Frosty Troy (The Oklahoma Observer, 10 September) quotes an unnamed “former TV reporter”:
To run a bulletin or even a crawl on a grass fire is sufficient. Instead, I stood out for three hours doing cut-ins for non-stop live coverage. God knows what the helicopter cost.
Frosty’s been harping on this for at least twenty years; I sent him a particularly heinous example of non-news from Los Angeles back in 1988. Things have not improved a great deal.
And another thing:
KOSU-FM [at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater] and OKC’s KTOK are the only radio stations with full-time Capitol correspondents.
That’s scary, if nobody in Tulsa, where there’s more serious news/talk competition than there is in Oklahoma City, bothers to position a reporter at the Capitol.