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It’s early Saturday evening and I sit in BWI awaiting my return flight to Buffalo following my niece Molly’s graduation from Loyola of Baltimore. She was about 2 ½ months old when she attended my graduation from the University of Dayton. I can clearly picture her in the stands. Today our roles were reversed and so much has changed over 20 years. Too much.

Some good things, some bad. And regrets. What I assume are standard yet inescapable regrets. Sinatra was wrong.

You have a lot of time to think during a graduation when there is a class of thousands graduating and you’re only there to see one person. I’m so proud of her and her siblings and all they’ve accomplished thus far…with so much yet to come for them, hopefully mostly good.

I will watch my children graduate in another twenty years or so and I need to make that time count. I don’t know what that means or how to articulate it or even, if I’m honest, how to do it but in parenting as in life we’re all making it up as we go along anyway. Check back with me them to see how I did.

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“if only i could take back what i said.”

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Every one of us has wished for the power to erase or take back something we’ve said to someone. We were thoughtless, hurtful, angry, ignorant or insensitive but whatever the reason we said something wrong or improper.

We can offer apologies until we’re blue in the face but usually only time eases the memory for all parties (and sometimes not even then).

But if like me you’ve ever been on a live microphone broadcasting to thousands of people, you know the pitfalls of saying something wrong on the air. The “wrong” gets magnified significantly. Not only can you not take it back, someone may have actually recorded your mistake.

Avoiding such wrong or improper comments on the air is part of how one gets labeled a responsible broadcaster. Making a mistake, even one time, may cause a broadcaster to receive the opposite label.

Sue Simmons’ f-bomb on a live newscast promo for WNBC-TV in New York on Monday night is but one prime example of a classic broadcasting flub. These promos are sometimes live and sometimes taped. Simmons confused the two Monday night and the bomb was dropped live.

I’m not sure what should/can be done about it other than to offer a sincere and contrite apology which Simmons did on the station’s 11 o’clock show. I can only imagine the dread she felt when she realized her mistake, had to read the apology and live with outcries from viewers and know-it-alls. If only….

When you are around microphones and cameras all day, sometimes you forget they are there, that they are on and that they are live. You make a mistake and you live with the consequences when you are a live broadcaster. She could be fired or suspended or the matter could be dropped. It depends how the lawyers feel on that particular day and what Simmons’ reputation has been. She’s pretty well liked and respected from what I’ve heard.

Contrast that with another broadcasting mistake uncovered this week and played over and over. Bill O’Reilly was taping (big difference) a promo for Inside Edition some years ago when he had a diva-like temper tantrum and dropped an angry f-bomb (or two) during his tirade. That incident was more telling about O’Reilly’s true personality and professionalism as a broadcaster – both poor in my opinion. I kept thinking as I watched his tirade how glad everyone must have been to get that guy off their show. Colbert’s spoof last night was awesome:

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Here’s a dirty little broadcasting secret, off the air many (not all) radio and television broadcasters swear like sailors on occasion. It can be very salty. Maybe it’s because of the restrictions and pressures of not saying bad words on the air that causes them to be unleashed (usually in a humorously intended way) off air, but it happens.

The bad news is sometimes when broadcast performers unleash, they forget where they are and they don’t realize the on-air light is on.

Now its time for YOU to fess up. What’s been your worst broadcast flub, live or otherwise?

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Everybody has a few songs that for them just bring out the happys.

It could be the beat, the melody, the words, the performance or all of that.

I came across one song that I hadn’t heard in a while that is one of those songs for me and joy of joys I found two great live versions: one of the original artist (Tom Jones) and a relative new comer (compared to Tom Jones), that being Robbie Williams.

I’d love to know which songs bring out the happys for for you but for me, It’s Not Unusual. Enjoy

TOM JONES’ VERSION

ROBBIE WILLIAMS’ VERSION

the revulsion is still there

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I knew what was going to happen when I started the player. I had seen it hundreds of times from many angles.

Yet today when I clicked on the player, as I watched the event unfold again, my eyes squinted, my hands trembled and my posture was taut.

Knowing that the plane was going to crash into the second tower on September 11th didn’t ease my shock nor did it still the memories of everything that played out in the hours, days, weeks, months and years ahead.

The Internet Archive has collected video from all the major American and UK networks as the events of September 11th unfolded live on TV.

From a journalistic or media perspective it is an invaluable resource which again proves how the internet can be a wonderful educational tool.

You should watch it for that reason or because you are an American or because you are a human being.

So much time has passed and I am still so angry.

