Thursday, April 9, 2009
There Is Some Good On The Internet
By Dennis Daily
Special to ASSIST News Service
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA (ANS) — Like a lot of people I spend far too much time on the Internet. As a longtime reporter I’m in awe of the way you can nearly instantly find just about any information you want. Gone are the old days of looking through the World Almanac or having to call the public library (or go there) to find the information you want.
Certainly there is a lot of junk and worse on the Internet. But, lately I’ve discovered a Web site that actually has something positive about it. If you’ve not go there, do so. It’s called YouTube. The Internet address is simple: www.youtube.com. It’s a kind of worldwide posting site where anyone, with enough computer smarts, can post just about anything.
But, there are some good surprises. One is the amount of religious material and religious-oriented music. You can find many versions of selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” for example. I have spent afternoons just going from selection to selection, listening to what famous conductors and groups have done as far as their own interpretations of one of the most famous of religious pieces.
Want to look at some old Bishop Sheen clips; they are there by simply going to the SEARCH line.
I’ve been out of work since Thanksgiving of last year. The radio stations in central California for which I worked for nearly five years elected to eliminate my job. So, I’ve got a lot of free time. Job hunting gets tedious, especially since you see the same jobs posted on various sites … many of them old before they get posted.
I bring this up because I have a lot of time on my hands. When I discovered YouTube, I found that it’s not as tough as you might think to produce “movies” and upload them yourselves.
The first thing I did was to go back into the archives and find as many voices from the old UPI Radio Network as I could find, clean them up, edit them and post them on the Internet. I then began searching through my old one-hour on-the-road “American Montage” programs. Due to time constraints on YouTube, I cut them down to ten minutes and added some slides.
There are two I’m rather proud of and want you to see. The first is a visit with Ray Walker, the low, low bass from The Jordanaires. The second is a three-minute piece I did with my thoughts on Good Friday. First, here is the Internet address for the Good Friday piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHwIWgBNcA. Here is the url for the interview about The Jordanaires: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2LCvpKAyPs.
I hope you enjoy them. If you have any suggestions about the kinds of things that can be done dealing with religion and ethics on YouTube, let me know. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dennis Daily is a former 20-year veteran of UPI (United Press International). During most of his tenure there he worked for the now-defunct UPI Radio Network. During several of those years he served as the network’s Religion Editor. He previously worked as a national spokesman for the USDA in Washington, was a Congressional Press Secretary, all-news anchor and producer for “The Larry King Show.” Long associated with religious programming, Daily returned to his hometown in southern Indiana for 26 consecutive years to anchor and produce five hours from four churches on Christmas Eve. For several of those years the broadcast was relayed around the world via Armed Forces Radio. He can be contacted by e-mail at
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