Monday, May 16, 2005

Koon: gma/Daybreak "Tends to Grow on You"


Arkansas Times writer David Koon recently wrote an article about the nearly one month old, all female,(except Jason Harper) gma/Daybreak on KATV. In the article KATV News Director Dandy Dixon says "the change has been in the works for several months and is the brainchild of himself and Channel 7 general manager Dale Nicholson."

Dixon says, “We liked the idea of having two traditional broadcasters … but then to have two kind of non-broadcasters,” Dixon said. “It just happened that the two that we thought jelled the best happened to be women.” By going outside the field of broadcast pros for talent, Dixon said, he hopes the show will offer a different and interesting perspective. Asked if he thinks the all-female show might scare off the male audience, Dixon said, “From a content standpoint, the show shouldn’t alienate anybody.”

And on the subject of complaints Dixon has this to say: “I’ve gotten a lot of good comments on it and there’s some people who don’t like it,” Dixon said. “Part of the complaints are that they say it’s a bunch of women sitting around, but I think if they’d watch the program they’d see that that’s not what it is.”

Arkansas Times writer David Koons wrote this review of the program:
So, how is it? While clearly still a work in progress, for the most part the new “Daybreak” is surprisingly informative and fun. Does it seem like an awful lot of heads trying to fill a very small screen? Sure. But after watching the show for a while — and a few cups of coffee — the truth is: It tends to grow on you. While Mayo still seems a little stiff, Capri a little over-caffeinated and Kondo a little silent (I’m assuming that, like most print folks, Kondo thinks of exactly the right thing to say in a given situation just about four-and-a-half hours after the situation is over), their impromptu chats are getting more and more impromptu as the weeks roll on, giving the show pretty much the feel that Dixon and Co. seem to have been aiming for: like you’ve stumbled into an early morning coffee klatch — something KATV might build on by not having the quartet constantly bounce back and forth between the central desk and the more relaxed coffee-table-and-easy-chairs set.

On the downside, both Kondo and Capri (while both sincere and genuine, even laughing it off when they flub a line) need to go home, turn on the closed-captioning on their TVs, and read the dialogue until it doesn’t sound like they’re reading the dialogue. (I can’t gripe too much here, as the thought of reading something from a teleprompter gives me the out-and-out willies — which is why the only time you’ll ever see me on TV is when I inevitably get my turn, as all Arkansans eventually will, to tell a soaking-wet reporter that “the tornader sounded just like a freight train.”)

In the end, the success or failure of the new “Daybreak” will depend on whether people can get over their “View”-phobia and take a chance on it; which in turn depends on whether or not the four principals can continue coalescing into something resembling a group of friends who happen to work on the same TV show. In a situation so dependent on chemistry, the idea that these four are anything other than best pals might well sink the ship. For now, however, steady as she goes.

The complete article can be found HERE.

I guess the viewers will be the real judge and we'll all be able to see what they think when the ratings come out.

30 Comments:

At 8:37 PM, May 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I always suspected you couldn't trust most of what was printed in the Times, now I know for sure.

 
At 6:18 AM, May 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Brain Child of him and Dale Nicholson. Translation: If it gets good numbers Dale takes all the credit. If it tanks, Randy Dixon gets the ax.

 
At 8:25 AM, May 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This show is soooooo bad. It will never grow on anyone. I love their promo "Everyone is talking about it" but what they are saying is it sucks....

 
At 8:33 AM, May 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are being critical for no reason. The show has EVERYTHING a morning show should. It is not a deep, investigative show... nor is it designed to be. If you want geo-political debate, there are other channels for that. No show can be all things to all people. You go to Baskin-Robbins to get ice cream... not vegetables. So it is with television shows. I like Daybreak because it does what a morning show should.

 
At 10:17 AM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must admit... Beth Hunt is amazing on the KATV morning show. She's smart, gorgeous and has presence.

 
At 11:43 AM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give you Beth is a winner. But we all know Melinda is out of her league. Of course she'll never get the boot. Funny how past relationships can keep you employed.

 
At 12:55 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does that mean? ^^^

No one is in danger of losing their jobs at 7, are they? I would hate to see some of them go, esp. the weather team

 
At 1:02 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda is best doing ad-lib with Steve... she's great at that and oveall does a very good job. And you have to admit, the KATV morning show is better today than it was a month ago. Give them time. Who do you think is the worst weekend anchor? Alice ?

 
At 1:05 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok i know who wrote the good comments on these people and according to my sources is the people at KATV 7 Spin Doctors wrote this to smooth things over here and it is not goint to work and i think KATV 7 need to get a good ass whopping for giving us bad programming and while we are at it everyone let's turn up the heat and get rid of Dale Nickerson,Randy Dixion and the stupid asshole Rusty Mizel.

 
At 1:08 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:09 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DALE NICKERSON I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG PAGE AND IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO SHUT UP AND RETIRE AND YOU READ THIS RIGHT YOU OLD FOOL AND I JUST GOT WORD THAT YOU ARE READING THIS.

 
At 2:38 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst weekend anchor by far is Cheese Burger over at Fox 16. Alice and Win Noble come in a close second.

