I warn you that the following is going to seem completely absurd to those who don't watch or don't care about the news, but I've always really enjoyed Philadelphia's local reporting. Is anyone else here a news junkie? I don't watch the afternoon or late night news slots very often, but I always have the morning news on while I'm getting ready for work in the mornings, and I've grown to really enjoy it. A sign of age? Probably! Even so, do you watch as well? Which team/format is your favorite, and why?
The four main ones:
CBS3 Eyewitness News (KYW) with Ukee Washington (anchor), Erika Von Tiehl (anchor), Bob Kelly (traffic), and Kate Bilo (weather) in the mornings. This follows the Eyewitness News format which, as I understand it, means that the anchors also act as reporters at the same time(?). I don't fully understand exactly how that's meant. To me, this one has a sort of loose, almost unstructured presentation to it. It's not that it's amateurish, it's just that the quality of the video feed, even in high-definition, isn't really that great. The lighting gives it a slightly dark appearance. As far as I know, this is the only morning news team that stays on-air until 9:00am, because they switch over to their sister station for CW57 Eyewitness News at 7am when the big three go to their national news programs. Bonus: General assignment reporter Nicole Brewer was a top 10 finalist of the 2006 Miss America pageant. I ran into her one morning as she was reporting live from the Italian Market and, honest to goodness, she might be one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen in my life.
ABC6 Action News (WPVI) with Matt O'Donnell (anchor), Tamala Edwards (anchor), Karen Rogers (traffic), and David Murphy (weather) in the mornings. This follows, as you might have guessed, the Action News format. As I understand it, that means they fit as many stories as quickly as possible in a sort of bang-bang-in-your-face presentation. Everyone knows Action News by the iconic theme (Move Closer To Your World), and they've been #1 in the local news ratings by a landslide for a long time. Their presentation is clear, crisp, professional, top-notch. The technology they use for weather and traffic makes the other stations look like they're using a blue screen in a high school media classroom. The chemistry that these four have on-screen is obvious, and doesn't seem put-on in the least. If I'm asked, this one is the most fun of the four to watch by far. Action News is also the only one that has a half-hour local news program at noon every weekday, and unlike CBS3/CH57 and NBC10/CH17, ABC has no local sister station that I'm aware of.
NBC10 News Today (WCAU) with Terry Ruggles (anchor), Lori Wilson (anchor), Jillian Mele (traffic), and Bill Henley (weather) in the mornings. I've only watched Fox less than I've watched NBC, so I don't know that much about this one. What format do they use? Eyewitness? Action? A hybrid? I always get sucked into Action News or Eyewitness News and rarely make it this far up the (figurative) dial. I do know that I thought Aditi Roy was adorable, but Lori Wilson replaced her not too long ago for some reason. I don't know anything about their sister station's PHL17 News At 10 evening news show, other than it runs for a half hour at 10pm.
FOX29 Good Day Philadelphia (WTXF) with... well, I don't know. I've never really given this one a chance, mostly because Steve Keeley's horrible hairpiece and gigantic eyebrows and orange skin and absurd vocal delivery completely creep me out, especially early in the morning. All I can really say about Fox's local news is that their last evening news anchor (Kerri-Lee Halkett) and current evening news anchor (Lauren Cohn) are both totally welcome to be my girlfriend(s). What format does Fox's morning team use? It seems like an oddball one, since they have more than two anchors. It's almost more like a news magazine feel rather than a classic morning news production.
So, for those of you who don't think I'm crazy, which one do you watch, and why? Any favorite anchors? Any idea what the various news formats (Eyewitness, Action, etc.) actually mean?
And seriously, what's up with Steve Keeley?