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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.

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WATCH: SNL Skit Questions Sincerity of Local Morning Shows

This weekend, Saturday Night Live took a shot at local morning shows with a spoof centered around a promo shoot.

Speaking from experience, this one seems a bit off the mark since none of the anchors asked “who wrote this?”

Happy Monday everyone.

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Eli Manning on the Local News

Crotchety local news reporter Herb Welch was back on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. Welch, played by Bill Hader, was out covering the Occupy movement for fictional New York station WXPD and Eli Manning, the show’s host, fell victim to his microphone (video above).

Welch is a dead-ringer for former WNYW reporter Dick Oliver.

‘SNL’ Uses Former WTVF Anchor’s Name in Skit Spoofing Newscasters

In a “Saturday Night Live” skit this weekend about a local news team shooting a promo (video above), a traffic reporter played by Fred Armisen is named “Hope Hines” — which was quite the surprise to the real Hope Hines, a former WTVF sports anchor who retired in July and happened to be watching “SNL” with his wife.

“When they said my name, I looked at her and said, ‘what in the heck is going on here?’” Hines said in an interview with WTVF. “Wow. It just blew me away.”

Hines, who found the skit “really, really funny,” did a little digging and was able to uncover how “SNL” settled on his name. Read more

Ancient Reporter Herb Welch Returns to ‘SNL’ with Nod to His Protege Andy Rooney

The senile, mic-slinging reporter Herb Welch returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with a nod to Andy Rooney.

Welch, a character reminiscent of WNYW’s Dick Oliver, did his regular routine of battering interviewees with his microphone and arguing with anchors via satellite before dropping dead.  Remembering the deceased Welch, “SNL” displayed a photo of him alongside his protégé Andy Rooney (video above).

April Fool’s Pranks Skewer Local News’ Obsession with Twitter

Twitter was an easy target for April Fool’s hijinks this morning as a couple of media writers floated fake stories that centered on local newsers’ obsession with the 140-character medium.

NewscastStudio posted a story about a Pennsylvania station’s announcement that it was ditching traditional newscasts for Twitter, while OnMilwaukee reported that WTMJ morning anchor Susan Kim tweeted the station’s entire 2-hour newscast this morning.

NewscastStudio wrote that the unnamed PA station would now distribute news via the @PennaNews Twitter handle, sending “a rapid-fire series of tweets during the times the station currently broadcasts news, such as 6 to 6:30 p.m.” Eliminating all on-air positions, the station would rely on “twanchors” instead.

OnMilwaukee observed that, while Kim’s Twitter followers enjoyed a rapid succession of tweets, TV “viewers may have been baffled by the sight of the veteran anchor sitting at the desk, head down, as her fingers moved furiously — and quite adeptly — across the keypad of her smartphone.” Read more

‘Saturday Night Live’ Channels Infamous WNYW Reporter

“Saturday Night Live” channeled New York’s WNYW this weekend, featuring the now-recurring character of over-the-hill reporter Herb Welch.

Many will remember the embarrassing on-air argument that occurred a few years ago on WNYW’s “Good Day NY” between anchor Jim Ryan and reporter Dick Oliver.

With his thick glasses and taupe sport coat, “SNL” cast-member Bill Hader is a dead-ringer for Oliver, who infamously told Ryan on-air, “I was your boss once!”

For further comparison, check out another Herb Welch sketch from November. Video inside… Read more