When I first graduated from college, I worked for the NBC affiliate television station in Lexington, Kentucky — WLEX-TV, Channel 18.
I was a commercial writer and producer, but most of my friends worked in the news department. Lexington was ranked 65th in market size in the country, and all the news reporters and anchors dreamed of working for a ‘major market’ station like Chicago, Los Angeles or New York.
I remember one of my college professors telling me, “Carla, local news is local everywhere.” And he was right.
No matter how far up the food chain you go, local TV news can still be ridiculous at times.
Take today, for instance. New York City got slammed with snow, and the local NBC affiliate station pre-empted “Today” to report on the weather around the five boroughs.
What did we see?
- A reporter attempting to build a snow man on the side of a major highway — during repeated live shots — because he had a bet going with the cameraman over who was going to buy lunch
- Another reporter hanging out with two guys shoveling snow in front of a government building. He tried to help them…and pretty much threw out his back.
- A live shot just a few blocks from my house showing people getting out of cabs, sinking into the snow and ruining their shoes
I’m missing continuing coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics for this??
Wait — breaking news! A street reporter in the Bronx has just stopped a motorist who was driving his convertible with the top down. That woman has a nose for the news.
Reporting live from Manhattan, Carla Curtsinger, 18 Action News.
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You are no doubt are familiar with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.
And if you have ever seen him on TV programs outside of the news — on “Today” or his now legendary hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live” — you know that Brian has a killer sense of humor.
I think he may be the first and only network news anchor who is really funny.
Brian doesn’t take himself too seriously, and that’s key. His work at the Vancouver Winter Olympics confirms that.
He’s still doing the news from Vancouver, but he’s doing some fun stuff, too. In fact, there is a Canadian news anchor who is also named Brian Williams…and our Brian Williams did a piece to introduce Canadian Brian Williams to the US audience.
It’s indicative of Brian Williams’ sense of humor — that’s our Brian Williams…as in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor version.
Anyhoo, take a look. It’s worth your time. (If you go to the link, scroll halfway down the page for the video.)
NBC may be a screw up network these days, but they got Brian Williams right.
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Al Roker, ‘Today Show’ weatherman.
Al Roker, Food Network host.
Al Roker, Weather Channel star.
Al Roker…clothing designer?
Al Roker — what the hell is going on?
You are already wringing every dollar you can out of the weather. Is becoming a fashion icon the logical ‘next step?’
I know you have three kids and live in perennially pricey Manhattan. Is the private school tuition starting to take a bite? Can you not deny them every shiny, pretty thing they want? Is it time for wife Deborah to go back to reporting full-time?
Your recent ‘Today Show’ interview with Speidi was the talk of the Internet. Everyone applauded your straightforward condemnation of their ‘bad behavior.’ Don’t inadvertently fall into one of their worst habits — putting your face on anything in the name of publicity and the almighty dollar.
America likes Al Roker in tiny ‘Today Show’ bites. If you are served up at every meal, we may just lose our taste for you.