Friday, September 23, 2005

Bits and Pieces

  • KPTV has a new General Manager to replace the uber talented Teresa Burgess. He is Kieran Clarke, formerly of Portland's WB station. Staffers are telling me two things about Mr. Clarke - there is some concern about the fact that he just inked a deal with KGW to produce a newscast that competes with his (now) own 10 O'Clock news. They wonder how Meredith managers felt about that. There are also people who note his passion for news, so he'll continue to be supportive of their (so far) winning efforts there.
  • KATU staffers are scratching their heads about priorities, as a well liked producer was recently challenged by News Director Mike Rausch to decide what he valued most, his wife or working extra hours. The producer chose his wife and is now looking for work.
  • As the Oregonian noted, the Blazers have new broadcast teams. Wonder how the former Blazer Antonio Harvey will work with the ultra-homer Brian Wheeler on radio? I was sorry to see Ann Schatz move on, because I thought she brought enthusiasm and real knowledge to the broadcasts. She is working with the new College Sports Television network, which we hear may be cannabalized by ESPN some day. Either way, it's a win for her.
  • Finally, don't know what to make of the leaner Tribune, which is running longer pieces in contrast to O-HD. People are wondering if the final issue is a few days away, rather than weeks or months. And what's with all the sports stories on the front page?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Rausch ever get rid of the allegations that he would intentionally get rid of pregnant female employees at the end of their maternity leave?

Friday, September 23, 2005 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Cliff Pfenning said...

What's with all the storts stories on the front page of the Tribune? Simple. "If if matters to Kerry Eggers, it's in the Tribune." Eggers is longtime buds with Trib editor, Pizza the Hutt, and is capable of turning any story into a long, boring story, which is the key to Hutt's vision of the Trib. So, front and center it goes.

That's gotta make the remaining employees there happy with the paper's leadership. Leadership, yes, that's the word for it.

Also, the Tribune and Trail Blazers are co-sponsors of a Katrina Relief effort through Wells Fargo bank. Any connection there? "We'll help our Blazer buddies out by promoting hoops on the front page."

Also, props to Peter Ames Carlin for his review of the outstanding comedy "My Name is Earl." Carlin so thoroughly covered the inaugural episode, essentially describing every turn of the comedy, including dialogue, that the show became boring in less thant five minutes. Props to you Peter.

Friday, September 23, 2005 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KATU - the family-friendly station."

"Your job or your wife?" Now THERE'S a recruiting slogan.

At least we can surmise that this employee wasn't pregnant.

Friday, September 23, 2005 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the sign says:

"KATU and you."

But not, apparently, your spouse/family/pets/personal time.

There's some high-level people skills in that place.


Specifically, #2 under the adjectival form.

Friday, September 23, 2005 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is another good word to know.

Friday, September 23, 2005 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From someone who works at KATU... the message from management is that if you don't live, breathe and eat the news 24 hours a day, then you are not dedicated to your job and your career at the station will go nowhere. You can have a life outside KATU, as long as it doesn't conflict with breaking news, projects dumped on you on top of your already maxed out work load and bowing down to every whim of the News Director.

Friday, September 23, 2005 1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trib will live as long as Pamplin is alive, as he does not like to admit mistakes.

Want proof? Steve Clark is still in charge. Clark got fired from the Gresham Outlook as publisher when he could not account for missing newsprint and he is now a millionaire. If Pamplin fired him, he would become a billionaire and Pamplin does not need the competition.

Community Newspapers is in shambles under Clark and the Trib is not faring any better under him, which goes to show that Pamplin Communications is just the bald buy's way of having a tax write off. He doesn't give a damn about newspapers.

Friday, September 23, 2005 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a phrase of the day for the KATU staff:
"No, Mike."
With enough practice, the message might get through.


The Easter Bunny

Friday, September 23, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch us at KOIN.
Stupid conversations like that cause union votes.
Nice job.

Friday, September 23, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP WANTED: News director.
Human beings need not apply.

