Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stormy

• Would someone please tell KETV's chief weatherguesser, Bill Randby, that "gustnado" is not a word and that even if it were a word, it would not be appropriate to say 36 times is a two-minute span?

• Rather than burden its reporters by making them go out and collect footage of Monday evening's storm, WOWT filled its 10 p.m. broadcast with a bungled live remote from the CWS (people ran to the Qwest Center!) and pictures from viewers—many of which, anchor John J-Pa Knicely noted, were described as "scary." Say what you will about him, the man is an artist with words.

8 comments:

Husker Mike said...

Actually, Ted... Gustnado is a word. First heard of it from CT on channel 3 after that middle-of-the-night tornado that Chuck McWilliams stayed up to cover.

Rickless said...

I used to talk daily with a former weekend anchor from Sux. We worked together after he left that car wreck, and I don't think the suits at Sux will do anything with Maltard's delivery until she ceases being hot. This former employee said she was refered to around the watercooler as the spokesmodel.

On the flipside, KETV has managed to find likeable and attractive talent in Melissa Fry and Hannah Pickett. Melissa has her stumbles, but she at least recovers professionally. Would like to see better annunciation from Hannah, but she's new.

Back to the other side, KPTM has had this jerk on their 9PM for a few weeks now, Phil Dougherty, who sounds like he is trying to hide an Irish accent in the back of his throat. I'd say let it fly. Sure, people may not understand the news, but the delivery will be charming. Sux has shown us that people will tolerate rubes so long as they are entertaining. Still don't know what the draw is for Jimmys & John though.

Operation Seng said...

Yet another Mal Speak definition:
De-ter: To divert to another course.

gldeys said...

Actually, Gustnado is a word.

Randby is the best of the local weather talent, and I use the word talet loosly.

Joey said...

Andrea Rich jumping ship?

MeteorologistWilly said...

Gustnado actually is a word. From the National Weather Service's glossary:

"A gustnado is a small, whirlwind which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows. They do not connect with any cloud-base rotation and are not tornadoes. Since their origin is associated with cumuliform clouds, gustnadoes will be classified as Thunderstorm Wind events. Like dust devils, some stronger gustnadoes can cause damage."

J-Pa's Rrug said...

Caitlin Roth is the best of the weather bunch in this town. And a talented anchor to boot.

Damon Scott Hynes said...

Caitlin Roth is head and shoulders above everyone else in this market, and that includes the anchors. Which means she'll be in DEN, KC or MSP before you can say boo...

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