BY BUDDY NEVINS
The late Chuck Barris would be proud.
Just weeks after the producer and host of ’70s television hit “The Gong Show” died at 87, the Sun-Sentinel has introduced a gong in the newsroom.
I kid you not.
One difference between Barris and the Sun-Sentinel:
On Barris’ show, the gong would be struck when an act on the show was terrible.
At the Sun-Sentinel, the Gong is apparently hit to build morale in the fast shrinking newsroom — perhaps when Internet views reach some milestone or when an employee meeting is called.
No word yet on whether reporters and editors will be gonged out the door in one of the periodic layoff to sweep the newsroom.
At the newspaper, the gong won’t be sounded by Arte Johnson, Louie Nye, Jamie Farr or Jaye P. Morgan, regular judges on the show. That job apparently has been assigned to Managing Editor Dana Banker.
There is a similarity between the newspaper and the television show.
The Gong Show showcased amateur acts. And critics today charge that the Sun-Sentinel’s coverage has been sliced and diced to the point where it is amateurish.
Future Sun-Sentinel newsroom below?