Friday, September 23, 2005 4:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep waiting for Mike to post.

Friday, September 23, 2005 4:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Ohater said...

Wow. So many uninformed posts, so little time. While I am not a huge fan of the Tribune, it at least provides some level of alternative to the god-awful boring -- I mean "high definition" -- nature of the Oregonian. The O has been the only game in town for so long that only a select few reporters really get after it on a regular basis -- the rest are just cashing paychecks and filling space.
As far as I can tell, the Tribue was exponentially overstaffed in everyone's eyes except those of the even less burdened Oregonian staffers; the unfortunate job trimming there may not make the remaining writers more productive, but on the other hand, it may encourage some extra effort. The fact that the paper can't be allowed to bleed money at quite as high a rate as it had the previous five years looks more like a sign of fiscal responsibility than its imminent demise.
As far as Cliff Pfenning's posts on the Trib are concerned, let us all remember that he was a less than successful member of the O's pathetic high school sports reporting staff, then went on to run a failed high school sports website, then got canned by the Tribune for lack of performance, not for cost-saving measures. In other words, any of his Trib-hating posts, while potentially insightful, must be taken with a giant grain of salt. (BTW Cliff, perhaps if you didn't post under your own name, you would increase your chances of being hired somewhere locally again. As it is, you don't come off as someone a publisher would want on his/her staff).
And finally, as to Steve Clark and Community Newspapers, they obviously have plenty of shortcomings and problems, yet their dinky weekly newspapers regularly kick the Oregonian's butt on far more stories than the O beats theirs. As to their financial status and Clark's part in it, the company has been growing steadily for the past 10 years, has several papers that have increased subscription bases while the rest of the newspaper industry has gone the other direction, has slowly added personnel and kept some of their good people around a long time. Clark's involvement on the Trib side has been little more than a year and he shares the top job with Dwight Jaynes anyway, so if you want to blame him for Comunity Newspapers, he'll probably gladly take it. And if he can get the Trib to run leaner and get more from its personnel, it will probably be around a long time -- maybe even longer than Pamplin.

Friday, September 23, 2005 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the Trib moved yet to their new HQ in Milwaukie? Maybe they're doing longer stories so they don't have to make as many trips into Portland. (ha)

Friday, September 23, 2005 6:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has it really taken this long for the people at KATU to learn what the people at KGW learned under Mike years ago?
The man is not a people person and has zero ability to understand someone who is.

Friday, September 23, 2005 7:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the Trib and its defenders.

This paper was staffed with malcontents from the Oregonian. Except for Don Hamilton, they were either big egos, lazy or lightweights. These folks didn't magically change their stripes. The Trib screwed up from the beginning by 1) having no clue about how to do a second-day story (a must if you're not a daily) and 2) generally failing to do any hardass investigative reporting. And don't tell me Jim Redden is a hard-ass reporter. He's incredibly limited in his range, depth and sourcing. You think the O is soft. At least it doesn't run a f***ing garden column on a section front. Jesus Christ, what's up with that?

If Pamplin wants the paper to succeed, he will fire his whole staff and replace them with aggressive reporters and editors and release the hounds.

Friday, September 23, 2005 8:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

katu jackass news director your job or your wife

pamplin loball media tax write off

koin revolving door employee-fest

etc, etc, etc

what would one call the sickness that causes one to think to ones self "golly, working in portland media is a great career choice"?

Friday, September 23, 2005 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Cliff Pfenning said...

"Ohater" You're doing the framers of the Constitution proud by sounding off while standing in the shadows just to have your message read.


It's wonderful that for a profession that's supposed to protect the freedom of expression, the right to speak up, the people who do those jobs have to rely on "anonymous" to speak up about their feelings related to their jobs.


"We'd like to stick our middle finger up at you Great Britain, but we don't want you to know who's doing it."


Friday, September 23, 2005 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous bill mcdonald said...

