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Back on the Bike!

I’m tellin’ ya.  If you are exercising regularly, don’t stop!  I was doing very well with my diet, hiking and biking in March and April until my business trip to Las Vegas in mid April.  It knocked me out of my routine and I allowed myself to stay out of my routine… until today.

I’ve been eating right again (for the most part) all week, but this morning was the first day back on the bike.  I love where I live.  Right across the street from Pusch Peak, so I am able to do a somewhat intense 4 mile ride from my front door.  The first two miles (and about 20 minutes) is uphill.  Pretty brutal today!  Intense even when I am in shape.  The second two miles (about 10 minutes) is back downhill!  The reward :-)  It is fun!

I had my two cups of coffee first thing this morning and two eggs on whole wheat bread.  A couple of hours later I pumped up the tires on my mountain bike and hit the road.  I was just before 9am and already 90 degrees!  Seeing as how we are already over 100 (it’s 10:57am right now) 90 isn’t so bad :-)

Honesty, the first part of the climb wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  Don’t get me wrong, I was breathing hard at the half way point where I stop to catch my breath and drink some water.  But I was happy that my legs were holding up well.

The second half of the climb is the toughest and I considered quitting, but I pressed through.  By the time I got home I was hurting!   I almost thought I was gonna lose my breakfast, but I got past it.  An hour and a half later I feel pretty good :-)

My endurance is definitely what I have lost the most.  My leg strength some, but it’s my heart and lungs that need to catch up the most.  I guess more hiking and biking is in order!


If at first you don’t succeed…

Read the directions!  Or at least the “Help.”  I was trying to send a test message with Mail on the Mac and again, I was having trouble.  I checked out “Help,” and it explained that sometimes when you are on a public WiFi a lot of times they block that port to prevent spam from being sent out through their servers.  BRILLIANT!

Brilliant that it was in the help and brilliant that they block spammers at the Las Vegas Airport.  I guess I’ll rely on gmail when I’m on the road.  It’s a great backup!

What Would Murrow Do?

The last session at RTNDA.  A SUPER session combined with NAB and BEA (I don’t know who that is and I’m too lazy to Google it right now).  The subject?  With all this new technology and changing newsroom structures, just “What Would Edward R. Murrow Do?”  Anyway???

They had a couple of panalists who had written books on Murrow;  Marci Burdick, Senior VP of Broadcast and Cable for Schurz Communications;  Stacey Woelfel, News Director of KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO;  Harvey Nagler, CP of CBS Radio News;  Mark Effron, Senior VP Titanictv.com;   and the whole thing was moderated by ABC News Correspondant John Cochran.

I guess it was a fine session for what it was worth.  Really though, how much credence can you put in a session that seems to know what a guy who has been dead for a long time would think now?

What really upset me though was the whole discussion on, “Gee.  We as the media really messed up by giving Bush and Colin Powell a pass leading up to the war in Iraq.”  I will give Mark Effron credit when he pointed out that all the military and intelligence experts thay talked to said that WMDs was a slam dunk.  You think?  Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and the British Inelligence Service were saying WMDs were a slam dunk!  The whole premise that we didn’t find WMDs so the press must have dropped the ball is so ridiculous.  They weren’t going to go in and inspect Iraq!  President Clinton allowed the inspectors to get kicked out.  What do they think they should have done given EVERYBODY was saying there were WMDs in Iraq?

The discussion also deteriorated even more when the comment was made that Murrow wouldn’t have worn a US Flag pin after 911.  Who knows.  I have a problem with those who have a problem showing some patriotism on the air in a time of war.

This is pure speculation, but I am waiting for the day when it’s revealed that Saadam sent his WMDs into Syria.

I DID get a lot out of RTNDA, but it did confirm for me that the MSM is mostly very liberal.  Maybe RTNDA and/or NAB will surprise me and get Brit Hume on one of their panels.


I thought it might be a mistake when I booked the flight, but I figured worse case scenario, I’ll sit around the airport and wait.  So.  What am I doing?  Sitting around the airport.  Waiting  :-)

I booked the 8:30 p.m. flight out of Las Vegas thinking I might want to explore the exhibits or whatever.  Nope.  I’ve been at the airport since before 2:00!  I had my best meal of the week here though.  No.  The second best.  The Radio Lunch lunch was outstanding!  The patty melt today was good too.

So.  I’m trying to answer some e-mails.  Problem seems to be with my Mail program on the new Mac.  (probably operator error)  My SMTP settings are right, otherwise why would my mail send just fine sometimes?  Right now it’s not at all!  I can still use my gmail, so it’s not that big a deal, I guess.  I would like to use the Mail though.  Better.  Except right now it’s not.  I think part of the problem might be the airport connection.  I’ll know more once I get home and have a consistent connection.

