Friday, December 24, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
More on Hawke resignation. Gary just said he was leaving to "persue other opportunities." He's moving to Virginia, but other than that doesn't have definite plans. No word yet on what the school will do for a replacement. We'll keep you posted.
Friday, December 10, 2004
U R G E N T
Lawrence, Kan. (AP) – KUJH-TV General Manager Gary Hawke announced today that this would be his last semester at the University of Kansas.
Hawke made his announcement to a shocked and stunned faculty meeting at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
AP 12-10-04 3:05 PM CDT
Thursday, December 02, 2004
In the first five minutes of this story, you'll learn the shocking details behind the TV station that toppled market leader KMBC!
If that teaser sounds familiar, then you've probably been watching KCTV, Channel 5, lately. Join the crowd. For the first time in more than a decade, KCTV is sitting pretty atop the 10 p.m. Nielsen ratings at the end of a November sweeps month.
Though final results won't be in until this morning, Channel 5 was comfortably ahead of Channel 9, holding a two-share-point advantage through Tuesday. (One share point is equivalent to 1 percentage of homes watching TV.) And KMBC, which remained No. 1 at 5 and 6 p.m., will probably lose its lead in morning news to WDAF, Channel 4.
Buoyed by strong prime-time programming from CBS and its high-energy news, KCTV has achieved a remarkable comeback that few would have predicted three years ago when the station's new boss, Kirk Black, rode into town.
“When I walked in the door in August 2001, we had lost 45 percent of our news audience in the past five years,” Black said Tuesday. “We had problems. And I said that we were going to work a plan like no one has worked it.”
Thanks to an amped-up promotion budget from parent company Meredith Corp. and a newsroom run by his hand-picked lieutenant Regent Ducas, KCTV is surging. Its ratings are up 25 percent year-to-year while KMBC is way down, despite a modest revival of ABC's prime-time schedule.
KCTV's 10 p.m. newscast — an in-your-face nightly spree of crime, accidents, sexual perversity and wild video — looks nothing like the newscast it used to be. Almost none of the anchors or reporters on the air in 2001 is around now; they've been replaced by younger and seemingly hungrier talent (notable exceptions include anchor Dave Helling and dayside veteran Liana Joyce).
Longtime viewers were not shy about expressing their disgust and outrage as Channel 5 transformed itself. On Gateway City Radio, an Internet bulletin board popular with local broadcasters, one anti-KCTV partisan this week described Channel 5 as “Jerry Springer TV,” while many others used descriptions that are unfit to print.
The complaints seem to peak during the three-times-yearly sweeps periods, when KCTV heavily promotes its most eye-grabbing news pieces.
In February, Channel 5 aired a four-night investigative series based on a sting it had conducted of men it said tried to solicit sex illegally on the Internet. Critics howled, but ratings went through the roof on those nights. And while KMBC won the overall ratings that month, the tide was starting to turn.
By October, “KCTV5 News at 10” was beating KMBC's late news regularly.
“This is not a flash in the pan,” Black said. “We started to close the gap (with KMBC) every month. We saw the gap shrinking, and in July we realized, hey, we might win this thing.”
KCTV's win may be interpreted as a case of a rising tide lifting all boats. The rising tide is CBS, which trounced the other networks in November on the strength of its hit crime dramas: the “CSI” shows and “Without a Trace.” It was the most-watched network among 18-to-49-year-olds, the first time CBS has finished No. 1 among that prized viewer group since 1980.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, CBS chief Leslie Moonves called it a “milestone” and a “watershed moment” that had put its affiliates in their best competitive position in 10 years.
By contrast, the ABC network has been dragging down its affiliates for years with its poor programming choices. That has begun to turn around under new leadership, and ABC's new hit “Desperate Housewives” has given KMBC a big lift on Sunday nights. Another hit ABC show, “Lost,” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, but by 10 p.m. much of the audience watching that program has tuned away.
Research supplied by KMBC shows that its ratings leap 30 percent to 40 percent at 10 p.m. — enough to make it competitive but not enough to stop KCTV's juggernaut.
Black, however, can hardly be accused of riding the coattails of CBS, any more than KMBC can be said to be coasting at 5 and 6 p.m. on its huge lead-in from “Dr. Phil” and “Oprah.” Nielsen data shows that KCTV has become one of the top-performing CBS stations across the country. And KCTV's ratings are way up at other times of the day, especially 4 and 5 p.m., when CBS programs are nowhere to be seen.
