Friday, July 07, 2006

Live from the supply closet

Is it me, or is Diane Lee anchoring from the WYOU supply closet? Take a look at this picture I snapped from tonight's newscast...

(The line is an artifact from my camera.)

Let's see, we have what appears to be two desks behind her, a copy machine, a distracting TV monitor, and what looks like a board for employee memos. Throw in a water cooler and a snack machine, and you'll have the all-purpose WYOU news set/supply closet/employee break room!

You'd think WYOU would learn something from its Nexstar twin when its new set was built a few years ago. WBRE moved its anchor desk to the newsroom, which provided a decent shot of producers and reporters in their cubicles, and someone manning the assignment desk. It showed activity, as if the newsroom was busy digging up that next juicy story. Just look at any cable news channel, and you'll see what I mean.

WYOU's temporary digs? The only activity we'll see in the background is someone making copies of their resume!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem is if WYOU turns around and shoots toward the cubicles all you will see are WBRE reporters. Ah the joys of shared services.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been told they're building a new set. What a joke and a waste of money.
They think their rating will go up with a fancy new piece of furniture?
WOW a new set for 22 is like living in a tin shack and putting up 300 dollar shades! LOL LOL LOL LOL

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key word here is "temporary". Most people don't even remember WBRE's temp-set from 5 years ago. Just like 5 years from now no one will remember WYOU's. Heck, 1 year from now no one will remember it.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous hugh g rection said...

When WBRE was having their new set built, they in fact did their newscasts in the newsroom. They crammed two cameras and the anchor desk in the corner of the newsroom by the conference room. They had a "28 News" sign hanging up at the assignment desk. Zobel demanded that WYOU air talent not go on that side of the newsroom while WBRE's news was on the air. He threatened them with suspension or termination if they did go on that side of the room during the newscast.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah you're hilarious 10:22am. Thanks for adding something constructive to the discussion.

Good for 22. That old set needed a makeover.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that CSI was on is the only reason most people would see their teasers. As for their newscasts, if remote controls made a loud noise when people hit them, the collective "Click" at 10:59 PM would be deafening.

You can shine it but it's still fecal.

WYOU could take several steps to stop blasting the floor of the basement.

First, they should bail on the "News Alliance." By disassociating from the Lynett anchor, their veracity would skyrocket.

Second... Never mind. They'll never make the changes necessary. It's a dead issue and with Frank "alias" Shimkus poised to go to Harrisburg, the circle is strengthening.

Like the other posters said, no-one will remember the temporary set because to remember, one has to see it.

What a waste. I still say they should can the news and run infomercials. It'll raise viewership and increase revenue. If every decision were this obvious.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they will bring back Jane Adonizio and have her flirt with every man in the building for background viewing...

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:37 PM
"Maybe they will bring back Jane Adonizio and have her flirt with every man in the building for background viewing... "

From your mouth to God's ears.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about the temporary set. You think 90% of the viewers notice if its a working newsroom or not? They look at the personalities front and center in the shot: Diane Lee, Sid, Stuccio, etc.

$200K seems too much, but it's true WYOU needed to refresh its look. The set was old and small. The ugly stepsister is getting a little attention at least.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oLa Dee Da... what about spending some money and actually hiring people to go cover the news? More people will notice a newscar in their town than they will a new set on television. You need to LURE people to watch first. Good content will keep them there.

A new set can be PART of the equation, but there must be something worth listening to (news which informs, explains, entertains)... as well that part which is worth watching (quality video and talented people on a new set).

A set is the frame around the art, the content is the painting itself. Let's hope WYOU starts giving us something worth looking at.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous hugh g rection said...

I thought Jane only flirted with tape editors who are married.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous 4:59pm (aka "O LaDeeDa")

I don't disagree with you there. That would be exactly what WYOU needs and I can only wish that the content is as good as the framework so that market #54 could have 3 meaningful news stations again.

---Anonymous 8:50am

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who doubts the level of local television broadcasting/analysis needs only to realize that seemingly clued-in people post under names that were last humorous in second grade. Yep, the most imaginative handle the guy can come up with is Hugh G Rection. We are soooo impressed. How about a few armpit farts.

5:52 AM  
Anonymous fah king yoo said...

To 5:52 a.m.:

Is this name better?

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane does MORE than just flirt with married tape editors and photographers...

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


...another derailed discussion.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Joe Riccardo said...

