Guest Post: Lennie the Cabbie on the Media


Your blog on “old timers’ being shelved,  come on! The guy was there for 50 years! Give some of us youngsters a chance!   When I finish my tenure driving cab …a stepping stone position… I might add, I expect to move on to the next great opportunity, maybe the station in Roy has an opening!!!!!
Go to it’s an outstanding website, very well done.  She seems to really know what she’s doing with her career.   Hit the radio big time – guessing she wants to move into TV anchoring at the network level, and back in Seattle to hone her skills.  Only problem, she’s a little long in the tooth at this point.  But wouldn’t bet against her.
BTW, Jessica Taff is very East Coast with her delivery, but, she’s got the goods. I’d call it casual Bronx-without the accent.  Remember the Sports Babe? That’s sort of what she reminds me of. It’s not her physical stature I’m talking about. Obviously, she’s got to be a little photogenic to appear on TV. She clips her vowels and consonants. [doin’, gonna’] that sort of thing.  To her credit she did say Puyallup correctly in a story on Ryan Moore. Interesting, it appears that Sinclair is investing in a reporter to actually cover football etc on a full-time basis — she’s clearly got the goods.
KCPQ is starting a full blown morning newscast on Saturday and Sundays beginning Sept 10th.  Bill Wixey, MJ McDermott, Liz Dueweke, Kaci Aitchison…plus possibly Adam Gerhke. It’s a good move for 13. I think to be competitive they have to have a full service news department. 7 days a week…24/7s so to speak. I’m guessing they didn’t get a big bump in pay.   Can’t do that! They gotta have front liners to promote their brand. I think they are still playing catch up with KING, KOMO and KIRO, but guessing the gap is narrowing and this is an effort to close it further.
KING –they have always been strong on weekend mornings . Technically, KING seems to be relying on technology that sometimes falls short.   I see frequent glitches in sub titles or whatever they are called. That and titles under the wrong story etc. Perhaps caused by low paid employees who don’t have the training or experience to the job at a high level. You don’t expect that in a market the size of Seattle. Maybe interns. Also, they seem to really push the shoot and send message a lot.  Thinking they are really cutting back on production/camera/editing costs. That’s just poor policy from a presentation POV. That’s just plain cheap and will show up on the air eventually. On the other hand, with all the technology available to the masses, the product rendered can be almost as good and in time better than what they are paying full-time wages for. It’s a lousy economy. Wages are low, jobs are menial and things are not going to change.
Watching “Seattle Refined”, a local produced magazine show hosted by produced by Gaard Swanson. Very predictable, slick, typical magazine show. My guess is that Steve Harvey syndicated costs far outweighed those of Seattle Refined. Could also be that another station like KIRO or KPCQ is picking up Harvey for the fall.  However haven’t seen any promos for it. My thinking is that the local stations are producing far more local news and local programming because of the high costs of the syndicated programming.
I hope you’re taking notes on all of this 🙂

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Jason Remington

Author: Jason Remington

Creator, Admin, & Editor of PugetSound.Media, former broadcaster at KAMT/Tacoma, KRPM FM/Tacoma, KJUN/Puyallup, KASY/Auburn, KTAC AM/Tacoma, KBRD FM/Tacoma, KMTT FM/Tacoma, and KOOL FM/Phoenix.

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