 
At 9:43 AM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who likes the idea of Fox doing it's news from 9 to 10 each night? Seems like a great idea to me and lets them be first with late-breaking items.

 
At 10:30 AM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does give them a chance to be first. Problem is they never are. They're too busy covering the stories they got beat on the day before. They're totally clueless.

How can they be First, complete, local when almost 3/4 of their news cast is national packages from CNN and Fox.

 
At 1:08 PM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must admit... KATV's morning show is catchng on. Give it until fall and it will be battling KTHV for the top spot. KARK never will get out of third.

 
At 1:42 PM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you get all of your viewers back that you lost while you were "tweaking" the show. I don't think they will ever be battling for first with this show. It will be interesting to see the numbers on this fiasco. My bet, they go from a strong second to battling for third, if not all the way down.

 
At 1:45 PM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV battling for third? There's NO chance of that. Do you realize how many GREAT television shows started off slow?

Remember a little show called "Cheers" a few years back. It debuted in dead last... I mean last. You know what happened next.

 
At 2:11 PM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Cheers is the exception. Plus they didn't have Dale Nicholson looking over their shoulder. May comes back bad Dale's going to start thinking the show was a bad idea. Then July comes back not so good and the show might not be around come November.

You know if KATV really wants to do something different, they should try this format at 10.

 
At 2:14 PM, May 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV will easily be in second place for the upcoming book. KARK can't get any worse, unless they bring back Ernie. He sure has stunk up their 10 p.m. show. How someone can have so little enthusiasm is beyond me. He's more suited to be an enbalmer.

Just watch... KATV will soon be in a strong second place. KTHV was doing better when Abby was doing traffic. Not that anyone cared about traffic... they were just checking out Abby.

 
At 6:40 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you saying KATV should be happy to be in second place? Isn't that the same position they were in before the change? And please define a "strong second" place. I guess by the same logic KARK is a dominate #3?

 
At 6:54 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember sitting in the KATV Newsroom when channell 11 launched "11 Listens at 5" everybody from the weather guys, the reporters, the News Director and other producers all laughed. We all thought it was the biggest waste of time on the air. (And still do)It is a show where they pretend to cover the news but really just talk about nothing and we've done the same thing on Daybreak. But instead of it being 30 minutes of phone calls from Pat in Warren talking about gay marraige and her favorite bred of dog, it's two hours of girl talk.

 
At 9:18 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people don't get it.

Television is too brief a format for deep news. An average story is 90 seconds. A "deep" story is 3 minutes. If you want deep, read a newspaper. Or, God forbid, go to a library.

Television is about blending entertainment with information. It's about getting people involved and interested. So if you think "11 Listens" is stupid from a news standpoint, you're missing the reason it's on the air.

If you did a morning show with 100% serious news... you would have C-Span. And you know what kind of numbers they pull.

 
At 9:23 AM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you feel sorry for the ad salespeople, trying to sell for KARK's morning show?

"Good morning Mr. Client... we have the worst morning show in the market, very few people watch, and we only have two personalities. We run lots of wire news and stuff from the night before. Wanna buy an ad?"

 
At 12:32 PM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the Ad guys at KATV. They're trying to sell a sinking ship.

The KATV Morning show is nothing more then rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Sooner or later that big turd of a show is gonna flush.

 
At 2:23 PM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you be specific on what you don't like about KATV's morning show? You don't like news? You don't like traffic? You don't like weather? You don't like chit chat?

Lots of people enjoy the format but you don't. Some people love basketball and hate football. So what?

 
At 5:38 PM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the negative anonymous reviews for the new morning show are coming from axed KATV employess???? It sure seems that they know an awful lot about the people involved. By the way, I am not an associated with any of the stations. I stumbled across this site. I enjoy the last 30 minutes of the new morning show every moning, but that's all I see of it. I don't get up any earlier than that, nor will I to watch any morning show. I do enjoy watching Beth Hunt though. She is AWESOME! I think Melinda is solid. Nicole is annoying. Sheree is ok.

 
At 8:53 PM, May 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a regular tv news viewer here. And I have to say the old daybreak was the best. I'm talking about the Daybreak with the guy named moser I believe and the woman they "let go" years ago. That's when the downward spiral started. You piss off viewers once, they will NEVER trust you again. KATV has pissed viewers off time and time again with the "laying off" of well known and respected news reporters/anchors.

I do give KATV management credit for paying Ned Perme and Paul Eells very well to keep them around. I make this prediction if anything ever happens to Eells OR Perme, KATV will sink faster than a rock!!

 
At 9:28 AM, May 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Paul still work there? I never see him anymore. Is he still full time?

 
At 12:01 AM, May 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get rid of DAle Nickerson,Randy Dixion,Rusty Mizel and all of the high powered brass at KATV Channel 7 and heck get rid of Kate Sullivan,Pam Smith,Melenda Male and evan the dog and maybe KATV will rebound and stop all of the tabloid tv at 5 to 7 am and cut out the 9 am and keep the mid day arkansas program and they will do fine and that is what i call tv justice

 
At 12:03 AM, May 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let Michelle Rupp be the General Manager and let Beth Hunt be the 2nd in command and i believe these 2 can straighten out this mess that bald headed general manager created.

 

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