Monday, July 24, 2017

Commentary on corporate videos in local news programming, broadcasters promoting cruelty to sea fish, and unprofessional introductions

 (note: this commentary was originally written on the Sunday of the twenty-third day of this July)
  • WPMI-TV and other local TV stations across the United States should not be required to have certain videos from their holding company (or "parent" company) featured on their local news programs (such as portions of segments for a national TV program of theirs named "Full Measure" and commentaries by a member of theirs named Boris Epshteyn). None of them should be required to have them at all.
  • If I were in charge of one of the local news operations for one of the local TV stations in southwest Alabama, I would had not allowed for any of its members to use one of its local TV programs to promote activities dedicated to capturing fish or other sea creatures. If I or they wanted to use these programs to talk about activities, I would had instructed them to talk about them same way they would (or should) talk about other subjects in news reports (in objective, impartial, and professional ways).
  • I thought the way one of the videos of news reports on the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the evening hours of the Saturday of the twenty-second day of this July was introduced was very unprofessional and very inappropriate (it was introduced by the news presenter from the program (Kati Weis)): "So, is the man from Tufts University tough enough to handle the rough and tumble world of Donald Trump and the White House communications department? Well Mister Trump thinks so, as he replaced his old press secretary and communications director Sean Spicer on Friday. FOX News correspondent Garrett Tenney has all the details."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

News for Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

    • Some video of what appeared to had been an awards ceremony (for an awards program named the Nappie Awards*) involving members of the local news operation for WKRG-TV (including a weather reporter named John Nodar and a sports reporter named Randy Patrick Setterstrom) was used for some reports about the ceremony on some of the local news programs for WKRG-TV since the Friday of the twenty-first day of this July.
    • Some of the news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV appeared to had been referring to the operation as "headquarters" in their local news programming for this calendar week (for example, one of the news presenters for the local news program that appeared on their main broadcast channel during the second half of the hour of 6:00 p.m. this past Tuesday on the eighteenth day of this July (Rose Ann Haven of "WKRG News 5 at 6:30") appeared to tell the audience for their local news programs that they were their "municipal election headquarters" before talking about candidates for positions of government in the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama whereas one of the news presenters for the program that appeared on the channel during the second half of the hour of 4:00 a.m. and the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. this past Wednesday on the nineteenth day of this July (Jessica Taloney on "WKRG News 5 This Morning") appeared to tell the same audience that they were "local elections headquarters here in Mobile". 
    (*they were officiated by a company specialized in news based in the city of Mobile named Lagniappe)

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    News for Friday, July 21st, 2017

    • A Facebook page attributed to WALA-TV had what appeared to be a recording of some special news programming from their main provider of network programming (the FOX Broadcasting Company) that was not part of the programming feed for their main broadcast channel this past Thursday on the twentieth day of this July. 
    • A Facebook page attributed to a former news reporter for a local TV station outside of the TV market for southwest Alabama (Katarina Luketich of  WXXV-TV in the city of Gulfport in the state of Mississippi) had a message attributed to her dated for the Friday of the fourteenth day of this July indicating she had joined the local news operation for WKRG-TV between then and this Friday.   

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    News for Thursday, July 20th, 2017

    • A Facebook page attributed to WALA-TV had video of what appeared to had been the second half of a local news program for WALA-TV being televised through their main broadcast channel this past Wednesday on the nineteenth day of this July. 
    • An advertisement for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this past Wednesday ("WKRG News 5 at 10") and the beginning of the program itself appeared to take precedence over advertisements for national TV programs from their main provider of network programming (the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)) on their main broadcast channel during the last three minutes of the hour of 9:00 p.m. that day. 
    • Some local TV programs broadcast this past Wednesday had some of their contributors talking about that day being the twentieth anniversary of the day that a certain tropical cyclone named "Danny" came to southwest Alabama (for example, the weather reporter for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the second half of the hour of 4:00 a.m. and the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. that Wednesday (John Nodar of "WKRG News 5 This Morning") had used at least one of its weather segments for that Wednesday to talk about having been part of the local news operation for WKRG-TV by the time the cyclone came to southwest Alabama).

