If you'd like to read more about Randy (and see some videos), there are a number of links at the end of my "Farewell, Randy..."message on the Tucson Murals Project blog:
Peace to Randy and his family.
The arcticle reminds me that 1997 was kind of the start of an interesting era and important in Tucson TV. Many new faces came into town that year and in the next few years as competition heated up at KOLD & KGUN & KVOA. Garsee, Pickel, Grisham, George, Huttner, Carr, McCall, MacNamara, Marries, Kilbury to name a few.
Just a Reader, Schuster covered that change in the Feb. 28 edition of "Media Watch":
Randy and Kris were class acts and nice people. RIP Randy.
Did I miss a column on KFMA's kinda-sorta-but-not-really format change earlier this year? What was that all about?
I'm thinking that the low morale of other station employees is the LEAST of KVOA's problems. The whole town is still talking about the Valentine's Day incident and both employers' obvious lack of holding those involved accountable. But KVOA's non-response is even more curious than TFD: For an industry soley in existence but for the opinions of those in the community and their viewership, why wouldn't a local TV news station take full advantage of the hand-delivered opportunity to can a news anchor who is obviously uninformed, can't pronounce even common proper nouns, constantly looks like a deer in headlights and has led every single Tucsonan I know to switch the channel at the mere sound of her fake and forced voice?
And by the way, Kevin D. Johnson, the ONLY reason I continue to occasionally flip to channel 4 is for Kristi Tedesco and her obvious chemistry with Tom McNamara. While the only local news personality I find EVEN MORE irritating and hard to watch than Allison Alexander? Rebecca Taylor.
David, is the original post still accessible on the web?
Is Allison back to work today after her 2-week vacation?
Folks, keep in mind that if you're annoyed at seeing posts taken down, it was more likely to be my action than that of the writer of the post. Y'know, considering I'm the web guy.
For those annoyed with the content of this story versus the original post on the Range last week, the act of re-working of web content for print publication is called "reverse publishing." It's done because we recognize that not everyone who reads our print edition reads our website, and vice versa.
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They should get rid of her just based on her on-air performance. She can barely read her scripts without having to look down all the time, she can't improvise when something goes wrong, and she seems generally uninformed on the topics she is reporting (thus the total reliance on scripts and the need for everything to go perfectly). Weekly Fan is right, there is nothing special there, just a lot of hot air and a human form filling up space. Whether this is true or not, it shows a total lack in judgement (which isn't surprising for someone who seems to lack sense), and it makes me not like her that much more.
So a PIO from PUBLIC SAFETY engages in indecent public actvity while on duty and nothing happens, but a poor tar smearing schmuck from transportation gets publically humiliated by everyone for briefly looking at naughty photo online while on duty. so the FEMALE public safety officer who showed poor judgment in trusting the man she was in a relationship with by taking a photo in her public safety get up, is demoted while a MALE public safety officer showed criminal judgement for partaking in indecent activity with someone he was not in a relationship with while in his public safety getup seems to be totally protected.
I guess it pays to be a male public safety officer at the city of tucson.
hey TW how about some investigative journalism on Rio Nuevo, TCC, Jim Click, the City council, Maynards sweet rental deal, etc?
At this point it shouldn't matter if either was actually charged, just being associated with this story and having this kind of negative attention is enough of a morales clause violation (especially where it says their actions shouldn't "reflect unfavorably upon you, KVOA, or its sponsors"). What's fair is fair, and in this case she is in clear violation and should be let go. And TFD should demote him for being associated with something this shady on TAX PAYER time. As for the other people at the station @Saleslady, I guess at least now they can use "I was being detained by the police" as an excuse to miss work.
PS nobody is talking about this outside of the crappy little media club in this town. Bill Shaw has a rep as a strong manager. If he is as good as advertised - same for Kathy B - they will have the guts (if it even takes guts) to stand by their employee and not get caught up in a nothing story. But then again, most TV management turns out to be gutless when the heat is on even slightly.
I'm shocked this Media Watch isn't about radio. That's all Schu seems capable of writing about...
Yes indeed. More to come. As long as papers like the Weekly are around to ferret this stuff out.
The double standards in this case are obvious; AA has gotten preferential treatment at KVOA and I have to believe it effects moral around the station. Imagine how her colleagues feel about filling in on the day she was detained by the police and didn't show up for her scheduled show and all the shows for the two weeks she'll be out on 'vacation'. On top of that, the embarrassment of more negative attention can't be comfortable for anyone there. As for Captain Baker, I don't understand why his superiors are OK with this kind of bad press......more to come, certainly.
I would probably demote both of them. I have just the opposite feeling towards Allison as the above poster. I don't see anything special there at all. Wouldn't miss her a bit.
They should keep Allison. She is talented and good on camera. Kristi needs to be canned. She is horrible and comes across as phony. Rebecca Taylor would be an awesome co-anchor with Tom.
This is old news, let it go! If you're that bored, find out why the Mayor needs TPD security and a driver. Word has it the "suspicious package" he received which accelerated his security scam, was actually a quilt that was intended for Gabbie Giffords. The sender apparently didn't know where to send it.
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