Thursday, June 11, 2009
CHICAGO HAS NEWS ANCHOR DRAMA
As reported in the Chicago Tribune:
"Bob Sirott, long expected to take over Warner Saunders' 10 p.m. weeknight anchor chair on WMAQ-Ch. 5, instead is leaving the NBC-owned station three weeks after Saunders' retirement.
WMAQ will try other anchors such as Marion Brooks, Dick Johnson and Rob Stafford in Sirott's place, with Stafford, a former "Dateline NBC" correspondent, seen as having the inside track as a successor. Chemistry with Rosati, who was Saunders' 10 p.m. co-anchor for a dozen years and has her own multiyear contract, will be a major consideration. The station may also consider a solo-anchor format at 10 p.m., as CBS-owned WBBM-Ch. 2 has done recently with Rob Johnson."
Just like high school students giving their classmates awards for the sweetest rack, best smile and biggest butt - Chicago's politics in the newsroom offers up soap opera style headlines you just can't help enjoying.
Living in Philadelphia makes it hard for me to follow Chicago's TV News drama. I do have to admit that the people who get these jobs are fun to watch, especially the reporters I have grown up watching night after night.
Chicago has had a wide array of amazing newscasters and commentators, a few of my favorites are: Ron Magers, Carol Marin, Rob Johnson, Mark Suppelsa and Roger Ebert.
Yes, I would admit that some of them get this adoration only because they're super cute and very masculine. But keep in mind that they also display how smart and articulate they are through their high profile jobs.
REMEMBER...when Carol Marin and Ron Magers - two of Chicago's best reporters - suddenly quit Channel 5 news because they hired Jerry Springer as a personality on their 10 pm newscast.
From a reporter being fired for bringing her kids to the home of someone she was interviewing (in swimsuit as the kids played in his pool) to a morning news anchor being blackmailed about his vicious coke habit - Chicago surely has all the drama a soap opera queen would enjoy!
FAREWELL: Bob Sirott, you will be missed by me, you are a true professional and will find another amazing gig soon enough! I miss you on PBS/Chicago Tonight!
NBC 5 NEWS...will now have some new dude from MSNBC take over. Weird move...if it weren't for Allison Rosati you wouldn't have a show anyone would watch. I'd go with a single host format featuring Allison Rosati, she would rock at the job!