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Old 01-25-2004, 12:38 AM
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Your Worst/Most Obnoxious Local TV Personality

It seems every city of 5000 or more now has a local television newscast, and I was wondering who is your worst/most obnoxious, local TV personality.

In Las Vegas, on the local NBC channel, there is a weatherman named John Fredericks. He does really lame ad-libs, and cracks himself up and acts like he can't even do the weather because he is laughing so hard at his own lame comments. He also make PETA seem like light-weights, always takes his dog on location shots and has started to show pictures of people's cats and dogs on their "birthday". So, in between shots of pitbulls named "fluffy" and dumb ad-libs, he sometimes doesn't even get around to giving the weather report.

The other local pain is a car salesman named John Barr...an Australian who does car commercials that are so far over the top that they have been named the worst TV commercial several years in a row in the local newspaper best/worst of Las Vegas edition.

Any nominations from your local channel?
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Old 01-25-2004, 01:47 AM
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Also in the great state of Nevada (Reno area this time), on the ABC station:
A man named Tad Dunbar does the evening news. The thing with Tad is that it appears that he was the victim of some horrible genetics experiment that was designed to breed a pig and an bulldog. Not only is Tad a rather portly fellow, but his jowls almost reach the floor. He may have had jowl implants.
Tad also does the health report. Forgive me, but I'd take health tips from Keith Richards and Jack Kevorkian before Tad Dunbar.

In Texas this time: a guy named Stacy Urban that owns a Nissan dealership. One of his radio commercials starts off, "Hi, I'm Stacy Urban from Urban Nissan. What's new with Nissan this year? The all new Pathfinder Armada, that's what!" (But imagine him saying "what" like "watt") Just an annoying human being.
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Old 01-25-2004, 04:56 AM
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Gary Radnich. I'm so glad his smug face is now lost to the ethers of independent local stations. He's the sports guy on what used to be San Francisco's NBC affiliate. He's still there, but the station, having lost NBC is pretty much a joke. Unfortunately, he still pops up at the ballparks and has a show on the popular KNBR 680 radio station.
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:25 AM
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For Ireland (population approaching 4 million but the TV is still very 'local' in style and content) I nominate Pat Kenny, a man who manages to be both oleaginous and smug, while simultaneously being stupid and vacuous.

He took over the reins of the world's longest running talk show (the Late Late Show) from Gay Byrne, who is also oleaginous and smug, but overflowing with charm and talent.
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Old 01-25-2004, 08:54 AM
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Savannah's worst (but, oddly, most beloved) news guy was Doug Weathers. Think Ted Baxter WITHOUT the wit! He would flub his lines and stop reading the Tele-Prompter and screw up the director in the control booth. He had a drinking problem at one time and may have done the news under the influence.

Best line: (In reference to the police finding a nameless homeless man dead in a Dumpster earlier in the day)

"And at this time, he is still dead." (meaning, of course, that he was still unidentified)

He finally retired and was replaced by a humorless drone with helmet hair - Mike Manhatton.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:08 AM
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Cal Worthington has been an institution in Anchorage for longer than I have been a resident here. He also has dealerships all over the West Coast, I believe. Cal is really obnoxious at all, but his commercials have always been... well, unusual. Some of his classic lines: "I'll stand on my head to sell you a car!" "I'll eat a bug to sell you a new car!" and "Here's Cal Worthingtion and his dog Spot!" Each of these voice-overs was accompanied by footage of Cal performing the stunt. When the "dog Spot" thing runs, the animal shown is anything but a dog; usually it was lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) He also showed stunts like being strapped to the top wing of a biplane doing loops. I gotta give him credit though - when you think of Fords in Anchorage, you think of Cal Worthington. And his dog Spot. And now for the really scary news: Cal Jr. is gonna take over! I met Cal Jr. at a social function, and he has all the salesmanship skill of his dad. A scary thought, indeed.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:10 AM
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Cal Worthington has been an institution in Anchorage for longer than I have been a resident here. He also has dealerships all over the West Coast, I believe. Cal is really obnoxious at all, but his commercials have always been... well, unusual. Some of his classic lines: "I'll stand on my head to sell you a car!" "I'll eat a bug to sell you a new car!" and "Here's Cal Worthingtion and his dog Spot!" Each of these voice-overs was accompanied by footage of Cal performing the stunt. When the "dog Spot" thing runs, the animal shown is anything but a dog; usually it was lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) He also showed stunts like being strapped to the top wing of a biplane doing loops. I gotta give him credit though - when you think of Fords in Anchorage, you think of Cal Worthington. And his dog Spot. And now for the really scary news: Cal Jr. is gonna take over! I met Cal Jr. at a social function, and he has all the salesmanship skill of his dad. A scary thought, indeed.
Oops! That should read: Cal is really not obnoxious at all.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:32 AM
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Philly is a major media market, so out-and-out incompetence is fairly uncommon. Luckily, we have plenty of obnoxious personalities to hate.

