Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cummins Lands in Louisiana

Arkansas Business.com reports former KARK TV meteorologist Brett Cummins has landed a gig as chief met for several FOX affiliates that produces newscasts for FOX News Louisiana which which covers Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Alexandria.

64 Comments:

At 1:10 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for him!

 
At 1:15 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just knew that he would get a much better gig after her left KARK. He is top notch!

 
At 2:46 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He really moved up...er...no I guess he moved down. Brett's a pretty good met, but I don't think I would classify this move as a "much better gig."

 
At 3:51 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why'd he leave KARK anyway?

 
At 4:23 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he do this gig from his garage?

 
At 6:27 PM, September 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, job. How's that?

 
At 12:33 PM, September 21, 2008, Blogger FHP-DXer said...

FOX News Louisiana also produces the newscast for KMSS 33/DT 34 Shreveport. Unlike Little Rock where Newport TV/KLRT serves up infomercials, KMSS has a morning newscast.

 
At 8:28 PM, September 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX LOUISIANA IS A BIG STEP DOWN, BAD.

 
At 9:23 PM, September 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better than at 4.

 
At 10:10 AM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the NBC station in Baton Rouge is a big step down.The station just started news in 2007 and according to what I read KNWA has 4 times the ratings of the NBC station in Baton Rouge.The nbc and fox station in Baton Rouge produces FOX News Louisiana.Here is Brett Cummins Bio on the NBC station:http://www.nbc33tv.com/about/people/28479849.html and his bio on the fox station is: http://www.fox44.com/about/bios/news/28479169.html

 
At 10:57 AM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the bio...he is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE? LMFAO!

Better get that corrected to National Weather Association, pronto.

 
At 11:01 AM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather for Fox and NBC. He is about to get run into the ground as they work the dogshit out of him. I hope he took them to the cleaners during contract negotiations.

 
At 2:29 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great... maybe he can borrow some goggles from Mike Francis the next time there is a big storm down there!

 
At 4:50 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so again, why did Brett leave KARK?

 
At 4:57 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you read the actual link provided, it said KARK did not renew his contract

 
At 5:50 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why didn't they renew his contract? He's very good.

 
At 6:02 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Don't criticize until you get your lazy ass out in a hurricane. It's easy to cut others down from the comfort of your computer chair. Now, go back into the adult sex chatrooms you loser."

Anyone who gets out in a hurricane just for grins as he was doing is a showoff. It served no useful purpose except for ego.

Why not with IKE?

 
At 7:18 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They didn't renew his contract because of the morals clause. He had social activities that were a conflict.

 
At 8:47 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Social activities? Like bingo? Or country-line dancing at The Electric Cowboy? Or swimming lessons at the YMCA?

 
At 9:01 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me on this one, they did NOT let Brett go due to his morals clause at all. If they are going to start letting all the gay's go over at KARK for what they do in public...few would be left!

 
At 9:42 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the drinking problem.

 
At 9:58 PM, September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any job away from Nexstar is a step up.

 
At 1:03 AM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hail-yes!

 
At 8:56 AM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN to leaving Deathstar

 
At 9:49 AM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't need Mike Francis to get out in a hurricane with goggles. I need him to be able to predict the weather TWO DAYS in advance. He cannot do that !!!

 
At 5:47 PM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crome dome w/his rooster pose needs to be selling used cars. Brett was a hell of alot better. He got a raw deal. Francis is BUTT UGLY. He thinks he's some freakin' scientist with NASA. Just give us the DAMN forecast. I could care less if you carry the seal of aprroval w/the AMS, NWA, DUI, NBA, CBS, NAACP, NHL, or all that B.S. you guys splatter on the screen. You dress like your wardrobe came from the morgue. WHERE THE HELL IS GUSTY???

 
At 7:36 PM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't need Mike Francis to get out in a hurricane with goggles. I need him to be able to predict the weather TWO DAYS in advance. He cannot do that !!!"

That's a fact, Jack. Even the NWS can't do it and that's where the "TV weather forecasters" get theirs.

 
At 8:28 PM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey Douglas has far more talent than Francis ever dreamed of. But he's got the SEAL! Woo Pig Sooie!She's also more fun to look at. And that's a FACT JACK!

 
At 9:23 PM, September 23, 2008, Anonymous Who Dat said...

It's official. FALL is here. Why not have MIKE FRANCIS go live w/Goggles for the 10pm news? The protective eyewear would shield him from getting nailed by a leaf. Now...as far as that BALD HEAD. Well, he might want to wear a sand bucket.

