Thursday, February 16, 2006

Anyone watching?

Oh, to be Jason Knapp. The man is a big fan of the Winter Olympics, and being the sports anchor on the only station where you can watch the Olympics seems like icing on the cake. Too bad others don't share Knapp's enthusiasm.

As a matter of fact, the ratings show fewer people are watching the Olympics this year. Perhaps it's because of a lack of any big names or notable competition. Maybe the Olympics are no longer the draw they used to be. Or people were more interested in "American Idol" and "Desperate Housewives."

WBRE will keep promoting this year's Winter Olympics like it's the hottest thing this side of the Sun. And why not? NBC has the rights to the games, so WBRE will ride on the network's coattails and put up some pretty Olympic rings on the anchor desk. But nobody seems to care.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Howard, you missed the big story of the day! Service Electric says a big fu to Nexstar! The cable company changed WBRE & WYOU's channels!!! KYW & WCAU out of Philly are now on channels 2 & 3 and WBRE & WYOU are on 13 & 14! Think Service Electric's trying to send a message?!?! Funny thing is, viewers won't even miss the awful news product from Deathstar's stations. Plus, they'll get a better newscast and see former employees like Jim Osman, Justin Pizzi and Stacey Weaver who left Scranton for much bigger and better things!

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could I forget Dawn Timmeny? I saw her throwing to Justin Pizzi in the 7:55 cut-in as I was getting in the shower this morning. Quite a shock not to see Mark Hiller and Vince Sweeny! But I sort of enjoyed it!

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the time delay and cable coverage on other NBC outlets is starting to catch up to the event. Add to that 18 days of coverage, who could watch 18 days of how many channels have been added to cable and satelilte in the past 4 years????

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a snoozefest.

First of all there are more people who DON'T enjoy the cold and therefore don't enjoy the cold sports. They don't enjoy it so they don't care about it.

And frankly, the way I look at the Olympics is, sure, what they do is not easy. But what they do is always the same. Every four years, same stuff. Ski down a hill. Jump off a ramp. Skate around with a woman over your head. It's all skills/tricks that can be learned. The fact that they do it proves that it's all very possible and so really, what's so interesting or impressive about it? Mostly it impresses only others who want to learn how to do it.

I hope the US wins a lot of gold, but I don't care either way. I'm sick of Bode "I Ski Drunk" Miller, Apolo "Still Got That Goatee I Had When I Was a Media Darling Whiz Kid" Ohno, and all the rest. And don't even get me started on that bloated, grandiose, overly dramatic opening ceremony.


5:54 PM  

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