Sunday, December 06, 2009

Dewey Defeats Truman

Congrats to SuxNews twits, led by fill-in amateur anchorette Ann McIntire, who proclaimed the Cornhuskers Big 12 football champions during the last 10 seconds of Saturday's 10 p.m. newscast. (The Huskers lost the championship game to Texas by a score of 13-12, on a bizarre, last-second field goal.)

Several KETV staffers appeared to be trying out for jobs at Channel Sux as they attempted to air live coverage of coach Bo Pelini's news conference.

On three occasions, viewers were told they were about to see Pelini, which turned out to be true. The only problem was that, each time there was a shot of Pelini speaking, there was no accompanying audio.

A flummoxed on-the-spot sports anchor John Schuetz, in-studio news anchor Todd Andrews, and totally overmatched in-studio pubescent sports anchor Steve Henneberry bumbled and fumbled for at least two minutes until someone finally managed to locate the audio controls.

Watching this display was almost as comical as that of a week earlier, when after the Huskers defeated Colorado, Channel 7 remote reporter Matt Schick's standups were enhanced by a drunken fan who repeatedly mouthed to the camera that Schick was a tool and flashed a "camel-toe" hand gesture. No matter how tight the camera shot got, the inebriated Husker-supporter managed to elbow his way onscreen.

Give that man another beer. He probably needs it after Saturday's game.


Counciltucky said...

No surprise from 6 -- they've never hidden their blatant pro-Husker bias. It's one thing to cover the Huskers heavily -- it's a Nebraska station (not that we on the eastern side of the Missouri River matter) -- but they don't even pretend to have any journalistic ethics. Webber, Klaus, and Jernstrom should really just wear Nebraska cheerleader outfits, because that's really all they are.


Rick said...

There is nothing wrong with rooting for the home team, especially on the local sports broadcast. I mean, really? Are we now going blame Sux for covering the biggest local team enthusiastically?

1) They all have to do this to bring viewers to their broadcast. To ignore or half-heartedly cover NU football would be suicide in this market. Even Tool Justice has a show for this.

2) They have to in order to curry favor with NU. Negative coverage may just get them kicked out of press conferences and post game coverage. Then, go back to point 1.

I have wondered for years why OMAHA news has to be the source for western/southwestern Iowa and northwestern Missouri. I don't notice it so much in sports, but when they interrupt "Millionaire" to tell me there is a t-storm headed for Red Oak, I just lose it. How about CB putting some effort in and getting a news broadcast/local station together? I guess they can't because it won't fit with the pattern of them bellying up to and leaching from a major metro area.


Rick said...

Great Dewey Defeats Truman reference BTW...

Joe Swank said...

Did anyone watch the CU vs NU basketball game with Cue Ball Justice on the call. I saw the last 10 minutes. He comes back from a break and said Creighton like 6 times not knowing if he was on or not. Then going to another break he just got cut off mid sentence. Nice Broadcast for THE THIRD.

Then this morning, I never watch the news, but with the weather I wanted to check it out. When the heck did 7 hire the old guy to do traffic. I should have told my 85 year old dad they were hiring, he is looking for part time work. WOW what a change from the eye candy they had.

kdklown said...

You pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
John Ritner

Counciltucky said...

I never said they shouldn't cover NU in detail. In fact, re-read what I wrote. I'm just saying they shouldn't be such blatant cheerleaders about it. They can be fans, but at times they just look silly.

Further, anyone with half an ounce of knowledge of the television industry realizes that stations don't just cover the metro market but also many surrounding counties. Some of those areas might (gasp!) just be in a different state. And if there's bad weather coming to a place that isn't called Omaha but yet is still in the viewing area, it is the obligation of the station to report on that.

Further, the reason CB can't do that is all business -- the stations were already established in Omaha, and there's issues like airwave interference, etc. Airwaves don't end at state lines. Thus, the "leeching" reference is disingenuous.

