Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Changes on The Way at KSLA?....

 From the tip box:


STEPHEN PARR DEPARTING KSLA IN THE SUMMER.

56 Comments:

At 3:05 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, what, WHAAT!!! StormTracker Steve is leaving? Say it isn't so.

 
At 3:29 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe they've been advertising for a chief meteorologist for some time on the Raycom Employment Website.

 
At 6:58 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does KSLA always look to hire a new chief meteorologist from outside instead of promoting from within? I guess Patrick Dennis was the one exception. What about morning show Ron Young? Wasn't he chief meteorologist at KTAL for like 100 years?

 
At 8:17 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 6:58 pm

I was thinking the same thing. Ol' Ron still has a smooth delivery.....

 
At 11:07 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSLA's GM doesn't think that way, he has to pick on-air talent that is a clone-version of himself in some way. Think about it...Simon, Parr, Warner....they all have similar styles and mannerisms.

 
At 11:21 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's obvious. At least Simon and Parr can read a teleprompter. Warner bumbles, fumbles, and stumbles his way through every newscast. And his ad libs are embarrassing.

 
At 11:45 PM, January 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing Alyse Eady on THV tonight (replacing C.O.) I am confident she can replace any anchor or reporter in this market.

She is the only personality I have seen here lately that is network quality. Like to see her on Fox News.

 
At 6:58 AM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you said she was "network" quality?

 
At 9:27 AM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awful for KSLA. STS is by FAR the best Met in the market, and no offense to Ron, but he couldn't hang during a tornado outbreak. He's a fine morning met, but not evening stuff.

Steve is also the most liked person at the station... not a good sign that he's on the way out.

I hope he's moving on to bigger and better.

- Former coworker

 
At 9:52 AM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse isn't blonde, she wouldn't fit the Fox bimbo mold.

 
At 12:14 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Steve is also the most liked person at the station... not a good sign that he's on the way out.
I hope he's moving on to bigger and better.

- Former coworker"

Thank you Barack Shapiro!

 
At 5:16 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch!

 
At 8:00 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep - KSLA's chief meteorologist position was posted earlier this month.

Now what are we going to do? Inclimate weather this weekend, and StormTracker Steve will most likely be at home packing.

Where's he going?

 
At 8:24 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know. Don't care.

 
At 10:50 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!! I SAW A SNOW-FLAKE...WAIT...THERE'S ANOTHER ONE !! OMG!!! OMG!!! GO LIVE NOW!!! GO LIVE NOW!!! CUT IN!!! CUT IN!!! LIVES ARE AT STAKE !!!

 
At 10:57 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this the same guy that broke into an LSU football game a few years ago and made so many people mad?

 
At 11:01 PM, January 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was Barack Shapiro who was joined by Storm Tracker Steve as they double-teamed coverage on the possible tornado in Tyler that never was. The Storm Tracker Team really stepped all over themselves with track shoes on that one...and like you, people haven't forgotten it.
The next day or so the GM did a pompous, "we're sorry (not really) for upsetting football fans but we really know what's best for our viewers" editorial that folks reacted to with as much negativity as you could imagine.
Local TV dorks both on-air and in management think they know their audience but they're just shilling warmed-over snot and calling it "Coverage You Can Count On"

 
At 3:46 AM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV weather HAS gotten awfully exciting over the last few years.

Used to be that weather was just a short segment in between the Shreveport auto accidents & shootings & before the sports report.

Now a little breeze comes up and the tin roof gets blown off of a four-nest chicken house in Karnack - and we get start to finish coverage to include on the scene interviews.

Maybe we just crave pseudo excitement these days.

 
At 12:29 PM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve is leaving to try some personal ventures. Report is true. He will not remain in the "market" when he leaves. Timing is related to wife's school teaching job end.

 
At 12:57 PM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KSLA holds true to form, the next chief met will be Mark Scirto, Cedric Haynes, or Britt Collar from their Raycom sister station KLTV in Tyler.

 
At 6:12 PM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raycom's going to have to change its employment website.

Old Stormtracker Steve is the poster boy for the virtues of working there.

I watch the west coast feeds from several Los Angeles stations. Seems like turnover is a contant there too.

 
At 7:30 PM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

StormYacker Steve, I won't miss your constipated delivery or your over-hyped weathercast one single bit.
Maybe they'll move away from cartoon-character weathermen and go for a more professional broadcaster approach. No..wait a second, this is Shreveport still, oh a gal can dream can't she?

 
At 8:22 PM, January 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I thought you said she was "network" quality?"

6:58 AM, January 23, 2014

Uh, I believe that is what I said. Can you read?

 
At 1:20 PM, January 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:12 PM

What do you expect for a bunch of W donor from Montgomery AL?