Some research suggests viewers start to tune away from Channel 5 after those vaunted “first five minutes,” a conclusion Black disputes. But one thing is undeniable: Kansas City viewers are some of the most voracious consumers of local news in the country, having made KCTV and KMBC top-rated in their respective network groups.
At WDAF, ratings for its morning news are up double digits as well, giving Fox 4 a slight edge over KMBC through Tuesday. Double-digit growth buoyed KSHB, Channel 41, at both 5 and 6 p.m. Its 5 o'clock newscast, following on the heels of Ken Jennings' daily smackdowns on “Jeopardy!” was up an eye-popping 30 percent year-to-year.
Success has allowed KCTV's Black to pull off a career feat that many once thought impossible: He survived the entire tumultuous reign of his boss, former Meredith Broadcast Group president (and onetime Channel 9 sales manager) Kevin O'Brien, who fired all the other general managers in the 13-station chain during his three years running the group.
O'Brien, who didn't hire Black, was terminated last month for violating the company's equal-opportunity employment policy. Newsroom insiders say a cheer went up when his firing was announced.
Black said he always had a terrific working relationship with O'Brien, and Ducas said that O'Brien, who could monitor every Meredith station from satellite feeds at his office in Las Vegas, “left us alone because he thought we were doing a great job.” And to those who fondly remember the olden days, Ducas points out that Channel 5 had a long history of aggressive reporting before he and Black came along. Its best-known reporter was investigative bulldog Stan Cramer, who thrived off targets putting a hand up to the camera and slamming the door in his face.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
By AARON BARNHART The Kansas City Star
Two more television stations in Kansas City merged operations Friday, as the owner of CBS affiliate KCTV bought a controlling stake in WB affiliate KSMO-TV.
But the deal — initially valued at $26.8 million, with a potential $6.7 million kicker later — probably will face legal challenges.
Kirk Black, the general manager of KCTV, made the announcement at KSMO's offices in Kansas City, Kan., Friday afternoon. Black said Des Moines-based Meredith Corp. was assuming control of Channel 62 immediately and KSMO's facilities would be moved to KCTV's Fairway offices within four months. He said the employees of both stations would remain on payroll, except for KSMO's general manager, Mark Martin, who is leaving.
“We're taking over KSMO,” said Black, who called the acquisition “exciting” and said it would make Meredith “the biggest player in town.”
Under the arrangement, KCTV will be able to sell all available commercial time on both stations and boost profits by combining operations, such as sales and engineering, which the stations now perform separately.
KCTV will also be able to determine up to 15 percent of KSMO's programming, or about five hours per weekday. Black said this could include adding KCTV's local news, Metro Sports or repeat broadcasts of syndicated fare such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to KSMO's schedule.
The deal comes at a time when media ownership rules are in greater flux than at any time in history. The company is betting, in effect, that the federal courts, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission will resolve a variety of disputes affecting broadcasters in such a way that KCTV will be allowed to buy KSMO outright.
Currently, federal law on “duopolies” — the ownership of two stations in a single market — does not permit an outright KCTV-KSMO merger. Instead, Meredith is paying $26.8 million to enter into a “joint sales agreement” with KSMO's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group of Hunt Valley, Md., with an option to buy the license for $6.7 million should the law change.
The joint sales agreement could be invalidated under a proposed rule change filed in August by the FCC.
Currently, both stations in a joint sales agreement are considered independent. If the rule change goes through, the owner of the larger station would be considered in control of the smaller one. That would put Meredith in violation of the commission's “voices” rule, which stipulates that stations cannot merge if that would reduce the number of independent voices in a market to fewer than eight.
There are 10 TV stations in Kansas City controlled by eight entities. E.W. Scripps Co. owns both KSHB-TV and KMCI-TV, while Hearst-Argyle owns KMBC-TV and operates KCWE-TV.
Further complicating matters, an appellate court in Washington in 2003 remanded several rules to the FCC, including the “voices” rule. If the commission is unable to justify the continuing need for the rules, they will be nullified and the KSMO deal would stand.
Another possibility is that the commission will allow the merger under a grandfather clause, as it has done when making rule changes in the past.
To Sinclair, challenging media ownership rules is nothing new. Shortly after the 1996 Telecommunications Act was passed by Congress, Sinclair struck deals that virtually doubled the number of stations under its control. The law on such deals was vague, and Sinclair was allowed to keep the agreements in place. It currently owns or operates 62 TV stations, more than any other company.