(So between Iowa and Nebraska, which team is in the BCS? Yeah, that's what I thought.)

Rick said...

First of all, I understand the concept of expanded-area coverage, so I must have more than a half-ounce of knowledge. I also have been all over this country and observed television in other markets where they have affiliate overlaps. Many hotels have the local cable provider, yes? And I see several instances of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX on their dials. Why not Omaha? This occurs in both border towns and state-centrally located towns. I doubt too many people in northern Missouri watch the WOWT broadcast over a KC, MO news source. Maybe I’m wrong.

Next, you claim, “the reason CB can't do that is all business,” because of airwave interference and state lines not stopping airwaves, blah blah blah. Really? This is a stupid reason to give based on many angles, not the least of which is PBS. When we were kids, we could get both NE and IA PBS channels, and those signals didn’t stomp on each other. Further more, your argument implies that Omaha swallowed up all the available airwaves, leaving none available for CB, which is impossible. Additionally, the FCC regulates broadcast rights, so if CB were serious about their own broadcast, they would be able to without worrying about signal crossing with any Omaha channels. The FCC simply would not allow one city to monopolize all airwaves.

Finally, it takes ZERO knowledge of broadcasting to know that stations cover larger geographic areas and may not originate in the same state. All it takes is a flip of the FM radio to enjoy 89.7 The River, broadcast from CB, IA. However, it does take about half an ounce of marketing knowledge to understand and cater to largest base in the area. Go Big Red.

Counciltucky said...

First and foremost, I don't need to be talked to in such a condescending way.

Now, perhaps I phrased myself poorly. Do remember that PBS is not a commercial outfit. I was referring to commercial broadcasting. Remember that Council Bluffs is in the same metropolitan area as Omaha. I do realize that there are overlaps in coverage -- on a good night back when I had rabbit-ears, I could pick up Lincoln's station.

However, Omaha and Lincoln are different metropolitan areas -- kind of like Kansas City and St. Joseph (which has its own ABC station, KQTV). Council Bluffs is not its own metropolitan area -- that's why it's often referred to as the "Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area" in demographic categories. Metropolitan areas are different than coverage regions to an extent. You can have overlapping affiliates in a region -- it's bound to happen due to the airwaves. However, I don't believe you can have multiple affiliates of one network based in one region. That is why Council Bluffs is out of luck in that regard.

As for airwaves, you can't share a channel with a commercial station from a neighboring market -- that's why no neighboring market has 3, 6, 7, 15, or 42. That also eliminates, for this region, channels 2 (KQTV - St Joseph), 4 (KTIV - Sioux City; WDAF - Kansas City), 5 (WOI - Des Moines; KCTV - Kansas City), 8 (KCCI - Des Moines; KLKN - Lincoln), 9 (KMBC - Kansas City), 10 (KOLN - Lincoln), 13 (WHO - Des Moines), 14 (KMEG - Sioux City), 17 (KDSM - Des Moines), and some higher numbers as well, but stations higher than 13 often don't even make a profit.

So what options would Council Bluffs have on the UHF band? Channels 11 or 12. Okay, fine, we could have 11 or 12. However, what would we have for an affiliate network? ION? Some other rinky-dink network that will go out of business before 2011? Or do we go independent? Fact of the matter is, none of those options would sustain any profitability for the station. Nobody wants to advertise where they can't be seen. It'd be a losing venture from the get-go. It's unfortunate, but such is business.

Thus, Omaha stations have to cover Council Bluffs and surrounding areas in both states as well.

And I still think that, to an extent, marketing and news need to be separate from each other. Granted, there'll always be some connection between the two -- you have to promote the news somehow, after all -- but it needs to be limited so that any bias in the news would also be limited.

And while Nebraska does have the largest fan base, and obviously should be covered more than any other school (except Creighton, but since they don't have a football program we'll ignore it), there is a fine line between objective reporting and outright cheerleading, and the Channel 6 people cross that line.

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