Saturday, November 15, 2008

Riff on a Glyph

When David R. Busse fished this photo out of a Louisville dumpster some twenty-eight years ago, he rescued a treasure. For on this papyrus lies an image so fraught with newscaster hubris that I nearly fell off my bar stool when I saw it...

Tinfoil Gladiators

Libraries have been penned about Murrow and the Boys, dashing correspondents who trod the globe for network perks and a shot at immortality. But I yearn for TV tales from the local front where native sons applied the ethos of Edward R. to the local five and dime. Imagine the thrill of our early pioneers as they strove to illustrate radio for the first time. Flickering pictures Crackling sound! Photogs in pleated slacks! The Golden Age of Television? For some! All the sepia tone in the world can't fix an image this strikingly white. But nightly news tends to reflect society, not improve it. So don't blame these Brill-Creamed Broadcasters for the lack of diversity; they've driven too many station cars the size of bread trucks through dicey neighborhoods to look at life from just one point of view. When they weren't inventing TV News, they were thrusting new ideas on the people all around them, and creating a broadcasting curriculum still taught in schools, practiced in the field and mined for yucks on The Daily Show...

Not bad for a buncha fellas in scratchy wool suits.


cyndy green said...

Maybe you can help me out - I'm into writing the chapter (In my videojournalism textbook) on history of TV news photogs AND guess what?
There are few if any I'm gonna hafta do some original research - meaning interviews with old timers.
If you or any of your very very large audience know of folks who date back to newsreel or Murrow days, please send me their info. I need to capture their thoughts on tape/paper before they leave this earth.
Thanks in advance

cyndy green said...

I am SOOOO impressed.
Got up at five am and had two responses already to my request for old-timers.
Your site rocks!