The top station is the ABC affiliate, where Peter Boreanz's father is the main weather guy. He cracks himself up like clockwork -- once a week, on the 11:00 Friday broadcast. TGIF this, Dave Roberts.

I gave up on that station after they led off the 6:00 news one night with a one-two punch of stories on urban violence: One about someone rushing up and pushing a kid off his tricycle in South Philly, and the other about some lowlife punching his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. Neither of these struck me as particularly newsworthy or edifying items.

Having sworn off Channel 6, though, I had to figure out which of the other two stations to switch my allegiance to. All the anchors are annoying in one way or another, so I based my decision on the weatherpeople.

The NBC affiliate had four people:

*John Bolaris, a very handsome gentleman who left the station after some kind of scandal involving emails and a female reporter from another station; I (blessedly) do not recall the details. John Bolaris is notorious for hyping the storm of the century (it turned out to be less than an inch of snow) and for his desire to "name" the various winter storms. This idea didn't catch on.

*Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz -- short, pudgy, glasses, bowtie. [Just went to their website to see if he has a prissy little moustache or not -- and find that -- sweet Jesus -- "Hurricane" has written a book about Philly weather, "the first since 1847." Oh, and in one pic he has the 'stache, in the other he doesn't. 'Nuff said.] I have whiled away whole minutes of my life wondering whether the "Hurricane" moniker was self-bestowed or given by someone else with a spirit of contempt that he failed to recognize.

*Some normal guy with a normal name who I can't recall anything about. God bless him.

*Kathy Orr, a smart, competent, schtick-free woman.

I went with the third station, the CBS affiliate -- and was delighted when Kathy Orr came over to said station about a year ago.

PS: On preview, I note the posts on Cal Worthington -- good lord, is he still around? I remember him (and his dog spot) from when I lived in SoCal in the '70s.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:54 AM
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No One In Recent History Comes Close To Sally Rosen

When I was growing up in Omaha during the 50s and 60s, there was a local afternoon movie show hosted by Sally Rosen, the aging overly made-up wife of the Rosen and daughter of the Novak of Rosen-Novak Chevrolet. The show was called "Sally Rosen Presents The Afternoon Movie".

This ghastly-looking woman had a ghastly delivery to match.

There were so many of her painful intros to her husband's sales manager's pitches for extremely tired old iron throughout this alleged movie that my sister and I called the show "Sally Rosen Prevents The Afternoon Movie" or" Sally Rosen Resents The Afternnoon Movie".
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Old 01-25-2004, 10:20 AM
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I've lived in a fair number of large cities. One thing I've noticed is that car dealers seem to compete to have the very worst, most obnoxious TV ads. The ads are generally amateurishly made (probably the dealerships have arranged an "in kind" payment, or are using someone's brother/daughter who is in college, studying to be the Next Big Movie Director), and of course the ads star the owner of the dealership, because he is SOOOOO charismatic. He might very well BE charming in person, but he generally comes across as a slug on TV.

In fact, most locally produced ads seem to star the owners of the business in some way. I'm sure that this is partially to save money, but also partially for ego gratification. I'm convinced that if the owner could swallow his or her pride and hire a semi-professional actor (and in Las Vegas and in the DFW metroplex, at least, there's plenty of actors desperately looking for any kind of paying work, and they'll work fairly cheap) that the ad would bring in much more trade.

Other trends in the bad TV ads I have noticed: ambulance chasing lawyers. I specify ambulance chasers because apparently they specialize in accident and injury cases. Discount clothing stores. Local insurance companies (the national chains tend to have professionally produced ads, as opposed to the owner's kid brother with a videocam noted above). Hmmmmmm, I haven't watched TV in a while, so I can't really remember what else is on. I do know that the ads are part of why I quit watching a lot of TV in the first place.

