Monday, August 6, 2007
The Daly Planet gets lots of mail. Here are some answers to questions asked many times by readers:
Q - Why don't you publish the email addresses for TV networks?
A - In today's world, each NASCAR TV partner along with individual TV production companies has a stand-alone website. Jayski.com also has this information.
Q - Why don't you name the production people you discuss like Producers and Directors?
A - This forum is for discussion of their work, and that is simply not a reason to make things personal. TV is subjective, and opinions are just opinions, including mine.
Q - What is your beef with ESPN?
A - No one was more surprised than me this season when ESPN rolled out NASCAR Countdown, NASCAR Now, and their Busch Series coverage. Each of these three series, and now with NEXTEL Cup added-in, are stand-alone TV projects. Who knew that with all the experience of ESPN, we would be dealing with such basic issues as "NASCAR knowledge" and "TV studio hosting?" Certainly not me. What we would like to see and have not...are these issues addressed.
Q - Why do you seem to like SPEED Channel?
A - You obviously have not read my columns on Inside NEXTEL Cup or several of the more "interesting" efforts by that network this season. This small network has a multi-year head-start on ESPN. We have taken them to task this year for everything from Michael Waltrip on Tradin' Paint to Jimmy Spencer ranting about Kelly Elledge. Right now, however, they seem to be on a roll in their NASCAR coverage. (Please note we do not deal with The SPEED Report or Wind Tunnel.)
Q - Why are you so negative all the time?
A - Once again...who knew? This season was supposed to be about a celebration of NASCAR and its new TV package. Instead, we have networks refusing to show cars crossing the finish line, arrogant announcers who feud on-the-air, and studio talent being assigned to NASCAR as if it is Arena Football or another "minor sport." Like I said before...who knew?
Q - Is there anything good about NASCAR TV this season?
A - Absolutely. The best weekly post-produced show is Survival of the Fastest . The best live racing series is the Craftsman Trucks. The best show live from the track is Trackside with Steve Byrnes. The best "specials" were the Ultimate NASCAR series. The best play-by-play is Mike Joy. The best analyst is Larry McReynolds. The best pit reporter is Allen Bestwick. How's that?
Q - Do you get paid by anyone to do this?
A - No. I started this project after being encouraged by my family and friends. Instead of returning to TV fulltime, I decided to follow a different path and use my network management, TV production, and on-air operations background to talk about the "new" NASCAR TV package this season, as it will only come along once. I thought it was an opportunity not to be missed, and that certainly has proven true in many ways.
Q - Do you get paid by Sirius Satellite Radio?
A - No, I met Dave Moody after we both published articles on the same topic, we hit it off, and he asked me to guest on Sirius Speedway every couple of weeks so he could "talk some TV."
Q - Where is your bio on the website?
A - Unfortunately, I was naive when I started and published my bio information not knowing the reality of the Internet. My former employers got harassing phone calls and emails, I had people actually trying to locate my house, and I even got several direct personal threats. Needless to say, I pulled back my information. If anyone would like to talk about my background, simply email me and I will be happy to correspond.
Q - Why are people talking badly about you on the Internet?
A - One of the realities of the Internet is anyone with a keyboard becomes God for a little bit. Since I drive very heavy user traffic, anyone who uses my site name in their posts get listed on the same search engines that carry my site. That way, simply by "flaming" me on some obtuse point, they get listed that day on big engines like Google and Yahoo.
Q - Will you return next season?
A - That is a decision that will be made in the next couple of weeks. We will also take a look at how to deal with the off-season, and the TV stories that occur during those months.
Thanks again for emailing questions, I hope that I have done a good job in answering the issues that pop-up as we move forward in the first year of this media project.