Thursday, July 31, 2008

Again

Well, it appears that Channel 7 just couldn't resist giving outgoing anchor Julie Cornell the PP treatment.

Longtime Omaha news sufferers are likely to have flashbacks to the nightmare that was WOWT's days-long goodbye to anchor Pat Persaud in 2005. 

The primary difference between Cornell's exit and Queen Pat's is that WOWT shamelessly milked Persaud's swan-song, running promos around the clock and orchestrating the entire spectacle to coincide with the end of the May ratings period. By contrast, KETV's promotion has been minimal—so far—and the middle-of-the-cast "highlights" of Julie's career have been more low-key and substantive than anything aired back in '05.

While we could do without the whole thing, Channel 7 is at least exercising some restraint.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Imitation

One of the most irritating things about television news is the tendency to copy stories done elsewhere and pass them off as original. One example would be 90 percent of what gets aired at Channel Sux.

Another would be Kristi Andersen's story on KETV about "staycations"—vacations spent at home rather than traveling. Andersen introduced the term as if she'd just invented it. "Call it a 'staycation!'" she enthused.

Unfortunately, the internets are full of examples of "staycation" stories going back months.
Like this one by AP in March.
Or another from a Consumer Reports blog in April.
Or this one from MSNBC in May.

Wordspy.com even finds examples of the term going back to July of 2003.

Someone needs to remind Kristi that she's just a reporter in Market 75, not a cutting-edge cultural observer. Failing to recognize this could make her eligible for a spot at the SuxNews morning anchor desk.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Finished

The transformation of SuxNews morning girl Malorie Maddox into a complete moron is now complete.

Coming out of a break, Malaprop had this to say about the live shot of I-480 and the North Freeway:
We are taking a live look off onto the highway system this morning, we've got a lot of highways in this shot for you to take an overview at.
Not more than 30 seconds later, she pronounced the word, transient, "transit."

Let this be a warning to you kids at home: just sitting next to a stupid person like Jimmy Thiedlecki can cause brain damage. Spending too much time with people like Jimmy is the equivalent of eating a handful of lead-based paint chips with every meal.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Of Course

Yes, Omaha's first on-air talking horse, Ejacucaster Andrea Rich, really did interrupt a Saturday Night Live repeat this weekend to tell viewers that there were "no active warnings" for the Channel Sux viewing area.

Other things not happening that she failed to mention...
--It wasn't snowing.
--Fubar Fazal was not mumbling unintelligibly through the news on KETV.
--No one at the Brockman estate was eating a cheeseburger.
--There was no earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter Scale shaking Omaha.
--Channel Sux wasn't updating its set.
--Dozens of road construction projects weren't proceeding at a fast pace.
--Travis Justice (unfortunately) wasn't eligible for an unemployment check.
--Mayor Mike Fahey wasn't screwing up the downtown stadium deal again. At least not that we know of.
--Channel 3rd wasn't drawing tens of thousands of viewers with its high-quality product.
--The sun was not out.

It's clear that WOWT has learned a lesson from being AWOL during the June tornado: people want weather updates on Saturday night, even if nothing's happening. We heard it straight from the horse's mouth.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Replacementplex

KETVNewswatchseven'sJulie Cornell finally announced what's been widely known for months: she's vacating her anchor position at the end of July and being replaced by Brandi Peterson

The complete announcement is here.

While many have speculated that Cornell is being "Schradered"—shown the door for reasons of age, in the same way that Cornell's legendary predecessor, Carol Schrader, was forced out in 1997—word has it that the move really was Cornell's idea. 

It's hard to imagine that a station just now starting to best SuxNews on a regular basis would make such a change on its own.

Replacement

Since Minge and Weide appear to be posting news only bi-monthly...

An alert reader informs us that half of Channel 3rd's dreadfully dull anchor duo, Carlo Cecchetto, is leaving the station in August and returning to California for family reasons. 

According to MediaLine, he's being replaced by Craig Nigrelli, who has been anchoring at KCTV in Kansas City.

See Nigrelli's complete bio here.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Strikes

The tools adjusting the Channel Sux "Sports Machine" came up with this stunning discovery for Friday's 10 p.m. 'cast: an Omaha Royals baseball player is trying to make it to the big leagues.

Sweet Hoover's Ghost, does it really take a staff of four to track down this kind of information? Talk about pissing away money; paying for this kind of work is almost as big a waste as John "J-Pa" Knicely's salary.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pride

Can someone please tell the local media—the local daily newspaper, in particular—to call a halt to the endless self-congratulatory features regarding our fair city's response to recent severe weather outbreaks?

People helping others clean up storm damage is not unique to Omaha. You can find the same "neighbors helping neighbors" non-story in the wake of any natural disaster anywhere in the world. It's what people do.

The blowhards in the glass print-shop should stop suggesting that Omaha has a monopoly on human kindness and decency. Rather than smugly touting how great we are, let's remember that we've also got a skyrocketing murder rate that no one's quite gotten a handle on yet.

Dolt

--July 4th highlights from WOWT included soporific reporter Gary Smollen pointing directly at Rosenblatt Stadium's left field wall and saying, "over here in right field."

--In a rare instance of self-correction, Channel Sux has edited its blood drive promo, this time spelling replenish properly. Dictionally-challenged anchorette Malorie Maddox, however, still pronounces it "replinish." You can't fix everything. People might talk.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Spilling

Add spelling to the list of things they can't do right at Channel Sux.

A new blood drive promo starring "Daybreak" dimwits Jimmy Thiedlecki and Malorie Maddox flashes a graphic urging viewers to help "replinish" blood supplies.

Perhaps they spelled phonetically, using Malorie's pronunciation as their guide.
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