I will turn on the local news now and then. Why must we have "color radar"? Isn't black and white radar good enough? For that matter, why do so many stations need a weather team? I could understand having people cover different shifts, but do we really need half a dozen people working on the 6 PM weather report? And do they all need to be on the air? Just pick the most photogenic one, tell him or her not to babble about cells, and let us know whether or not to take an umbrella or a sweater or use plenty of sunscreen. I do not want a short course in weather science on my evening news. I just want to know what to expect, in the unlikely event that I will set foot outside my house on that particular evening. (Chance of Lynn emerging from her house: about 10% per day, given good weather conditions. If it's icy or snowing, not a chance in hell unless she's on her way to the ER.) The sportscasters are even worse. They get EXCITED. Sometimes I think that they're about to wet themselves right there on camera, and I wonder if I'd even notice. Given a choice, I'll go to the bathroom during the sports and watch the bad commercials.
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Old 01-25-2004, 11:50 AM
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Here in the greater Detroit area it's Keith Faime (sp?). You might have seen him; he was on Survivor a while back. He's the Heath Guru for one of the local news stations. He's the quintessential "granola nut"; if you follow his dietery advice, you might be healthier but it's guaranteed to be a bland, tasteless existence. Salt? Bad. Sugar? Bad. Caffeine? Bad. Fat? OH MY GOD YOU WILL DIE IF ANY LITTLE BIT OF FAT COMES WITHIN FOUR MILES OF YOUR LIPS Oh yeah, it's always "artery-clogging fat." You will never hear him say "fat" without the words "artery-clogging" appended to the front. All of the this is presented with a sanctimonious attitude that is fully capable of inducing nausea in unsuspecting viewers. Your only hope is the change the channel the moment you see him appear on your TV.
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Old 01-25-2004, 11:52 AM
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Does daytime TV count, or is it "fish in a barrel?"

There's a woman on a Washington-area magazine program that has been needles under my fingernails the few times in the last twenty years that I've been obliged to be in the same room with someone abusing themselves by sucking up that show.

The show is called Northwest Afternoon, (fashionably shortnened to its initials for some time now, which cracks me up because 'NWA' has other connotations at the opposite end of the spectrum from Northwest Afternoon's flavour of bland, although just as ridiculous,) and the offender is a woman named Cindi Rheinhart.

Everything about this woman is horrible, from the relatively minor offense of the way she spells her name, (you know she dots that 'I' with a heart in her correspondence, too,) to her excesses of plastic surgery that make Michael Jackson's look positively subtle, (the skin around her eyes is stretched so tight that it affects her ability to enunciate clearly-- really, there's a reason she's the only woman working in front of the camera for which no photographic evidence can be found on the internet, absolutely horrifying,) and she somehow manages to be more stupid and irritating than her subject matter, which is going some. It sounds like she prepares for her show my pounding an ounce of cocaine up her butt. She screams, shrieks, and streeeeetches out random wooooooooooooords, which I'm convinced she dooooooooes instead of saying "um," as she gathers her thouuuuuuuughts.

She comes across like a four-foot-high pudgy-yet-skeletal emodiment of the D.T.'s in a fright wig. Aaaaaagh!
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Old 01-25-2004, 01:13 PM
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It seems every city of 5000 or more now has a local television newscast, and I was wondering who is your worst/most obnoxious, local TV personality.
Wow , no one has mentioned Buffalo, New York yet ?

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Old 01-25-2004, 01:31 PM
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Mark Patrick in Indiana. He used to do Sports for one of the TV stations. He lost that job and somehow got a local TV radio talk show AND it then went national or seminational or something. He is AWFUL. He makes bad, 3rd grade humor jokes. He makes Howard Stern seem like an intellectual giant. HE has stupid sign off lines that he plays and that callers, for some reason, call in to request. He does know something about sports, but he spend most of his local show discussing stupid old songs and movies along with trying to be funny. And its not like his show is that long. I've noticed Tony Kornheiser, if anyone listens to him, does the same thing.

