Class action

Adam Murphy probably has many loyal friends.  No doubt, they love his Restaurant Report Card stories on WGCL.  They follow his regular appearances on the pop radio station known as Q100, wherein Murphy talks (we presume) about the failings of restaurants, as well as other exposés in the “Action Adam” portfolio.

They probably love his hometown credibility; the fact that he grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and metriculated at the University of Georgia.

But of unquestionably greater importance, they undoubtedly love the fact that he’s in the running for the title of Nicest Man on Earth.

I have no idea what that would be like.  But I’m learning what it’s like to be killed with kindness.  If you learn that I’ve died unexpectedly hyperglycemic, my corpse wearing a silly embarrassed half-smile on its slightly reddened face, I would suggest a tough question or two for Mr.  Murphy.

Who's tormenting whom?  The blogger with Adam Murphy, WGCL

Who's tormenting whom? The blogger with Adam Murphy, WGCL (photo by Jonathan Goss, WGCL)

Murphy would have every reason to be unkind to me.  Close followers of this blog would know the reason.  During the time when I produced critiques of Atlanta TV stories, Murphy provided an abundance of material.   I’m not gonna say the critiques were harsh.  I will say that some of them lacked a certain amount of sugarcoating.

So, of course:  Upon my return to the news biz, it turns out Murphy was the first competitor I ran into while encircling a newsmaker with microphones during a breaking story.

Murphy was – so – damned – nice.

I also encountered Murphy at a meeting of bloggers at WGCL last spring.  Murphy stayed ’til the end.  We spoke afterward.  He was – so – damned – nice.

He was gracious.  He was generous.  He said he was familiar with the LAF critiques, yet praised the blog and the spirit behind it.  He was also familiar with some of the specifics of my work in TV news.  Murphy is one of those young adults who “grew up watching” yours truly on the TV, always a mixed blessing.  He was very flattering.

Adam Murphy’s parents raised him right, their devotion to local TV news notwithstanding.

So I come now not to bury Adam Murphy, but to praise him.  You’re a class act, kid.  I’m proud to know you.

Maybe I can learn something from you.  Like, how to properly pose for a photo.

Postscript- I hear you asking:  What’s with the “media area” sign?  It’s a creation of the Atlanta Watershed Management Department.  Spokeswoman Janet Ward says the department had it custom-made after a wayward TV photographer nearly fell into a trench at a construction site.

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8 thoughts on “Class action

  1. Fence Sitter

    Last spring my son’s Cub Scout troop was fortunate enough to be given a tour of WGCL’s newsroom and studio. Everyone there was nice, but Murphy was particularly friendly with the kids and spent a few minutes (just prior to going on-air at 5 p.m.) talking with them about broadcasting and reporting.

    P.S. WGCL had a new control room that looked like something from the CIA command center in the “Bourne” movies.

  2. Jim

    Yeah, I’ve dealt with the man a couple of times, and he certainly doesn’t fit the grizzled journalist mold.

    Nice to see someone who can get the job done, and still be a decent human being.

  3. Element

    Adam is a class-act and a consummate professional journalist. No one in that newsroom cares more about more about accurate, ethical, journalism than Adam Murphy. No one. And I’m sure he sincerely appreciates the kind words from another first-class journalist such as yourself Doug.

  4. Dan Blankowski


    It takes a BIG man to change his opinions and perceptions, and keep an open mind, so now I’m bigger fans of BOTH of you!

    It’s great to see you back in front of the camera … will you be getting the hurricane live shots from the coast this year, because you’re low man on the totem pole?? LOL

  5. Spacey

    Adam is a classy guy. I enjoyed working with him at 46.
    It is funny how your opinions change about people once you see them more as a person and not just through the teevee.
    It is kind of like how my opinion changed of you recently when I found out we have the same beer purveyor in Rocky at S&N 😉

  6. Chris Smith

    Adam is a class act. He started a few months after me at WMAZ in Macon. All of us were young and immature when we got into the biz… myself and Adam included. I can remember when the light turned on for Adam. He went from the dude who wanted to be on TV… to the one who loved what he did… he stayed late and re-edited his story after it aired because he wanted a version that he was happy with… not one that aired because of deadline. The new version may have never aired on the AM show, but he cared enough to ‘fix’ it for later shows to use. A great guy.

  7. juanita driggs

    I like Adam’s work too and wholeheartedly agree that he’s getting better with each passing day. Reminds me of when I was starting out and was really rough around the edges.

    (BTW it’s always better to “matriculate” than “metriculate”. Whenever I metriculate in the autumn of my days I usually have to change my flower-embroidered drawers.)


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