Tuesday, May 31, 2016

News for Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Kelly Jones) gasped at a video recording of an automobile being driven over a motorcycle while presenting a report about it on their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") this Tuesday. 
  • WPMI-TV had a programming segment named "UMinute" on their main broadcast channel this Tuesday during a break for their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (they usually had segments under that name in their programming on a regular basis between last spring and last autumn).
  • One of the news presenters and news reporters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Chad Petri) had used a certain slogan (or "catchphrase") at the beginnings of their local news programs for Saturday and Sunday mornings ("WKRG News 5 This Morning: Saturday" and "WKRG News 5 This Morning: Sunday") in recent times at the beginnings of their local 9:00 a.m. and midday news programs for Monday through Friday("WKRG News 5 at 9" and "WKRG News 5 at Noon") this past Monday on the thirtieth day of this May (he was saying, "I don't know who's watching, but I'm glad you are").

Monday, May 30, 2016

News for Monday, May 30th, 2016

  • A member of WALA-TV who usually only did reports about traffic conditions for their local news programming in recent times was the news presenter for the local news programming they had past Saturday evening (between 9:39 p.m. and 10:09 p.m.) on the twenty-eighth day of this May (her name was Asha Staples).  
  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Ashley Knight) had used the word "monster" while presenting a report about fishing tournament said to had occurred in their local broadcast area this past Sunday on the twenty-ninth day of this May (specifically near the city of Orange Beach in southwest Alabama) as a "monster" while presenting the report on their local 10:00 p.m. news program that day ("WKRG News 5 at 10").
  • One of the news presenters for the local news program WKRG-TV had in their programming between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. this Monday (Jessica Taloney of "WKRG News 5 This Morning") had erroneously referred to one candidates for the presidency of the United States (Bernard (Bernie) Sanders) as "Democratic presidential nominee" whereas its other news presenter (Chad Petri*) had erroneously referred to another one of the candidates for the presidency (Donald Trump) as "Republican presidential nominee" on the program (the news presenter named Chad Petri had referred to the one named Donald Trump as "presumptive Republican presidential nominee" shortly before referring to him as "Republican presidential nominee" on the same edition of the program.** 
 (*he was substituting for a regular news presenter for the program: Bill Riales)

 (**both instances in which the candidates were called "nominee" occurred in a regular feature of the program named "5 Things You Need to Know") .

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Commentary: A sneaky comment by a local news broadcaster, a teaser in a contest, and a rare type of news report in broadcasting

  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Greg Peterson) had sneakingly used part of their local 6:30 p.m. news program for their companion station ("Local 15 News at 6:30" for WJTC-TV) to say that the idea of a debate between two specific candidates for the presidency of the United States (Bernard (Bernie) Sanders and Donald Trump) could be "interesting" after presenting a report about the idea and mentioning a public poll about it on the official World Wide Web site for his own station earlier this calendar week.  
  • I was glad to a see a member of the local news operation for WALA-TV (Lee Peck) present a report about a convention for nominating candidates for the positions of president and vice president of the United States for a political party named the Libertarian Party on their local 9:00 p.m. news program ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") this past Friday on the twenty-seventh day of this May since they and other news broadcasters usually did not have reports about candidates for either one of those positions representing that party or any other political party besides the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in their broadcasts over the past year.* 
  • One of the weather reporters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Jason Smith) should have not said anything about a certain word for a recent contest of theirs ("The Cell phone for a Year Sweepstakes") not having "anything to do with any specific championship football program" or made any reference to it at all while presenting the word on their local 9:00 p.m. news program ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") this past Friday since many residents of their local broadcast area would have been reminded of the team either way (he made its connection to the football program even more obvious for then when he said, All of the [University of] Alabama [football] fans will be thrilled; the Auburn [University football] fans, you can still get a free cell phone [service plan] for a year if you put in [the word] 'Tide' [for the contest] "). 
(*this Sunday was the last day of the convention (the candidate nominated for the position of president was a person named Gary Johnson whereas the candidate nominated for the position of vice president was a person named William (Bill) Weld))