Did anyone else sense the irony of the Trib’s recent front page story about Sam Bowie? Both the player and the paper came with great expectations, at a cost of many millions of dollars, and wound up being embarrassing flops. Granted all these laments about what the paper should have done, don’t come close to passing on Michael Jordan. Say, there’s a good brand name for the paper: Air Tribune.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the new cross-promotion, just announced at the Oregonian, where KGW will put a camera in the O newsroom and get access to O reporters, in exchange for touting the paper's stories on their late news? Also, they will start reporting stories together.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 9:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Patrick McCreery said...

To the KATU producer: KPTV may have a job opening give me a call.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As good as it sounds, you don't have all the facts in on the k2 story. The discussion concerned a saturday meeting. The producer didnt want to come in on saturday for a meeting since the only time he sees his wife is on weekends due to different schedules. The producer made the decision to leave the station and make a career change. ---No, I'm not Rausch.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 1:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not real sure that 1:12's comment makes things look that much better.

And I've heard they talked about a Sunday meeting option...let's see -- meet all day -- take 5 hours off and come back in for the show.

Wonder how the news director in question would have responded to a request for a meeting that began at 1:00 a.m. on a Monday?

This isn't breaking news. It's a discussion you can schedule.

Wise managers care about the people they might inconvenience -- especially when the very nature of the job involves so many inconveniences and events you cannot schedule.

Unless, of course, you are drawn to managing because you can mess with people's heads/lives.

Any resemblance to actual news directors is purely coincidental.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 5:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike Rausch said...

Come now, Television News is a life and death business-- we need you to be totally available to come in at a moment's notice, 24-7-365. There can be no time for a personal life, as your co-workers are your REAL family. If the viewers can't count on our station to provide a quality product every time they tune in, we're going to lose them to the competition. Because dollars really count, we can't afford to hire a staff large enough to let every employee work only 40 hours a week. When you got into this business, you knew the risks, and accepted them. When NEWS BREAKS, we fix it. Where's that team SPIRIT of the Northwest?

Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Mike:
You up to speed on labor law?

Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

quote: 'what would one call the sickness that causes one to think to ones self "golly, working in portland media is a great career choice"?'

I dunno, but the cure--quitting--feels great!

Saturday, September 24, 2005 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The (soon-to-be) outgoing COO at OPB was famous for telling his female employees that they should be home tending their babies. FYI, he was not even on the long list (of 6)to fill the CEO's slot. People around the building are singing "ding-dong, the witch is dead."

Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Ed Godfrey said...

"Mike Rausch" allegedly said..there can be no time for a personal life, as your co-workers are your REAL family


Sunday, September 25, 2005 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now it is clear after reading his blabbering post, that mike rasch is a complete jackass and is what is known as a legend in his own mind.

why would ANYONE be so desperate to work for such a scumbag? is katu the only media outlet in the usa or something? (and from what i've seen, pretty amature production values on the newscasts-not what anyone in the business would perceive as major market)

i enjoy reading from afar the never changing media scene in portland.

listen people, there is a big wide world outside of portland oregon. have some self respect...................(the nw climate region we all love extends from to se ak.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 3:07:00 PM  
Anonymous InDaNewzzzzzzzz said...

Ok - so let's talk new KATU topic:
Who's the reporter leaving and why?
There's a new job posting there. Did someone ELSE get fired?

Sunday, September 25, 2005 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

I hear they may not be renewing some contracts. Not a surprise right now in this market.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger Christiana said...

Is one of those Susan Harding. I saw on the 11:00am show the other day and she wasn't very good.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before anyone takes the comments of Cliff Pfenning seriously just remember...he screwed up and lost his job at the O, Portland's only daily paper...screwed up and lost his job at The Trib, a twice weekly paper...and is now occasionally penning pieces in a weekly. Anyone else sense a pattern here???? He's a marginal writer with a huge chip on his shoulder.

Sunday, September 25, 2005 11:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Anybody dumb enough to believe "Mike Rausch" actually posted that message has the deductive reasoning of a gnat and should be working in Medford TV.

