TFG1MIKE 365 – 2019 Day 13
Hello all and welcome to a NEW Daily Blog series from me… TFG1Mike! The idea here is for me to write something, anything, once a day for 365 days. From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. In my 13th entry, I’ll be talking about News Distribution over my lifetime. In less than a month I’ll be 39 years old, and in the entire span of my life, the news has certainly changed. What has changed about it is the reporting, and the ways we get the news. When I was a kid, we got at least the Sunday paper every week. I remember my Mom having subscriptions to The Boston Globe, and The Kingston Reporter. I have no idea what the price per paper was back then though. In the 90s when I was living in Kentucky, The Courier Journal was $0.50 for weekdays, and $1.75 on Sundays. Kids nowadays will never know the struggle of having to read something in the newspaper the next morning.
Radio and Television news I’m sure was political in the 80s and 90s, but I only really listened and watched for sports and weather as a kid. Nowadays the TV news stations all align with one political party or another. At least that’s how it feels when I watch say NBC or CBS. At least when I was a kid World News Tonight with Peter Jennings on ABC seemed to straddle the fence, or at least I felt like Jennings just reported the news, and didn’t inject anything into it that wasn’t needed. The man had his opinions, sure, but they all did. However between Jennings, Rather, and Brokaw… I watched Jennings the most, because even as a kid, I felt as if he was the most honest.
Being from and growing up in Massachusetts the local broadcast I watched was WCVB Channel 5 with Chet Curtis and Natalie Jacobson. They had Dickie Albert on weather, and off the top of my head I can’t remember who the sportscaster was. Between that and ABC World News Tonight, I got plenty of education at night after school. I enjoyed watching the news back then. We live in such a different world now. When I moved to Louisville, KY in 1993… I watched WLKY32, WHAS11, and WAVE3. I never really watched the Fox station WDRB41 for their news programs. Eventually I stuck with and loved the team from WLKY. I even got to meet Chief Meteorologist Jay Cardosi in my Senior year of high school in 1999. WLKY donated their old set to my school’s multimedia program. Once the internet became a thing, the news had a whole new kind of game!
In today’s world most of us are “ONLINE” and there a more than three or four news sources. There a millions upon millions of news based websites, and even all the news organizations I followed as a kid are now upping the ante to stay relevant in this modern time. The #SAD thing now is the birth of #FAKENEWS on the internet, or those websites that will publish #CLICKBAIT articles. Most if not all news websites are guilty of this at least once, and then there are those sites that thrive on the clickbait news. I’m not using the term fake news, like the President does, what I am talking about are actual hoax stories. These are not the satire and humor of say The Onion. These are websites that report false news. Such as the celebrity death hoaxes that were going around a few years back.
Entertainment news has blow up over the years, there are so many E-News type programs that are obsessed with celebrity’s lives. I’ve never cared what let’s say Tom Cruise does in his personal life, as long as I get another Mission: Impossible film!
Then you take into consideration of the POP and GEEK CULTURE world that we have been living in for the last decade and a half or so…Reporting on THAT news, let’s just say it can get tiring at times, with having to keep up with everything. I ran This Week in Geek‘s Nerd News Network for a few years, and having to do a weekly news show got exhausting after awhile. I can’t imagine doing a daily news show. I’m more of a Review Podcast kinda podcaster. It’s more free flowing, and enjoyable.
I get most of my news online, because watching the news on TV is very depressing in my mind these days. I know on the TV news… “if it bleeds, it leads.”, and while very sad, I can’t watch more than one reported murder each news broadcast. YES I watch true crime shows and all that, but I view those in a different light, than the nightly news broadcasts. My online news is catered to my interests, and most of it is geeky news, but I do keep an eye on the politics. I also keep an eye out for a few feel good stories, because we need that in this day and age!
What do you remember of the news broadcasts when you were a kid, and where do you prefer to get your news today? Let me know in the comments below!
Join me tomorrow morning January 14, 2019 as I’ll be writing about the first two weeks of 2019.
“Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live.” – Charles Bukowski