Saturday, May 28, 2016

News for Saturday, May 28th, 2016

  • WALA-TV was "off the air" (or not broadcasting) between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. this Saturday and this past Friday (the twenty-seventh day of this May).*
  • According to WKRG-TV, technical problems caused one of the news presenters and news reporters for their local news operation (Ashley Knight) to present news from a tablet computer instead of a teleprompter on their local 6:00 p.m. news program ("WKRG News 5 at 6:00") this Saturday. 
  • According to WEAR-TV, their main broadcast channel was set to have a special local program about tropical cyclones ("Stormwatch 2016") during a time period when it was usually set to have network programming from their main provider of network programming (the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)) on a weekly basis this Sunday (between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). As for the network program it would have been set to have during that time period this Sunday if not for this plan to have the special local program during that time period (its name was "America's Funniest Home Videos"), well, according to the guides to the channel from the World Wide Web sites for TitanTV, TV Guide, and Zap2it, it was set to have a recording of the network program later the next day (between 1:36 a.m. and 2:36 a.m. next Monday on the thirtieth day of this May). 
(*they usually had programming during this time period on a daily basis in recent times) 

Friday, May 27, 2016

News for Friday, May 27th, 2016

  • WPMI-TV had an interview with a member of Alabama Public Radio (named Barbara Charnetski) on their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") this Friday (she was there promoting a plan to raise funds for Alabama Public Radio on the Saturday of the fourth day of this June). 
  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Kelly Jones) had mentioned their holding company (or "parent company" (the Sinclair Broadcast Group)) while presenting a news report in which the company was said to have had an "exclusive" interview with a person in a video recording that had accompanied the report without acknowledging them as their holding company for their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. this past Tuesday on the twenty-fourth day of this May.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

News for Thursday, May 26th, 2016 (amended/corrected)

(note: the first paragraph of this report was corrected whereas the second one was amended with additional information) 
  • According to a notice from the Comcast Corporation, the prices for some of the cable TV and Internet services provided by their subsidiary in Mobile County (Comcast Cablevision of Mobile) were set to change on the Friday of the first day of this July. 
  • One of the local radio announcers for WAVH-FM was interviewed for a series of audio recordings about residents within or around Mobile with their own businesses (the name of the announcer was Sean Sullivan; the name of the series of audio recordings was the "Mobile, Alabama Business Podcast"). 
  • Some of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV had used some of their local news programming for this Thursday to promote a special program about tropical cyclones ("Surviving the Storm") set to appear on their main broadcast channel next Wednesday (between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) on the first day of this June (it was also set to appear on the main broadcast channel for their companion station (WJTC-TV) later that day between 9:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.).  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

News for Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Darwin Singleton) had promoted a plan by their holding company (or "parent company") to host a public discussion about heroin as if it were their own plan while part of their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") this Wednesday. 
  • The wife of a news reporter for the local news operation at WKRG-TV appeared in the first part of a series of news reports about a virus named "Zika" planned for their programming this calendar week this past Monday on the twenty-third day of this May (the name of the wife was Stephany Carter; the name of the news reporter to whom she was married was Allen Carter).
  • WJTC-TV recently had a national religious TV program that had been part of their regular programming plans for at least 20 years removed from their current regular programming plans (they usually had it in their programming from Monday through Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.; as for what it was usually called, it was usually called "Believer's Voice of Victory")* 
(*according to a World Wide Web site named TitanTV, WMPV-TV and WHBR-TV still had "Believer's Voice of Victory" in their regular programming plans; as for the program that took its place in WJTC-TV's regular programming plans, it was a syndicated courtroom program named "Divorce Court")

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Commentary on the phrase 'just Google it', a publicity stunt, and some suggestive dialogue in local broadcasting