There is also a guy named Cody Stark that does the weather on the Fox station and tries to do impersonations, but they are just BAD. PAINFULLY bad, like if a middle school tried to put on a play and forced everyone to have a part.
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:28 PM
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Cal Worthington has been an institution in Anchorage for longer than I have been a resident here. He also has dealerships all over the West Coast, I believe. Cal is really obnoxious at all, but his commercials have always been... well, unusual. Some of his classic lines: "I'll stand on my head to sell you a car!" "I'll eat a bug to sell you a new car!" and "Here's Cal Worthingtion and his dog Spot!" Each of these voice-overs was accompanied by footage of Cal performing the stunt. When the "dog Spot" thing runs, the animal shown is anything but a dog; usually it was lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) He also showed stunts like being strapped to the top wing of a biplane doing loops. I gotta give him credit though - when you think of Fords in Anchorage, you think of Cal Worthington. And his dog Spot. And now for the really scary news: Cal Jr. is gonna take over! I met Cal Jr. at a social function, and he has all the salesmanship skill of his dad. A scary thought, indeed.

Yup, Cal's based in the Los Angeles area and I grew up watching "CAL WORTHINGTON AND HIS DOG SPOT!" on local TV. Did anyone else misinterpret his theme song's refrain, "Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal" as "Pussy cow, pussy cow, pussy cow" or am I the only one?
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:36 PM
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Cal Worthington's dealership in Carson (OK, in the nameless sprawl of LA) was just down the 405 from where I used to live. I still remember the sign, showing him with his arm around a tiger and the slogan

GO SEE CAL
GO SEE CAL


tastefully slapped underneath.

Now that I live in the Buffalo area, I have to suffer the HUGE ads from Fucillo Chevrolet, where everything is HUUUUUUUUGE. It's the HUUUUUGEST car dealership in all of Western New York, you know, and the deals are HUUUUUUUGE.
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Old 01-25-2004, 02:47 PM
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Bridget Smith, on the CBS local news station out of San Antonio.

She resembles Tammy Fae Bakker with a suntan, and is sent to cover news stories only when the audience is not expected to take the story in question seriously at all. Specializes in embarrassing random passersby with bizarre and idiotic questions.

A close second is the guy who owns a tire dealership there, who insists on taping his own commercials on his home camcorder, as well as singing his little jingles himself. Resembles a tire commercial as performed by your drunk middle-aged uncle at Christmas.
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Old 01-25-2004, 04:00 PM
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This thread is making me think about how truly awsome and incredible The Legend of Ron Burgundy is going to be.

[For those who haven't heard of it, The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a movie coming up with Will Ferrel playing a 19070's local news anchor]
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Old 01-25-2004, 04:42 PM
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Gee I never liked Melanie Wingo of the Medford, Oregon ABC affiliate station - err I mean "newswatch shtation." But who really bugs me is the regular weather guy on the NBC shtation. I forget his name, and their website is T.O.A. bull, but anyway, the guy is a total dip. A trained chimp could do his job better than he can. Oh and more than twice there were typographical errors in the newscasts.
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Old 01-25-2004, 04:52 PM
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Mark Patrick in Indiana. He used to do Sports for one of the TV stations. He lost that job and somehow got a local TV radio talk show AND it then went national or seminational or something. He is AWFUL. He makes bad, 3rd grade humor jokes. He makes Howard Stern seem like an intellectual giant. HE has stupid sign off lines that he plays and that callers, for some reason, call in to request. He does know something about sports, but he spend most of his local show discussing stupid old songs and movies along with trying to be funny. And its not like his show is that long. I've noticed Tony Kornheiser, if anyone listens to him, does the same thing.

There is also a guy named Cody Stark that does the weather on the Fox station and tries to do impersonations, but they are just BAD. PAINFULLY bad, like if a middle school tried to put on a play and forced everyone to have a part.
Can't say that I've watched Cody Stark, but I used to think Mark Patrick used to have his funny moments when he impersonated Marge Schott and Harry Carrey on the Bob and Tom Show. Didn't like him at all on the Hoosier Millionaire Show, which is now hosted by the unspeakable and previously-mentioned Cody Stark.

It seems like WTHR in Indianapolis has some unbearable personalities. Angela Cain, who has the worst hair and the smarmiest, over-dramatic delivery on the station. Paul Casey, who can't say a single sentence without uttering "uh" at least two or three times. His traffic reports would be a third shorter if he could just gather his thoughts. Gerry Dick, who's gigantic head distracts me during his business reports. If it wasn't for his oversized skull, he would be totally uninteresting.

