Not sure if you saw today's morning show on KETV, but Elictia "Omarosa"
Hammond wore a snappy black blazer and white shirt ... with jeans.
Yes, jeans. With a small bleach stain near the left knee.
You wouldn't have noticed her attire had she not done an
away-from-the-desk segment with Pam Weiss of the Nebraska Humane Society
Perhaps "Omarosa" has instituted her own Casual Friday.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Not sure if you saw today's morning show on KETV, but Elictia "Omarosa"
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Second, another alert reader pointed out that new KETV weekend sports anchor Matt Schick's bio seems to suggest that he was the play-by-play announcer for Colorado's football and basketball teams. Unless CU has turned its radio contract over to undergrad broadcasting students, we're guessing that this is a case of Schick glorifying his work for a campus station.
While we don't want to pick on the poor guy too much before he gets here, some things are too tempting to pass up. Among them:
- Prior to becoming the voice of the Buffaloes, Schick says, he grew up watching SportsCenter and that he “started making mock newscasts" when he "was young and geeky.” When was this? Like six months ago?
- Among his hobbies, he includes "lifting weights." Who wants to bet that he refers to his biceps as "Mr. Jack Johnson" and "Tom O'Leary"?
We highly recommend the entire "meet the team" page on the NTV website; it contains an inordinate number of staffers—none of whom appears older than 25—who claim to have done very important work in New York, California, Phoenix, and other impressive-sounding markets. The station must have a very sweet compensation package, since that's the only plausible reason for such accomplished young talents to be working in Kearney, Nebraska. (For those of you whose sarcasm sensors are on the fritz, that was sarcasm.)
Incidentally, if NTV's owner, Pappas Telecasting (which also owns Omaha's KPTM) would put as much money into the Fox 42 news operation as it appears to plow into its NTV website, the Omaha station might have a fighting chance of putting together a decent product.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
- Rumors of Taylor Wilson's departure were greatly exaggerated. Despite his absence from several new promos, he continues to anchor the 9 p.m. news and is said to have no job lined up yet.
- News director Doug Crary was canned last Friday, to the sorrow of very few, if you believe the comments here and the emails we've received from several 42 staffers.
- Crary's departure is the latest in a series of departures, including those of 42's assistant news director, reporter Matt Meyer, and the weekend news producer.
By every indication, most anyone in television should be grateful not to be working at this sorry excuse for a news outlet.
Friday, July 15, 2005
It's sad to see people treated as shabbily as they are at that company. As we've probably ranted before, Pappas landed the license to start KPTM back in the mid-80's for considerably less than it would've paid for an existing station. Rather than plow some of the profits back into the station and into serving the community via its news operation, 42's owners have cut every imaginable corner, consistently outfitting the station with third-rate equipment, underpaying its talent, and tossing personnel out as soon as their contracts were up, all in an effort to squeeze every last dime out of an entity that it is supposed to be operating "in the public interest."
What a crock. On paper, deregulation makes great sense. KPTM is what it looks like in practice. If ever there were an operation that cried out for regulation and/or unionization, Fox 42 is it.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Never a station to rest on it's laurels, KETV is whetting our appetites for next week's big Wednesday night "investigation": Mike Sigmond will report on perfumes purported to make those wearing it smell younger. The clever title of the report is "Smelling Younger."
Relax. We just got busy with other stuff and didn't have time to catch much local news.
It's interesting to note that we get almost as many visitors to the page when we don't write as when we do. Go figure.
Just so you know: the posts here will be somewhat sporadic until after Labor Day, and we'll have no posts at all from July 20th through August 2nd. Pace yourselves accordingly.
Monday, July 11, 2005
What's going on there? Are they just letting people come in off the street and poke around? Aren't there any requirements for working there?
U.S. Workers Say They Waste Two Hours a Day [Reuters, myway.com]
Friday, July 08, 2005
Thursday's story regarding the hiring of Judy's fellow grad, Calvert Collins, has spurred interesting discussion regarding Omaha's recent metamorphosis into an "entry-level" market; that is, a market where a TV journalist can get his or her first job out of college.
