Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
No One Likes To Be Let Down
July 25, 2002
"Well it might not work because of other ties and
I know she usually has some other ties
And I wouldn't want to break 'em, nah, I wouldn't want to break 'em
Maybe she'll help me to untie this but
Until then, well, I'm gonna have to lie too..."
-Jack Johnson "Flake"
Heard that Jack Johnson song on 97X driving home from work this morning and thought: how appropriate. Sometimes a song just hits home.
Had a great show this morning at 10 News. Probably the strongest broadcast we've had since I've been there. We had two live reporters and the helicopter on the big story. A 17-year-old girl, who's the daughter of a sheriff's deputy, was kidnapped at gunpoint late last night. This spawned a massive manhunt, which culminated in the cornering of the suspect during the 6-7 AM hour. The suspect offed himself, and the girl escaped unharmed. Two really good endings to kidnappings in one week -- that never happens. So it was refreshing to have it go down that way. But beyond that, the news coverage went well, and it was nice to hear some praise from the dayside folks (I happened to stick around later than normal today for a 9 AM meeting with CNN). Outstanding reporter Bill McGinty went out of his way to compliment Neal (who did the 5 AM) and I on the jobs we did. Really, the anchors and reporters deserve the bulk of the credit though -- they did a five-star job covering the situation. Think it's easy being a news anchor? Try being given a live helicopter picture of a breaking situation and being told to ad-lib over it. Live. That was the scenario a few times this morning, and John and Rebecca knocked it out. Well done.
I came away from the CNN meeting with a really nice t-shirt with the CNN logo on it. It was also interesting to hear their plans for moving from the antiquated feed system to the VOD (Video On Demand) style that the big three broadcast networks already have in place.
Just talked with my bro Matt about NCAA 2003 for the PlayStation 2. Sounds like a killer game from all indications. Can't wait to get the PS2 back so I can give it a try myself. Until later...