Thursday, September 07, 2006

This 'n' That

• KETV is making its weekend morning newscasts Husker-centric. Starting this week, promos tell viewers, Channel 7's "Big Red Zone" is taking over weekend mornings. Let's all hope that no one decides it'd be a good idea to dispatch Fubar Fazal to cover the Cowhuskers, or whatever the hell she'd probably call them.

• It sure is nice tuning in to WOWT's "Live at Daybreak" this week and not being yelled at by Jim Thiedlecki. Apparently Big Jim is on vacation. Malorie Maddox, as we've noted before, comes across as exponentially more poised and intelligent when she's not splitting time with and being interrupted by her overbearing, buffoonish co-anchor.

• Speaking of absences, where the hell is regular KETV traffic bimbo Jana Murrell? This is, by our count, the fourth week that her equally inept substitute, Veronica Todd has been bouncing idiotically through her duties on the weekday morning "First News." Wednesday's performance was particularly comical. At one point, Todd was tranfixed by the off-screen monitor, causing her to appear to be looking off to her left at nothing in particular. This followed her fumbling with her remote clicker while saying of an accident at 15th and Locust, "I can't show it to you, but I can tell you about it!" Umm, yeah...

By the way: we're not complaining about Murrell's absence. Just curious.

9 comments:

Andrew Wees said...

She is working on a doctorate of physical therapy. She probably has out of town rotations.

IQSue said...

Murrell is currently pursuing her education which is not, by the way, in broadcast journalism.

Zippy68104 said...

You must of missed it. Jana Murells is doing some type of internship I think it is for 3 months. Which I thought was great to be rid of her for that long. Didn't think her replacement could be worse at times.

ilovenews said...

Jana is out of town for a three month rotation to become a Physical Therapist. She should be back by November. Plus, you are too hard on Veronica. She is doing a good, especially considering she came into this job with little TV experience. And she looks GOOD!

Midtown said...

It was announced on the show that Jana would be completing a portion of her residency in Washington State near Seattle.
The length of this rotation is three months.

BTW I disagree about Todd I think she gets better each morning and she does a good job of relating where the accidents are located... by referencing landmarks.

Plus she is pretty damn hot.

soccerfan said...

OK - I'll give you that Veronica is not fluid all the time, but she is vastly better than Jana. In just 4 short weeks, Todd manages to not use note cards and can use the green screen better too. Plus the tension between her and Andrea is awesome, I just can't wait for them to have the shirt ripping cat fight.... grrrrr

Tóózy said...

Concerning Murrell and Todd: They both have that creepy, hollow stare off into space. They both have the perceived IQ of a banana slug. That could only mean one thing; Teri Schiavo was employable!

CornRoni said...

Okay my crazy neighbors, let's love Todd for what she is...a wonderful and beautiful traffic hostess. With only a few weeks completed and in our huge market, should we really expect anymore; or any less?

For my two cents and at 6:00am, there's no other woman welcome in my kitchen to delvier the traffic!!!

O-Newsie said...

Maybe "Big Jim" will be gone again next week. Let us pray. Why does WOWT and KETV need two anchors for their early newscasts, anyway? I think that KETV should go back to John Oakey doing the news solo, WOWT lose Jimmy Boy and have Mallorie Maddox on by herself, and KMTV promote Kerri Stowell to weekday mornings (and moving Mary Weeyums back to weekends with Lockjaw). What do you think, Ted?

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