Monday, March 07, 2005

While We Were Enjoying the Weather

Odds and ends that came to our attention this weekend…

Just 79 Days to Go: Friday night’s “Six Online,” WOWT’s weekly feature allowing idiots to spout off (not to be confused with KMTV's nightly slot featuring a salaried idiot) concluded with a replay of and viewer reaction to Pat Persaud’s “retirement” announcement. Not surprisingly, the two comments making it to air gushed about how much they love Pat, with one woman even confessing that she cried right along with Pat. Excuse our barf. If it’s all the same to the folks at 35th and Farnam, we’d prefer not to know what people are doing while they’re watching.

And Patton Makes 3: Channel 3’s new weekend lineup now looks to be the strongest in town, with the addition of Devon Patton to the anchor desk. He joins the splendid Sarah Simmons, who has been anchoring the Saturday and Sunday night casts for a couple of years now, and Sarah Walters, our favorite weathercaster. KMTV’s trio runs rings around the other three stations’ in-studio lineups.

Trouble Getting It Up: Speaking of weekend crews, Channel 7’s outperformed Channel 6 when it came to covering the Pottawattamie County brush fire on Sunday afternoon. Anchor Paul Baltes said high winds kept WOWT from getting its antenna up, leaving the station with only Brian New’s cellphone report on its 5 p.m. cast. Meanwhile, KETV’s live truck suffered from no such embarrassing dysfunction; operating in the same wind, Tom Elser did a stand-up just minutes later from in front of the blaze. Nothing like gettin' caught with your antenna down.

8 comments:

bandit75 said...

Thank god only 79 days to go. If I hear Pat say 'Tracy Madden reporting live' one more time when Tracy is just in the next room, I'm gonna jam a fork in my ear.

Oh yeah, and Creighton winning a spot in the NCAA tournament is not breaking news. Creighton not blowing it in the first round, that would be breaking news.

Just Soakin said...

"Channel 3’s new weekend lineup now looks to be the strongest in town, with the addition of Devon Patton to the anchor desk."

Is this some sort of commentary on the lack of strength in the other stations line ups? I caught part of Devon's cast this weekend and listening to it, it is hard to tell if it was a SNL spoof or an old Carson routine. I'm sorry, but he should be in KPTM's newsroom of misfit anchors not at one of the 'real' news stations.

Beth said...

Hey! I like the anchors on KPTM! I
miss Lisa Bertin-I thought she was really good.

Beth said...

...oh, by the way-KPTM IS a real news station...

yasureubetcha said...

Re:trouble getting it up
you obviously know very little about live trucks. no self-respecting live operator would put a mast up in gusty conditions if they feared a mast would either be bent, broken off or a truck could be toppled. based on the information i got, the numeral seven brought a satellite truck to the fire. barring a really serious tropical or hurricane force wind gust, it's hard to find an excuse for not getting a liveshot out with that piece of hardware. see you at the next fire.

yasureubetcha said...

Re: trouble getting up
oh yes, i seem to remember the numeral 6's newscast goes on an hour earlier than seven's.
an hour is an eternity in tv news when it comes to moving your assets (read livetrucks (microwave or sat), reporters and photographers) into position for a broadcast.

WELLDUH said...

Take note...

On Sundays Channel 7 goes on a half hour after 6. On Saturdays 6 is an hour earlier, but both stations along with 3 are on at 10.

Ted Brockman said...

We stand corrected on the timing of the newscasts. But the reports we saw on 6 & 7 were only minutes apart. And anyone paying attention knows that the wind didn't suddenly die off in the few minutes separating the reports.

Whatever type of truck each station used, the bottom line is that Channel 7 sent one that would work--one that got video on the air, while 6 sent one that left us with a guy talking on a cell phone.

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