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TELEVISION fucked again!
Viewer choice award canceled!
For the first time since '94 the CTV viewer choice award is totally legit. Unfortunately, making it legitimate entailed doing away with the award. I say better no friggin' award than a bogus one based on the bullshit pulled by Dr. Dolan for the last three years.
An obsessed ego-maniac
This vain, conceited pathetic asshole managed to fix the CTV viewer choice award by stuffing the ballots every year since '94. Then he has the gall to publicize his "prize" at the end of all his programs. "The most popular show on Staten Island!" This shit-head idealist not only makes a mockery of the staff , board and awards; he's caught in his own warped self-delusion. Examples: He demands frequent close-ups of himself on all his "productions". When he runs out of filler, he simply puts his bloated mug on the screen for the remainder of the "show". Let's not even go into those holiday music ordeals he puts out. Any credibility or dignity his chosen profession may have brought him is quickly nullified by these displays of vanity and smugness. His duplicitous ghost producer, Tim Prudome, (whom Dolan pays…) uses made-up names on the end credits of every program. What does that tell you? You didn't think that Dolan actually produces this shit, did you? He puts on a "program" consisting of Dolan being "interviewed" by himself! Naturally, this amounts to nothing more than an info-mercial for his practice. He even gives out his office number during the show. Just how this fits into the concept of "not-for-profit" public access, is beyond me. Under the guise of "community programming" Dolan continues to swell his coffers with new patients garnered from his monopolization of CTV air time.
A Voting Nightmare
In order to combat Dolan's cheating tactics, CTV decided to gather votes from a table set up at the SI mall last February. During the day, members of the CTV staff attended the table. Acting director Ms. Furno authorized a board member to man the table for a few hours in the evening (which happens to be the busiest time). Guess who was appointed to the table? That's right, none other than board member Dr. Dolan himself! Even stevie wonder could see a slight impropriety here. What were they thinking? This is the very same person that prompted this revamped voting process in the first place! This is tantamount to putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank! To compound insult with injury, Dolan sends his ghost producer, Tim Prudome to man the table on the next night!
Caught with his hand in the cookie jar
On the last night of the voting procedures, our friend "Terrible Tim" chose to go to the mall and vote for i.T. He ending up helping out and trying to drum up support-not only for i.T., but for CTV as well. The terrible one runs into a girl he knows; tells her to vote; she tells him that she already did; points to Tim Prudome (Dolan's "ghost") and says: "I voted for whom HE told me to!" Justifiably so, Terrible Tim confronts Dolan's lackey and a shouting match ensues. (As guilty parties usually do…) This soon escalates to curses and threats. It was not a pretty picture.
When I heard of this nonsense, I met with Lance Armstrong (NOVA award coordinator) He suggested I write a letter and send copies to the powers-that-be. (Look for a copy elsewhere in this article) They held a special meeting after receipt of my letter. Dolan became very indignant and hurled epithets and lawsuit threats. (Another sign typical of guilt) They decided to do away with the award this year. Of course, egocentric cheater Dolan was in the lead on an unofficial count of the votes. The conceited cocksucker managed to fix the voting again! Unreal. The person directly responsible for this madness is Rosemarie Furno, c/o CTV, 100 Cable Way, Ste.2, Staten Island, NY, 10303.
Please feel free to write her with your opinions on this matter. A copy should also be sent to Ed Salek at the same address (he's head of the board). The more voices that are heard can only contribute to justice being served. A message can also be left on the CTV website: www.sictv.org
Fucked-two years in a row
industrial TELEVISIONwas the rightful winner last year until dickface Dolan did his stuffing routine with the ballots. We had over 90 genuine ballots sent in. This year, we urged our fans to vote for us (at the mall) and again we came in second. We apologize to all our fans that took the time out to vote for us. If we'd known it was rigged we would have never bothered with the whole debacle.
What can be done?
Regrettably, not much, I'm afraid. The scumbag is on the board of directors. So is Ms. Furno, whom the board appointed "acting" director during Gary Bartels' sick leave. Ed Salek, who heads the board, is Furno's main squeeze. Our only hope lies with the fans. I'm urging everybody to call up and complain every time you see Dr. Dolan on CTV (channels 35 and 57). If enough people call up and voice their opinions, perhaps they will cut down on his airtime. That seems to be the only thing that matters to the lowlife butt-wipe. Let's hit him hard and low. Let's give him a taste of his own medicine.
