Monday, June 20, 2005

Same Song, 42nd Verse: Revolving Door Spinning Again at KPTM

The station that stability forgot, Omaha's Fox42, is going through more turmoil. The latest involves the impending departure of meteorologist Dean Wysocki, who is to be replaced June 27th by (we think) former KETVer Tyson Pearsall. Rather than be relegated to weekends, Wysocki has chosen to leave.

His exit is the latest in a string of changes over the past several months, including the departures of an assistant news director, editor, v.p. for sales, and a sales manager. Add to this weeknight anchor Taylor Wilson's ongoing job search, and we have to wonder why they don't just turn that whole operation over to the broadcasting department at UNO and let them practice on us.

12 comments:

Will said...

How long has Taylor Wilson been looking for another job? And does having KPTM on his resume help or hinder his prospects?

omatvwatcher said...

Having seen newscasts in a number of markets, I would say he has a better chance than about half of the talent at six.

gerrishnut said...

I don't call it "Duct Tape 42" for nothing.

Will said...

I'd have to agree with omatvwatcher about other markets. Wherever I travel on business, I'm constantly reminded that Omaha does not have the exlusive rights to crap newscasts. They're everywhere. The advantage the big markets have is that they have tons of money to spend on things like helicopters and Colleen Williams, and (because of their bigger populations) a lot more of the kind of sensational stories that consultants insist we want to see (e.g. -- on my last trip to LA, I was treated to 15 minutes of live coverage about car chase involving the CHP and a naked crazy woman. Colleen Williams AND helicopters in one story!).

And actually, 42's content isn't so bad. But their production values. Zounds! The Westside High cable access show looks more polished.

Ted Brockman said...

Colleen Williams went crazy, got naked, and was chased by the CHP? Now who wouldn't watch that? In Omaha, the best we could hope for is Mary Williams in an unflattering halter-top and shorts ensemble being chased by the security guard at Wal-Mart.

As for 42's content, I agree, it's not bad. The problem is not just in production values though: it's also how badly they seem to treat the people that work there. Aside from Matt Meier, who must have incriminating photos of someone in management or be the owner's nephew, what on-air talent has been there more than a couple of years? None that I can think of.

Will said...

Man! I'd forgotten about old Matt. He came aboard back in the days of Grace Polanski and that train wreck of a morning show. He was the "entertainment" reporter, meaning that he either:

a. Read stuff he found in "Entertainment Weekly, or;

b. Interviewed the cast of a local play.

He's got to be the only one left from that debacle.

Damon Scott Hynes said...

I'd pay cash money for Mary Wlliams in a halter top...

janetdoe said...

Will--

What a profound wet noodle the old KPTM morning marathon was. Apparently there was no research or forethought in that decision.

That same spirit can be found in the sometimes mind-numbing morning live shots that channel 6 has brian new/rebeca klieman do on the weekends. The reports are just such a black hole of nothingness. On a very rare occasion, 6 will actually have some news content to cover live, but 99% of the time it's just a minute long interview about the most boring crap. Do some-THING in the live shots! Get the reporter involved someHOW! Make it weekend oriented, content-driven!!!!! Kill me!!!!!

Dana Dyksterhuis, where have you gone?

former_Omaha_photog said...

The only reason Matt Meyer is still at 42, is because he wouldn't be able to get away with his crap at 42 at any other station in the country. For whatever reason he is the chosen one and walks on water at 42.

Sean Weide said...

Dana Dyksterhuis is public relations manager for the Qwest Center.

JJSOmaha said...

And Dana is hot!

blogwatcher said...

Taylor Wilson has more experience in his backgroung than KPTM. And I would hope that another station would know not to look at the production value but the person. Stations vary from place to place. If pappas telecasting would just fork over some money to help out, KPTM wouldn't be so bad. They do have the same content as everyone else...just no money, very little staff and bad management. I think most people who work there don't know exactly what they're getting themselves into when they start. But when in a contract sometimes you have to tough it out for a while.
As far as Matt Meyer goes. He's the most senior reporter there and whether people think so or not he works hard...and is not the only who gets away with stuff at the station. And working somewhere for seven years and being the only one left with senior status, then management should kiss his butt so he doesn't leave. Because when he does a person with no experience and right out of college will take his place.
It's a paycheck and not always easy for everyone to get out right away.

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