Thursday, November 16, 2006

So long, Supey

So, did you know Kim Supon's last day at WNEP is tomorrow? What, you didn't? Then somehow you missed the endless amount of "Supey's Scrapbook" promos, and the sit-down interviews, and the career retrospectives, etc etc.

I'm not going to debate whether Supon "deserves" such a send-off. She has been a constant figure on WNEP's morning newscasts, and a lot of viewers like her. But as one blog reader observed, "Ed Bradley got 'only' an hour-long sendoff from '60 Minutes,' AND HE DIED! The Supon send-off tour is eating up most of this week and she's still (they say) alive."

(Perhaps WNEP just has oodles of tape of Supon's stuff they can use. It's a lot better than resorting to the still-pic-o-rama they used for John Glawe.)

Anyway, I guess my pont is you can only show "Supey" wearing a funny paper hat so many times.

Kim, best of luck to you as you move into full-time motherhood.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

gag.

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Kim's send-off Friday morning. It was like a half-pound of sugar—on top of chocolate syrup—on top of hot fudge sauce—on top of ice cream—on top of a chocolate layer cake—washed down by some extra-sweet Kool-Aid—with added sugar.

The diabetic coma lifted in less than an hour.

With all the kissy-kissy and huggy-huggy I almost forgot that a tearful Supon stormed off the set last year when Snedeker told her she had to make a choice between career and motherhood.

I guess Joe was right all along, huh?

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was both heartwarming and gut wrenching at the same time.

I wish her the best as a full time mom now. Good luck.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone making SUCH a big deal about her leaving ? I think a bigger deal should be made for us working moms (in and out of this business) who don't have a hubby making 6-7 Gs a year and have to work to provide for their families ! How about giving *them* some much needed kudos for balancing family and work ????

The whole "lovefest" is just pathetic.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..and no, Joe was still WRONG -- you *can* be a mother AND have a career. No one said it would be easy, but it CAN be done. He's just another idiot that needs to hightail it out of there - or at least keep his sexist and outdated opinions to himself.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Heartwarming" AND "gut-wrenching" at the same time? Does that mean it made you puke? I know I did.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Morning shows are not the ABC World News, where you get "Jane Doe is leaving us" and two minutes of retrospective ... if that.

It's NEPA, it's a morning show that's like family, it's thirteen years of being there.

And, as one of our elderly priests used to say when someone started complaining about another person, "Jealousy is a terrible thing."

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what little I watched, it made me want to puke(sorry). Good thing there wasn't any other new they could have covered. Oh, I guess they figured 22/28 would handle all the flooding news. Does 16 still think of itself as the News Station?

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boo hoo hoo. Sob. Tears.
There goes one of the great local "newsreaders" of all time, at least in the Wilkes-Barry area.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to see you dropped the other WNEP thread. Glad you did...

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I guess they figured 22/28 would handle all the flooding news.

That's pretty funny.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Interesting to see you dropped the other WNEP thread. Glad you did...

I didn't find out the circumstances of the situation until this afternoon. It would be terribly uncomfortable had I left it up.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"[Y]ou *can* be a mother AND have a career."

Sure: but it really helps if your husband has his own mega-bucks dental practice. C'mon folks, it's not as if poor Kim had to catch the bus at 3:00 a.m. to pull an eight-hour shift stocking shelves at Wal-Mart so she could afford to feed her kids Bisquick three meals a day: pancakes for breakfast, waffles for lunch, biscuits for dinner.

She walked away from a high-paying, high-profile part-time gig sitting behind a desk reading someone else's copy and pretending to like Joe Snedeker because she can afford not to work.

Working mothers, here's the lesson: MARRY MONEY!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean Kim's NOT dead? What about her week-long obituary?

Where can I go to re-claim the flowers, the teddy bear, the mylar balloons and the poem I left at the station's make-shift shrine?

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps her replacement (yes, she can be easily replaced)will not refer to her co-workers a Tommy Boy and Milo..Let's get back to a professional presentation. If I want to be amused, I'll turn to Sponge Bob. They have to treat their audience as if they are not knuckle draggers. But, are they able to be that pragmatic? I think not. It's sad how low WNEP's standards have become.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's it to you if friends and co-workers want to have a party when a long-time employee leaves? Are you jealous? The woman is cared for by those she worked with. Maybe if all of you were kinder (and less vicious) your co-workers would appreciate you, too. When some people leave a job, the co-workers like to give a fond send-off. When some others leave, the party starts after the door hits them on the butt on their way out. Stop and think what category you fall in. If it's the latter, you're the one who needs improving, and a lot of it. Good luck. Some of you will really need it.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if Kim died, it might stay on the blog loger than 10 seconds before Howard got scared of reporting the loss of someone who was part of the local news family before oddly censored himself harsher than the censorship in the talkback message boards.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was nice but oh well. Next!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Well if Kim died, it might stay on the blog loger than 10 seconds before Howard got scared of reporting the loss of someone who was part of the local news family before oddly censored himself harsher than the censorship in the talkback message boards.

