Church Ball

Posted by Mary Richards on March 16, 2006 at 10:52 AM

Right now I'm putting together my closer look for Friday morning on church ball. Not the movie coming out tomorrow, but the real thing. Two Saturdays ago I went to a basketball game between two LDS Church wards. I've been logging my tape this morning and I just have to laugh. I picked up some funny things on the microphone. Namely myself, yelling "Cone on, red!" and my baby giggling and playing with his toys while his mother juggled her recording equipment and her urge to cheer for the red team. My husband was playing. They lost, and have had their tournament hopes dashed.

I interviewed a few members of the team and some wives about church ball. I didn't see any bloodshed, but I saw some tempers flare. It seems everyone has a funny story or memory about these games. Greg Thorton told me his bishop once announced over the pulpit that Greg had received a technical foul and so was out of the game. He also remembers a guy praying at the start the game and asking for the teams to fight clean. Michelle McFarland told me her mother would take her five little girls to go watch her father play, but when he would get too worked up the mom would gather up her girls and leave the game. My mother-in-law tells a funny story about watching her husband play when they were younger. She was sitting by another woman who kept talking about the "horse" out on the court. She finally turns to my mother-in-law and said, "So who is your husband?" My mother-in-law calmly replied, "The horse."

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Dick Enberg Said It Best...Oh My

Posted by Patrick Wiscombe on March 7, 2006 at 09:27 PM

Dick Enberg, one of my favorite sports broadcasters, uses a phrase during his broadcasts that captures the essence of what goes on around here - "Oh my."  There's a reason why KSL.com has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow award for the past two years.  If you visit our site regularly, you've probably noticed the site has undergone tremendous changes over the past six months.

MAJOR FACELIFT  -  First and foremost, you've probably noticed that KSL.com has received a MAJOR facelift.  Kudos to the most talented web dudes and dudettes in the country.  Their work goes largely unnoticed by the public but I'm here to tell you that they are some of the hardest working and talented people you will find on this planet.  Giving the site a facelift was a tedious process at best.

COMMENTS  SECTION  -  When reading stories on the KSL website, have you wanted to give your opinion on a story?  Well, now you can with the new comments feature.  The comments section was well used on the "Super Dell" story that broke this weekend.  If you haven't read the story, click here.  Without a doubt, Dell creates some some pretty powerful emotions in people.  In fact, I would probably characterize him as a polarizing individual.  Love him, hate him, we've now given you the tool to express your opinion.  Based on the number of people who took the time to give their two cents, it's pretty obvious you like using this new feature.  It also makes for some pretty entertaining reading.

PODCASTING -  I love podcasting.  If you are new to podcasting, think of podcasting as the ability to listen to the shows you love when YOU want to listen.  Click here to get more information about podcasting.

KSL NEWS NOW  -  News on demand is really the best way to describe this new news idea.  Now you can get the latest news and information when you want it.  No station in this market offers news delivery like this.

NEWS STREAMING CHANNELS  -  Our X-Stream channel is unbelievably cool and most people don't  even know it exists.  The X-Stream channel offers programming not heard on our 50,000 watt signal and it's only offered on KSL.com.  For example, CougarRadio airs each Thursday afternoon from 1 - 2 in the mountain time zone.  This is a live local sports talk show with Andrew Adams and Scott Haws.  Anything having to do with the BYU Cougars, you'll find it here.  If you don't have time to listen to it live, you can even podcast the show.  Now that's power. 

CAR RADIO, the talk show I host each Saturday afternoon from 1 - 2, made history this past weekend because we broadcast a second hour of the show on KSL's X-Stream.  I was genuinely impressed with the response we received because we didn't promo the show leading into the second hour.  We took numerous phone calls and answered e-mail as it came it came in.      

STILL NOT IMPRESSED?  -  If this isn't enough to convince you that we're the news leader in Utah, we'll knock your socks off with what's coming NEXT.  Please write me and let me know what you think about the changes we've already made and tell me some of the changes you would like to see.

