Saturday, September 10, 2016

Commentary: Different styles of grouping, an unusual coastline classification, and a possible transition at a local TV station

  • I had noticed some local news broadcasters using different ways of referring to a group of folks they said were killed in the city of Citronelle in southwest Alabama this past August in their broadcasts since then (such as five adults and an unborn child, six people including an unborn child, and five people including a pregnant woman).  
  • One of the weather reporters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Jason Smith) had referred to a part of the state of Florida that was expected to be in the path of a tropical cyclone named "Hermine" last Thursday on the first day of this September as "Florida's forgotten coast" while talking about the cyclone itself in their local news programming that day (between 8:57 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) To me that phrase might be considered very offensive and presumptuous by folks with connections to that area (it also made me wonder whether he was told to use that phrase by someone in charge of WALA-TV or not).
  • I have a feeling that WKRG-TV may be transitioning to having a certain professional announcer with past connections to the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama (Jeff Davis) be their main announcer for their local news operation and broadcast operation in general, since his voice was used in several recent promotional videos for their main broadcast channel, including promotional videos for businesses in their local broadcast area, some of their syndicated programs (including a comedic program named "The Big Bang Theory" and a game program named "Family Feud"), and certain parts of their local news programs (they were about recent awards bestowed upon their broadcast operation).*
(*by the time of this writing, the local news programs still had announcements by a professional announcer named Jay Gardner for other parts of their broadcasts (they were normally used for introducing certain segments of their broadcasts like weather segments and sports segments)

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