Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Letter

Here's a nice letter to WOWT that an alert reader cc'd us on...
Thanks so much for the showing of your toddler program, "The Omaha Buzz" @ 11:35PM On Aug 3, 2008...

I was riveted to my set as I watched your children stumble through, and announce the coming events for mid-May and early June 2008...

Keep up the good work!
It's good to see we're not the only ones who notice the institutional ineptitude of that mistake of a station.

6 comments:

Allen Jr. said...

Having recently been in Arkansas for a week, one observation I made while there is that while they seem to be a bit behind from a technology standpoint, the newsreaders down there just give you the new's. No bullshit juvenile banter, just this is what the new's is you figure it out. While they seemed to be less polished, they were real people doing the best they can and apologizing for the mistakes made along the way. In a word (accountability). I found it very refreshing.It's sad the market's up here don't even know what that word means.It's time they quit trying to baffle us with bullshit and just deliver us a product straight up with humility and accountability without trying to dumb us down along the way.

TickerBoy said...

What the hell is "new's"?

Omababe said...

>What the hell is "new's"?

Something that belongs to somebody named New, I guess.

(Yeah, stuff like that bugs me too!)

Willie B Wright said...

Interesting observation of the reporting styles of the television broadcasters in the great state of Arkansas. Since that state is, without question, a magnet for top graduates of the nation's leading journalism schools, one would think Arkansas would have more glossy & shiny presentation of televised news. (people living in third-world states usually love shiny things!)

The "B/S juvenile banter" that was referred to is what sets a local newscast apart from the generic, filtered news that you can get from PBS or (NPR on radio). Almost any station can rip & read, and (as allen jr. said) let the viewer figure it out. But what is the point of that? I agree that some of the talking heads in Omaha have no talent for impromptu banter, but not all. Schick is a pro in that regard.

Maybe the reason the Arkansas newscasters were seemingly "less polished" is because they had just returned to the studio from sloppin' the hogs, and didn't have sufficient time to prepare.

Accountability is fine. In fact, it's an important element in any industry. But to think that there is such a lack of accountability in Omaha TV news is inaccurate. Don't confuse accountability with the manner in which the news is delivered. Two different subjects.

SPLASH FART! said...

The best way to avoid commentary on typos is to delete your comment and resubmit with corrected grammar and punctuation. Been there, done that...many times. It isn't as bad as deleting an entire blog.

I'm astonished that anyone would watch "The Omaha Buzz."

omanewswatcher said...

Did I miss something? Is Ted on vacation? We miss you Ted!
More Mal-speak....hockey is now know as "hawkee".

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