Monday, December 01, 2008


Read this article from the NY Times

It gives us reason to wonder if Channel Sux's dim-bulb anchorman John "J-Pa" Knicely might soon join the ranks of the unemployed amid a national trend of stations dismissing longtime, high-salary anchors.

According to the aforementioned article,
Across the country, longtime local TV anchors are a dying breed. Facing an economic slump and a severe advertising downturn, many stations have cut costs drastically in the last year, and veteran anchors, with their expensive contracts, seem to be shouldering a disproportionate share of the cutbacks. When station managers are forced to make cuts, hefty anchor salaries are a tempting target.
On the other hand, getting rid of J-Pa won't do a bit of good if he's replaced with the low-rent talent on the SuxNews bench, e.g., Jimmy "Loud Thpitter" Thiedlecki or Brian "Doughball" Mastre.


TickerBoy said...

I'm surprised the Times didn't interview Brandi Peterson for the story. She must be very thankful of the economic times.

Dumb Anguish said...

Its really, really sad to think about. But John Kniceley is actually one of the most tenured anchors in the city. Calling him tenured leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Lets just say he’s been taking space in one of those chairs for the longest period of time. Rob McCartney might have him beat or would at least be very close.

I love the way WOWT tries to scare people into watching their newscast these days. My favorite was a promo last week where what’s his name (Justin Joseph, I think??) is standing there with a freaking machete talking about MySpace and saying something about “it’s a story no Heartland family can afford to miss”.

Subtle much?

JEDIMAN40 said...

Knicely is probably the longest running, if you include his time at 7, I think.

Operationseng said...

Anyone ever notice that Knicely resembles the character that Fred Willard played in the short lived sitcom BACK TO YOU? They nailed Knicely straight on the head on that one.

theMickey's said...



trim the fat, long time coming.

Hugh G Rection said...

Knicely is like a stubborn bit of feces that just won't flush!

He hit his peak in the late 80's, now it's time for the geniuses at 6 to end the suffering and pull the plug.

Give him his gold watch, throw a monster party for him. After all, in his day he DID do a decent job. But those days are gone, and now it's time for him to bow out gracefully.

While they're at it, "Webs" should be on that same express lane to wherever retired TV people go. Let him keep his free media pass to the Husker games, but turn the sports chair over to somebody with fewer gray hairs and 80-fewer pounds.

Dumb Anguish said...

It would be a day without orange juice to not find a typo on the WOWT “web-channel”

According to them, it would seem it is the one year anniversary of the shooting at the “Vo Maur” department store.

I don't know why it still drives me batty when they make dumb typos like that. I just think it looks really really bad.

Ted Brockman said...


At no point did John Knicely do a "decent job" as an anchor. It's hard to figure out how the guy is able to perform even basic functions in everyday life, given his total inability to converse coherently with his colleagues in unrehearsed situations on the air. (Can you imagine him trying to drop off his dry cleaning or order at a drive-thru?) This is not a recently acquired handicap; it's been with him as long as he's been on TV in Omaha.

A second problem he's always had is his hands. Watch sometime: the guy can't keep 'em still. Even when he's only visible from the sternum up, you'll often see a hand sneak into the bottom of the shot. Maybe the pharmaceutical company that advertises a drug for Restless Leg Syndrome could develop a remedy for J-Pa's Restless Hand disorder. (They could also sell some to Jimmy Thiedlecki, who suffers from the same ailment.)

All this is to say nothing of the fact that he clearly doesn't understand many of the stories he reads, he can't emphasize the right words in a sentence, and he is frequently almost paralyzed by the names of foreign countries and world leaders (one former producer has told us of working hard to give stories containing hard words to J-Pa's co-anchors).

Anything perceived as a "decent job" by Knicely is probably the result of a hazy memory or of the low expectations that he has instilled in the viewer.

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