• Super Bowl viewers got an unexpected knock upside the head Sunday when KETV peppered breaks with a seemingly endless supply of promos for something it's calling the "I-Team." Yeesh. (Didn't KMTV have an "I-Team" back in the '90s?) The promos promise that reporters Carol Kloss, Mike Sigmond, Suzanne Deyo, and Farrah Fazal will be digging into "stories that matter" and "keeping you and your family safe."
Okay, where do we start? Kloss, Sigmond, and Deyo have all been around for a few years, and they've all proven that they can report, if not "investigate." But Fazal has only been on the air a couple of weeks and has yet to demostrate that she can even put together a high school video project, let alone a story for a real TV station. How she got hired is mystery enough; why decision-makers at the Newsplex think she's up to this task is positively baffling. Memo to news director Rose Ann Shannon: Cut your losses and tell Fazal to hop the first "United Pacific" train out of town.
• Having spent several months in the wilderness of unemployment, thanks to his decision to interrupt an installment of the sacred "American Idol" to update viewers about some pesky severe weather that was bearing down on the area, former KPTM chief meteorologist Dean Wysocki is said to be starting at KMTV today, filling the vacancy created when Sarah Walters departed for Phoenix in September. It's unclear when he'll show up on-air.
• WOWT is advertising for another anchor/reporter. We're told that the new hire will join Andrea McMaster as co-anchor of the station's weekend morning newscasts, ostensibly to keep up with Channel 7's new weekend morning program.