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Podcasting - Has It Changed Your Life?

Posted by Patrick Wiscombe on February 28, 2006 at 10:03 AM

I love podcasting.  I spend quite a bit of time pounding on the keyboard and staring at a computer screen throughout the day so it's nice to have some audio company as I update certain sections of the KSL web site.  I think two of the coolest things about KSL is their podcasts and their willingness to embrace new technologies.  For example, I wasn't able to listen to "The Dave Rose Show" last night so I podcast the show and listened to it while I was updating the web site this morning.  When you stop and think about what I was just wrote, you and I have a tremendous amount of power at our fingertips.  Podcasting gives each of us the ability to listen to the shows and news when it convenient for us. 

Now you might be saying to yourself, podcasting is old news.  Well, that may be true, but based on the number of e-mails I receive each week, there are plenty of people who are happily embracing their new found authority.  For example, I've receive no fewer than 15 - 20 e-mail messages each week asking if they can listen to the shows that air on KSL each weekend.  I'm proud to say that the answer is YES!  Now you can listen to Utah Outdoors, the KSL Greenhouse Show, the KSL Home Show, and Car Radio with yours truly anytime you want. 

HOW HAS PODCASTING CHANGED YOUR LIFE?  Please take a moment and let me know.  (pwiscombe@ksl.com)

If you are new to podcasting, check out the KSL podcast page.  KSL now offers 19 podcasts with more to come.  Have a great week and thanks for listening.

Patrick Wiscombe

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Olympics

Posted by Mary Richards on February 10, 2006 at 09:35 AM

Can you believe the next winter games have started since our Olympics? Four years went by fast. I did a two part series on our games running yesterday and today. I loved doing the stories. Part one focuses on the economic impact of the 2002 games, part two looks at some of the venues today -- here they are if you missed them. Part one: Download Olympics1-final.mp3  Part two: Download olympics2-final.mp3

I interviewed so many people for the stories. One of my favorite moments was standing at the top of the ski jump at Utah Olympic Park near Park City. It's a 2000 foot drop I'm told. Let's just say I didn't get too close to the edge. John Bennion of the Utah Athletic Foundation took me around the park. I saw the bobsled track where athletes compete and train. Now the public can take a ride -- with a helmet and a driver. It's fast! He told me some celebrities in town during Sundance Film Festivals have taken a turn down the slide. Cameron Diaz, Tobey Maguire to drop a couple names.

I also loved going to the Olympic Cauldron Park by Rice-Eccles. Seeing all the pictures of the events and athletes brought back a lot of memories. I did live shots from there this morning as well. The cauldron will be lit again today!

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newsroom sickness

Posted by Mary Richards on January 19, 2006 at 09:33 AM

You name it, someone here has it. Sickness is stricking the KSL news team! If it's not one of us, it's a member of our family. We are a little short-staffed this week because of it. The morning editor, Suzanne, has been out. Chris Kaye was back today but gone off and on this week. So was the noon editor, Paul Nelson. Jon Dunn was out last week. So was Ben Winslow. I feel it coming for me! I have hand sanitizer sitting in the newsroom and use it often.

I filled in for Suzanne this morning. On my way in at 3 AM I saw tons of flashing lights and police cruisers rushing south on I-15. I thought, "I wonder if we know about that." Then I saw a TV live truck rush by too. Good, I thought. Turns out an officer was in trouble. He's ok this morning, but was involved in a fight after trying to break up a loud party.

It was a happening morning on the news. You know it's a bad traffic and weather day when even the traffic hits at 5 AM are full of accidents and slide-offs. Usually Chris doesn't have much to talk about during that hour. But the roads up Parley's Canyon are clean and clear. Nice driving for Sundance festival-goers. Welcome to Utah, celebrities!

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Stories this week

Posted by Mary Richards on January 16, 2006 at 12:25 PM

I just love the stories I'm working on this week. My closer running tomorrow really touched me. I spoke with Janine Chandler, a Holladay resident who had breast cancer. She kept working through cancer treatment. She cried during the interview and I got teary-eyed too, as she talked about how her life has changed, and how supportive her co-workers have been.