In days past, one had to begin in a smaller market like Hastings or Sioux City before moving up to a job in Omaha. But hires like those mentioned above suggest that times have changed. And before anyone blames KPTM for this trend, let's remember that KETV hired Brandi Petersen right out of college a year or two ago.
For many in the business, there seems to be a sense that one should have to pay one's dues before being rewarded (if that's the right word) with a gig in a market this size. A rookie, veterans will argue, needs time at a lower-profile outlet to develop a wider repetoire of skills and to stumble a few times in a lower-stakes environment.
For viewers, it probably would be better to have local stations relying less on unproven talent; there's a lot to be said for experience when it comes to being able to tell a story in an interesting way. If producers and photographers are spending their time teaching inexperienced reporters the basics of the business, that's less time they can devote to putting on a quality newscast.
On the other hand, Omaha has seen more than a few "experienced" reporters who've been brought here, only to prove that seemingly no amount of time in the trenches will ever get some people ready to work at this level.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
At KETV, Carol Kloss did an excellent job with a story that could've been a warmed-over version of others that've been done on the topic—drunk driving. Instead, Kloss exposed and then went after a guy with multiple drunk driving convictions who not only has slithered out from under more severe penalties due to a technicality, but who has also continued to drive, despite the revocation of his license.
In two particularly riveting (and, perhaps, dangerous) scenes, Kloss went calling at the man's home (he wouldn't come out) and then accosted him—in the dark—as he got out of his car after driving himself to work (in violation of his probation).
Kloss wrapped up the story focusing on one of his victims and suggesting that legislative action could close the loophole that allows these people to continue endangering others.
Over on Channel 3,
She also gave viewers some perspective, noting that the 5,000 pounds of fireworks represents more than one company has used in
We frequently lambast local newsers for feeding viewers stories that aren't worth their time. Wednesday night's efforts demonstrated that there are stories worth doing and that local stations have the wherewithal to do them.
Editor's Note: Our apologies to Michelle Bandur for crediting her work to Simmons, who wasn't even on the air Wednesday.
Collins joined KPTM in May, just days after meeting news director Doug Crary at the Radio & Television News Directors Conference in Las Vegas. As you can see from the photo at right (Collins is the one on the left), no one is likely to mistake her for Calvert deForrest, who played the role of Larry "Bud" Melman on Late Night with David Letterman.
As for McLard, she left Channel 7 in 2001 and returned with her husband to the St. Louis area, where they both grew up. She is currently Vice-President for Public/Legislative Affairs for the Missouri Credit Union Association.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
My name is Harry and I'm the one who shot the story about the flags at Ashland Cemetary with Niver.
You're right, I did go a little overboard with the "low angles" but it was fun shooting the story that way. First of all, those flag poles are like.....25 feet high, so you kind of have to shoot up. And secondly, my tripod only goes up so far. Also, what might have seemed a little disorienting was that I used a wide angle lens in that piece. I used it a frickin' ton. Maybe too much, but with all that blue sky and sunshine, I thought the colors poppin' out of "Old Glory" looked bad ass. I guess you could say I was feeling patriotic, it was the Fourth and all.
But yeah, I did pound out that low angle a lot. I'll keep it in check. During the interviews with the war veterans, I framed two of the guys "straight on" and the third I shot "very" low angle. I was trying to mix it up a little, you know, not every interview looking totally generic and trying to get the flags behind him. He is a WWII vet who loves and fought for his country so I felt obligated to shoot him low giving him a look of pride.
Anyway, thanks for the input, it's appreciated........photojournalism is a learning process and not a perfect art form.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The reference to Irving R. Levine has been removed in response to complaints from readers suggesting that Pearsall is hardly comparable to NBC's esteemed former longtime economics correspondent.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Are we the only ones who think this sounds like the corporatespeak run-up to another "we need to do more with less" speech?
All News Staff to Film Video [United Press International] (We take no responsibility for the use of the word film here.)
What they ought to focus on is the impact on adults' intelligence. We're convinced that ten minutes spent watching Channel 7's Suzanne Deyo or Andrea Bredow leaves us dumber.
