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‘The Wind Just Blew Me Over. We’re Gonna Throw it Back to You Guys’

rick mecklenburg falls overThe perils of weather reporting were on full display in Grand Rapids yesterday during Rick Mecklenburg‘s live weather report, which was interrupted by a gust of wind that blew the WXMI chief meteorologist’s chair to the ground.

Mecklenburg made it through most of his report (in which he had to inform viewers of possible snow in the area this weekend) before abruptly falling out of his chair. “Sorry about that! The wind just blew me over,” Mecklenberg said through his laughter. “We’re gonna throw it back to you guys.”

Video is after the jump. Read more

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KXRM Lets Viewers See What the Anchors See During AM News

Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM put a camera behind the anchor desk during the morning news, giving viewers a unique anchor’s eye view.

“When Kimberly [Price] leaves at about 7:55, I always try to do something with her chair” said meteorologist Justin Chambers. “So this time I put cam 4 over here and I want to show you, this is Kimberly’s perspective.”

Viewers finally got to see that behind every studio camera is just a whole lot of messy nothing, branded station banners stuck on a wall and one lone person forced to sit at a desk in the dark.

Jimmy Kimmel Takes Over KABC Sportscast

Jimmy Kimmel took over for KABC sports anchor Rob Fukuzaki on ABC owned station’s evening newscast Monday night (video above). “Today is National Rob Fukuzaki Day,” Kimmel said. “All over the country there is crowds of people taking to the streets, celebrating Rob’s life, celebrating Rob’s work, celebrating Rob’s impact.”

Saying he wanted to give Fukuzaki the night off, Kimmel finished the KABC sportscast: “At the Winter Olympics, the U.S. team only won one gold today. And it was in ice dancing, which isn’t even a sport. In fact, I’m not sure it’s even dancing,” he joked. “All I know is, I don’t like it.” [h/t NewsBlues]

Air Guitarist Videobombs WABC Live Shot

Tuesday night was cold and snowy in New York City, but that didn’t stop a dedicated air guitarist from videobombing a WABC live shot during the storm (watch above).

Fired Wichita Anchor Spoofs His Own Firing in ‘Anchorman’ Send-Up


Now that the has extra time on his hands, Justin Kraemer has unveiled a video spoofing his firing from Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.

Kraemer re-enacted the pivotal scene in the first “Anchorman” movie when Ron Burgundy famously told San Diego what to do with its collective self.

The video features various celebrity Wichitans…Wichitonians…Wichitaters…residents of Wichita and the voice of uber-anchor Bill Kurtis.

He tweeted the video out explaining what he did with the lemons life handed him with a link to the video:

‘He’s a Maniac’: Philadelphia FOX Anchor Recreates Iconic ‘Flashdance’ Scene

“Good Day Philadelphia” anchor Mike Jerrick braved the staged elements to recreate an iconic scene from the movie “Flashdance” to honor the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

The scene chosen was the one where Jennifer Beals‘ character in the movie sits on a chair and pulls a lever to release gallons of water in a cascade of sexiness.

According to the WTXF website, Jerrick’s co-anchor Karen Hepp was supposed to be the one under the water, but she was under the weather instead.

“We may have overdone it with the water,” said the anchor for the Philadelphia FOX owned station while returning to the morning show set. “We didn’t need that much water.”

The Search For the Next Ron Burgundy Is On

anchorman drinkingThis is kind of a big deal: the search for the next Ron Burgundy is on! EPIX and Paramount Pictures are launching a nationwide contest for the next “Anchorman” — and the winner will get to anchor EPIX’s red carpet coverage of the movie’s New York City premiere.

If you think you have what it takes, you can enter in one of two ways: via a 15 second Instagram video uploaded with the hashtag #IAmRonBurgundy, or by visiting one of the local promotion spots taking place in New York, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Denver, Philly and, of course, San Diego. One finalist will be chosen from the Instagram submissions and nine more will be selected from the in-person auditions, with local anchors in each market making the final picks.

More in the official release after the jump. Read more

Everyone’s Favorite Faux Anchorman Ron Burgundy Gets Museum Exhibit

burgundy_newseumYou might want to cancel that big winter trip to Europe and instead fly to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the upcoming release of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

The Newseum in partnership with Paramount Pictures has announced the opening of an exhibit featuring movie anchor Ron Burgundy.

“I’m kind of a big deal, so it’s no surprise that there will soon be a whole exhibit about me in our nation’s capital,” Burgundy wrote on the Newseum’s website. “They literally raided my closet and the Channel 4 News set to put my stuff on display at what they call the Newseum in Washington, D.C. So stop whatever you’re doing and make plans to visit my glass case of emotion, ‘Anchorman: The Exhibit.’

In a video on the site, Burgundy asks, “What the hell is the Newseum?” Then after realizing the Newseum is a museum about news he asks, “What took the Newseum so damn long to give me a call? I mean, come on you knuckleheads.”

The exhibit opens one week from Thursday on November 14. Click here for more info.

VIDEO: WPIX’s Scott Stanford Tries (and Fails) to Make Grumpy Cat Laugh

grumpy cat wpix_304x200WPIX evening anchor Scott Sanford tried unsuccessfully to make viral video star Grumpy Cat laugh during the evening newscast Monday (video after the jump).

Sanford told jokes including “What do cats eat for breakfast? Mice krispies!” and “What’s your favorite crime drama? Claw and Order!” The cat, as advertised, stayed very still and appeared not to react to Stanford, prompting co-anchor Tamsen Fadal to comment, “That’s exactly how all of us feel about your jokes.”

In other news at the New York City CW affiliate, Stanford was the victim of a teleprompter mishap — or as WPIX called it, “A Ron Burgundy moment” — earlier in the newscast. Both videos are after the jump. Read more

WATCH: Why Athletes Are So Awkward in Local Commercials

Anyone working in TV news has had to sit through, or even shoot, those painfully awkward commercials featuring a local athlete pitching for a car dealership, carpet warehouse, or even Magic Jack.

This behind-the-scenes video is about Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell shooting an actual commercial for an actual Audi dealership.

If you can get past the faux British accent of the director, it explains how they get the pro athletes to look so wooden. “The athlete should not be comfortable, the athlete should not have inflection in his or her voice, and the athlete should have no expression on his or her face.”

The video also takes some backhanded shots at the pro athletes who “did it right.” The website “Extra Mustard” has links to some of the best of the worst local spots. Click here to view. And Happy Friday.

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