Friday, April 14, 2006

All in the family

Comment submissions to Beale's Bites run the gamut, from hilarious, to inflammatory, and to those that never make it out of the queue. One comment I approved this week (and I don't know which post it was to) really struck me. The comment was from someone who identified themself as a WNEP employee, referring to the producer who was fired for misconduct.
...IT WAS ASTONISHING HOW THE GENERAL MANAGER SAT US ALL DOWN (IN A CIRCLE BY THE WAY) TO DISCUSS THE WNEP "FAMILY." IT WAS SO TOUCHING WHEN GM, SWEET LOU KIRCHEN, AKA "THE BIG BAD WOLF" WITH A TEAR IN HER EYE SAID HOW DISAPPOINTED SHE WAS THAT SOMEONE INSIDE THE WNEP (DISFUNCTIONAL) FAMILY WOULD EVER DISCUSS THE FAMILY BUSINESS OUTSIDE THE GREAT WALL OF NEP.

(Original formatting preserved.)

Perhaps I'm just cold, but any talk of an employer referring to its employees as a "family" is plain bull. There is no such thing as "family" in television news. No "family" I know of would try to low-ball a fellow "family member" (i.e. employee), or boot them out of the "family" (i.e. fire them) for superficial reasons. I've worked at stations that did those things, all while promoting some wholesome "family" story.

I view my job as just that, a job. I come in, I do my best, I go home. All my GM expects from me is that I do my job well. Fine with me. In return, all I expect from my GM is a paycheck that doesn't bounce. What about the rest of you?

Because Lou Kirchen seems upset that there's tipsters in her outfit, at least according to that poster, I would like to remind everyone that any tips e-mailed to me are completely confidential (don't send anything through your station's mail server!), and any posts made here can be done so anonymously. The last thing I want to see is someone losing their job because of this blog.

Also, if you know where the quoted post ended up, let me know. I can't find it!

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how Lou Kirchen refers to the staff as "family". It's funny how Lou never goes to bat for people in her "family". I guess it's only "family" to her when it's most convenient for her. WNEP-TV might dominate in the ratings, but it certainly doesn't dominate when it comes to caring about its employees. I think the "C" in C. Lou Kirchen stands for "clueless" because when it comes to dealing with people in her so called "family", she's out in left field without a glove.

8:29 AM  
Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Do you get your comments e-mailed to you? If you do, the name of your blog should appear at the bottom in the form "Posted by (whoever) to (blog name) on (date and time)." The (blog name) is actually a clickable link that will take you to the specific post where the comment has been made. (Somebody pointed this out to me a few months ago when I was complaining that I had no way of knowing which posts my comments were referring to.)

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beale! Why did you post that on your blog? We're going to have to sit through another meeting. I'm not sure I can take that.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been thru the same dysfunctional b.s. at the station where I work -- the perp as victim. "How could you do this to me after all I have done for you? I am SO disappointed." It's called being manipulative and attempting to keep knowledge of the craziness in-house.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always found it repulsive that a business that snoops and sniffs out information as its source of income, tries so hard to stonewall when it comes to anything newsworthy within its own operation. We villify those who make "no comment," yet insist on slamming shut our own collective mouth when it serves our interest.

As to WNEP being a family; that vomitous and smarmy facade wore thin with most people years ago. To state the obvious, it's a lie, a fabriacated image meant to increase audience, which, in turn, drives up profits. Like all else in life - Money Talks and Bullshit Walks.

I've been in this business over twenty years, and I learned long ago that no news director, no GM, no corporate suit, is your friend. They share nothing in common with you the employee, they do not have any of your "best interests" at heart. Their #1 goal is to protect corporate interests(obscene profits), period.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lou Kirchen is a truly nice person who hates conflict. Unfortunately, that means she wants employees to always get along and wants viewers to always like what the station does. If no one talks about problems, there aren't any. Not very realistic.

On top of that, Mrs. Kirchen has either directed or allowed ND Dennis Fisher to turn the newsroom into a shadow of what it once was. Maybe neither of them ever worked at a place that was as great as WNEP, because they are sure doing a good job of creating a mediocre news operation.

Hire reporters who will learn a beat, dig for stories and work hard? Not necessary. Just don't offend the viewers or challenge the bosses.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for everyones info: The meeting with Lou Kirchen was "mandatory", complete with a sign in sheet.
I am told most employees came away with a bad taste in their mouth. Lou indicated that she was going to check with corporate HR to determine if anyone could be fired for "leaking" internal info

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From that comment from the WNEP employee, it somewhat makes it sounds like that WNEP is actually a cult. Soon, they will be telling all of their female employees that if they have a baby, that they can’t make any noises (e.g. Scientology). Here is my thing on WNEP: they claim they are number one, the books claim they are number one, but I bet that if you actually did meters instead of books in this area you will either see the ratings are closer to each other than expected or that in some cases WNEP is not number one in some time slots. I wouldn’t be shock to find out that WYOU is number one at noon for this purpose only: You got “The Price is Right,” “News,” than “Soups.” That’s a good reason for the elderly to stay tuned.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting comment on metering this market, which, of course, will never happen. All stations would have to pay for it, and since two no longer use any audience measurement, forget it, we'll never be metered.

