Daily Gazette is head-and- shoulders
above the competition this year with tough reporting on local issues
and solid arts coverage—and they accomplished this with fewer staff
and resources. And because aesthetics do count, we must add
that the Gazette is the best-looking local paper, in terms
of layout and use of color.
thorough reporting has set the standard for investigative journalism
in the Capital Region. His reporting on the ghost-ticket scandal
has led to one of the most spectacular shake-ups in recent memory
in Albany city politics. His rolodex is filled with the best sources,
and his editors have the good sense to let him loose to terrorize
the Powers That Be. This is the third consecutive year Lyons has
taken this Best Of, and we will be surprised if it is the last time,
Columnist: Carl Strock.
Strock isn’t a high-on-his-perch bloviator; he’s a reporter who
writes a column. That makes all the difference. How many local columnists
got called out this year, by name, at a public meeting because their
reporting hit too close to home?
Radio News Reporter
DeWitt is a Capitol mainstay, the voice of news about our woeful
state government on public radio stations across New York state.
We’re lucky to have her here.
Talk Radio Host
Times Union editor- columnist Dan Lynch is a talk radio rarity:
a moderate. A long career in the news business—he’s a self-described
“recovering journalist”—allowed him to stockpile a treasure house
of skepticism about politicians and their policies and motives.
Every weekday afternoon he turns this hard-earned skepticism on
Republicans and Democrats with equal ferocity.
other half of our once-favorite TV news team, Jim Kambrich continues
to deliver the breaking news with dependable candor, sans Lydia
Kulbida, and often solo. We have to admit, since CBS 6 disappeared
into the digital television void and we lost our reigning heavyweight
champion in this division, the competition is not as fierce as we
given this award to Steve Caporizzo before, and for good reasons:
personability and reliability. (Also: You can tell he loves his
job.) This year we can add that he and the rest of the News 10 team
have developed a solid online presence, too.
Local Sports Coverage
Record gives a lot of real estate—in
newspapers, “real estate” means pages—to sports. And a big share
of this is in-depth coverage of local sports: high school, college,
minor league baseball and hockey, you name it. Being able to devote
your back page to a dynamic sports photo every day doesn’t hurt,
bureaus in Albany, the Berkshires, the North Country, the Hudson
Valley, the Pioneer Valley and other places momentarily slipping
our mind, the WAMC news staff gives us the kind of reports that
provide a “big picture” view of what’s happening in our region.
No one can beat them—no one even tries.
Media Show That Can’t Discuss The Media
did the real world put a damper on this show’s discussions this
year or what? Because of troubles at their respective corporations,
Daily Freeman publisher Ira Fusfeld and Times Union
editor Rex Smith have almost as many topics they can’t talk
about as stuff they can.
Nature & Everything Radio Show
Our Back Yard
thought up the idea, years ago, to put wildlife pathologist Ward
Stone in front of a microphone and let him run wild, so to speak,
from topic to topic, was a genius. Interviewer-host Joe Donahue
may have a task akin to herding cats, but the result is delightful—and
Political Radio Show
From the State Capitol
York Post columnist and state government editor Fred Dicker’s
weekday radio show was the place to turn for the latest news
during the recent New York Senate clusterfuck. But all year round,
Dicker gets the biggest newsmakers from every level of state government
on his show.
Music Radio Station (Commercial)
independently owned station has managed to stay true to its mission—providing
a real alternative to corporate-programmed music radio—for more
than 20 years. With a focus on new “alternative” music and some
regular nods to the station’s roots in the ’80s and ’90s—plus a
couple of specialty shows including one dedicated to local music—this
is the only commercial station on your dial that doesn’t like the
product of focus-group research.
Music Radio Station (Non-Commercial)
just turned 2, and there’s nothing terrible about that. If it weren’t
for EXT, we’d probably have to listen to Nickelback all day long.
With no corporate headquarters to answer to, the station offers
quality programming and more support to local musicians than any
other in the area. Furthermore, the My Exit show gives average
folks an hour’s worth of airtime. When’s our turn?
Political TV Show
to Susan Arbetter and company for delivering the best weekly digest
of New York state government news in any media. Informative newsmaker
interviews and no-nonsense panel discussions with the best print
and radio reporters equal great television.
TV Sports Coverage
more than 20 years of Capital Region sports reporting under his
belt, Rodger Wyland knows his stuff. He and weekend sports anchor
Andrew Catalon have found the right balance between national sports
news and local team coverage, and they offer the same enthusiasm
for NBA playoffs and high-school lacrosse. All that plus a comprehensive
blog and a Big Board Sports Twitter feed, what more could you ask
Albany Lifestyles Blog
know you read it. We read it too.
Political Blogger (News)
coverage of state politics is thorough, reliable and often witty.
She is a must-read for us.
Political Blogger (Opinion)
anonymous blogger D.I.A. is threatening us with retirement after
this year’s elections. We’ve heard that one before. But, just to
be safe, we are going to ask the humorous critic of Albany’s political
and media scene to reconsider trading in that keyboard: Come on!
You know you don’t want to quit. Are you seriously gonna give up
the fight if Jerry wins in November? While the regular media implodes?
You need to blog, and we need you to blog. You’ll be miserable if
gave up trying to count the number of community activists, politicians,
retirees, and civic and business leaders that have a bog hosted
at blogs.times union.com. Seems like everyone has a blog there now.
And as far as we know, there isn’t another media outlet that is
even trying to compete with the Times Union on this one.
TV Newsroom Suicide
13 firing Lydia Kulbida
was the perfect example of an out-of-touch media parent company
wreaking havoc on their own product. Lydia Kulbida was the best,
most well-liked news anchor in the Capital Region, and the ratings
proved it. Then, inexplicably, the Minnesota-based company that
owns the station fired Kulbida (her former colleague Ed Dague guessed
on his blog that it was due to her union activities), and now, after
being the leader in the market for decades, the station has fallen
from the top spot. Good.
months-long struggle between the Albany Newspaper Guild and the
Times Union’s parent company, Hearst Corp., has been an ugly,
unfortunate affair. The guild, representing nearly 300 workers,
has waged an admirable campaign to retain local jobs and editorial
credibility while Hearst has tried to stave off economic catastrophe
by employing heavy-handed negotiations to advance its demonstrably
bad agenda. And Hearst appears to be winning. We shudder to think
of what the TU will look like when the dust settles.
Keeping the Faith
the age of Twitter, who thinks that starting a newspaper is a good
idea? Parry Teasdale. His new weekly, The Columbia Paper,
is the veteran news man’s gamble that print is not dead, but evolving.
This former editor became a publisher after the paper he worked
for, the Independent, was shuttered by its parent company.
At the time, he told Metroland that, for people of a certain
age, being publisher of your own newspaper boasts a certain gravitas.
Here’s to hoping that gravitas proves profitable.
do our best to avoid Al Roney. But this summer, Roney did his
best to get our attention, by hosting a big “Don’t Call Us Republicans”
Teabagging rally down at the Corning Preserve. Thousands of the
region’s disgruntled not-Republicans gathered to voice their outrage
at the high taxes that out-of-touch politicians (Obama) have saddled
them with, and Roney was their revolutionary emcee. With or without
Fox News’ help (with), Roney proclaimed that a new era of non-Republican
Republican revolution was at hand. Say, Roney, how’s that revolution