Will Thursday evening's broadcasts be Tracy Madden's last on SuxNews?
When news of her departure seeped out last month, her final day on-air was said to be June 3rd. But since the station's main anchors no longer appear on Fridays, it seems that Thursday could mark her final newscast.
Whether it's Thursday or Friday, Madden's departure hasn't drawn anything close to the hyper-hyped orgy of schmaltz that accompanied the "retirement" of her predecessor, Pat Persaud, in 2005.
Even the morning show departure of Madden's successor, Maltard Maddox, has been relatively subdued, at least by SuxNews standards.
Co-anchor Jimmy Siedlecki presented the giggly blond (who's been sporting a new helmet-y looking 'do, apparently in anticipation of her ascent) with a cake featuring a giant Channel Sux logo, while meteorologist Rusty Lord handed her a couple of small energy drink bottles that looked like he'd grabbed them at a convenience store on the way to work this morning.
It was as touching a moment as could be expected between two shallow co-anchors who haven't once in five-plus years on the program displayed a single genuine emotion about anything, unless you count self-satisfaction as a genuine emotion.
Given Maddox's tendency to look like a love-struck cheerleader trying to impress the quarterback while working with Siedlecki, we shudder to imagine how sickening her performance will be when she's next to the even-more-clueless John Knicely, who has made a career of merely resembling an anchor.
Meanwhile, looking more and more like a combatant poised to stomp on the throat of a weakened opponent, KETV isn't wasting any time in trying to capitalize on the fact that Madden's departure leaves SuxNews bankrupt when it comes to news talent.
Exhibit A: Channel 7 is promoting a new anchor lineup for its weeknight newscasts, with Melissa Fry and Adrian Whitsett assuming duties at 5 p.m., while Rob McCartney and Brandi Petersen retain their slots at 6 and 10 p.m. The promo we've seen stresses the local roots of the four anchors, underscoring the shocking inability of its rivals to cultivate a similarly strong stable of personalities from within the market.
Thank god at least one local station has an owner willing to invest in at least appearing to develop a competent, credible news organization. We can only hope that other stations eventually fall into such hands.