 
At 10:10 AM, September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too few weather people SPEND TIME trying to get the forecast right. They're too busy primping their hair, polishing their domes, or selling weather radios and grocery stores. Most have forgotten why they were hired.

 
At 1:27 PM, September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. NEWSBLUES sarcastically refers to all METEOROLOGISTS as Weather Guessers." Hey, but don't forget there trained scientists. Just ask them.

 
At 4:37 PM, September 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tracey Douglas has far more talent than Francis ever dreamed of. But he's got the SEAL! Woo Pig Sooie!She's also more fun to look at. And that's a FACT JACK!"

Plus, she has enough hair for both of them. What's with that? Didn't big hair go out in like the 90's?

 
At 9:14 PM, September 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV's changed. Now, most meteorologists aren't hired to do weather but to pimp the station.

I think most mets would agree their job is more PR than WX. It's unfortunate

 
At 12:20 PM, September 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They're too busy primping their hair, polishing their domes, or selling weather radios and grocery stores. Most have forgotten why they were hired."

At Nexstar, that IS why they are hired. Never seen so much "sold news" in my life. No integrity...at all.

"Plus, she has enough hair for both of them. What's with that? Didn't big hair go out in like the 90's?"

Amen. Tracey, your hair really looks awful. Soften it up, remove the extensions. You are beautiful, and look much younger than your calendar age...but really, that hair...ouch...it's really great they've agreed to give you few closeups...please change your hair. We all love you, but hate your hair.

 
At 7:27 AM, September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is a weathercaster too. Does she have a meteorologist degree? Almost as hard to get as a degree in P.E. I am told.

 
At 2:20 PM, September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any mets in this market that actually understand and know weather? And I'm not just talking about the chiefs, I mean ALL of them.

 
At 7:39 PM, September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They know enought to ad lib and dance around the actual forecast that they receive from the professionals at the airport in NLR. Adjust it a bit and hey, if they say there is a 50 per cent chance of rain, if it rains they hit it, and if it doesn't rain they hit it too.

Seldom ever will you see a forecast for 100% chance until it starts raining.

 
At 8:29 PM, September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know several of the mets that don't even go to the NWS website, so stick it.

 
At 11:10 AM, September 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come the button punchers at KARK-DT can't seem to switch to HD when a program in HD comes on or going back to net after a local cut-in?

Worst switching in the market.

 
At 6:03 PM, September 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since KARK let viewers vote on the Mike Francis "goatee" thing, let us have a stab about voting on a new hairdo for Tracy. It would be a great contest.

 
At 9:36 PM, September 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come Mike is not on the primetime newscast at 6:00? The new guy is quite good and could possible overtake him in a few weeks.

 
At 8:55 AM, September 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with 9:36. Greg Dee is doing one heck of a job. I quit watching KARK after Brett was let go, but now I go back to the 6:00 so I can get the weather from someone who's calm, cool and collected without mentioning his family, home in Benton, or any other personal things with a cheesy fake smile. Keep it up Greg!

 
At 11:09 AM, September 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, didn't know what his name since they don't promo the new guy as much. I enjoy watching him because there is much less drama. Good switch.

 
At 4:37 PM, October 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you try and get a degree in Meteorology if you think it's as easy as getting a degree in P.E. Let me know how you do in thermodynamic meteorology, synoptic meteorology, statistical climatology just to name a few.
I'm sure you can do it big boy.

At least there is a science behind what forecasters do, all you have to do to be a news anchor is read. The producers do all of the writing for them.

 
At 7:59 AM, October 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. The OFFICIAL forecast comes from the NWS.

NOTHING is OFFICIAL that comes from a television or radio station.

Weathercasters are NWS forecaster wannabes.

Case closed.

Actually, a degree in PE is harder than a weathercaster degree because you actually have to put some physical labor into a PE degree.

 
At 12:43 PM, October 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why don't you try and get a degree in Meteorology if you think it's as easy as getting a degree in P.E. Let me know how you do in thermodynamic meteorology, synoptic meteorology, statistical climatology just to name a few.
I'm sure you can do it big boy."

What makes you think that I am a boy? Are you a sexist?

 
At 3:03 PM, October 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What constitutes an "official" forecast? The weather service gets the forecast right as much as the tv guys do.

 
At 7:43 PM, October 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The official forecast comes from the professionals at the NWS as they have satellities (how many satellites do the tv stations have) and weather balloons (when was the last time a weather balloon was launched from atop a tv or radio station in LR to predict the weather), and all kinds of stuff at their disposal. If the tv stations were so good at forecasting and predicting they would have the weather radios they are hawking tuned to their channel.

