On Nov. 19, 2020 my exit column for the Coast Reporter went live online. It was one last chance for a little word play based on my last name. The first, my regular column’s title Eckcetera, was suggested by my old high school classmate Angus. There’s a cliché in reporting that when an athlete at … More Retirement Eckcetera
Golly, it’s been a while (I think WordPress actually has stats on how many blog posts start with something like this, and despite what is written below there is no whisky in that coffee cup pictured above) Anyhow, this little item from the good folks at the London Press Club prompted to me to finish … More London called… and it became a blog post about journalists’ anxieties
It’s 2017 somewhere now… so might as well write the traditional look-back/look-ahead post. My favourite thing this week has been watching people anthropomorphize 2016 and blame it for everything that went wrong, and then watching pedants remind them that a year is not sentient or capable of independent thought and action, so it’s foolish to … More The real 2016 year-in-review, 2017 look-ahead
My 2016 year in review is here early, because my 2016 started early. I’ve decided – in retrospect – to let the day in late November of 2015 that I resigned from my job as a radio news director stand as my New Year’s Day (at least for this year). Being away from radio news … More 2016 Year in Review… Sort of. Actually, mostly thoughts on small market radio news after a year away (with bonus fun content at the end).
So… it’s been a while. The reasons for that on my end are all good – busy with the new job, busy with travel and family over the summer, and busy with all the chores that come with living in the country. But I haven’t been anywhere near as busy as I was a year … More Elections are fun!
During my time as a radio news director I was a big fan of my whiteboard. I used it to track assignments, of course, but also as an excuse to be be goofy (scroll down for examples). But, I think most of my coworkers at the time agreed I hit peak whiteboard when I filled … More Whiteboard Wisdom
I’m not sure how it’s going to be marked (if at all) by the station’s current ownership… but I’ll be raising a whisky later to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of radio station CKAY in Sechelt. Known these days as “The Coast”, it was “C-Kay” at its birth, and someone out there saved … More Shlemiel, Schlemazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated… Remembering a really good day at the office.
This came up on my Facebook memories feature today: Teresa was right, it was a tough day… I was four hours into my morning drive news shift (around 7am) when I started hearing a lot of chatter on the radio scanner**… this is what I wrote on my desk notepad. The scribbles probably don’t mean … More Remembering a tough day at the office
Long overdue for an update, I know, but I’ve been hard at work on a little something special for the Coast Reporter. A radio guy who finds himself in print, but missing broadcasting a bit, has options in our multi-platform media universe. When I joked about the top secret lab after joining the Coast … More About that “Bond villainish secret project”…
I’ve just signed the papers that will magically transform me from a freelance contributor at the Coast Reporter to an official member of the team with the right to have “Staff Writer” in my byline and all! I’ll be starting my new role with the paper just as soon as they finish prepping the basement … More Transitioning to print… Part 2