(note: the first paragraph of the report titled "News for Monday, May 23rd, 2016" was amended) 
  • I wish one of the members for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Taren Reed) had not said, "Just Google it" while telling viewers and listeners of one of their local news programs ("Local 15 News at Noon") who may have Internet connections how they could test those connections free of charge today (some folks may had thought she was being rude and unfriendly that time). She could have been more helpful by mentioning certain programs for testing those connections free of charge instead.   
  • I felt like I was watching a big publicity stunt for the city of Mobile sponsored by the government for the city itself on the main programming feed for WALA-TV this Tuesday since the hosts for one of their local TV programs (Joe Emer and Chasity Byrd of "Studio 10") were publicizing the down-town area of Mobile in a very blatant and positive way during its broadcast from the area this Tuesday (the host named Joe Emer even said the program was "all-about" the growth of the area while part of the broadcast).
  • I had noticed that one of the news presenters and news reporters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Bill Riales) had said some comments that many folks may consider both offensive and unnecessary while part of their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a. m. ("WKRG News 5 This Morning") earlier this May: For example, I heard him say, "Shovel the hail up" as part of a report about hail, and, "What the hail was [all that about]" to a weather reporter of theirs (John Nodar) as part of a weather segment for the program. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

News for Monday, May 23rd, 2016 (amended)

(*amendment note: the site erroneously had the year 2015 in its listing for the position)

News for Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

  • One of the weather reporters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Melissa Constanzer) said she was "happy to be a woman in America" in response to a news report about female persons who were pilots in the Second World War being eligible to their bodies buried at Arlington National Cemetery in the city of Arlington in the state of Virginia upon their deaths that one of their news presenters for the operation (Chad Petri) had presented on their local news program for Sunday mornings ("WKRG News 5 This Morning: Sunday") this Sunday.  
  • WKRG-TV had a dramatic narrative in an advertisement for a new series of reports planned for some of their local news programs for the next calendar week in their local news programming this Sunday (its narrator (Emily DeVoe) had described the subject of the reports ("the Zika virus") this way: "It's a story so important, we have Peter Albrecht, Bill Riales, Jacqueline Quynh, and myself working to answer your questions like who's at risk, what's being done locally to prepare, and why do conditions along the coast make for the perfect storm if there's ever an outbreak"). 
  • One of the news presenters and news reporters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Andrea Ramey) had used the word "destroy" to describe how a group of softball players from Auburn University defeated a group of softball players from Jacksonville State University in a game of softball this Sunday before referring to a professional tennis player (named Roger Federer) as "the greatest player of all time" and another (named Serena Williams) as "the world's number one" while introducing a report about them from a national cable TV and satellite TV programming service owned by their holding (or parent) company (the Tennis Channel) on their local 5:00 p.m. news program ("Local 15 News at 5 p.m."). 
(*WPMI-TV and the Tennis Channel share the same owners within the same company: the Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

News for Saturday, May 21st, 2016

  • A digital video file with a local TV program dating back to the year 1983 that WKRG-TV used the have in their programming on a regular basis by then was uploaded onto the World Wide Web site for an Internet video service named YouTube (the name of the program was "Small Fry News").  
  • A digital video file with a local TV program dating back to the year 1986 that used to appear on a special cable TV channel (a "leased-access channel") for Comcast Cablevision of Mobile on a regular basis was uploaded onto the World Wide Web site mentioned in the previous paragraph of this report (the name of the program was "WABB BLAB").
  • The same digital video file mentioned in the first paragraph of this report also had advertisements for a national TV program and a regional TV program that were part of WKRG-TV's programming on a regular basis around the time of the local TV program mentioned in that paragraph (the name of the national TV program was "Solid Gold"; the name of the regional one was "Southeast Championship Wrestling).

Friday, May 20, 2016

News for Friday, May 20th, 2016

  • WKRG-TV had a report about a member of their local news operation (a reporter named Allen Carter) giving another member of the operation (a news presenter Mel Showers) a tour of Mobile in their local news programming this Friday (it was part of a special series of reports for their local programming in general this calendar week). 
  • One of the other members for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (a news presenter and news reporter named Devon Walsh) usually had a dramatic inflection in her voice while presenting news about a former member of the news department for their main provider of network programming (Morley Safer of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)) in their local news programming this past Thursday on the nineteenth day of this May. 
  • Two of the other news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Bill Riales and Jessica Taloney) had used part of their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("WKRG News 5 This Morning") to make reference to the manager of their broadcast operation (Mark Bunting) visiting a promotional event for their main provider of network programming called an "upfront" (or the "CBS Upfront" to be precise) in the city of New York in the state of New York this past Thursday (the one named Jessica Taloney said the manager was "hobnobbing" while talking about his attending the event).*
(*some messages and images attributed to the manager about the trip to the "upfront" were posted onto a Facebook page about him)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

News for Thursday, May 19th, 2016

  • WALA-TV had some reports about their selves in their local news programming concerning their plan to help members of the public shred certain personal documents free of charge this Saturday on the twenty-first day of this May.
  • Some video recordings of the final segments for the last two editions of a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles ("Studio 10") from this past Tuesday (the seventeenth day of this May) and Wednesday (the eighteenth day of this May) were uploaded onto the official World Wide Web site for the station from which they were broadcast (WALA-TV).