As to what metering would reveal, tough to say, but I do think it would indicate one of two things

1) WNEP has essentially the audience that diaries have indicated for decades.

2) WNEP's audience is even bigger than diaries indicate.

I do tend to believe metering might show a closer race during some day parts with certain demographics, but there is no way the market would do a one-eighty. As to the matter of strong lead-ins carrying viewers into certain newscasts, no, I don't think you can find a shred of evidence to support that thinking, not now, not over the last twenty years. Maybe in some markets, but not here.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:16 -- Just make sure at least two other trusted people know the same info that you are posting so you can't get caught in a trap.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny, when you are called on the carpet at WNEP where they are always telling employees to openly voice their opinions, if you are attacked by management and you have the nerve to defend yourself, their response is always "now don't get defensive." This in my book is a no win situation for the employee. This is a station that keeps tabs on its employees by listening to rumor and inuendo from other employees (rats), telling lies and half truths to managers in secret meetings and at station functions, but management hates it when employees rat on them, i.e. BLOGS. Just another case of the typical WNEP (New York Times) "do as I say, not as I do." mentality. As a long time employee, I have seen this ruin peoples lives and most of the problem still exists. Rats will and have eventually gotten management there too, and it will happen again. It is like a spectator sport at the big 16.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe what I am reading here about WNEP TV. I have heard people at channel 22 complain a lot abour their jobs, but I always thoght channel 16 was good to their people. I was told about this place and I couldn't believe what I was reading. I showed it to a friend who didnt beleve me.
She showed it to some people at a cocktail party and they were shocked. Some of them did say it was funny, some of the things they were reading. One friend said it sounded like working in a prison, only you were the prisoners. I can't believe this is the way it is in televison. I always thought it was very glamorous work. I guess you never know a persons life until you step into their shoes. I hope if the employees get treated like that, someone gets after the managers and change their ways.

Very disapointed watcher

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have worked for the New York Times for some time now, and this is not the way they treat their employees. If this is what is happening at the station, the managers must be immune from the 10 rules of the road, especially the one about a sense of humor. It sounds like there is very little stress relief for employees in a very high stress business like TV. That can't be good for morale. No wonder why the employees are talking their bosses down.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's well know that the New York Times is very serious about it's "rules of the road" Maybe someone at WNEP should print all of these comments out and send them to corporate HR?

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A POSTED COMMENT SAID "THE NEW YORK TIMES IS SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR RULES OF THE ROAD, AND SOMEONE SHOULD PRINT THESE COMMENTS AND SEND THEM TO CORPORATE HR." WHAT A LAUGH! IF YOU DARE TELL THE CORP HR PEOPLE THAT ONE OF THEIR MANAGERS ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE 10 RULES, THERE WOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION (NOT INCLUDING THE EMPLOYEES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN OF COURSE) AND THE MANAGERS WILL PROBABLY GET AN AWARD OF SOME SORT AND SOME POOR SLOB EMPLOYEE WILL GET THEIR ASS WHIPPED OR FIRED. THE BIGGEST JOKE THERE IS THE TEN RULES OF THE ROAD.
HERE THEY ARE:

1. TREAT EACH OTHER WITH HONESTY (THERE'S A LAUGH), RESPECT (SALUTE MANAGEMENT) AND CIVILITY (MANAGERS OFTEN MAKE VERY UNCIVIL COMMENTS ABOUT WORKERS.)

2. SERVICE FOR EXCELLENCE, DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS. (NO MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE WE DON'T REPLACE WHILE WE ADD A BOATLOAD MORE WORK AND DRIVE THE SLAVES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS)

3. EMBRACE DIVERSITY...(IN PUBLIC ANYWAY...IT LOOKS GOOD FOR THE COMPANY)

4. CONTRIBUTE YOUR INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE TO TEAM EFFORTS.....(SO AFTER THE 100 THINGS YOU ACCOMPLISH FOR US, WE CAN PICK OUT THE ONE THING YOU DIDN'T DO AND BEAT YOUR A-- FOR IT).

