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Manual Teacher Story Provides Media Lessons

What in the name of Mary Kay Letourneau is going on around here? There’s no doubt the juiciest story in the news yesterday was that 38-year-old biology teacher Carrie Shafer of Manual High School was caught drinking and probably having sex with a 17-year-old Manual student in a public park.  If I’m a news director, it’s a no-brainer that it’s the lead story on the late news. But I’m not a news director. Still, here’s a clue as to why WLKY-TV leads the late news ratings. WLKY reporter Erin Haynes was live outside the Courthouse (where nothing at all was…


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No End in Sight for (Judy) Green News

No paper today? For you folks still getting the actual newspaper delivered to your home, that technology apparently failed again today. So you might as well go online for your news.Here’s some: More Heat For Green: One noteworthy story in today’s paper details how Judy Green is getting some more heat, this time from Councilman Jim King, who wants the Ethics Commission to expand its investigation. Green tells the C-J that the allegation of accepting a bribe is no big deal because it’s all been investigated already. She doesn’t realize that people are upset because of the findings in the…


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Hey…WHAS 11….You’re LIVE!

What caused WHAS 11 reporter Mike Colombo to accidentally appear on camera for some 30 seconds during ABC prime time? It’s a scary moment for the WHAS 11 staff. During a commercial break during ABC’s 20/20, up popped a live feed of Mike rehearsing lines for his live shot at 11. Mike had no idea he was live and his photographer even responded to a white balance request (registering the camera color balance to white) while on the air. The problem was most likely caused by an engineering gaffe or control room equipment failure. Though it looked odd, Mike didn’t…


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Delectable End of the Week Goodies

What a way for the week to end — with every TV station camped outside the federal courthouse, anxiously awaiting for something, anything, to happen with the Karen Sypher sentencing. As I write this, WAVE has a live stream from the other side of Broadway from the courthouse, where people are milling about. It may be the least interesting live stream in the history of video. Except for the comments you can overhear from the unseen people behind the camera about female reporters. Karen’s wearing a blue pantsuit with an open-collared light blue top.  Check out the C-J’s video footage…


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Best Local TV Sweeps Reporters

I love TV sweeps months, especially February, because that’s when TV stations put a big emphasis on investigative reporting, which usually comes with a big dose of sensationalism. Sometimes it works, and having a reporter work on one story for several weeks results in good journalism. Short-staffed stations even require anchors to get out from behind their desks and actually go and interview people about issues. You won’t see many anchors outside the studio in March, but in February you’ll see it: WAVE’s Scott Reynolds up at the Indiana State Capitol, or WHAS’ Rachel Platt talking up JCPS principals and…


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No Ticket Teasing, WAVE! and What’s Coming on TV

There was a minor flap over at WAVE’s 725 Live show Friday when the station mistakenly advertised it was giving away tickets to the George Strait show at the Yum Center April 9. It didn’t have the tickets yet. But the station’s Doug Garrett, who posted the message on WAVE’s Facebook page, tells me it was his mistake and that the tickets will be given away this week. The episode gave some viewers a chance to vent publicly about the 725 show, with many commenting that the station should go back to News during the 12:30 hour.  Garrett told me,…


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Oops! WHAS-TV Texts: Fail

Oopsie: Since I’m signed up for text alerts from all the stations, my phone tends to go crazy during weather events. But this one from WHAS-TV was pretty unusual: We regret WHAS11 is suspending snow closing texts due to technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. Go to whas11.com for complete closings. I got it Thursday night. It’s not just an inconvenience, though, as the station had sold an ad sponsorship to Big O Tires for its snow closing alerts, as evidenced by the one I got Thursday at 10:30 a.m. announcing JCPS’ early school closings.  Obviously, it’s not a…