Monday, March 31, 2008

Akron-Canton News bumped by late Tribe finish

I'm just back from my day-long reporting stint at Progressive Field and I've got a few emails from folks wondering what happened to the 6:30 p.m. Akron-Canton Newscast.

It's simple. Blame Joe Borowski.

Had the Indians closer sent down the White Sox 1-2-3 in the ninth, the game would have ended in enough time to broadcast a condensed version of the Channel 3 News at 6 and would have allowed the technical folks at WKYC enough time to make the necessary adjustments to then broadcast the ACN at 6:30 p.m. as scheduled.

But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo .... Jo-Bo had to give up a homer and then let another guy get on base .. before finally ending the game around 6:25 p.m. There just wasn't enough time to even try to do a Channel 3 broadcast before Nightly News began at 6:30 .. nor was there enough time to make the technical switches to air the ACN either.

Just so you know, the ACN was written, edited, and ready to go with Vic Gideon filling in on the anchor desk ... but again, for technical reason, we were in worse shape than Victor Martinez' hamstring.

My day at the park actually went pretty well. My most memorable moment was entering the stadium at noon -- before the park opened for the general public -- and being the only person on the home run porch as the Indians were taking batting practice. At one point, Martinez ripped one over my head and after taking one big bounce, the ball cracked into the side of one of our TV news competitor's live trucks. Made a pretty good whack too.

Anyway, a fun assignment today .. but tomorrow it's back to Akron news .. and what I'm told will be a neat announcement about downtown.

Go tribe!

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