Monday, July 26, 2010

Out

Just back from a couple of weeks of travel. Turned on the end of the SuxNews 10 p.m. Sunday news just in time to see J-Pa Knicely drag out the nightly gigglefest so long that he was cut off in mid-sentence.

That was followed by about 20 minutes of dead air. Actually, it was 3 minutes of black screen, 15 seconds showing only a photocopier, and the remaining time filled with silence and the station logo.

It's great to be back!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cost

Since KPTM is apparently willing to do anything to save a buck, perhaps instead of paying meteorologists, they can hire that octopus who predicted the World Cup winners. It'd probably be more accurate than Giggly Jim Flowers and his little sidekick, Seabiscuit, and considerably more watchable.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Chopped

Several alert readers are reporting a bloodbath at KPTM, where the station's new owners have allegedly decided to fire most, if not all, local news personnel and fill existing news slots with simulcasts from Davenport, Iowa. The changes are said to be scheduled for September.

This is a shame, both for the individuals being terminated and for local viewers. After years of mismanagement, things at Channel 42 finally seemed to be turning around. This ill-advised move is a disservice to the station's news staff and to the market as a whole.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Challenged

• SuxNews morning twit Malorie Maddox revealed her geographical ignorance on Wednesday, repeatedly referring to South Padre Island and thereabouts as "southeast Texas." For someone as impressed with her book-learnin' as Maltard appears to be, you think she'd know that that part of the state is known as "south Texas," whereas "southeast Texas" refers to the corner of the state between Houston and the Louisiana border.

• Would someone please clarify the ratings picture in this market? Channel Sux is running promos declaring its 10 p.m. newscast the "most-watched," while Channel Seven does likewise. We've got a guess as to who's stretching the truth, but real numbers would be nice to have. Can't the local paper put someone on this story?
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