Thursday, July 24, 2008

uproar at four

People in Knoxville are passionate about their local TV news. I came to this obvious conclusion when I saw that the most commented upon story on the News Sentinel website today was "WBIR cancels 'Style.'" I also had a pretty good idea based on the number of people who click on my blog after searching for names like Abby Ham and Stacy McCloud. In addition to the news article, Terry Morrow wrote a blog entry analyzing the reasons behind the cancellation of "Style."

The reader comments turned into a venting session about WBIR, WATE and WVLT. Some guys are more interested in whether or not Stacy is wearing a wedding ring. Others have not gotten over the loss of former Knoxville anchors like Jessa Goddard or Kristen Hoke. A lot of readers seem obsessed with the Glitterville guy.

There are a few hidden nuggets of value buried amidst the snarkiness. Why not make "Style" a half hour show at 12:30 p.m. instead of running "The Beverly Hillbillies" reruns? Maybe there is a certain amount of repetition among beloved Ken Schwall's stories. And perhaps too much time is devoted to the weather segments on days when there is no severe weather.

I'll have to strongly disagree with the commenter who thinks that Michele Silva was rude. I've been a guest on "Style" and I've seen Michele at many events. She's one of the nicest people in town.

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Blogger Amelia said...

The 12:30pm thing is a fabulous idea.

Sometimes you wonder if our viewers are watching our stations because they (the viewers) are superficial or if they really want to see good broadcasting.

Blogger Chris F. said...

I like the suggestion of putting Style on after the news. I have corresponded with Michele many times and finally met her in person at Emily Barger's funeral (as awkward as it was, a picnic would have been better). Granted, I don't know her all that well personally, but so far, I have found her to be down-to-earth.

Sometimes in making changes, it is easy to go overboard. This is overkill in my opinion.

Anonymous Melanie said...

The bottom line is that TV News is much cheaper to produce than a show like Style. Why do you think WVLT has so much news time!!

And, I honestly can't believe stations in Knoxville still run the Beverly Hillbillies and Andy Griffith... do people really watch them?!!?!?


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