Monday, May 24, 2010

Bordering

Former KETVNewswatchSeven reporter Farah "FUBAR" Fazal has landed just north of the Rio Grande with a job at KRGV—the ABC affiliate in Weslaco, Texas.

The Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen market is #87, with just over 350,000 households. Omaha is #76, with about 410,000.

While she was in Omaha, Fazal's station bio boasted that she was fluent in Spanish. Perhaps her new job gives her the opportunity to bungle stories in two languages.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Resumé

More details on Action 3rd's new sports director, Travis Morgan can be found here.

He's coming to Omaha from Sioux Falls City, and he looks like it. (What is it with Channel 3rd and balding sports directors?)

They passed over Matt Seigel so they could get this guy?

Infinite cluelessness must be a prerequisite for running a TV station in this town.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tipped

According to a heretofore reliable source . . .

Matt Seigel has submitted his resignation at Channel 3rd after being passed over for the sports director position there. Word is that 3rd has filled the SD spot with another guy named Travis.

• KETVNewswatchSeven Sports Director John Schuetz has turned in his resignation, too.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Enough

KETVNewswatchSeven is running the latest really annoying scare-the-viewer promo, this one an "I-Team" "investigation" entitled "When Bullying Goes Viral."

Really? This is the best they can do? How lazy do you have to be to think this is air-worthy? Or is this some consultant's brilliant idea? (In that case, how lazy does the consultant have to be?)

We've been subjected to variations on the "cyber-bullying" story for years now; it's been flogged to death by every local, network, and cable outlet in the lower 48.

And it's not even a story: kids are predictably stupid and mean. That's been true at least since Jesus invented the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox.

Local newstools (put the hyphen where you like) need to give these idiotic reports a rest. That might free up some time for them to actually get to work and find some real news.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Vote

It's been a quiet primary election season, at least when it comes to TV ads from candidates, and for that we can all be glad.

But driving around this morning, we encountered the inexpensive ugly cousin of the slick TV spot: a gaggle of otherwise normal-looking folks standing at a busy intersection, clutching signs for their candidate, sporting vacant smiles, and waving.

Is this effective? Have studies somewhere shown that drivers pass one of these streetcorner human billboards and say, "Gosh. That candidate's sign-holding people waved at me. I'm voting for him"? It just doesn't seem likely.

The other question that comes to mind is whether this is something that goes on elsewhere or a trend that local nitwits have come up with.

Discuss.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ditz

From an alert reader...

How about that Malorie Maddox and her unwavering, hardscrabble sense for journalism? She’s done a story on the internet fashion police, complete with scenes from Sex and the City.  
Click here to view.
If this doesn’t finally get her that long-deserved Emmy, then she’s truly laboring in vain.
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