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10/18/2004: Why I hate local TV news....

The asshole styling himself "the weather authority" on Fox 13 News has been monopolizing the soundtrack and way too much of the screen real estate, interrupting the broadcast of the AL Championship series for the last 30-40 minutes or so (at least they're showing the video of the game, rather than pre-empting it outright). We have the misfortune of having some serious weather developing in the MO bootheel and NE Arkansas (including tornado warnings), and while I realize that the station needs to provide some warning for their viewing area, this dickwad thinks that anyone watching the broadcast is more interested in hearing him provide wordy explanations of what's going on rather than knowing what's going on in the game. Frankly, for a special event like this (as opposed to normal daily broadcasting), the weather guy should shut the fuck up, interrupting only to indicate which areas are in danger, advising viewers in those areas to take cover, or (God forbid), tune into the radio or another TV station in the area for detailed information. Apparently the station has fielded a few complaints, since in the middle of his spiel he took about three minutes to defend himself for monopolizing the soundtrack, and then proceeded to repeat everything he'd already said up until that point (twice), adding absolutely nothing of value to what had previously transpired.

As for myself, the weather isn't going to concern me until such time as either the power goes out, or until I see people, dogs, and cars flying past my bedroom window.

Thank God for XM and the fact that they carry ESPN Radio; at least I can mute the TV and put my radio on for something approximating a soundtrack to the game, though interestingly enough the radio play by play seems to be about 30 seconds behind the action on the field.

Len on 10.18.04 @ 06:23 PM CST


Replies: 3 comments

on Monday, October 18th, 2004 at 10:06 PM CST, mike hollihan said

He has a blog! You can read it here:

on Monday, October 18th, 2004 at 10:28 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

Like hell I will.

on Thursday, October 21st, 2004 at 6:54 AM CST, Ken Scott said

Ah, good old Mr. anti-clockwise, as my wife and I refer to him. He got this name after we observed him in a similar situation on channel 3 a year or so ago, trying to come up with the opposite of clockwise. He couldn't think of it, and asked Amy Speropolous on air, who promptly came up with "anti-clockwise", and he bought it. Any time you have to ask Amy for a word, you're in trouble, because she doesn't know many.

Oh, as for the XM thing, it's a result of all their digital signal compression and the conversion back to analog at the receiver. It's always been that way and probably always will be.

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