Virgos are defined as being picky, exact, critical, methodical with great attention to detail. Which is why I’ve decided to get real bitchy today about the little things on the local television newscasts that really annoy me.
Sure they seem insignificant to you. But to me—hey—remember I’m a Virgo.
KCTV, Channel 5—
It really takes a lot of gall for local Channel 5 anchors to introduce a news package they’ve picked up from the network and introduce with, “And here’s KCTV’s (insert name of reporter).”
Which makes it sound like it’s KCTV’s reporter doing the story instead of CBS.
Of course the jig us up at the end of the piece when the report ends with “This is (Joe Blow), CBS News.”
Come to think of it, in a way Channel 5 is demoting the network reporter by lowering his status to a K.C. working stiff.
But I guess it makes the newsroom here feel more worldly.
KMBC-TV, Channel 9—
It had been a while since I last watched that station’s local news, but when I finally DID land on Channel 9’s late news recently I found not one, but TWO weather wonks delivering the goods. Was there a major storm brewing? Tornados in the forecast? Nope, just two talking heads delivering what apparently might have been too much for just one weather dude to handle. Go figure.
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Our local NBC affiliate has become my new local news station of choice. They’ve come a long way and have consistenly improved their product and presentation. Congratulations to new management for pulling it off!
My only complaint is the transition from NBC NIGHTLY NEWS into Channel 41’s local 6:00 o’clock news block.
The NBC News program ends with that dramatic theme music which comes to a complete, dramatic close.
Yet practically every other evening the local news director and/or producer decides to dump out in the middle of NBC’s closing theme. It sounds choppy, small market and unprofessional.
I know I’m being picky here but I gave you fair warning, I’m a Virgo.
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WDAF-TV, Channel 4—
I’ve kinda lost interest in Fox 4’s news product and I really don’t know why. Could it be because they’re being just a bit TOO silly on air these days?
C’mon…no one’s has THAT much fun on a local television news set.
The final turnoff was its recent buddy-buddy promotional campaign. Specifically a 30 second promo shot inside the men’s rest room showing a couple of the anchors standing next to each other at the urinals conversing while peeing…their exact topic escapes me.
It was a new low in local media promotion.
Sure, it go my attention—enough to leave Fox 4’s news for greener (and dryer) pastures.