KELO on the fritz

So, I heard a rumor that some heavy stuff’s going down at CSD, my old employer from a week ago. Of course, I turned to KELO, the station that broke the story and promised more at 10 pm, and lo and behold! A power pole is down!

And why is this news? Because it was the pole behind the KELO studios!

Hell, if you can’t find much news, just make your own.

Actually, it’s pretty funny — the sound is horrible, they’re showing close-ups of thier televisions because there are no on-screen graphics, and the sound is pretty tinny. They’re scrambling for lights and tape, and it’s kind of a fun thing to watch — it reminds me of my work-study days at Southwest State in Marshall. You can even hear them behind the video. The fourth wall? Broken.

Apparently they’re the only downtown business affected by this. Well duh — they’re the only downtown business actually working right now.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll have some more news about CSD — that is, if KELO ever stops talking about thier troubles.

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Update: 54 of CSD’s employees, many of which are in Sioux Falls, are going without pay for the 4-6 weeks it takes to streamline thier business. They need to cut a quarter million dollars from their monthly budget.

The surprise is that CEO Ben Soukup is part of this. He’s going without pay.

Regardless of my feelings about CSD, I think this is actually pretty neat. Soukup knows that his company is having a very difficult time financially. To sacrifice his own salary to keep his company alive is impressive. Of course, forcing his employees to do the same is pretty rough, but I’m on the outside now. They’re working without pay, apparently.

Thankfully, the Relay service, my old department, is not being affected by this. Hopefully they still hire my replacement, though the chances of that are pretty slim.

Oh, and KELO is still talking about that power line.

This was lovingly handwritten on April 6th, 2006