Thursday, August 30, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
You can get the complete details here.
I also enjoy running. I recently completed a marathon this past June with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Talk about an incredible experience! Not only did I make it through those 26.2 miles, but I was able to work with a group to raise thousands of dollars to help area cancer patients. If anyone is considering training for a marathon, that's definitely the way to do it!
Earlier this month, we confirmed that KSHB would be airing the 4th hour of Today in tape delay mode at 11 a.m. We have still received no word on plans from KSNF, KOMU, and KSDK.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
If you have any questions, comments, or news scoop in the meantime... keep sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 20, 2007
* Dean has become a Cat 5 Hurricane and all the networks are working to bring the latest Hurricane Dean Coverage to their viewers. TV Newser has a run down on who is where. Check it out here.
* MSNBC announced today that Keith Olbermann's show Countdown will be airing this Sunday night in a special primetime slot at 7 eastern ahead of Sunday Night Football on NBC. This is apparently only a one time deal, but if it is successful... could it lead to a weekly deal? We shall see!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Fox News covering Hurricane Dean.
MSNBC showing an old Dateline episode.
UPDATE: FOX NEWS is now covering the rescue live as well.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Morning: Kyle Bosch (current 5 and 10 anchor) - News
Natalie Nunn (current weekend weather) - Weather
Evening: Joe and Christine Daues - News
Meteorologist Kevin Lighty (from Lexington, KY) - Weather
Whitney Scott (former weekend sports anchor) - Sports Director
Weekend: Michelle Sherwood (from KY3) - News
Josh DeBerge (from KOMU) - Weather
Who will be anchoring these newscasts? No official word yet.
This is a bold move by KSPR-TV. Similar news shows at 4:30 have had success in other markets, although I am unaware of any stations running a 5:30 newscast in MO.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I have contacted KSDK, KYTV, and KSNF but I have received no response from them. I will let you know as soon as I do concerning what those stations plan to do.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I have received emails speculating that Joe and Christine Daues, former Springfield TV personalities, will be anchoring on KSPR. I can't confirm that, but it isn't that far fetched of a possibility. Other possibilities include KSPR running a newscast at 4:30 and 6:30. We will know more in a few days.
And while you are at it, if you missed it before you might check out my recent interview with KSN's Brad Douglas here.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Yesterday's breaking news from Neosho isn't about a horserace to see who can get on the scene first, but rather which stations will deploy the resources to keep you, the public, informed during times of breaking news. It will be interesting to see if all stations cover the press conference live today or if they wait to show the highlights of it during their newscast.
It was evident yesterday who was able to get you the story when it matters most. Maybe it served as a wake-up call to those who were simply behind the ball.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
**10 pm update**
KSN promises team coverage and begins with a taped report by Chris Warner. After a break for weather, KSN has the Chief of Police with Jim Jackson and Tiffany Alaniz live on the scene. They are getting new information quickly and accurately. This is the most informative update thus far. The suspect apparently let the children out of the church before beginning shooting. The prosecutor talked to Tiffany Alaniz and detailed initial charges that will likely be charged in the morning.
KOAM begins with a report from Mike Corcoran in the newsroom. No one else is covering this story for KOAM.
KYTV has team coverage. Chad Plein is leading the coverage live from Neosho. Marie Saevedra is confirming that the shooter was of Pacific Islander descent. She also has eyewitnesses. They will air the press conference live tomorrow morning at 10:30.
KSPR-33 has no live person on the scene. KODE's Ashlin Fleeman is covering the story for that channel.
**9:30 update** Mary Beth Brush reports on FOX 27 that the shooter may have been related to a member of the congregation.
KY3 has Marie Saevedra in Neosho.
KOLR 10 has Mary Beth Brush on the scene.
FOX 27 is leading with the story with details and video. Nothing new to report here. They are reading a statement from MO Gov. Matt Blunt.
* Fox and Friends will have the latest headlines that are making news around the country.
* MSNBC's Morning Joe will be hosted by Willie Geist. Guests include Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Newsweek's Jonathon Alter.
CNN reporting 2 people have been killed at a church in Neosho. Fredericka Whitfield talking live to a reporter from the Neosho Daily News. Nothing on any of the Joplin stations at this time, nor on their websites.
You may know him as Brad, Mr. Douglas, or even "The Gadget Guy". KSN-16's Brad Douglas is a very busy man and has been telling important stories in the 4 states since the fall of 2000. Recently, I had a chance to turn the tables on the journalist and ask him a few questions.
2K: What is the favorite part of your job?
