OMG! it's the OMB!
What's the OMB you ask? You mean you don't know?! Well, the OMB's been coming our way for a long time, and guess what? It's finally here.
If only you knew what dread the OMB has cast upon so many of my peers in the television business. You'd think the OMB was directly tied to the Swine Flu, sitting here waiting for it's imminant arrival but hoping it never actually affected anyone of us in particular.
But alas, that "hope and a prayer" approach has proven fruitless. The OMB is here and will only grow.
Of course, it won't affect me one bit. Yup that's right, immunity baby! Why? Because I think the OMB should've been a part of local TV news since the start. You see this job begs for the OMB. Chasing stories, with light portable gear, Do It Yourselfer's that can get in and get out and put a good story on the air.
Okay! Okay, I know what you're thinking. Are you sure Oscar? Do you really want to embrace this, this thing that so many have feared for so long. Perhaps they're right? Maybe they know exactly what OMB means and you just haven't thought it out well enough? What if in the end OMB completely wipes out the industry as you know it? I mean look, OMB sounds like, "the promise of a better future" but realize, with every promise of "a new era" comes new unseen obstacles. Do the negatives outweigh the positives? Perhaps. Maybe it isn't a good thing to go 100% OMB. I do think the folks in the biz who are masters of there craft already probably shouldn't be expected to be OMB. But I've said it before this job is catered for OMBing.
But most importantly (as it's been pointed to me while confronted out in the streets for doing OMB work), squeezing two jobs into one and promoting loss of jobs?
Well let's review: The economy took the big flush, businesses and homeowners lost their shorts, and desperation set in. Those who are surviving are doing so by taking creative (drastic?) but necessary measures. Our company in particular is joining forces with another local television station in the same town. The drop: big time lay-offs.
Guess what? No matter how you spin it, The OMB had nothing to do with it. People are losing their jobs regardless. The very thing that the OMB naysayers predicted would happen if TV stations went the way of OMBs.
Why don't I blame the OMB? It's just like when tape took over film, memory cards took over tape and non-linear computer editing took over manual-tape editing. All of these changes and countless others had all of us, in turn, lamenting the end of an era(s). Yet through simple climatization periods we all adjusted and rather easily I might add (even the old timers). OMB is just another "change" in my book. With a little time, routine and dust-settling, we'll look back and laugh at when OMB was a bad word (acronym). Then we'll light our cigars and speed off to breaking news, by ourselves, in our OMB mobiles.
In the end, Wall Street not the OMB, did us in. Soon I'll know whether I'll have a job or not, at which point I'll either be an OMB or I'll just be S.O.L.
The original OMB