Buffalo media watcher Alan Permagent recently spent some time with a former Buffalo tv news vet who made the circuit of all three city tv newsrooms in the course of her 45 year career.
Nancy Sanders announced six months ago her time was drawing to a close.
And her candor about leaving is refreshing.
“I left, frankly, because I wanted a better quality of life,” she said in a recent interview.
And one tiny observation in the piece stood out to us as a stark reminder of the less glamorous side of tv news.
The difficult nature of her job hit its peak when she was responsible for finding news producers after the ones scheduled called in sick.
“You have to call and beg and beg,” Sanders said. “It was very, very stressful.”
It’s been several decades and that observation still caused a shiver up our spine.
And one more, for the road.
She was passed over numerous times for the full-time job as news director. The reason: She was thought to be too nice.
“I think I was told in so many words that they wanted somebody who could hire and fire and be nasty,” Sanders said.
Isn’t that, after all, what you can read between the lines of a news director job posting?