WAVE3 would like for you to have a kitty. My teammates at WHAS11 are rating snacks. Over on WLKY, it's breaking news about dog faces on St. Patrick's Day shirts. And WDRB is squabbling with service providers to get reinstated. All local stations go through these rate negotiations from time to time. WDRB's typically news heavy website does occasionally throw in some fluff.
We go live to our @fswisconsin meteorologist @Katie_George05 for an update on the wind, uh, shield 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/pfty0YR3WX— FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) January 30, 2019 Our Louisville superstar athlete-turned-NBA-broadcast-star Katie George got an ample dose of Wisconsin wise-assery after she referenced the "windshield factor" for tonight's polar vortex. The saddest part is that she believed she was using the correct term to describe wind chill. Oops. We thought we prepared Katie for every possible broadcast scenario but this gaffe now fully completes her windshield of reporter knowledge. Give the Milwaukee Bucks reporter Katie extra credit. Her self-deprecation skills are anything but below zero. A+ Katie!
Proofreaders? We don't need no stinkin' proofreaders! Nor do most American newspapers. Two more editors were among the newly RIF'd at The Courier-Journal in Gannett's slash-and-burn strategy. A few weeks ago, a Courier-Journal employee told me that the scant few remaining employees were shuddering at the prospect of a hedge fund takeover of CJ parent company Gannett. Sure enough, Gannett made another massive reduction in force across America this week as if to prepare for its unholy marriage with Alden Capital. Gannett slashed 400 jobs. Other media outlets also sent the Grim Reaper through employee break rooms. Even the snarky HuffPo kids took a hit. The Courier-Journal losses were light this time but it could be just a preview of more consolidation
Former WHAS11 and WDRB meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was fired at a Rochester, New York station after the internet mob determined that his on air phrasing of Martin Luther King Junior's name was a deliberate racist shoutout. In what reasonable people would consider spoonerism, Kappell mashed up "King" and "Junior" and said "coon" and quickly corrected himself. It's the exact same verbal mashup that ESPN's Mike Greenwell tripped through a few years back without repercussion. Wait, what? That's right. The ESPN guy said "oops" and went on with his life back then. Today it's all about the WOKE factor. It doesn't matter what a person says in their own defense. The WOKE crowd is allowed to determine what is in another
Louisville news viewers lost two pillars of the local media on Friday, December 21, 2018. WHAS-11's Rachel Platt, above, had long planned for her smooth departure. WAVE-3's Scott Reynolds had no chance to make his own plan. He was informed in October that his contract would not be renewed at year's end. It's a money squeeze induced by the merger of WAVE owner Raycom and Gray Television. This blending of Gray's 93 stations and Raycom's 63 stations would only happen if Raycom reduced the payroll at certain outlets. Raycom operators had hoped to keep the RIFs (reduction in force) quiet but former WAVE news anchor Cheryl Case broke the Reynolds story on Facebook in a December 19 post. Affable Scott Reynolds,
Here are the full results from this year's Readers Poll. Some choice selections:
Great fun having former WHAS-11 morning show anchors reunite for a Not-So-Newlywed Game, TV Spouses Edition. Rachel Platt and Barry Bernson just barely beat Kelsey Starks and Andy Treinen. VIDEO
Bisig Impact Group co-owner Larry Bisig invited me to his advertising/marketing company for a chat on camera. Cool. We talked about my radio history, growing up with discipline, the last days of Ron Clay, my evolving tolerance, how to interview big ego people, dealing with violent students, and drunk college buddies trying to ruin my job. Good talk, L Man. Thanks for having me.
I appreciate the kindness and integrity of Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio. The first time I heard him on the air, I thought to myself, "There's my replacement." Matt took a group of smart, funny writers with shrewd youthful observations and launched a compelling, constantly updated University of Kentucky athletics fan site. Kentucky Sports Radio is a daily beacon of all things Big Blue Nation. The statewide radio show is hilariously provocative and informative. There's a terrific podcast. Matt's Lexington television show HEY KENTUCKY gets strong reviews. I'm happy for Matt, Ryan Lemond, Shannon the Dude, Drew Franklin, Mrs. Tyler Thompson, Turkey Hunter, and the entire crew. They've made Kentucky media sit up and notice, and they
?️ Friday launches my 33rd year on WHAS Radio and television. We ran a contest on my 1st radio show where hundreds of people guessed when I would be fired or leave. The winner gets $500. Only two entries are still valid. Jim McClellan needs me gone within three years or else Robert Rudolph is the winner. #loumedia #radiopersonality #Louisville My radio career began in September 1976 at WKQQ in Lexington, although I did not go on the air until late 1977. Therefore my total broadcast career has surpassed the 40 year mark.