A lake, under best of circumstances, can look very nice. When it starts drying up, a lot of rather unappetizing things get exposed, making it kind of gross in the looks department.
The same goes for television. This week’s story has to do with what happens beneath the surface of the TV world. No “breaking silence,” “clinging to life” or any of those other American news cliches, just pure storytelling here. As a side note, my dad always has told me to be kind to people … you might be working for them someday.
Barbara Beacham is our photo contributor. Very nice, Barbara!
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is head of Friday Fictioneers and invites you to the challenge of the 100-word story.
SIDE NOTE: For those of you outside of America, we call American news announcers and presenters who sit at the desk, “anchors” (don’t ask me why).
The bulletin board read: “Anchor Susie Stevens is no longer employed here at KQEW-TV 6.”
Floor director Tyler Briggs knew Susie as beautiful, manipulative and incompetent. It bothered him that the anchors’ morale was nonexistent thanks to her. So, he invited Susie to a high profile party on his night off. She called in sick and went with him. Her picture made the newspaper the next day — with a drink in her hand and flipping off the photographer with the other.
Before airtime, the substitute anchor asked Tyler, “What happened?”
Tyler shrugged, pointed to the camera. “Stand-by!”