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Jim Rogers and I chat about the news business


Jim Rogers interviews me. (Screen grab)

I have a face for radio and a voice for newspapers, but every now and then I get dragged kicking, screaming and protesting into one of those other realms of media.

A couple of weeks ago the owner of KVBC-TV, Channel 3 Jim Rogers managed to sit me down in one of his studios for one of his chats with locals. These are no "60 Minutes"-style confrontations. There are no gotcha questions. Just a half hour or so of discussion about what the interviewee does, thinks and hopes. This is broken into five segments that are broadcast largely unedited at the end of the daily noon news broadcast. My interviews are running this week. The final one to air at noon.

Over the years, Channel 3 and the Review-Journal have had our differences, so to speak. But in the interview Rogers allowed that while he was serving as unpaid chancellor of the state university system our reporters were fair, though he did not always agree with our editorial stances.

In recent years, Rogers’ son Perry aired a series of editorials calling on the Legislature to end a sales tax exemption for the newsprint on which state newspapers are published, which is a widely standard manufacturing exemption in which components of a product are taxed only on the end product. I politely pointed out in print that broadcasters sought and were given a law that specified radio and television advertising is not a taxable transaction.

Back in the early 1990s, the Review-Journal published a years-long series of news stories and editorials about how the state Supreme Court was trying to handle a discipline case against a favored Washoe judge in secret. Jim Rogers personally aired a 10-part series of editorials criticizing the paper and all those trying to open the matter to public scrutiny.

But nothing personal.

In the interviews airing this week, Rogers did a respectable job of exploring a number of issues of the day, pulling out my opinions and observations, adding a few bits of perspective from his own experience.

The interviews are available on Channel 3’s website. The link for the videos is here. Past interviews with some interesting people are also available.

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