    News for Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

    • Some local broadcasters in southwest Alabama appeared to had been honored by an awards program usually officiated on a year basis by a company specialized in providing news and information based in southwest Alabama named Lagniappe (they were referenced on a World Wide Web page about the program; under the word "media"). 
    • A local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles that usually appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV on a regular basis recent times ("Studio 10") had a segment dedicated to a plan of theirs to have students of kindergarten and grades one through five in their local broadcast area audition for chances to present weather reports for one of their local news programs between Monday and Friday. 
    • Some video of what appeared to be a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles that usually appeared on the main broadcast channels for WPMI-TV and WJTC-TV on a regular basis in recent times ( "Gulf Coast Today") from a perspective other than the ones used in the making of it appeared to had been streamed onto a Facebook page attributed to one of its hosts (Jake Dunne) at the time it was set to appear live on the channel for WPMI-TV (during the second half of the hour of 12:00 p.m.) before the one for WJTC-TV could have it in the form of a recording later this Wednesday (during the second half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. for this Wednesday).   

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    News for Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

    • The director of the local news operation for WALA-TV (Scott Flannigan) was said to had been part of a meeting concerning the department of police for the city of Mobile in some reports about the meeting itself for some of the local news programs that appeared on their main broadcast channel this Tuesday, specifically the ones it had during the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this Tuesday ("FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.", and "FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m." respectively)).
    • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. both this past Tuesday and this past Monday back on the seventeenth day of this July each had one or both of their news presenters (Bob Grip and Lenise Ligon) talking about plan for the program that appeared on the channel during the hour of 5:00 p.m. on those days to have weather reporters for their local news operation talking about subjects pertaining to preparing for tropical cyclones* while broadcasting from different locations across the coast of the Gulf of Mexico during the second half of that hour this Wednesday on the nineteenth day of this July.**
    (*the program that appeared on the channel during the hour of 5:00 p.m. this Tuesday had only the one named Bob Grip talking about the plan)  

    (the programs usually had one of them say this in reference to some of the subjects to be discussed by the reporters: "cell phone and Internet protection, building standards, and insurance"). 

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    News for Monday, July 17th, 2017

    • The news presenters for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this past Friday (Peter Albrecht and Rose Ann Haven of "WKRG News 5 at 5") appeared to express emotions (such as smiling (in the case of both of them) and laughter (in the case of the one named Rose Ann Haven)) about a live report (about some video of some protestors) from one of its reporters (Joseph Blake (J. B.) Biunno).
    • The news presenter for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV in the middle of the hour of 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday on the sixteenth day of this July (Ashley Knight of "WKRG News 5 at 5"*) had introduced one of their sports reporters (Robby Baker) in a way that was similar to the way one of their other news presenters (Mel Showers) usually introduced their other sports reporter (Randy Patrick Setterstrom**) on some of their other news programs ("WKRG News 5 at 6 [p.m.]" and "WKRG News 5 at 10 [p.m.]" on days other than Saturday and Sunday) in recent times.***
    (*the channel was usually set to have it during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday in recent times (usually by the first minute of it), but not this time due to the special sports programming it had before then (this resulted in it having the news program when it was usually set to have a national news program named "The CBS Weekend News" on Sunday in recent times)

    (**he was part of their broadcast operation before the other sports reporter)

    (***this was the way the news presenter named Mel Showers usually introduced the sports reporter named Randy Patrick Setterstrom: "It's time now for sports and here's Randy Patrick" (with emphasis on the word "here" and its apostrophized letter before directing one of his fingers toward him); as for the way the news presenter named Ashley Knight introduced the sports reporter named Robby Baker: "Time now for sports and here's Robby Baker" (with emphasis on the word "here" and its apostrophized letter before directing one of the fingers from both of her hands toward him))