Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Veteran Arkansas journalist Carol Griffee dies

One of the most staunch defenders of journalism and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act has died. Carol Griffee worked as a reporter at the now defunct Arkansas Democrat newspaper among other places. 

Governor Mike Beebe issued this statement: "Carol Griffee was a bird dog and a bulldog, driven and relentless in her pursuit of the facts.  She was tough but fair, which is one of the highest compliments to pay any journalist.  'One of a kind' is often an overused phrase, but the combination of Carol's tenacity, staunch belief in good government and unique personal character makes her one we won't see the likes of again anytime soon."

Here's a link to the Associated Press story about her death.

Carol had a lot to do with the protection of the Arkansas FOI law.  Here's a link to the Arkansas Press Association's FOI Handbook.  I suggest anyone who works as a reporter in Arkansas download a free copy of it.  It's up to the next generation of journalists to make sure our government and other entities that seek the public's trust operate in the public's best interest. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cell phones on a plane really dangerous?

I saw this debate in a CNN story.  Interesting story about whether using your cell phone in flight can be dangerous by interfering with flight communications and instruments.  It reminded me of a Mythbusters episode where they tested it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A very thin covering of ice in Jonesboro. 7:30a arwx
Southwest pilot holds flight for grieving grandfather -

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Experience: I lived with wolves (Not Red Wolves, but wolves nonetheless)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

At the ASU, Middle Tn game.
At the ASU, Middle Tn game.

KAIT installs new digital production switcher

On Saturday, January 15, 2011, KAIT installed a new Snell and Wilcox Kahuna production switcher.  This new digital switcher replaces an Ampex switcher that had been in service for approximately 25 years.  This switcher is capable of high definition production and is a key part of the high definition puzzle. 

Here's our old switcher and monitor wall:

The new Snell & Wilcox Kahuna production switcher and new monitor wall.

We replaced a 25+ year old AMPEX production switcher.
Here is another picture of it:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

ESPN Broadcaster Ron Franklin Pulled From Air After Calling Colleague Jeannine Edwards 'Sweetcakes,’ ‘A–Hole’

Saturday, January 1, 2011

At the ASU WKU game.
At the ASU WKU game.
Dang. Is Alabama playing Michigan State or Eastern Michigan?
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
- Oscar Wilde