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The Richard W. Adkins Collection

In the midst of asking for writers, I dug into the b-roll.net archives. I found many classics that haven’t seen the light of day in a while. They may be a little dusty, but they’re still worth something. Before there was such a thing as a “blog,” a chief photographer from WRAL-TV was the first to start a collection of work on b-roll.net. In 1999, I started posting Richard W….

Richard’s Rules of Travel

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC Let’s face it, no matter what we say, we all got in this business for just one reason. It’s a cool job! And there is nothing cooler than traveling on the company budget. But before you pack the camera gear and cash the travel check, I’ve got a few words of wisdom I like to call Richard’s Rules of Travel. These rules are…

The Mind of Meikle

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC In a not so quiet neighborhood, in a not so ordinary house, not so far from the TV tower farm, Robert Meikle is a not so average guy. “Welcome to the laboratory!” Meikle jokes, or rather half jokes… OK, he’s really not joking at all. “At least I’m not losing my marbles,” says Meikle. No, he’s not. In fact Meikle knows where all…

ABOVE The call of duty

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC It’s just before dawn. A breeze is blowing from the south and even though the sky is dark, you can tell the clouds are weaving a blanket high above. “It makes for an interesting sunrise,” figures Gil Hollingsworth as he snakes up the spiral staircase to the roof. The steel staircase transitions to a wooden walkway, then a large platform and a shiny…

The Good Ol’ Days

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC Remember the Good Ol’ Days? No, not the days of film, I mean the other good Ol’ days. The days when you and I and most other mid-life TV ‘togs showed up bright eyed and high spirited for our first News Photographer job. Boy, those were the days! There is nothing like the sight of a late 70’s Chevy station wagon loaded with…

My Flight Through Floyd

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC I love what I do. I love it on many levels. And one of the reasons I love it is because things are never the way you think they will be. I headed in for work on Wednesday thinking I was bound for the barrier islands. Floyd was predicted to hit North Carolina in 24 hours and I knew I would be at…

Two kinds of Smuckers

From: Richard W. Adkins, WRAL-TV Raleigh, NC I learned a lot about my coworkers last week or maybe I learned nothing. But one thing is for sure, I have a new perspective on some of  them. You see, last week was my week on Lighthouse duty. Way back in February the News Director called me in to his office. With a sort of crooked smile and a half-shake of the…