MY RESEARCH BLOG

Personal observations and reflections about the people and the places I visit to see how communication is practiced.

July 15, 2018

And on the seventh day…

I tried to rest.  It’s hard to for me to relax. 

This has been a great week.  I’ve enjoyed being inside a television station again.  Everyone has been so nice and I feel welcomed. 

As I sat on the beautiful beach of the John D. MacAr...

July 14, 2018

Saturdays are quiet days at television stations.  The newsroom has a skeleton crew and the sound of the scanner echoes up to the sales department.  Scanner traffic always sounds ominous to the untrained ear.  Cops can make a lunch break sound urgent.  The emptiness of...

July 13, 2018

 “They didn’t even know these jobs existed,” Temple graduate Alex Petyerak said of his classmates.  Alex is referring to the creative services positions at local television stations.  Many students have a preconceived notion of what occupations exist in the media world...

July 13, 2018

WPTV-TV Local Sales Manager Cheryl Beers believes newly graduated students need to limit their expectations.  She believes the secret to their success will be their desire to move forward.  The first job is not an automatic ride to the top.  Students today expect a lar...

July 11, 2018

“If you are lovable, they will like you the best.”  Today, I met Lloyd Bucher, the General Manager of WPTV-TV.  He is a very energetic and positive leader.  He believes that the best sales person is the one that is the most lovable, one step above likeable.  A client w...

July 11, 2018

“Don’t get in the way,” is the sage advice of Bernadette O’Grady, Programming and Public Relations manager at WPTV-TV.  When I asked her what I should tell recently graduated students she was eager to give me her opinion.  She told me that students should listen more t...

July 9, 2018


I've spent most of my working adult life inside a television station.  Even when I had my own business my office was in a television station.  TV stations feel like home.  My best friends were my colleagues who spent long nights and stressful days together.  We were l...

March 22, 2018

“There are no good old days,” admitted Weather Channel reporter Scott Newell.  Scott enjoys the flexibility of modern video technology.  He reflects on video tape, tape decks and unforgiving linear editing protocols with disdain.  Technological determinism is a good th...

March 4, 2018

Ageism is all around us and sometimes we don't even know it.  Advertisers know it.  Media organizations know it.  Workplaces deny it.  Institutions avoid the conversation.  I started a conversation today in the world of gerontology.  I had a great time at the AGHE Annu...

February 22, 2018

- Huskies run because they want to run. -

I share with you Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s six points of leadership.

  1. Practice self-awareness in order to achieve emotional intelligence.

  2. Exercise empathy – put yourself in your team member’s shoes, look t...

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