Monday, August 06, 2007

Fox 21's new morning news

Anyone have some thoughts on KXRM/Channel 21's new morning news? I caught the last half-hour (weekends have a way of wiping my memory clear, leaving me a tabula rasa on Monday mornings).

From what I saw, Hynes and Brookbank seemed to be a good pair. Tim Elbertson, the new meteorologist, has a likable presence, but... he's a big guy and on TV he looked like the Incredible Hulk. They're going to have to dig a trench next to the desk to put him in -- right now he looks like he's going to reach over and crush the puny anchors with his massive hands.

Tim seemed like a really funny guy when I stopped by the station the other day, so he should offer a lighter take on the weather than we get from Marty V, Craig and Brandon B.

Obviously, I only saw the lightest part of the newscast. Seemed OK for the first time out -- the wire stories they were using felt a little thrown together. I'll write myself a note to watch the whole shebang tomorrow.

I think there's a niche out there for Fox for viewers who prefer local news after 7. We'll just have to see if they can find it.

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At 11:49 AM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not too bad. About what you'd expect on Day One. A few jitters, a few hiccups, a few fumbles. But overall, not bad. Not overwhelmingly great, either. I agree about the weather guy. Huge. But not bad. It'll take a lot of work and a lot of time to pull people away from Craig or Marty, and Brandon at ch. 11 is finally at home in his position. The roving reporter seems a little green, but then so are most of the other reporters at FOX21 straight out of college. She definitely fits the fun and smiley mold of Stephanie Ross at 11 rather than the more serious Rachel Hoffenberg at 5/30 or Jennifer Fullerton at 13. Jeannette is Jeannette. Same Jeannette that had fans when she was at ch. 11, only with a lot more chat and apparently an opportunity to do some sports anchoring, which we know she loves. She should raise her chair, though. She looks sunken too far below the desk. The male anchor did fine, although he did say San Loo-ee Valley instead of San Loo-is. He'll learn. Some of the chats seemed forced, but they'll gel with time.

More competition is better for viewers, and the morning race seems closer than ever. KOAA's new anchor Adam is doing a good job, better than his predecessor and finally placing strength alongside Georgiann. KKTV is really ramping up the smiling and laughter and lighter fare, likely a counter move to KRDO which has abandoned the fluff for a ton more actual news content to fit the "Where the News Comes First" brand under the new ownership. So KXRM jumping into the fray will make all the stations work harder, which will benefit viewers.

Predictions for November:

KOAA regains #1, but barely
KRDO slips back to #2
KKTV still at #3, but not far behind
KXRM will be a distant 4th, but not off the map

 
At 8:18 PM, August 06, 2007, Anonymous dnm said...

I enjoyed FOX 21 Morning News.

Like the 9PM newscast its building but hey I was suprised how the 9PM truly stepped up and made themselves good in the news game.

I really don't care for national morning shows and their are a few little things I don't like about KOAA (Craig Elliot on location way too much especially on Fridays) and KRDO's morning newscasts (The Morning Drive and Sports segment) so I am going to give KXRM a few weeks of my time.

I do like that you get weather on the 2's during the 6AM hour. The traffic reports are a set back similer to how KRDO-TV handles traffic.

The interview set is cramped but that is what you get with a small space of studio. They did pull it off at least I think.

Also liked Joel Cole and sparkling juice at the end.

Their were less hiccups in the first morning newscast on KXRM than the very first in-house newscast about a year ago.

I think KOAA will take the top spot from KRDO in November, but barely. Don't be suprised if KXRM is on the heels of KKTV. That can happen...maybe not in November but I doubt they will be a distant fourth for long if not at all.

 
At 7:45 AM, August 07, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

Yeah, in the past I've written about "mornings" generally when I've done the Nielsen stories, but with four players at 6 a.m., I'll have to start breaking out the 5 a.m. hour and have a look at how KXRM fares against the network morning shows.

 
At 7:55 AM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The traffic reports need much improvement. Every time I've caught them, all the anchors do is put up a camera shot and say, "Gee, looks like traffic's slowing a bit at XXX location." That's lame and a waste of time if there's no actual accident info, etc.

 
At 8:47 AM, August 07, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

Yeah, good point. They'll need to partner with Metro or Total Traffic, or come up with something better on their own.

 
At 8:58 AM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched for about 45 minutes this morning and think the chemistry between Jeanette and Mike is quite good. It's light and informative. Segments are short and interesting. Weather guy interacts well with rest of the anchors. Reporter taking off in the plane is typical cheesy newbie reporter stuff. Why do new reporters, and some anchors, in general, still sound and act like high school kids rather than mature reporters?

