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Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

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Anne State Leaving Milwaukee FOX Affiliate

state witiAnne State is leaving Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek, news director John LaPorte told WITI staffers State’s last day will be July 30. She’s reportedly headed to the West Coast.

State started at WITI in September 2010. She previously worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

KCTV Meteorologist Leaving for Milwaukee

tom wachsKCTV meteorologist Tom Wachs is leaving the Kansas City CBS affiliate to work for WITI in Milwaukee.

According to The Kansas City Star, Wachs said the chance to work with WITI chief meteorologist Vince Condella was “a dream come true for me.” He wrote on his facebook page, “I have the amazing opportunity to work with my mentor growing up, and the guy who I imitated when I was 6 years old.”

KCTV news director Larry Perret told The Kansas City Star he’s already looking for Wach’s replacement even though the station has four meteorologists on staff.

Wachs started at KCTV in June 2008. He has also worked in Johnson City, TN, and at KNOP in North Platte, NE.

Jessob Reisbeck Joins WITI as Morning Anchor

Jessob Reisbeck has joined Milwaukee FOX affiliate WITI as morning anchor. Reisbeck replaces Shawn Patrick who left the Milwaukee FOX affiliate Friday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Reisbeck, who worked at Fresno, CA, FOX affiliate KMPH, gained fame as the reporter whose interview with Kai, the hatchet wielding hitchhiker, went viral. Kai is now facing murder charges in New Jersey.

The Journal Sentinel reports Reisbeck’s first broadcast on WITI will be Wednesday. Reisbeck signed off from KMPH June 2, telling viewers he was returning to his roots in Wisconsin. You can watch the video of his goodbye after the jump. Read more

Reporter Henry Rosoff Joins KIRO From WITI

After three years at WITI in Milwaukee, Henry Rosoff is joining KIRO in Seattle, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek.

“I don’t want this to be seen as me fleeing Milwaukee,” Rosoff told Dudek. “I would have been happy to stay. Since the beginning, (WITI) put me on out front . . . in so many big stories. I would have had no fears about staying. It would have been the safe move.”

Rosoff starts today at CBS-affiliated KIRO, where he will be a general assignment reporter.

‘Bad Dancing & Bad Judgement’: WITI Pulls Promo With Reporter Dancing at Fire Scene

On Monday we told you about a WITI promo video that included a clip of a reporter dancing at the scene of a fatal fire. It seems that station management agreed with 84 percent of our readers that thought the promo video should be taken down. Shortly after we posted our poll yesterday, the video disappeared from the WITI website.

“Bad dancing & bad judgement,” one reader wrote.

“Yes morning shows are lighter fare but for this woman to be dancing at the scene of a fire where three children died is an example of a perfect embarrassment,” another reader said. “Where did common sense and good judgement go?”

“Either the news director or the promotions director has got to be axed,” another wrote.

“Morning shows have to get a little silly so people will watch. They can’t make the whole show somber every time somebody dies. People die EVERY DAY on the news. Do you think reporters just sit and cry between live shots when the story is sad?” a dissenting reader wrote. “Lighten. Up.”

WITI Criticized For Promo Showing Reporter Dancing at Scene of Fatal Fire

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek takes note of a recent WITI promotional video, noting the “thin line between news and entertainment got a little thinner” at the Fox affiliate last week.

The promo, which is of WITI‘s morning anchors and reporters doing the “Dougie,” includes one clip of reporter Angelica Duria dancing at the scene of her live shot Friday. The problem? She was reporting from the scene of a fire that resulted in the death of three children. (Watch the promo online here; WITI’s video player does not allow embedding.) >Update: the promo has been removed from WITI’s website.

“We have been working to make parts of FOX 6 Wake Up more fun and spontaneous — especially near the end of the show as we transition into ‘Real Milwaukee.’  We have tried to involve all of the crew and staff,” WITI general manager Chuck Steinmetz said in a statement. “While I personally received multiple positive comments from viewers about the segment — one person specifically thanking us for getting their day off to a fun start before going to work — we never intended to offend anyone. If we did we certainly apologize.”

What do you think? Should the station take down the promo? Vote below.

‘It’s Snowing and It Sucks Here.’ Milwaukee Reporter Sums Up Live Shot

WITI reporter Angelica Duria let everyone in the FOX Milwaukee affiliate’s viewing audience know what she really thought about doing a live shot in the falling snow.

Speaking with the anchors of “Real Milwaukee” who were warm and dry in the studio, Duria started slipping into “uh-oh” land after responding to anchor Nicole Koglin talking about what Duria was eating. Read more

Jen Lada to Join Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jen Lada is returning to her hometown as she joins Comcast SportsNet Chicago as a freelancer, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

Beginning Wednesday, Lada will join the network’s anchor-reporter team and will contribute to Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s online and on-air coverage. She replaces Nicole Darin, who joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Lada has been a sports reporter and anchor at WITI, the Fox affiliate in Milwaukee, since 2006.

Thanksgiving Comes Late for Milwaukee’s WITI

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for graphics operators at Milwaukee stations.  This week, Milwaukee Fox Affiliate WITI had a problem with time and place.

During this morning’s toss from the studio to the weather deck where meteorologist Rob Haswell was waiting to deliver his December forecast, the on-screen graphic read,”Thanksgiving Forecast.”   Adding to the confusion, the locators wrongly identified where the anchors were at the time.  Nicole Koglin and Kim Murphy, who were in the studio, were tagged as being on the “Weather Deck” while Haswell was tagged as being in the “Fox 6 Studio.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was clued in to the mistake by a viewer who, according to the Journal Sentinel, blames cutbacks in station personnel while revealing their human side as well,

…one reader believes that cutbacks in newsrooms in all departments are responsible for such “misteaks,” as he called them.

Last week a graphic on Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate WTMJ asked viewers if they needed more “fun” control instead of gun control.

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