Perhaps enjoying seeing his name mentioned in these posts and oblivious to the uncomplimentary remarks, WOWT anchor John Knicely on Wednesday's 5 p.m. newscast followed up yet another live report with a totally imbecillic comment.
After Gary Johnson and Rebecca Kleeman rolled tape of remarks by several of the Lincoln factory workers who won the Powerball jackpot, the two veteran reporters threw things back to the studio. Unfortunately, they had included in their footage one winner who was wearing a Husker stocking cap. Guess what caught John's eye.
"I notice that one guy had an 'N' there on his hat," Knicely said to Kleeman, as if this were a conversation starter. Luckily, Kleeman had the good fortune or quick thinking to be able to tell ol' John that she couldn't hear him, which is about the best a reporter can do when confronted with such ham-handed attempts at banter.
Just when you think he has nothing dumb left to offer, Knicely manages to surprise us with the gold mine of vacuuity that lies between his ears.
If WOWT wants to create some really entertaining TV, they should send some of their less skilled reporters out on live shots and let them try to handle the knuckleballs that Knicely chucks their way. We'd love to see Maniko Barthalamy try to fight one of those off, since she can barely hobble through stuff she has ostensibly had time to practice. Now that would be some amusing live television—maybe even better than what Channel 7 could get out of FUBAR Fazal.