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    News for Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

    • WALA-TV had an audio recording of what one of the news reporters for their local news operation (Kati Weis) said was a telephone call concerning her in a report she did for their local 9:00 p.m. news program for Monday through Friday ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") this past Tuesday on the seventeenth day of this May. 
    (*some parts of southwest Alabama are part of the broadcast area for one of the radio stations in the radio network for Mississippi Public Broadcasting (WMAH-FM to be precise))

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    News for Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

    • WALA-TV was set to be part of a contest in which a different word would appear on one of their local 9:00 p.m. news programs (all of which were named "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") on a daily basis so that members of their audience could complete the entry form for the contest on their official Facebook page.

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    News for Monday, May 16th, 2016

    • The founder of a school of dance in Mobile (Mary Lou Noletto of Sheffield School of the Dance) was not called by only her last name in a live news report about her and a former student of the school (Melanie Petithory) that was part of a local news program for WPMI-TV between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") this Monday (the founder was usually called by both her first name and middle name after initially being called by her full name whereas the former student was called by only her last name and by only her first name at separate points after initially being called by both names.
    • The news presenter and news reporter for WKRG-TV mentioned at the beginning of the first paragraph of this report incorrectly said their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. was being simulcast with their companion station (WFNA-TV) while part of the program last Friday on the thirteenth day of this May (he said it a few seconds after presenting a report in which the companion station was mentioned; as for the way he said it, he said it this way: "If I'm not mistaken, I think we're simulcasting - are we simulcasting - this broadcast in the morning on the CW (part of the brand name for WFNA-TV: CW55), so if you're watching on the CW, thanks for doing that".

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    News for Sunday, May 15th, 2016

    • WALA-TV, WKRG-TV, and WPMI-TV each had several live news reports about an automobile crashing into a school of dance in Mobile in some of the local news programming they had this past Friday on the thirteenth day of this May (between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; with WALA-TV having much of their local 5:00 p.m. news program ("FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.") dedicated to the crash). 
    • WALA-TV, WKRG-TV, and WPMI-TV had videos with different degrees of quality (or frame rates) in their programmings about the aforementioned crash this past Friday (for example WALA-TV had live video of the location of the crash with a frame rate similar to that of film whereas WKRG-TV and WPMI-TV each had live video of the location with a frame rate normally used for video).
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Mel Showers) used some of the programming they had about the aforementioned crash to say his granddaughter usually taught dancing at the school where the crash occurred in recent times, but not at the time of the crash (she was said to be there on the previous day). 
    • The programming WKRG-TV had about the aforementioned crash this past Friday caused their local 6:00 p.m. news program ("WKRG News 5 at 6") to end a few minutes later than when it usually ended from Monday from Friday in recent times (it had ended at 6:32 p.m. rather than sometime between 6:25 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.; by then, one of its news presenters (Mel Showers) had said, "We now join 'The Andy Griffith Show' all ready in progress", even though their broadcast channel for both the local news program and the show show would actually have advertisements for about four minutes before having an episode of the show all ready in progress immediately after an animated sequence in which the main announcer for their broadcast operation (Jay Gardner) announced their return to regular programming.

