Friday, April 03, 2009

Tipperary

Remember when, at the end of the Mary Tyler Moore Show's run, everybody got fired except bumbling anchor Ted Baxter? Remember when, after owning Channel 3rd for one sweeps period, Urinal Broadcasting dismissed anchors Greg Peterson and Deb Ward, but kept insufferable toolbag Travis Justice?

What happened at KPTM on Friday wasn't quite like those scenarios, except for the fact that J.J. Davis appears to have dodged the ax. But it doesn't seem fair that Scott Patterson, Julie Hong, and 20 other KPTM employees are looking for work while, just down Farnam Street, J-Tard Knicely, Jimmy Thiedlecki, Mayellorie Maddox, and Dave "Dale Altman" Webber are still wandering through newscasts and wasting our time with inane updates regarding their SuxOnline chats and Fubar Fazal is mush-mouthing her way through reports full of stunningly innacurate or downright useless information.

Apparently WJM's management has made it to Omaha after all.

Meow.

16 comments:

Dumb Anguish said...

Thats a shame about Julie Hong. She was actually pretty decent.

Really, its a shame about all of them. I don't think anybody likes to see somebody lose their job.

Operation Seng said...

...Nobody, but Randy Oswald, that is...he did the same thing at Sux when he was there. Look for the on-air product to become even worse, as I'm certain that he let several people go that were somehow integral to keeping the station on the air. But I'm not bitter...

upstairs baconhead said...

90% of the news department was either dismissed or forced into part time. Only two people outside of news department were let go, only one person outside of news that I am aware of had to even take a pay cut, and that's a guy who's been loyal to the station for 20 years. No one in any management position takes a pay cut and not one person in marketing or the management department was let go or had to take a pay cut. Not even one percent of sales commissions were cut. They laid off 4 videographers, one producer and have forced the weekend sports and weather guys, as well as two full time production guys into part time..that means they will leave, and good luck hiring anyone decent for those positions.

Now you know why local news sucks. Look who runs the news business these days..no one with a background in news. It's all sales people who are only interested in making money today, with no thought as to what their actions mean down the line. You might even say this is how most business is being run these days, which might explain our current economic climate.

Take UP's CEO getting a 20% pay raise because of good performance in spite of the recession, but not one pay raise for any other executive...UP's reason? Because of the recession.

Just don't be surprised to see more news like this coming out of Omaha's newsrooms over the next 6 months.

upstairs baconhead said...

At least in this case, management cut their own salary to preserve jobs:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123867670423682281.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Counciltucky said...

It's too bad that cocksucker Joel Rosenberg left for Memphis before he could get shit-canned from 42 as well.

Big Gulp said...

In unrelated news, a longtime television star is suing WOWT ejacucaster Andrea Rich for copyright infrigement.

Famous for being the only horse that talks, Mr. Ed said in a prepared statement Friday, "I am Mr. Ed. She stole my gig because I'm the only horse that's supposed to talk, Wilbur."

WOWT's Rich had no comment to the suit only saying, "It sure is a lot colder this afternoon than it was this morning, and that never happens."

nebraska said...

I'm glad the UP Chairman example was used. That is the classic case. I've been trying to get the local media to cover examples of abuse by Nebraska companies. Everybody is afraid of the power structure here. There is no more through the ranks promotions any more. That is true for news, for phone companies, for railroads, etc. I, too, can't believe that Farrah Fazal is still around. She butchers names and stumbles details on every story. Yet, they let go competent people. Must be E.E.O. I am not racist but there are good minorities out there.

upstairs baconhead said...

It's not EEO, although that does come into play. I've seen people who have absolutely no business being employed at any level (I don't think you could even have them answering the phone at the front desk) be kept around and even get promoted even while they are totally incompetent. But local media can't do those stories because local media is the same as those companies.

If you are a highly experienced reporter or anchor with skills, all that means is that you have to be paid more. So when the people in charge do the budget, are they going to pay a solid veteran 45,000 per year or some bobble-headed blondie right out of college 28,000 per year? They pick the latter, because that means more money in the profit column. Guess who benefits from more money in the profit column? The people deciding the budget. Less money in the budget, the bigger the bonus. They don't care about building a quality product, because their job is about this quarter. They deal with losses in the next quarter by cutting more from budget, keeping their bottom line intact, until there's nothing left and they sell off what's left of the station. That's pretty much how Gray works. They go into markets and buy the number one station and management milks its reputation for its ad revenue. But at least they do purchase new equipment and actually promote the news there effectively..it's just the news product that's too inconsistent.

antithesis said...

@ nebraska: anytime the word "but" follows the words, "i am not racist"...you're more than likely making a racist comment.

bigpoppaE said...

I wonder if this article dated for Monday has anything to do with those layoffs:

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/191246-Deals.php?rssid=20065

Smith said...

Why is it that when a minority is screwing up, it "must be" because of quotas or equal opportunity?

Aren't there also several examples in this market of the "majority" folks screwing up on the news as well?

nebraska said...

I am well aware of women and minorities being hired or retained solely because of that status. That is regarding many companies. Ironically, there are competent women and minorities out there. But, they're often not being recruited and hired. this comes from the women and minorities themselves. I did not mean to imply that whites are exempt from this. Omaha is well-known as a political town (as are other places (e.g. Chicago, Peoria, Milwaukee, Des Moines). There are whites who are employed solely because they're somebody's relative or cronie. My EEO comment was about Farah Fazal, who even other women do not like (her). She is a train wreck of a reporter, with sputtering, errors in delivery (e.g. she called Union Pacific something other than UP--it was comical!). There are other competent women reporters, or better yet, she can get a mentor/tutor, etc. I'm not out to be negative, but I've been an avid news watcher since early childhood. I've seen the decline in news quality over the years, both in stories chosen and personnel training/quality.

Operation Seng said...

Just curious...I happened to be on BS 590 today and was wondering; has Matt Perrault been run out of town...? His show was not on. We never hear anything more about the radio guys since the City Weekly went kaput.

Brian said...

City Weekly moved their "blog" to http://omahacityweekly.com/blog/media+watch

At the time of this post, go to the 4th one in.

Perrault's last show was on 3/31. He cites budgetary reasons for him and his show getting the axe.

In truth, finishing 9th in the ratings was more likely the reason for the boot.

Right now, they're filling that slot with national FOX Sports broadcasting.

Operation Seng said...

Thanks for the info, Brian...

Red Hippo said...

Update Plleeeaaaasssseeeee!!
I cant take it anymore. I was gone for awhile and you havent updated, what did I miss.

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