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Fired on the first day
Posted - 4/23/2013 12:55:47 AM | show profile | flag this post
by now you've read about the South Dakota anchor..
I had 2 thoughts:
a) the kid was awful and had no business anchoring a newscast anywhere
b) the BOSSES WHO PUT HIM ON AIR are the ones who should be fired
Posted - 4/23/2013 10:03:18 AM | show profile | flag this post
He was clearly unprepared for the job. Calls into question the judgement of everyone involved, but Bismarck ND is the #158th market, so they're not paying their talent much more than McD's. Used to be that there was a progressive process to train people to be on-air talent. Funny thing is that in the regulatory era, the FCC could have yanked the station license. Today, most public opinion supports the kid because the profanity is so ingrained into our entertainment media, nobody remembers what poise and class mean anymore. We reap what we sow.
Posted - 4/23/2013 8:01:38 PM | show profile | flag this post
The kid will be OK...
Although he really needs to do some serious practice to get better...I bet he gets a better job out of the deal...in fact, viewers are asking the station to hire him back. I guarantee though, if this was the top main anchor in the market the "punishment" would have been a mea culpa and maybe one day suspension.
Posted - 4/24/2013 11:50:39 PM | show profile | flag this post
Sue Simmons agrees
Posted - 4/25/2013 12:38:25 AM | show profile | flag this post
Just some thoughts
When I first saw the video I presumed it was a standard, off-air tryout tape for a station that was thinking about hiring him. We've all seen them; usual co-anchor questions about where's your home town, what are your hobbies, etc; four or five takes before the ND says ok and then takes the best cut down the hall and runs it by the GM. Very surprised to hear it was actually his first on-air newscast. And you're right, his response to the co-anchor's question didn't make much sense at all. I felt bad for him as I was cringing. But now, thanks to social media and the public's desire to help "the little guy", plus the human interest angle that all the nets are playing, he may actually get some kind of newsroom job out of it. Can't imagine a big station would put him on the air, but if they do he better perform, at least minimally, because the PR benefits in hiring the guy won't last very long. Once he's served his purpose in bringing attention to the station, he'll be expendable. It'll be interesting to see if he indeed gets a job out of all this.
Posted - 4/25/2013 1:37:05 AM | show profile | flag this post
We always used to say about errors: "no one died" and his career shouldn't die either because of this mistake.
It just surprises me that so many people including politicians as well as news folk don't treat every microphone as hot.
I thought we were all taught that on day one??
A year from now no one will remember what happened... until they catch a blooper reel on youtube, and then it will be mixed in with all the others.
Posted - 4/25/2013 2:13:32 AM | show profile | flag this post
I'd be shocked if he parlayed this into an actual news anchor job.
Letterman, Today, etc is all part of the 15 minutes we seem to give almost any freak show these days.
but ultimately I see him going the same route as the "boom goes the dynamite" guy----brief internet fame, then back to oblivion.
Posted - 4/25/2013 9:59:47 AM | show profile | flag this post
The Kid Is Not
the brightest light on the Christmas tree, but I could see some small/medium market station taking a shot (and getting a little PR bump) and hiring him as a weekday producer/weekend reporter type. Now, here's the question the kid need to ask himself, "Realistically, is there any future for me in this racket?" From what I've seen, my answer would me "no", but (and I know this will probably come as a shock) I have been wrong before.
Posted - 4/25/2013 12:34:44 PM | show profile | flag this post
I agree with rodrustrules points A&B
It's not the cursing that's cringeworthy, it's when he talking with the other anchor answering her question, he sounds like a teenage contestant on American Idol that knows they have no business being there. I realize it's Bismarck, but if you're an anchor at least put forth some effort to come off as conifident.
If this guy does get a job out of his fifteen minutes of fame, it should be on that godawful gossip show that Billy Bush is on or the other one with Mario Lopez.
Posted - 4/25/2013 3:07:39 PM | show profile | flag this post
Just a point of clarification, this happened when the broadcast was just about to go on the air. Kid says they went on 30 seconds early, but that really isn't an excuse when you're just about to go live and the AO (or automation software) is about to pot your mic up. As far as Sue Simmons, she thought she was reading promo copy to tape, and didn't realize she was live on the air. She would never have done that otherwise. Still no excuse, but in her case, she thought she was safe. I've had network anchors forget what's going on, stop reading after a mistake and ask to start over when they were live. <ooops!>.
Posted - 5/16/2013 1:22:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
I just read he's tending bar somewhere........that's about right. Kid does not belong on the news!!! Neither does his co-anchor for that matter.........
Posted - 5/16/2013 1:51:02 PM | show profile | flag this post
and still the bosses who hired him.... they continue to be employed.
Posted - 5/17/2013 2:43:04 PM | show profile | flag this post
loved to have been in the studio to watch the ND come rushing in with wine stains and potato all over her blouse at the 3rd break, probably still gagging.
Posted - 5/18/2013 9:46:55 PM | show profile | flag this post
At least the kid is working. A lot of these new tv newsies are kids recently out of , aan expensive college who are on mommy and daddy's dime. At least this kid is earning a paycheck in the wake of his disastrous start, and not sucking from the teet of mommy's bank account.
Posted - 5/20/2013 2:46:07 PM | show profile | flag this post
I read he graduated 3 years ago and his real name is Alex Borello.
Posted - 7/25/2013 2:14:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
here he is, with one vomit-inducing line from the article:
"To this day he still blames the mistake on the lack of a time cue, no IFB and an early start to the newscast."
Posted - 7/25/2013 4:27:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
Didn't read the article yet, but an anchor without an earpiece? Wow, those small stations are that strapped for cash?
Posted - 7/29/2013 5:41:20 AM | show profile | flag this post
What I don’t understand is what is market 151 doing with two anchors on a weekend newscast ? I’ve seen top 50 go solo for the weekends. And plenty of markets much larger than Bismark, have one anchor produce the show, time it while on air and run the foot pedal.
For markets this size, on the weekends, it would be better to out source most of the product to some regional news service. The locals could provide local inserts, have two people or something in the newsroom with digital cameras sitting at the assignment desk ready to jump out on a story.
It wasn’t that long ago small radio stations would be live on weekend overnights cranking out the tunes. Today, it’s not uncommon for top 50 markets not be live at all over a weekend (drops/satellite). Times changes, conditions change, economies of scale are different.
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Posted - 7/29/2013 10:19:54 AM | show profile | flag this post
Co-anchors Fine By Me
My market's a little bigger but our morning show producers are also strapping on neckties and fronting some stories. Extra duties but extra bodies too. Making a few look like a few more makes sense if product doesn't suffer.