Nicknames

For some, I have made nicknames of things and people related to local media, that some may think is weird, and this page just has clarification. Only one instance, is it intended to be snarky.

615 Music – the music being the teachers-pet of your humble Minifig newsie!  See also Quarter Past Six

Audacy – the former name of Entercom, pronounced as “Odyssey”… an odyssey to what? To ill relevance? Entercom owned about like 100 radio stations before acquiring the former CBS-owned radio stations, and did sonic rebrands some of their stations (such as WCBS 880, KYW 1060, and even to 1010 WINS and KNX 1070 97.7 FM in the Southland) to sound pretty “audacious” and often refers to Audacy as “Audacity”.

“BASYS was the Basis” – (pun) I rarely use this one, but the original Newsroom Computer System known as BASYS was the “basis” for creating CNN and if they had no NRCS, CNN would’ve never gone to air in 1980. The successor to BASYS is iNEWS from Avid, and despite the 20 year old outdated code, it’s still online for many stations or networks that “based” their NRCS on “BASYS”

Chyron Kiddo – the handle for the WordPress that is-a-me – the @minifignewsguy. The aspiring Chyron Coordinator to a wishful Chyron Operator.  How many times do you need to know who I am? It was just way to separate some level of excessive branding

“Chyron” – verb is only used if station or network is explicitly using a brand of product that’s now owned by ChyronHego. Fox O&Os, some NBC O&Os, and perhaps another chain of stations are using them. Chyron is more popular outside the States.

Dana Tyler/Phil Collins. I am not a fan of the principal anchor at WCBS-TV in New York nor am I fan of the former lead singer of Genesis. Both were in very LTR, and it was well-known in local media circles. They broke up around 2016, and the anchor who survived the mass layoffs in 1996, known as the local tabs as “Mascare” and “Bloodbath” and never was bought out by CBS the following decade, decided to take a “sabbatical” to get over the relationship status. Perhaps Tyler isn’t bad in person, and maybe to Phil Collins either, but both to me are pretty notorious figures (one an overdramatic anchor and the other is an incompetent adult contemporary singer.) When I refer to Dana, I refer to her as “Phil Collin’s Ex girlfriend” and when I refer to anything of Phil, I say “Dana Tyler’s ex Boyfriend”. I have to remind myself when referring to someone that annoying, to refer to the other half’s name; which sometimes I screw up

Emily “Daughter of [the late] Andy” Rooney – that came from a local blogger who was critiquing WRKO IIRC – not an original. Despite living in the Boston market, not everyone is familiar to WGBH’s local programming (yes that also includes my fellow locals) and her father was well known nationally (thru 60 Minutes). I didn’t use nickname often but would refer to her to something like that.

iHeartbreak Media – If you see an Emoji with the heartbreak, it implies the shenanigans that was once formerly known as i[heart]radio or Clear Channel Communications.

LyLo – Lynda Lopez, the midday anchor at WCBS Newsradio (as of 2022 she’s the comms for the U.S. Department of Education… is journalism that bad?) A bright woman but a poor radio voice and gives time checks with “it is” as if she has to self verify. Lets not blame the bright newslady…so many reasons I would refrain from sharing. LyLo is not my creation…coined by others.

She had made her New York media rounds for almost a couple decades. WCBS 880 has been her longest professional home for more than a decade; before going to the U.S. Department of Ed. as a comms woman. Her nickname is derived from her popular pop singer sister Jennifer. Something like JLo?  For many years Lynda kept a low profile with her relationship to Jennifer but was more open in recent years on social media, see her Instagram. If you couldn’t tell JLo is loud and outgoing and LyLo to this day, shy, quiet and you can barely hear a smile – even on the blowtorch signal on City Island in the Bronx.

Media disPoser – a degrading name to describe Avid’s Media Composer brand when it fails (and often it does!) In the summer of 2022, Avid blocked my Twitter after some snarky tweets by yours truly.

“The NBC owned signal in Boston” – WBTS The official call sign for the NBC Owned and Operated signal in the Boston market, I use the phrase “signal” because the station’s news and local media operation is really inherited from New England Cable News, following the former merger of NBCU and Comcast in 2013. Given the DTV transition and the “repack” of 2020, and the bug or feature of the Boston television market on the UHF band against Portland, Rhode Island, and alike, in some ways it’s what made the situation to move NBC on the dial very complicated.  WBTS’ license is based in Nashua, NH (vis-a-vis WYCN) and they transmit out of Nashua and a secondary signal out of WGBX – which technically should be WGBH-TV as Chs 2 and 44 “piggyback” on the same stick in Needham, the tower owned by CBS.

Regardless, the NBC10 really has a weak signal and most often people are streaming on their site (or even Peacock now) or still have cable (that’s a-me.) Most often I refer to the station by it’s bug name just of ease.

NECN – I refer this as an acronym (NECK’N), it’s easier to say it than it’s official branded initials (N.E.C.N.) Howie Carr has been noticed to use it in this sense, and a couple other Boston newsies I am blanking on in this draft.

Quarter-Past-Six – the alleged predecessor name for 615 Music, but likely was named because it’s the primary area code for Nashville, where they had been based (now owned by Warner-Chappell’s production music division.) Allegedly they were incorporated on June 15th. Regardless 615 is on my top faves of news music publishers. The two major artists and founders, Tom Snider and Randy Wachtler left their creations in 2017, after a series of mergers a few years before. They are still in Nashville under a new name called “11 One/Music” According to the company “In numerology, the number 111 is creative, independent, optimistic, and inspiring – all terms that clients and partners have used to describe 11/One/Music founder, Randy Wachtler.”

The name is not easy to remember, as they came out in the spring of 2022, and when I wished 11/One a 615 wish on June 15th of this year in an ode to their past of their best work, I almost tagged the wrong account on Instagram via a story, and would’ve gone to that WGBH person shown above, handles were similarities. That’s a story to be told later.

Total Traffic(e.g. Shadow Traffic was Totaled by Total Traffic) i<3’s amusingly embarrassing traffic service, that acquired Metro Networks, Shadow Traffic, and SmartRoutes, that pardon the pun “totaled” the three latter brands and de-localized traffic services for radio and TV stations after the 2011 acquisition from Westwood One. In the 2020s, Total Traffic has zero shame to have traffic reporters in San Francisco giving reports for Seattle with the said reporter never gone there. A lot of the Metro/Shadow alumni have been hired in-house by the primary station they would appear as traffic sensing technology is little to no cost, just the cost of the talent themselves.

Ukee’s Distant Cousin – Denzel Washington, distant cousin to the long KYW-TV news anchor. The actor is great and the anchorman is awesome too. There has been some instances where I would refer Denzel as “Ukee’s Cousin” when the former would be in the news.

Viz – short for VizRT, the database driven Character Generator, that CNN, Fox News Channel, ESPN and Fox Business Network, the Hearst-owned stations. “Chyron” is a overused phrase if the network or stations are not using the long time Long Island based company, with Viz being originally from Norway.

WGBH – you can’t teach a 35 year old new tricks, better to refer to the TV or FM signal by it’s full calls, shortening it is a freggin mouthful! Patooey! And when I would shorten it, I would always had an apostrophe like “‘GBH”