You’ve gotta start somewhere. So here I am at the beginning. My first blog. I’m expecting flowers or something.
Although I have never “blogged” per se, I have maintained a constant presence on the web since circa 1990 when there were only 5 people on the Internet and two of them were selling penis enlargements.
Thanks to an engineer at KGTV in San Diego named Mike Walborn who recognized the potential in that crazy frontier called “the world wide web” our station was among the first to have a presence on what we called “the information super highway” (who remembers THAT?). We couldn’t get much video shoved through a 1400 baud modem… but we managed to keep some fairly current information streaming on our AOL page.
I worked in New York through the mid 90’s into 2001 and wrote a regular column for wcbs.com and cbs.com… which made me one of the earlier columnists to post regularly on the web. The column was called “Tech Bytes” and it was a humorous (I hope) look at technology in our daily lives.
I’ve had a seat at most of the “trendy” web addresses over the years….AOL, MySpace (until it got too commercial), Facebook (which is getting too commercial) and now Twitter (which I fear may become too commercial). Now my own blog, which I promise will never try to sell you anything. Okay, maybe I’ll occasionally point you to a story I’m working on as a reporter at WXYZ TV. Or I might play you a song I’m writing, or invite you to a show where I’m performing. But these things will rarely cost you more than a few minutes of your time.
Mostly I plan to use this blog as a way to remove the glass of the TV screen that separates us every night at 6, 7 and 11pm. I’ll let you know what I’m thinking from time to time about the stories I report… I’ll ask for your opinions and ideas about stories you’d like to see here on this page or on TV. I’ll resurrect “Tech Bytes”, and maybe dig up a few old columns to see if they still stand up.
I’ll remind you–I’m new at this. So if you’ve been here for a while, doing this please let me know what I can do better. I’ve been on TV for 31 years and have developed a pretty thick skin, I can take the criticism and suggestions.
So, lets get started. Now…where are my flowers?