The Terre Haute stations really get some third-string on-air talent. Two that spring to mind are Mark Allen (wussy anchorman) and Kevin Orpurt (weatherman / potential stalker). These two might work at the same station. I think Orpurt took after the mayor of Terre haute with a baseball bat after he caught him fooling around with his wife.
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:04 PM
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...and the offender is a woman named Cindi Rheinhart.
I thought of her as son as I saw the thread title. http://www.komotv.com/nwa/soapqueen.asp
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:13 PM
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Gary Dobbs, used to be the weatherman for the Huntsville, AL ABC station, (WAAY). Refers to any sunny day in the forcast as "gorgeous", but intentionally pronounces it as "GAW-jus!" every single time. Always predicts more snow accumulations than it turns out (will say 3" when everyone else says 1"- and is never right). Tells people to stock up on bread and milk if there is the slightest chance of snow (we panic at the chance of snow here in AL, gots have them staples in case we get snowed in for a week). I'm convinced Wears loud fire engine red or Masters green sport coats, made a big deal out of unveiling his new hair plugs, after months of doing the weather outside so he could wear a fedora until they grew in good. Became an even more annoying morning show host while at WAAY, left with his co-host for the new UPN affiliate. She left, but they still called the show "Toni and Gary Live" (still says it on their website even now) for months as he went through a series of co-hosts.

Jamie Cooper, "The Country Rover". Started as a features reporter for the same station, doing mildly amusing stories about country folk in the area. Has been trading on his rep from that time ever since, but is a nasty, obnoxious, arrogant asshole who has burned bridges with sidekicks, advertisers, etc. all over the area, yet still retains a loyal following among country folks for some reason. Began to host morning TV shows for almost every local station or cable provider in north AL, depending on who would sell him time. Catch phrase fro 25 years was "Get outta here!" (says he adopted it since so many people who found him annoying said it to him), retired it and tried a new one "Do it early!", didn't catch on. Has had a series of very public divorces involving restraining orders, increasingly younger wives as co-hosts/eye candy on his various shows, and nasty fights and feuds with other TV personalities (including Dobbs) and station owners he bought time from, even getting yanked off the air live during a fight over use of the control room, threatening legal action against the station while on the air over the disclaimers the station ran, and having to put up with the station owner having the studio repainted as the show was on at 5 AM. At one time, he was technically competing against himself since he left his show on the NBC affiliate to start a new on UPN, but the old show still aired for months (guess he paid for the time that far ahead) with his name on it but hosted by his former sidekicks. Somehow made enough money to buy his own independent station recently, and plans to create more shows to fill the schedule with some of his various sidekicks/hangers on of various ilk.

I'll have to post later about "The Swami" and "Les and Bud Unwired", bad and incompetent is barely the tip of the iceberg.
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:23 PM
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Here in NYC, my personal favorite person to hate is Sue Simmons (local NBC news).

The woman is a total ditz, talentless and annoying. She started out as a hair stylist for the on air personalities and somehow moved on air herself (I shall show great self restraint and refrain from speculating on just how she got the job). She makes more mistakes than I can count, which is inexcusable considering she's been doing this for DECADES and this is not some small backwoods town you earn your stripes in.... this is the big time, woman. Act like it.

She's just like nails on a chalk board to me, inexplicably annoying and cringeworthy. I refuse to watch any newscast she "graces".

I've always been an ABC person myself - I miss the days of Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel. They were great together.
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:25 PM
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She....Specializes in embarrassing random passersby with bizarre and idiotic questions.
An under-appreciated skill, IMHO. It's like the folk-art version of performance art.
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Old 01-25-2004, 06:06 PM
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Gerry Dick, who's gigantic head distracts me during his business reports.
Which is still making me laugh.
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Old 01-25-2004, 06:23 PM
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The news anchor that drives me crazy is Sandi Rinaldo. She's well known to all you Canadians out there I'm sure. She's very professional, but the way she speaks is just as bad as nails on a chalk board to my ears. Next time you watch the news listen to the way she drags out her vowels. "Union leaders and officials are taaaaalking today.....". Grrrrr
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Old 01-25-2004, 06:50 PM
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MArk Patrick is OK on the Bob and Tom show impersonating voices. He just shouldn't have his own show to run.
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Old 01-25-2004, 07:51 PM
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Gary Radnich. I'm so glad his smug face is now lost to the ethers of independent local stations.
My god, you took time out of your busy life to dis Gary Radnich (whom I kind of like), but in a thread where people are mentioning bad local commercials, you neglected Paul from the Diamond Center? I'm kicking you out of the club.
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Old 01-25-2004, 08:35 PM
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How can I ever forget the man who was the role model for the obnoxious TV reporter in Best Little Whore House In Texas, Marvin Zindler?

