Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My take on new anchors

Basically, I thought it was a good job for the first night.

Posters over on News Blab are saying they screwed up a bunch, but I didn't catch anything obvious, other than a little cross-talk at the end. It seemed to me they were a little tight and mechanical -- Brinias was gesturing with her hands the way reporters do when they're walking and talking during a shot and Ward was over-enunciating-- but they didn't screw up any names, leave any awkward pauses or miss a cue.

Of course, these guys are pro's, they should get that stuff right. Once they settle in and get comfortable with each other and viewers get comfortable with them, then we'll have a better basis to judge.

Keep the comments on the new anchors coming, good, bad or indifferent.

UPDATE: My boss, Warren Epstein, was very impressed. Listings editor Jen Mulson missed the 10 p.m. newscast, but caught Betty Sexton's interview with the pair at 5:30. She thought they were likable. Former TV reporter and font of Gazette wisdom Linda Navarro thought they were fine and smooth. "They underplayed it, which I thought was good."


At 10:54 AM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many posters over on News Blab are insiders working for other local stations so their words should be measured with a yard stick.

At 11:52 AM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newsblab is a place to go and be negative. I don't think the people over there are capable of saying anything nice about anyone, anything, anywhere. Newsblab is a cancer on the Colorado Springs media.

At 12:39 PM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Colorado Springs media is the cancer and News Blab is the cure. Inflated egos need deflating every so often.

At 12:53 PM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not too bad for a first night. I thought Don looked good, sounded good and commanded the set. And speaking of the set, it looks kinda dumb, and kinda the same...boring. Biggest beef, Shannon was the ghost of Eric Singer! Those hands!! The floor director needs to get a power stapler and use it tonight when Shannon starts directing traffic again. And she was WAY TOOO sincere in her delivery - i.e- the tilting head and WIDE eyes. Oh well, one half of the team was a winner. Let's see if Shannon can settle down thru the weeks. Oh yeah, the field reporter's dangling earrings lent NO credibility to her package. Trash'em.

At 4:57 PM, February 07, 2006, Blogger Calvin said...

Call me unsophisticated, but I liked the previous team. They were all pros who knew their stuff. Can't believe that KKTV unceremoniously dumped them in a desperate search for ratings.

Not impressed with the "new" crew at all; they didn't draw me in, seemed very stiff and distant. I think maybe KKTV 11 News is going to lose this longtime viewer.

At 9:22 PM, February 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannon seemed comfortable, Don is still a bit stiff. The writing, like the teases, seems to be a bit better. I don't know if the anchors are contributing to it or not.

At 4:57 PM, February 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't an one else annoyed with the "complete eachother's sentences" writing. How unnatural is if for one of them to start and sentance, say "and" and have the other one pick up from there. If some one did that to you in real life you would be annoyed. They did this several times. IT is completely unnatural and I hope they stop it.


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