Archive for May, 2009

Tony Bennett; A Final Thought

May 26, 2009

Somehow when I wrote about my experiences with Tony Bennett while working in Atlantic City and posting parts of the special the two of us did, I neglected to include the very end of the piece.

I post it now in part because it includes Tony’s signature song but also because the words Tony says, he lived over the last 18 years.

At the time Tony was 65 and I asked him about slowing down. It’s somewhat comical when you consider it came just as his career was about to explode in a new direction appealing to a younger audience, appearing on The Simpsons, MTV and picking up a handful of new Grammys.

You could argue the true wonder of Tony’s career came in what came after the following question.

Ted Henry’s Goodbye

May 21, 2009

Here are some pics I took of Ted Henry’s last day at WEWS, May 20, 2009.

Ted Henry speaking at station goodbye.

Ted Henry speaking at station goodbye.

During the 5 p.m. Lee Jordan interviewed Ted at his desk. 

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Tom Livingston, John Kosich, Ted Henry, Rich Geyser

Tom Livingston, John Kosich, Ted Henry, Rich Geyser

John Kosich & Ted Henry on Ted's last day

John Kosich & Ted Henry on Ted's last day

Thanks Ted for more than the memories!

May 18, 2009

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In wanting to say goodbye to Ted Henry I realized I can’t do it without first extending a very special thank you to news managers past (long gone from the station) who decided a few years back to rearrange all the desks in the newsroom,  not the layout just where everyone sat. 

Like many I moaned initially about packing up and having to move all my stuff but when the dust settled and we all found ourselves in new spots, Ted and I found ourselves separated by one desk.  Now I obviously had worked with Ted and talked with him in passing since joining Newschannel 5 but never so much as when we found ourselves sitting a few feet from each other.

Picture from my desk of Ted watching Phillies World Series victory. Oct. 2008

Picture from my desk of Ted watching Phillies World Series victory. Oct. 2008

This was never as true as it was during the entire Presidential campaign starting in late 2007 lasting through the primary and general election process and then with the financial crisis that followed.  Ted and I very often found ourselves in impromptu deep talks, hashing out political strategy and economic policy and in so doing very often finding ourselves coming to common sense conclusions that would take the powers that be in Washington days or weeks to come up with if they did at all. 

Those conversations forced me to raise my own bar, do my homework when I got home from the station at night and before I came in the next day.  I wanted to not just know the issues in the campaign or on Wall Street, I wanted to know all sides of them so that when Ted and I would speak the next day I was bringing something to the conversation.

Without even knowing it Ted you made me a better journalist and for someone whose been doing this for 20 years I don’t think there’s a greater professional compliment I could give you.

As you prepare to begin the next chapter in your life I join all of Northeast Ohio in wishing you nothing but the best because that’s exactly what you’ve seen fit to give us over the last 37 years!

Good luck & God Bless you will be missed!

Dare To Dream Cleveland!

May 12, 2009
Quicken Loans Arena, June 2007

Quicken Loans Arena, June 2007

 

{EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes I could just remove this post considering it exploded in my face, but I leave it as a reminder that when it does one day (one year) happen, it will be that much sweeter.}

Doesn’t the Larry O’Brien Trophy look good in front of the “Q”?  Can’t wait until it comes back for Game One of the 2009 NBA Finals 9 p.m. Thursday June 4th, a game you can watch I might add on WEWS-TV 5!

I’m not putting the cart before the horse, I’m being a realist.  Dare to dream Cleveland fans it’s okay!

I don’t want the players to be thinking that way and I know with their focus they are not.   You and me on the other hand, we’re allowed to relax and savor the moment, appreciate this run for what it is, history in the making. 

Ah but if you’re wrong it only makes the fall that much more painful you say.  Maybe but I’ll take the chance so I’m digging out my pictures from Newschopper 5 and allowing myself to believe.

The Jersey adorning the top of Terminal Tower with the "Q" in the background.  June 2007

The Jersey adorning the top of Terminal Tower with the "Q" in the background. June 2007

Cleveland Cavaliers; Behind the Velvet Rope

May 6, 2009
Lebron James hoisting MVP Trophy at the "Q" May 5, 2009

Lebron James hoisting MVP Trophy at the "Q" May 5, 2009

An old news director of mine summed it up best one day when he told me the great thing about this job is the access it provides on the other side of the velvet rope.

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That rings true around this time each year as the Cavaliers advance in the playoffs.  My goal over the next few weeks when possible is to bring some of the behind the scenes pics in this Championship Chase.

Lebron (far right) and teammates watching a video tribute to Lebron on Q-vision prior to him receiving MVP Award.

Lebron (far right) and teammates watching a video tribute to Lebron on Q-vision prior to him receiving MVP Award.

 

NBA Commissioner David Stern & Lebron James

NBA Commissioner David Stern & Lebron James

The Laser enhanced Lebron Witness sign across Ontario from the "Q"

The Laser enhanced Lebron Witness sign across Ontario from the "Q"

 

Round 1 Press Pass for Palace of Auburn Hills

Round 1 Press Pass for Palace of Auburn Hills

In Round 1 I had the chance to run up to the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It was the first time and I was curious to see the place because I knew that Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert had based alot of what he brought to the “Q” on what they did there.  

 I was underwhelmed in so many ways by both the facility and the presentation.   They may have set the standard for entertainment value but the Cavs took the ball, ran with it and never looked back.

The flames behind the baskets at the Palace.  (The contraption has to be quickly dismantled and rushed off the court before the game begins.)

The flames behind the baskets at the Palace. (The contraption has to be quickly dismantled and rushed off the court before the game begins.)

 

The Cavs improved variation on the theme.

The Cavs improved variation on the theme.

WEWS Photographer Rich Geyser shooting Lebron during Round 1 at Palace of Auburn Hills

WEWS Photographer Rich Geyser shooting Lebron during Round 1 at Palace of Auburn Hills