Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Does This Make it Official Now...

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogs Mike Francis has officially been named Chief Meteorologist at WXIA in Atlanta. If I understand this correctly..the Met Francis is replacing didn't know he was leaving until yesterday when KARK put out the news release on its website...and e-mailed out to ATN.

80 Comments:

At 7:10 PM, June 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, it's done. Let's move on now.

 
At 9:11 PM, June 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding. People are so quick to make assumptions.

 
At 9:17 PM, June 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why move on. You people never leave it alone when it's a story from the competition. This is a great big screw up on 4's part...again. Love it, you guys look like idiots!

 
At 10:21 PM, June 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw up? Why was their "screw up" banned to the early morning show and dialing for dollars? Seems to me that anyone as popular as he thought he was would be on the 5, 6 and 10.

The other two are much better, plus I hear that the replacement will be a show stopper. Just hide and watch.

 
At 6:33 AM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sonseeahray Tonsall is leaving as well

 
At 8:11 AM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gonna miss him talking to his wife during severe weather. :-)

 
At 10:23 AM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean for Chief Meteorologist!

Congrats to Mike.

 
At 1:48 PM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

michelle rupp needs to move to 4 now! they need a woman met!

 
At 8:26 PM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure that Michelle Rupp is a woman or just a man with a bad hair style?

Why has KATV get by with looking like that?

 
At 8:38 PM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 26 YES YES YES right on point I Don't Think she will Leave 7 because she has to be BI and If i Was Bi i never Wouild leave 7

 
At 8:55 PM, June 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Sonseeahray Tonsall leave her 30 min anchor job? She has been there several years.

I heard they are going to stop the 30 minute news at 7pm. They need to stop the 1 hour morning news on the Z. They repeat the same stories for 3 hours.

 
At 11:50 AM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a stairstep at 4, Jancey retires in the near future Melissa goes to 5 & 6 and Jessica goes to 5 & 10. Wendy goes to weekends and Brittany goes to the Z after Sonserray leaves, Brett goes to mornings, Greg to main met and Michelle Rupp becomme the weekend weather girl. WHEW, that was tiring. Let's hear feedback !!!

 
At 12:04 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:26 and 8:38 are disgusting and mean-spirited people.

 
At 12:08 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:04 agreed
11:50 I find it funny that not a single one of your predictions is accurate. I would know.

 
At 1:21 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part of the previous poster's are true I believe. The ones about Jancey, Melissa, and Jessica are right on target. I think they will do away with the Z newscasts. Rupp would be a good fit at 4.

 
At 1:39 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy on weekends, no. She's better than Dean and looks 10 times better on a bad day. Keep Dean on weekends.

 
At 1:47 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Moving Wendy to weekends would be such a waste of her talent. Dean should stay put.

 
At 1:48 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Melissa is next to go. Not Jancey. That changed things, now doesn't it?

 
At 7:14 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is melissa going?

 
At 8:05 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa is only on the saturday morning show. Happened about a week ago.

She announced it was to be a mommy, but week days a.m. is the best slot to be a mommy.

I think the couch was about to get to crowded with Melissa, ashley, tom and (about to be) alyse and she drew the short straw.... not 'cute and perky'

But I think she had a good presence and held the 30 and older audience, which is the audience.

THV and their bad decisions that keep them looking bad?

When are they getting a new GM. Obviously without Larry Audus they're still not making good decisions.

 
At 10:58 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trracy Beene works at VESTCOM. What is that?

 
At 11:09 PM, June 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who from the ATN paparazzi is gonna loiter outside the studios next week to see who's coming in to interview? My bets.... Rupp, Dan Skoff, and one dark horse.

 
At 7:23 AM, June 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

VESTCOM is a privately held shelf edge tag company. Supposed to be heavily invested by Stephens also. Tracy is the CEO's personal assistant. But she loves the weather business.

