Monday, October 25, 2010

KSLA GM Addresses Storm Coverage and ReRun of LSU Game

This from KSLA.com

Thank you for expressing your concerns about the broadcast of the LSU game on KSLA News 12. Please know we only interrupt programming when it is absolutely necessary. During the game Tornado Warnings were issued for a portion of our viewing area…affecting about 50,000 of our viewers. It is our responsibility and obligation to inform those in the path of the storm. Tornados can be deadly. We continue our Tornado Warning coverage until the danger passes.

During the LSU game we did go to a split screen, keeping the game up as well as our storm coverage. We did have a delay in going to the split screen and we have taken measures to correct that for the future.

Tonight, at 8:00pm the LSU-Auburn game will be rebroadcast on the CBS College Sports Network on the following channels:

Comcast Cable 732
SuddenLink Cable 123
Dish Network 152
DirecTV 613

KSLA News 12 will televise the Alabama at LSU game at 2:30 p.m. on November 6th. The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 SEC) are 12th in AP, Harris Interactive and BCS Standings and 13th in the USA Today rankings. The Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 SEC) are sixth in the latest AP, USA Today and Harris Interactive polls and seventh in the BCS Standings.

Thank you for watching KSLA News 12,
James Smith, KSLA New 12 Vice-President/General Manager

22 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People wanted to watch the game live!!! Not days later...it would have been different of the other stations did the same coverage..and on sunday they were scared!! they wouldnt stay cut in the entire time during the nfl games..scared!

 
At 5:18 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GM's editorial said they had an obligation to "protect" us? Uh...how's that work? Maybe an obligation to "warn us" but protect? That's a bit over-the-top if you ask me.
Come on KSLA...you got in a peeing contest over who has the best weather coverage and you let your arrogance & ego get the best of you. Well looks like you wound up peeing in the wind and look what happened.

 
At 5:20 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW maybe next time yall are so busy concerned about football yall will get blown away. Then we will know fo sure yall weren't watching 12

 
At 5:29 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I underrstand that channel 12 has an obligation to notify us of the threat of severe weather, but for 68 stright minutes? Barak had nothing new to say after 5 minutes and sounded like a deer in headlights trying to stall and fill dead air. The only thing dead that Barak could hear, was the GM's, career. James Smith runs the worst station in the market and should be fired.
By the way, when the storms actually reached the TX/LA state line, KSLA went back to normal programming. Even the Tyler stations did not cut out for this long, and that's where the storms were, not in KSLA's viewing area.

 
At 5:32 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree..these storms were within the KSLA viewing area...BUT still, they went too far...Split screen is the STUPIDEST idea ever. The ticker can tell you to seek shelter...

 
At 9:14 PM, October 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well technically the ADI is Shreveport Texarkana and the other is Tyler-Longview. But yes..the storms were in the TSA broadcast area so it was valid for KSLA to air warnings. But as noted, when the storms crossed the stateline...finally reaching the the immediate S'port-Bossier area...KSLA quit broadcasting warnings. ???? Anyone who saw it will attest...this was a bit much. The other stations had warning crawls & weather radar bugs. If the NOAA upgraded the warnings...I'm sure they'd have cut in when appropriate.

 
At 12:23 AM, October 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd bet they'd cut in...and talk and talk and talk and talk.

 
At 8:23 AM, October 26, 2010, Anonymous Roy D. Mercer said...

Ya'll have said it well. To add insult to injury we had the same scenario play out Sunday evening. The NFL late game was screwed up. Then no 60 minutes and only a small portion of The Amazing Race. All this while other stations showed graphics and broke in for 2 minutes for an update and didn't do the "Barak Babble" for 2 hours.

With the advent of digital TV, and these stations having several channels, KSLA should have put the continuous coverage on their weather channel, 12.2.

 
At 12:40 PM, October 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ksla was only on air while the storms were severe.please forgive us texans that wanted to know if we were gonna get blown away.

