Michael Chihak is a boilerplate idiot who was profoundly ignorant and insular about HIS stewardship of the Tucson Citizen. I found it to be stunning that he was able to fellate his way into KUAT's news mechanism and convince their management that he, as print luddite, could possibly move a television outfit forward. PROFOUNDLY UNBELIEVABLE!
So that's why Pickering didn't assume the Chief Meterologist position, makes sense now. Good luck on your new endeavours, Aaron. Glad to see Alameda is back, and I wish him a speedy recovery. Look forward to more FB discusions about bacon. LOL
Why is this week's Media Watch column listed under the Editor's Note page? See the link at the end of the story.
I've always enjoyed Aaron Pickering's weather posts and wish him the best in his new endeavors! Also, Wow, can relate to Damien Alameda's eye problems, and hope that he's going to get some of his vision back in that eye. Good luck to both men!
The inaugural show on the city budget was underwhelming.
Thanks Jeff....Bill Buckmaster made that show great...it has spiraled downhill since he left..
To Jeff Rogers:
Great post!! I agree with everything you stated. When you were on I would boo you and throw stuff at the TV! What a flaming Progressive Liberal Hack. But this is a democracy and I loved the Friday night show. Never missed it.
I am happy you stated those facts about the show. I will not miss the recent hosts.
Some folks just don't like the word "word", yo. ....word.
I used to look forward to Arizona Illustrated when Bill Buckmaster was the host -- the only local TV news source we watched. It was thoughtful and educational and had a warm feeling to it. I tried to watch what followed with each of the changes, but it never worked, and by now I've given up. I listen to the Buckmaster show on radio.
Also, after I had given up being interviewed for sound bites by local network news shows, the one place I liked to appear was on Arizona Illustrated. It was an opportunity to have a discussion with an informed host.
First, let me admit that I was a frequent guest on Arizona Illustrated and really enjoyed it both while I was the Democratic Party Chair for four years and even in the past year after my second term ended, so I certainly have my biases. I do want to thank both Jim Nintzel and Bill Buckmaster for having me on the show.
I've been here since 1979 so I saw both the birth and death of Arizona Illustrated and, being a total news and information geek, I watched it faithfully for over 30 years. When Bill was the host, it was excellent every night of the week. It was just amazing how he could interview an author and you knew that he had read the book that was being discussed. Or a scientist, and he was completely up to speed. It was one of the best public broadcasting television shows I've ever seen. It rivaled the national PBS news shows. And I loved the local focus on news, arts and entertainment. It was truly one of a kind and many of us will miss it dearly.
After the piss poor stupid management ran Bill Buckmaster off, the program foundered and the only watchable night was Friday when Jim Nintzel took it over. Jim's knowledge of the politics of this town is remarkable. He's a Tucson icon.
I remember when Jim told me, that if Frank Antenori lost his House race, he would start having him on as a regular guest. I told Jim he was nuts and I was completely wrong. Frank was a delight to do the show with. He's smart, funny, well informed, and deeply believes in his brand of conservatism. I think he's completely wrong and crazy, but I really do like Frank personally. I think he's a great father, husband and man - even if his political views are completely crazy. Yeah, there are people out there that we can almost completely disagree with, but can like and respect - and yes even work together for the common good of our community and state on some issues. I would have never got to know Frank if it weren't for appearing on that show and for that I'm thankful.
I think Jim was a great host and the Friday program was an excellent source of news, opinion and entertainment.
After the first of the year when Michael Chihak took over as news director, that was pretty much the end of me appearing on the show. He kind of black balled me and some other guests that Jim would have on the show. It also appeared to me that he was jealous of the Friday Roundtable's success, particularly because that show he did at 8:30 pm was so poorly received and no one ever watched it because he and it was boring. It also appeared to me that he began to interfere with Jim's running of the program.
Once I was banished, I knew the end was in sight for Jim Nintzel. I ran into the President of the KUAT Community Advisory Board at a political fundraiser and I told him and his wife that I believed Chihak was going to destroy the show and get rid of Nintzel. He said "no way that is going to happen." Well it did happen. A 30 year old iconic television show was run into the ground and killed by GM
Gibson and Michael Chihak, the same man who drove the Tucson Citizen into the ground.
In my opinion, there needs to be a house cleaning and a lot of heads need to roll, including Gibson and Chihak. They are absolutely incompetent. But, the production staff are all excellent and so are Andrea Kelly and Chris Conover. This is OUR KUAT and people need to speak out about this outrage. Bring back Bill and Jim and fire the ones who destroyed this television show.
Jeffrey J. Rogers, former Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party
sorry about typo. "left"
After Bill Buckmaster lwft Az Illustrated became terrible! The hosts were terrible and the format change was terrible. I have stopped watching it. It deserved to die a horrible death. No mercy.
What a mess. First a THEME of the day? Now it's going to be a floating show when there is space available? Oh sure, THAT's going to get a following. Not.
Bill Buckmaster is a class act. AZ Illustrated lost a lot when it lost him.
I am sorry!! The original AZ Illustrated was excellent!!! Mainly due to the professionalism of Bill Buckmaster! Right now you have chaos and no direction at all! What is Chihak talking about great success? This article demonstrates the lack of focus and professionalism. I am just so sorry to see the original AZ Illustrated gone!!!
Why the thumbs down?
The Top Tour was one of the most meaningful and important things that my husband, a Vietnam veteran, and I have ever done! The benefits of Top's work, to Veterans, family members and the Vietnamese people cannot be measured! Kudos to Jess DeVaney!
I just heard Aaron Pickering is leaving KOLD this week. Another one bites the dust
Who wants to bet Journal wins this one, regardless of fcc rules.
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