Friday, June 16, 2006
Lauren Hieger shows grace under pressure
KSNF's Lauren Hieger had a thankless job this afternoon as she filled in for Tiffany Alaniz on the area's lowest-rated 5 p.m. news program, "Life with Gary and Tiffany."
While KSN's sister station, KODE, and KOAM led their newscasts off with the number one story of the day, the discovery of the body of Labette County teacher Brett Carlson in Costa Rica, KSN, as usual led with the type of fluff that gives fluff a bad name.
Co-host Gary Bandy was live at Buffalo Run Casino, so that was the focal point of the program's opening. "This is so exciting," Bandy gushed, as he related the events including the Cowboy Troy concert, a dance, and a poker run, then as the top story was already completed on the other newscasts, Bandy went right on into his weather forecast.
Nearly three minutes had passed, and as it was about time to deliver the sad news, Bandy didn't exactly make it easy for Miss Hieger, as he said, "I'm getting a nice tan. Thanks for noticing, Lauren."
Give Miss Hieger credit, the St. Louisan was able to maintain her professional demeanor and moved right into the Brett Carlson story.
This will be one of those stories she can tell about her days in small town local television, when she goes on to success in some larger market.
After that, KSNF spent only a couple of minutes on news, however, then went right back to Bandy. Where would he be on Father's Day, he was asked. "If I was smart," he replied, "and I'm not that smart, I'd go to Buffalo Run Casino."
It would be so easy to add a comment.