2) Word on the street at the Big 2 is that John Capell's on his way out. Due in part to his inability to make his slot, his unique ability to make every story strange, and recently, his careful use of Blue Angels video during an airshow pkg...while referring to the Thunderbirds. (Photog took most of the heat).

Monday, September 26, 2005 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting back to the Trib. I assume someone who works there must read this blog.

What's the story? Is the paper about to fold. It sure seems flimsy to me and moving the editorial staff to Milwaukie is absurd. Is the Trib about to become a suburban daily? Or is that even more absurd?

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff was also fired from The Skanner for being lazy and having no skills.

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look Mike Rausch is part of the new wave of News Director types in the TV news market place. No longer are stations making "Big Money". This then forces said stations to make the high paid (off camera) employees actually earn the money they make. More hours, more effort.

Lets face it. You sit at a computer terminal (8 hours) all day long. Make a few less than earth shattering news decisions. Ensure your show gets off on time and the breaks run, and you cash your hefty paycheck every two weeks...Not bad! 50 to 80K a year is nothing to sneeze at for no physical strain.

Along comes a ND who understands that something is out of balance here and asks for more of your time and you complain? Remember its about the stories and pictures not you. Besides its the anchors who matter to Mike. They are the ones who your viewers see, so in his mind they are the ones who count. Even those folks are called in to sit before a camera to keep telling us how that inch of snow is making our life more difficult with no breaks. I, in fact, enjoy wondering if the female anchor has pissed herself after 6 or 7 hours on camera during one of Portland's minor weather events.

Now back to reality. Mike Rausch has zero people skills. He knows it and does not care. However he does know how to turn TV news operations around (Lord knows KATU needs it). If you feel the methods of todays media reality are too harsh then get out. Remember out here you'll have to earn your money every day. After all 2 hour lunch and dinner breaks are unheard of in the "real world".

Oh, one question. Do most of you post here on or off the clock?

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell you one thing: It's good to see them running those longer stories on Tuesdays; reminds me of some of the pieces they did their first six months or so in existence that made them stand out. Especially if the O is going shorter, the Trib should be going longer. If they can keep it up, it'll give them a little bit of the consistency they've been lacking recently.

And word is they hired somebody -- an actual somebody, not a 12-year-old who makes Kenedy-era minimum wage -- to replace the departed Ben Jacklet, who left on his own.

Doesn't look like like it's going to fold, but with the tight-lipped upper management there, I doubt anyone would know in advance anyway.

Monday, September 26, 2005 1:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Because dollars really count, we can't afford to hire a staff large enough to let every employee work only 40 hours a week

if you can't afford another 80k or 120k annually to hire three or four or five people (no shortage of people willing to work in local media for below average wages),
then you are ineffective as a news producer, incapable of producing a program that generates enough revenue to add an additional 7-10k monthly to the budget.

if i were a shareholder in fisher broadcasting, i'm wondering how much longer management will continue mike raushs employment....

Monday, September 26, 2005 2:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>Lets face it. You sit at a computer terminal (8 hours) all day long. Make a few less than earth shattering news decisions. Ensure your show gets off on time and the breaks run, and you cash your hefty paycheck every two weeks...Not bad! 50 to 80K a year is nothing to sneeze at for no physical strain.

so clearly there is plenty of time to have have the meeting during normal business hours, as opposed to playing a game to bust everyone's balls with the "your lucky to even have a job in television" attitude and schedule the meeting in the middle of the weekend.

>However he does know how to turn TV news operations around

they can't afford to hire a few people for minimum wage. there is a reason portland is the last stop on the train to a career outside of broadcasting

Monday, September 26, 2005 2:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does someone have an ax to grind with Cliff Pfenning? Well, if you do, maybe you can step up and state who you are. Or do you hide behind anonymous because maybe YOU have no credibility?

Also, you may want to check all your facts on what you are saying or are you just not that into facts.

Monday, September 26, 2005 3:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who likes Susan Harding? I think she does a nice job.