 
At 11:08 AM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because this market pays incoming reporters just enough so that they don't qualify for welfare, but not enough to allow them to stand on their own two feet. That doesn't excuse the way they act, but many of them are, in fact, not yet mature adults. Remember, the $23,000 these new reporters make is considered a step up when they just came from a market where they made $18,000 salaried with no overtime pay. Most reporters in this market are between 23 and 28 years old. But then again, so are many of the teachers of your kids. And there's a good chance the young reporters and young teachers are partying together on weekends acting very unlike mature and responsible adults. But hey, kids will be kids.

 
At 5:43 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Robert Tyrell said...

"Yeah, good point. They'll need to partner with Metro or Total Traffic, or come up with something better on their own."

KRDO-TV does not do either and you that to promote KRDO-AM-FM and they use Metro.

Don't relie on TV for traffic in this market you guys. The one who does it best is KKTV.

 
At 8:26 PM, August 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So low pay equals immaturity? There are a bunch of mature people in markets this size that aren't making a whole heck of a lot of money!
How about newbie reporters/anchors trying to emulate someone who's 30...or 35.
You do that and you will be in a medium to large market faster than you can say..."now back to you guys."

 
At 5:11 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "presence" of a seasoned reporter comes only with experience. If your going to hire new reporters, your going to have to accept the fact that they are going to be a little green... As for what the reporter covers... just remember it's approved by someone, it's not like these reporters just run off and do a story with no approval and no oversight.

 
At 6:37 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to morning shows, what are people looking for? The fun or the serious? A combination of both? It seems as if the morning shows all shift between fun and light hearted and serious news. What works?

 
At 6:39 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why there are college radio/tv stations, internships at bigger stations and entry level markets to get that experience. News directors in this market shouldn't be hiring people fresh out of college, unless they are unusual.
In print, you um, wouldn't know like, how old a print reporter is, um, if you just read, like the story and stuff. If we hadn't seen a picture of Andy W, we wouldn't know if he was 23, 30 or 45 just by reading a few of his stories. There's gotta be, in the dozens to hundreds of tapes that get sent to news directors, one or two that stand out.

 
At 7:30 AM, August 08, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

For the record, I'm 19.

 
At 7:31 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous TC said...

I haven't seen it, yet hopefully Joey Joe Joe Cole has invested in the following...

* Lighting designer
* Decent Mics
* Arthouse for graphics

With all due respect, someone in this town needs to raise the bar of quality newscasts. It seems that the CBS affiliate has made some roads, yet I saw better produced news in the 1980's in La Crosse, Wisconsin that is done here.

Your friend & mine,

TC

 
At 9:37 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous PK said...

And in the 70's, when I was there, it was even better! (La Crosse news)

 
At 10:05 AM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

* Lighting designer
* Decent Mics
* Arthouse for graphics

These things usually speak more to the GM and corporate. News Directors ask, GM's and Corporate Big Wigs say yes or no. I wouldn't praise CBS too much. They certainly didn't use a lighting designer.

 
At 11:27 AM, August 08, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

I was born in Madison, Wis. (market 85) and I've watched plenty of TV in Spokane, Wash. (market 77) and Green Bay (market 69) and they are all pretty much like the Springs. You've got the anchors who have been around forever, the green reporters right out of Nowhere, Wyoming, and the up and comers in between.

So the mix isn't going to change. I think it makes more sense to criticize the individual reporters and anchors on the wrong track and applaud the people making strides than to issue blanket condemnations.

Speaking of which, doesn't it seem that Stacey Kaiser over at 13 is really improving?

 
At 3:16 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's list 'em.

Feel free do disagree and rearrange. It's all a matter of opninion.

CREAM OF THE CROP
(our shining stars)
Lisa Lyden
Terry Gerbstadt
Lee Douglas
Rob Quirk
Jesse Kurtz
James Jarman
Kellie MacMullan
Georgiann Lymberopoulos
Eric Singer
Brian Bledsoe
David Ortiviz
Lauri Martin
Marty Venticinque
Adam Atchison
Andy Koen
Mike Madson
Marshall Zelinger