 
At 11:10 AM, June 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:05- think they were talking about Simas not Dunbar-gates.

 
At 3:00 PM, June 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF someone from another station is given an interview, it would be smart to meet somewhere other than at the competitors station. Just saying.

Or it will be posted on here before they walk out the door and their current job could be in jeopardy with being offered the other job.

Simas is leaving? Put her resume out there? She isn't top cute to me but she can get a good job.

 
At 5:45 PM, June 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone but me think that Stephanie Simoni is SUPER HOT?

 
At 11:46 PM, June 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK needs to snatch up Donna Terrell and have her anchor ALL broadcasts. She is the best in the state!

 
At 2:13 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Kelly is looking for a job. What would fox be without them?

 
At 6:20 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much better off !!!!

 
At 6:22 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't even beat regular programming, do they?

 
At 6:27 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dudzik keeps hoping, but she needs to get off the bottle (bleach). She is not a blonde!!!

 
At 6:35 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Donna Terrell can go to Atlanta with Mike Francis! Both of them can rub people the wrong way, her with the busy hands, and Mike just being Mike.

 
At 6:40 AM, June 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If D. Terrell is the best in the state, we are in severe trouble. Too much hand movement and way too much hair!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 5:41 AM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to Mike-- he deserves it!

As an aside-- anyone notice that KATV's mike flag was not on the front page of the paper this morning regarding one of the biggest local stories of the decade? No KARN, either.

 
At 7:20 AM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:41, please tell us what is a mike flag and what was so big about it?

 
At 9:18 AM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

train wreck

 
At 4:41 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you need a mic flag. Some stations put lav mics on the podium.

Ch. 7 was live from PCSSD at 5,6& 10.

I heard ch 11 was the only station 1) not lice at PCSDD or ADE and 2) they didn't put a reporter on the story.

 
At 5:03 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kthv never goes live. They don't have the man power.

Maybe they'll teach their mmjs to run their own live shots

 
At 6:20 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV channel seven did broadcast the interview with the ADE director, pictured on the cover of the DemGaz. Maybe they got there before or after the press conference, but to say they weren't there is far fetched when it aired.

Maybe the reporters hand got tired and he/she didn't need what the directors was saying at the time.

Some people. Love to jump to conclusions.

 
At 8:18 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who let all the civilians in?

 
At 10:53 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I said the same thing a few weeks ago. Someone put a link to this site on Facebook during the Alyson Courtney thing and now viewers and people outside the business are commenting all over. Now someone is going to say, "I wasn't aware this site was just for people 'in the business.'" And my answer to that is...well, most of us prefer it that way. Viewers can stick to Facebook.

 
At 10:55 PM, June 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And by the previous comment, I mean that no one on here should have to ask what a mic flag is.

 
At 8:02 AM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is a mmj?

 
At 10:09 AM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An mmj? .lol. im not explaining it.

 
At 11:16 AM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My relatives have been visiting this site for years and before they were on facebook. Can't wait to tell them they are not welcome by some.

 
At 6:38 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMJ is supposed to be in front of and in back of the camera as well as edit their own packages. Essentially a way for tv stations to get 3 for 1 or 2 for 1 depending. MMJ = job or jobs lost = pennys saved

 
At 8:22 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the business and I just want to say that I for one welcome anyone to post. I think the people that want outsiders to stay off the board are a loud but small minority. It's simple...if you don't like what outsiders have to say...just don't respond to their posts.

 
At 9:48 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "outsiders" are the viewers and yes they should have and voice their opinions. Where would you be if it wasn't for the "outsiders".

 
At 10:58 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are plenty of places for viewers to have a say. I just don't think this is one of those places, nor do I think people should be expected to definte mic flags and MMJ's. No matter what anyone says, there didn't used to be comments like that on this blog.

 
At 10:59 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

**that should be "define"

 
At 11:58 PM, June 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMJ's are only at THV, A*K*A a training base for kids out of college to make their mistakes then move on to better markets.