Monday, September 26, 2005 3:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Rausch should stop constantly defending his actions on this website. Instead, he should listen to the complaints of his employees as well as the opinions of others in the field. There are a lot of unhappy people working in KATU's newsroom, mostly because management views them as cogs instead of humans. I have heard nearly every single employee in the newsroom say they are fed up with this attitude. Change it, otherwise you are likely to see more employees leave.

Monday, September 26, 2005 4:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me tell you something. You are saying the same thing that people were saying at KGW when Mike was there.

Let us be realistic though, he started 8's climb to the top. He just needs to get rid of the dead weight. He did it at KGW he'll do it at KATU.

He made the weather department at 8 the best in the business once he go rid of that gray haired guy, whats his name. He hired Zaffino to replace him and they are the best now.

Monday, September 26, 2005 4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous rah said...

>He made the weather department at 8 the best in the business once he go rid of that gray haired guy, whats his name.

I hope you weren't just dissing Jack Capell, only the finest meteorologist ever to grace a screen in Portland, and a true legend.

Monday, September 26, 2005 5:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gray haired guy was Joe Sotille. BTW mr or ms Sept 26 11:56am, who is taking two hour lunch breaks? Who gets a lunch break at all? Like to know who you've been watching do this.

Monday, September 26, 2005 5:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr 5:07pm....I was talking about that sotile guy. The best thing KGW ever did was to get rid of him. Zaffino is the best ever.

Monday, September 26, 2005 6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me 11:56:02 AM sounds more like Rausch than the person whom posted using Mike's name. Rausch is bad, but he is really only part of the problem with KATU. Communication is the biggest issue bringing the station down. Within and between departments. Management has no idea how to effectively communicate with their employees and often give contradictory messages. Number two on the list is organization. You wouldn't believe the amount of emails explaining the correct way to do something. These often conflict with the prior emails so no one knows what they are doing.

Monday, September 26, 2005 6:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly what has Mike turned around at KATU? In how many years? If I read one more time what he did at KGW in the LAST CENTURY, I'll...I'll...never mind.

Monday, September 26, 2005 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never met Mike Rausch and don't know anything about him, other than the gossip here.

Maybe he's a complete ass, but he seems to strike a deep emotional chord in people who deal with him.

Now could we please move on to something else.

Monday, September 26, 2005 8:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the people at K2 were a bunch of misarable self-absorbed idiots before Rausch even got there. Regardless if he stays or leaves they will continue and will always be misarable self-absorbed idiots. Rausch would be smart to get rid of the dead weight.

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant miserable.

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

I haven't posted in a while. Time to weigh in.

Regarding Mike Rausch and KATU, I neither know Mr. Rausch nor do I work at KATU. So my statements are completely based on outside observation.

I think Mike Rausch's job at KATU is SIGNIFICANTLY more difficult than his job was at KGW. In the middle 1990s, KGW had the best 5pm lead-in (Oprah) and the best Prime-Time programming (NBC) leading-in to the 11pm show... yet KGW still managed to be #2 or #3. With some good (yet tough) decisions, Rausch (and later Gramer) got KGW to #1... where it should've been given the programming strength.

Look at KATU today... and it's in a far different situation compared to where KGW was in the middle 1990s. KATU has the worst lead-in at 5pm, and the worst lead-ins to the 11pm. And since lead-in programming matters more than anything, KATU should be #3, if you think about it. The fact the KATU regularly beats KOIN is significant and is a symbol of at least some success.

Are there things that KATU management could (and should) change to make the station stronger? Yes. (Please start by changing the station's "look"... it's embarrassingly simple and bland.) Are there things that KATU management could do to make employees more content? It sure sounds like it. Why not try?

Monday, September 26, 2005 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATU has the worst lead-ins? I don't think so. Take a look at ABC's line-up, and tell me it's any worse that Fox or NBC for that matter (late night). It's not. KATU can be handed stellar numbers, and they drop dramatically once their newscast begins. And ABC programming is just getting better and better. You can blame lead in all you want, but in reality, it's what they're serving up at 11pm that no one wants. As for the early shows, who knows? They're hot one day, cold the next.