 
At 3:02 PM, October 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, well KSLA overdid it...a scroll would have been fine when they knew NO new info!!

 
At 3:16 PM, October 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think KSLA did all you LSU fans a favor. Did you realllyyyyy wanna see that butt whippin????

 
At 8:29 PM, October 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in East Texas and get Shreveport TV and was personally glad that KSLA was on the air, when other didn't care about their viewers. So LAY OFF!

 
At 10:42 PM, October 28, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peoples safety are far more important that a goddamn foot ball game. if these peoples lives and homes were threatened I bet they would shut their asses up. COMEON you titty babys get the hell over it!!!! and BTW james smith doesnt owe an explanation. KSLA was not violating any fcc regulations. LSU SUX ASS ANY HOW!!!!!

 
At 6:39 AM, November 02, 2010, Anonymous nicksaban said...

i'm madder'n hell! I waited all season to see the LSU LoSUrs get stomped and when it happened those idiots at KSLA had to spoil it. I think they did it on purpose to hide Les Miles' whuppin! No freakishly lucky break this week!

 
At 9:03 AM, November 11, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is KSLA viewing ares??
Dallas, Lt. Rock, Jackson, Gulf Coast?????

 
At 8:26 AM, November 12, 2010, Anonymous TheHat said...

So nicksatan, How'd that LSU-Bama turn out ????

 
At 8:01 PM, November 14, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSLA viewing area: market ADI: Texarkana-Shreveport but signal countours include Longview, TX to the west, Monroe-Eldorado to the East, Hope-Prescott, Ar to the North, Natchitoches - Winnfield, LA to the South. More or less.

 
At 2:10 PM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSLA has got high-def, doppler storm-tracking radar, a new set and poor judgement on how to best use it all. You ETex folks who are worried about "getting blown away"...well considering that every time a raindrop falls out of the sky, every weathercaster from Tyler-Longview to Texarkana to Shreverport to Monroe issues weather advisories. And that's not including the National Weather Service either. So I doubt you'll be lacking for weather updates. The main difference is some weathercasters merely report timely advisories whereas others like to inflate their weathercast significance. So get a grip on reality and breathe easy, you'll not be left out unless your power goes off...then you better get under a heavy table or in a closet.

As for KSLA...their manager reeks of hubris when he comes on with such a lame-assed "apology". And the on-air staff come across with such a schmarmy air of self-importance, it's enough to make you sick. Sirmon's delivery is that of a bad college radio announcer, Storm-blather Steve sounds so full of himself as if to be constipated and Barak is so sing-songy when he speaks ...you get the feeling he's just killing time. When I stumble on KSLA news...I quickly switch to something else. KSLA News or WE TRACK STORMS has lotsa new toys but they've lost a lot over the years as far as solid reputation as far as I'm concerned.

 
At 6:54 AM, November 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire the KSLA GM for replying and defending his decision. However, this competition of stations all trying to do the same thing at the same time seems antiquated. It seems like the public would be better served if one station in each market would interrupt programming for such matters. I think it's time for stations to consider leaving the 1950's standard for news programming too. Why do all stations run their local news at the same time, with the exception of Fox in some markets? I am glad to see some stations doing more local programming lately. The days of needing affiliates to deliver network programming is now 2 decades behind the times. The public would be much better served if the "affiliates" would produce local programming and let cable and satellite bring us the networks. Some newspapers are going out of business today because they've waited too long to adapt to changing times. The "affiliates" may be next.

 
At 8:49 PM, December 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez...the above post sounds like it was written by a Raycom media consultant or someone from AR&D. "Quack".

 
At 3:44 PM, December 10, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSLA goes overboard on all it's weather coverage. I usually just go to my smart phone for severe weather info instead of watching.

 
At 4:32 PM, December 13, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At KSLA, the wind not only blows. . . it SUCKS!!

 

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