Monday, March 13, 2006

Filling Gaps


Before we take a vacation, here are a couple of hirings to note:

KMTV has hired Dave Roberts as a reporter. Roberts is a native of New Jersey, attended Coe College in Iowa, and has worked at stations in Waterloo, Iowa, and Austin, Minnesota.




And WOWT has already found someone to fill Courtny Gerrish's weekend anchor seat. Jaime McCutcheon will join Paul Baltes at the station's outdated anchor desk and handle reporting duties. McCuthcheon is a graduate of the University of Georgia, who most recently worked in Macon, Georgia.


Her hiring suggests that Channel 6, which a year ago was awash in blond anchors, has been instructed by its consultant to hire more brunettes (see "Brummer, Sheila"). They're nothing if not transparently formulaic. We'll be interested to see the hair color on Andrea McMaster's replacement.

38 comments:

joeygrisgris said...

Ok, I'll fire the first "pre on air" salvo. If the pic you posted here is any indication, I see a slightly crooked smile (ala Jill Cordes) and a gap 'tween the front teeth. Just an observation.....

unlstu said...

Hey, did you see KPTM's new hire? Amanda Mueller's new buddy at the desk is Scott Peterson or Patterson? He actually can put together a coherent thought unlike Brummer.

Hosh said...

That's ironic that 6 is going brunette because their best anchor, T-Mad, is blonde.

AvidOmahaNewsViewer said...

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but Channel Sucks may have found someone half-way decent. I checked out Jaime McCutcheon's demo tape online and it wasn't half bad. Most of the ten minute tape was of her reporting in the field, but there was a little of her behind the anchor desk. If she's as animated behind that rickety old newsdesk at WOWT as she appears on her demo, Omaha will once again have someone whose bearable to watch on the weekends--until she leaves for a bigger market. The good ones hardly ever stick around. Time will tell.

Oh, and by the way, her still photo doesn't do her justice. She's much more appealing to watch in action.

Somebody check my temperature...I'm being nice in commenting on something having to do with WOWT!

journalism101 said...

Another observation...neither anchor would ever date Joeygrisgris. Desert island maybe....nah.

oldscratchtv said...

jaime's accuracy might be a problem already ----- the KDLT ND in Sioux Falls left at least 2 years ago --------- also seems like her six month KDLT tenure was not short enough

http://www.talentapes.com/jaimemccutcheon/

Omababe said...

I hope the news directors pay as much attention to things like journalistic qualifications as they do to such things as hair color. Both of these look presentable. I'm willing to give them a chance. Let's see how they deliver on the air. :)

omatvwatcher said...

Why would some of our local news directors look at a crazy thing like journalistic qualifications? Seriously though, a lot of people have taken pot shots at some of the more questionable on air hires around here, but every station in town has a mix of inexperience/good looks combined with quality experience/not so good looks. It's a matter of time before someone stumbles on the pot of gold...quality experience/good looks. Or perhaps I'm so hopped up on caffeine that I'm simply babbling/typing.

Cogitor said...

Please allow me to be the first to officially decline to take the temperature of our esteemed colleague, avidomahanewsviewer!

joeygrisgris said...

Ouch 101. Your rapier like wit stings me so. Little bitter, are we? To be honest, I wouldn't date a woman in the broadcast industry. My father always taught me, don't date below your species.

gerrishnut said...

I still miss Courtny Gerrish and her sweet sweater work.

TVSheila said...

Okay, I can't stand it any longer- what's with the super short haircuts of the male anchors/reporters in this city?? The guys all look like insurance salesmen. How about a few guys letting go and growing their hair AT LEAST to their collars? Rob McCartney looked good for a while-then he cut his hair short,too. Please-no scissors near Todd Andrews! He's the only one who doesn't look like a geek!

DiggerDog said...

When did she change her last name from Raab to McCutcheon?

joeygrisgris said...

