Thursday, October 27, 2005

Angela Martin Looking for a Change. Why Not Omaha?


Former KM3 Anchor/Reporter Angela Martin, now in Savannah, Georgia, is listed in MediaLine among those seeking new positions. If her demo tape is to be believed, Martin, who was in Omaha from 2002 until 2004, has improved considerably during her time down south.

Any Omaha station would be wise to lure her back here, especially given the scarcity of on-air diversity in the market. Channel 6, which appears to have the whitest roster in town, would seem the most logical bidder for her services; she could easily take over for Sheila Brummer at 4 p.m. on weekdays or bump empty-headed Andrea McMaster from the weekend morning shift. Moreover, 6 appears to have the budget to offer a salary sweet enough deal to land her.

Channel 7, pushing hard to pull ahead of 6, might also be capable of luring her, given its reputation as the market's most talent-friendly newsroom and a simlilarly-sized budget. It's not hard to imagine Martin next to John Oakey on weekday mornings (goodbye, Omarosa) or taking over some of Julie Cornell's anchoring chores.

13 comments:

omatvwatcher said...

7 wasn't smart enough to hang on to Pamela Jones, why would they actually bring in new talent?

Sidebar Sam said...

I have to say that Angela's departure from KM3rd was a huge loss. On the other hand, she was much too talented to be stuck at that dump. I highly doubt that she would consider coming back here.

Champ Kind said...

I noticed Taylor Wilson and his former little buddy Bilbo Wysocki on there. Its like a "Who's Who" of KPTM. I wonder if Lisa Volenek is on there. . .

joeygrisgris said...

Speaking of not smart on Channel 7....anyone see this mornings newscast? Mumbles Bredow called Brandi Peterson "Elictia", and John Oakey said something to the effect "Andrea, is this your first day here or something"? Beautiful...

weatherwoman said...

That is too funny! Sorry I missed it this morning. I like John Oakey more every day.

Sean Weide said...

joeygrisgris:

How can one go about subscribing to your "Omaha News Bits" blog?

joeygrisgris said...

Sean: Been so busy, forgot i even signed up for the darn thing. Up and running now....all are welcome.

wine-o said...

I always thought Angela Martin was painfull to watch. She struggled reading, and forget about good interaction with anyone else on set. If it aint scripted, it aint gettin said! She was just so cold, and in person she was the same. I don't think it was any sort of loss for KMTV at all...good riddance. Ugh, imagine a Martin/Patton show. Dumb and Dumber. Both would be way too concerned with how pretty they looked. No talent.

DiggerDog said...

Pamela Jones isn't TV friendly. For TV Friendly refer to Courtny Gerrish, Suzanne Deyo, and Sarah Simmons. Omaha needs more TV friendly anchors

Matt_X said...

I can read between the lines. TV friendly does not equal people of color in this market. 10/11 in Lincoln seems to make it work.
I actually had the news director at the last station I worked at (in this state) bring myself and the other top assistant in the newsroom at the time to ask about the candidate for our morning show. She is a very talented black anchor. He actually asked the question, "will the viewers accept a black anchor?" Long story short, he dragged his heels in hiring her and she found a main anchor job in a bigger market. She could probably tell where she could go farther, and it wasn't here.

critical1 said...

I don't think Omaha would reject a minority anchor, if they brought the talent. How long was Pat Persaud at 6? I'm not sure how she was personality-wise, but she was at least tolerable. Any anchor of any race would do well, if they excelled at what they did.

DarthSchrader said...

Ahem. I believe that you forgot another person of color on Omaha TV. John Knicely. What? Vanilla isn't a color?

Seriously, you have forgotton John "Never Missed A Meal" Chapman. I thought he presented sports rather well, and as a bonus, looked like legendary WWF superstar Koko B. Ware.

omatvwatcher said...

What gets me is that with a big hispanic population, there's no representation on local media.

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