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If To Err is Human, The 'Star' is More Human Than Ever

Mistakes happen, and they happen everywhere. They happen in print, on television, over the radio and via the Internet. They suck, but they happen.

Unfortunately for the Arizona Daily Star, it's been happening at a greater rate than the year before, which is making page A2 more crowded than Tucson's morning daily would like.

According to information obtained by the Tucson Weekly, the Star corrected 426 mistakes during the first six months of 2006. Its goal is to cut that figure by 25 percent in the remaining months.


It didn't take long for the Journal Broadcast Group to snag Tucson's most recognizable traffic reporter. The company that locally owns four radio stations and KGUN Channel 9 has come to terms with Allen Kath, who will now handle traffic updates exclusively for the organization.

"We are delighted to have Allen as part of the Journal team," said Diane Frisch, vice president and general manager of Journal's Tucson radio group, in a press release. "Al is the best at helping our listeners get around the city quickly and safely, and nobody knows Tucson traffic like 'Big Al.'"

Kath spent 19 years with Westwood One's Metro Networks. He will now provide traffic updates for KMXZ (MIX) FM 94.9, KGMG FM (Mega) 106.3, KZPT FM 104.1 and KFFN AM 1490 (The Fan).

Kath also returns to the site of his Tucson television debut.

"Tucsonans may remember that Allen was Tucson's first TV traffic reporter when he began working with KGUN in the late 1980s," said Andrew Stewart, KGUN vice president and general manager. "We couldn't be more thrilled to bring him back on board."


In addition to his duties with KGUN, weekend weather/feature reporter Dave Hecht had obligations with the military, so when the U.S. Navy asked if he could assist with public relations, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

"The Navy made him a great offer as a public information officer in San Diego," said KGUN news director Lena Sadiwskyj.

KGUN did not take long to name a replacement. Bill Harris has been slotted to handle weekend weather responsibilities.

"Bill's done a good job for us," Sadiwskyj said.

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