Hey Cal Football Fans:
Like many of you, I also follow Cal Sports on www.ibabuzz.com/beartalk. The guy covering the Cal Football beat there, in addition to the Contra Costa Times, has been Jonathan Okanes. We've not only read his in-game blog and pre-and-post-game newspaper reports, but watched him on Comcast Bay Area's sports show, as well as participated in his online LIVE Q&A interviews with athletes.
I just learned, per his Twitter feed OkanesOnCal, that we won't get to follow Jonathan's work any longer - at least not at the Bay Area News Group's outlets. Like many other hard working American's, he was laid off due to company wide cuts.
I would like to make the suggestion that the staff at CaliforniaGoldenBlogs ask to interview Okanes, newly unfettered by his corporate overseers. Perhaps readers of this post will feel inspired to not only offer appreciation to JO, but also pose their own questions. Heck, maybe THIS will become the JO forum, as JO himself chooses to chime in and talk with us directly!
Here's a few questions to get us started.
JO: Thanks for all your posts and articles! I particularly enjoyed the live Q&A sessions you did online. I'm sure there were some sessions that were particularly boring in the "studio", but I imagine that at least one of them was full of laughter behind that scenes that we on the other end of things never saw. Care to share any humor there with us now?
JO: Can you tell us your top 3 Cal Bear interviews? Either favorite people to interview or funny interview stories over the years you just gotta tell.
JO: Can you share with us if there is a measure of competitiveness or togetherness amongst Cal sports reporters in gathering angles to work for news stories for the upcoming games?
JO: I used to ride BART into SF every day for a dozen years. Riders buried their noses into the Wall Street Journal, The SF Chronicle, and The Contra Costa Times. BART had to bring in huge trash bins for all the discarded newspapers, and they were often over-flowing. But the last time I rode BART, the bins were mostly empty. I don't know if that's just a matter of timing for me, or a sign that everyone is now on their SmartPhones during the ride. Can you share with us some of the industry wide behind the scenes business reasons for broad cuts at the Bay Area News Group?
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