Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thursday Three: Special News Bulletin

We interrupt this blog to post the following message from our affiliate Weevil station in Birmingham:
The Possum Broadcasting Company is experiencing technical difficulties. Instead of our regular programming, the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three Newsreader Popularity Contest will be aired. We will return to our regular programming as soon as possible.

We wish to thank our East Carolina affiliate WJIM for providing the content for this program, and we encourage our viewers to comment with your thoughts on this opinion survey. Those who wish to complain about the question choice should take that up with WJIM.

1. Who is your favorite local television anchor?
2. Who is your least favorite local television anchor?
3. Have you ever known of anyone in your local market who made it to The Big Show with a national network gig?

Audience members are encouraged to leave your answers in the handy comment area, or to leave a link to your own station.

As a programming reminder, "Luther's Garage" will air from 1:23 a.m. to 1:29 a.m. on April 21. "Mincemeat Party with Miss Rozelle" will follow at 1:35 a.m., and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 30, immediately after the "Dr. Wayne G. Spraddle Gospel Miracles with Signs and Wonders Outdoorsman's Show."

1) In my market I don’t have any particular favorite anchor. I do however have a favorite weather guy, Mike Goldberg. So by default I watch his station.

Local stuff aside I do have a favorite “local” TV anchor. She is Suzanne Goldklang in Bangor, Maine. While googling her I found this article which contains the best quote: “All news anchors have to do is sit still, read their copy and look good around the head and shoulders. They don't even have to wear pants.”

Anyhoo, she is my husband’s cousin and is a really fun person to be around. Years and years ago (possibly when dinosaurs still ruled the earth) Larry and I would go to NYC for New Years Eve. Instead of the clich├ęd Times Square scene we would bounce from party to party under Suzanne’s direction and then crash at her place or in later years at Larry’s parents’ apartment at thirty third and third. One year I clearly remember dancing on the bar at the Gecko Bar and watching a friend of ours being dragged away by a new “friend.” The funniest was a late night/early morning subway ride with a pair of Drag Queens. I was in awe of their stiletto heels and how they were still able to wear them at such a late hour, that and the serious five o’clock shadow peeking out of their heavy makeup. Ah good times, good times.

2) There was one Richmond anchor, who has since been replaced, that was memorable for his “deer caught in headlights” look. He was particularly vapid (so vapid that I can’t remember his name) and I was glad to see him go.

3)Yes I do know of one person that has gone on to the big time from little ol’ Richmond. Bob Woodruff worked for the local CBS affiliate from 1992-1994. As you can imagine he has been a big story on our local news broadcasts. And I have to add that I think he is very cute. I do like the combination of blue eyes and dark hair.

Beeeeeep thus ends our special post. We will now return to our regularly scheduled Frivolity with Matzo, a special 8 part series ending tonight. Tune in and watch small children gorge themselves on toast before staggering off to bed.

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