Two words come to mind after watching Tiffany Alaniz' debut as solo anchor of KODE's 5, 6, and 10 p.m. reports Wednesday night.
Ms. Alaniz, who appeared understandably nervous during her return to television news raced through the reading of news stories with nary a moment to take a breath. Otherwise, her approach appeared to be no different than when she co-anchored KSNF's evening newscasts with Jim Jackson.
It will obviously take time for her to establish the easygoing rapport she had with her KSN newscaster Gary Bandy (and considering the Alaniz/Bandy 5 p.m. newscast on that channel, it might not be such a bad thing if she never establishes that rapport with weatherman Ray Foreman).
KODE has wisely been low key about Ms. Alaniz' arrival, giving her time to acclimate herself without being burdened by unrealistic expectations.
Providing a live update on a news story during the 6 p.m. newscast was veteran KODE reporter Gretchen Bolander, who filled in as anchor during most of the time between Brian Dorman's departure and Ms. Alaniz' first day.
Watching the morning show over the years when Ms. Bolander has filled in, it has been remarkable how much better both Alan Matthews and Shannon Bruffett are when they are working with Ms. Bolander than when they are working with each other.
KODE is fortunate to have someone who can fill in at any position with no loss of quality or professionalism.