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    News for Saturday, May 14th, 2016

    (news about this weblog: a new paragraph was added to the historical feature titled "History of 'Mama's Family' on Television in Mobile, Alabama")
    • Video of a report for WKRG-TV mentioned in the previous report for this weblog ("News for Friday, May 13th, 2016") was uploaded onto their official World Wide Web site after the report was published. 
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Darwin Singleton) had used the words "disgusting" and "hateful undertones" to describe a "prank" at a high school in their local broadcast area (Theodore High School in the city of Theodore in southwest Alabama) before incorrectly referring to a candidate for the presidency of the United States (Donald Trump) as a "nominee" for the position while presenting reports about them on their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") this past Friday.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    News for Friday, May 13th, 2016

    (the previous report for this weblog ("News for Thursday, May 12th, 2016") was updated)
    • The sports reporter for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Randy Patrick Setterstrom) used part of their local 10:00 p.m. news program ("WKRG News 5 at 10") to say they would have a report about a person described as a "good sport" having "gone the extra mile to achieve" in their local news programming on a weekly basis this past Thursday (their first "Good Sport" report was part of the program that day: it was about a person from Mobile determined to teach certain folks how to stay safe while riding bicycles).
    • WKRG-TV had a report about their broadcast operation having a new "sales office" (in the city of Pensacola in the part of the state of Florida within their local broadcast area) on their local 10:00 p.m. news program this past Thursday and their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m and 6:00 a.m. ("WKRG News 5 This Morning") this Friday (it had video of the manager of their broadcast operation (Mark Bunting) saying that they and their companion station (WFNA-TV, even though he had called them by their brand name ("CW55")) were "trying to make a further impact" in the community of Pensacola and that "just want to be more involved" in the community).

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    News for Thursday, May 12th, 2016 (updated)

     (the second paragraph of this report was updated)
    • According to Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the reason past editions of a radio program of theirs named "Everyday Tech" were rebroadcast last Wednesday on the fourth day of this May and this past Wednesday on the eleventh day of it was due to a death in the family of one of the hosts for the program (Ashley Jefcoat) having occurred before the fourth day of this May.
    • Alabama Public Television was set to have three of their own TV programs (some documentaries named "Jeremiah", "Paratus 14:50", and "World War II: Alabama Remembers") take precedence over certain programs from a national TV programming service named World on the digital sub-channels of their network of TV stations (including the one licensed to serve Mobile: WEIQ-TV) that usually only had the live programming feed for the service in recent times between this past Wednesday on the eleventh day of this May and the Tuesday on the thirty-first day of this May.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    News for Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Lenise Ligon)  used some of their local news programming for this past Tuesday on the tenth day of this May to say they were "committed to holding public officials accountable" (in accordance with a slogan normally used in their local news programming by then ("committed to you")) while she and another member of the operation (Bob Grip) were presenting a report about their request for an "internal review" from an agency named the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (or ALEA for brevity).
    • According to WPMI-TV, a collision of automobiles on an interstate bridge over Mobile Bay (Jubilee Parkway (also known as "the Bayway")) prevented one of the news presenters for their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Kelly Jones of "Local 15 Today") from appearing on the program between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. this past Tuesday due to her getting caught in the traffic caused by the collision.
    • According to WPMI-TV, the news presenter referenced in the previous paragraph of this report was still able to be part of the first quarter of their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. this past Tuesday: she had used telephony to do so, but mainly for reporting on the. traffic situation that prevented her from appearing on the program (she even said she had never been that "late for work" in her 17 years of broadcasting and said that anyone who felt the need to "use the bathroom" before traveling over "the Bayway" at the time she spoke better do so before traveling over it (she had described the "bathroom" suggestion as "keeping it real" immediately after mentioning it on the program during her broadcast about the traffic situation through the use of telephony). 

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    News for Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

    • According to WALA-TV, the mothers of some members of their local news operation were interviewed on one of their local news programs ("FOX 10 News at 4:00 p.m.") this past Monday on the ninth day of this May (one of the mothers was a member of the operation herself).
    • Some news tickers that usually appeared on local news programs for WPMI-TV and WEAR-TV on continuous bases in recent times were absent from their local news programmings this past Monday (both WPMI-TV and WEAR-TV were members of the same company: the Sinclair Broadcast Group).  
    • WKRG-TV had a report about a "red-tailed hawk" perching on an antenna for their broadcast tower in Mobile on their local midday news program ("WKRG News 5 at Noon") this past Monday (the person who presented the report on the program (Devon Walsh) had admitted that they "just wanted to show him (the hawk)" while presenting the report).  

