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Love of Technology, Leonard and The Newsroom

Jeff Glor

Some quick notes before I start grading college papers:

I Love Technology almost as much as I Love New York.

I don’t understand it, but I love it.

I came home around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, went on Twitter and learned that Bruce Springsteen had opened the 12/12/12 concert an hour earlier and I had missed it.

So I checked out the dozens of channels carrying the benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims to see if any of the channels had the Start Over feature that allows Time Warner Cable subscribers to go back to the beginning of shows.

I eventually found HBO had the feature and quickly heard the Boss performing “Land of Broken Dreams,” “Wrecking Ball” and several other tunes before Jon Bon Jovi joined him for “Born to Run.”

Then I get a telephone call and put the picture on pause to take it. Unfortunately, after a few minutes my picture went to the live show and I missed the final Springsteen tune. I guess that was to remind me that I don’t understand technology.

I got tired about the time that WGR’s Chris Parker (The Bulldog) cracked me up on Twitter by writing: “Old man here. Will have to watch the rest of this tomorrow.”

So I decided to DVR it as well. I planned for the concert to go a little long and recorded an extra 30 minutes because I wanted to find out the answer to the question that CBS newsman Jeff Glor of Kenmore asked on Twitter: “Any predicitons on what the finale song will be?”

Unfortunately, the extra 30 minutes wasn’t long enough to find out. It did allow me to see Sir Paul McCartney give more than a 30 minute concert but my DVR stopped in the middle of one of his tunes.

The moral of the story is technology is great, but there is still a human element involved that can lead to disappointment.

Channel 2’s latest successful, self-important promo featuring all of its news anchors suggests that Melissa Holmes is going to either get the “Daybreak” spot as expected or become the station’s 5 p.m. anchor now that Jodi Johnston has left the station. Holmes is featured along with Maryalice Demler, Scott Levin and John Beard in the latest promo with the tag line “we need you to rise above” and advises area leaders the station is going to keep them accountable.

Speaking of HBO, it plans to carry a replay at 9:30 p.m. Saturday of Juan Manuel Marquez’s knockout of Manny Pacquiao that reportedly was the result of the perfect devastating punch.

Not surprisingly, ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary on football-baseball star Bo Jackson Saturday was its highest-rated documentary ever. It airs again at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 on ESPN Classic and several more times on that channel and ESPN2 into February. 

But back to Twitter. I took a brief respite from the 12/12/12 concert when Buffalo Bill David Nelson tweeted that the Dallas Maverick-Boston Celtics game was incredible. I turned to ESPN just in time to see the Celts win in double overtime.

Back to the jersey shore.  Sort of. A week from tonight, MTV ends the highly successful series “Jersey Shore.” I wish someone could explain its wild success to me. It makes as much sense to me as technology does.

Roger Daltrey put a whole new spin on “see me, feel me, touch me” during Wednesday’s concert. He got killed on Twitter for revealing so much skin when almost taking his shirt off. I thought it was funny. I imagine anyone under 20 seeing him do it was asking “Who is that?” I would expect a “Saturday Night Live” parody if it wasn’t for the fact Daltrey was performing for a good cause.

NBC’sToday” gave feature reporter Mike Leonard a sweet goodbye after 32 years with the network, and Leonard gave his wife a love letter in his final feature. I’m going to miss Leonard’s heartwarming pieces, which are becoming a lost art on network news shows.

One quick thing to note about this morning’s Golden Globe nominations. Not one network program was nominated for best drama. I was glad to see Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series “The Newsroom” was nominated along with Jeff Daniels, who plays the principled news anchor of the fictional cable network. It’s a terrific show that is even more enjoyable when you watch episodes for a second time.

OK, papers are calling.


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1 response to "Love of Technology, Leonard and The Newsroom"

  1. Bob says:

    That is hilarious how alike some people are:
    1. I watched the telecast but missed some of the Boss
    2. I enjoyed it but also went to bed when Bulldog said – it’s late.
    3. I also recorded 30 extra minutes
    4. Crap, now you tell me it wasn’t enough!

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