“This is the kind of skirting-the-law tactic that has helped make Sinclair the poster child for big, bad media,” said Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, which advocates tougher media ownership rules. “Clearly Sinclair here is taking a wager that their pals at the FCC will give them a high five to sell the station.”
Chester and other industry observers predicted Friday that with Sinclair involved, the deal would face higher-than-usual scrutiny from political opponents and media watchdog groups.
Sinclair recently endured a storm of protest over its plans to broadcast a documentary, “Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal,” that attacked presidential candidate John Kerry. It wound up showing a more traditional news program that featured both “Stolen Honor” and a pro-Kerry film.
With KCTV's newsroom as its disposal, KSMO is unlikely to become an affiliate in Sinclair's “News Central” operation, which produces a hybrid national-local newscast for more than 30 of its stations. Critics say “News Central” waters down local news, replacing it with large doses of right-wing commentary beamed in from its Maryland headquarters. Sinclair has argued that it is bringing local news to TV stations that traditionally did not offer news.
Sinclair officials did not return phone calls on Friday.
According to full-day Nielsen ratings averages, KCTV is the second-most-watched station in Kansas City. KSMO ranks fifth.
With the transaction, Meredith now owns or operates 14 TV stations in addition to its publishing assets. It has owned KCTV since 1953.
The company's shares closed Friday at $52.38, down 1 cent.
To reach Aaron Barnhart, call (816) 234-4790 or visit TVBarn.com.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Sunday, November 07, 2004
If Mizzou is still teaching backtiming by hand they're further behind the times than I thought. They probably still teach students how to edit film.
BTW, Michelle, if you want a good story about election disasters, talk to Gene Hartley about 1976 at KOMU.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Thursday, November 04, 2004
They believe it's a problem with the computer program that was installed to tabulate the results. In any case... a very long night last night.. followed by six hours of standing outside the county clerk's office.. doing interviews as the local republican and democratic party people spewed hate at each other. I love politics.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
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Monday, September 20, 2004
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Editor's Note: Liza is right there in your fair city of Lawrence pursuing her rock music. Rock on Liza, and go visit Dick if you have a minute.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
KSNT MAKES JULY GAINS -
KSNT/Topeka grew its ratings in
every newscast in July in both households and demos. The
Emmis Broadcasting NBC affiliate made the biggest gains from 6-7 am, where the station moved into first place in households, adults 25-54, and adults 18-49. Year to year, the 6-7 am hour on KSNT grew from a 2.6/18 to a 4.6/26 in households, from a 1.7/20 to a 3.7/31 among adults 25-54, and from a 1.7/27 to a 2.3/31 among adults 18-49. In mid August, KSNT expanded its morning newscast to two hours (5 am-7 am).
Thursday, August 26, 2004
My celebration drinking starts in a matter of minutes.. so that's all for now.. but if anyone is looking for a reporter job, let me know! We have an opening!!!
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
So glad to hear your news!
I think there should be a new rule that says "if thee get a raise and/or a promotion, thy shall drinkith heavily thereafter from that moment forth, until such time as unconciousness occurs or 24 hours pass."
Just a thought, mind you.
Everyone raise a glass to the wealthier!
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Oh also...if you notice the on-air talent look a little different on KSNT it's because a complete overhaul of the studio lights just took place. We were finally able to get rid of them all (most of the lights were labeled KTSB, KSNT's former call letters way back when).
Monday, August 02, 2004
So I tried to update what I knew including an e-mail from our bud Matt Makens who is heading for KAKE in Wichita from KSNT to continue to do weekend wx.
Anyway, if you have updated info on the Where Are They Now? link above. Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Sunday, July 18, 2004
I too have a new job as Research Director for Missouri Victory 2004, the Kerry/Edwards Campaign in MO.
I hope to see some of you at my wedding!!!
There's a video tour from Rick Musser that took me forever to download and would be better if he was properly mic'd, but it is kind of interesting. There is also a story from KUJH alum Brooke Wehner that's supposedly about the construction, but I couldn't get it to load.
Well, maybe this blogging thing from them needs a little work. But check it out anyway. It is interesting how they are gutting Dole and starting from scratch. And then the newspaper people move in with the cool kids.