To the “Anonymous" Someone has decided in the past to criticize Diane Lee’s pronunciation of various boroughs/townships:

Do you, oh someone, personally know Diane Lee? – Oh, gee, let me see now…I guess not!

Well, I DO personally know Diane Lee. She is as kind and as genuine a person as anyone would ever want to meet in this mundane, critical and nasty world.

There is nothing phony about her. DO you not EVER make mistakes? Let me see now…I guess the answer to that is NO!

There is nothing incompetent about her either! She is as hard a working professional as I’ve ever seen in the news business.

Do you have the talent to create a Christmas CD to raise money for charity? Again the answer is NO!

I can tell you one thing. Diane Lee is as elegant a lady and as professional a journalist as you would ever want to meet. She is real, spontaneous and upbeat.

WYOU is struggling to find an identity. Diane Lee is one lady, who, if given the chance to shine, can greatly help WYOU attain a strong place in the media.

Currently, she is functioning as both a producer and anchor/reporter. She is greatly overworked, highly underpaid and highly undervalued.

I would compare her integrity against that of anyone I’ve known for many years. She outshines many people whose integrity is considered stellar.

I know a great many people of high integrity: pastors, judges, business people, doctors, etc...

Diane Lee’s integrity and honesty outshines them all. She refuses to be anything other than her genuine, kind, highly sincere and highly intelligent self.

She stands by her beliefs and is not afraid to push her convictions. She is a caring, God-fearing lady.

I know that in today’s world, people don’t give a flip about God, much less what God may want from us as people in our daily lives.

But, as sure as I am writing here; there is a God and He is not particularly pleased with those who criticize people they’ve don’t really know.

It is too easy to tear down people and place them under ridicule. Does it REALLY matter in the grand scheme of life if a person makes a pronunciation mistake?

The answer is NO! – No logical person would ever conclude otherwise. What REALLY matters is a person’s heart; a person’s integrity.

I know Diane Lee’s heart. It is in the right place. That is truly all one needs to make a difference in this world.

Oh someone, where is your heart? Is it in the right place? Can you honestly say you make a difference in the daily lives of others?

I know Diane Lee is making a positive difference in many people’s lives. Are you doing the same?

Sad, but true, you don’t even have the courtesy to use your real name; hiding behind the name “Anonymous”

Your sheer cowardice is appalling. If you know so much about Diane Lee, why don’t you share your name with the rest of us?

I challenge you, oh someone: before you openly criticize someone on the internet, get to know them thoroughly before you spout your mouth off.

You just might learn something positive from them!

Joe Riccardo

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Joe Riccardo? Windy bastard.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Joe...thanks for derailing another thread.

And you obviously haven't had to work with Ms. Lee at a TV station. Try talking to some of her co-workers.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Windy bastard"?!?

Another asspipe heard from.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this could be very detramental to some people's careers...I apologize for not signing my name to this.

Also, I'm not speaking on behalf of myself, because all the times I've dealt with Diane, she was very nice.

However, I know for a fact that her students at Wilkes wouldn't agree with some of your claims.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:51 AM.

I knew Joe Riccardo. Joe Riccardo was a friend of mine. You sir, are no Joe Riccardo.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will reserve comment on all the diane lee stuff because i have worked with her on a daily basis, but i will say to joe riccardo, everyone in that building is highly overworked, highly underpaid and highly undervalued. its part of our business. her contract is up, if she doesnt like it, then leave. if not then just do your work and dont complain.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Diane Lee would actually resent this Joe Riccardo defense. I, too, work with her daily and she's a hard, get-in-your-face kind of worker.

I don't care to comment on the CD or anything else that goes on in personal life... but I will say the camera makes her look fantastic. She's more than easy on the eyes.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe obviously doesn't work with Ms. Lee. She's not well liked by her co-workers, and even her co-anchors ridiculed that excuse for a Christmas CD. She may be cute, but she's not too bright and if she was bright, she would ask how to pronounce the names of boroughs and townships (the only town in PA is Bloomsburg), however her ego is too big for her to do just that.

When she first got here, she couldn't identify half the countries in the Middle East, let alone pronounce them, so how do you expect her to be able to pronunce Tunkhannock with ease?

All I have to say, is if she's the future of TV news, God help us all.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gawd help us all, is right. But at least those of us who kissed away some bucks for that wunnerful CD will have something to remember Diane by. She reminds me of the local yokel on cable 13 (13!) in Hazleton who found great difficulty in pronouncing the last names of certain families in her so-called market area.

5:43 PM  

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