LOVE 'EM OR LEAVE 'EM
(faces in the crowd)
Matt Meister
Susan Davies
Don Ward
Craig Eliot
Joe Cole
Betty Sexton
Mark Hanrahan
Stephanie Pytlinski
Tak Landrock
Kimberly Price
Rachel Hoffenberg
Jeannette Hines
Stacey Kaiser
James Brown
Abby Lane
Mike Brookbank
Zach Thaxton
Josh Earl
Jennifer Fullerton
Tim Elbertson
Rosie Barresi
Jordan Mason
Christina Salvo
Rob Namnoum
McKenzie Martin
Meaghan Collier
Laura Rojas
Josh Howe
Stephanie Ross
Nicole Vandeputte
Rachel Welte
Mike Conneen
Jon Karroll
Branden Borremans
Nicole Darin
Laura Forbes
Mindy Stone
Josh Simeone
John Owens

BACK TO DOUBLE-A
(notable, but for the wrong reasons)
Grace Polanski
Nina Sparano
Michelle Molison
Dave Hazel
Joe Dominguez
Matthew Kruger
Bill Folsom
Ben Legg
David Nancarrow
Scott Harrison
Ashley Fielder
Stephanie Wurtz
Ryan Lowen
Shannon Brinias

 
At 3:33 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of which, doesn't it seem that Stacey Kaiser over at 13 is really improving?

At least they gave her a few months TO improve unlike some other, more qualified weather personalities KRDO has had in the past...

 
At 5:09 PM, August 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ben, and stacey should be getting their "a.m.s or n.w.a" seals if they are now working on it..from matt m...dave hazel also from mike daniels.... rachel hoffy, geez, i dont think so..also the big t.v deal.is nina sparono..nice hair cut..there like that..beats..lisa lyden. (watch)out. also, i just want to say to the "newbies" out there, great job ..but i would like to say as a tv watcher here for 30 years a guy that did tv documentaries on cable tv (i dont know if even andyw..know about him)..ong before .. all these new tv people that came over here..the news directors from fox 21 to krdo tv wants talent.. take note of this gentleman.they should hire him because he had "talent", and he is being "ignored" in this growing tv market and tv stations..

 
At 5:34 PM, August 08, 2007, Blogger george said...

by the ways.. on cw2news denver??where in the HECK ??where went mrs ashe blake ??anyone knows.i know that ernie b didnt like her and replaced her with ..vida ubonis (ugh) or what ever ..interesting denver tv..would u say??

 
At 7:39 AM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous PK said...

Asha Blake's contract was not renewed. She moved back to California. I thought she was very mediocre.

 
At 12:01 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Let's list 'em.

Feel free do disagree and rearrange. It's all a matter of opninion.

CREAM OF THE CROP
(our shining stars)
Lisa Lyden
Terry Gerbstadt
Lee Douglas
Rob Quirk
Jesse Kurtz
James Jarman
Kellie MacMullan
Georgiann Lymberopoulos
Eric Singer
Brian Bledsoe
David Ortiviz
Lauri Martin
Marty Venticinque
Adam Atchison
Andy Koen
Mike Madson
Marshall Zelinger

------

I agree with all except:
Eric Singer
Lauri Martin
Marty Venticinque
Adam Achison
Andy Koen

I believe these should be on the top list:
McKenzie Martin
Branden Boremans
Nicole Vandpute
Rob Namnoum
Jordan Mason

 
At 12:19 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's list 'em.
WHO CARES?!?! Get back to work news people!!!

 
At 8:45 PM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh o.k pk thanks for the "tip" there .got it..hmmhmm..i see there was some friction there with ernie b and ashe...i guess that in a market like ours. we dont have what denver t.v stations have there..hope they find another cw2 babe for the around the country for ernie b..and as for the "cream of the crop" i vote for krdo13 joe domiguez ..he great..i disagree with marshall z..though sorry csprings tv bloggers..joe cole nothing like when he was with steph p.in the 90s..with kk and again i say..take a look around ..look at the people really wants to work locally here for a reporters job..and i give "credit" to koaa-tv for that job opening in the sundays g.t, but too much "schooling" ie. 4--yr degree. eeeck.that will drive away anyone here to get that job..take care..

 
At 7:06 AM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude what in the world are you talking about???

 
At 9:13 AM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ben, and stacey should be getting their "a.m.s or n.w.a" seals if they are now working on it

Ben can, Stacey cannot. She does not have a degree as such the AMS will laugh her happy (large) ass out the door.

 
At 9:56 PM, August 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what??huh...anon #2 oh i see dude u dont like stacey..oh okay there dude..and the term "a.m s." means ..american meteorlogical society and n.w.a. means .national weather association..thats all.all that it is. most of the local dudes like brian bledsoe and matt meister have it .. and stacey , ben legg and matt krueger and..dave hazel just dont have it..and i hope that matt meister will help her out..for stacey k..people should have a chance at a job here.not to be thrown out at a whim..or a blogger.