When I'm back in Lawrence in October, I'll go down there and check it out and report back.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Monday, July 12, 2004
As of now the morning show will be expanding to 2 hours for a few weeks for olypmic coverage updates. Whether or not it will stay expanded is yet to be decided.
Also, there is a producer job open but I don't think it's for the morning but instead the 5pm and 6pm.
The news department is looking for a morning reporter to be live and do "newsroom reports" especially when there is severe weather (and being in Kansas who knows when that may be).
Finally, for those interested in working in the production department be aware that the news and production departments will be merging in October...so things and people could change (read between the lines).
Oh and Bieke, Ken kinda cornered me last week asking for what info I had of yours. Hope it's ok I game him your e-mail address (since that's all I had).
Editor's Note: It was fine.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Well, there are definitely some jobs to be had at 27 News in beautiful Topeka, KS. There's going to be a director job (PUNCH BUTTONS LIKE ME!!!), and there already is a producer job and I think there is or will soon be a producer/reporter job for the morning show which I hear is expanding to two hours in August. Let me know if you know somebody who maybe graduated in the fall and is still looking for a job (or anyone else for that matter). My former boss GM Ken asked if I had any suggestions for people, so I'll open it up to you.
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Glendive TV station is one-man operation
WIBAUX (KRT) - As Ed Agre videotapes this small Montana town's annual parade, candy skids along the ground - thrown from a bank-sponsored float. Behind, farming tractors follow the local football team roaring from a flatbed truck.
Though he looks like a proud grandfather trying to catch his grandchildren on tape, Agre, 66, is covering the news. He's news director, reporter and desk anchor for KXGN-Ch. 5 in Glendive, the smallest television news market in the nation.
For a 100-mile radius, the only local broadcast news source from the Canadian border to southern Montana is KXGN, aka Ed Agre.
In a time when Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and the White House are fighting over consolidation in the news media, Agre's work for KXGN represents the kind of local news coverage that critics argue gets lost when a few big corporations own chains of TV and radio stations.
"I'm not for consolidation, period," said Paul Sturlaugson, 51, vice president and general manager of Glendive Broadcasting, which owns KXGN-TV and a pair of AM/FM onsite radio stations. "It's less people making more decisions for all of us, and when corporate America takes over, the bottom line becomes more important than the community. Sports and community events, those are the sort of things that tie a community together."
Agre covers his beat, roughly 400 miles between Scobey and Ekalaka, in his white Lincoln Town Car, chain-smoking Marlboro Lights before he returns each afternoon to tape his evening broadcast.
"The way I feel about radio broadcasting and TV - you're talking to people," Agre says. "It's a personal thing. You're dealing with those people, sitting there in their living room."
Agre begins his day at 6 a.m. on KXGN radio, spinning classic country and pop records while offering the first news of the day. At 2:30 p.m., Agre tapes his "Montana East" nightly television news in advance, so he can make happy hour at a local watering hole, the Beer Jug (a valuable source of stories, he says). The time in between is devoted to newsgathering, cigarettes and a lot of driving.
This year, Agre celebrates a 50-year career that began at age 16, when he started out cleaning tapes for KFYR-AM in Bismark, N.D.
"He has quite a flare for that dramatic. When he first started, I think he thought he was Glendive's answer to Walter Cronkite," said resident Pat Moline, 71, sitting in the stands above the game.
Agre's tastes lean toward another broadcast legend.
"My favorite is Paul Harvey. His program is so well-balanced that, to me, it's just beautiful," Agre says. "He's a role model of sorts. I've always admired him, talked to him on the phone a couple times. He walks that fine line between news and entertainment."
Agre's own morning broadcast mixes a down-home sense of humor and such community necessities as reading school menus and weather reports. He keeps a list of some 300 residents' birth dates and sings "Happy Birthday" to them personally. In one segment, Agre reads excerpts of old newspapers. He ends each show with an Ole and Lena joke followed by a polka. If he doesn't, he gets complaints.
"You walk up and down town, and two old ranchers will stop you. They'll let you know what you did wrong," Agre says. "You don't have to worry about TV or radio critics here, we got 50,000 of 'em."
For some, Agre's broadcasts are the soundtracks to their mornings.
"He's a good historian. A lot of the younger kids don't like him because he doesn't play rock," says Jo Ryan, 62, an employee of Reynolds Warehouse. "It'd throw my routine off if I didn't listen to him. If my hair isn't dry by the time he reads the old papers, then I'm late."