Interesting. This aftertnoon, on "The Zone" radio program, they started by bashing Channel six, then quickly backed off listing people there that they liked by name. They finished the conversation by saying that the only person they "didn't" like there was the blonde anchor, but they wouldn't mention her name. Correct if I'm wrong, but doesn't that narrow it down a touch?

Cogitor said...

Please. Todd Andrews' hair is a train wreck. It always appears as if he loaded it up with dippity do, then walked out into a hurricane.

Tóózy said...

This posting has been up so long I finally have to comment. First, I'd like to congratulate 3 & 6 for hiring somewhat experienced professionals instead of freshly minted, college graduate wanna-be's. Now for some snarky comments.

Dave Roberts’ picture looks like it was cut out of an early 1960's yearbook. Hair, tie, jacket; yup, looks like 1963. Probably that page in the athletics section where the picture of the basketball coach is surrounded by individual pictures of the team members, with the win/loss record underneath. He looks like a 6ft 2in forward going by the moniker "Cubby." I can just see him launching up 2 hand set shots from about 25 feet. This after the team has ran 90 seconds off the clock passing the ball about 35 times, even when they were wide open or had a lane to the basket alá Hoosiers. He's probably thinking about cruising to the Dairy Queen with Babs for a root beer float after the game! Golly!

That’s not a real good picture of Jaime McCutcheon. Does she actually pay an agent to say that's a good likeness of her? Her video looked ok, but that picture posted here is like one of those pictures your mom takes. And Mom thinks its ok. And says "That’s a nice picture of you." And you think it sucks. And your internal running monologue says "Wow, do I look like a dork or what! And I don't even have an agent!" Oh, like that never happens to you. Spare Me! (I haven't said that in like, forever. Must be Cubby's influence!) Well, anyway. I get 2 different feelings from that picture. Both feelings are the same, yet from alternative universes; or possibly there’s a fork in the evolutionary tree yet to come. And I think I get the feeling because of the blue eye shadow. Number 1: Her biological clock is ticking. She's trying to tart up a little because she's desperate to be a soccer mom with a Dodge minivan, rugrats, Shep the cocker spaniel and a hubby that lets her watch Oprah and Lifetime. On the prowl at all times for a story, or a man. Number 2: There's a halter top under that coat! She's ready to drop the jacket and head out immediately after the broadcast to the nearest country bar or NASCAR race. Cowboy boots, tight jeans, halter top, and a belly bulge with an enormous red spot from where it rubs up against a belt buckle the size of Rhode Island. Gonna have some fun with a plumbing contractor tonight!

But then again, maybe not.

Obbop said...

Shucks, Toozy.....

Ye may envisage on-court basketball antics but this writer can only visualize lithe voluptuous leaders of cheer wearing short pleated skirt-like skirts as they bounce and cavort in a most delectable manner while offering the viewing public luscious glimpses of tight firm rubbable buttocks enclad in tight skin-hugging cheerleader briefs.

Hey!!!!!!!!!!! That's one way to reel in 50% or so of the viewing public!!!! Have cute cheerleader stand behind the teleprompter readers and cavort!!!

Rah rah ree... kick 'em in the knee

Rah rah rass... kick 'em in the other knee!!!!!

Hosh said...

Speaking of filling gaps, Hey Ted, when do we get something new to bash you and/or the media on?

Omababe said...

Yeah, uh, we're goin thru withdrawal here! :)

Matt_X said...

I'd like to see a picture of omababe...get things a little spicy around here...

Omababe said...

>I'd like to see a picture of
>omababe...get things a little spicy
>around here...

Uh ... yeah, right! (LOL!) :)

You realize I'm probably old enough to be your mother!

To be slightly on topic, back in the 80's some of my friends said I kinda looked like Linda Ellerbee, but I think that was the glasses and the hair.

Anyway, I doubt if you would consider me anything of "hottie" by today's standards. :)

joeygrisgris said...

