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KCRA The 2015 Running Season Begins!

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Saturday, January 3, 2015. The first weekend day of the new year. It’s a Saturday so, of course, I’m working. And Saturdays are typically short-staffed, like every workplace, so I will typically be given a...

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KCRA Restaurants Optimistic for 2015

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Christmas Day last week I just wanted to go out and do one of my own packages. I started out this New Year’s Day by continuing that holiday spirit and texting the KCRA assignment desk requesting to do the same....

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News is a 24/7 business. No matter what day of the week, month, year, holiday, whatever — the show must go on. In the 31 years I’ve been shooting TV news I’ve had Christmas day...

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Just as with Christmas shopping at the mall every year, from Black Friday after Thanksgiving — or nowadays even ON Thanksgiving — and all the way through to the end of December after-Christmas sales, if...

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It’s late in December, which means that in TV news you’re going to be doing a lot of stories about Christmas shopping, food & toy collection drives, giveaways to the needy, not to mention snow...

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I am a fanatic about editing and starting a shot on just the right frame — and frames in TV in the U.S. roll at 30-frames-per-second. But in editing, being off by so much as...

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KCRA PTSD Golf

November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I often tell people that I don’t believe in Heaven, but I do believe in angels. One of the angels who is always looking over me is Melissa Chacon on the KCRA assignment desk. She...

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In "The Buzz Room" with KCRA anchor Brian Heap. (Formerly of my Wichita station KWCH-TV.)

KCRA Election Night-In “The Buzz Room”

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Election night is a big deal in TV news stations across the country. At KCRA in Sacramento, California, it is an institution. Once our prime news hours begin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon our...

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[NOTE: This is a post that is in-progress. Posting it early on Monday, September 1, 2014, in the desire to get the story out as soon after it aired on KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, as...

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(This is part of an on-going series of articles, essays & interviews on the changing face of films & filmmaking. When I first got into the indie film & film festival scene, it was a...

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4K TVs — Now Under $2K

August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve been saying for about six months now that we are living in the last days of HD. I now think that UHD and 4K may be here faster than everybody thinks. I’ve predicted that...

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Common Ground – Jarrett Heather – Expanded

August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted a same-day news story about Jarrett Heather, the tech guy for the California Department of Food and Agriculture who, in his spare time, made the #1 most-watched music video...

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Common Ground – Tai Chi in Land Park

August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

For six or seven years now, since Bonnie and I have gotten into greyhounds, we have been walking our dogs through William Land Park. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful park in Sacramento,...

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Sacramento Zoo Director Mary Healy Remembered

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the afternoon of Friday, August 8, 2014, Sacramento news organizations learned that Mary Healy, the director of the Sacramento Zoo, had died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before. She had been on vacation with...

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Mike Carroll Day on KCRA-3

August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I’ve written here a few times before, I like having the opportunities to do my own stories as a photographer-reporter (or reporter-photographer, which ever way you’d prefer) but sometimes I can go for weeks...

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(Okay, I’ll admit it–I can be slow to get on the bus at first. I don’t  catch on to some things–or many things–that, as my wife Bonnie has just told me, EVERYBODY already knows about. But...

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What does state worker Jarrett Heather at the California Department of Food and Agriculture do in his spare time? Single-handedly create Weird Al Yankovic’s #1 music video “Word Crimes” on Youtube. In the first week...

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Reading–GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENT (1947)

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

(This is the first in a series of posts about books that I’m reading. I have never just casually read a book. I’ve always read a book either to learn something from it, as with...

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