An endangered species
This is radio the way radio should be done, Agre says.
"A station like this a is probably an endangered species. What I do is probably endangered as well," he says. "There must be some valid reason why they listen to me. At least here, we can individualize."
"All that stuff on that computer - what are you going to do, when that goes down? It's just becoming too push-button. You're losing that edge, that local personalized thing."
Too many programs, he says, are pulled down off "the birds" - Agre's nickname for broadcast satellites.
Agre prefers to get his music, and his news, locally. Although KXGN-TV is a CBS affiliate, it carries some NBC programming at night, including "Friends" and "The West Wing." When Fox carried the National Football League contract, KXGN broadcast Fox.
"People have been writing the obits of these little tiny stations for a long time," says Al Tompkins, who teaches broadcasting at the Poynter Institute. "There is always a hunger for local news, and as long as they can provide a niche, they are always going to have a market. When it gets to the point where they no longer provide a unique service and their content becomes generic, they lose that."
Stephen Marks, a Maryland businessman, owns KXGN, along with a handful of smaller stations, a practice not uncommon in low-population markets, according to the trade magazine Television Week.
The station carries state-centric news from Billings at 10:30 p.m. before Agre's "Montana East" program, so he can keep his news focused on the surrounding 15 counties, including one in North Dakota.
The barrel-chested Agre delivers the news in a professional, no-nonsense manner. Occasionally there's a brief editorial comment, an "Amen to that" chimed in after he agrees with a particular quote, but otherwise he remains a smiling, neutral anchor. Reporting the news in an area where everyone knows your face, your car and your habits requires a certain finesse.
"Most of us in Glendive get a good kick out of him. I've run into him at the Beer Jug," said resident Curt Milne, 70. "Without (the local news) boy, you'd lose that personal touch, and that means a lot to a small community. And pride - you're kind of proud to have the smallest TV station, upgrade it and keep it growing."
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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
"Well, it’s probably about time for an annual report on how I’m doing and
what I’ve been up to. Long story short, I’m no longer with Hy-Vee, nor am I
delivering newspapers anymore. I’m currently working at the Yellow Freight
World Headquarters in Overland Park, helping out in their Sales and
Marketing Department (technically, it’s called Territory Management). It’s
a temporary position, but hopefully they’ll make it permanent, or at least
find something permanent for me within the company.
As I mentioned, I’m no longer doing either of my old jobs. Both of them
took way much of a toll on my personal life with my new bride, Janet (oh, by
the way, I got married in July for those who didn’t know :) ). I was losing
too much sleep and was never home for anything important, plus I was kind of
grouchy. Now I’m home in the evenings, home on the weekends, and loving
every minute of it!"
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
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Sunday, May 30, 2004
How in the world did you people ever graduate from such a great school of journalism? Teachers must be VERY lax.
Editor's Note: I urge Dick to turn on the close captioning and read a local newscast for proof that broadcast people don't like to spell good or have well grammer. We prefer talkin' funny.
Friday, May 28, 2004
Also, I heard that Theresa Freed has been moved up from Garden City, and is now working at KAKE in Wichita. Congrats to her!
Thursday, May 27, 2004
This has nothing to do with sweeps, but I thought it was kinda interesting. As of Monday KSNT in Topeka has stopped all stock market reports in its newscasts. They said more people are interested in local news that will fill the time instead of national stocks, which can be viewed on cable outlets 24/7 (i.e. CNBC). Perhaps it will be back in the near future just like KSNT sports.
I didn't do any sweeps pieces, but as a station, here's what we did. We had the continuing tradition of "Try Before You Buy" where our 5PM anchor makes an ass out of himself testing infomercial products...very entertaining at times, like when he starts fires or breaks the microwave by shorting it out. We also did a "Cold Case" series on unsolved local crime. We also did the obligitory meth piece. In ours, our youngest looking reporter went "undercover" to see how easy it was to buy all the products you need to make meth. It turns out it was very easy, and then we basically told all our viewers how to do it...like you couldn't find out on the internet. Oh, and we also did the obligatory sex offenders story where you follow the cops to see if registered sex offenders still live where they're supposed to. Let's see, there must be more...I'll have to think of them later.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Important things to note: all the networks are going after Friends' old audience on Thursdays. NBC will try the Joey spinoff. CBS sticks with Survivor, ABC has Extreme Makeover, the WB moves in a new soapy drama, and the ultimate soapy drama... the O.C. on FOX... moves into the timeslot. I love the O.C. (So I'm a girl, what's your point?) Also, sadly, my favorite serials Alias and 24 won't return until midseason which is sometimes TV talk for not at all. I really hope that isn't true in this case. Third, nobody like the sitcom (me neither). ABC will have 2 fewer next season. CBS will have only six on their schedule, and NBC has only FOUR!!! Average Joe moves to Tuesdays where sitcoms used to be and the Apprentice returns on Thursday leaving on Joey and Will & Grace on that day. Hmmm...
