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Boneshakers MTV Video Release Party

I shot this video in the fall of 1987 after acquiring my first professional video camera.  The video was edited with Jody and Mike from Atlantic Video Production of Virginia Beach.  Atlantis02This was during the early days of MTV and an up and coming band from Virginia Beach had just released their first MTV Video.   We used a strobe effect on the low-light footage and mixed in a variety of handheld POV Cut-Away Shots.  The music was recorded from a live feed from their audio mixer.  

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Technology Outpacing Operators

My career spans an interesting time period.  When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my degree in RTVMP (Radio, Television and Movie Production) it took an entire tractor cameraMantrailer full of equipment to run a decent production and video cameras still used picture tubes.  I had solid skills on all sides of this.  My first camera was a DXC3000K Manufactured by Sony and was a first generation CCD (charge-coupled device)style camera and my footage looked much better than the network standard at that time.  When computer editing came out in the early 90’s you got a virtual computer based program that mimicked the hardware I was used to using.  This gave me an excellent point of reference to learn and master computer editing and video encoding standards.

Wheeling Skatepark Fund Raising

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The Wheeling Rotary Club Recognized at Wheeling Skate Park Dedication Ceremony

Wheeling City Officials and Wheeling Skate Park Committee Members hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Wheeling Skate DSC01464Park on Sunday, October 21st. The generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations like the Wheeling Rotary Club helped get the park funded and built.

Wheeling Rotary Club member, Bryan Murray signed on with the Wheeling Skate Park Committee in 2004. This grass-roots group had big dreams and little money for the daunting $330,000 project. Murray approached then Rotary Club President, John Egan McAteer about getting the Rotary Club involved. A committee was formed that included Bryan Murray, Dick Koehler, John Morrsion and John Egan McAteer.

The committee met regularly and worked behind the scenes to get more of the business community in support of the skate park. skatersWelcomedThe Wheeling Rotary Club held a celebrity waiter event, collected donations and used existing club funds to raise money for the project. They were able to double the donation with a matching District Simplified Grant. The funds were donated to the project in 2006 as the Wheeling Rotary Club’s Centenial Project. The Rotary Club’s involvement, city funding and a myriad of other donations helped the Wheeling Skate Park Committee get a subsequent matching federal grant to make the park possible.

 

 

Truth in Broadcasting as shown to me by Mark Davis

I moved to Wheeling WV in 1992 and met an old school journalist by the name of Joseph Tarantini.  His ‘on-air’ name was Mark Davis and he had worked at WTRF since the early days of television.PressPass Back then all reporters and announcers with ethnic names would change them to something that sounded mainstream for the time.  He was a treasure trove of information and had been under-utilized by the station.  I worked weekends (the most unpopular shift) with him.  It was great to learn pure journalism and how to report by just the facts.

Over time he and Igarnered some acclaim AP_Thumb and moved onto travel reporting.  We figured it to be a great way to travel on the stations dime, while providing a valuable service. Viewers enjoyed the “Tri-State Travel Series”.  Most destinations were to be reached in one tank of gas.  It was one of my career highlights to win an AP Award for Photojournalism under his tutelage.

Mark passed away in 2011 and I will never forget the valuable skills he taught me.  I will miss his engaging conversations and unbiased view of the world.  Here are a few of the segments we produced in no particular order.  They are all stand alone complete reports.  Just click on the image:

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Telecom Marketing

I have worked on all angles of the industry from soup to nuts.  This includes Sales and Marketing.  Good Product Knowledge leads to successful Marketing and increased Sales.

web_estateThis Ad ran on the back cover of the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Directory.  I loved buying that Ad Space.  Anytime you can appear on the cover of an industrial publication you gain instant credibility.  Here are some of the TV Commercials that I have appeared in:

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I used lavalier microphones, fill lighting, unique angles and camera movements to bring this story to life. We hiked out with local Agricultural Extension Agent John Miller for the story.

Here is their address if you want to check em out.

68800 Pine Terrace R
Bridgeport, OH 43912-9740
740-635-0141

 

The Classic Winter Swell

The first real winter swell is a celebrated event.oldStationDelbert

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that have picked up the torch. It is awesome to see wall to wall coverage of the Outer Banks Surf Scene. To those of you lucky enough jimboto participate, know that there are many of us that wish we could join you. Keep up the great work.

This clip was from one of those many classic winter swells of years gone by and features a solid crew of Outer Bankers.

 

East Coast Motions Volume I

The 1985 Record Bar Pro-Am in Wrightsville Beach NC brought in the world’s best surfers  to the East Coast.  A nearby tropical storm brought in some great surf and the locals turned out in large number to cheer them on!




This was my senior project at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many thanks to everyone that helped, including Reggie Barnes for letting my TV Production Class run him through some free-style moves at Swain Hall.We coined the phrase “Street-Style” during this production and scored some great footage of the World’s Top Professional Surfers in some East Coast Hurricane Surf.  The Wrightsville Beach locals were great help especially the late Ed Mannuel.

Back then there were not too many video camera’s around.  I borrowed an industrial grade 1/2″ machine and then dubbed the footage to 3/4″ to edit on the schools old top loaders.

It was cool to meet and hang out with all the surf pros.  We got to spend a lot of time with Cheyne Horan, Brad Gerlach and Mark Occhilupo.  The soundtrack is original to some musician friends that actually jammed to the footage.

If you would like to order a copy feel free to contact me.  bmur@surfdogmedia.com

Surfer Magazine Article

 

My friend photographer Ward Callum and I worked hard to get lots of pictures to submit for this article.   It was published in the December Issue of 1985.  At the time  I was studying Mass Media @ Chapel Hill and this was a good score to account for my missing classes for surfing.

