in the Persian Gulf Holds APTRA Hostage
While the United States Warns Saddam, APTRA warns of a possible
From Bret Burkhart
KGO Radio, APTRA President
Put up or shut up. My feelings are purely selfish. I have
no fingernails left thanks to the uncertainty in Iraq. Maybe
you can relate.
Chances are, the order has already come down the pike in
your newsroom: "Vacations cancelled!" and "You're
on call 24-7!" Our news coverage plans related to a potential
war are already in a large white binder in the newsroom with
the words "War Plans" emblazoned on the front. It's
tough planning the news coverage, let alone your social life.
And when it comes to planning a convention? Forget about
it. Nothing is certain. Just like that vacation you were hoping
to take after the February sweeps.....it's on hold and so
is a conflict in Iraq. So, keep that postcard of a sandy beach
and blue ocean handy because it's the closest sense of freedom
you'll have in awhile.
Ashleigh Banfield is headlining the APTRA awards convention
in San Francisco. We just may have to be a little more creative
in how she headlines. The Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter
for MSNBC and NBC has no idea what she'll be doing tomorrow.
Maybe you can relate.
I spoke with Ashleigh the other day, several months after
she graciously accepted an invitation to be APTRA's honorary
speaker at this year's convention. That was back when she
knew what she was doing tomorrow. Today, it's a different
Ashleigh is honored and excited about being asked to headline
the convention. And, she tells me she will do whatever it
takes to make it happen. But, orders from her network newsroom
have her chained to a bureau somewhere far away from any sandy
beach or for that matter the Golden Gate. That could change
by April 5th. Or it may not. I want to personally tell you
that APTRA is committed to doing whatever it takes to bring
Ashleigh to you.
Remember that postcard of a sandy beach and crystal blue ocean?
There's no reason we can't take you there virtually. And Ashleigh
just may join you for a drink....over a satellite feed. In
other words, technology will bring Ashleigh to the convention.
It just may not be technology in the friendly skies.
Just like your newsroom, APTRA has come up with several
contingency plans in the event of war to make sure this year's
awards convention and banquet is unforgettable. Please count
on us because you sure can't count on that postcard these