Friday, July 15, 2005

Heeeee's Back

Just in time to give his two cents about the Emmy Award nominations, Ladies and Gentlemen will you welcome back, Peter Ames Carlin. applause here

Seems our friend Peter has been off a while. I think I read he was on sabbatical. Meanwhile his wife Sarah Carlin Ames (did they flip a coin?), toils as a spokesperson at Portland Public Schools.

In the meantime we've had tens of thousands of hits, hundreds of posts by people who wanted to weigh in or read about what's going on in TV and Radio (and newspapers - clearly our weakness) in the Rose City. In our shop, we usually pass on Pete because he seems to just want to write about shows and specials, not the everyday things that happen in our town. In his world, local TV news doesn't exist. So that's why we're here. Maybe they should have some truth in advertising and call him a TV Entertainment Critic.

I will say he is a very good writer and his pieces are entertaining, but I wish he had the sources and resources to let the rest of the world know what's happening at Charlie, or to hear his spin on the fall of once-mighty KOIN 6 News, or KOIN News 6, or whatever (I didn't get to the point).

Even the biggest story of the week, which merited something in the TV or Biz pages at the O didn't even make a dent - the firing of Teresa Burgess at 12/49. The usually lackluster and useless Schulberg got it in today scooped by us three days ago.

For years the O acted like news didn't exist outside of 1320 SW Broadway. I guess that's still the rule.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlin is a big zero. Anybody can write about network TV. The lack of ANY coverage of local TV in the O is inexcuseable. He has been solicited with good stories from the outside and wanted no part of them.

Friday, July 15, 2005 5:14:00 PM  
Anonymous WeatherGuesser said...

It was very disappointing 5 or so years ago when Pete Shulberg was replaced by Carlin at the big "O". Disappointing for the same reasons you point out. Little or no news about local television, even though his page is usually on the TV schedule page.

Of course we think that others really don't care about our "inside gossip".

I disagree. I regularly used to get comments such as: "Shirley really did get screwed by KOIN didn't she? I saw that in the paper" or "So that's why Joe Sotille left". They love all the inside news too!

Friday, July 15, 2005 5:57:00 PM  
Anonymous OK I'll bite said...

Why DID Joe Sotille leave? As a viewer, I thought he was great.

Friday, July 15, 2005 6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carlin was gone?

Friday, July 15, 2005 9:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sotille? Carlin? Shirley? Doing? Call 'em up and ask 'em. It isn't like the TV news has anything a person can't get themself. Any information, I mean. It IS eye-yi-yi candy to ogle the catalog of 'talents' in the market.

I get my Troutdale ice storm pictures on the ODOT traffic cams. Morbid-interest Londoners got burning bus and subway live feeds on the server the video cell phones dialed in to. They probably could have gotten the street and subway surveillance camera feeds, too, (public cams) on just about every street corner lightpole in cities these days. Portland ought to put them (public cams) on cell phone towers at least, paid for with the new cell phone 5% tax. I suppose the TV biz monopoly would lobby and bribe, however, to oppose any such competition in the public information marketplace.

There might be changes in habit and established perception to come, though, as the article talks about, ( Net-based technology would allow limitless TV, By Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe Staff - July 14, 2005), when anything prerecorded means movies (entertainment) and anything live means telephone (news) whether it's audio video or data bandwidth.

One survey of people (epidemiological research) reported last week, found that TV watchers can't read. Or add. We know about three generations now, grandparent parent and child, who are growing that way: illiterate, innumerate. If its effect is not being able to read, maybe that's why telegram and telephone never became TG and TP but television became TV. So the customer could spell it.

Friday, July 15, 2005 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TP was already taken.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 8:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Twin Pete's like to kick back, obviously.

I don't know why Schulberg only writes every lunar phase, but Carlin's writing a book. Pete's a great guy, but I was lucky if he wrote one bumper for me at KGW since he was always on the horn (to his agent?) before the 5pm news.

