While flipping channels yeaterday, I came across the News on Channel 24. What a poor excuse for a local news broadcast. It is no surprise they are always last in the ratings. An example was the weather update at the beginning of the broadcast. According to CH 24, there was rain in NO-WALK and the famous town on BUCK-CYRUS. I'll stick with CH13.
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A $100 a week budget, a new "news director" about every month, ownership turnover from one cheap ass to the next, no training for green reporters and no benefits for long-time personalities to stay...all adds up. And it's been this way for 30 years.
Tichy was the last guy with any sort of roots that went back years at that place. Now it's just a bunch of hacks who are looking to put "Toledo" (a mid sized market) on the resume before moving into a top 40 market station. Toledo is a good launching pad for TV babes and "Tom Tucker" wannabees.
I like it when I hear someone refer to "Mao-mee"...
Yeah well, WSPD radio ain't much better. Heard their (new)traffic reporter refer to Berdan as Burden, and Maumee as mow-mee
WSPD is a poor excuse for a local news outlet. The station used to have local news 24/7. Now the only local news is between 6 and 9 in the morning and 3 til 6 in the afternoon weekdays , nothing beyond that and nothing on the weekends, holidays or when their single news-staffer takes a day off.
If you want to get a bigger laugh, tune in 24 in the am. The reporters sit on a huge couch and talk about news, etc. with the regular awkward banter. But, this is even more awkward. They all look uncomfortable, make comments that border between insult and admiration for each other and just make you feel weird for watching.
I had to quit watching NBC24 in the morning because of exactly what hockeyfan just said. It was hard to watch. Enough with the couch bullshit, put 'em behind a desk and let them read the news.
Hey, Hoops, do you know anyone at Ch. 13 who can fix their 13.3 digital subchannel?
I used to check them a few times a day for weather or news, but they've signed up to deliver some national weathercast instead ... and added a news crawler in bright yellow. The whole screen looks like a bad website. And to top it all off, the "news" on the crawler is often 2 days old. Not two HOURS old, two DAYS.
It's like they don't even know that a crawler should be for sorta recent, breaking news. Not two-day-old, uninformative, jokey headlines from their website.
I kind of got used to crap-level broadcasting from Ch. 24. To see the lameness spread to 13 is disheartening.
Did anybody else see Alexis Means totally blow it on the 6 o'clock on 13 on Friday night? She really is more like channel 24 material. I don't know how she sticks around.
What did she totally blow? I need details, man...details.
Probably not as good as my imagination right now....
The camera cut to her before it should have and she was caught talking(complaining?) to someone off camera--it kinda looked like a curse word to us! When she realized she was on camera she just froze and stared at the camera like the proverbial deer in the headlights. It was very quick but she made it ever so worse with that death stare.
Sounds like she really blew it! (where's the sarcasm smiley)
I get a kick out of advertizements that mispronounce Mau-mee... If you were a business paying for an ad and they mispronounce any part of your address, would you pay for it?
WTOL is not any better! All of their recent hires are not much more than pitifull. All of the girls need help pronto with their wardrobe. Chris Vicker has to be the most annoying person on the planet! He needs a big strip of "Kentucky Chrome" across his yap! Vickers plus Voetsch equals an akward yawn....
The new owners of Channel 13 have apparently gutted the control room folks. As a result you will see a lot of miscues from mikes left on or not turned on to the automated camera putting the anchors on the spot without warning and fouled up remotes. Most of the more experienced talent roll with the punches, but sometimes it just generates a glare of disgust from them, which is what you saw.
AH, this topic! Endless stories and/or comical moments abound I'm sure. So my wife and I get a kick out of Channel 24's weather hack Tom Kippen. One freak of a man, him. Maybe it's the eyebrow scowl appearance. I think it was Saturday, the guy slipped and mentioned a foot of snow in the Appies when I think he meant rain, since you know, there was nothing but green on the radar screen.
13ABC?? Well, you know, I AM a guy, so it's all about Sashem brey, Jenna Lento, Ashley Roth, and Christine Long.
WTOL? Well, I'm a "fan" of Lisa Rantala, Gimbel, Shaerban, Wells. The loss of Lauren Lowrey was massive! Something about Chris Vickers screams Pee Wee Herman.
FOX Toledo? Laura Emerson is a tough- looking woman. Ashley Johncola, Kristi Leigh, and Jennifer Steck are nice. Bruce Slusher and his claim to fame as some sort of cowboy is comical. I just shake my head at Joe Rychnovsky. Toledo "legend" I'd say, for obvious reasons.
It's funny seeing the favorite outfits of anchors, well you know, ones that seem to appear more often than not. Like Jerry Anderson's BG-esque orange tie, or Chrys Peterson's pink camo outfit. I don't watch 13 ABC, but does Sashem Brey still dress 50 years older than her age?
"Laura Emerson is a tough- looking woman."
Emerson may look tough, but she asks fluff questions. Embarassing. She should be in PR, not journalism.
I like Sashem Brey because she asks the tough stuff.
Automated cameras are a fact of life. One guy in the booth can control multiple cameras on the floor. You don't need some fat slob or college kid to set the shot or point to the camera with the red light on. Those days are gone.
And if this Alexis Means did do what you describe, she's an idiot for violating the second "Golden Rule" of broadcasting. In order
Rule #1: Protect the license
Rule #2: Always assume the mic is ON.
Protect the license my ass! It'd take a miracle for a broadcast license to be pulled these days. But hey, if you are a ham operator, they'll pretty much throw you and any reserved-for-hams radio spectrum under the bus these days for anything.
+It'd take a miracle for a broadcast license to be pulled these days._
It has always been unlikely, but possible sanction by the FCC. It's almost never an immediate penalty--but fines and other sanctions are. However, no company wants the additional expense of defending against-the-FCC-rules broadcasting when renewal time comes up every 7 years or thereabouts, so broadcasters keep their noses as clean as possible. That's what is meant by "protect the license".
I like Sashem Brey cause she is hot, and Senna Orra, and Kristine Williams, and and and and....
I keep it simple. Since the news, cycle, tempo, and even the story order are the same, the lookers get my vote, when I watch network news.
What kind of nightmare clothing was that on Crys Peterson today?!?!
No matter what she was wearing, she was having a much better day than this guy in Arkansas.
TV people. The dog collar was a nice touch.
Since the news, cycle, tempo, and even the story order are the same, the lookers get my vote, when I watch network news.
FoxNews understands this dynamic perfectly. From queen of the high school mean girls Megyn Kelly to kind of bitchy uninformed mom Gretchen Carlson, it's hard to keep all the blondes with short skirts straight on that channel.
Same with the local stations in Los Angeles, especially the Spanish speaking ones. When I was out there on business, I flipped on the news in the morning and wasn't sure whether I was watching the news or a beauty pageant. It was unbelievable.
Who is the guy on WSPD that does news on the half hour? He keeps calling Put in Bay, Putin Bay, like the Prime Minister of Russia. It's killing me, because of the murder out there, he says it like 5 times every news cast.
Here here on LA TV anchors, it's like 6 o'clock teenage porn hour. They are gonna be delivering the news in swimsuits soon, fist time I watched the entire local news broadcast in a long time.
News in a swimsuit? The last thing we need is Blizzard Bill in a Speedo...
I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Just say NO to BB in a speedo
I wish we could just say NO to BB, period. I despise that man.
DBW, thanks for the laughs! We all know what you were doing during that "fist time" ;-)
The name Maumee is a corruption of the original name of our river 'Miami of the North', which defined it from two rivers in SW Ohio, the Great Miami, and the Little Miami.