You remember him, right? The 90 yr old sherrif of that small town beat him up for being such a putz.


"And they found SLIME... in the ICE MACHINE!

MAAAARRRRvin Zindler, EEEYYYYYEEEEEwitness news!"



That was Houston, Tx, btw. I think it was ch 13.
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Old 01-25-2004, 08:43 PM
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Alright, Clevelanders, lets hear it.
There are too many for me to pick just one, but as for advertisers, no one beats Mikie from regency windows.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:14 PM
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Okay vanilla , if you insist. Leon Bibb. He's the weekend anchor for Channel 5 in Cleveland, and has a reputation as a "unique storyteller". He has an overly dramatic presentation and when he does his Hometown features, the writing (his, I believe) is smarmy, the vocal inflections make William Shatner look good, and he just irritates the heck out of me. Then there's a reporter, Chris Caswell, who started out as a rather irritating blonde bimbette who liked to use props to illustrate her stories...smacking a baseball bat into her hand , etc...and she had a breathless, beligerent presentation that couldn't hide the fact that there was little or no substance behind some of her allegations. Now they are trying to present her as a mature anchor-type, but she's still just a muckraker.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:57 PM
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Susan Harf. She's a "life strategist" who is frequently interviewed on the Rochester NY ABC affiliate. She's asked about family questions and manages to piss me off with everything she says. Furthermore, she wears the most ugly, nauseating clothes I've seen anyone wear, ever, and her hair looks like it's covered in motor oil.

Bob Lonsberry, a local radio talk show host, got fired for calling mayor Johnson, who's black, orangutan and such. He generally seems to be considered an asshole . His website says

"Hey, friends, welcome to my site.
A writer is a fanatic.

A cocksure, arrogant little pain-in-the-neck fanatic who pecks out words under the delusion that it means something and makes a difference and somehow, over the morning coffee, somebody is going to agree.

Who knows, maybe it's a mental illness. "

Which doesn't exactly reassure me. (He is now in Utah. The Deseret News said, " Apparently, while Clear Channel Communications found Bob Lonsberry to be a racist in New York, it doesn't think he's a racist in Utah.")

Also, Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro. He's a local lawyer, the kind with infomercials. He has flesh colored eyeballs and has jowls and sagging skin all over his face. The ad sucks -- he isn't looking at the screen, and there's a bad animation of a hammer. He's yelling in the ad, and his jowls shake.
Though I've got to say his "We HATE drunk drivers" is a lot better than the young, slick guy who says "you've made a mistake, and we want to help you get away with it" or some crap like that.
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Los Angeles, KCET, local PBS station: Heull Hoswer. Hands down the most grating human being ever to be permitted on television in anything more challenging than a man-on-street moment.

And I recently learned that when the cameras are off, he's a big bitchy baby to boot.
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Old 01-26-2004, 12:49 AM
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Jeff Heaton is the name of the local NBC weatherman.
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Old 01-26-2004, 07:13 AM
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Okay vanilla , if you insist. Leon Bibb. He's the weekend anchor for Channel 5 in Cleveland, and has a reputation as a "unique storyteller". He has an overly dramatic presentation and when he does his Hometown features, the writing (his, I believe) is smarmy, the vocal inflections make William Shatner look good, and he just irritates the heck out of me. Then there's a reporter, Chris Caswell, who started out as a rather irritating blonde bimbette who liked to use props to illustrate her stories...smacking a baseball bat into her hand , etc...and she had a breathless, beligerent presentation that couldn't hide the fact that there was little or no substance behind some of her allegations. Now they are trying to present her as a mature anchor-type, but she's still just a muckraker.