Are you new?

 
At 8:48 AM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The National Weather Service just relies on its equipment that our financially sound federal government gives them. TV meteorologists use information gathered from the National Weather Service as well as a host of other sources to predict the weather. The TV stations don't have to send up there own weather balloons or launch there own satellites. They have access to that information and much more! Increasingly, television stations are getting far more sophisticated equipment that the weather service doesn't have. This is due to federal budgets being cut while competition forces companies to invest in better technology.

 
At 9:17 AM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think that the stations in LR have that much money to spend on weather gimmicks? Apparently you must have been asleep when the last batch of "layoffs" took place in the newsrooms and other departmentsof stations in this market. Budgets are tight and will get tighter.

Besides, you can get a much more timely forecast on the internet 24/7 without having to wait for an actor/actress to appear on the tube or to update the station's website.

 
At 5:09 PM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are always investing in new weather technology. Cuts are indeed being made, but as important as weather reporting is in this state, weather is not one of those areas. Weather coverage makes and breaks television stations. You clearly do not work for a television station or have not in years. Sure, back in the day, "weathercasters" just used the weather wire to get information from the weather service. Today, meteorologists use a host of sources to create a forecast. Please, try to keep up.

 
At 5:10 PM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are always investing in new weather technology. Cuts are indeed being made, but as important as weather reporting is in this state, weather is not one of those areas. Weather coverage makes and breaks television stations. You clearly do not work for a television station or have not in years. Sure, back in the day, "weathercasters" just used the weather wire to get information from the weather service. Today, meteorologists use a host of sources to create a forecast. Please, try to keep up.

 
At 5:13 PM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some stations have money to spend on weather equipment. Not all the stations are laying people off. Some are making money. Some are moving up in ratings and revenue while others are moving down from the top of the mountain very fast. Of course, no need to mention any names.

 
At 6:29 PM, October 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Today, meteorologists use a host of sources to create a forecast. Please, try to keep up."

What you mean is tv weathercasters us a host of sources (mostly not their own) to create a guess at the forecast. I am way ahead of you. How far are you from your planned retirement? Ahh, it's nice.

 
At 8:55 AM, October 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man someone must of done you wrong. It's quite apparent you're just a bitter old whatever.

 
At 12:10 PM, October 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but not slaving away at a broadcast station.

Sales rules!

 
At 12:14 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's weathergussers mostly use radar. During severe weather they get on the air and say:

"Hey, see that spinning circle thing on the screen? That might be a tornado. If you live near that spinning circle thing, take cover now!"

During less threatening weather -- they simply get the temperature wrong and miss which days it's going to rain.

 
At 3:49 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you are truly a weather guesser, weatherman/woman, meteorologist, forecaster, or whatever you want to call it...you really can't say what tools they use, and generalize it to mean everyone. Each one is different, some lazy on-air weathercasters copy the NWS, some go to great depths to make their own forecasts. So unless you're in that position, don't judge. (Unless you want to tell us what you do for work, and allow us to pick your work apart as well.)

 
At 3:54 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, he's clearly retired and looks back on 1970's television when weathercasters ripped the forecast off the weather wire and used magic markers on their maps.

 
At 4:04 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... that was quality television back then. Sometimes warnings got on the air before they expired.

 
At 5:32 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I feel so much safer with weatherguessers instead of professional NWS employees telling me where they THINK the tornado is.

What happened to the live reports from NWS? Oh, I know. The weatherguesser wants more air time.

 
At 4:17 PM, October 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame. I really do feel sorry for Brett. This is a MAJOR come down for him.
Fox News Louisiana in Baton Rouge is horrible. It is all canned news out of Baton Rouge that airs of Fox affliates state wide.
Well the only good thing about it is at least Brett got away from KARK and it's parent company Nexstar Broadcasting, or should I say Deathstar Broadcasting.

 
At 4:22 PM, October 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to know, and I appologize in adavance for asking, but what is your hang-up with the local television meteorologists? Everything you spew in writing is negative so there must be something there. Did you attempt to get into the business and have the door slammed in your face or something? Why so much contempt and hate?

Weatherguesser? If you are going to label the the tv folks that way, then you have to also apply the label to the folks at the NWS. Their "official" forecast is based on guessing as well. Weather is NOT an exact science. The NWS offical guess is sometimes WORSE than the local guys and gals. And what's more is they (the NWS guessers and local guessers) use the same info.

 
At 1:44 PM, May 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Brett! Just so long as you are happy, everything else will follow. I miss you on local TV, but, you will still come out a winner.

 

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