At least Tracy wrote. A little, anyway.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 8:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the story straight: Schulberg was lured away by the KPAM/Tribune combo and more money. Carlin was hired after a long nation-wide search (two, actually -- the first was cut short by a hiring freeze). Prior to Schulberg, did the O cover local TV/radio behind-the-scene news much? I don't recall that they did. It was the hire of somebody with those sources (Schulberg) that made those stories happen when they did.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You write:

"For years the O acted like news didn't exist outside of 1320 SW Broadway."

Pretty funny, considering the hundreds of times during my TV career I saw TV news assignment editors assign every single story of the day by cutting out stories from the Oregonian. And how many times have I heard my EXACT words read on a radio newsbroadcast with NO attribution that it came from the O? Broadcast news operations are filled with cut-and-pasters most of the time, making stories out of the reporting done at the O. Sure, you'll point to a few exceptions. But be honest: are the majority of news stories on your newscast suggested by reporters out there doing original digging, or a thorough read of the paper in the morning?

Saturday, July 16, 2005 1:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True story about Joe Sotille, one of the great guys and a smooth pro.

A few years back, the folks at KGW-TV kinda got behind putting the 5pm newscast together, meaning there were no stories ready when the anchors said hi at 5 o'clock sharp. None.

The producer, who thought he was a pro, froze, since it had never happened to him before, certainly not at the network. The director, another old pro, was faster. He hit Joe's IFB (earpiece) and said they're leading with weather. Now!

The anchors said hi and tossed to Joe who sprang into action, leading the news with 90 seconds of lively weather on a partly cloudy, 67 degree day in the spring.

Anyway, as for where Joe is today, well, his passion is soccer and he coaches young people all over town. Joe, if you're reading this, you are the best!

Saturday, July 16, 2005 5:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody outside the business cares about the "inner workings" of the TV stations. Mostly that's because the newscasts are indistinguishable. It would be fun to read a thread that started with the question: with the resources we have, how could we produce a news show that is singular, centrally connected to life in the city and state, with some understanding of the historical underpinnings of current events? As for Carlin: A columnist who wrote about local news would have an audience of 500. His readers are interested in entertainment, not the state of the "helicopter wars" or the branding problems of the 6 o'clock news. His level of interest seems to be right in tune with them.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 8:21:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

I would like to answer two points. First, there's a big difference between pilfering the paper and writing about the world of TV News in Portland. If the O started denying the AP their copy, we'd be quoting and citing the Oregonian every day. It's hard to match a staff of 200+ versus a good day when we might have 10 people on the street, plus photographers who have to shoot stuff to bring back in the shop to be written.

Second, while there's no question there's a sizable (more than the other) audience that wants insight and some review of the entertainment world, but pul-leeze, no one cares about what goes on in newsrooms? No one cares to get some insight or clarity about why stations choose to cover things a certain way, why some people, who viewers consider friends (research says this, not me) get moved, shoved aside (hello Mr. Donahue) or fired. The fact that the Oregonian covered the Shirley story (in a very shallow way, we all know) says there are things that go on they would like to know about. I think Kristi Turnquist did a great job of jumping on the radio Charlie story in a timely manner. Carlin started in a promising way and wrote clearly and correctly about the mass firings at KOIN in March and June 2001 - after that, he seemed to lose his desire or the decision was made to back away. I don't think there's a story every day, and not every week, but when there is, since we in TV won't say it, a guy like Carlin could do readers a big favor by giving insight. TV stations in Portland are big businesses, bringing in tens of millions of dollars a year. Shouldn't someone get that assignment?

Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:09:00 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Anonymous earlier wrote-- "And how many times have I heard my EXACT words read on a radio newsbroadcast with NO attribution that it came from the O? Broadcast news operations are filled with cut-and-pasters..."

