My Day with the Media Man

Brian Brown, ReporterFor decades, national radio personality Paul Harvey was known for producing his famous “The Rest of the Story” segments.

His folksy observations and magnetic timbre would always draw me in if I was lucky enough to catch him on the radio.

Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey

Since I started working as a reporter in 2007, I’ve often thought about how much of the stories I write that never get told. It’s not that I don’t try, but there are always space considerations and often things I may learn in an interview might not be relevant or a priority to the article.

This last week, there were several details that didn’t make the cut as part of our Day in the Life feature. So, forgive me Mr. Harvey, but “Stand by for news!”

On May 8, I spent the day with KY3 Inc. President and General Manager Brian McDonough. As one might expect, there were many details of that day that never made their way into the finished article.

McDonough likes Diet Coke.

McDonough likes Diet Coke.

Did you know that KSPR newscasts are filmed by robotic cameras? It’s true. KY3 has cameramen filming the anchors, but the ABC affiliate is filmed by remote control.

Also, here’s a sampling of the some of the street names that line the hallways of the KY3 complex: Dancing With the Stars Ave., Tonight Show Blvd., Greys Anatomy Drive, Days of our Lives Ave. and Wheel of Fortune Way.

There was more, of course. I was struck by the picturesque Ozarks’ scenes that line the walls in the main conference room, as well as gobs of KY3 memorabilia that find a home in the hall behind the front reception area. McDonough, in case you were wondering, has two children in college and has been married to his wife, Keli, for 26 years. The O-Zone website has garnered roughly 9 million page views since August, besting the GM’s expectations times five.

The Brians walking around the corner. I'm trailing McDonough.

The Brians walking around the corner. I’m trailing McDonough.

More than anything, however, I observed that McDonough seemed to have a genuine love for his job. That came through to me when he talked about how he tries to teach his managers the importance of getting incrementally better. I touch on this in the story, but I didn’t have room to include everything.

“Most people will do the big things right. It’s the little, extra things I’m trying to push,” McDonough said.

McDonough keeps a quote from motivational author and speaker Larry Winget above his desk that seems to encapsulate his personal drive for success: “Everything you think, everything you say and everything you do matters. The little stuff matters the most. Everyone gets the big stuff. Very few take care of the little stuff. That is why very few end up rich, successful, happy and healthy with great relationships. They take care of the big things and let the little things slide. That is a sure fire way to a life of mediocrity. Not much bad, but not much great, either.”

McDonough at the United Way meeting.

McDonough at the United Way meeting.

 And that my friends is … well, you get the idea.

1 Response to “My Day with the Media Man”

  1. 1 Maggie Bridgeman September 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This is so true. Sometimes I think the hardest thing about writing is deciding which angle to take and what details to leave out. On the flip side, the best thing about reporting is experiencing the whole story. Great piece!

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