And Leon Bibb RHYMES. During newstories. I keep shouting things like "Dear God, make it stop. Please make it stop." My mother actually has to change the channel because I hate the man so much. And that intonation thing drives me batty, too. He will be talking about baby ducks in the park with this slow plodding voice. Gah.

But you missed Ted Henry. He said recently, to a story about depression "Gray is a color?" Brightest bulb in the box, is Ted Henry. Honestly, I think reading out loud is truly beyond his talents--and 2nd graders can manage that one. I really don't know why he is still employed.
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Old 01-26-2004, 08:31 AM
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There is a show here called Good Day. The name of the woman on it is Lisa someone. She is the main reason I would not keep a gun in the same room as the television.
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Old 01-26-2004, 08:52 AM
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Paul Casey, who can't say a single sentence without uttering "uh" at least two or three times. His traffic reports would be a third shorter if he could just gather his thoughts.
Dude, that was, uh, harsh........

I nominate Dave Pingalore. Ping, as he likes to be called. He is without a doubt the WORST sports anchor in history.
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It seems like WTHR in Indianapolis has some unbearable personalities.
What? No mention of Treeboy?
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Old 01-26-2004, 10:22 AM
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There must not be a lot of southern NH Dopers around here anymore, because the first thing that came into my head when I saw this title was:

"Good EEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevening!"

WNDS 50 weatherman Al Kaprelian. Used to be a bloated squealing tub of lard, but lost a lot of weight. Still squeals, as far as I know. Haven't lived in the area for well over 10 years now and that voice sticks with me.
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:33 AM
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Possibly the best-loved local TV personality in my area:

Joe Pinner, weatherman emeritus from WIS-TV 10, and former host of the eponymous kiddie show "Mr. Knozit."

He has this booming Ted Baxter voice. However, unlike Baxter (or at least Ted Knight) Pinner is always "on." Working a few blocks from WIS-TV, I have passed by him on the street on many occasions, and have sat in the same restaurant a number of times.

He's always "on." Even when he's just talking to the person beside him, or at the same table, it's still that loud booming voice.

Doesn't really fit in with the OP, but he can be pretty annoying to be around IRL because of that.
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:37 AM
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In St. Louis we had to start a whole new category for Bob Richards.

He was an extremely popular weatherman at the top-rated station. He had a very friendly approach, did a lot for charity and played the accordian. Off camera he was known to be temperamental, to use an understatement.

Then a woman claimed he was stalking her, and had taped phone calls to back up her claim. She got a restraining order and when word of that leaked out, all hell broke loose. Richards sent his wife and child off on vacation and then, one night after the late news, hopped in his airplane, took off and then power-dived right into the runway. He left a family, a smoking mess and a reputation behind.
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:48 AM
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Does Al Sharpton count? He's local and he's always on.

Many years ago, when I was but a wee pest, there was a TV weatherman on WABC named Tex Antoine whom, even my inexperienced eyes realized, was consistently drunk. One night he came on after the news had just done a horrifying rape story. Tex had a piece of advice for the victim which I shall not enunciate but which remains the classic inappropriate remark in these circumstances. Exit Tex.
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Old 01-26-2004, 12:39 PM
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There must not be a lot of southern NH Dopers around here anymore, because the first thing that came into my head when I saw this title was:

"Good EEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevening!"

WNDS 50 weatherman Al Kaprelian. Used to be a bloated squealing tub of lard, but lost a lot of weight. Still squeals, as far as I know. Haven't lived in the area for well over 10 years now and that voice sticks with me.
Heh...I have Al's autograph.

And, say what you will about Al's signature greeting, but he almost single handedly saved independant television in New Hampshire. WNDS had sold out to a home shopping channel, but the purchasers couldn't come up with the cash after the deal was made. Al came running back and not only revived The Weather with Al, but also managed to start a full newscast, as well.
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:50 PM
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My god, you took time out of your busy life to dis Gary Radnich (whom I kind of like), but in a thread where people are mentioning bad local commercials, you neglected Paul from the Diamond Center? I'm kicking you out of the club.
I lost all respect for Radnich after I saw him give hockey scores one time. He clearly doesn't like hockey, and you can hear the disdain in his voice as he quickly reports the scores and mispronounces every single name.

