No scripts for the anchors. Limited use of video. A real tech crisis in the newsroom and control room at KXXV Waco because several systems failed at once. How to get to air with the news of the night? Rely on talent.
That’s Executive Producer Charles Williams in the producer’s chair. There was nothing more from me than some moral support and converting word documents into something the TelePrompTer could display for the anchor.
Nobody at home watching could tell that there was chaos behind the scenes. To them, it was a regular broadcast. To us, we were fortunate to have pulled it off.
August 2019 Waco, Texas
Here’s a golden oldie from a few years back. This was the winner of the Lake Charles Film Festival 48 Hour film sprint from 2015.
Another 48-Hour Film Sprint submission. This one is from 2018 and features the talents of John Ware and company.
Compilation reel of a few highlights (or lowlights, depending on how you feel)
The Acting Reel Compilation can be seen here.
I’ve RE-discovered the fantastic singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. That last name is pronounced go-SHAY. (In Louisiana, the emphasis on the name would probably change to GO-shay)
Here’s a song from a while back called Mercy Now.
June 9, 2018
On this day 100 years ago, Eugene Riley Haldeman was born in Texarkana, Texas. The youngest of 5 children to Robert Shaw and Mamie Neely Haldeman. My first cousin, Nicholas Riley (Nick) Trevino interview Riley back in 2000. Here are the highlights:
May 31, 2018
Here’s a short clip from the summer of 2016. Somewhere in deep east Texas, we ran across a fascinating collection of clouds as daytime heating fuels scattered showers across the coastal plains east of Cleveland, Texas. It was only appropriate to sing along to Merle Haggard on the radio.
May 23, 2018
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Meanwhile, back in Louisiana, my buddy John Ware has been practicing ballroom dancing. This man does not dance. Well, he didn’t. Now he dances at least once a week. The endeavor is for the good cause of Lake Charles Dancing Classrooms. The annual Mad Hot Ballroom Gala is one big dancing competition. The event pairs up some well-known amateurs with some well-known dancing professionals. John was fortunate enough to be paired with Gambrelle DiGiglia. In the small world department, Gambrelle’s mother, Sarah Quinn Jones, was my youngest daughter’s ballet instructor when we lived in Lake Charles. In addition to the gala, the teams have to keep up Facebook pages that raise awareness and support for their competition. John has taken this a step ahead of the pack with great parody videos like this one. The extremely talented producers Jack Woodson and Caleb Lafleur put this clip together. They made it look eerily similar to the original scene from Flashdance.
March 2018- This video from 2018 features Alice Sefcik Sulak, the proprietor of Tom Sefcik Hall in Seaton, Texas. Mrs. Sulak might as well have walked out of a J. Frank Dobie book on Texas. She speaks with an accent that is all but dying off. It’s country with a hint of Czech. She explains here why her dance floor is one of the best in the state.
KPLC-TV’s 7News at 6 from December 11, 2013
An absolutely poor quality recording of a live report outside the Moss Bluff, Louisiana Post Office from 2012 at KPLC-TV Lake Charles.
2007 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award winner for best feature, region 6.