GOING OUT TO DINNER
in the Morning," an online broadcast featuring phone
scams and celebrity interviews that airs on WKQI (95.5) FM
in Detroit and KOHT (98.3) FM in Tucson, had NBC's Chris
Hansen on the line last week, when the connection suddenly
Mojo claimed the "To
Catch a Predator" star hung up on them when they asked
about his much publicized fling with Kristyn Caddell, the
former reporter at Scripps-owned WPTV-5-NBC in Palm
Beach (Market #38). Hansen insisted the phone company
pulled the plug on the interview after the allotted 10 minutes.
As a "make good," he
returned to the show Friday and agreed to answer anything,
"no holds barred." (Interview
here.) In the world according to Chris Hansen, last
summer's National Enquirer scoops were “full of
hurtful lies. I understand the perceived irony of the, you know,
so-called ‘gotcha guy’ getting gotcha-ed,” said Hanson.
“But what the ‘gotcha guy’ got gotcha-ed doing was going out
didn't ask if "going out to dinner" also involved
spending the night at Caddell's Palm Beach apartment, where
the National Enquirer watched the married NBC
correspondent emerge the following morning.
Nor did "Mojo" ask
about The Washington Examiner report that Hansen and
Caddell were "all over each other" at a DC
restaurant in March 2011.
somehow neglected to ask Hansen about cell
phone photos of his crotch he sent to Caddell. Or the
picture of him standing in a hotel room in front of a large mirror
with white bathrobe open. Or the cheesy picture of him lying on
the hotel bed, letting it all hang out.
"Mojo" also failed
to ask about Hansen's
other extramarital affair with Kathleen Collins, a
"sexy Hollywood stripper" and aspiring country singer,
who he met at a club in Las Vegas.
Nor did "Mojo" ask
Hansen about being passed over by NBC for the anchor
seat at "Dateline NBC," when Ann Curry
moved to "Today" in May.
"We just don't comment on
tabloid nonsense," said Hansen. "You've just
gotta consider the source on this." So much for "no
describes NBC's version of "Dancing with the
Stars," a four-step contract tango with morning star
Step one: Talent signals he’s
considering a change (last year, anonymous press reports said Lauer
was ready to leave after Vieira announced her exit).
Step two: Network signals it
has other options (in December, The Wall Street Journal
reported that NBC News president Steve Capus and Today
executive producer Jim Bell took a meeting with Ryan
Step three: Outlandish
salary numbers are floated ($25 million a year, in Lauer’s
case), and talent considers staying.
Step four: Maneuvering to a
new contract. For NBC News, this last part will happen as
its competitors start to elbow in.
Lauer, an Ohio University
dropout, now earns a paltry $13,500,000 annually...slightly
more than he pulled in as a noon show producer at WOWK-13-CBS
in Huntington, WV (Market #64), just 32 years ago.
MAKING THE ROUNDS
Oliver, a well-traveled former TV news anchor and reporter,
emerged yesterday as a vocal defender of George Zimmerman,
the Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Florida
teenager Trayvon Martin and sparked a national uproar.
Oliver, who is a friend of Zimmerman
and works as a forensic chart review specialist at Orlando-based
Digital Risk, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning
America" before making
the rounds of local and national
"This is a guy who thought he
was doing the right thing at the time and it's turned out horribly
wrong," said Oliver. "He couldn't stop crying for
days after the shooting." Oliver worked at CNN,
reported and anchored for KRON-4 (then NBC) in San
Francisco (Market #6), and was a weekend anchor and reporter for WESH-2-NBC
in Orlando (Market #19) before leaving the TV news business.
With MSNBC's Al Sharpton
blurring the line between covering a story as a journalist and
advancing the story as a participant, the American
somehow avoids the elephant in the room and asks the question:
"Should journalism experience be a requirement for hosting a
political talk show?"
"UNITY: Journalists of
Color," an alliance of the Asian American Journalists
Association (AAJA), the National Association of Hispanic
Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists
Association (NAJA), and the National Lesbian and Gay
Journalists Association (NLJGA), unveiled
a new logo yesterday featuring a big yellow "J"....which,
we hope, was not meant to depict yellow journalism
as the color of choice.
There's an epic carriage
showdown shaping up between Tribune's television
stations in 16 markets (including Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston,
and New Orleans) and DirecTV. Their deal expires Saturday
at midnight, and Tribune is already digging in its heels.
Reeves, the senior meteorologist and VP-GM of AccuWeather
Television, who died Sunday afternoon when he fell from the
roof of his home while taking down Christmas lights, was home
alone when the accident occurred.
According to reports, several
neighbors witnessed the fall and reached his side within minutes. Reeves
reportedly landed head-first on the concrete driveway and was
unconscious but still breathing when paramedics arrived. He died
on the way to the emergency room. His wife of six months, Raychel,
flew in from Los Angeles overnight.
The FCC has approved the
sale of LIN Media's WUPW-36-Fox in Toledo (Market #74) to a
subsidiary of American Spirit Media for $22 million. WUPW
will be operated by Raycom Media's WTOL-11-CBS in Toledo
under a shared services agreement.