5. TAKE RISKS AND INNOVATE, RECOGNIZING THAT FAILURE OCCASIONALLY OCCURS....(THE ONLY RISK TAKING I SEE IS THE FEAR OF RISKING YOUR JOB IF YOU STEP TO THE RIGHT OR LEFT OF WHAT A MANAGER SAYS..DON'T QUESTION...AND IF THE FAILURE OCCURS, YOU'RE SCREWED).

6. INFORMATION IS POWER, SHARE IT....(BUT NOT WITH BEALE, OR ANYONE OUTSIDE THE CULT).

7. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY; DELEGATE AUTHORITY...(UNLESS YOU ARE MANAGEMENT, THEN YOU HAVE TO GET TOGETHER TO FIND SOMEONE TO BLAME, AND WHEN THEY DEFEND THEMSELVES..."YOU ARE GETTING DEFENSIVE".. AGAIN). (DELEGATE AUTHORITY, SO THEY HAVE SOMEONE TO BLAME).

8. GIVE AND ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK....HA HA HA..GIVE? NEVER! ACCEPT, YOU BETTER!

9. MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE AND A SENSE OF HUMOR....(WELL, THAT MAKES ME LAUGH, I GUESS THAT IS THE CLOSEST TO A SENSE OF HUMOR AS YOU WILL GET).

WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT ONE PERSONS LOOK AT THE NEW YORK TIMES COMIC SECTION....SORRY, RULES OF THE ROAD. OF COURSE IF YOU DISAGREE WITH SOMETHING, YOU CAN ALWAYS PUT THE MOOSE ON THE TABLE...YES, A STUFFED MOOSE. IF HE COMES OUT, ALL YOU SAY IS OFF THE RECORD...HA...HA. MANAGEMENT, PUT DOWN THE MOOSE AND READ THE RULES YOURSELVES.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, THE BACK BITING AND FEAR OF LOOSING THE ANCHOR SPOT CONTINUES AT WNEP TV. NOW THAT MARISA BURKE HAS BEEN MADE THE PRODUCER OF THE SIX O'CLOCK NEWS AND WAS REPLACED BY THE STRIKINGLY SULTRY AND MOST RECOGNIZED FEMALE NEWS PERSON IN THE MARKET, PAOLA GIANGIACOMO ON THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK NEWS, WHAT IS NEXT? WILL SCOTT SCHAFFER FINALLY STEP INTO THE CHAIR MIKE (NO LIPS) LEWIS HAS BEEN HANGING ONTO FOR THE LAST ALMOST DECADE? LEWIS MAY HAVE JUST SIGNED A NEW CONTRACT, AND HE MAY EVEN LEARN HOW TO INTERACT WITH A CO-ANCHOR SOMEDAY, BUT THE OLD "AGE" GAME IS CATCHING UP WITH THE "OLD FOLKS" ON THE NEWS SET. THE PROBLEM IS SCOTTY IS NOT A SPRING CHICKEN HIMSELF, AND THE HAIR TRANSPLANTS DON'T SEEM TO HAVE TAKEN VERY WELL. ON THE OTHER HAND YOU HAVE THE SIREN, AND THE ALLEGED CONSTANT COMPANION OF "FATHER FIGURE" SCHAFFER, JULIE SIDONI ALSO WAITING TO JUMP INTO THE GRAVE OF WHOMEVER GETS THE AX NEXT. LOOK OUT MARISA, DOWN TO PRODUCER, THE NEXT STEP IS OUT THE DOOR, AND AT YOUR AGE (EVEN WITH THE EYE JOB) YOU ARE LUCKY YOU STILL HAVE A SEAT AT ALL. JON MEYER, THE TOWERING REPORTER IN LUZERNE COUNTY HAS TAKEN THE WEEKEND ANCHOR JOB FOR NOW, BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE NINE FOOT NEWSMAN. INSIDE THE NEWSROOM, THE COLD SHOULDERS AND AVOIDING CERTAIN OTHERS IS AS OBVIOUS AS STINK ON A SKUNK. WELL, WITH A NEWS DIRECTOR LIKE DENNIS FISHER WHO PROMISES THE WORLD TO EVERYONE WHO COMES IN THE DOOR, THEN LEADS THEM ON UNTIL HE HAS USED THEM UP,YOU NEVER KNOW! WELCOME TO THE "FAMILY." DISFUNCTION IS OUR MIDDLE NAME.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, THE HAPPINESS AT WNEP IS AT AN ALLTIME HIGH. SEEMS THAT EVEN WITH A BROKEN CLAVICLE, THE ONLY ONE WITH CLASS AND PERSONALITY ON THE MORNING SHOW IS MILO. THE REST OF THE CREW, INCLUDING THE "YOUNG UNS" IN THE PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT ARE AS MEAN, SPITEFUL AND STILL THE CONSUMATE "CRY BABY RATS TO THE GM" UNLESS THEY GET THEIR OWN WAY BUNCH. WELL, AT LEAST SUPON IS OUT FOR A WHILE, POPPING OUT YET ANOTHER LITTLE RED HEADED KELLY, A GIRL THIS TIME. HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE SHE IS KNOCKED UP AGAIN? ANYONE OUT THERE WANT TO JOIN THE POOL? TOMMY BOY WILLIAMS, THE BACK STABBING MORNING PERSONALITY OF THE MORNING STILL RIDING HIS HIGH HORSE. GOOD THING HE IS AT WNEP ALL THESE YEARS, BECAUSE THEY WOULD EAT HIM UP AND SPIT OUT WHAT WOULD BE LEFT OF THAT HUGE HEAD IN A BIGGER MARKET. "THE UNTOUCHABLES," (THE MORNING CREW) AS THEY ARE KNOWN ON THE INSIDE CAN TREAT PEOPLE AS THEIR DISHRAGS AND WALK AWAY CLEAN WHILE THEIR WHIPPING BOYS AND GIRLS TAKE THE HEAT FOR THEIR STUPIDITY. TAKE THE MILO/SUPON MOTHER OR