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

ABC's 8-11pm averages are pretty good. ABC's 10-11pm numbers aren't. Aside from Grey's Anatomy on Sunday nights, name an ABC show that is number 1 at 10pm. You can't because there isn't one. That's why I say KATU's 11pm lead-ins are the worst in the market... and I stand by my statement.

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all you KATU folks (and I am one of them), no amount of griping about Rausch will change the fact that he will never leave.

We will be stuck with him for a long time - he won't quit because he has a family to support and the GM won't fire him because he actually thinks the guy is doing a great job.

Yes, Rausch irritates the piss out of me because he makes poor decisions, does not truly care about the well-being of his employees and makes all of his little minions work ten times as hard as he does while he sits in his office reading his e-mail all day.

The options are to up and quit or just do what I do... sit down, shut up and give him a fake smile when he suddenly tries to pretend he's my friend.

Monday, September 26, 2005 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at KATU's job opening for "News Reporter" on the Fisher site. Sure looks like a producer's description to me... unless they are looking for a reporter who can also produce and "Experience with digital editing would be helpful".

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Letsnotgetcarriedaway said...

anon said: "Zaffino is the best ever."

C'mon Matt, you're not THAT good.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better than Joe ever was!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay here's an example for the guy who's convinced KATU has the worst lead-ins ever.
Last night: KATU's lead-in got a 3.4/6 (share)
At 11 they got: 3.5/9

KPTV had a 3.2/5 for a lead-in, yet managed to jump to a 5.3/10 at ten o'clock.

KATU may not have strong lead-ins, but they're no worse than KPTV. So why are KPTV's numbers stronger, despite average to poor lead-ins? KATU's problem has to be more than just bad programming.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tribune thought of the day/statement of the obvious by D. Jaynes -- opining on the Ducks-USC game:

"...anybody who beats (the Trojans) will do so by outscoring them."

Oh REALLY??????

Is there any other way to beat a team? A Lincoln-Douglas debate on the issues at halftime?


Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous TSRA+ said...

Speaking of weather...the last research I saw says there is no strong weather leader here in Portland.
Anyone who's been on-air here a long time (8 years or more) is well-known, but none of them (us) stand out as being a "big star". That era seems to have ended when Jim Bosley and Jim Little left the scene.
It is interesting that most of the weather folks have been in Portland quite awhile now (except at KOIN). They don't seem to move around nearly as much as news anchors?

Jim Donovan-1982?
Dave Salesky-1988?
Matt Zaffino-1990
Mark Nelsen-1993
Rhonda Shelby-1995
Bruce Sussman-1995
Andy Carson-1996
Rod Hill-1998
Julie Radlick-2000
Joe English-2001
Tim Joyce-2003
Drew Jackson-2004
Katie Baker-2004
Mark Ronchetti-2004
Jeff Baskin-2005

Any mistakes are the result of my fading and aging memory...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh come on, Pfenning.. you know what Jaynes meant... you have to score a ton of points to beat USC... if you're reading this column, you understand football enough to know that when someone says that, they mean you aren't going to shut them out, or even come close... so you have to simply outscore them

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Pedersen

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 3:52:00 PM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

Read my posts carefully. I was talking about lead-ins specific to the 5pm and 11pm newscasts. KATU has the worst lead-ins to the 5pm and 11pm news.

Regarding KPTV and it's lead-ins, imagine this scenario. KATU has a terrible ratings at 10pm. KOIN and KGW have great 10pm ratings, but decide not to do local news at 11pm anymore. Any bets on how much of a jump KATU would get at 11pm without any news competition from KOIN or KGW? You can bet the KATU 11pm number would jump significantly... despite the poor lead-in.