But my vote for SF has got to be Dr. Jang, the grinning dentist moron. Come see Dr. Jang, and he'll take good care of ya!
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Old 01-26-2004, 07:03 PM
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Yeeeeeeah, Cal Worthington... and his dog Spot!!!

Another NW figure from the days of yore... Lou Guzzo. He used to do "editorials" on a news show out of Seattle. He was a real old school curmudgeon, and often editorialized about what was wrong with "the kids these days". At one point in pre-grunge Seattle, one of his editorials was about the evils of "punk rock"... this in turn led to a Seattle band, [B]The Dehumanizers[B], to record a song called Kill Lou Guzzo... which led to a lawsuit.
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Old 01-26-2004, 08:27 PM
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Keith Davis/"The Swami" - Mush-mouthed bloated wannabe sports anchor who used to appeared on the earlier mentioned Jamie Cooper's programs. Would read the sports, mostly local high school sports with some college (Alabama, Auburn, Tenn) and pro ball ("Braves won. Braves won.") thrown in. Wore a tuxedo on air every day, for a show that aired 5AM-7AM, and whined that he was being picked on whenever he was interrupted.

His other persona, "The Swami", was a screaming, howling moron who made sports predictions for the weekend while dressed in a metallic cloth turban and what looked like a velvet mumu.

"I SEE VISIONS! VISIONS OF SCORES - brought to you by Newtritional Health Care, go see them today folks! VISIONS! VISIONS! IN THE NIGHT! AHH! AHH! I CAN'T TAKE THE SCREAMS! A VOLUNTEER WILL BE POUNCED ON BY A TIGER, 27 TO 6! AHHH! AHHH! THE WEREWOLVES ARE CRYING OUT........" He also used to take this act to local bars and clubs until, people would walk out be cause he would get drunk and keep doing the character even when people wanted him to stop.

He used to brag of an 80% accuracy rate on sports picks. They ran an "outpick the swami and win a t-shirt contest" one year, figuring on maybe ten winners for the whole season - they wound up with 100 winners in one week alone, and ended the contest early.

Davis has retired the Swami, but still reads local sports scores on a radio station on Friday nights during high school football and basketball seasons.
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Old 01-27-2004, 12:37 AM
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Amy Wood IS supremely annoying and self-absorbed. She really really believes that all people should kiss her ass because she is a news anchor. My ex-boyfriends mother used to be her nanny. Man, that was one mal-adjusted child.
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Also, Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro. He's a local lawyer, the kind with infomercials. He has flesh colored eyeballs and has jowls and sagging skin all over his face. The ad sucks -- he isn't looking at the screen, and there's a bad animation of a hammer. He's yelling in the ad, and his jowls shake.
Though I've got to say his "We HATE drunk drivers" is a lot better than the young, slick guy who says "you've made a mistake, and we want to help you get away with it" or some crap like that.
I saw his commercials in Syracuse. My favorites were the ones where he stood in front of a blue screen that showed footage of car accidents, people falling, and explosions. Hilarious. BTW, is it true that he has NEVER gone to court? I heard he specializes in settlements.

And I will also second David Pingalore (WNEP-ABC). He gestures wildly with his arms and his ratio of words spoken to information conveyed is very poor. Dude needs to switch to decaf.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:13 PM
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How can I ever forget the man who was the role model for the obnoxious TV reporter in Best Little Whore House In Texas, Marvin Zindler?

You remember him, right? The 90 yr old sherrif of that small town beat him up for being such a putz.


"And they found SLIME... in the ICE MACHINE!

MAAAARRRRvin Zindler, EEEYYYYYEEEEEwitness news!"



That was Houston, Tx, btw. I think it was ch 13.
It was Ch 13, and he's still on! He shut down the Chicken Ranch, and Aggies still mourn to this day.

Speaking of Houston, we can't forget Mattress Mac, who will SAVE YOU MONEY!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:49 PM
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Stoid my dad loves Huell Howser.

I feel like the rest of the country needs to feel sorry for L.A. since we have Jillian Barberie. Ugh. She snipes at people and then says "I was just joking". THEN when you see someone joke back at her, she get all pouty and offended. She tells the viewer everything about her personal life, wayyyy more than we ever needed to know. So we of L.A. beg of you, maybe your city can offer her a job.
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