Point taken.

Just so everyone knows, the reason I took down the post was not about disrespect; I learned the circumstances of the person's death, and didn't feel comfortable leaving it up. However, someone pointed out to me that WNEP did mention the person's death, and there is a Talkback thread about it.

Out of fairness, and respect, I've replaced the post. If you choose to reply to that post, I hope you'll be just as respectful.

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard: you've proven to be a decent and honorable human being in your treatment of the death of the producer. You have now earned my respect. I also commend you for urging others to be respectful. Some of them really need to be hit with a brick shithouse to learn that lesson.
My sincere condolences to the family and prayers that she may rest in peace.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've already posted to this thread--but I have a final thought about Kim's departure.

Notice that NO ONE has stepped forward to say what a stellar broadcast journalist she is. NO ONE has talked about the stories she broke--the hard-hitting interviews she conducted--the investigations she led.

I just re-read all the Supon posts so far, and here's the most glowing of the tributes: "The woman is cared for by those she worked with."

While that's certainly nice--certainly praise-worthy--it's not the kind of thing you make a legacy out of.

I don't imagine we'll be seeing any J-school scholarships awarded in her name.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad how low WNEP's standards have become.

Right, low standards. Damn shame that their ratings are so high, too. Personally, I could never understand the great fondness such a large audience had for that morning crew, but look at the numbers.

(Howard, I was with you 100% in dropping that thread, and somewhat puzzled you'd bring it back. It isn't a matter of censorship, it's a matter of respect for the family's privacy. After all, this is YOUR blog, YOU make the calls. Anyone not liking it is free to start their own blog, and could do so easily right from here.)

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What's it to you if friends and co-workers want to have a party when a long-time employee leaves?"

10:06 PM


The next time a long-time WNEP photographer or producer or manager leaves, will he or she be honored with a week-long on-air going away party?

No, because there's no promotional benefit in saluting the people who really do the work.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Howard. Just remember you can strike any comments you want. You're the boss around here.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no feelings toward her one way or the other. That aside, here's an observation - given how much they had to work with when they put this endless tribute together, one could assume that Mrs. Kelly saved every inch of tape in which she appeared over the years.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't imagine we'll be seeing any J-school scholarships awarded in her name.

Nor your name. You do realize that you ended two sentences with a preposition, don't you? Glad to see that education is paying dividends.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

9:31 said: You do realize that you ended two sentences with a preposition, don't you? Glad to see that education is paying dividends.

Actually, that was a hard & fast rule put in years ago and never had any real reason to exist. We were taught that something needed to follow a prep, but it's quite acceptable to end a sentence with one. The Olde Style sounds quite stilted.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Alright folks, we get it. Some people who post here don't have a firm grasp on proper grammar. Now stop commenting about it. This isn't a grade school English class.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This isn't a grade school English class."

All sorts of idiotic bullshit gets flung around this blog, and this is where you take a stand? How about we remember what many who post here claim to be - broadcast "journalists." And you want to give them a pass on not having a firm grasp of proper grammar? Jesus, if they don't have a grasp of basic grammar, what else do they get wrong day in and day out?

Look at some of the rude and ignorant comments on this thread alone, yet you get all steamed over a minor(and civil)discussion of proper grammar?

1:36 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

All sorts of idiotic bullshit gets flung around this blog, and this is where you take a stand? How about we remember what many who post here claim to be - broadcast "journalists." And you want to give them a pass on not having a firm grasp of proper grammar? Jesus, if they don't have a grasp of basic grammar, what else do they get wrong day in and day out?

Ask yourself this...do viewers care that an anonymous journalist uses bad grammar when commenting on a blog? I don't see it as an issue. If these grammar atrocities end up in a newscast, that's different. Trust me, I've already posted about the horrible writing that ends up in these local newscasts.

I don't like seeing a discussion derailed by pointless banter, be it the grammar Nazis or the people who think Al Zobel ruined their lives and hoodwinked them with a variable rate mortgage on their homes.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask yourself this...do viewers care that an anonymous journalist uses bad grammar when commenting on a blog? I don't see it as an issue.

Thanks, Howard, for an intelligent and thoughtful reply. My point, and I've gone for it before more than a few times, is that the atrocious grammar, syntax, and spelling, are all symptomatic of a much deeper problem in this industry. And that would be that colleges across the land are pumping out "journalists" who are no such thing. Is it an issue? My only response to that would be, does everything on this blog qualify as an issue? Is bashing Supon an issue? Manny Gordon?

If all we dealt with here were bonafide issues, you'd hear the wind howling through this blog.

How about Nexstar's Deat Wish? You can trace that dump's problems directly back to one person, Al Zobel - the man who destroyed two news departments. Yet mentioning him derails discussions? Sorry, Howard, but that is not the case at all.

All of that being said, I continue to appreciate what you do.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Nexstar's Deat Wish?

Nothing worse than a DEAT Wish. Yeah, that was me, same guy ranting about spelling, and I blow it. Slap me, I have it coming...

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

barf

8:12 AM  

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