Monday, January 02, 2006

KHUM Gets Plug, ER Has Problems

As Hank Sims pointed out yesterday, KHUM radio stayed up and running during the big storm keeping the public informed of what was going on. Today's Times- Standard gave them a well deserved plug for their efforts. The other radio stations, that just went about their business as usual, should hang their heads in shame.
Captain Buhne, of the Buhne Tribune, points out that Sunday was supposed to be the first day of the Eureka Reporter's move to being a daily paper. Problem was, they were a no show. No one that I know of received the Reporter yesterday. Apparently, the editor of the Reporter wasn't anticipating that, from the looks of this editorial published yesterday. In fairness, that editorial was likely written before the storm hit and all the power went out.

Or maybe their delivery people just wigged out? It's just about 9am on Monday as I write this. I looked all over and can't find today's ER anywhere in front of my house, although my inlaws across the street have what looks like the ER laying in front of their house. Must be a delivery problem. Still, not a good start.


At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As Hank Sims pointed out yesterday"...


Also, good assessment of local media storm coverage.

The worst offender, in my opinion, was KINS: Here they were in Eureka, running on generator power, and on Saturday morning they proceed with the lame Shopping Show--a live program that could have been dedicated to storm coverage. Criminally retarded.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Hank made the second comment in yesterday's comments, in which he mentioned KHUM.

My little radio is kinda hard to find stations on. I found one earlier on that had some local coverage, maybe that was KHUM, but ended up surfing around and couldn't find that station again, unless maybe I was hitting it during commercials or some such.

Other than that, I could only find music stations and one that was FOX broadcasting, but that seemed like a national news channel, whatever station that was.

As I mentioned earlier, KXGO, which I listen to if only cause it comes in so clear on my radio, just went business as usual all Saturday, at least while I was listening. No news, just music.

I can see business as usual, to some extent, but they should break every now and then for local disaster info.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous JJ said...

It's surprising to see the ER's editorial claim that the paper publishes "fair and balanced" reporting. Hasn't that phrase been permanently corrupted by Fox "news?" I distrust any infotainment source that claims to be "fair and balanced." It sounds too much like double-speak from Orwell's 1984.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Come on now, JJ; You don't like the ER just cause the Arkley's and Security National own it.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Fred said...

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At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me, or has the Times-Standard gone pretty far left-wing with the editorial staff and story coverage? ER seems to do a good job and their building looks really nice, I wouldn't worry too much about the "evils" of ER jj, unless you think Indymedia is really "fair and balanced"

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous help! said...

how do you block people from commenting on a blog?

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't block people from commenting here, unless they're spamming. That's why I activated that Word Verification thing so spam robots have a tougher time slipping spam into the comments.

If anyone's wondering about the deleted comment just a bit earlier, that was my comment that somehow ended up being posted twice.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Captain Future said...

Thanks for the plug in the previous comments, Fred, but I don't attribute EVERYTHING to global warming. I don't get any pleasure out of hammering on it, nor do I do it for political reasons. I just believe all the credible evidence and all the credible scientists point to it, and there's like 30 years or more of science to back it up. And if we don't face up to it, we're all going to pay, especially the young people of today and their children, etc.

This past year the science became irrefutable. Anyway...our storm was a storm, but aspects of it could well have been influenced by higher ocean temperatures. Greater and more unusual storms have been part of the model climate scientists developed in the 1980s.

ANYWAY, this started out to be about radio. As far as I can tell, there is very little local input into most of the radio here. It's all canned. They stick in local commercials. There are no local interview shows on the commercial stations I know of, nor local news. Except for the public stations, and they don't have much newsgathering ability. Then again, neither do the TV stations; as far as I can tell, only channel 3 has a news staff. It's a truly frightening situation, considering how vulnerable we are to weather and earthquake disasters.

But I join the hats off to KHUM--although I never knew when they were going to pass on news, they did pass it on, and were professional in being careful about what was confirmed and what was a single observation or a rumor.
--Bill K. Dreaming Up Daily

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous JJ said...

Hey there anon, careful with those quotation marks. I didn't call ER "evil," I simply commented on the use of the term "fair and balanced," which recalls the scandle with Fox "news" a few years back.

The T-S does seem more of the lefty paper since the ER came on the scene, which is ironic since the T-S has rarely stuck a toe left of center.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I mentioned some time ago that it seemed the T-S seemed to be leaning a bit more to the left the last year or two. I suspect, as I wrote back then, that it's more a case of new reporters, their interests and thus the people they hang with.

BTW: The Eureka Reporter ended up being delivered today. Now I can look forward to some fair and balanced news.

At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times-Standard, the lefty paper that endorsed George Bush and Rex Bohn? What are you smoking, dude?

Then again, the North Coast Journal also came out against Kerrigan, so the definition of what left means is pretty skewed around here.


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