Friday, February 02, 2007
'First at Five' a big improvement over 'Live with Gary and Tiffany'
At long last, the sad experiment of changing the KSN 5 p.m. newscast into a Regis and Kelly type coffee klatch has ended and "Live with Gary and Tiffany" has been replaced by "First at Five."
The change, I believe, took place a couple of weeks ago, and while many of the same elements remain in the show, sometimes all that is needed is a slight change in the packaging. This is one of those occasions.
KSN improved its program by:
-Eliminating the annoying opening, which made anchor Tiffany Alaniz appear to be more like Vanna White than an experienced news anchor. In that opening, Bandy was simply Bandy.
-Dropping the banter at the top of the show and starting with hard news and weather. I find it hard to believe there weren't news personnel at KSN who weren't embarrassed when the other stations' 5 p.m. newscasts led with some news story of some importance, many times one with tragic overtones, and Gary and Tiffany were talking about Gary's haircut, or a vacation, or Brad Pitt.
-The times I have heard the anchors of the newscast named, it has been Tiffany Alaniz and Gary Bandy, rather than the other way around. A station has a serious problem when it gives top billing to a clowning weatherman (that is not an indictment of Bandy, there is a hallowed place in our culture for clowning weathermen, as long as they are serious when the weather turns bad and Bandy always has been) over a veteran newscaster.
The 5 p.m. newscast appears to be on more solid ground thus far.