Monday, July 17, 2006

Siedlecki Apparently Offering Pronunciation Assistance

A few items before a brief vacation. We'll return in two weeks...we promise.

• Misprounciations and other language flubs littered this weekend's newscasts. Viewers watching Saturday's 5:30 p.m. news had the opportunity to hear good reporter/abominable anchor Suzanne Deyo make several references to "hez-BALL-uh," while anyone who caught Sunday morning's WOWT story-recycling project were treated to schpitting anchor Rachel Pierce describing wildfires in California's "YUKE-uh" Valley. Channel 3 Viewers on Saturday were told, via a graphic, not to "overdue" it when it's hot outside. And why KXVO even bothers is a mystery; Sunday night's program was hosted by some poor sap whose speech impediment prevents him from pronouncing his rs. It was like listening to Elmer Fudd, only less funny.

• One alert reader notes that he made the mistake of having Channel 6 on at 5 p.m. Friday.

While half listening I heard Gary Smollen say one of the earlier robberies was at a "FirsTier branch at 88th and Arbor." Uh, Channel Sucks must need some new phone books post- 1990. That branch is a TierOne Bank." Similar names, I'll admit, but having previously worked at FirsTier in the '80's, I can tell you that FirsTier became First Bank about 1990 and evenutally morphed into U.S. Bank.

Comment: We've never seen anything involving Smollen that suggested he was anything other than an idiot of the highest magnitude. Few reporters can match his corpse-like delivery and apparent cluelessness about the things he covers.

• KETV's FUBAR Fazal turned in another one for the blooper tape Sunday night at 10. Reporting from near Oakview Mall (site, incidentally, of her famed "United Pacific" reference), FUBAR declared that the grass fire she was covering was "pretty much out." In fact, she continued, all the firefighters had left. Pretty much out, FUBAR? We're guessing the absence of firefighters would be a fairly stong clue that the fire was entirely out. When's the last time she saw firefighters leave a fire on the pretense that it was "pretty much" out? What do you have to do to get taken off the air at Channel 7?

• To the list of bumblers we'd like to bounce from this market—like Smollen—let's add KMTV's Devon Patton. Every live story he delivers includes Mr. Lockjaw (a) using an outdoor voice, when an indor voice would do just fine, (b) inovking the first person ("I just _____"), and (c) turning around and pointing at whatever is behind him, even when it isn't necessary. We had hoped that he might simmer down once the initial adrenaline rush of the "Action" format's introduction wore off, but it's clear that that isn't going to happen. If anything, he getting worse. Nice try, Devon, thanks for playing. Now pack your things and go.

• KETV's Julie Cornell offered an insipid look at "Stressed Out Kids" on Sunday at 10 p.m. Essentially it involved neurotic parents who've overscheduled and pressured their kids into states of unnatural agitation—starting with "play dates" when they were 2—now scheduling them into relaxation classes. Oh the irony. Of course, Cornell missed that angle. But we're with George Carlin on this one when he says to these parents, "You wanna help your kids? Leave 'em the fuck alone!"

• Nebraska Pubic Telvision will host a screening of "Don't Touch That Dial," a program documenting the early days of Nebraska television on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center. Featuring old footage going back to the days when Johnny Carson was just getting his start, the program should be a great look back at pre-consultant television. Admission is free.

11 comments:

Tóózy said...

What's up with Deyo becoming the trailer trash mom? Just because she's preggers, she shouldn't be wearing a pink bathrobe to do the 10pm news. If only she would have had a lit cigarette dangling from her lips (with an inch and half ash just barely holding on) and a non-premium can of beer making a sweat ring on the newsdesk to complete the scene! At least she didn't have the wrinkle enhancing make-up on Procyon Julie did!

stressedadult said...

Devon is just following what his bosses want... and they love it. so don't blame Devon... blame the higher ups for wanting energy, action, action, and more action in standups, live shots, basically everything. Maybe he is lacking the creativity in his live shots and standups so he has to gesture behind him etc to get that action in there somewhere, but you can't blame him for doing what he is being told to do. I can tolerate him a lot more than I can tolerate some other reporters in this market.

Omababe said...

Uh, am I on drugs, or did what's-her-name on Big Sicks just pronounce NASA as "Nassau"?

Omahaha said...

I recently had the misfortune of being a "victim" of the written word as presented by Ms. Pierce.

I was not as amazed as I might have been had I not read this blog.

I am confused as to how a person can obtain a college degree in Mass Communication, no less, when they cannot spell third grade level words.

Melanie said...

Fubar, Fubar Fubar...

DiggerDog said...

When will Omaha stations begin hiring anchors/ reporters that are HOT, attractive, and built like women? Enough of these jr. high built "personalities". We need something good to watch here.

Obbop said...

"third grade level words. "

Hee hee.....

Can't have any words not parallel with the center of gravity, can we!!!! :)

Perhaps "third-grade-level words" would remove the reference to what plane those words are laying upon?

Can I read the teleprompter for awhile?

insideomaha said...

I was just wondering how the higher ups at 3 felt about Patton's live shot on Tuesday night. His report on success stories at the open door mission was fair enough. But in his live tag he gave a woman a fist bump when she told him she landed a job earlier in the day. A FIST BUMP! True professionalism.

Omababe said...

>When will Omaha stations begin hiring
>anchors/ reporters that are HOT,
>attractive, and built like women?

So what is it you want? A journalist or a showgirl? Most stations went through the "twinkie" phase back in the 70's. (May that rest in peace!)

Yes, a reporter or anchor of either gender should be presentable on camera (not to mention the voice, which many stations here seem to ignore) but the eye-candy factor should be secondary to such things as being able to orally present news copy without stammering and mispronouncing common words. :(

Damon Scott Hynes said...

When will Omaha stations begin hiring anchors/ reporters that are HOT, attractive, and built like women? Enough of these jr. high built "personalities". We need something good to watch here.

I hear Carol Scott's still in town...

DiggerDog said...

What do I want? I want an anchor/ reporter that is pleasant to look at and listen to. Since these requirements are on the list of any of Omaha's news stations, I'm looking for hotties instead of notties. Besides, a babbling yet attractive anchor is better than an ugly non-babbling reporter every day.

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