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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 always has her eyes out for stories that I can turn around as a one-person reporter-photographer. This particular story that...

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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 local election news coverage, combined with the NBC network coverage of the national scene, goes wall-to-wall until 11:30 or later,...

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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 possible. Please check back over the next few days as I expand on the story. Thanks for your patience.] Labor...

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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 different world from where independent films, filmmaking and film festivals are now. Unfortunately, I think that an awful lot of...

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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 by Christmas 2014 one of the big sellers in electronics/appliances will be 4K UHD TV monitors, and certainly by Super...

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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 on Youtube Word Crimes  for Weird Al Yankovic, animating the entire film with Adobe After Effects on his home computer. I...

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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, and is just a few block from where we live. For several years now we’ve noticed a small group of...

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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 her husband off the coast of South America, traveling to the Galapagos Islands, when she suffered a brain aneurysm, followed...

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(Photo by Lance Johnson)

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 without either having the story or where there isn’t the staffing available in the KCRA newsroom to be able to...

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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 I just discovered this information & this site today. I just think this is INCREDIBLY COOL and I want  to...

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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 of of the video’s release “Word Crimes” received 11 million views! Making it the Number One most-watched music video on...

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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 a nonfiction book, or to study the writer’s style and use of words, as with fiction. (This series will be...

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Navarro Vineyard & Winery 7-19-2014

July 21, 2014 | 1 Comments

Every year the California State Fair (which going on as I write this on July 21, 2014) holds a highly esteemed wine competition of commercially produced wines from across the state. For KCRA-3’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground, it was decided to lead off the opening segment with wine as the theme. The lead story...

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This is a film that I thought was lost. Gone. I had a digital file of it on one of my external hard drives that crashed. Since I had it on a hard drive I’d thrown away my tapes. Then the hard drive crashed. And I hadn’t backed up the hard drive. I looked through...

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KCRA Free Comic Book Day 2014

May 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I was handed this assignment I absolutely couldn’t wait to get there.  The subject was Free Comic Book Day — something that I had never heard of, but which I learned has been going on for eleven years. Comic book publishers send out cases of slimmer comic books to introduce new superheroes or series...

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Claude Lelouch – A Man And A Canon C500

May 17, 2014 | 1 Comments

Since I was an early teenager I have been in love with the films and filmmaking of French auteur Claude Lelouch when I first saw A Man And A Woman. His work inspired me to become a TV news cameraman & sometime reporter, as well as an independent filmmaker producing, financing, writing, directing, shooting, editing and distributing my...

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TEHYA Greyhound Update

March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

No, this is not going to morph into a blog about animal adoption advocacy. (Although, what could be wrong with that??) But for any followers of the blog who read my last post about Tehya, the three-legged greyhound who Bonnie and I are fostering during her recovery from an emergency amputation, I want to keep...

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In this post I started out wanting to provide a moment-by-moment chronicle of covering one of my one-person reporter-photographer TV news stories. But as you will see, when you’re covering a the mountains without the best of wifi situations, the best made plans have to be modified. On Thursday KCRA received a press release: Feb. 27, 2014...

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