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
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Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Now this information is not confirmed but rest assured that KUJHalumni.com is working to bring you more on this story (our Magid consultants told us at work that people like that phrase).
Also, I talked with my old friend (and he is so old...it's amazing how much you age on a Mormon mission) Jeff Cooper this past week. Big news is that he and wife Becky have welcomed their third child into the world (another product of being Mormon, I suspect). So congratulations to them. I told him about this site so perhaps he will send some pictures so we all can partake in a collective "Awww" at the cuteness of said child.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Editor's Note: Ah, I can see the potential of annoying your coworkers. I like this program already.
Monday, April 26, 2004
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Thanks ya'll - Jason Matisoff
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
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Wooding: Al Bohl's driveway: a year later
By Chuck Woodling, Sports Editor
Contemporary days of infamy usually start with Dec. 7, 1941, include Nov. 22, 1963 and conclude with Sept. 11, 2001.
I'll never forget April 8, 2003, either, although that date contained no catastrophic events.
Nevertheless, it was the most bizarre day in the history of Kansas University athletics.
At 3 p.m. on that day -- less than 48 hours after KU had played Syracuse in the NCAA men's basketball championship game in New Orleans -- Chancellor Robert Hemenway announced to a packed media session that athletic director Al Bohl was "leaving his position effective immediately."
In other words, Bohl had become the first Kansas University athletic director ever to be fired. Not that the handwriting wasn't on the wall. Bohl had clearly lost the confidence of coaches, athletic department administrators and boosters during his 20-month tenure.
Many thought Bohl should have been handed his walking papers earlier, and Hemenway admitted he delayed the firing so as not to distract from the Jayhawks' march through the NCAA Tournament.
Media attending Hemenway's announcement in Hadl Auditorium figured to receive a perfunctory written statement from Bohl handed out by the sports information office.
No way. Bohl wanted to give his side of the story in person. Since KU would not make a venue available, Bohl decided to do it in the driveway of his home on Wimbledon Drive adjacent to Alvamar Country Club.
And so, a handful of television satellite trucks and numerous media turned Bohl's residential street into a media mecca, no doubt startling Bohl's neighbors and passers-by.
At that stage, the atmosphere was uncommon at best, strange at worst. Then Bohl passed out copies of a statement he had generated on his home computer. Moments later, Bohl read the statement with TV cameras rolling and tape recorders whirring.
This was, for now and forever, to be known as the "Crushed Dove" speech.
Bohl accused KU basketball coach Roy Williams of hatred and vindictiveness, adding that Williams held Bohl in his hand like a dove.
"He had the choice," Bohl stated, "to either crush me with his power of influence, or let me fly with my visions for a better total program. He chose to crush me."
Ohmigoodness, I remember thinking at the time. Did I really hear what I just heard?
Anyone with any connection with the KU athletic department knew Williams was just one of many who had cast stones. Bohl's dismissal had not been a one-man show. It had been a team effort.
As proof, Williams bolted for North Carolina five days later, effectively ending speculation he would come back for a 16th season on Mount Oread if Bohl were discharged.
Had Williams stayed -- and to this day I believe he listened too much to his heart and not enough to his head -- I've often wondered how Williams would have interacted with Lew Perkins, the man who replaced Bohl. I can't envision there would be any conflicts, but it does appear Williams feels more comfortable working for men who hired him.
Williams worked amicably for 14 years under Bob Frederick, the Kansas AD who hired him in 1988, and now he's working for North Carolina AD Dick Baddour, the man who lured him -- with Dean Smith's help -- back to Tobacco Road.
What's done is done. Both Williams and Bohl are gone. Williams landed on his feet, but Bohl has dropped out of sight. He's living in St. Augustine, Fla., where his wife Sherry is teaching first grade in a public elementary school. I couldn't reach him because he and his wife are vacationing.
