It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and maybe that’s because of the season. For some reason, summer is always the slow news time of year. I believe it’s a combination of school being out, the fall elections are too far off to demand significant coverage yet, and most businesses are geared down for the summer because their employees are on vacation. The first half of this year has been very busy from a news perspective, so I’m not going to complain about the slowdown.
Festival Friday is undoubtedly my favorite part of work in the summer. Theresa Pollick and I get to travel from town to town to preview the weekend’s coming festivals. If your town has one coming up, please let us know. We’d love to come to your town.
Right now, I’m putting together a DVD composite of our coverage of the 2005 grain fire down by the river. Our Coverage won a Regional Emmy in 2006 and now it has been nominated for a National Emmy. And speaking of awards, I was lucky enough to win the Ohio Associated Press first place award for Spot News Coverage with Alexis Means. 13 ABC won a bunch of AP Awards last Sunday, more than any other station in the state of Ohio. The awards are very satisfying personally, because I’ve spent the better part of January the last two years putting together the compilation pieces for the awards we enter. 13 ABC also won two Edward R. Murrow awards not to long ago, one being for Bill Hormann’s series “Truth Test,” which I edited. (Bill also won a Walter Cronkite Award for the series.)