Omababe.......stop with the Linda Ellerbee talk. Big thick glasses turn me on. And I'm old enough to be your....big brother. You know where to reach me. LOL.

Hosh said...

See, Ted quits posting and its turning into a dating service.

DiggerDog said...

I was in Milwaukee recently and saw Gerrish do her thing at 4:30. My God she is the best Omaha has ever had. Channel 6, you people are idiots for promoting the extremely average Madden over her. Omaha's loss is Milwaukee's gain.

AvidOmahaNewsViewer said...

Courtny left Omaha just in time. I think that Channel Sucks is becoming more and more boring as the weeks go by. Jaime McCutcheon debuted this past weekend and seems to have a hint of spark, but I am afraid that it shall soon be doused by the tepid, bland and boring atmosphere that is Channel Sucks News.

Hopefully, Ted will return with juicy, spicy commentary soon, but I also enjoy reading the daily blog from the Omaha Reader and the new one from Omaha News Fuse. The former seems more informational while the latter is definitely thought-provoking (not to mention his/her aversion to Channel Sucks, too).

I'm excited to see that there are so many outlets for us local news enthusiasts. Ted, Jim and ONF are keeping it real and interesting. And you KNOW they are all being carefully read by ALL of the stations in town.

splog2 said...

so, where do you find Omaha News Fuse?

AvidOmahaNewsViewer said...

Looks like omahanewsfuse.blogspot.com isn't a big fan of Channel Sucks News, either. Got to wonder if the author of the new blog is a colleague of Ted Brockman's...or at least from the same school of thought. (Not a bad school to attend.) I'm sure the local newsrooms are wondering the same thing.

Can't wait to see what Ted thinks about the latest additions to WOWT, KMTV and KPTM. How long is his vacation, anyway? Meanwhile, I have Omaha TV News and Omaha News Fuse on my favorites!

Omababe said...

>Got to wonder if the author of the
>new blog is a colleague of Ted
>Brockman's...or at least from the
>same school of thought.

Seems like a kinder, gentler Ted Brockman. :)

>How long is his vacation, anyway?

I don't know, but if he doesn't come back soon, I'm gonna phone Queen Pat and see if she'll come out of retirement and fill in for Ted for a while! :) {looking for a place to hide} :)

Melanie said...

What kind of vacation did this dude, go on? He's been gona a month. SLACKER!!!!!

Sidebar Sam said...

OK, someone has to do it ... I declare this blog officially DEAD!

operationseng said...

Has Ted left the building?

Smoove B said...

How long must our collective nightmare go on? We need some updates, Ted.

news_junkie said...

What happened to Ted? I know he said he was going on vacation, but how many weeks is he going to be gone? I need my fix! It has been three weeks, since anyone posted on here and about a month and a half since he posted. Please come back soon!

news_junkie said...

Also, is it just a coincedence that the Omaha News Fuse blog is also awol? I just started reading it and then it was gone. I can't even find the site any longer.

omahanewsjock said...

Well, at least I think we did find the true identity of 'Ted' -- it had to have been Carol Schrader who just coincidentally took a job with the County when this blog died. I always thought Carol had a few secrets...

Tóózy said...

Satire rules, stop over to mockingomaha.blogspot.com/ and say yea or nay. There are people that need to have fun.

Omaha Media UCAP said...

oh Ted...where did you go? In your honor, I have begun a blog of my own. Not quite the bite your's has (or had), but still, it puts the local media under the microscope. Hope you come back. Until then, please check out (and feel free to contribute to) my blog: OMAHA MEDIA U.C.A.P.

FilthyMcNasty said...

When, oh when can we be finally rid of the Beavis & Butthead aka Todd & Tyler? These Bob & Tom wannabes have more than worn out their welcome as they spew fodder for their hungover bretheren who barely manage to drag theiir sorry asses out of bed after yet another bender.
These two inbred douchenozzles are as captivating as Lee Terry's attempts at humpr.

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