UPDATED MAY 15- 7:56 a.m. ET – free public service announcements for myanmar relief efforts here

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UPDATE (May 28, 2008; 11:45 p.m. ET)— We have updated our :30 PSA with current statistics from the disaster. Please use that update which you can find HERE.

UPDATE (May 15, 2008; 7:56 a.m. ET)— UNICEF has now posted celebrity public service announcements on their You Tube Channel asking for donations to help raise funds for the Myanmar relief effort. Participants include Ben Stiller, Joel Madden, Nicole Richie and Tea Leoni. Please get these PSAs on the air. The military government has also allowed more relief workers into aid in the relief efforts but not enough to properly deal with the devastation.

UPDATE (May 13, 2008; 12:30 p.m. ET)The New York Times reports that relief efforts are still being blocked by the Myanmar government. If and when (please be soon) that the government lets relief efforts in, the donations to UNICEF are going to be even more critical because the problem of disease and death only gets worse the longer its ignored. Please keep pushing the PSA’s to any media outlet you can.

UPDATE (May 9, 2008; 3:30 p.m. ET)— The web site Swiss Info is reporting that the United Nations will immediately resume aid flights to Myanmar and that one US Flight has been approved by the nations military government. Foreign aid workers are still restricted, though and I’m not clear how they plan to handle the issue of the government stealing UN relief supplies as reported earlier.

UPDATE (May 9, 2008; 12:00 p.m. ET)— NBC Nightly News senior producer Subrata De has posted two emails she has received from a friend of hers who has lived through the cyclone…you can read those emails here

UPDATE (May 9, 2008; 8:10 a.m. ET)— Thanks to my friend Joel Denver from All Access.com for this update via the Wall Street Journal:

May 9, 2008 –The United Nations said it would suspend all further aid shipments for survivors of last week’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar after the country’s ruling junta seized all aid material that had been flown in so far. The U.N.’s World Food Program “has no choice” but to suspend further shipments until the matter is resolved, WFP spokesman Paul Risley said. All “the food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated,” he said, including 38 tons of high-energy biscuits.

The New York Times has its report here.

The UNICEF web site is still taking donations. My assumption is that at some point aid will be given and that funds will be needed. In the worst case, no funds donated will be able to be used in Myanmar BUT will be used to aid children when another international disaster strikes. The US Fund for UNICEF needs our financial support; let’s move forward and continue to promote this cause. Hopefully we’ll be ready to help Myanmar when allowed in.
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Frustrating as it has been for all nations, including the United States, to immediately get food, water and medicine into the areas of Myanmar ravaged by the recent cyclone, the challenge of having to pay for all the needed relief in the weeks, months and maybe years to come is going to be even more of a headache.

Today UNICEF issued an emergency appeal for financial contributions to help pay for all that will be needed. UNICEF is working with Myanmar’s (Burma’s) military government to coordinate relief efforts. It occurred to me that UNICEF will need to promote this fundraising appeal.

My personal experience with non-profits is they don’t always execute communication plans as fast as possible because of restrictions on manpower and money. I hope UNICEF proves me wrong and if they do get audio and video spots out on this appeal, ignore and delete what I am about to do.

I’m stepping in to what I assume will be UNICEF’s eventual communications plan for Myanmar fundraising without an invitation and without approval. Screw politics and procedures. I’m a broadcaster and this is the internet.

Let’s roll.

Attached are two public service announcements (PSA); one sixty seconds long, one thirty seconds long both explaining how to donate funds for the cyclone relief effort directly to UNICEF.

The scripts I wrote (also attached) were based on text lifted directly from the UNICEF web site dealing with the Myanmar relief effort.

audio’connell Voice Over Talent is not receiving any compensation for this, we don’t want any…nor are we looking for publicity for us.

We DO want publicity (and lots of it) for the PSA’s themselves and ask that if you directly know any radio station or television station program directors, internet radio stations or podcasters, please direct them here or email them the spots or scripts (if they want to record spots with their own voice talent, God bless ’em!).

PSA’s don’t do any good if they don’t get played and if people don’t respond to the call to action. Please promote the availability of these spots within whatever professional network you are a part of and encourage their use to help raise money the people in Myanmar who have been so terribly distressed.

And if you could throw UNICEF a couple of bucks in the effort, that would be good too.

Please note in the comment section of media to whom you have sent this to or (if you’re the media) what outlet you are from.

Thanks for being a good person.

SIXTY SECOND UNICEF MYANMAR APPEAL PSA

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THIRTY SECOND UNICEF MYANMAR APPEAL PSA

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of unions, agents and voice over

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Vox Daily has a very insightful story regarding union voice over work, voice over agents, how the field of play has changed and where it might be going.

Always a good read, Stephanie’s post today was especially informative.

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