarborough and Brzezinski on remote while remaining co-hosts Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and a rotation of guest panelists are together in studio.

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Fox College Basketball Goes ‘Roundball Rock’

Fox College Basketball

Fox Sports created some buzz over the weekend with the use of “Roundball Rock” during Saturday’s Fox College Basketball triple-header broadcast. “Roundball Rock” is best remembered by basketball fans as being the iconic NBA on NBC theme song from the 1990s.

From what I’ve seen on Twitter, the use “Roundball Rock” by Fox seems to be a mixed bag. Some think it should be reserved for a NBA broadcast, while others don’t seem to mind and are happy to hear the song in use again.

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Book Review: “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show”

Jay Leno Tonight Show Book, Behind the Curtain by Dave Berg

Long overdue on my “to read” list was Dave Berg’s “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” Berg published the book in July 2014, months following Leno signing off as host of the franchise (for the second time). Having served as a co-producer of the show during Leno’s entire run with NBC, the book promised to share interested insight into the behind the scenes aspect of the show.

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Google’s Missed Opportunity with Messaging

Google's Flawed Messaging Strategy

It’s well documented in the tech community just how ridiculous Google’s attempt at messaging has been over the last decade. While Apple has perfected its messaging strategy with iMessage, both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are highly prominent messaging options for millions of users around the world. Within the United States, traditional text messaging (SMS) that’s tied phone carriers is by and large still the default option. And then, there is Google…

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Remembering Art Bell

Art Bell

Art Bell’s radio show was a guilty pleasure of mine. The paranormal themed overnight show housed an abundance of fascinating topics that, while mostly derived of absolute nonsense, made for some great radio.

With that said, I was sad when I found out over the weekend that he had passed away on Friday, of all days, the 13th. While my expectations long ago faded that he would ever return to the air for an extended run, his death now cements that his voice is indeed permanently silent.

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Ok Google, Why Gboard?

Google Keyboard Name Change to Gboard

As someone involved with search engine optimization, the irony isn’t lost on me that while Google can make or break a company’s digital marketing efforts by changing its algorithm, Google is bad when it comes to marketing their own products and services.

The Pixel Phone, Google Play Music, and their various cluster of messaging apps are just some examples. I am leaning towards adding Google Home to that list.

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Thoughts on the White Sox Radio Broadcasts Going into the 2018 Season

White Sox Baseball

After two years on WLS, I’m happy that this season, the White Sox will instead have their games on WGN Radio.

Where as WLS seemed to put in the bare minimum as a radio partner for the White Sox, WGN has been a great partner for the Blackhawks, and previously as the longtime home for the Cubs and I am hoping the same will happen with the Sox.

The only downside is that the radio broadcasts will still be called by Ed Farmer. I’ve been hoping for years that the Sox would come to the decision that an upgrade at radio play-by-play was badly needed, and each year I am surprised when he is brought back.

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