The Second Coming

Wow, I haven’t seen anything that has generated blog traffic like the announcement that Claudia Barr will occupy the anchor chair at 3 starting tonight. I’m surprised that some announcement hasn’t been made in the Commercial Appeal about this to drum up interest among viewers. I don’t think I’ve missed seeing it. But then, some of the moves down on the river have been kept under wraps until the last minute. For instance, the announcement of switching Jim Jaggers and Tim Simpson on the 10 o’clock news came the Friday BEFORE the November book started on Monday. I would have thought they’d have geared up for that well prior to the start of the book. Since I don’t have any access to ratings information anymore, I will have to depend on someone out there who has that access to let me know if it made a difference.

As for the Barr move, I think you may see some spikes here or there as word gets out in the community, but then viewers will go back to their usual habits. The reality is, most of the people who really care deeply about this are in the TV business and they don’t get a ratings diary so their vote really doesn’t count.

And one final note, I’ve tried to keep things above board on these posts and for the most part, those who’ve taken time to post a response have kept on the high road as well. Please, let’s keep it that way. If you don’t like this blog, do me a favor and don’t read it. It’s like watching television: If you don’t like what you’re watching, change the channel. If you have a bone to pick with me, I’ve got an email address at the top of the page and you can get a Yahoo account just for blasting me. But on this blog, let’s keep it civil.
Thanks in advance.

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8 Comments on “The Second Coming”

  1. bishop Says:

    Wreg website has claudia coming on there. It’s just a little small portion of her coming. That’s a great picture of her.

  2. Average Guy Says:

    “For instance, the announcement of switching Jim Jaggers and Tim Simpson on the 10 o’clock news came the Friday BEFORE the November book started on Monday.”

    Since all rating books start on Thursday did you mean to say the Monday of the week the November book starts?

    The GM

  3. Anonymous Says:

    You should check out the ratings since PMack and Tate left.. WREG is kicking some serious tale — not even a contest in the mornings anymore, gaining at 5p and 6p and winning consistently at 10p. We’re a little nervous on Union Ave.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Joe, is it true that Pam McKelvy will be anchoring in New Orleans?

  5. John Says:

    Thanks for the tip, bishop. Nice photo indeed. Was wondering where she was and why she wasn’t on at 5. The small, and I mean very small, article, says she debuts tonight at 10.

    They also mention the already known fact that its an interim position; still I wonder the chances she actually gets the full time job, if she wants it. As noted here and elsewhere, if the Feb. numbers are good, I certainly see the offer being made to her.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    “For instance, the announcement of switching Jim Jaggers and Tim Simpson on the 10 o’clock news came the Friday BEFORE the November book started on Monday.”

    Since all rating books start on Thursday did you mean to say the Monday of the week the November book starts?

    The GM

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Do you think that maybe Tim Simpson may be the next person to leave WREG?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Jo, I’ve just read your blog, which partially answered my question about Pam McKelvy. But, where did she go and why did she leave? We were so sorry to see Jerry Tate leave–hope he’s doing well. Now that Tim has been switched, what can we expect next! Channel 3 has been our favorite, but, it’s just not as good. Maybe we’ll adjust!!!!!!!


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