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Friday, January 29, 2010
For those who haven't been keeping track, the body count at Channel 3rd has been mounting over the last six months or so. With help from an alert reader, we've compiled this list of resignations: reporter Joe Jordan, weatherman Dean Wysocki, reporter Michelle Bandur, reporter Chriss Knight, and sports director Travis Justice.
And, our source says, we shouldn't be surprised if that list grows in the near future.
Part of the problem, as we understand it, was a news director who was difficult to work for. The station fixed that problem late last week. And the continued presence of Justice couldn't have helped much, either. That handicap, too, has been eliminated.
Whatever the problem, one thing seems pretty clear: Journal's ownership of Action 3rd has done little to help the station's longstanding anemic ratings. Shortly after acquiring the property in 2006, the company rebranded it as "Action 3 News," invested in a new set and graphics, and blew out anchors Greg Peterson and Deb Ward—ostensibly to improve the station's fortunes.
The results have been negligible, if not downright negative.
In the most recent November ratings period, Action 3rd finished a distant 3rd at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. While we haven't seen morning numbers, it's hard to imagine that any program anchored by smarmy, semi-professional dimwit Sheila Brummer fared much better than the rest of the station's offerings.
Now comes word that at least one of the aforementioned KMTV refugees—Bandur—has signed on at Channel 7 and is waiting out her non-compete clause before appearing on-air.
How much worse can things get before they get better?
The answer most likely isn't a pretty one.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Rumors of a "bloodbath" at Channel 3rd appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
From what we can piece together, the station's news director was let go last week, and a producer resigned as a result.
However, we're told that "morale has never been lower" at the station and that virtually every on-air talent is seeking to leave.
So while there may be hemorrhaging in the station's future, it may be due to an aneurysm rather than an ax.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
If it's not one of 'em, it's another.
An alert commenter brings to our attention the latest idiotic prattle coming out of the mouths of Channel Sux's morning crew.
Said commenter reports that linguistically-challenged anchorette Maltard Maddox "mentioned on the morning news [Monday] that it's been 81 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr."
The commenter continues, asserting that "that’s what makes his march on Washington in 1963 so compelling: The fact that he had been dead for some thirty years when he delivered the 'I Have A Dream' speech."
Preach on, brother.
In another fine Channel Sux misfire, charisma-free reporter Gary Smollen managed to report that an entire Union Pacific locomotive had been stolen when, in fact, only a locomotive motor had been filched. Smollen's folly is chronicled here.
Finally, for those of you who prefer to have your information mishandled by the equine, another alert reader notes that Channel Sux meteorologist Andrea Rich told viewers this past weekend that "we're expecting some fog which is already here."
Can't they put her back in the stable until her next race?
While it's comforting to be reminded that we're not the only ones who notice this crap, it's troubling that no one at SuxNews seems to notice or care.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We were sorry to read in Sunday's local paper that former WOWT reporter Jim Fagin is battling pancreatic cancer.
Fagin's TV work was some of the best Omaha has ever seen, and it has been sorely missed since he left the station a decade or so ago. He now works as an aide to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson.
According to the newspaper story, the circumstances surrounding Fagin's cancer give him somewhat better-than-typical odds of beating the disease.
Fagin's refreshingly quirky approach to life (he was well-known for cutting his own hair, for example) makes us hopeful that he can wage a successful battle against this foe.