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NJ Media Is Dead. Long Live NJ Media.

The demise of NJN has been a major bum-out, especially for political junkies; many of have come to see the station’s Jersey-centric coverage as more than essential for the little state caught between two huge media markets, but lacking a cohesive TV landscape of it’s own. To be sure, mainstays like Michael Aron’s On The Record and Reporters Roundtable will be sorely missed, as they have come to serve important functions for NJ’s political watchers and doers.

But let’s take a deep breath – because as a medium, television is both hurting and evolving; when it comes to news, even more so. What once used to be a time-sensitive ritual of getting in front of the TV set in time to watch one’s favorite show has ceded ground to the Internet, smartphones, time-shifted viewing and more. And while TV broadcasters used to be unique in their ability to create and spread content far and wide, that’s just not the case any more.

So in the spirit of making crisis into opportunity, let’s hope that the many talented, dedicated, insightful and resourceful folks who served this state so well for so long are able to find a path forward that keeps their important work alive while adapting to changes in the media landscape. Let’s see podcasts, and streaming feeds and social networking and stuff no one has yet invented. It’s not just an opportunity to pick up the pieces and try to find a way to move on – it’s a chance to flex with the times, grow and ultimately become better. Sure, there will always be those media consumers who are married to their TVs, but their ranks are dwindling and will ultimately disappear. So no, it’s never going to be the same as it was. But change – no matter how much it may suck at the time – can be good. And when it comes to media for New Jersey, by New Jersey, perhaps the best is yet to come. (And who knows? Maybe 20 people can do the work of 200 like the governor says. Also, maybe the sun will turn purple and put on sunglasses.)

Alternate, less saccharine ending: Governor Christie and those like him (Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, etc.) would like nothing more than to silence any outlet that might threaten their agenda of privatization and greater corporate control of American society. That includes New Jersey. Then consider the analog newspapers, and the increasingly choppy waters they must negotiate. It becomes simple, and something we all already know, because we’re living it: the traditional media landscape which defined the past has changed, and will continue to change, dramatically. And whoever is most flexible and adaptive to these changes will likely retain an indomitable edge when it comes to reaching people, and trying to convince them that your ideas are better than the other guy’s.

Better stay sharp.  

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 6/27

otrscreenshotOn the Record has Michael Aron talking about property tax caps with Senate President Sweeney and Senator Kyrillos

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable we have Michael Aron and the panel the Legislature state budget votes, the battle over property tax caps and family planning funding cuts.

This weeks panel included Lisa Fleisher of the Star-Ledger, Josh McMahon for NJNewsroom.com, John Mooney from NJSpotlight.com and John Reitmeyer with The Record of Bergen County

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show. Below the fold I’ll put another recent interview between Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman DiCicco over the tax cap issue.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 6/20

otrscreenshotOn the Record has Michael Aron hosting a two part show this week.  He will speak with Majority Leader Joe Cryan and Assemblyman John Bramnick about the state of the budget battle in New Jersey. The second part of the show will feature a discussion with Poonam Alaigh, NJ Health and Senior Services Commissioner about charity care funding and medical marijuana.

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable we have Michael Aron and the panel discussing the Budget battle, the Governor holding town hall meetings to build momentum for the 2.5% cap on property taxes which still needs legislative approval and Anna Little being declared the winner over Diane Gooch in the 6th District Congressional race.

This weeks panel included Claire Heininger with Newark Star-Ledger, Dunstan McNichol from Bloomberg News, Charles Stile for The Bergen Record and Michael Symons of Gannett New Jersey.

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 6/13

otrscreenshotOn the Record has Michael Aron will have a rare conversation with Albert Porroni from the Office of Legislative Services Executive Director to take viewers behind the scenes at the State House

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable we have Michael Aron and the panel taking a look back at the primary election night and the outcome of various Congressional races throughout the state. They’ll also discuss the Governor replacing his judiciary advisory panel, the budget and the secret identity of Politickernj.com’s Wally Edge being revealed.

This weeks panel included Cynthia Burton of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Josh Margolin from the Newark Star-Ledger, Nick Acocella with Politifax and Kevin McArdle for Millennium Radio.

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 6/6

otrscreenshotOn the Record has Michael Aron hosting a two part show this week.  The first part of the show will feature a discussion on school choice with James E. Harris, President of the NJ NAACP and Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of Excellent Education for Everyone. The 2nd part of the show will talk tea party with William Green, Vice-President of the Independence Hall Tea Party and Steve Lonegan, NJ Director of Americans for Prosperity.

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable we have Michael Aron and the panel discussing Governor Chris Christie’s decision to overrule NJ Education Commissioner Bret Schundler; the merger of government watchdog agencies; and the resignation of the Judicial Advisory Panel.

This weeks panel included Claire Heininger for the Newark Star-Ledger, Josh McMahon of NewJerseyNewsroom.com, Jason Method from the Asbury Park Press and Alfred Doblin with The Record of Bergen County.

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 5/30

otrscreenshotOn the Record will have Michael Aron hosting Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Whip David Rible Assembly the budget and the tax cut for millionaires.

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable, – they will focus on the Budget hearings finishing up, the Meadowlands as the choice for the 2014 Super Bowl, have a Primary Election preview, look back at the  public employee rally and Christie’s poll numbers.

Michael Aron hosted this weeks panel which included Nick Acocella of Politifax, Lisa Fleisher with the Newark Star-Ledger, John Reitmeyer from The Record of Bergen County andJuliet Fletcher for The Press of Atlantic City.

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 5/23

otrscreenshotOn the Record will have Michael Aron hosting a Discussion with the Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver and Senate President Steve Sweeney on the millionaire’s tax and state budget.

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable, – they will focus on the Millionaire’s Tax, Christie Prescription Drug reversal, the Governor taking his proposed2.5% cap on property tax increases on the road, the Pension and benefit reform lawsuit decision and Saturday’s public employee rally.

Michael Aron hosted this weeks panel which included Matt Friedman of the Newark Star-Ledger, Beth DeFalco for the Associated Press, Charles Stile with The Record of Bergen County and Phil Gregory from WBGO – WHYY Public Radio

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 5/16

otrscreenshotOn the Record will have Michael Aron hosting a two part show.

Part 1

Bill Lavin, President of the NJ FMBA & Rob Nixon with the NJ PBA Governor Christie’s proposed constitutional amendment capping property taxes at 2.5% a year and will eliminate 4 and 5% raises for cops and firefighters.

Part 2

Rich Bagger, the Governor’s Chief of Staff will give the Christie administrations view of the 2.5% property tax cap and effects on municipal and county workers.

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable, – they will focus on Governor Christie’s “tool-kit” for Mayors, School Boards, and County Governments to hold down property taxes, They’ll also talk about the Democrats proposing a real millionaire’s tax and week 2 of the stand-off for Supreme Court Justice Wallace.

Michael Aron hosted this weeks panel which included Michael Symons of Gannett New Jersey, Angela Delli Santi for the Associated Press, Chris Megerian from Newark Star-Ledger and John Mooney with NJ Spotlight.

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show.