EMPLOYEE FREKUS THAT TOOK PLACE ON THE AIR (AND MADE UNFAVORABLE NATIONAL NEWS BY THE WAY)....NEITHER ONE OF THEM SUFFERED EVEN A SCRATCH FROM THE EPISODE. IF ANYONE ELSE IN THE NEWSROOM PULLED THE "WALK OFF" FOR WHATEVER REASON, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST THOROUGHLY DISCIPLINED FOR THEIR ACTIONS IF NOT FIRED. AAHHHH, THE CLASS SYSTEM IN THE GOOLAG RUN BY COMRADE'S FISHER AND KIRCHEN. SURE SETS A FINE FAMILY EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF US. I LOVE THAT WARM FUZZY FEELING WHEN YOU SWIPE YOUR CARD TO ENTER THE COMMUNE, KNOWING THERE COULD BE SOMEONE JUST WAITING TO POUNCE ON AND BLAME YOU FOR THEIR MISTAKES. . . OOOOOH THAT ALL IN THE FAMILY FEELING AT THE BIG 16.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, IT SEEMS THAT FRANK-ANDREWS-JONES-BROWN-SHIMKUS, WHATEVER, HAS WON THE PRIMARY ELECTION. I HOPE THE LOCAL POLITICO'S (HENCHMAN) DON'T DISAPPOINT THIS LOCAL VOTER AND START DRAGGING THE SKELETONS OUT OF FRANKS CLOSET. HE HAS MORE SKELETONS THAN HUGO SELINSKI HAD BODIES. I CAN'T WAIT TIL HE STARTS THE TEAR JERKING APOLOGIES FOR HIS PAST MISTAKES. I ALSO HOPE HE DOESN'T BLAME HIS POOR EX-WIFE FOR EVERYTHING AGAIN. THAT WOMAN HAS A PLACE IN HEAVEN, AND IT ISN'T BECAUSE THE REVERAND SHIMKUS BOUGHT HER A TICKET. BETWEEN THE NOW WELL KNOWN BOOZING AND THE, WELL LIVING SITUATION FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, I HOPE HE IS RUNNING ON THE HIPOCRITICAL TICKET. MMMM THERE'S AN IDEA, A NEW PARTY AND MOST POLITICIANS, ESPECIALLY FRANK SHOULD CLAIM IT AS THEIR OWN. WHAT KILLS ME IS THAT WYOU TV WAS STILL PAYING THE REVERAND WHILE HE RAN FOR OFFICE, AND IN THE MEANTIME THE TIGHT PURSE STRINGS OF PERRY SOOK NEXSTAR (DEATHSTAR) BIG WIG WON'T LET AN EXTRA NICKEL TRICKLE DOWN TO PAY THE PEOPLE REALLY RUNNING THE STATION. MORE HIPOCRACY FRANK. YOU WILL MAKE A GOOD POLITICIAN.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, IT WAS A NOT SO FOND FAREWELL FOR THE OUTGOING ANCHOR/REPORTER AT THE BARGAIN BASEMENT STATION WYOU. "PHANTASTIC PHIL YAKOBOSKY," WHO WORKED FOR THE NO RATINGS STATION FOR THE LAST 10 OR SO YEARS HAD A SIMPLE SWARE' AT THE ARENA BAR IN WILKES BARRE FRIDAY THE 26TH OF MAY JUST DAYS BEFORE HIS OFFICIAL EXIT. FORMER AND CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE STATION WERE IN ATTENDANCE, ALONG WITH FACES FROM ACROSS THE DIAL. MARISA BURKE MADE A GRAND (OLD DAME) APPEARANCE, STILL REASSURING THE PHANTASTIC AND ANNOYING PHIL THAT HE WILL SOMEDAY TAKE THE PLACE OF "NO LIPS" LEWIS NEXT TO HER ON THE NEWSWATCH 16 NEWS SET. PHIL WAS ALL OVER HER LIKE A PUPPY DOG WAITING FOR A TREAT. ALSO IN ATTENDANCE WAS ERIC DAEBILL THE "GRAVE JUMPER" WHO SHOWED UP AT THE WAKE TO BE SURE PHILS BODY WAS COLD, SO HE CAN FINALLY SIT IN THE BIG CHAIR AT THE DESK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.. I THINK I EVEN SAW HIM HOLDING A MIRROR UNDER PHILS NOSE JUST TO BE SURE. A ZZZZZZZZZZ GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, MOST OF WHOM WERE THERE BECAUSE THEY WERE HAPPY TO SEE HIM GO. I LOVE THIS BUSINESS. IT IS LIKE WATCHING THE GLADIATORS IN ROME FIGHT TO THE DEATH.

