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In Bed with Broadcasting: A Memoir based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TV newsman and raconteur Ken Davis sums up the last half century of broadcasting, as he went from Sixties rock jock to newsman emeritus. He bursts into his story with his brush with death at the hand of a crazed music producer. He then relates how he got his first big TV scoop, encountering the worst-case scenario of a Hollywood sex goddess in bed. He has no end of up-close meetings with the historic, the celebrated and the infamous, most of them occurring in or around L.A. Ken Davis grew up with TV, and his encounter with just-retired Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, reminds us all of what we used to think of TV news, when men like Cronkite practiced it to inform us of important things, not to maximize profits. Davis has a nose for a story, and it's lucky for readers he followed so many fascinating ones. His reporter's wry wit nails the irony in every scene, whether he's crossing paths with a future president or an active serial killer. And as the title suggests, Davis doesn't spare himself. A terrific memoir.
A humorous and interesting read for aspiring journalists, and news media buffs alike! Davis takes readers behind-the-scenes of broadcast by sharing highlights and lowlights of his forty-years in the business. The story flows conversationally, with Davis consistently referencing his career as his "mistress." Though illustrated with many celebrity encounters, tight scrapes, and exotic travels, the heart of the book lies in the emotional impact of the industry on Davis. His account of the rise and "fall" of certain media challenges readers to ethically question today's industry portrayal of hard news, while also packing unbelievable anecdotes.