This job is so interesting. I go from an interview like that, to talking to legislators about what's coming up in this year's session. Lots of talk about tax cuts and toll roads. I reported live from the Capitol this morning on Utah's Morning News. It was still dark when I got there, but I got a parking space! We do have a limited number of media spaces, but they are on the East side, and the Legislature meets in the West Building. So I did my live shot at 7:04 AM, then stepped out of the car, walked carefully in my cute-but-not-sensible-shoes across the slick sidewalks to the other building to find anyone there early. Not much luck. I got back to the car at 7:21 AM, cutting it close but just in time to check sound and make sure I was good to go live at 7:30. It's funny, our radio hits are about 35-40 seconds long, so it gives us a different perspective. I'll get in the car with two minutes before I have to go live and not a thing written down. You think you can do it because two minutes is an eternity in radio, but it still makes your heart pound when you hear them toss to you and you are still scribbling out your last line! For that reason I try not to do it too much.

I just got back from Orem, where I spoke with the people at Halestorm Entertainment, as well as the guy behind the LDS Film Festival. They run that festival the same week as Sundance so that hopefully more people will come see one of their films while they are in town. The guys at Halestorm are tons of fun. They have some films in the works that look interesting, "Suits on the Loose" and "Take a Chance." Everyone in the office was dressed down -- some sweats, some T-shirts. I don't know if it's because it's a holiday, or if they are just that relaxed in that office.

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I guess I'm old...

Posted by Sheryl Worsley on January 13, 2006 at 05:21 PM

I didn't really feel that old until today.  I had an appointment at my daughter's middle school about what she wants to be when she grows up.  The guidance counsellor made sure to remind her about the fact that next year's 9th grade classes will go on her permanent record and she needs to keep a high GPA.  NINTH GRADE!!  Do you realize that's just a couple years before driving age??!!   He's talking to her about the college level classes she should take and I'm thinking:  Hey, it hasn't been that long since I was in college....right?? 

The days of innocence are fading.  Soon I'll have to worry about boys calling and "hanging out" around our refrigerator and our daughter.  Soon we'll have to add a teenager on the car insurance.  Soon we'll have to find a clunker for the teenager to drive (it ain't gonna be my car!).  With high school will come the football games, the homework that's really hard and -- Oh My-- PROM NIGHT!!!!

She told the counsellor she wants to go into interior design, but I think we'll find a nunnery instead.

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New Year, New Bug...

Posted by Ben Winslow on January 13, 2006 at 03:09 PM

Happy New Year, everybody!

I'm finally feeling well enough to crawl back to a keyboard after being sick for several days.  It seems whatever bug was going around finally caught up with me.  Everyone here at KSL has been dropping like flies with some malady or another.  Flu, colds, you name it, we've got it.  This place is one big petri-dish.

I've been trying everything to keep myself healthy.  NyQuil, DayQuil, Alka Seltzer, echinacea, green tea, but nothing seems to work fast enough.  Finally, after more than a week, I've got my appetite back.

Interestingly enough, I recently interviewed some elementary school teachers who have developed immunities to most germs that kids bring to school.  They were laughing that the first few years of teaching, they'd catch everything.  Then, as the years go by, they develop resistance to the germs kids bring in.  Definitely something to think about...

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Time to Go Postal

Posted by Mary Richards on December 19, 2005 at 10:45 AM

This seems to be turning into my personal blog. Really quick though, I reported live this morning from the Salt Lake City Main Post Office. Ron Hubrich was so great to meet me there early, early in the snow at the processing facility. He talked to me about how today is the busiest day for them. 1.6 million letters and over 250-thousand packages -- double their normal volume. The facility is huge, and has tons of carts and bins full of mail. They are moved around the facility on small trains that move on tracks above you. I didn't have nearly enough time to go over all of Ron's tips for last-minute mailers, so if you want, you can listen to my whole interview with him here. Download post_officeinterview.mp3

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