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Commentary: News broadcasters make fun of advertiser for their broadcast operation

    Two of the news presenters and news reporters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Ashley Knight and Peter Albrecht) had used some of their local news programming for this past Sunday on the eighth day of this May to make fun of a lawyer from their local broadcast area (David  Maloney) who had advertisements for his law firm (Maloney-Frost) in their programming on a frequent basis in recent times when they should have only presented details about his arrest that day and important details about his self such as his name and his law firm (the one named Ashley Knight said the lawyer may need his own attorney (basically another lawyer like him, specifically one legally able to defend other folks in courts of law) while introducing the report in their programming; the one named Peter Albrecht quoted some of the words the lawyer had used in some of the advertisements before presenting video of one of those advertisements (it had the lawyer say he would go after folks who drive under the influence of alcohol and contact him about it)). 

    News for Sunday, May 8th, 2016

    • One of the local radio announcers for WAVH-FM was part of a report WKRG-TV had in their local news programming this past Saturday on the seventh day of this May about a beer festival that occurred in the city of Daphne in southwest Alabama that day (the name of the announcer was Sean Sullivan; the name of the festival was "99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn").
    • WPMI-TV, WKRG-TV, and WALA-TV each had a report about a lawyer from their local broadcast area who usually appeared in televised advertisements for one of the law firms in the area getting arrested during the morning hours of this Sunday in the local news programming they had during the evening hours of this Sunday (the name of the lawyer was David Maloney; the name of the law firm was Maloney-Frost).
    • One of the local news programs WPMI-TV had in their programming this Sunday ("Local 15 News at 5 p.m.")  had a message (labeled "breaking" and "helpline") in a news ticker of theirs about a TV program from their main provider of network programming that was usually part of their main broadcast channel's programming plans for Saturday mornings in recent times ("Noodle and Doodle" from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC)) being set to be part of its programming plan for this past Saturday a few hours earlier than the time period in which it was usually part of its programming plans for Saturday morning (between 8:30 and 9:00 instead of between 11:30 and 12:00 p.m. due to special programming from their main provider of network programming about hockey). This explains why the last quarter of another program from their main provider of network programming that was usually part of its programming plans for Saturday mornings during this time period in recent times was not part of its programming this past Saturday ("Today").

    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    News for Saturday, May 7th, 2016

    • WALA-TV and WKRG-TV each had a report with a person with an identity that was usually kept out of the local news programming they had about an incident in which he was hit by a bullet this past April (the person was said to have been a "undercover officer" for the department of police for the city of Mobile; as for whether WALA-TV and WKRG-TV still had his identity protected in their programming about him or not, it was still being protected).*
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Candace Murphy) used part of their local news program for Saturday and Sunday mornings ("FOX 10 News in the Morning") this Saturday to encourage members of their audience to send images of their mothers and the names of their mothers to her electronic mail address so that she or another member of WALA-TV could give "shout-outs" to the mothers on the program this Sunday in honor of it having been designated Mother's Day in the United States.
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Chad Petri) did not say "hitting the post" in reference to an expression commonly used in radio broadcasting at the end of the edition of their local news program for Saturday mornings ("WKRG News 5 This Morning: Saturday") for this Saturday like the one for last Saturday on the thirtieth and final day of this past April or the edition of the local news program for Sunday mornings ("WKRG News 5 This Morning: Sunday") last Sunday on the first day of this May. 
    (*a report about another TV station in southwest Alabama having a report with the same person was posted here this past Friday on the sixth day of this May)

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    News for Friday, May 6th, 2016 (amended)

    • WPMI-TV had a report with a person with an identity that was usually kept out of the news programming they had concerning an incident in which he had been hit by a bullet this past April (he was said to have been an "undercover officer" for the department of police for the city of Mobile; as for whether his identity was still being protected for this report or not, it was still being protected).
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation for WPMI-TV (Darwin Singleton) used their local news program for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ("Local 15 Today") to promote plans by a company connected to them (Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment)* to hold a wrestling event called "Global Wars 2016" this Sunday on the eighth day of this May (he also promoted a TV program from the company named "Ring of Honor Wrestling" and the fact it could be watched locally through the main programming feed for WJTC-TV in addition to stating a comment about the plans for the wrestling event immediately after presenting a promotional video for them ("That will keep a chiropractor busy, folks")).  
    (*both WPMI-TV, WJTC-TV, Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment were members of the same holding (or "parent") company: the Sinclair Broadcast Group)

