We go through this every so often, but it's been a while.
From time to time, what typically happens is that we make comments about someone's on-air work or goofy affectation and we're deluged with emails saying things like, "But he's a really nice guy," or "She looks great."
Therefore, we'll say it again. The perspective we offer here is that of the viewer, and our comments are based on the product that stations present on-air. It doesn't matter what the TV person is like behind the scenes. That doesn't improve the viewing experience one bit if the anchor or reporter can't pronounce Hernandez or slaps on a ridiculous and distracting amount of eyeshadow.
So while it's sweet that many who know him find J-Pa Knicely to be a pleasant fellow, the fact of the matter is that he is a joke as a news anchor. No one in this market seems more uncomfortable with transitions or unscripted conversation.
And while Maltard Maddox may be physically attractive, she typically has all the gravitas of a high school cheerleader and vocal delivery to match. If she spent as much time learning to pronounce gang and look as she spends on her thrice-a-year curling iron attacks, she might be someone we could take seriously.