Always assume the microphone is ON.
4/25/2013 9:50:00 PM
We all got a laugh out of the unfortunate incident involving former TV news reporter AJ Clemente. If you missed it, and I don't know how you could, moments before the BRAND NEW anchor at an NBC affiliate in North Dakota went live on the air, he said 2 very bad words, loud enough for the microphone to pick up. His profanities went over the air, and Clemente, obviously, went out the door. Within hours, he became a You Tube sensation; so much that he's been a guest on both the Today Show and Letterman, JUST FOR SWEARING ON TV! (Note for the management of Greater Media: no, I'm not even THINKING it). Let me give you an inside look at broadcasting. From the moment I set foot in a radio station for the first, there was always one simple rule I keep in mind, and it's one of the ...
Lessons we can learn from the Boston Marathon bombings
4/19/2013 5:52:00 PM
At the time of the writing of this blog, 1 suspect is dead, and the other remains at-large in the Boston Marathon bombings. We saw the horrific images late Monday afternoon of 2 homemade bombs exploding near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and we all conjured up images of who was behind them. Depending on your ideaology, you mave have instantly thought persons of Middle Easten origin were to blame. Or maybe someone who more closely resembled Timothy McVeigh, a natural-born US citizen who looked like the kid next door, and you would think the worst offense of his life would be constantly batting a Wiffle ball into your backyard. But what went though your mind when we got word these men were immigrants from Kyrgyzstan? The bottom line, no matter where on the world these guys came from, is we need to remember that this is a ...
What's next for Rice, Murdock, Pernetti, and Barchi
4/6/2013 8:28:00 AM
Wow what a week on "the banks of the ol' Rar-i-tan"! On Tuesday, ESPN's "Outside The Lines" airs the contoversial video of then-Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice verbally abusing, man-handling, and ball-assaulting players at practice, Eric Murdock is sharing his story with the sports world, then-AD Tim Pernetti is defending his decision to only suspend and fine Rice for his actions, Rice is bounced out the next day by Pernetti, lawmakers, RU students, and faculty call for Pernetti's ouster, and on Friday, RU President Robert Barchi announces that Tim Pernetti has resigned. Whew! Did I get everything? I think so. With this whirlwind week behind us, what does the future hold for these 4 men? Let's look at each one individually.
RICE: A good a gracious guy whenever I spoke with him, and his involvement with Coaches v. Cancer should be admired, but what basketball program, at ANY level, ...
The punishment fits the crime...or does it?
4/3/2013 10:42:00 AM
Today's firing of Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice comes as no surprise to a lot of people. After all, when you see video evidence of a basketball coach hurling balls at players, and berateing them with insensative remarks, there's not a parent, fan, or elected official alive who wouldn't want the guy cooked. But let's back up for a second, to December of 2012, when we got word that RU Athletic Director Tim Pernetti was suspending the coach for 3 games and fining him 50 grand for "undiclosed violations". We went about our daily lives, assuming the situation was reviewed by AD Pernetti, and the appropriate punishment was handed out. We turned our focus back to recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Now, out of the blue, comes video of the incidents involving Coach Rice, complete with ball-throwing and bad-mouthing, and suddenly, Tim Pernetti's initial punishment is not good enough. So ...
"The Worm" needs to just slither away. Far away.
3/13/2013 4:50:00 PM
There are 2 words that I thought I would never find myself using in this blog, and those words are "Dennis" and "Rodman". After all, why would I? Great basketball player. Larger-than-life personality. Hell, I even read his autobiography and liked it. But he's a guy who has done enough crazy things in his life, that there would be nothing else to say about him. Boy, was I wrong. I thought Kayne West and Kim Kardashian was the most unlikely couple I'd ever see, but "The Worm" and Kim Jung Un, dictator of one of America's most hated enemies, is a matchup for the ages. First of all, how the hell did Dennis Rodman manage to get INTO North Korea in the first place? Don't you need like, I don't know...permission...to enter a nation that is so anti-American? Secondly, Dennis Rodman? Is that the best we can do to represent ...