Man Left In His Own Blood Puddle; Others Take Pics

Social media and mobile technology can be great tools and excellent to connect with others & entertain yourself. However, we can misuse it time to time.

This is one instance. Last night, a man was left bleeding on the side of Beale Street as people grab their phones.

You’d expect everyone to call the police or ambulance. Somebody did, but not before a swarm of folks took photos and videos, and some even laughed and pulled down his pants.

Hardly any one helped him…

I am not going to share much of my opinion, but I will say this: What is wrong with people?

For the story, you can click on this Fox 13 news link to read up on it and come up with your own conclusions.

Tennessee Shoppers Could Be Billed For Untaxed Online Purchases

After seeing some friends getting this, I have my turn for receiving a statement from Amazon.com via e-mail. The message states that based on some purchases, the customer may be charged Tennessee sales tax for the previous year if it was not charged at the time of purchase.

If you’re a resident of this state, then you will need to pay it. However, this law doesn’t apply to out-of-state residents. Amazon customers in Tennessee should come to expect an e-mail soon. Here is the message they sent me today:

 

Hello from Amazon.com,
Thank you for being a loyal customer of Amazon.com LLC. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to provide you vast selection, low prices, fast delivery and convenience.

As you may know, Amazon.com LLC is not required to collect sales or use taxes in Tennessee. However, the state of Tennessee requires us to provide the following notice to you:

You may owe use tax on purchases you made from Amazon.com LLC during the previous calendar year. The amount of tax you may owe is based on the total sales price of the items you purchased during the calendar year unless an exemption exists under state law or you have already paid the tax. A sale is not exempt under state law because it is made through the Internet. The total sales price of purchases you had shipped to Tennessee in 2011 was $XX.XX. This is the amount that you may include on your Tennessee use tax return to calculate the appropriate use tax owed unless you have already paid the tax.

As purchases from Amazon.com LLC can be made through various sales channels, we have included directly below your breakdown of purchases from the various channels.

Total sales from http://www.amazon.com $XX.XX
Total sales from http://www.endless.com $0.00
Total sales from http://www.myhabit.com $0.00
Total sales from http://www.amazonwireless.com $0.00
Total sales from http://www.smallparts.com $0.00

In addition, the state of Tennessee requires us to provide you with the following link that you can use to get more information and pay any taxes due:

Use Tax Page: https://apps.tn.gov/usetax

Please note the following:
• While Amazon.com LLC does not report this information directly to the state of Tennessee we are required to provide this information to you based on Tennessee Code T.C.A. § 67-6-5 (f)(3) signed into law March 23, 2012.
• This notification has been sent to all customers that had purchases delivered to Tennessee. If you are not a resident of Tennessee, the most common reason for receiving this notification is that you may have sent a gift to a recipient in the state.

For more information you may also view our Tennessee Use Tax Notification Page at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200909330

Sincerely,
Customer Service
Amazon.com

Honestly, this whole ordeal is a load of poop. While Amazon claims that it doesn’t have to include sales tax, they really should include it at the time of purchase. This is really bad practice to make its customers wait to get a tax statement a year later and pay a sum of cash since the service was too lazy add the charge. Regular, physical stores don’t do that so why should on-line stores be exempt.

The company should also be aware of state and federal laws and inform their customers AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE that they may be liable to taxes later on. Because everybody loves getting a statement later that suggests, “Oh, we forgot to tell you that you owe money for unpaid taxes. It’s not our responsibility.”

This kind of tomfoolery will drive away customers, which is why I am no longer purchasing anything from Amazon or any online retailer that doesn’t charge you tax straight off the bat. At least, that is my idea until it changes because I don’t want to be responsible for paying a bill that could be too much to handle. I don’t want to waste my time filling out forms so the state can take away money. You don’t do that with Kroger or 7-eleven so why should you for Amazon.

By the way state of Tennessee, you need to enforce online retailers to charge tax at the time of sale. Even with the law in effect, Amazon still doesn’t add the sales tax. It is a shame because I liked finding some awesome stuff on the website.

The Day and Life of a Fox 13 Intern: My Experience at WHBQ-TV

While I still have about a few weeks left until the end of my internship, here is my experience and impressions working at Fox 13 so far. Since January 2012, the interns had dabbled into various departments at the station.

During my first week, I was assigned to the cameras in the studio for Good Morning Memphis. The cameramen and floor director showed me how to operate “Camera 2” such as zoom, focus, panning, and other camera techniques. In addition, I operated the teleprompter on some occasions and learned some hand signals on when to alert the anchor which camera he or she is going to turn to.

On Week 2, I was to learn to producer’s role. On those days, this intern wrote scripts for the mid-day newscast and stacked them into the rundown for the show. Also, I greeted some of the guests for Good Morning Memphis as I lead them to the studio. I also got to operate the video controls in the production studio playing the appropriate video or graphic for a given story.

For the third week, I worked with Audio and Camio (aka Chyron graphics). Along with customizing graphics, most of my time was spent on the sound board. I became familiar with the controls easily enough since I work at two radio stations. While the board looked very complicated, I learned to use it once I knew which button did what. During the newscasts, I adjusted to audio levels on video, anchors, etc.

