Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Index Card Consumption Continues Despite Murrell Absence

Who the hell is Veronica Todd?

It has the ring of a soap opera name, but actually, it's the one attached to the airhead filling in for regular KETV morning airhead/traffic reporter Jana Murrell.

Like Murrell, Ford can't seem to speak without the aid of a trusty pink index card containing her lines.

Honestly, how hard is it to remember two or three traffic items? It's not as if these nitwits are trying to rattle off travel times like the half-dozen or so familiar to Chicago commuters.

And does KETV have a whole truckload of interchangeable idiots they can stick in this spot? Think about it: Murrell appears to have the I.Q. of a gerbil, and Todd's cranium seems equally vacant. Couldn't this job be done just as poorly by Laura Liggett?

Memo to KETV: We're not in Chicago. We don't even need a traffic reporter. But if you're gonna stick eye-candy on the air to talk about traffic, at least find eye-candy that has the skills of an average eighth-grader.

13 comments:

joeygrisgris said...

Ok, if Todd, Murrell, and Liggett are eye candy, I guess so are the strippers in Council Bluffs. Average looking women with the tv skills of a piece of toast. Would be nice if the local stations would stop treating their viewers as though we are dumber than their talent. Oh wait.....there's a squirrel jack-knifed on 34th & Curtis.......traffic backed up for miles.....it's a real mess...better take an alternate route on your way to work.

AvidOmahaNewsViewer said...

But, Ted...wouldn't you rather watch either of the Channel 7 traffic chicks than listen to Jim Sidlecki's incessant lisping or Mary Weeyums' coma-inducing banter? Given the choices we have in Omaha, Jana Murrell and Veronica Todd aren't quite as horrendous as those aforementioned eye- and ear-gouging buffoons on 3 or 6. (I know that's not saying much.)

joeygrisgris said...

Amarosa Hammond's revenge on the people who read this blog...she just did a story on the "haz-bowl-la" army and on endangered "lah-murs" at the zoo. To her credit, the third time she said "lemurs" correctly. Someone must have whispered in her ear. Oh, to have that job.

Omababe said...

>Memo to KETV: We're not in Chicago.
>We don't even need a traffic >reporter.

I've wondered about this too. Omaha really doesn't have "traffic" so to speak.

The thing that annoys me, however, is by the time these up-to-the-minute traffic reports actually get on the air, they are not news, they are history, and any back-up has long cleared.

Oh well ... Good to have you back. :)

rickoxo2 said...

TV and radio traffic reports in this town are guilty of something else, other than relative timeliness: they lack useful accuracy. Tell me what you picture if there is a stalled car at 135th and Harrison? That is the way it was reported, a stalled car at 135th and Harrison.

OK. So was the car on Harrison, or 135th? And which direction was it headed? Driving habits for that area in the morning would change quite a bit if it were reported as eastbound or westbound Harrison. The westbound may not be as busy as eastbound in the morning, and the opposite is true in the evening, but those useful nuggets seem to be lost in the sea of idiocy. OR... was the stalled car on 135th, which is residential on either side of Harrison, and would have no lasting impact on the morning commute?

Plus, what the hell good does traffic reporting on TV do for anyone already in the car??? Yet we need a traffic update every time they come back from a break?

Sorry to lose it here folks, but seriously, not only is the broadcast on the TV news generally worthless as a concept, it is specifically worthless in helpful details. Although, the traffic-babes are still easier on the psyche/eye than Gomer Side-kickie, or the channel sux WORHTLESS CityCam Network. Gray should ask for a refund on both of these investments.

gerrishnut said...

Gooood Daaaaaaaay- Andrea Bredow

It's OK to swallow honey.

navin_johnson said...

I agree we do not need a traffic reporter in Omaha. (BTW someone at KETV please buy the new girl a comb...)But did anyone else catch Omarosa Hammond calling the Occupational Safety and Health Administration "aww-sha" instead of OSHA?

joeygrisgris said...

Gerrishnut, lets not talk about Mumbles Bredow swallowing (or spitting for that matter). Gives me a case of the vapors.

rickoxo2 said...

You know, the mispronunciation of words on newscasts just makes the altered-TelePrompTer scene from Anchorman just that much funnier. You stay classy...

CornRoni said...

Veronica Todd, welcome to my favorite Omaha News Team! Only way to improve the program at this point would be to go all traffic, all the time. In fact, I think the station should go all traffic all the time in any event!

I can hardly wait til Monday morning.....

gerrishnut said...

I love when Jimmy Sidelicky decides to "freestyle" when it comes to his Ad-Libbing.

I have had dental procedures less painful.

Obbop said...

I have ludicrously strong opinions regarding this matter.

Will said...

So...is Murrell gone for good?

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