Friday, October 30, 2009

Brace

As bad as SuxNews programs have been all week, we may look back on them fondly after the newscasts this evening. If, as has been the case the past two weeks, the embarrassingly under-qualified Nadia Singh is anchoring, we could be in for a real treat.

Even before the big switch, Singh's Friday 'casts were riddled with miscues and dead air. Add all the new "software problems" that have plagued the station this week, and it is not unthinkable that Channel Sux could air entire blocks of totally incoherent fumbling during every scheduled news-hole.

DVR it if you can. You'll be glad you did.

11 comments:

Joe Swank said...

Did anyone else see the Channel 3rd Husker Report last night? What was Matt Siegal (sp?) doing??? Apparently he was in "halloween costume" as someone. I couldnt figure out who. He was wearing an NU blazer and talking succintly. I only flipped to that because the other two were finishing up games. What in the Hell was he doing??? And what is the deal with Travis and that shaved dome?? (hmmm sounds like a cartoon strip) What a scary halloween costume.

I know this forum is apparently only for bashing six since the moderator (Ted) is a ticked off former employee of six errrrrrr has never had a job in tv and holds no grudges. But I thought it was worth mentioning.

Rick said...

I think Travis was going out for Halloween as a douche... smoothed dome for comfort. Plus, he didn't have to spend any money on an attitude change.

Rick said...

The miscues at Sux have been phenomenal as of late. Cutting off J-Pa's mike for 10 seconds when he tried to toss the show to Jim Flowers (Tuesday’s 5pm, I think) can be viewed as either production incompetence or divine intervention. You can make up your own mind.

As an equal opportunity consumer of news, looks like the swine flu has hit the web-itor over at KETV now. Some one tell me if this sentence makes any kind of sense…
http://www.ketv.com/news/21526295/detail.html

“The people were employees of Reagan Buick Pontiac and GMC who lose their jobs when the dealership shut down in January.”

This is an infection plaguing Omaha TV news that has bothered me for quite a while. KETV is by far the worst offender with the poorest grammar when it comes to verb/subject agreement. Broadcasts should be professional, but for whatever reason, it seems to be just fine to say, “An SUV crosses the center line and collided with oncoming traffic.” These are mainly spoken violations, so the above is a facetious example. I must admit I had trouble even coming up with that because I was self-correcting as I wrote it.

I’m looking for a part-time job, anyone need a copy editor? Sux and 7, why aren’t your hands up?

Helio said...

Along the same lines as to what Rick has said....

Sux news lead in for "Burglaries and Breakins"...as Google would say - did you mean break ins?

All these little bloopers & miscues continue to add up over @ Sux news.

Cogitor said...

The technical problems at WOWT have become such a distraction that their newscasts are simply unwatchable. It doesn't matter one bit if it's incompetent people or poorly-tested software, deliberate self-destruction or gremlins. I now change the channel when it's time for news, and I'll bet I'm not the only one.

Damon Scott Hynes said...

Ted, I can't agree w/ you about Nadia. I've seen here the last two Fri. nights and she's been spot-on, perfect diction, and I think you're overplaying the makeup deal, too. There are still bugs in the HD and the production (bugs the size of an A380, as a matter of fact...)

Ted Brockman said...

Damon,

You're right; Singh has stepped up her game the past two Fridays, and she appears to have gotten into a 12-step program for blue eye-shadow addicts. The Friday evening newscasts are now no less watchable than they are any other weeknight.

Dumb Anguish said...

I absolutely could not stop laughing at the end of that dreadful Daybreak program this morning. As they said their morning goodbye the camera continued to linger on them loooong after they stopped talking. It seemed like an eternity. Rusty Lord mumbles under his breath, “Are we still on?” Miss Maddox nods her head in exasperation and all the while Siedlecki is just staring at the camera and smiling like an idiot for a very very long time (like he didn't have a clue what else to do) It was a riot.

By the way, I actually don’t mind Nadia Singh either. I saw her doing the Daybreak show a while back when the two hicks had the morning off and it seemed like a bajillion percent improvement. Then again, they could have a synthesized computer voice delivering the news in Latin, and it would be a bajillion percent improvement.

Smith said...

Has anyone else found the "people waiting in line for flu vaccine" stories getting very old very fast?

Rick said...

Good call, Smith. Every damn day, people are waiting in line for the vaccine. This has been a media hyped story since April, and we still don't have enough??? What the hell is going on? Not to mention that more people die of the regular flu every year than have died from the swine flu. And it is way off kilter. Something like 30,000 Americans die every year from regular flu. The story has become filler for a slow news cycle.
Healthcare debate? Nope, swine flu story.
Cap and trade? Nope, swine flu story. I have had the swine flu already and pulled through just fine without the shot. I think they need to cover more pressing issues of the day, like renaming a street after a mayor that left Omaha City finances in shambles. That is hard-hitting.

Aren't the Red Kettles out yet?

Cogitor said...

Rick, it's not filler for a slow news day. It might be if people went out and did their jobs, actually finding something of substance to report, but unfortunately it's not. There's got to be a hundred stories a day in a town this size, but since the local TV news outlets have been phoning it in for a while now, what we see is all we get.

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