LIN expects to lay
off [fire] 63 employees. American Spirit Media is based
in Charlotte and has similar duopoly agreements with Raycom
in three other markets. The contract between WTOL and WUPW
is for at least eight years, and American Spirit Media will
pay WTOL more than $1.3 million the first year of the
agreement. That amount would be adjusted for inflation in
year ago, LIN Media bought a pair of failing stations,
WBDT-26-CW in Dayton (Market #63) and WIWB (now
WCWF-14-CW) in Green Bay (Market #69), from ACME
Communications and combined them with existing LIN
stations as duopolies in those markets.
Yesterday, ACME stockholders
the benefits of the sale in a special cash distribution of
$.22 per share of stock and a special distribution of 300,000
shares of LIN TV Corp. stock.
Communications-owned WBKI-34-CW in Louisville (Market
#48), which has operated under a local marketing agreement with Belo's
defaulted on loans and "other financial
accommodations" provided by Iowa-based Valley Bank.
The bank, which holds secured liens
on basically all of the station's assets, will sell everything at
a public auction April 6 in Chicago. The station's former owner, Cascade
Broadcasting, went bankrupt in 2008.
Jan. 18, Robert Feder revealed online that Alex Perez,
a reporter and fill-in anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-5 in
Chicago (Market #3), appeared to be headed to ABC News.
Yesterday, 69 days after Feder's
made it "official." Perez will spend a
"few weeks" in New York, learning the network ropes,
before returning to Chicago as a correspondent.
He’s the third WMAQ-5-NBC
staffer lured to ABC lately, following sports anchor Paula
Faris, who became co-anchor of "World News Now,"
and meteorologist Ginger Zee, who became weather anchor for
the weekend edition of "Good Morning America."
Barbara Walters will
be the "roastmaster" for the Friars Club
sendup of comedy icon Betty White May 16.
New York Knicks star
Amare Stoudemire is suffering from a bulging disc in his back.
Or, as announcer Al
Trautwig of the MSG Network described it, a
"bulging dick." Hours later, ESPN2's
Jonathan Coachman referred to Amare's "bulging
Butera, a general assignment reporter at Scripps's
WFTS-28-ABC in Tampa (Market #14) for the past 2½ years,
heads south next week to become the new primary anchor at Waterman's
WZVN-7-ABC in Ft. Myers (Market #65).
According to his Facebook
page, Butera will front the 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 11:00
p.m. newscasts. He'll replace Len Jennings. who left last
week for KMBC-9-ABC in Kansas City.
Hena Daniels, a former
reporter and weekend news anchor at Meredith's WFSB-3-CBS
in Hartford (Market #30) who spent two years as a general
assignment reporter at Meredith's WGCL-46-CBS in Atlanta
(Market #9), has returned to Hartford's WFSB-3-CBS as a
Chris Pisano, who got the
boot as morning news anchor at Meredith's KCTV-5-CBS in
Kansas City (Market #31) two years ago and landed at "Good
Morning Indiana" at McGraw-Hill's WRTV-6-ABC in
Indianapolis (Market #25), has resigned "for family
reasons" after just 18 months in Naptown. He left after
Ohio State University student newspaper, The Lantern,
interviews Kristyn Hartman (right), the blondiful
former morning news anchor-turned-reporter at CBS-owned WBBM-2
in Chicago (Market #3) who will replace Andrea Cambern as
primary news anchor at Dispatch Broadcasting's top-rated
WBNS-10-CBS in Columbus, OH (Market #32), beginning in June.
Cambern says she has not yet
met Hartman, but they have been exchanging emails. “Everybody
who’s met her just has great things to say about her,” Cambern
said. “So I'm anxious to meet her and introduce her to Central
Ohio.” And maybe sell her my house, she did not add.
Cambern is out the door on
the last day of May sweeps (May 23) and already has a home in
BLUEZETTE'S GRAMMAR YAMMER
"A PBS mind in an MTV world."
Mrs. B has more soundalikes for
Allusion means an indirect mention of something, as in:
~In her novel, the author made an allusion to her own
childhood. OR The author alluded to her own childhood.
Illusion means false perception. For example:
~The magician created the illusion that the rabbit
disappeared right before our eyes.
Elicit means to draw forth, to entice or lure, as in:
Illicit means unlawful. For
- The best way to elicit
disgust: Display totally gross images. (abcnews.go.com,
A tenet is a belief.
- Hustler Magazine's Sunday ad
offers up to $1 million for documented evidence of illicit
relations with a member of Congress, senator or other
prominent office holder. (wtop.com, 3-6-12)
~Unfortunately, that news director's tenet is that bullying
is the best way to manage.
A tenant is someone who rents.
~The tenant met us at the door with her list of complaints
about the landlord.
Versus means against or as an alternative or in contrast
with, as in this HuffPo headline:
Verses is the plural of
"verse," which is a line of poetry or one of a numbered
sub-divisions in a chapter of the Bible, as used in this Las Vegas
Sun web story:
- Joe Biden: It's Santorum Versus
All Of America On Issue Of Higher Education(3-1-12)
Another group of soundalikes is coming
up next time.
- Tebow spent about 45 minutes
talking with Kevin Odor, senior pastor of Canyon Ridge
Christian Church, in an interview that tied in to several
Bible verses. (3-3-12)