Pre-Dawn Earthquake, Football: News, Social Media Style

Anyone who wonders why the Internet is the 800-pound gorilla in the 21st century newsroom needs only to pay attention to two events — an earthquake and a football game — that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 24.

There also was local emotion, even showing a sense of humor. Check the following tweet:

One of my Facebook friends, a former Southern California colleague, also noted:

“Until this year, we haven’t had many earthquakes. It’s been unusually quiet since the Northridge quake in ’94. But that quiet spell seems to have ended.”

 — Did you have a social media interaction with either of these two events? Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

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How Is New Gwinnett Church Progressing? #forgwinnett

Many people likely are wondering how that new Gwinnett Church building is progressing on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard (PIB) near Suwanee. Continue reading

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Soul Food (and Music History) Is Hot in Macon

H&H Restaurant is open for business again in downtown Macon. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

H&H Restaurant is open for business again in downtown Macon. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

 

Updated 6:40 a.m., 8/17/14

“Cheeseburger in Paradise” is already taken as a song title, but “Soul Food in Macon” sounds appealing. The real thing is playing well.

The H&H Restaurant, which dates to 1959 and is an iconic figure in the musical and cultural history of Macon, Georgia, has reopened under new management in the same location on Forsyth Street. On the menu: items such as squash casserole and livers & gizzards. In the atmosphere: music history and Southern rock tunes. Continue reading

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5 Things to Help Major League Baseball

Dodger Stadium mural

(The above photo is mine, and was taken in the 1990s at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.)

Major League Baseball got a new commissioner this week. You say you missed that news? Well, you probably are not alone — and therein lies the issue of why I’m writing this.

My own “newsometer” says the news of Rob Manfred’s election to succeed Bud Selig caused barely a ripple. Had the NFL or NBA changed leaders, it would’ve been inescapable on TV and social media. Continue reading

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Oops! Another Gwinnett Road Sign Typo

Street sign reads "Scale Road" at Scales Road intersection in Suwanee, GA. (Credit: Steve Burns. Picture taken Aug. 14, 2014.)

Street sign reads “Scale Rd” at Scales Road intersection in Suwanee, GA. (Credit: Steve Burns. Picture taken Aug. 14, 2014.)

 

Oops — again.

Another road sign in Gwinnett County, Ga., with a typographical error has been spotted — this one by yours truly’s camera. Continue reading

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SEC Network — Which Channel Is It On?


This post was updated at 6:53 a.m., Aug. 14, 2014.

Just when you think the smartphone is the only thing making media news these days, along comes the SEC Network.

The mega-hyped television and digital effort by ESPN and the most powerful football conference in the United States rolls out Thursday (Aug. 14). And couch potatoes could face a new type of game — finding the channel on the ever-changing grid that its common with TV providers.

Most major cable and satellite providers have wisely opted to carry the SEC Network. But in at least one case, the network does not have a permanent home on the digital tier, at least for now.

A Charter Communications spokesperson told me Wednesday (Aug. 13) that the network would be available on any one of various channels on the regular and high-definition tiers in my area (northeast Atlanta). See the above tweet, and the “channel finder” link below for more specific info. (I get the impression that things are very fluid at the moment.)

Note: Here’s a “channel finder” link from the SEC Network website.

Another interesting thing about this network is that its hub will be in Charlotte, N.C. That city is better known for pro sports and being in the midst of Atlantic Coast Conference athletics. However, ESPN already had facilities there, and in today’s global media environment, location seems secondary.

However, some insidious fallout — this also gives the SEC a footprint in North Carolina. This league now stretches from Texas to North Carolina, Missouri to Florida.

And the network’s top talent brings cult-like followings. Paul Finebaum, a very popular radio host and former Alabama newspaper columnist, is aboard. So is Tony Barnhart, whose Mr. College Football column has run on both CBS Sports and Atlanta Journal-Constitution websites. Barnhart also is the author of several books on college football.

There will be reporting from the league’s campuses, too.

It all starts with SEC Now, at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 14. A news release says that the football Mannings, Shaquille O’Neal and Joe Namath will be among those featured.

Happy channel hunting!

 — What are your thoughts on the SEC Network? Leave a comment below.

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5 Things to Know (Plus, Two Cents, and $1 Million …)

Credit: morguefile.com.

Credit: morguefile.com.

I’m baaaack … here, anyway.

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