Even on days when both of the anchors are gone, KSN's 5 p.m. newscast cannot escape the spirit of Gary and Tiffany, or as they are so modestly described on the intro "the Four States' favorite pair."
The substitutes for Gary Bandy and Tiffany Alaniz, Lauren Hieger and Meredith Mitchell, were the only reporters on any of the three local five o'clock newscasts to note that singer Britney Spears' (and if that's not an oxymoron, I don't know what is) husband, Kevin Federline, has a new CD out, as well as a website. This was after the scoop that many of their friends are getting engaged during the holiday season.
This is not intended as a criticism of Ms. Hieger or Ms. Mitchell. Both women work hard and have done well on the station. It is just the atmosphere of the 5 p.m. broadcast since its change from news to a mixture of news and tabloid talk.
While KSN was leading with some talk and the weather (but not the aforementioned scoops, they came later), its sister station KODE and competitor KOAM led with the news that Governor Matt Blunt had ordered the closing of Renewable Environmental Services, the Carthage company which has produced an odor which has made living in that city a miserable proposition over the past several months.
While flipping back and forth, I noticed that KOAM's Daniel Ashley had comments from an out-of-state RES official, while KODE had a telephone interview with a representative from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. I did not catch who the reporter was on the KODE story. I also could not tell if KSN did a story on the situation, though I imagine I just missed it. (I need to get one of those arrangements where I have three televisions side by side.)