Sunday, June 12, 2005

KATV's Morning People

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette KATV, Little Rock’s ABC affiliate, is billing the new fourhost format of GMA Daybreak, its a.m. chat fest, as "the morning show that everyone is talking about." We wanted in on the conversation, so we wandered onto the set the other morning.

The hour was a quarter of 5. The first of the co-hosts we encountered was Nicole Capri. The show’s new organizing idea is to bring together four different women who exhibit different personality styles, so that everyone viewing at home can identify with someone.

Capri’s specialty is fun. Her subspecialty is wackiness. Before joining the cast a little over a month ago, Capri had never appeared on television before, let alone earlymorning television.

"I get up at 2," she told us, holding up two fingers. "Beth gets up the earliest," she said, speaking of Beth Hunt, who is the show’s serious news reporter. "She gets up at 1:30." She made a "1" with her index finger, then flashed three fingers, then used them to form an "0." Daybreak airs from 5 to 7 a.m., leading into Good Morning America. After finishing her on-air duties, Capri leaves the station for her regular job at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The new schedule "is kickin’ my booty," she confided in a whisper.

Capri joined her three cohosts at the kitchen-island kind of station that serves as the program’s version of an anchor desk. In addition to Capri and Hunt there were Melinda Mayo, who announces the weather and is the show’s moral center, and Shareese Kondo, a former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter. Kondo’s specialty is smartness. With about a minute until airtime, Mayo briefed the other women on some of the things they’d be talking about. "A toddler died in a day-care van," she said. "Oh, crap," Kondo replied.

The cameras began to roll, and the women reminisced about the previous evening’s thunderstorm. "I loooved it," said Capri. The storm was news to Hunt, the reporter. "I didn’t even hear it!" she said. (Earliest to rise; earliest to bed.) "I want to sleep like Beth sleeps!" Capri enthused.

As the show cut to a commercial break, we wandered into the control room. It was like the nurse’s station in intensive care: dimly lighted and watchful. Producers sat facing a wall of televisions. Some were tuned to competing stations, some to allnews formats, some to the raw feed from the Daybreak set. The producers piped music into the studio to keep the hosts’ spirits up. Someone cued up "Funky Town." Hunt responded by putting up her arms like she was lifting weights, or the victim of a holdup, and bobbed back and forth rhythmically.

The show came back from break. The theme of the month’s recipe contest was announced: rosemary. "Rosemary?!" spat Dana Bradley, the show’s associate producer. "What is rosemary ?" Every time she said the word "rosemary," she managed to sound more and more contemptuous of it. "Who picked rosemary? Rosemary is boring!"

On an average morning, Daybreak is interrupted 16 times for commercial breaks. Bradley estimated the women were actually on camera for about an hour; an additional half-hour is devoted to pre-taped segments and live reports by correspondents. The remaining time is spent on advertising.

After Tuesday’s taping, Kondo stopped by the control room to visit with Patrick Green, the show’s producer. Like Capri, Kondo is new to television (unlike Hunt and Mayo, who were already with the station and are considered career broadcasters). Therefore, she reasoned that if the new format wasn’t working, the newbies would be more vulnerable.

"How can you tell if people are watching?" she asked Green. "My neighbor asked me that. He wants to make sure you can tell that he’s watching." Green responded that ratings lagged about four to six weeks behind a broadcast period, so they’d begin gauging viewer response in about a month. "Then we’ll know if Nicole and I get to stay," she said. The show’s spirit of song-snippetingsnipping grabbed her, and she sang from The Clash: "Do we stay or do we go?"

26 Comments:

At 10:06 PM, June 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two (or all four of them) leaving would be the best thing that could happen to that miserable morning show. Apparently, they like songs. How about this one... Nah-na-na-nah, hey,hey,hey.. goodbye.

 
At 9:53 AM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth, Melinda and Nicole are good... Shareese needs to be replaced with Jason Harper. I say Jason is great... needs more air-time than just doing reports around the area.

 
At 10:38 AM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's replace all four of them.

 
At 10:58 AM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All i see is four ratty talking women talking about a lot of bull and they can do better than that and since they are collage educated they con come up with something better format than what they are doing and i know KATV is reading this.

 
At 10:59 AM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems more boring to me and this ship seem like it's going to sink and i can see it comming.

 
At 1:22 PM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two the poster two messages up... you say the Daybreak crew is "collage educated?" Thanks again for the spelling flub, you continue to make me laugh. That poster must be all of 9 years old.

 
At 1:47 PM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster one post up. "To" is a preposition. "TWO" is a number. When you send a gift or a letter you use the preposition "TO"

Send these drinks TO the nice girls at the bar.

Two is a number.

After two years, the poster above finally completed the 6th grade.

 
At 4:47 PM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that TWO and TOO are different words... I was pretending to write like the poster above me.....

 
At 4:48 PM, June 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then I did it again in the post above.

I think that when I try to be TWO funny... TOO times in a row... then that's a little TO much.

 
At 10:16 AM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is getting much better in the mornings... with one exception. Shareese Kondom needs to go !

 
At 1:04 PM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All four need to go!!!!!!!

 
At 1:06 PM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see that you are playing the race game and picking on her because she is black and i that is wrong and if she need to go so do the other three also.

 
At 3:23 PM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care if Kondo is green and the other three women are blue... I just feel like Kondo isn't a team player. It shows on the air.

And the person who thinks "all four should go" is just not being reasonable. Beth and Melinda are both pros... and Nicole adds a spark the show needs.

 
At 6:25 PM, June 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicole better not make too much of a spark, all that hair will go up in flames! Yes, they all four need to go. The show was much better before.
And whoever said Jason Harper needs to be on more is right on the mark.

 
At 9:11 AM, June 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicole has great hair and you complain about it? Sounds like you're jealous. If you really think it's productive to slam someone's hair, then, that tells us a lot about your mentality.

 
At 12:28 PM, June 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kondo is ok and i still think you are playing the race card and this is from a euro-amercian jewish point of view and you better behave yourself or i will make u go to your room.

 
At 12:54 PM, June 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Race card? How do you even know what my race is, and, whether it facors in here?

 
At 1:38 PM, June 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sound very K** to me or Christian Identity hate group i guess you belong to.

 
At 4:39 PM, June 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the ratings.. this show has not only slipped to number two.. it's almost number three.

 
At 6:41 PM, June 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the ratings come back?

 
At 7:29 PM, June 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV won everything but the morning. Saw that one coming a mile away.

 
At 8:48 PM, June 16, 2005, Blogger DCG said...

anybody willing to send the #'s to me anonymously?

 
At 10:33 AM, June 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the Nicole hair comment!!
She would be better off twisting that hair in her fingers and sucking her thumb since she looks so bored most of the time.

Does anyone know where Nicole won a beauty pageant? I thought it was Miss Kansas, but she is not listed in the archives.

 
At 11:43 AM, June 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Nicole works in theater, but didn't know she was in Beauty Pagents. Should have guessed I suppose, because of that BIG hair!

 
At 3:39 PM, June 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV made a huge mistake in changing their Daybreak format. The old adage..you don't know what you've got till it's gone..certainly fits this situation. The lack of television experience for both Nicole and Sharesse really hurts their presentation. Even if they had something interesting to say, their words are lost before they reach my ears. Tip to Shareese..you need to speak louder, project your words, mumble less.

Beth Hunt and Jason Harper are wasting their talent by being part of this nonsense. A wise person once told me hang out with people smarter than yourself, you'll learn something.

 
At 10:04 AM, April 25, 2012, Anonymous best condom said...

morning people - boring people

 

Post a Comment

<< Home