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"Television absolutely requires newspapers...we read the papers to find out and go shoot it," he said.

Dague recalled one instance when, much to the chagrin of station managers, he advised viewers looking for details on the state budget to buy a newspaper the next morning because an issue so complex couldn't be covered in 30 seconds.

"Part of my idea with that was to show how small television staffs were," he said of the book. "I think ownerships deliberately misled the public on how large the staffs were."

But for those who want to follow in Dague's footsteps, his book offers unique insight on interviewing techniques and the nuts and bolts of the business. It's something that might be of use to journalism students, and its informative content is why Three Lakes Publishing picked up the book.

For that local outfit, "Six and Eleven" is the only release of the year. The publishing house focuses on quality over quantity, said company partner, former "Times Union" managing editor and local media mainstay Dan Lynch, who also wrote the book's introduction.

"Ed is a very smart guy, he has seen a lot, thought about it a lot, and has produced a book that ought to be of great interest to anybody who has any interest in the interaction of public affairs and the news media," Lynch said. "It was just the kind of book that we want to publish."

Dague remarked that penning the book's 172 pages was far from the type of writing he was used to, boiling down stories for the nightly newscast. Still, he said he's happy with the result.

"I had never thought of writing a book, it was not my plan to write a book, but when Dan Lynch called it sounded like a good idea," he said.

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