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Did the Troubleshooter Go Too Far?

WAVE-TV got off to a great start in the November sweeps last night with a Troubleshooter investigation that got Parks Director Mike Heitz suspended for drinking and driving his city-issued Ford SUV. WAVE’s Eric Flack confronted Heitz in the parking lot of KT’s after using a hidden camera to record him buying and consuming three drinks in 90 minutes. This time, Heitz decided not to drive. But this was the fifth day of the WAVE stakeout at KT’s, and on previous days Flack reported seeing Heitz have as many as four drinks in the same time period. And on one…


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When the Competition Makes the News, Stations Don’t Tell the Whole Story`

The story is this — Parks Director Mike Heitz was suspended for 30 days and will undergo alcohol abuse treatment. He was suspended because WAVE-TV’s Eric Flack videotaped him leaving KT’s after having drinks. Heitz was preparing to drive away when Flack confronted him. Then Heitz decided not to drive. When Mayor Fischer heard about it, he took action. Now, you won’t hear that full story on any of WAVE’s competitor stations. That’s because admitting another station uncovered a newsworthy story trumps the public’s right to know the full story of what’s happened. WDRB-TV made Heitz last night’s lead story,…


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Ratings Race is On for Local Stations

First, a disclaimer. Last week’s TV ratings, in which major programming changes took place at every local station, were affected by the shutting down of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The constant traffic reporting, as well as changed schedules for commuters, altered viewing habits. We just don’t know how they were altered. So let’s not make any big conclusions about how the new shows did locally. On second thought, let’s do. In the newly-competitive 9 a..m. slot, Great Day Live! on WHAS beat Regis & Kelly on WDRB by a narrow (3.8 to 3.4) margin.  That shows that plenty of R&K…


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The Return of the WAVE Editorial

When Ken Selvaggi took over as GM at WAVE-TV in March, some of us wondered if the station would continue its Hot Button editorials that Steve Langford had started. And for a long while, it looked like WAVE had abandoned the on-air editorial, leaving WDRB’s Bill Lamb as the lone TV opinionator. But it turns out Selvaggi, who came from a Raycom station in Montgomery when Langford retired last spring, was just getting acclimated. On Aug. 23, Selvaggi recorded his first local editorial, about putting children first. He’s committed to doing them twice a week, he says, but will do…


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Chilled Out and Back to Work

It may have been the chilliest Hike & Bike we’ve had yet, but there were all kinds of folks riding to the West End yesterday. The C-J said it was a record 9,000, but it didn’t seem that crowded. In other words, I didn’t have to wait in line to get Jackie Green to check the air pressure in my tires. Also, a note to Mayor Fischer — it’s time to re-pave Southwestern Parkway.  And where the heck was Jerry Abramson — isn’t he running for Lt. Gov.? Oh, Yeah, He Is: And like it or not, Jerry’s going to…


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Some Coffey Talk and Media News

I just had to talk with Claudia Coffey yesterday to hear how pumped she was about being a winner Saturday night in the Voice-Tribune’s Best-Dressed contest. She was worried about the grief her co-workers at WHAS were going to give her about winning the popularity contest, which took place at the Marriott downtown Saturday night. Claudia was really happy just to be socializing, and not working, on a Saturday night. She’s moved to a weekday schedule in anticipation of the launch of the station’s 4 p.m. newscast Sept. 12. And I haven’t read the Today’s Woman cover story, but Claudia…


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Menish’s Sudden Sunrise Departure

Yesterday was Bill Menish’s last day as the WAVE Sunrise co-anchor. He’d been on the air less than six months, and a terse notice went out to WAVE staffers directing anyone getting a question from outside the building to talk to news director Kathy Hostetter. So I called her, and got the basic “It’s a personal matter” response. No comment. But Menish was already removed from the station’s website without notice. She said they’re looking for his replacement. So I called Menish, who had posted a Facebook status about how nice it was to sleep in. He said he gave…


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Blurring the Line Between Sports and News

Just when I thought local  TV news was phasing out sports coverage, one local station is beefing things up in its sports department.  WHAS-TV news director Mark Neerman  says the station is ready to go in a new direction by emphasizing sports news thoughout its newscasts, saying the station will “integrate and increase our sports presence even further into our newscasts. ” Yesterday Neerman said he’d hired Kent Spencer, a former Morehead State football player who’s been with WTVQ in Lexington since 2003, to replace Matt Hobbs, who’s leaving this month for undisclosed reasons. Spencer was a general assignment reporter…


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Tragedies, WAVE and a Rumor

Tragedies just continue to boggle the mind and dominate the news. You can’t help but feel sorry for the unfortunate people who find themselves in front of news cameras for the first time in their lives after a loved one has died. Case in point – Teresa Gilley, the great aunt of the little girl who was allowed to wander into the Ohio River and drown. She wanted someone, like the mother’s boyfriend who was there when it happened, to face charges.  And for some reason she compared the case to Caylee Anthony’s when expressing rage on camera. WHAS-TV’s Joe…


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Scenes from Storm City

I know that if you were at all aware of what was going on last night, you’re used to seeing pictures like this one. I took it from Mark Hebert’s car just before dark last night from Floyd Street, next to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The photo doesn’t do justice to the eeriness of the scene, as what appeared to be a dozen utility poles were folded inward onto the street as we were facing south. We had been playing golf in Indiana, and the weather grew weird on the drive back, about 8. Visibility was almost zero on the…