Sunday, April 21, 2013

News anchor signs on by saying F**K and S**T

What a way to launch your news career. Yikes.

30 comments:

briddie said...

Did he become a "former anchor" at the end of the broadcast?

Michael Hagerty said...

They suspended him "until the situation is resolved", which means the GM doesn't want to come in until tomorrow to fire him.

I read a month worth of this kid's tweets...saying goodbye to his sweetheart, driving cross-country to Bismarck. This is heartbreak.

Dumb? Yeah. Have I been dumb in a 42-year broadcast career? Yeah. And luckier in 42 years than he was in 42 seconds,

There but for the grace of God goes everyone who ever worked with a microphone...

Mike Botula said...

What an idiot. They really are desperate for news talent in North Dakota. Everything about him spells arrogance. I'd rather the station ran bars and tone instead of this guy. The female co-anchor, on the other hand, probably has a long career in front of her.

Mike Barer said...

First rule of broadcasting, never swear into a possible live mike.

MikeBo said...

I just played the clip again. WHAT AN IDIOT! The clown can't even read off the prompter. Mike Barer is absolutely correct. "Never swear into a possible live mike." And never never let a wannabe anchor with an eyebrow that runs unbroken across his forehead on the air.

KryptonSite said...

I would be more inclined to say "give him a pass" if he didn't come off as a dumb fratboy... heard he's got some pretty off color tweets in his past, too. Didn't they check that stuff before they gave him the job?

Mac said...

Oh God, that was grim/funny - and then he went on to mash up that opening. Once upon a time it would have been an anecdote that followed the guy around, now it'll live forever on youTube. I'd say give him a chance, we all make howlers, it's just that in many jobs you can cover them up - I know I have.

Coco said...

Oh to be a fly on that control room wall. Everyone must have been screaming into the anchors' earpieces. Could be why they were both so flustered.

LouOCNY said...

He could always claim he was channeling Joe Schultz....

Chester said...

Van: Tell us a little about yourself AJ.

AJ: Thanks, Van. I'm very excited... and I'm, you know, used to being from the east coast.

Hm. If they had asked AJ that question in the job interview, he'd never have gotten the job in the first place.

Lord Lillis said...

Maybe Christopher Lloyd is trying to reboot "Back to You"...

http://youtu.be/MX1U2g2Rl9o

(apologies, I can't embed the link)

Julia Littleton said...

I'd have said they should forgive him if he actually appeared to be good at the job, but this guy doesn't even read well. Poor sap.

Ed said...

Van: Tell us a little bit about yourself, A.J.

A.J.: As you know, this is my first newscast...and now will be my last newscast. So long, everybody!

John Weber said...

Always respect a microphone!!!! Nothing more basic than that!

synonymicious said...

I'd love to see the audition reels from the fourteen folks the station passed on before deciding THIS was their guy...

Barefoot Billy Aloha said...

Never, ever, ever say/write/do anything near a mic/online/at the company party that you wouldn't want to share with TMZ/CIA/your in-laws.

Been lucky, so far...

Cap'n Bob said...

Pretty bad when you can't even make it in North Dakota.

Michael Hagerty said...

It's not just inexperienced idiots guys.

Similar situation (coming out of tease beginning newscast), #1 anchorwoman, #1 tv station, #1 market (New York):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYAMDhVT50I

And five years later, Sue's still getting 7 figures to anchor there.

My guess is young A.J. would have learned much more if he'd been told to write and deliver his own apology but allowed to stay on than Sue did.

Johnny Walker said...

Nicely put, Michael. I think there's actually a campaign to try and get him a second chance. I hope it succeeds!

James said...

Say Hi to Charles Rocket.

Michael Hagerty said...

Geez, James..Charles is dead. This kid's just fired.

Barry Traylor said...

I hope he had a plan B for a career.

Paul Duca said...

Evidence makes the difference...the late Jessica Savitch was dogged during her career by a on-air meltdown that was recorded by the local TV station where she worked. It was not a public notoriety, though, for two reasons:

There was no audio feed, as well as being obscured by on-air graphics and dimmed studio lights.

At the time (late 1970's) only people in the industry could easily make their own copies of the recording to be sent around to others in the business.

Norm said...

I once said the "F" word on the radio, but it was 4:30 A.M. in Ventura, CA.

I told the PD and he asked if anybody called? I said no and that was it.

I say, considering it is BISMARK, given him a 2nd chance but NOT as an Anchor!

WOW.

Tom Quigley said...

"Turning now to the goddam weather that's been making me freeze my balls off..."

Terry said...

Oh, poor guy! I couldn't watch the whole video--he just seemed sooooo nervous--it was hard to watch. I'm sure he was upset after what he said on top of it being his first day. Too bad for him.

cadavra said...

You don't even need to be near a mike. Some sleazeball "journalist" covering a film festival I was co-running eavesdropped on a private conversation I was having and actually printed it! Needless to say, he made me look pretty bad.

chuckcd said...

There are better anchors at Cal State Fullerton.

Don K. said...

Forget the cursing, it was painfully clear that guy wasn't ready for that job regardless. Whoever hired him should be fired, too. Not that Bismarck is loaded with Vietnamese women, but how many East Coast AJ's and Vinnie types inhabit that burg? Shouldn't the news anchors at least sort of reflect the demographic of their viewers? Yo, it's the news muthafuckas.

No way in hell that guy should get a second chance, at least not there. Maybe some small station in Florida that at least has East Coast type transplants. Like someone else said, just how horrible did the other people who auditioned do?

Jay Walker said...

It's funny as heck, but I feel sorry for the kid. He's green as grass and sadly his 5 week broadcast course never told him the first rule of broadcasting "ALL MICROPHONES ARE LIVE." However from updates to the story I've read his mistake has got him more national exposure than 10 years in the American outback would have. I saw where he was offered a "Red Carpet" host spot on a special.
So if he can make it through that without launching an F bomb who knows..me might end up in LA...