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…in other words-YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN!
STATEN ISLAND, NY 10302
Rosemarie Furno c/o
100 Cable Way Ste.2
Staten Island, NY 10303
March 1, 1999
Dear Ms. Furno:
I am requesting that Victor Dolan and any show produced by Tim Prudome be disqualified for the "CTV Nova Viewer Choice Award."
The main reason that the ballot for this award did not appear in the S.I. advance was so the votes could not be easily manipulated (as they were for the previous three years by Dr. Dolan...) And to try to get a fair representation of the public opinion. Thus, the votes were gathered at the mall at the CTV table during February. Fine. Sounds pretty fair to me.
You can imagine my dismay when the disheartening news came to me that none other than Dr. Dolan himself would be "manning" the CTV table for a few hours. This was an extremely poor choice in light of the fact of his past three-year record with this award. I cannot prove he was steering votes his way. The egomaniac was driven enough to fix the ballots three years in a row. It's a pretty sure bet that "electioneering" from the desirable vantage point of the CTV table would not be beyond his nefarious ethics.
The appointment of Tim P to the table proved to be an even worse decision. Friday the 26th, "Terrible Tim" (acting of his own accord) went down to the mall to help out and drum up votes. He runs into a girl he knows and tells her about the table and voting procedure. She replies: "I already voted." "Whom did you vote for?" asked terrible Tim. "I voted for whom he told me to!" pointing to Tim Prudome. Of course, when confronted on this issue he became indignant and began cursing Terrible Tim out.
This defeats the whole purpose of trying to get an honest sampling from the voters. I personally promoted the award and the voting procedure to our audience through our website, through a video-gram, and on our show. I assumed this was the fair method of doing things. Had I known publicizing my program from the CTV table in the mall was allowed, believe me I would have been right at that table handing out free T-shirts to all who vote for industrial TELEVISION. Unfortunately, I did not cheat.
That's why these two should be exempt from winning this award.
The CTV NOVA awards- SHOW REVIEW
Last Monday, I got to see most of the awards telecast. It reaffirmed my faith as to why industrial TELEVISION will never be entered into this "competition."
Jesus Christ, it's the same lame assholes that win every year! Is it me or does it seem that every bad producer takes home at least 2-3 of these "awards." The whole affair reeks of some sort of neo-elitist, members-only "club" where the prerequisite for admission is zero talent. Year after year I see people like Mike Steel and Marjorie Kadi winning multiple awards. These are the types of moronic "programs" that are deemed "worthy" of some sort of special merit. Pitiful. As long as this remains the standard by which other programs will be judged, there is little hope for creativity and innovation on public access.
As I watched one bad clip after another unreel, I said to myself, "self… change the channel!" Yet, I could not. It was like some strange, morbid fascination that kept me tuned in. It was the same feeling one gets when coming across a car accident or fire. Worse yet, between every clip I'm hearing the i.T. logo theme! The editor, Kenny, paid us some props by including at least a part of industrial TELEVISION in the proceedings. Thanks go out to him. Our influence is far reaching, indeed!
The only good thing about this program was no viewer choice award for Dolan! Ha! Ha! Ha! So there.
You truly do suck. Best of all, well…gee…I guess you're not the "most popular show on Staten Island!" anymore. Are you - you fat, conceited fuck!?!!?
The bulk of the awards show consists of meaningless introductions of the nominees presented with all the aplomb of a brain-addled transient. The hosts look like they want to be there even less than we want to watch. And guess who most of these presenters are? That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the board members of CTV. Mandatory requirements for inclusion in this "elite" group seem to be wealth and a relationship with the borough president, Guy Molinari. I would assume that in addition to political brown-nosing "skills", a board member must also have a high tolerance for viewing the drivel created (or should I say "excreted") by the various public access producers. This is a job I would not wish on a dog.
Unless I missed it, there were no interviews or acceptance speeches as had been the case in previous years. Perhaps this was another redeeming factor in this program, judging from the examples I seen of the winning entries. Just take a look at the rubbish that won in categories like: Music, Debut video, documentary and comedy and you'll see what I mean.
It boils down to the mentally-challenged rewarding the talent-deprived. The whole thing resembles a bloated, self-congratulatory orgy of obsequiousness that honors and endorses the trite and mediocre.
Let's encourage more of that! Good thinking!