OK as a radio guy let me address this. It's the exact reason why I never, ever, ever rip-and-read, even though my staff has been decimated and I am a lone wolf, though my bosses expect numbers and when I'm lucky I deliver. AP, which sucks now like they've never sucked before, copies and pastes without regard for whether it's even nominally rewritten, and without considering whether it works for radio or not. Usually not. Oregonian writers usually employ a narrative style that flows well in the context of a 500-word story. The AP wacks it down to the top couple of sentences, sends it out, collects their fee, and acts surprised when I call up to bitch, which I've given up on doing. No time. Too busy one-man-banding it. Radio's a blast.

Saturday, July 16, 2005 9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad your site, as you said, is getting thousands of visits. Portland desperately needs a site devoted to local media criticism/gossip, a la Romenesko. As in the restaurant industry, people in this small town can be prone to arrogance and have little accountability. Keep up the good work.

Sunday, July 17, 2005 5:35:00 AM  
Anonymous splicer said...

Let's face it, local media coverage in the bird cage liners stinks. Pete is pretty good at times, but Carlin is a big zero.

"The O" should go back and see how it was done. Look at the columns of Francis Murphy ("Behind the Mike" / "B-Mike"). Or, the work of La Nita Anderson ("On TV-Radio") in The Oregon Journal. Even The Journal's Doug Baker covered local media frequently.

The 1950's through the 70's was the era of big, juicy, local media stories. What the heck happened? Thank goodness for PDX Media Watcher!

Monday, July 18, 2005 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous kq4chief said...

Good points, splicer!

For excellent examples of how the local media were covered back in the 70's, check out the "Early Press," "Middle Years Press" and "Press at the End" links at my website,

That an FM station like KQIV in Lake Oswego received so much newspaper coverage, good news and bad, is amazing!

Monday, July 18, 2005 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer a previous question, Joe Sottile is also working as an assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Great guy.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Splicer said: ""The O" should go back and see how it was done. Look at the columns of Francis Murphy ("Behind the Mike" / "B-Mike"). Or, the work of La Nita Anderson ("On TV-Radio") in The Oregon Journal. Even The Journal's Doug Baker covered local media frequently."
Yeah, but that was back in the days before cable and the ensuing thousands of programs and celebrities and firings and huge contracts and emmies that came along with the deluge of TV-watching opportunities. Frances Murphy, who did a lousy job of covering TV in my opinion, once told me he never watched TV. He approached his column like a gossip column...that's why there was so much local "insider" info. I honestly believe most TV viewers care equally about local and national programs. That means they want to read a story about anybody who sits on the tube in their living room (and every other room, for that matter). They don't care if it's about Tom Brokaw or Jeff Gianola, unless they've run into Jeff at the RAC when he's lifting weights.
I do think Pete Schulberg did a better job covering local TV stories than Carlin does in the O. I wonder if Schulberg regrets leaving the security of the O job, to take the high paying Pamplin job that just went away...

Monday, July 25, 2005 1:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You dorks must be raking in the

bucks with all the trade-out spots,
PSA'S, and station promos i hear filling every break. as to those
paying spots you have, dollar a holler ain't gonna cut it, but
collapsing like a cheap suitcase with your paying advertisers is the
only option when your DESPERATE!

And having greg clapper as programming director, well thats a clear
sign of success for sure. and yes, thats the same greg clapper making a

living the last 15 years as spokesperson for the anti-tax,
anti-government assistance political hacks. the same greg clapper that
depended on that same government, funded by tax payers, to bail his ass

out when he stiffed all his creditors and employees when he filed
BANKRUPTCY in association with KKGR radio in Gresham in July 1991. (of
course this is public record as Casey Stengel said "you can look it
up") those employees he
stiffed had to get the wages owed to them from the reserve created by
the state. what a fucking hypocrite. oh, and did i forget to mention
greg clappers pot bust for possesion last year? greg, a word of advice,

discuss those lucrative trade-out spots with hemstreet when NOT engaged

in illegal activitie(s)..............

and finally, KPAM, we all love child molesters as much as the next
fellow, but it is a little hard to stomach when it's the news
guy...........anyway keep those station promos comin'

Monday, July 25, 2005 2:04:00 PM  

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