Anyway, it was a year ago this week that the face of Kansas University athletics began to change.
Bohl's polarization of KU athletics convinced Hemenway he needed to take a giant step to boost Kansas into major-player status in today's high-powered, cutthroat world of million-dollar bowl and television contracts.
In making Perkins the highest-paid university athletic director in the country ($400,000 salary, with an undisclosed annuity worth at least that much and probably more), Hemenway served notice he believes the only way to compete in contemporary NCAA Division One athletics is to spend money.
Whether the chancellor is right or wrong will be determined in the marketplace of athletic success or failure.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
I would greatly appreciate it(as would my GPA),
Controversy Surrounds Sex-Predator Sting
Ethical debate over TV's role; men threaten lawsuits
By Steve McClellan -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/22/2004
Is it good journalism, or is it going too far? TV stations create chat rooms to lure men into believing they are arranging trysts with teenage girls. The sting operation has a laudable goal: exposing potential pedophiles. It also has some journalists worried about ethics. And at least one of the men nabbed on-camera is suing the station that aired the story.
Meredith Broadcasting's KCTV Kansas City, Mo., and several other stations ran February sweeps pieces working with Perverted-justice.com. The Portland, Ore.-based Web site exposes "wannabe pedophiles" by visiting chat rooms and posing as adolescents, enticing adults to make dates. The conversations are extremely explicit. Later, the Web site exposes the would-be offender by posting his name and phone number, which they manage to obtain during their chats.
KCTV and stations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and elsewhere joined with Perverted-justice.com to take the deception to the next level. Together, they secured a house where the adult visited, presumably to have sex with a minor. Instead, station cameras were there to tape them. KCTV's sting nabbed 16 alleged sex predators prowling the Internet, but it also resulted in three complaints of defamation and one lawsuit.
KCTV was apparently among the first stations to actually name names and show faces of alleged perpetrators lured to a house where, the station alleges, they expected to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. What the station didn't tell its viewers, says Miriam Rittmaster, attorney for one of the plaintiffs, is that her client terminated his online chat without having a clue where the teen's "house" was located. It was only after he received a phone call from a woman "who was clearly in her 30s or 40s" and expressed in graphic detail how she wanted to pleasure him that his "curiosity got the better of him," says Rittmaster.
The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather aired a clip of the Kansas City sting that focused on Rittmaster's client.
Brian Costello, a Kansas City attorney representing another plaintiff, says his client also received a phone call after an Internet chat that he claims lured him out. "This is 100% entrapment," he says, though his client has since dropped his lawsuit and left the area. "[The station] rode him out of town on a rail, acting as judge and jury," Costello charges.
"Even well-intended grassroots undercover investigators can create more harm than good," Michelle Collins, director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the AP. Journalists have problems with it, too.
Former ABC News correspondent Robert Zelnick, chairman of the journalism department at the University of Boston, has "little sympathy for sexual predators." However, he adds, "if you're employing fraudulent techniques to lure people into embarrassing situations, that's crossed the line."
Brant Houston, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 5,000-member group of print and TV journalists nationwide, says deception is a "last resort" in developing news stories. Ideally, he says, investigative work by news organizations ought to come from within.
Most of the recent series—from Post-Newsweek's WDIV Detroit; Journal Broadcast's WTMJ Milwaukee, and Viacom's WCAU Philadelphia—relied on Perverted-justice.com to set up the chats and get the alleged perps to a pre-arranged site.
KCTV is steadfastly standing by its story. Station attorney Bernard Rhodes argues the plaintiffs are desperate to save their tattered reputations. "They said nothing about a call from an older woman when they were confronted at the house," he insists. "Their attorneys said nothing about a call" when they tried to get a stay to stop the story from running. "They knew exactly what they were doing," he says of the plaintiffs.
At WDIV Detroit, News Director Deborah Collura says no lawsuits have been filed by any of the 15 alleged predators she put on the air. As for the deception necessary to expose its targets, she says, "When you see those faces coming through the door and read the chats they had online, you don't give a second thought about going to air."
Friday, March 26, 2004
I don't want to speak for Doug (but I will anyway, he can post his own thoughts of you want) but The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN Radio was the smartest, most interesting, and funniest show on radio...hands down. If you never listened to it, which I'm sure most of you didn't, you truely missed one of the best talkers in media history. Mr. Tony will continue to be on TV, but it's just not the same.