Studies: Too Much TV May Inhibit Learning [Newsday]
Last Thursday, it was Deb Ward's turn as she delved into the seedy world of free makeup-counter samples.
Just for fun, it seems, Ward dropped in at a few retailers around town and got them to submit some of their "free sample" applicators for lab testing. As it turns out, in addition to free makeup, customers get all sorts of little prizes, including some e coli bacteria, which, Ward was quick to point out, comes from "fecal material."
For those of you not up on your scientific terminology, "fecal material" is a nice way of saying "shit."
Perhaps the best part of the story was customer reaction, which ranged from an uptight looking older woman saying "Oh my," to a younger interviewee who squealed, "Feces?!"
(Call us old-fashioned, but we can remember a time when you had to eat a hamburger if you wanted to pick up e coli. Nowadays, these kids have it too easy—they can just mosey up to a makeup counter and smear it on their faces for free. No wonder they ain't got no gumption!)
The moral of the story, it seems, is that there ain't no free, ahem, lunch...or makeup, or whatever.
By the way, Channel 3 should be commended for running the story at 10 p.m. rather than at 5, when some viewers might've been eating. We've seen (and probably griped about) cases of other outlets running stomach-turning stories like this at mealtime.
However, too much of a good thing can be, well, too much of a good thing. Several times in the past week, the station has run stories featuring shots from ground-level looking up at the subject. It was Monday's story by Kathy Sarantos-Niver on a small town putting up dozens flags for the Fourth of July that pushed us over the edge.
Just about every shot in that story was from ground-level, and it was disorienting. By the time it was over, all we could think about was David Letterman's old NBC bits about life as seen by his dog, Bob.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
This first night of July sweeps piece featured a 29-year-old dandy named Nathan Leet, who has fathered five children by five different women and has an 18-year-old girlfriend, who is also pregnant. (He seems to have an eye for the younger ladies; one of the five moms says she became pregnant when she was 16.)
"He's a charmer," one of the women says, "when he wants to be." Indeed.
This "charmer" appeared to be a real piece of work, claiming that he'd been given the "short end of the stick," even though he abandoned two women shortly after each learned she was pregnant; what's more, he apparently neither lives with, nor helps raise, any of the five kids. This must fill the 18-year-old girlfriend with hope for the future.
Poor old Nathan told Kloss he took a two-month vacation and (wouldn't you know it?) fell behind on his payments. Now all these mean women are trying to get the money out of him, and he's trying to get a judge to agree with him that asking him to pay $1,300 a month is too much. What a pile.
The most heartbreaking part of the story came when his second oldest son didn't even know who Kloss was talking about when she asked about his "dad," and when viewers got to hear from the oldest of Leet's children, a 10-year-old-boy who said he'd really just like his dad to spend more time with him.
Just as disturbing are the six women who thought that sleeping with this guy was a good idea. Their powers of discernment as parents don't seem much better. One kid was shown sitting about two feet from the TV eating a bowl of spaghetti, while viewers were treated to footage of another engrossed in his X-Box. Not only are these youngsters without a dad, their moms are apparently allowing the television to raise them.
The story itself aggravated a few of our alert readers. One reports getting "sucked into watching" the report, "but I went away feeling like I had tuned into a Jerry Springer show." Moreover, she asks, "shouldn't investigative reporting [offer] a solution?"
Another alert reader offers no solution but has a suggestion "for Carol and anyone that plans on doing stories like this in the future; if you want us to feel sorry for the kids or moms because they aren't getting child support, don't show several shots of the kids playing XBOX on a TV in their own room. At least have their moms dress them like Tiny Tim. Try to make it look like the kids are suffering because their dad can't make the $200 a month child support payment."
Here's our solution, directed toward these women and others who may find themselves with this sort of "charmer": this case is the reason adults kept telling you not to have sex before you were old enough and responsible enough to make good decisions. If you'd kept this moron at arm's length, you wouldn't be in this predicament. More importantly, five innocent kids wouldn't be paying for your stupidity.