    (amendment note: the second paragraph of this report was amended with additional details)

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    News for Thursday, May 5th, 2016 (amended)

    (amendment note: the first paragraph of this report was amended to include a link to a message about the guest and her children on the official Facebook page for the program)

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    News for Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

    • WALA-TV had some special features for some of the local news programming they had this past Monday and Tuesday (on the second and third days of this May respectively) advertised with a start time not usually promoted in their overall programming (5:44 p.m.). 
    • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Lenise Ligon) used some of the local news programming they had this past Monday to encourage members of their audience who may consider their mothers to be amazing to send videos or messages to her electronic mail address explaining why so that she could include them on their local 4:00 p.m. news program ("FOX 10 News at 4:00 p.m.") this calendar week in honor of the Sunday for this week (on the eighth day of this May) being designated Mother's Day in the United States.
    • Last Sunday on the first day of this May, one of the local news programs for WALA-TV ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.) had a report member of their local news operation who usually only presented news for their local news programming from their broadcast facility in Mobile in recent times whereas this report had him reporting from a remote location of their local broadcast area in southwest Alabama named Monroeville (according to his professional Facebook and Twitter pages, he was in Monroeville for a different reason that day; as for his name, it was Bob Grip).

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    News for Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

    • The main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV recently had an advertisement for a new local TV program set to be part of its programming on a weekly basis beginning next Friday on the thirteenth day of this May (the name of the program was "The Point"; as for when they would have it in their programming that Friday, that would be between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.). 
    • Throughout this past April and the first few days of this May, the guides to the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV from Zap2it, TitanTV, TV Guide, and Comcast had the name of a national TV program from their main provider of network programming (the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)) listed for a calendar day in which it was not set to be part of its programming throughout that April and the first day of this May (the name of the program was "The CBS Morning News"; as for the calendar day, it was Sunday).
    • Some of the news presenters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV had used some of the local news programming they had this past Sunday night on the first day of this May and this past Monday to make announcements about the operation becoming the "official radio news partner" for a radio station in their local broadcast area specialized in news and discussion programming named WAVH-FM that Monday (this is how one of the announcements was made that Monday (at least the one for their local 10:00 p.m. news program: "WKRG News 5 at 10"): "And here's news for all of you who listen to talk radio here on the gulf coast. News 5 (brand name for WKRG-TV) is proud to be the official radio news partner for FM Talk 106-5 (brand name for WAVH-FM). We'll be providing updates throughout the day for listeners who tune in at home and in the car. We'll also be there with the latest news from the field and provide insights into our investigations, polls, and exclusive stories. So tune in to FM Talk 106-5 during the day with the latest from the News 5 team. Our reports begin at 6:00 a.m. with 'Mobile Mornings' with Sean Sullivan and Wayne Gardner. Of course you can still get the latest from us right here on TV and on Facebook."

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    News for Monday, May 2nd, 2016

    • Last Friday on the twenty-ninth day of this April, one of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Bob Grip) used the last segment of their local 10:00 p.m. news program ("FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m.") to present a tribute to a person he said was a producer for the program (Cameron Atkins) and that this Friday was his last day to be its producer due to his plan to relocate to the state of Tennessee with a friend of his (the tribute included a description of what he did in his position and videos of him in their broadcast facility, including one in which he appeared to be watching his own tribute as the news presenter told him to wave (he never did)).

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Commentary: A questionable news presentation

    WALA-TV had a member of their local news operation who usually only did news reports for the operation present news for the local news programming they had this past Saturday night (between 9:29 p.m. and 9:49 p.m.) on the thirtieth day of this past April (her name was Devan Coffaro).

    Personally I did not like the way she usually presented news for the program (she often raised her voice to the point of sounding very dramatic) and thought she acted as if something was either bothering her or making her very nervous.

    She also made me wonder whether she was really being herself or just pretending to be very bothered or nervous for a person in charge of her position. If she was really bothered or nervous, she should have been given more time to prepare for the program. If this was not the case and she was really just pretending for a person in charge of her position, he or she should be ashamed of his self or her self for making her do so.