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY BEALE, THANKS FOR THE OUTLET. IT MAKES FOR AN EYE OPENING LOOK AT WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES OF LOCAL TV. I THINK AFTER WATCHING THE CONSTANT RE-HASH OF NEWS ON 16 THEY WOULD SELL MORE ADVERTISING IF THEY BROADCAST THE POLITICS AND BACKSTABBING THAT GOES ON IN THE BACKGROUND. I FOR ONE WOULD WATCH EVERYDAY. IT WOULD BE MORE INTERESTING THAN WATCHING SHAFER AND SIDONI WHINE OUT ANOTHER VERSION OF THE EARLIER NEWS I'VE SEEN ALREADY. PAT SAJAC AND VANNA WHITE HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THERE. C'MON YOU DOPEY TIGHT ASSES IN THE NEWSROOM, PUT SOMETHING ON BESIDES ANOTHER FIRE OR CRASH, GIVE US THE DIRT. MAYBE CHANNEL 22 CAN RISE FROM THE ASHES AND DO IT FIRST. BUT THEN SINCE NO ONE IS WATCHING, WHO WOULD CARE. 16 IS THE REAL HOTBED OF BACKSTAGE BULLSHIT. GIVE US WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FOR A CHANGE. DIRT!!!! SOUNDS LIKE YOU CERTAINLY HAVE PLENTY TO GIVE.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN! ALL EYES ARE AGAIN ON THE HALF VACANT NEWSROOM AT CHANNEL 16 WHERE REPORTERS SEEM TO BE STUCK IN THE REVOLVING DOOR UNTIL THEIR CONTRACT IS UP AND THEY RUN OUT ON THE NEXT SPIN. IS IT JUST ME, OR HAVE OTHER PEOPLE NOTICED THE CONSTANT CHANGE OF REPORTERS AT THE NUMBER 1 TV STATION IN THE MARKET. USUALLY WHEN YOU LAND AT A STATION LIKE THIS, YOU DO AT LEAST 2 CONTRACTS BEFORE LEAVING. RUMOR HAS IT THERE ARE A FEW IN THE "KINGDOM" LOOKING FOR A ROYAL PARDON SO THEY CAN CROSS THE MOAT AND NEVER LOOK BACK. I RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT THE WEEKEND ANCHOR, "TALL BOY JOHN MEYER" HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY NEWS DIRECTOR DENNIS FISFACE TO ALSO TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN ADDITION TO HIS WEEKEND ANCHORING AND PRODUCING. THAT WILL KEEP FISHER'S ROYAL SUBJECTS HUMBLE NOW WON'T IT? WOW, THINGS MUST REALLY BE GETTING TOUGH AT THE BIG 16.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, THE NEWSROOM AT THE BIG 1-6 IS A BUZZ OVER THE LACK OF RESOURCES TO COVER ALL THE NEWSCASTS. ADDING NEWS AT 7PM WAS ONE OF THE MOST IDIOTIC IDEAS I HAVE EVER SEEN, ESPECIALLY IN THIS MARKET. MY SOURCES TELL ME IT WAS TO GET THE POCONO/NY CITY IMPORTS WHO TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH TO WATCH THE NEWS. SO, THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THE "CONSULTANTS KNOW. FIRST OF ALL, ANYONE TRAVELLING FROM NYC EVERYDAY DO NOT ARRIVE HOME TIL AROUND 9PM. THAT BLOWS THE 7PM THEORY ALL TO HELL. SECOND, WHEN THEY DO GET HOME BEFORE 9PM, THEY WANT TO WATCH THE NY NEWS, BECAUSE THEY JUST SLEEP HERE, THEIR LIVES ARE WRAPPED UP IN THE CITY THEY REALLY SPEND ALL THEIR TIME IN. THESE PEOPLE EVEN TRAVEL TO THE CITY ON THEIR TIME OFF, BECAUSE THEY LOOK AT THIS AREA AS A BACKWOODS BORING PLACE WITH NO NIGHTLIFE OR CULTURE. I THINK THE BRAIN SURGEON, ALONG WITH THE "NO NOTHING ABOUT THE DEMOGRAPHIC HERE" CONSULTANTS ARE OUT IN THE COLD WITH THIS ONE. SO, ALL IT DOES IS STRETCH AN ALREADY STRETCHED NEWSROOM CREW TO THE POINT OF SNAPPING. NICE TRY FISHFACE, WHAT MARKET DID YOU COME FROM AGAIN? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, YOU ARE LEARNING AT EVERYONES EXPENSE, WITH THE HELP OF THE GRANDMA WITH TEETH (LOU KIRCHEN). TISK TISK...YOU LOOSE THIS ONE FOR THE BIG 1-6.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THINGS AT NEXSTAR (DEATHSTAR) ARE AS USUAL THESE DAYS. THE INTERUM NEWS DIRECTOR RON "CRISPY LETTUCE" AS HE IS FONDLY KNOWN BY HIS NOT SO LOYAL SUBJECTS HASN'T DONE MUCH SINCE HIS REIGN BEGAN AFTER THE FALL OF PAUL STEUBER. HE IS STILL LOOKING TO FILL KEY POSITIONS, AND THE WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT "DEATHSTAR" HAS SUCH A SHITTY REPUTATION IN THE BIZ, THAT EVEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADS LOOKING FOR THAT FIRST JOB WON'T TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM. THE STAFF THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR SOME TIME ARE ALSO WHINING ABOUT THE ENDENTURED SLAVERY THEY HAVE BEEN CHAINED TO, WITHOUT SO MUCH AS BREAD AND WATER WHEN RAISES ARE HANDED OUT (IF YOU CAN CALL THEM RAISES). JOHN DITZIEMEYER, THE FORMER BRAINLESS PSEUDO GM OF WYOU IS NOW RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW AT BOTH STATIONS WITH THE HELP OF RANDY WILLIAMS WHO IS REALLY DOING ALL THE WORK AND WHO LOOKS LIKE A CHARACTER FROM STEPHEN KING'S BOOK "THINNER." SOMEONE BUY RANDY A MEAL, WILL YOU? IT IS A MESS AS USUAL. TRY THE SALVATION ARMY OR GOODWILL, MAYBE YOU CAN FIND THE QUALITY EMPLOYEES DEATHSTAR WANTS TO PAY THERE. OH BOY, IT JUST GOES ON AND ON.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a resident of the poconos and I found this site through a freind who loves to read weird websites. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing on the news except for when my kids don't have school, that I want to see. I was raised in NY and that is where I get my news. The news here doesn't mean a thing to me, I don't even vote here. My whole family except 2 of us live in NY and I want to know what is happening there. My weekdays are spent working in the city, and my weekends are spent playing in the city. I love my home, but it is there for my retirement.