Surfer Magazine  collected photographs from a variety of other sources as well. It was written by Mickey Bednarek of Wave Riding Vehicles.  During this time period the Outer Banks surf scene was very underground and not on the national radar at all.  Mickey does a great job of explaining the pros and cons that the exposure would bring. I was fortunate to have them select a photograph of me as well.

Click here to see all of the photos on my Facebook page.

 

7 Springs Pond Jump Flashback

Back before lawsuits put the “KIBOSH” on danger. When the new High speed lift was installed the pond was downsized and is no longer a safe landing. The fish seem happier about it.

This event began off season at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort in 1986 and continued until 2002. Today’s resort environment no longer allows private events that are this extreme. Pond Skims are very popular (and safer). Enjoy this look back on one big backwoods party.

Outer Banks Video Library

Here is a behind the scenes look at a project I did for MTV:

My roots run deep with the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Over the years I have produced a wide variety of TV Programs and Segments all about the Outer Banks.  If you like the Outer Banks you will like these videos:

This segment aired in an episode of Surfer Video Magazine on ESPN. I shot most of the footage and all of the interviews. Frontline Video and Film produced the series from 1987 to 1991.


This segment was produced for Hatteras Surf Feast and was a compilation of news and surf reports that aired on Beach TV during the late 80s. It has always been my goal to include news style information in all of my surfing segments. This makes for an educational and enjoyable piece.

Hurricane Earl paid a visit to Avalon Pier on Friday September 3rd, 2010. Some of his closest friends came out to see him.

There were over 100 spectators cheering on the brave crew of surfers riding this epic hurricane swell.

Classic Beach TV Footage featuring many of our favorite locals. Its cool to go back inside the Carolinian and the Atlantis.

Look for OBX Old School DVDs coming soon at a store near you.
Order online @ https://surfdogmedia.com

This Segment appeared on Havoc TV Sports Video On Demand Service available in 25 Million Households!

North Carolina’s Outer Banks got great surf the week before Memorial Day. The local crew and some visiting pro’s “manhandle” a large 3 day swell. The surf was heavy and the wind stayed offshore for great conditions.

Check out the roots of Outer Banks Surfing with this look back to the surf scene its early days. Portions of this segment aired on ESPN’s “Hot Summer Nights” Programming in the 80’s.

This is a compilation of sessions and random encounters with some of my surfing friends. The footage spans from about 2001 to 2006.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks has legendary wind. These Kiteboarders are riding the same air that helped the Wright Brothers invent modern aviation. This area called Buxton Hole or Canadian Hole has an Eastern and Southern Shoreline.

The Flat Duo Jets played at Frat Parties when I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 80s. They visited the famous Mex-Econo Bar of Kill Devil Hills, NC in 1988.

The footage comes from BEACH TV(1987-1991) and Hatteras Surf Feast(1991).

Mex-Econo served hot dog chimichangos, spam nachos, and Ice Cold Cervaso.

Action Sports Experience

Let me know if you have an activity or event that needs covered.  https://surfdogmedia.com offers a variety of affordable packages that include Broadcast, DVD, and Web Productions.  We are now offering live webcasting as well.

I also like to play in the snow.

Here is a Collection of  selected Action Sports Reports produced by https://surfdogmedia.com

Surfdog Media Client Travis Braden finished up the 2011 Nascar Whelen All American Late Model Series as Rookie of the Year! Congratulations Travis

This 2nd Annual Event, hosted by the Pathfinder Outdoor Store, and The WVU Snowboard Club has become one of the biggest ski and snowboard events on the East Coast.

Freestyle skiing pioneer Kristi Leskinen hosted the first annual Monster Energy “Homecoming” ski and snowboard invitational at her home resort of Seven Springs in Pennsylvania. Top female skiers and snowboarders joined Leskinen for the first ever, all female ski and snowboard slopestyle event and rail jam.

Event sponsors included Monster Energy, Seven Springs Resort, Oakley, Rome Snowboards, and Willi’s Ski & Board Shop. Freeskier Magazine was the event’s media partner.

The Malibu Open Pro Wakeboard Championships, stop #2 of the World Wakeboard Associations World Series, took place August 18th and 19th at Pontiac Lake, Michigan just North of Detroit. The field was stacked with some of the top men and women riders in the world, all vying for a piece of the $40,000 purse.

Malibu Pro’s Phillip Soven and Dallas Friday took Top Honors At Malibu Open Wakeboard Championships.

Check out some up close footage of all the action.

When you eat, sleep, and bleed motorsports a road trip to the heart of racing is the only cure. Join Travis Braden and his crew on a trip to Charlotte, NC and Lowes Motor Speedway. Highlights include races from the Summer Shootout and a behind the scenes tour of 600 Racing.

This Segment appeared on Havoc TV Sports Video On Demand Service available in 25 Million Households!

North Carolina’s Outer Banks got great surf the week before Memorial Day. The local crew and some visiting pro’s “manhandle” a large 3 day swell. The surf was heavy and the wind stayed offshore for great conditions.

Surf Photography

Today was the first day that I got to use my waterproof video camera. My great height of 6’6″ enabled me to stand on the sandbar and get really close to the action. It was nice to stay cool on a hot day and get some good action footage. (see below)

Hurricane Irene

Looks bad for the Outer Banks. Fortunately the storm surge will be minimal as Hurricane Irene will pass during the time of low tide. The surf window on this storm is small, as it will be overland and not in the ocean after passing the Outer Banks.

Hurricanes on this track will often push the waters of the inland sounds around and flooding will be worse than from the Ocean due to the lower lying land on the west facing shoreline. My mom has left and is in Wheeling WV this weekend.

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Ohio River Fun

There was a nice crowd of boats beached on Upper Twin Island on Saturday.