 
At 3:10 PM, August 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stacey will have her ams seal by next summer

 
At 6:49 AM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX21 and the other stations must be jumping for joy at Kellie MacMullan's departure from KRDO. That truly should make things neck-and-neck. Too bad for GMC viewers, though. She was rock solid.

 
At 8:12 AM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know where Kellie is off to next?

 
At 8:48 PM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yesss.a.m.s.certified tv seals and n.w.a is very hard to get!way to go.stacey k.and krdo..and the weather dept.also just got another tv newbie from koaa-tv weather dept ..are they getting rid of ??susan davies. of koaatv she seems kind of young and from pennsylvsnia..

 
At 8:02 AM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just saw the fox21 morning news.and i have to say here..my opinion that m. brookbank just sucks..im sorry, but this guy just dont have what it takes..i hope he gets some training form the master joe cole..i do like the weather guy.. and jenny but..he just sucks..ill look at fox ..but i dont know sure about mike b..ill watch cw2 morning news with angie a..

 
At 5:08 PM, August 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the new morning show. I think Jeannette amd Mike are a pleasure to watch and find this show to be a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work!

 
At 9:23 AM, August 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Love the new morning show. I think Jeannette amd Mike are a pleasure to watch and find this show to be a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work!"

I love it when people lie to try to make others feel good. Anyone with eyes can see the truth when they watch.

 
At 5:14 PM, August 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I love it when people lie to try to make others feel good. Anyone with eyes can see the truth when they watch."


i wunder what am show this person works at in town? get a life!

 
At 2:25 PM, August 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it still sucks!.ill watch cw2 and krdotv.news..brookbank sucks!.. im sorry.. but that the way it goes ill listen on krdotv 13with zach and jenny in the morning..im sorry for you folks thats cant an opinion from some body..im a krdo tv fan ..what waste of time in the mornings in colorado springs tv viewers....

 
At 8:36 PM, August 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey,listen ! i watch "robin and company" on cnn better than all the local networks here combined! u should see that woman babe anchor in the morning. whew!!i tell u people of colorado springs..u should see her nice lookin dress ..i anint going to watch.. some of these newbie anchor (especially)the one fox channel.in the morning.. boring boring..just like watching a sock puppet show..ha..

 
At 5:43 AM, August 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're all delusional -- televsion news here is awful!! Let me just hit a few of my favorites - You've got the news anchor with a face made for radio, the Leprechaun Sports Anchor that always points his index finger during EVERY SINGLE BROADCAST, the Weatherman With the Wacky Wannabe Weather Wonderments. There's the Sports reporter with a last name composed of a strange conglomerate of vowels and consonants, the Weather Reporter that sounds like he took speech lessons from Bullwinkle. And lets not forget the neverending morning Weather Report which seems to last and last and last and last, only to interrupted by 5 minutes of news and then another 10 minutes of weather that seems to last and last and last and last....not to mention that every single road here in town appears to be a corridor of some sort...what a Mickey Mouse production we've got going on in this town.

 
At 4:43 PM, August 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree totally!!i was in cripple creek and boy u should see the people and the motorcycles in there and the deal they have out there..but i checked with most of the "local" tv stations to put the tv piece on with foxy 21 boring "american idol" show or what ever..and they didnt cover that story at all. i dont understand why??the tv networks should have crews or a p.i.o officer or some thing..just crazy .listen .. i think that mr brookbank is okayperson but .. i think he should be smiling or some thing because im NOT watching him period. he just stinks!!!mr cole should get him to do some thing..im not watching mr cole!..and for kelli mcmullen .. well shes gone and i like jenny in the morning at krdo tv..

 
At 8:26 AM, April 24, 2008, Blogger MGM Collision said...

My name is Mike Cerquozzi, I just went to court and the judge's name is Akermen. What he did was totaly bias to the other lawer, as if he knew him personly.
I know if you are a owner or you are involed with corporation, you can't not represent it. I would like for some one from your station to give me the chance to show what hapen, I am sure this hapens to many others. This judge violated my rights, and others should be awhere of this.

 
At 8:27 AM, April 24, 2008, Blogger MGM Collision said...

My name is Mike Cerquozzi, I just went to court and the judge's name is Akermen. What he did was totaly bias to the other lawer, as if he knew him personly.
I know if you are a owner or you are involed with corporation, you can't not represent it. I would like for some one from your station to give me the chance to show what hapen, I am sure this hapens to many others. This judge violated my rights, and others should be awhere of this.

 

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