AuthorJosh Benson

I reached to pick it up, and…

Horror.  I’ve had my iPhone 4 for less than a month. Now look. What an IDIOT. I was talking on the phone in the kitchen when I twitched and my beautiful, expensive brick of techno-gold slipped from my fingers. I flipped it over and saw the damage. I felt ill. Unbelievably, the phone still worked perfectly. So that was a relief. The reason why I tell this tale of woe is that I learned...

Skywitnessing it all from above

News helicopters are so cool. And they are such a valuable tool. I’ve never worked at a station that has a news helicopter until now. And boy, have I been missing out. Some of the pictures we get into our newsroom are unbelievable. At a moment’s notice, our chopper “Skywitness 9 HD” is in the air from Orlando Executive Airport en route to a breaking news story. Our...

LTV: Viewer not having the morning antics

I’ve added a new section to the blog called “Love Thy Viewer”. You can find a link to this collection of goodies on the menu bar. In it, you’ll read some pretty good viewer emails we receive in the TV business. I’m collecting them from friends in the news business all around the country. I’ll be omitting specific names and station call letters, but you’ll...

Ramble on

I’ve updated the look, feel and functionality of my blog. What was once JoshBensonBlog.com, is now NewsRamble.com – a look at life from inside the TV news business. So, in essence, it’s time to Ramble On as Led Zepplin once preached:
Ramble On, And now’s the time, the time is now, to sing my song.
Thanks for checking out the new blog. I hope to update it often.

iPad replacing news scripts? Down with War and Peace!

It’s a sight that takes my breath away. Not in a good way. Every morning they sit there, stacked perfectly, just waiting for me to rifle through, Sharpie-to-death and quickly file into the black rubber basket next to my chair. News scripts have a come a long way. They used to spit out from a massive printing machine in triplicate form. As an anchor early in my career, I remember squinting...

US Airways Luggage Debacle: The Conclusion

Well, it seems like US Airways has done it – they followed up and offered a reimbursement on my luggage debacle. Sort of. If you read the earlier post about the shenanigans that occurred on my way back from Cancun a few weeks ago, you learned that a baggage employee rifled through my bag and stole my Canon Rebel camera, telephoto lens and my dob bag. The value was quite extensive –...

US Airways Luggage Debacle: Update

I’ve filed the proper paperwork with US Airways after my Canon Rebel digital camera, telephoto lens and my tolietry bag suddenly “disappeared” from my checked back from Cancun to Phoenix, then onto Tucson. It should be about 8-12 weeks for some kinda of satisfaction, if any. But I am keeping a very close eye on this given the fact that hundreds of people go through this sort of...

Remembering the Newton, Welcoming the iPad

The new iPad with WiFi will be out in March. The WiFi/3G combo will  be released in April. Either way, I think I’m going to be a part of its release. I’ve called Apple in hopes to review and test the new iPad for KVOA – in an effort to see if it’s worth the hype. Current feedback suggests it’s a glorified iPhone and really misses the mark and contains nothing...

Thank you, US Airways

Just returned from Mexico a few days ago. It was amazing. Went to Riviera Maya and stayed at the Occidental Grand Xcaret with my girlfriend (blog entry to come soon). But this post is about US Airways. We flew from Tucson to Phoenix then on to Cancun. It was a very nice flight there. Home, much of the same, although we had a delayed flight in Phoenix before coming back to Tucson. In Cancun...

Helping Haiti: $10 at a time

I was sitting in my chair watching the Fox Pre-Game show before the Cardinals/Saints game. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this weekend for weeks, as my beloved Vikings play tomorrow against the Cowboys. While watching the pre-game, or any show for that matter, Haiti is talked about constantly. If you’ve been in a hole for the past week, then you wouldn’t know that they were rocked...

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