On Our Best Behavior

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

One of the higher-ups is in town today to oversee the WILX operation.

When company bigwigs come to town our news director goes into battle mode and takes the newsroom to DEFCON 3.  Today, it's the top tech guy i.e. the guy who goes to every Gray Television station and decides "this station needs a new camera more than that station" etc...etc.  In preparation for the visit our boss has asked at least one reporter to clean up her desk (in fairness, it is a pretty messy little area.)  It's also been declared that this is not the opportunity to ask this guy for things we need.  So, I guess I shouldn't grab this guy's leg and plead him for one more editing station as he drags me down the hallway. 

Ironically, he's showing up as one of our studio cameras is out of commission.  Hopefully, he'll green light some new ones that are not so old that the company that made them refuses to service them.  Yeah... the company that services our studio cameras basically told our engineer "Get lost" when he tried to just talk to a guy who could fix it.  So, now it's a "maybe we can fix it ourselves" situation since those things cost close to $20,000 new.  If you watch the news close enough you can see a subtle difference between cameras.  It happens every couple of years when one of them breaks down. 

So, I'll be behaving today.  Behaving in the sense that you won't hear any thinly-veiled fart jokes in "tease 1" on the 11.  You might see me make a guest appearance on Fox 47 for Beth Shayne's final show.  Not even the company president could hold me back from doing that. 


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  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jul 31, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Emilie landed a morning anchor job in Palm Springs, CA... It's a great job for her, b/c it puts her in her backyard-- she's a SoCal girl. This is what we at the station call the Mass Exodus that occurs every two years or so. We also are losing two photographers to better jobs, so we're influx right now. It's really tough b/c all the folks leaving are very tough to replace.
  • by Lauren on Jul 31, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    for the record... my desk is already back to how it looked the day before the bosses came :)
  • by Ann Location: Mason on Jul 31, 2008 at 06:11 AM
    Emilie is leaving? Say it isn't so.
  • by Jason Location: Newsroom on Jul 30, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Steve-- Beth is not going to a station down there. Look for a full post on Beth in the next day or so... Darrin is under the weather and Nicholas is on vacation along with Emilie Voss (who's last day btw is the 22nd)... I think andy is back tonight... and as for the boss-- I never even saw him so I think all is good!
  • by Steve Location: East Lansing on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    Hey Jason. That was awesome of you to say goodbye to Beth. Is she going to the NBC station in NC? BTW, Andy P. on News 10 Today? I thought if Darrin R. was off it would be Tim Nester of Nick F.? I am surprised that on his normal schedule he knows how to get up that early... Are both of the regulars on vacation this week? I haven't seen either Emilie or Darrin. Hope you all impressed the boss.
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