TV News loves a good parade--anything extra like super-duper crowd shots, spectacular scene-setters like a lake surrounded by blue skies in late June is even better.
Oakland scored a resounding 10 on the IT meter Friday afternoon as the Warriors celebrated their NBA Title deep in heart of Uptown and Lake Merritt with pomp an pageantry galore--the ultimate rally and parade on a picture-perfect day.
Moreover, all the festivities were captured live and done so with authority!, as ABC7's Larry Beil would describe --alongside fellow anchors, Dan Ashley and Ama Daetz. KGO's coverage was some of the very best on-scene reporting and the overhead chopper shots were just out of this world. In fact, KGO wasn't alone in the slam-dunk coverage; KTVU, KRON, and KPIX had reporters all over the place and provided an up, close and in-person account of the day's activities and they were riveting. Pure Chamber-of-Commerce heaven for The Town.
KPIX stood out as did KTVU. Fox2's Frank Somerville and Mark Ibanez, with genuine Bay Area roots to boot, gave vivid descriptions of the scene; Ibanez in particular was complimentary of the Town. "This is a great day for Oakland!", he said countless times and he was right. For a change the city and its centerpiece lake in the middle of Downtown couldn't have looked better.
Not everything was perfect --but the festivities viewed by anywhere from a half a million to over a million people(there were numerous estimates) were way too big to allow some nuisance to spoil the otherwise cool and extraordinary day. There were surprises galore; celebrity appearances; the speeches by the players were cool if some politicians couldn't resist yapping on and on even when some of the spectators began to groan.
Congrats Oakland, the Warriors--you did good today. And, get this, so did Bay Area TV.
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