Week 4 was the Assignment Desk. Basically we had to answer incoming phone calls and monitor the radio scanners for any nugget worth reporting. Also, I had to update some of the contact information that Fox 13 has from local authorities. Sadly, I would have to say this was the most boring part of the internship.

Finally, I went out with reporters and photographers into the 5th and 6th weeks of the internship. By far, this was one of the most interesting parts of the experience. First of all, we would meet in a room to discuss to stories then go with the reporters to cover them. Some of the stories that I went to cover dealt with the community reactions to the capture of murder suspects, gang violence in Ripley, Gov. Haslam promoting Books from Birth at the Central Library, and four Memphis schools becoming charter schools. While the majority of it was observation, I managed to take notes during the stories and even got a few standups.

Judging from the overall experience, the internship at WHBQ has been decent. I would have rather to have focused on one department rather on multiple areas. It’s better to be proficient in one area than have little experience in all, but at least I got a little taste of what each area is like. Also, there have been a few times where there was nothing to be done during the 5-hour shift and there was not anything to do for roughly an hour or two. There has been some hands-on experience but not as much as I would have liked.

If I had to choose, I would like either production or audio (yeah, I am a little biased on that area).

Upcoming Interview of PCJ Media and Interning at Fox 13

It appears that I will be on an interview segment for PCJ Media most likely on Media Network Plus. The premiss of the interview will detail my interest on shortwave radio. It should air this week on the World Radio Network either on-line, XM/Sirius, or WRMI 9955 kHz on shortwave. You can also download as a podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher.

For the past 2 weeks, I have been interning at WHBQ-TV Fox 13. Despite a few things, the experience has been good so far. I have been writing scripts and doing some camera work. Overall, it is very good to be an intern at Fox.

Changes To My Radio Shows

As some of you may be aware, I am no longer serving as an on-air announcer for both The Look 24/7 (Wednesday from 3 – 7 p.m. Central) and WUMR (Monday from 7 – 9 p.m. Central). I am still working at U92 FM as sports producer and ESPN Radio 92.9 FM as assistant producer to The Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins on occasion. You may wonder why I am not working as a DJ. Well, that is because I will be interning at a local TV station here in Memphis, FOX 13 WHBQ. Staring on January 23rd, I will be working with the journalists an will get my feet wet as I work on my way as a professional journalist. Because of this internship, classes, and work, I will not have the time to volunteer as an on-air announcer for any station right now. I plan on returning to these stations sometime in May, but that will depend on how my future employment holds up. Until I return to the airwaves, just continue to enjoy these stations with all of their great programming.

Speaking of programs, Dan Hensley from Shortwave America (and contributor to Media Network Plus) is having his radio show on The Look 24/7. If you are interested in shortwave radio and international broadcasting, then you can hear that program LIVE on Fridays and Saturdays from 0400UTC to 0900UTC (or 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Central time). In addition, downloadable episodes can be found on the website.

Also, I hope to keep maintaining this blog to keep it fresh with new material. Keep it bookmarked for more exciting stuff, including details of the upcoming PlayStation Vita, the next gaming gadget that I will not resist buying.

College Stations Join Together Celebrating Radio

Over 240 college radio stations will participate in College Radio Day. It begins on Tuesday, October 11th.

College Radio Day is trying to promote awareness of college radio stations, encourage the community to tune in, and raise funds.

The University of Memphis radio station, WUMR, will participate in the event.  As one of the broadcasters involved, it is hoped that U92 “The Jazz Lover” will have more listeners, especially those who are U of M students.

Malvin Massey, Jr., station manager, said, “Broadcasting programs that colleges and universities and high schools even are very important to get the message out to the community and to get specific messages to the community that people want to hear.”

The campus broadcaster has an older audience, despite a staff made up of volunteers and college students.   While it attracts listeners around the world, WUMR has struggled with making itself known on-campus.

U92’s program director Chris Davis said, “What we are planning to do is to try to connect the dots so to speak the community at large and the student population. There is a disconnect because we are a jazz station.”

The station plans to change that on College Radio Day. Throughout the day, several promotions will air to attract new listeners.

WUMR also plans to have a remote, live broadcast in front of the Music Building and will have students performing on-the-air.

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Schnucks Closes Down in Memphis

You will see many changes to your local grocery stores. Schnucks will be going out-of-business in the Mid-South. On September 2nd, Kroger bought nine stores while the other six will be closing. As a result, many employees will be out-of-work.

Customers will also see the effects of the Schnucks store closures. There are clearance sale signs placed outside, which confirms the company will be shutting down. The sale will available Wednesday through Saturday from eight a.m. to eight p.m.

No new products will be delivered and all currently stocked goods will be discounted up to 50 percent. Also, certain services such as floral, deli, and bakery will be operated by Kroger. Fuel centers and cards will be discontinued.

In fact, the reward system ended in August prior to the store chain’s announcement. Kroger Plus cards and brands will be available.

Shoppers are concerned about these changes. However, some customers feel positive about Kroger replacing Schnucks.

Nick Chaisson said that he has to get groceries somewhere and Kroger will be “more reliable.”

Paul McDonald says that he is glad that the grocery chain made a “good purchase.” “You don’t have walk hundreds of yards to find an item and everything is close by.”