Check it Out

Check out time is 10:00 a.m.  The RTNDA @ NAB Conference end at Noonish with exhibits continuing until 3:00 or 3:30 this afternoon.  That means I get to carry my bag and my carry on to my workshops this afternoon and around the exhibit hall, if I choose to do that.  I’m hoping the RTNDA will have a place for folks like me to stash their luggage while attending the other stuff.  Either way, I’ll make it work!  It’s not like I have a choice :-)

Tim Robbins Revisited


I was just on Drudge and there is a link to the 6 minutes of Tim Robins speech that I talked about earlier in the week that helped kick off RTNDA.  Robbins’ remarks were dripping with sarcasm, and I suppose if I shared his liberal views I would say even hilariously funny.  I guess as a Conservative Christian the best I could give him is offensive and at times mildly amusing.

As I mentioned in my previous post, he did end with a few serious points.  Some I do agree with.  It would be interesting to actually talk to him and see if we saw those points the same way.  For example he talked about the opportunity the media has to elevate the level of debate and to educate to make the world a better place.  To unite us, not bring attention to those who divide us.  Yet during his speech he took numerous swipes at President Bush and defended Former President Clinton’s lying under oath.  He also took a shot at some of my favorite conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.  If that is uniting, who needs dividing!  As far as knocking off the celebrity type coverage and the car wreck type stuff, he and I agree.  When he says educate the public, does he mean liberal causes only?  In the case of Global Warming and other liberal ideals, the mainstream media already does!

The story mentions that the NAB ordered all cameras to be turned off.  I was there and didn’t hear that or see that.  I am still kicking myself for not recording those 6 minutes myself.  I had just finished video taping some of Charles Osgood getting an award.  If I had brought my FireWire for my camera I could have had Robbns’ comments on YouTube that very day.

What bothers me most is that the NAB/RTNDA would invite Robbins to speak at all.  He is obviously very partisan and by his own admission has no idea what the future of digital media even means (although I know he was being a bit sarcastic).  It just confirms for many that my business as a whole is very liberal.  If that’s not the case, why have Robbins speak and cause people to conclude that it is true?  Judging from the reaction to Robbins speech from most in attendance, it is.

Good Save


I was wondering yesterday if staying in RTNDA is the best idea for Family Life Radio.  I still haven’t decided that it is for sure, but today was a much better day at the RTNDA.  Today was the first day that I felt like radio is even a thought in the organization.  Most everything is focused toward TV.  Don’t get me wrong.  It IS fun to hear about and I can definitely relate!  It even makes me wonder if I should go back to TV since I keep hearing how someone who can shoot video, report, edit on a laptop, and post to the web is a valuable commodity these days.  Hmmm.  That’s me!  Of course, I keep hearing by “valuable” they don’t mean as much $$ as the big anchors used to pull down.  It sounds like there will be less and less of those over time too.

But, I really do feel called to Family Life Radio right now.  That means I need to figure out how to take these TV centered workshops and glean info for my radio job.  Today was a big help.  One workshop was even ALL radio!  The latest in recording devices for the field.  Nice stuff to know!

Also, today was the NAB/RTNDA Radio Lunch.  Great info on the projected future of ad revenue.  To summarize, Radio, TV and the internet are not drawing the dollars when compared to who uses the medium.  Radio especially is loosing out.  Newspapers, magazines and the Yellow Pages are pulling way more ad revenue than the eye balls they are drawing.  Eventually advertisers will figure this out and newspapers and the yellow pages will lose more and that $$ will migrate to radio, TV and online.  Pretty sweet!  It doesn’t affect us directly since we are listener supported.  Still.  It’s nice to have a healthy industry!

Back to whether to stay in RTNDA.  I’m going to have to go through my notes and determine if staying in justifies the station paying over $1,500 for this visit plus the yearly dues.  If I have enough useful information to share with my team back home that will help a lot.  There IS a benefit for me to be in the industry loop.   I do feel much more connected to what is going on thanks to this trip.  That is certainly worth a lot too.

Bright Spot of the Day

I was leaving the conference today, determined to eat a “real meal”  :-)  I went into a restaurant that seemed to have reasonable prices (for around here anyway) and sat down at the bar seating up front.  After all, it was a table for one.  I was talking to one of the ladies and I mentioned something about having joy even when circumstances aren’t great in response to something she said.  Then she mentioned something about the Lord and we were soon talking about God stuff.

She shared with me how her daughter was in medical school and how she was so proud that her daughter was going to have a better life.  Not working in a casino like she was.  She shared with me that she had to take care of her Mom and 6 brothers and sisters growing up.  She had had a rougher life as a result.

