Obviously, I am too old fashioned, but I hate KODE's decision to have a crawl at the bottom of the screen during its newscasts. I realize the station must feel a need to do something different, to set it apart from its sister station, KSNF, as well as KOAM, but this is not the right move.
KODE has assets. Its young reporters have done well in recent months, and it has managed to hold on to two veterans who have added stability in Gretchen Bolander and Shannon Bruffett, but all this new crawl does is reemphasize the point that the station has the least interesting anchors of any of the local stations. (And is there anyone who has not noticed that whenever Gretchen Bolander substitutes on the morning show, it improves immensely?)
While KSNF has the dean of area anchors, Jim Jackson, and veteran Tiffany Alaniz, whose stock has been helped by her recent forays into the field; and KOAM has rock-solid Dowe Quick and Rhonda Justice, who has impeccable investigative reporting credentials; KODE has two anchors, Tara Brown and Brian Hamman, who have little experience (at this level) and who are really not doing much to distinguish themselves.
KODE should be applauded for trying something different, but area viewers are used to seeing crawls at the bottom of the screen only in emergency situations, such as inclement weather. Those are considered to be a service. This new use is just a nuisance.