The above example is the exact situation KPTV is in... just an hour earlier. That's how I explain KPTV's nice ratings-jumps at 10pm from poor lead-ins. It's a very different competitive landscape at 10pm versus 11pm... which is why anyone who tries to directly compare KPTV's success at 10pm to the success of the 11pm newscasts on the other three stations doesn't have a realistic understanding of the competitive situation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 3:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9/26 10:20. It's easy to call names. What the hell are you talking about? Give me facts, not name calling. --Not Self Absorbed, not an Idiot, working at Katu.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 6:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Cliff Pfenning said...

The Ducks' offense needed to be a lot more productive to beat USC. I had that idea going into the game, too. But, the fourth down play was the key to the game.

More to the point, though, why is Dwight "You can't spell TEAM without ME" Jaynes still dwelling on Saturday's game? Even the Tribune's game plan from last year talks about being forward thinking, write about something that's coming up. Dwight can't even figure that out.

And Roosevelt's football team is the "feel good" story of the fall. So, what about other sports? That's how limited Steve Brandon's game is. Ride that one story into the ground. How about Central Catholic volleyball? Ranked No. 1 in the state. And, guess how many PLAYERS the Trib has talked to at Roosevelt this fall? ZERO. If you want to know who's lazy and has zero talent, it's Steve Brandon.

My failed web site is going again, too, anonymous. Still working on making it pay off. BTW, whatever happened to Dwight's radio show? Or, his bar, Caswells? And, that Trib hasn't made any money, yet.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 6:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re 6:26,
I'm just stating the facts.

1. Most of the reporters are old, bitter, and would rather be doing something else with their life.

2. Most of the photographers are old, bitter, and want nothing to do with you unless you've been there a dozen years just like them.

3. Some of the producers are so are scared of losing their "show" that they want nothing to do with anyone who could be a potential threat -- which is anyone with a brain.

Do you wish to disagree?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:09:00 PM  
Anonymous bill mcdonald said...

I consider myself an avid sports fan and what I look for from sports columnists is someone who can put things into the right historical context. What I saw Saturday in the USC-Ducks game was a talent that transcends the decades and his name is Reggie Bush. The last time a college player stunned me like that it was O.J. Simpson. I believe many years from now when these Ducks are old men talking about this game, the #1 highlight will be that the great Reggie Bush performed in it. Neither Canzano nor Jaynes seemed to get that. Canzano’s column about the lack of Duck courage read like the rant of a pompous lunatic. This is why they don’t give mental patients sharp pencils.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:49:00 PM  
Anonymous TSRA+ said...

Ron Pedersen is free-lancing, but not actually employed by a Portland station. No slight intended.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 8:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I picked up a copy of the Tribune today. Seemed like the only "article" was about SE Portland; the "sports" section should be renamed the "Football" section, so that way if you have no interest in it whatsoever, you won't flip though the pages only to see a few paragraphs about anything else (and none of those caught my interest).

IMO, the most interesting thing in the Tribune wasn't in the paper itself, rather distributed with it... the insert about the MLK viaduct replacement.

I guess I still pick up a copy of the Tribune because I still want to see something worthwhile... but I haven't seen anything like that for quite some time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff, you need professional help.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rausch and all the upper level management people should enroll in a communications seminar: "How to communicate with your employees." Kind of like how they send people to anger management classes. I'm just "baffled" how management got this far in their career.

BTW, anyone know what's become of the two managers fired at KOIN? Fisher should take notes from KOIN about the firing process of GMs and NDs.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a new thread? This one is getting old.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the KATU apologist complaining it's all about lead-in -- take a look at the overnights for the last 2 weeks.

At 11 pm, KGW won EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. This despite KOIN having the higher lead-in most nights... significantly higher on some nights, like Thursdays. Even on Sundays, KATU hasn't been able to capitalize on Grey's Anatomy.

