For those of you who don’t know, I had my time at the One and Only.
Nine years, to be exact.
And yes, Bob, I was a fixture at the place when you were still in short pants. Maybe even Huggies.
Somehow, I don’t think he’ll like it a bit..
Back in the late 80’s Channel ten changed from a great place to be to bean counter heaven.
That’s when real journalists began to leave the One and Only in droves.
Glenn Rinker was first, followed by Mike Schneider and then the late (great) Ann Bishop.
And then the second string talent (who had talent and every right to ascend to first string) went bye bye.
Art Carlson and Michelle Gillen. Susan Candiotti and Vickie Cordari.
Michelle was being groomed to take Ann Bishop’s place until management turned their back on her.
Shall I continue naming names of the real talent that Local Ten pissed away?
Surprise, folks, I can give you the inside dope there, too…
Walt Chronise and his successor Don Noe plus a revolving door of Chief Meteorologists.
They had Brian Norcross, too, but…
(One Christmas eve while Brian was doing weekend weather, I cralwed up into the rafters and made it snow on him live on the air…)
Morrie Alter (remember the Morrie Stories?)
I can name even more, but you get the point.
All great talent pushed out because the One and Only didn’t want to pay the fare for good journalists and wound up with second rate talent instead.
The only exception was Dwight Lauderdale who continued until he retired in 2009.
In the heyday of real TV news, Ten led the way with news at 5, 5:30 and 6pm.
But their bottom line penchant for second rate talent brought an end to the ratings and the shows.
Have they hit rock bottom with Bob Norman?
We’ll have to wait and see.
I wonder how they’ll respond to half truth journalism…
It all boils down to this: If you want bullshit, you know where to go. If you want perspective, come here.