So, the page will be black this weekend in memorium and return to it's happy upbeat colors next week.
Sunday, March 21, 2004
What I'm talking about is Television and Radio News Research by Mizzou prof. Vernon Stone. It takes a very in-depth look at everything involved in the TV and radio news business through surveys of those in the business. You can link to the main page here.
Of, if you prefer, here's a list of the surveys I find most interesting.
Television Newspeople (who they are, where they are, what they do, etc.)
Television News Salaries
Single in Television News (relationship analysis)
Job Mobility in TV News
Now, I like statistics, and I think these are very telling statistics. What do others think?
Friday, March 19, 2004
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
- WIBW-TV General manager Mike Delier resigned this past week.
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Monday, March 08, 2004
The Feb. sweeps: KMBC wins again
by Aaron Barnhart
KCTV, Channel 5, had a huge early lead in the local February news sweeps thanks to its riveting investigation of online sex predators. In the end, however, KMBC, Channel 9, remained on top.
KMBC, Channel 9, once again won every newscast in every time period during the Nielsen ratings sweep that ended Wednesday. KSHB, Channel 41, continued to score impressive gains at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
It wasn’t any one thing that put KMBC back in first place in late news. As Channel 9 officials pointed out this week, the ABC affiliate just brought home the bacon night after night, regardless of how well (or poorly, in ABC’s case) the network was doing.
Channel 9’s average ratings ranged from 11.7 on Thursdays to 13.9 on Wednesdays, while Channel 5’s 10 o’clock news fluctuated from a 14.8 rating on Mondays — when it got a reliable lift from “CSI: Miami” — to 8.2 on Fridays.
Inconsistency cost KCTV its first chance in years to win the 10 p.m. news ratings race. Moreover, KCTV’s weekly averages were all over the map: up when Steve Chamraz’s reports on Internet perverts were airing, down when they weren’t. All three of its competitors, especially WDAF, Channel 4, had much steadier audiences week to week.
So what does this prove? That a heavily hyped news series can artificially pump up viewership during a ratings period? Yes. But KCTV’s rivals ignore another lesson at their peril: People do watch investigative reports.
Station managers know all too well that many viewers will watch whatever news is on. But they sought out Channel 5 when its investigation aired. For four nights, KCTV scored a rare feat: Its audience actually grew after the network signed off at 10 p.m. (KMBC improves on its network lead-in nearly every night.)
Chamraz spends four days in a house and KCTV gets four nights of great ratings. Not bad.
Now imagine what would happen if Kansas City had investigative teams doing real, substantial investigations all the time. KCTV wants to be the area’s leading I-team, but, frankly, there’s not much competition. KMBC staked out its reputation in beat reporting; WDAF and KSHB do consumer news.
Other cities the size of ours have TV stations that devote weeks and months to large investigations. The National Headliner Awards this week honored stations in Nashville and Indianapolis for such work.
KCTV may not dependably deliver the ratings that advertisers want. but it’s shown that it can turn heads. In a 300-channel world, that counts for something.
Sunday, March 07, 2004
Dick's newsletters are now back in the right column. There is also now an official archives section. It includes the postings from the old format. It also will begin to archive current postings by month. So in 6 months if you want to go back and read postings from March, they'll be easy to find.
That's it for me today,
Friday, March 05, 2004
Also, congrats to Sherwood on being award winning. She also pointed out that the link to post a new message was missing from the top of the page. It's back now. Post early and often.
Have a good weekend,
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
The Evening News Graphics which fed on the Newspath feed at 22:13:07 ET
mistakenly included an obit graphic for Fidel Castro. Do not use this
graphic. Castro is not dead.
Sunday, February 29, 2004
On a side note, I think I've finally fixed all the problems with re-do blog. Hopefully it works as well as the old one. If anybody has any problems with it, please e-mail me.
Saturday, February 28, 2004
Editor's Note: Ha, ha...retire at 35 or whatever young age he's at. That means he's been fired from his last TWO jobs.
The news out of my former employers, KSNT, is interesting. They have fired news director Kevin Pope, interestingly, right in the middle of sweeps. Actually, I think technically he "resigned," but we all know what that means. The same day they posted the news director job on TV Jobs, they also posted a sports director job. So I guess that means the "no sports" experiment is over. Ha!
Friday, February 27, 2004
I will be back tomorrow with actual news!!!!