Even though ABC had 6 of the top 10 shows in the demos last week and NBC showed its lowest ranking in 5 years, KATU's late news numbers are still awful. There's more going on here than just lead-in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>we can't afford to hire a staff large enough to let every employee work only 40 hours a week

but you can afford to send reporters at 11pm to a deserted site where something happened at an earlier time

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous splicer said...

In addition to the quality of the news product, the lead-outs might be more important.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

I don't mean to keep provoking an argument, but I have one final (yet lengthy) comment.

It's not about lead-ins on a nightly basis. It's about lead-in performance averaged over a long period of time.

KGW has had the benefit of strong lead-in programming at 4pm and 10pm for years and years. Because of that, KGW is in a position where their news product has been the most visible, by far, for almost a decade now. After a few years of high exposure, ratings went up... then income went up... then more was invested to make the news product bigger& better... then ratings went up further... and the cycle continues. That's where KGW finds itself today. However, now NBC is stinking it up a bit. But since KGW has 10 years of loyal watchers due to the station's programming strength over the years, 11pm ratings hold despite declining NBC primetime ratings.

Now think about KATU. The opposite holds true. Programming overall at KATU has performed poorly in the past 5 years, with a few exceptions. The station has been and continues to be #3 when looking at the 5am-2am average. Far fewer viewers have been exposed to KATU's news product over the years because fewer viewers have watched the programming on KATU. So, after years of bad lead-ins... both at 4pm and 10pm... it's not surprising that the least-exposed and the most financially-poor TV news product in Portland sits in last place much of the time. Lately, there have been more and more nights when ABC programming is on fire. What you must remember is that most of those primetime ABC viewers are loyal KGW news watchers... as they have been for many years... so they switch back to their familiar newscast at 11pm. It will take years of ABC Primetime success before KATU's 11pm numbers really begin to show it.... just as it took years for the same thing to happen to KGW in the 1990s.

So... it is about lead-ins. But it's not about tonight's lead-in... it's not about this week's lead-in average... it's not about this month's lead-in average... and it's not even about this year's lead-in average. It's the lead-in average over the long-haul that creates loyal news watchers. KGW has a high lead-in average over the years.. KATU doesn't.

OK, back into my cave...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still think Zaffino is the reason 8s #1

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

zaffino???? puh-lease!!! there isn't a mirror he can walk by without stopping. although i'd like to have his agent who got him all that vacation time. and i love the way he played koin to get his job at kgw.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the dancer on 2 is way better, can't think of his name! How's Deb what's her name doing by the way, too early for me to ck her out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATU may not have much lead in; I don't care I only watch because Jeopardy follows. I hate Monday night....

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news on Pete Shulberg? Always read his column.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they bring Mike Donahue back to the nightly news desk, he always performed well and was believable, more so than some of these new fast paced talkers - like Steve Dunn, he's always grinning IMO.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Decaf said...

Hey, 2524212, thank you for the explainer on the cumulative effect of lead-ins. That made sense and I feel enlightened.

Friday, September 30, 2005 3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry if I am late on the Rausch KATU issue.

But really, why do we care?

In my newsroom we have to come in early or stay late for meetings all the time.

And for some people it is a pain in the ass.

Anytime you have a 24/7 operation, like cops, utility workers, nurses, etc. someone has to deal with coming in on their day off.

Why that person at KATU has risen to become a martyr, and Rausch is the devil is incredible.

Whoever is an employee of a NO. 23 market station did everything in their power to get there from the job they hated in market less than 23.

So all of a sudden you get the job you DREAM of, and six months later it is slave labor.

Why don't you join the national guard and go to Iraq. Then you have something to bitch about you suck ass whimps.

If you don't like your job then just quit.

Mike Rausch is no different than any other ND. Actually, Ive worked for several and I think he is a good decent guy who wants his station to improve.

You folks at KATU may find this unbelievable, but people at KGW bitch about Gramer.

There are worse jobs than TV news, not many, but some.

So suck it up or quit.

7-11 is hiring. And in six months you can be a MANAGER. And everyone will hate you.

Saturday, October 01, 2005 9:19:00 PM  
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