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New Orleans Stations Focus on Super Bowl Blackout

Instead of reporting on the positive aspects of their city hosting the worldwide spectacle that is the Super Bowl, New Orleans stations focused on last night’s partial power outage early in the third quarter of the game.

The outage delayed play for more than 35 minutes and even managed to silence the CBS play-by-play team of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz for a short time.

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WWL, the New Orleans CBS affiliate had the most extensive coverage of the four network affiliates. After a quick recap of the evening’s events, Karen Swensen and Dennis Woltering tossed from the studio to live team coverage fronted by Katie Moore standing outside the Superdome. Read more

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5 Survival Tips For Working The Holiday Shift

It’s that time of year again: people everywhere are packing their bags and heading home for some much-needed holiday vacation time. Except, in many cases, for journalists. Across the country, producers, photographers, anchors and reporters are staying put, assigned to odd shifts because the news never stops. If you’re stuck with holiday duty this year, TVSpy has got you covered — we’ve compiled a survival guide with tips from people who have felt your pain. Read on for their suggestions.  Read more

WGNO Debuts Unconventional ‘News with a Twist’

“A show unlike any in the Crescent City,” LeBron “LBJ” Joseph said, in introducing the debut broadcast of WGNO‘s “News with a Twist.”

“We haven’t quite figured it out ourselves yet,” said LBJ’s co-host, Susan Roesgen. “It’s a little bit of this, a little bit of that; little bit of news, a little bit of commentary. Spicy, sassy, sweet–kind of like New Orleans is.”

The ABC-affiliate unveiled its new show on Monday with Joseph and Roesgen giving New Orleans a taste of what to expect every weekday at 6:00 p.m. While the setting and tenor are different than a conventional newscast, the pair still serve essentially as anchors, just with the studio desk swapped for an intensely decorated barroom.

What seems to set “News with a Twist” apart the most from other newscasts is that it compiles its news segments not necessarily according to what’s happening but according to what people are talking about. Read more

Starting Fresh with WGNO, Susan Roesgen Reflects on Infamous CNN Report

Susan Roesgen is looking for a fresh start in New Orleans, where she is now co-hosting WGNO‘s unconventional new show “News with a Twist.” Although she has moved on from CNN, where she worked as a correspondent for four years, she still can’t quite shake the memories of her now-infamous reporting from a Tea Party convention in Chicago (video above).

“Bad day and a tough crowd,” Roesgen told The Times-Picayune. “It is very difficult, sometimes, to get angry people to give a rational explanation for their anger. I might as well have been poking a stick in a hornet’s nest. It’s not something I’m eager to do again.”

“When you’re working at CNN, it was 24-7. I used to wake up at 4 in the morning and ask, ‘What city am I in?’ and ‘What’s the story?’ I’d get home and not know how to use my own shower. It was fun, because it was life on the road, but it was exhausting.”

Known for Her Controversial On-Air Comments, Susan Roesgen to Anchor WGNO’s ‘News with a Twist’

Susan Roesgen, who was let go by CNN following comments she made on-air while covering a Tea Party event in Chicago, has landed at New Orleans’ WGNO.

In April 2009, Roesgen, then a correspondent for CNN, described the Tea Party event as “anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”  The video bounced around the internet, drawing the ire of Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, and others.

Now Roesgen is set to co-anchor a new 6 p.m. program that the ABC-affiliate is calling “News with a Twist.”  The unconventional show will feature Roesgen and  LeBron “LBJ” Joseph, the morning drive-time DJ at New Orleans’ KMEZ-FM, going over the day’s stories in a newly constructed set that evokes a barroom.

The type of on-air commentary that got Roesgen in trouble at CNN will seemingly be encouraged at WGNO, where news director Rick Erbach says the mantra of the new show is “It’s not a newscast.” Read more