All the other stations know why not to hire 'green' and send people in teams to do the job effectively.

 
At 12:03 PM, June 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As the first poster wrote, "Ok, it's done. Let's move on."

Good Lord and amen!

 
At 4:37 PM, June 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a viewer and I like being able to post my comments on this site. I know they will get read and discussed. With that said, KTHV has gone from good to horrible. The first 11 minutes are painful. I know they are green, trying hard, and starting or changing careers, but please coach them up.

 
At 12:43 PM, June 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any guesses on how much $$ Francis will make as Chief Met in Atlanta?

 
At 2:05 PM, June 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were paying the other guy about 300K. Mike will make a fraction of that. Keep in mind he is going to a Gannett station which is looking to cut expenses.

 
At 4:41 PM, June 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much was Mike making at KARK? While we're at it, what about Brett, Ned, Barry, Todd, Ed, Tom and the Fox crew.

 
At 10:47 PM, June 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

id say Ned and Ed make the most in state tv media.

 
At 3:07 AM, June 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last I heard, Ned and Ed were making around $120k per year. Ned might be making a little more by now.

 
At 9:05 PM, June 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Atlanta. Get ready for some drama.

 
At 9:54 PM, June 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have tornadoes and smart pads. He might have 'the big one' on air.lol.

 
At 2:27 PM, June 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ned and Ed make lots more than that!!!

 
At 9:34 PM, June 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When does the Greyhound leave?

 
At 3:23 PM, June 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is there any news on a possible replacement? I figure with Mike's last day being Friday that they would've moved pretty quick. Insiders? Help us out!

 
At 6:19 PM, June 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will be waiting until the good bye party is over. Party is expected to last about five minutes.

 
At 6:24 PM, June 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really think they'll wait that long? I was expecting to see a replacement named relatively quickly... where they caught that far off guard? Or do they just not get in a hurry?

I, for one, wouldn't be thrilled to be a part of a weather staff that is just going to be stuck filling in on that morning shift until a replacement is named.

 
At 10:20 PM, June 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it not be funny if the man who was let go in Atlanta, who Francis is replacing, were to come here in Francis' place.

 
At 10:48 AM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not really.

 
At 11:02 PM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure it would, Mike. Latest word is that you may be in limbo at this time.

 
At 8:13 AM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike is not in limbo. He starts in Atlanta in 2 weeks. People can be so rude on here.

 
At 3:34 PM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good.

 
At 3:37 PM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike is not in limbo. He starts in Atlanta in 2 weeks. People can be so rude on here.

Yes they can, but most are tickled that all the drama is going to be gone and a real met will be on in the mornings, Noon and 5,6 and 10.

 
At 8:15 AM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know where sonseeahray is going?

 
At 8:24 AM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is sonseeahray leaving?

 
At 11:08 AM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know WHY tonsall left but I do know she kept getting replaced by 'cute' newcomers and that would take a toll on me.

She was an anchor but I never once saw her because they put her on their extra channel, less important, less viewers.

 
At 5:12 PM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a while she was the weekend anchor.

 
At 11:25 AM, July 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nextstar probably moved her to another job because they did not want a "Pam Smith" situation !!!

 
At 11:42 AM, July 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tonsall was also the morning anchor for awhile after Melissa Simas was moved to evenings.

 
At 8:46 PM, July 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, where is this going? It's been almost three weeks since they made the announcement that he was leaving. Any leads? I mean, you'd think they'd already have someone selected.

 
At 5:53 PM, July 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still think it would be hilarious if the dude from Atlanta came here and replaced him. Hey, when management does things, they do them. No rhyme or reason.

 
At 9:33 PM, July 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, management always kinda marches to the beat of no drum when it comes to decisions like that. However, if I were Brett and Greg, I wouldn't enjoy all of the overtime without knowing that relief was on its way soon.

 

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