Archive for June, 2009

Farewell to the King

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by joeonthego

p1000Somewhere in my mother’s attic lies a dog-eared tribute to pop culture royalty. It’s a photograph of a seven-year-old boy who looks a lot like the author of this blog. He wears a goofy grin, long curly hair (much of which has now disappeared), and a sleeveless T-shirt with menacing cat eyes on the front. Below the scowling feline is one word scribbled in large, blood-red type: “THRILLER”.
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An American(ish) Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2009 by joeonthego

(Editor’s Note: If you despise TV personalities blathering about important issues they barely understand, please do not read this posting. Rest assured, Joe will return soon to write about worthless matters like video games and who serves Portland’s best deep-dish pizza. Right now, he’s taking himself far too seriously.) iran students protests in teheran dec 7 2008
I witnessed my first revolution in the seventh grade. I remember it vividly- it was Spring of 1989, and the school year was coming to an end. Mr. Richardson, my social studies teacher, wheeled a TV into our classroom and announced we would be skipping the normal lessons to watch history in the making. Forget what that old song claimed: the Revolution would be televised. Continue reading

R.I.P. Rabbit Ears

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2009 by joeonthego

20071114-tv_staticWell, it finally happened. Friday at 9:00 AM PST, following the conclusion of Good Day Oregon (Portland’s Emmy-award winning, #1 rated Morning Show- ahem) KPTV completed its conversion to Digital TV. Portland’s oldest analog television signal, which first went on-air in 1952, went silent for good. And despite over a year and a half of warnings… undoubtedly some Oregonians were shocked to find their televisions broadcasting the image to our right. Continue reading

Why I hate TV news

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2009 by joeonthego

I don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, but I wanted to get a little serious with today’s post. People occasionally ask me if I miss covering “real news”, and whether I want to be the guy covering all the death and destruction that is so prominent on local newscasts. One local critic once described my gig as a constant parade of waterslides and pie-eating contests. And frankly, after this week, I’m more than cool with that. Continue reading

I’d like to thank the academy…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by joeonthego

You like me! You really like me!

You like me! You really like me!

Trophies are a dime a dozen. You should never go into broadcast journalism just to stockpile awards. The fact is, the best reporting often goes ignored by the pundits and prize patrols. Quality journalism is its own reward, one greater than any shiny statue. Or at least, that’s what the losers always say. Choke on these baby! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Continue reading