Monday, September 10, 2007

KKTV ups the weather ante

I can't really say what having their own Doppler station will really do for KKTV's weather reports, but it'll definitely be a promotion goldmine. I'm surprised it's KKTV taking the plunge, rather than KRDO, given 13's devotion to storm coverage.

I hope KKTV gets a full-fledged weather channel running - they could probably get decent ratings just for the radar sweeps, at least during storms.

Also, it ups the ante again: Who's going to break out the checkbook for the helicopter?

20 Comments:

At 12:40 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KKTV lost it when they lost Eric Singer, Melissa Brown, Mike Madson and all the fine reporters and staff. Now their own doppler system will not help them get their ratings. Now either I watch News First or Newschannel 13 more often....

 
At 6:20 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Kat said...

Really? You watch News First? They might try investing in some new people because they rarely pull off a clean show. Besides that, Rob Quirk's annoying, and James Jarman's getting fat and he's lost his touch, and who in the world is that Laura Rojas anyway? She looks like she's trying to hard.

 
At 9:45 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, rarely does KKTV scoop 5/30 or KRDO anymore. While control room errors sometimes mar a very good newscast at 5/30, their depth of reporting is much better than KKTV. When I watch KKTV, I think I am watching a Grand Junction or Cheyenne, WY station.

 
At 11:39 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If ch. 11 already calls their current radar the "KKTV 11 News Storm Team Level 2 Doppler Net," then I propose something even more grandiose for the new radar.

Just think!

KKTV 11 News Storm Team Exclusive Live True-Vu 3D O&O Southern Colorado Mega Doppler Thundermax™®

 
At 12:54 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol!

 
At 2:06 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KKTV Weather, cause ours goes to "11".

 
At 8:44 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

like wheres the chopper 11 ??kktv .they never in this market can afford that since 1976 when krdo and st francis penrose had a chopper 13 and that was dismal failure.not in this tv market.. krdo tv and the folks at news post guppies there you got to be pulling my leg, arm ,etc..please.dont make the pubilic laugh ..ha.ha,

 
At 9:17 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey is falcon broadband coming to central downtown or stratimoor hills yet??in frustrated with watching only 6 local channels here ..except for satelitte tv..and comcast.

 
At 8:08 AM, September 12, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

RE: Falcon - We had a story in today's business section that Falcon signed an agreement to start with Banning-Lewis and another development out east. I don't know when they're going to get to Stratmoor now.

 
At 11:18 AM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay andy. i just saw the men and the equipment laying fiber down on boulder street the other day on the bus. whether that is comcast upgrade or something i dont know. thanks!im still waiting for qwest to see what they are doing .my cable bill went up to 80.00 a month.had to cut it off..

 
At 1:50 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat, you're right about
channel five
Jarman isn't trying anymore but don't count out Laura Roja's, she has the potential to fill a multilingual gap in this market

 
At 4:43 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think kktv does a much better newscast than they're given credit for. i really like the station. look forward to them doing better. and channel 5 is okay. i think laura rojas is very professional. james jarman is good, too. and when i hear the weathercasts i like to know if it's going to be hot or cold or rainy or sunny or snowy. and what the temps will be. i don't need someone who rambles because he likes to hear himself talk. like marty on channel 13. just give me the facts - please!

 
At 6:53 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well,i think that the tv market is already to the point of saturation here.i like mike madson.but with this revelation of a new radar system that 11news has. that will boost dramatically their ratings than 13, and 5 and fox 21..but if mr nick m cuts a check for a chopper.then i think that 21 and 5 /30 will sink down in the ratings.

 
At 6:54 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well,i think that the tv market is already to the point of saturation here.i like mike madson.but with this revelation of a new radar system that 11news has. that will boost dramatically their ratings than 13, and 5 and fox 21..but if mr nick m cuts a check for a chopper.then i think that 21 and 5 /30 will sink down in the ratings.

 
At 6:55 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops pushed the wrong button,sorry.

 
At 10:44 AM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding their own (as opposed to the NWS) weather radar just increases Channel 11's prestige and ratings. If I had to guess, Channels 11 and 13 might both end up with helicopters in a few years. But does this area really need one?

And I wouldn't watch 5/30 even if they could pick up in my part of the Springs. They are affiliated with an unwatchable network which has no business broadcasting news (NBC), plus they're not a Springs station, they're a Pueblo station!

 
At 1:40 PM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Colorado Springs station will invest in a helicopter. KRDO and KXRM don't even have satellite trucks yet and KOAA and KKTV don't use theirs often enough or effectively enough to fully justify the expense. First of all, imagine how costly it is to buy the chopper in the first place, then to rig it with all the necessary high-tech equipment to make it ready for TV. Transmitting a quality TV signal from a helicopter isn't easy and those fancy robotic steady cams don't come cheap, especially for HD. You also have to pay a pilot, and unlike reporters in this market, you probably don't want to hire a helicopter pilot with only 18 months of career experience under his/her belt. You need a crew of technicians to expertly maintain it and you need a place to park it. Can't fly it if you don't fuel it, and that don't come cheap either. Then consider the cost of insuring something like that, especially considering the volatile weather, difficult terrain, and history of TV news helicopter crashes in Colorado. If something really major is happening in Southern Colorado, i.e. Castle West Fire or a major train derailment, the Denver stations will sent their choppers and the locals can piggy-back off of them.

 
At 3:20 PM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if the tv station co sponsor a helicopter with one or two hospitals (Pueblo/Springs) don't count anyone out

 
At 5:01 PM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well anon#3 ,youre right .krdotv -13 had a chopper with penrose hospital for about 5years i think.and had none of the microwave gear, but had have photogs shuttling tape with krdos 3/4inch rca tk-76b eng gear . i wont be all surprised that either kktv or krdotv is thinking about this development.it will be faster and go anywhere where they want to but i was looking at all the chopper crashes from kcnc ch4 and kusa ch9 to the tv stations in arizona .it makes me wonder if this 90 th tv market is capable to handle that.im still looking for fox21 or krdotv will get or in the process of buying a satelite truck yet.

 
At 5:19 PM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder if they are thinking what im thinking.Either the tv stations would go for a a-star chopper or a run of a mill bell chopper 309g.its any ones guess. but it would be excitng and kk would have the pad on the ground either at the tv studio or at the airport..interesting.

 

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