In the meantime, she was hugging ad encouraging co-workers and collecting money for a card for another co-worker who lost her Mom recently.  She has a beautiful heart was shining through!  Her co-workers call her “Mom.”  You could tell that she was a source of encouragement for all.

We had a nice visit as I ate and then it was time to leave.  At that time she was in the back or something and I decided to wait until she got back.  I had planned to pray for her, but I wanted to make sure it was OK.  When she got back, she said it would be just fine!  I just thanked the Lord for her ministry at work.  I asked that He would fill her with His Love, strength and peace and that He would bless her in ways she can’t imagine!

We talked for a few more seconds about how we were forever family.  Like she told me, when we bleed, it’s comes out the same color.  Then I said to her, “What color are we going to be in Heaven?  We are just going to be in His presence forever, and we don’t have to wait.”

She thanked me for the prayer and I left.  Both us with a blessing from the Lord.

Definitely the bright spot of my day!!!  If Sharon comes to your mind, you might want to lift her up to our Heavenly Father!

Bringing the Digital Future to Your World!

Sounds pretty good.  It’s this years theme here at the RTNDA Convention.  I’ve been to two workshops today that addressed that theme pretty well!  However, in both, the focus was entirely on TV.  Trust me, when I was a TV snob, I didn’t give radio much of a thought, except as a part time weekend job to supplement my income by playing my favorite music for a few hours!

Anyway, I digress.  I am pretty excited about my new laptop.  I love the internet.  I’ve had a web page since the early ’90’s when people were getting online via Prodigy and Compuserve and a baud rate of 9600 was fast!  I am excited that media is moving online in a bigger and bigger way!  I said in 1994 that someday anyone who wanted to have their own TV station in their living room would be able too.  I wasn’t that far off.

So.  I’m thinking it’s a high tech focus at the RTNDA.  This is where the industry has to move and quickly to stay relevant and therefore to survive.  Imagine my surprise today when I found out I couldn’t go online at the Las Vegas Hilton without paying the hotel $13.  I think that is per day!  My next thought was that maybe the RTNDA could have made a deal with the hotel to provide internet during the convention.  It’s ironic.  Here I am wanting to blog from the convention who’s theme is, “Bringing the Digital Future to Your World” and I can’t get online!

I figured I would include those comments in my comments that the RTNDA was sure to ask for as part of the convention, but then I had a chance to talk to the folk that planned the convention.  Of course, I found out it’s never as cut and dry as it seems.

This morning at “breakfast” (sorry.  I was hungry all day.   I’m almost over it.) there were speeches from people running for the board.  Director-at-Large and Treasurer and maybe one other office.  One of the Director-at-Large Candidates was sitting at the same table as me and his wife asked if I would were his button.  I politely declined.  I told her I wanted to talk to all of the candidates first.  So she sent her husband over and we had a nice discussion.  Very nice and smart guy.

After lunch I saw Donna Francavilla talking with some folks.  She is also in the running for Director-at-Large.   I went over just as they were wrapping up and said hello.  As we were talking I told her my concern over this internet “issue.”  She took me over to meet Ed Esposito, who is the Chairman-Elect and Ed Tobias who is also running for Director-at-Large.  Ed Tobias said, “Two Ed’s are better than one!”  Good line  :-)

Ms. Francavilla basically laid out my concern and I took it from there.  Ed Esposito informed me that they did look into getting access during the convention for attendees, but the Hotel wanted a chunk of change.  I explained that I certainly understood the tension between cost and benefit.  I went on to say that it would be nice for RTNDA Members who can’t attend the convention to have access to blogs, video, pictures all being constantly updated during the proceedings.  I’m not sure how RTNDA would overcome the cost issue.  They are already cutting corners at “breakfast.”  (I did it again, didn’t I)

I’m a good example.  I haven’t posted to this blog this often ever!  That’s by using the internet connection here at the Hotel next door where the internet connection is complimentary.  If I hadn’t forgotten my firewire, I would have a video of the opening reception already edited and posted.  How much more could I (and others) do if I could get online at the convention?!

I really think the RTNDA could make this a priority in the future.  I came from an afternoon workshop where the panel was talking about “community journalists.”  People in the community posting pictures and video and doing reporting.  We are the professionals!  Why not let us use our skills and tools and demonstrate the very thing we are talking about?  I hope they do next time around.

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Time @ NAB

One of the cool things about RTNDA at NAB is the NAB exhibit hall at the Convention Center in Las Vegas.  I’m looking forward to having a little more time to explore, although I’m not sure when that is going to be!  I did find a couple of things that might be useful back at the station.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the more visual exhibits.  I told them they should have Chicago playing.  One of the younger guys told me it was 5:45 in Chicago.  He had no idea what I was talking about!