BD: I enjoy the storytelling aspect of it. Every single day is different and some stories are harder to tell than others. I also like that I get to meet new people each and every day, and you really can't predict what the next day will bring. Plus, I like getting out and about and not sitting behind a desk every single day. Everybody does have a story to tell, and it's my job to tell it and do them justice, entertain and hopefully educate.
2K: What is your least favorite part?
BD: Some young journalists fresh out of college really enjoy covering murder cases, court cases and tragedies. The days when I have to cover them are my least favorite.
2K: What are some of your interests outside of the studio?
BD: I'm a big Spider-Man fan. I've been a fan since I was a two year old web-head. In 1998 when I was in college I started up a little website called the Spider-Man Crawl Space http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/ and it's still up and running. In fact it's one of the most popular Spider-Man sites on the web. We just celebrated nine years online and it's still growing, and I had my biggest month ever in July.
2K: Tell me something about things behind the scenes at KSN.
BD: Behind the scenes at KSN are a blast and would make a great sitcom. We really are like family. There usually isn't a day that goes by where we don't laugh out loud about something. It's a fun place to work and one of the reasons I've stayed there so long.
**More of your favorite anchors, reporters, and meteorologists forthcoming.**
Here is Josh's bio from KOMU. It may not be up very long, depending on how quickly the webmasters remove it. No word on start date at KSPR.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, Aug 14: Bill Maher
Wednesday, Aug 15: Remembering Elvis' Death w/ Priscilla Presley
Thursday, Aug 16: Sen. John McCain (R-Az)
Thursday, August 9, 2007
1. TV News Review has a write up on infrequently seen Fox News Channel anchor Patti Ann Browne.
2. An emailer writes suggesting that KSPR TV may be hiring former KOLR 10 anchor Joe Daues. I have no substantial information to back up this claim, but I do know that he is in the Springfield area still.
3. Who is leaving KOAM? The station's website has an opening for a main station anchor.
Known to many in the Ozarks as Springfield 33 this station has seemed to struggle mightily for years. I say seemed because I have no direct access to ratings, other than sources which seem to suggest what I believe. The high point of Springfield 33 was likely during the tenure of news anchors Bob Snell and Susan Harding. With their departure... Bob to Arkansas and Susan to Oregon, the station seemed to lose what momentum was present.
Now, KSPR has been bought by the same company which owns KYTV. I don't know if the recent changes that have been noticed on Springfield 33 are a direct result of these changes, but I hope it continues. The station is slowly gaining some momentum and is focusing on the news again. Some stability in the anchor chair would help and the station finding a niche that makes it unique in the Springfield market would also be helpful. They had the right idea when they tried an 11:30 am news. Maybe the station could try a 4:30 or 5:30 news? Maybe even 6:30? This way it doesn't directly competes for KY3 viewers but can create a great product.
There are still many hurdles to overcome. For example, the news broke this evening that a 20 year old murder had been solved. A quick glance at the KSPR homepage has a diet recipe as the lead story. Yet, the station is headed in the right direction. I hope it continues.
All right... that's my $.02. What do you think? Fire away, but remember no personal attacks or profanity allowed!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
"I know this will come as a shock for some, but I'm about to effusively praise a liberal.
There are liberals who can be counted on to hardly ever do the right thing, and then there are liberals I think should be commended for doing the right thing when the chips are down."
"There are many things about Sen. Feinstein's politics I don't agree with, but I have always believed she is a prudent judge of danger and has acted in the right way to head off disaster and death..."
It is an interesting read. Be sure to check it out in its entirety here.
Monday, August 6, 2007
This will lead up to the AFL-CIO Democratic Presidential Forum moderated by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The forum will air at 7 eastern, 6 central. Chris Matthews will handle post-debate coverage at 8:30 eastern, 7:30 central.
The complete press release can be found here.
Check out the link below to read the commentary. It is a worthwhile read with many valid points.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Mornings are still dominated by FOX 4.
*CNN's American Morning will discuss training Iraqi police here in the US.
*MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski will be filling in for Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe.
*Fox and Friends will bring you the latest headlines from around the world on the Fox News Channel.
MR. RUSSERT: Should the Iraqi parliament have stayed in session?
SEC’Y GATES: Yes. In fact, when I was in Iraq two months ago, I urged—I strongly urged the presidency council and the, and the prime minister that council of representatives not go out.
MR. RUSSERT: Because the signal it sends, sends to the U.S., whose sons and daughters are over there in 130-degree heat carrying their extraordinarily heavy packs, fighting every day, and the Iraqis adjourn without reconciling.
SEC’Y GATES: Well, I was—I was actually even more blunt than that to them. I said, “We have—for every day that we buy you, we’re buying it with American blood, and the idea of you going on vacation is unacceptable.”
The complete transcript can be found here:
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