August 30, 2013
As the hardreading staff noted recently, the local dailies’ foray into Internet radio was bound to create some drama and conflict, even though Boston Herald Radio does talk (mostly to themselves) and RadioBDC does music. I wrote last month: “Be interesting to see if some news/talk shows start turning up on the indie rockstream.”
Lo and behold, from today’s Boston Globe:
The new show is Edging the Xtreme, described this way on its home page:
Edging The Xtreme with Dan Egan focuses on the hip and happenings of the extreme sports world, with exclusive interviews with regional, national and international athletes in the world of skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing and so much more.
Be interesting to see how much more talk RadioBDC will start offering, yes?
August 29, 2013
This is what the Boston Herald lives for.
Our feisty local tabloid devotes nearly four full pages to the casino-industrial complex today.
Corruption! Rampant patronage! Zero accountability!
For the Herald, this deal is the grift that keeps on giving.
Crosstown, by contrast, the Boston Globe has this nothingburger of a story in today’s Metro section:
Aside from some mild finger-wagging by columnist Adrian Walker over Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s ram-rodding this deal through, our stately local broadsheet has had nary a discouraging word about the proposed billion-dollar gambling hell – sorry, hall.
C’mon, Globeniks – get on this stick. Where’s that righteous indignation about gambling? Or even some of your trademark tsk-tsking?
You gonna let the Herald have all the fun?
August 28, 2013
The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe do casino-half-full/casino-half-empty in today’s editions.
The story itself gives a more detailed set of numbers.
A Suffolk Downs casino would pay Boston at least $32 million annually — and potentially far more — while guaranteeing at least 4,000 permanent jobs and providing East Boston an upfront payment of $33.4 million, under an agreement signed Tuesday with Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
The deal includes provisions that would substantially increase the annual payment to the city if the casino is highly profitable. Under those provisions, the deal could be worth $52 million for Boston annually, based on projections from a city consultant that the resort would gross $1 billion per year in gambling revenue.
Crosstown, those eternally optimistic Heraldniks go for the big score:
You need to go down to this graphic to get the more modest number.
Then again, overstatement is pretty much the Herald’s business these days.
August 27, 2013
It’s clear by now that former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) will do pretty much anything to grab a piece of the media spotlight.
Today it’s this story in the Boston Herald:
Scott Brown Twitter pic causes a stir
It was a political twitter tornado.
When Scott Brown posted a picture of himself with a beaming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) yesterday, the social media site lit up — especially after he followed it up with a one-word addendum: “Maybe.”
Maybe a GOP ticket in 2016?
Yes, and maybe the hardreading staff will win the Nobel Peace Prize for Two-Daily Town.
The best part of the Herald piece is the Scott Brown Shuffle when he was asked what he meant by “Maybe.”
“In the form of an update, as i was rushing to get a plane I responded — maybe to a charitable appearance request. That’s what I get 4 rushing,” Brown [tweeted].
Conclusive proof the Scott Brown truly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Of course Brown has had Twitter mishaps before, the most memorable being his midnight rambling last January.
It is said that the act of texting (or, by extension, tweeting) automatically removes 10 I.Q. points. Those are points Scott Brown can ill afford to lose.
The Boston Globe, for its part, was smart enough to ignore the story altogether.
August 27, 2013
From our stately local broadsheet’s The Hive on Monday:
This ring guarantees easy access to the T
Sick of fishing through your purse or flashing your wallet every time you ride the MBTA? A Kickstarter project, Sesame Ring, is offering stylish RFID rings that you can simply tap against CharlieCard readers as you sail through the crowds.
“Having missed the train many times while fishing for our CharlieCards, we looked for a solution in wearable technology. After months of hard work, we created the 3D-printed Sesame Ring, supported by the MBTA,” the project page states. “Now, you can walk right up to the gantry, use scientifically approved magic, and scoot on through!”
At first glance, the Globe is sucking hind teat here.
From the Googletron:
But look closer and you see that Globe kissin’ cousin boston.com had the story four days ago – before the other news outlets.
(Except for Boston Magazine’s Boston Daily blog. But neither outlet credits the other, so tie goes to boston.com.)
Two-Daily Town Assignment Desk: Let’s see if the Boston Herald, routinely a lively index to the Globe, picks up this story in the next few days.
August 26, 2013
From the Boston Sunday Globe’s front page:
The Globe proceeded to devote another page-and-a-half to tracking Dookhan defendants freed by the crime lab debacle.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s Boston Herald did what the feisty local tabloid always does: Inflate the personal into the political.
That’s certainly newsworthy in its own right, but what the Herald will never admit is that the Globe story will be its assignment desk all this week.
That’s the Two-Daily Town two-step in a nutshell.
August 26, 2013
Vin Scully, the legendary 85-year-old broadcaster who has called Los Angeles Dodgers games for lo, these last 64 years, has just re-upped for 2014, and the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy paid tribute to him in Sunday’s edition.
Vin Scully simply the best broadcaster of all time
Ted Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Russell, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jim Brown, Winston Churchill, Bobby Orr, Yo-Yo Ma, Muhammad Ali . . .
And Vin Scully.
The best who ever lived.
On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Scully will be back as team broadcaster for his 65th year in 2014. A humbled Scully, now 85, gracefully participated in a press conference, telling the assembled media that he wished the Dodgers had simply released the news with a single line in the evening’s game notes.
The Sunday Boston Herald had nothing.