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nwkhbdsWOW, WE SEE THE HOT BLONDE WEEKEND ANCHOR/REPORTER FROM CHANNEL 28 OUT AND ABOUT WITH HER HUNKY (LOOKS DUMB AS DIRT) STATE TROOPER KELLY FROM THE WYOMING BARRACKS. I WONDER IF KELLY TALKS IN HIS SLEEP....MANY SCOOPS THERE CANDICE..THE LOVELY CANDITHHHH (SAY IT LIKE DAFFY DUCK) SHOULD ATTEND THE SAME SPEECH CLASSES ANDY MEHALSHICK TAKES TO ELIMINATE THE THPEACH IMPEDIMENT. MAYBE 28 CAN FIND A CLASS OF PEOPLE WITH SPEECH IMPEDIMENTS TO HIRE TO FILL OTHER VACANCIES IN THE NEWSROOM. I THOUGHT CLEAR SPEAKING WOULD BE THE FIRST PREREQUISITE FOR THAT JOB. BUT THEN AGAIN, IT IS "DEATHSTAR."

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TODAY I SAW ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE FAMILY ATMOSPHERE AT NEWSWATCH, THE BIG 1-6. WE HAVE A KEY PERSON OUT ON SICK LEAVE FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND THE MANAGEMENT CONTINUALLY MAKES A JOKE OUT OF THE FACT THIS EMPLOYEE IS SICK. THIS THEN TRICKLES DOWN TO THE REST OF THE STAFF WHO INSTEAD OF BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE "16 FAMILY MEMBER" ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR CARL ABRAHAM AND PRODUCERS LAUGH ABOUT THE SITUATION AND MAKE AN ASS OUT OF THE EMPLOYEE WHO IS OUT SICK. JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE "CLOSE FAMILY" ATMOSPHERE THE COMPANY DOESN'T WANT THE PUBLIC TO SEE. SINCE I CAME HERE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I HAVE SEEN MORE BACKBITING AND IN FIGHTING HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE I HAVE EVER WORKED. THIS PLACE IS A HAVEN FOR IDIOT CLIQUES. IT'S A WAR ZONE. BUT, DON'T LET THAT BOTHER YOU, WE WILL SHOW YOU MORE PR WITH ALL OF US HOLDING HANDS AND SKIPPING MERRILY ACROSS THE BACKYARD....HA HA HA.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, THE RATINGS NUMBERS ARE IN AND I WONDER IF THE 7:00 NEWS ON 16.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. HAS MADE A MARK YET? PAT, VANNA, YOU'RE PROBABLY SAFE FOR ANOTHER RATINGS PERIOD.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY, ALL YOU SINGLE HORNY GUYS WHO HAVE HAD THE HOTS FOR THE "SULTRY SIDONI" JULIE THAT IS AT CANNEL 16, YOUR LOSS IS SCHAFFER'S GAIN. SEEMS THAT SCOTT SCHAFFER FINALLY GOT IN THE HOUSE AND OFFICIALLY ROBBED THE CRADLE. THE 7:00PM NEWSCAST CO-ANCHORS ARE OFFICIALLY ENGAGED, AND THE ROCK LOOKS LIKE IT WEIGHS MORE THAN SIDONI HERSELF. WELL, ALL YOU STUDS, "GRANDPA SCHAFFER" SHOWED YOU ALL UP. NOW, HOPEFULLY THE 40 SOMETHING SCHAFFER WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH HIS 20 SOMETHING FUTURE BRIDE, THAT IS IF CASSANOVA SCOTT CAN KEEP HIS HANDS TO HIMSELF AT LEAST TIL THEY TIE THE KNOT. SCHAFFER HAS BEEN SEEN OUT AND ABOUT SLITHERING THROUGH THE CROWDS AND SLIPPING AWAY WITH THE LIKES OF KATHY BOZINSKI(FORMER WBRE REPORTER ANCHOR) NOT TOO LONG AGO. THE RUMOR WAS HE NEEDED A PLACE TO SHOWER, AND KATHY WAS ALL TOO HAPPY TO OBLIGE. OTHERS INCLUDING MYSELF HAVE SEEN THE PICK-UP ARTIST IN ACTION AT SEVERAL OF THE HOTSPOTS IN THE SCRANTON WILKES BARRE AREA. WELL, BOYS IF YOU STILL WANT A PIECE OF SIDONI, RUMOR IS THE PAIR IS CONSTANTLY ON AND OFF THE ROCKS BECAUSE OF SCHAFFER'S SEXUAL APPETITE FOR A STRANGE PIECE NOW AND THEN. YOU MIGHT STILL HAVE A CHANCE.....OR NOT. MAYBE SCOTTS LIBIDO WILL FINALLY CALM DOWN, AFTER ALL HE IS HEADING FOR 50. I WONDER IF THE CABINET IN HIS BATHROOM IS STOCKED WITH ROGAINE AND VIAGRA.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schaffer and Sidoni? Let's see how long it lasts....this time. They both had revolving doors installed at their homes, so they can come and go after each break-up.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELL, THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN. THE LOVING...HA HA HA WNEP FAMILY IS AT IT AGAIN. ONE OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS, WHO WORKED FOR NEXSTAR IN THE PAST IS OFF TRYING TO DEAL WITH STRESS RELATED ISSUES. MANAGEMENT IN THEIR INFINITE WISDOM, IS NOW ACCUSING HIM OF HAVING ANOTHER JOB, AND FOOLING WITH HIS BENEFITS. (AN ANNONYMOUS CALL ALLEGEDLY TIPPED THEM OFF, RIGHT!!!!) THEY HAVE SHORT AND LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE. THIS IS NOT VERY SMART, NOT TO MENTION UNCARING AND SHOWING NO CONCERN FOR HIS HEALTH. IF HE IS OUT FOR STRESS RELATED PROBLEMS, THE LAST THING MOST PEOPLE WHO CARED ABOUT HIS WELFARE SHOULD DO IS ADD MORE STRESS. BUT, IT IS THE DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILY OF THE BIG 1-6. I SPOKE TO CO-WORKERS THERE WHO TALKED TO THE EMPLOYEE MENTIONED AND ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS GET BACK TO WORK. HIS DOCTORS ARE CONCERNED THAT THIS KIND OF ACTION ON THE PART OF MANAGEMENT WILL NOT HELP HIM AND WILL ONLY MAKE MATTERS WORSE, NOT PRODUCTIVE AT ALL. I WONDER IF THE SAME TREATMENT WAS GIVEN TO THE ASSISTANT NEWS DIRECTOR WHO I WAS TOLD WAS JUST OUT DUE TO SURGERY. I BET HE WAS CONTACTED AND WISHED WELL (ONE OF THE OLD BOYS, YOU KNOW). THE ONLY TIME MANAGEMENT HAS EVEN CONTACTED THE ASSIGNMENT EDITOR, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND WAS TO ASK WHY HE WASN'T AT WORK PREMATURELY, DUE TO MISCOMMUNICATION FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY HANDLING THE CASE. HE HAS BEEN ASKED IF ANYONE FROM MANAGEMENT EVER CALLED TO ASK IF HE WAS OK. HE SAID NO ONE FROM MANAGEMENT HAS CALLED TO SHOW CONCERN FOR HIS HEALTH,(NOT EVEN A CERTAIN CO-WORKER HE HELPED IN AN EMERGENCY NOT LONG AGO) WHEN THEY DO SPEAK TO HIM. WAY TO GO, LOVING, CARING FAMILY AT THE BIG 16. HA HA HA, AND THEY TALK ABOUT NEXSTAR. AT LEAST HERE, THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH ANYONE WHO IS OUT, NOT JUST "ROYALTY."

