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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Caribbean Traveler » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:53 am

twcclassics wrote:Interesting. What whould you have done if you were in charge?



the weather channel was a comedy channel too in the first several years. There were no producers, or camera people - we did it all ourselves. When the weather got serious, we got serious. People watched because there was nothing like it on tv. You got total weather always and great comedy when the weather was slow. We then got "serious" and "professional" and IMHO that's when the slide began.
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Florida Beach Gal » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:49 pm

I know that Dave Schwartz had a following. He had comedy in his presentation. People like comedy - right?

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Caribbean Traveler » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:48 am

I liked to add comedy in my presentation, but for some reason I was kept on a short leash. In the first few years there was all kinds of stuff we did that was hilarious.
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby twcclassics » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:04 pm

That's one of the (many) things that turned me off. Things became professional and serious all the time. Dave Schwartz seemed to be the exception. He continued to be funny and I loved that. I like "personalities" that have a sense of humor and can laugh at themselves. Why did they allow him to joke around and not you?

I remember the first time I came across gems like these, I thought "wow...there's no way they'd allow these today." :whistling:

http://www.twcclassics.com/video/watch. ... -ids/train
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Caribbean Traveler » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:22 am

Without getting into too much detail, I just got on someones "list".
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Mr. B » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:05 am

For us older folks, we actually don't like much of the silliness.

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Caribbean Traveler » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:45 am

Mr. B wrote:For us older folks, we actually don't like much of the silliness.



Do you realize that is what research showed? I guess that's why the turn to professionalism instead of the jokesters. Most people don't want meteorologists that are clowns....just professionalism with personality.
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby rmandel » Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:46 pm

Yes sir. It's us 'slightly' older people that spend the big money. It's smart to want to please us.

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Florida Beach Gal » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:14 pm

rmandel wrote:Yes sir. It's us 'slightly' older people that spend the big money. It's smart to want to please us.


So, would you like to define for us your big money? 8-)

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby twcclassics » Thu May 06, 2010 1:13 am

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Mr. B wrote:For us older folks, we actually don't like much of the silliness.

Do you realize that is what research showed? I guess that's why the turn to professionalism instead of the jokesters.

I agree, but you can be a professional and still act like you enjoy your job. I don't like watching clowns, but I also don't like watching teleprompter robots. Which is why the ones that are ALWAYS serious bug me. :lol:
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Martin » Sun May 09, 2010 11:11 pm

twcclassics wrote:
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Mr. B wrote:For us older folks, we actually don't like much of the silliness.

Do you realize that is what research showed? I guess that's why the turn to professionalism instead of the jokesters.

I agree, but you can be a professional and still act like you enjoy your job. I don't like watching clowns, but I also don't like watching teleprompter robots. Which is why the ones that are ALWAYS serious bug me. :lol:

Exactly! I don't need OCMs doing cartwheels but a little humor and personality here and there gives life to the subject and makes it more interesting. Obviously you don't want a comedian when there is a tornado outbreak or hurricane but that never was the case. When it was time to get serious, you all did a great job. When there are sunny conditions across the country, it's nice to spice up the forecast a little. That in my opinion is professionalism.

Now it seems to me TWC tried to condense this attitude and market this approach to weather in "Abrams and Bettes: Beyond the forecast". That to me had too much condensed and forced humor. Then when Mr. Roker joined the show, they attempted to condense all of this energy into some type of bizarre morning show.

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Florida Beach Gal » Mon May 10, 2010 6:52 pm

I would like to see a few of the OCM's do a cazrtwheel! :lol:

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Caribbean Traveler » Tue May 11, 2010 6:50 am

Carolina Hurricane wrote:I would like to see a few of the OCM's do a cazrtwheel! :lol:


I would like to see them do a cazrtwheel too! That's two misspellings Carolina - you feeling ok?
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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby Misty » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:01 pm

Tropical Hurricane wrote:We would constantly be advised of our ratings and they have not been good for years now especially compared with other shows. The weather channel would pull a nieson rating between a .1 and .4 for various shows on a typical week. If there was a big, big weather event like a major blizzard or hurricane 1.0 or more could be expected.

Compare this to some recent ratings:

WWE RAW 3.2 that's wrestling for those of you who are not in the know.

Sponge Bob 3.0

Penguins of Madagascar 2.6

That's right - phony wrestling, and cartoons are tops.


Wow! One wonders if this is perhaps indicative of the tv viewers mentality.

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Re: New weather channel people being hired.

Postby spike » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:06 pm

So how does ESPN get away with personalities acting like fools?

They have almost become the TMZ of sports reporting... jumping on stories before due diligence is done, naming unspecified sources... etc.

I know that weather may not be as compelling to people, but geez, I like a little humor once in awhile. I grew up watching some real weather vaudeville acts, so to speak. ;)


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