Which LA stations and newscasts are you referring too? I don't know about the morning shows, but KNBC has had the same primary evening anchors for years. And all of them are over 40.

 
At 4:22 PM, January 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather people come and go. I guess that's just Parr for the course.

 
At 4:10 PM, January 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhonda Lee is still around.

 
At 7:28 PM, January 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ksla got new graphics. They look awful IMO

 
At 7:39 PM, January 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Rhonda working these days?
I've not seen nor heard a peep about her doing anything except posting on Facebook.

 
At 11:29 AM, January 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the new Raycom package…. it looks so horrible and ugly…. I wish they would go back to the other.

 
At 6:34 PM, January 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please! They're not that bad. They look a lot like the old red, white, and blue graphics package we used to have at KTAL.

 
At 8:02 PM, January 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're awful! And their set was designed with ther old graphics in mind. Now the graphics clash with their own set

 
At 9:21 PM, January 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good, now they have something else in common in KTBS.

 
At 10:00 PM, January 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ksla has red graphics with an orange/blue background? Whose idea was that? At least KTAL and it's all dang color have matching graphics and set.

 
At 8:05 AM, January 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they want to hire Mike Francis. He is longer at WXIA in Atlanta.

 
At 9:35 AM, January 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestion Little Rock.

 
At 1:57 PM, January 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The graphics are ok. They are what they are. At least I can see the time and temp bug much better. I like KTAL's graphics the best. KSLA's 2nd, and KTBS' last. Red and gold is fine for Christmas, but not all year.

 
At 8:56 PM, January 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with that statement. They really do remind me of the old KTAL graphics like a previous comment had pointed out.

 
At 1:08 AM, January 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez ! Do people really give a rats patootie about a few seconds of graphics ? Ya'll really don't have much to talk about.

 
At 9:54 AM, January 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were you drunk, stoned, or both when you posted that?

 
At 10:43 AM, January 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from Colorado !

 
At 11:29 AM, January 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree, I read quite a few forums about local TV news and it seems the Shreveport section has the most commentary about station image and graphics than most others.
Isn't there anything better to rant about here?

 
At 11:33 AM, January 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So exactly when is StormTracker Steve leaving? Any more news about his replacement? I have no doubt they'll bring in one of the Mets from Tyler like a previous comment had suggested.

 
At 7:43 PM, February 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Storm-Yakker Steve! That was funny whoever said it. Ron Young will never be put as Chief Meteorologist because someone pointed out earlier that GM James will have to hand-pick someone that fits his mold which is someone white and probably ultra-dorky.

 
At 12:57 PM, February 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be Mark Scrito, the chief met at KLTV in Tyler. The same station "StormTracker Steve" came from.

 
At 1:47 PM, February 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Future Track has not been predicting very well." That is what Ron Young said, on air, during the News at Noon today. Admitting there's a problem is the first step to recovery.

 
At 2:02 PM, February 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 1:47 pm

Will we be able to "track" their progress in rehab.......

 
At 12:35 PM, February 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why StormTracker Steve is leaving?

 
At 4:40 PM, February 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, that elusive winter weather has made it in to Shreveport. Woo-hoo! I LOVE being paid to stay home! Yet one more thing on my growing list of "things I do not miss about broadcasting."

 
At 2:30 PM, February 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?!! No wall-to-wall Coverage U Can Count On regarding the Winter Storm of the Decade!!! Come on KSLA Storm-Yakkers, where's that spirit?

An icicle 7 inches long just crashed on my driveway... send the LIVE-TRUCK PRONTO!!

;)

 
At 3:55 PM, February 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO! Goo one 2:30 PM. I'm surprised they didn't jump on that. They've done it before.

 
At 7:13 PM, February 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised we didn't have wall to wall wx coverage on all three stations. They do it for tornado events, so why not this event?

 
At 10:09 AM, February 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll say this: that home emergency power-generator company was running spots all over KSLA during this winter storm. The guy who owns that company really understands topical advertising.

 
At 12:21 PM, February 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because most of his spots run primarily on KSLA and primarily during newscasts.

 
At 7:25 PM, March 19, 2014, Blogger Michael Hetrick said...

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At 7:27 PM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No surprise. His contract is up with the station and he's tired of KSLA and the Raycom crap. He's never liked the "StormTracker Steve" nickname that was forced upon his by consultants, the station and Raycom. Plus, he's tired of KSLA. Who wouldn't be?

 
At 5:29 AM, June 20, 2014, Blogger Eva the Diva said...

Your new Chief Meteorologist, Jeff Castle, is great! We'll miss him here in Huntsville, AL. You are getting a true professional and one who gives calm & factual info. Miss him already.

 

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