12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beale, why do you allow this constant bashing of WNEP? I have worked there for several years and management has always been good to us in the traffic and advertising department. I think it is the overpaid talent in the newsroom who are always crying about one thing or another. They work about half the hours we do and make a lot of money. We who believe in the New York Times are tired of the whining employees who just don't want to work hard to make it the best product it can be. We are all working these days with a skeleton crew....stop your whining in the newsroom, we are tired of hearing it.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beale, I think you should advertise this web site so more people can see what goes on behind the scenes of local media.

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WBRE HAS MADE PROBABLY ONE OF THE DUMBEST DECISIONS I HAVE EVER SEEN TO DATE. VINCE SWEENEY AND JASON KNAPP HAVE BEEN OFFED. YES, OFFED! THAT IS WHAT IT IS AT NEXSTAR, THE HIT MEN OFF YOU WHEN THEY NO LONGER WANT TO PAY YOUR SALARY. RUMOR INSIDE HAS IT, ONE MORE WILL BE LED OUT OF THE PASTURE SOON, AND WE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BE LYNDAL STOUDT. NO LOSS THERE, BUT VINCE SWEENEY IS ONE OF THE LAST IDENTIFIABLE PERSONALITIES ON WBRE. REMEMBER ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE AD CAMPAIGNS THE STATION EVER HAD? "VINCE SAID IT WOULD BE LIKE THIS." IT SEEMED EVERYWHERE YOU WENT IN THE MARKET AND SPOKE ABOUT THE WEATHER, SOMEONE WOULD SAY, "VINCE SAID IT WOULD BE LIKE THIS." JASON KNAPP HAS BEEN AROUND BETWEEN 22 AND 28 FOR SOME TIME NOW. I PRESUME THEY WILL PUT THAT IDIOT SHANER IN THE POSITION. THAT WOULD BE LIKE HAVING PING BACK IN THE MARKET. VINCE IS ONE OF THE BEST PERSONALITIES I EVER WORKED WITH, AND IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM GO, NOT TO MENTION HOW STUPID A DECISION IT IS BY MANAGEMENT. WELL, DEATHSTAR STRIKES AGAIN.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 22 may be making somewhat of a comeback when they start their interactive newscasts soon, according to sources inside. The newscasts will be handled like a call in show, simular to their "The law and you" segment in the newscast now. Viewers will have the opportunity to call in and comment on the stories they see. By the way, this is the first interactive newscast in the country. Good luck to the wyou team. after years in the basement, maybe they will at least come up the stairs far enough to see some light.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First interactive newscast in the country? Are you kidding me? Tons of places have done that before. The ABC in Springfield did it earlier this decade. A station in Savannah, Georgia did it. Please.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have worked in TV Land for almost 20 years. Yes, it is sometimes a dirty game--well-- just like all of corporate america. I feel your pain WNEP'ERS.But stop whining. Grow up, get smart, or get out. I got out. Too many other fun things to do in the world, and too many other places to do them...

2:09 PM  

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