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I don't watch Ch4 news anymore

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I don't watch Ch4 news anymore

Post by deadend » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:46 pm

My grandparents always watched WDIV Ch4 for news. It was the go-to source for local happenings. When I was a child, my mother always had on Ch4 for news because that's what her parents had always watched. As I set out in the world I too always watched Ch4 for news. Ch2 and 7 were afterthoughts. IMO, this is how a lot of channels and stations have such a following: its what your parents watched so its what you'll end up watching too. The same usually goes for political views, but that's another matter entirely.

I grew up watching the likes of Mort Crim, Carmen Harlen (who I know many on here don't like), Bernie (there's another one), Emery King, Chuck Gaidica, etc. They became part of our daily routine. As the years went by and reporters got older they would retire or move on to other pastures. WDIV replaced Mort Crim with Devin Scillian, Carmen with Kimberly Gill, KooKoo Attaboy, and so on...all respectable at their jobs. They had a few weak reporters but they were mostly relegated to weekend mornings or fluff pieces.

Over the last few years I stopped watching Ch4 in the morning for a few reasons. 1 was that it wasn't local after a certain point and The Today Show would essentially knock it off the air. 2 the overly giddy and happy weather guy in the morning turned me off and the 3rd and main reason is from so many unrelated sources is that Rhonda Walker is one stuck up, rude diva. Absolutely unlikeable, to the point where I can not look at her with out thinking of all the stories Ive heard about people encountering her over the years and not think about that. So I started watching Ch2 in the morning. I like Roop, Deena, Jessica Starr and their street reporters, but I don't like those two creepy weather guys on there. But oh well. I still watched Ch4 in the evenings.

That is until they promoted HankTTHHHHH Wintttthhhchestthhhhrrrrr. I can not stand this guy. I found myself scrambling for the remote any time he was on, and switching to another station. The whole Helpthhhh Mettthhh Hankttthhhhh shtick in so laughable. The promos for it are terrible and the reports themselves are even worse. He's got a speech impediment which I'm sure he cant help, but why would they put him in such a position where he'd be a main player? He obviously doesn't have the skills. He does, however, have the mannerisms of a teenage girl with all the weird head gestures and hand movements. He started out on fluff pieces and that was fine, but not serious reporting. So between him, loud mouth obnoxious Paula Tutman and constant promos for Helptthhhhh Mettthhhh Hanktthhhth, I found myself leaving Ch2 on for the local news source for the entire day. I got tired of trying to scramble for the remote any time Hanky came on because he is cringe worthy to watch.

It makes me wonder if my children be Ch2 views for life now that Ive made the switch? Its amazing that primarily one bad reporter/special investigator changed what was a decades long viewing habit in my family. I'm sure the same goes for radio. So Ill continue to watch Ch2 for local news all day, even with the two creepy weather guys (Derek Kvra and Alan Longstreet).

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Re: I don't watch Ch4 news anymore

Post by lovinlife101 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:36 pm

Hank Winchethter ith unwatchable, no doubt about it.

I think theeth thtationth are run by amateurth.

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Re: I don't watch Ch4 news anymore

Post by Jamalwashingtonmedia » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:58 pm

You may not like the reporters today, but at least show some respect for their given names.

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Re: I don't watch Ch4 news anymore

Post by NS8401 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:27 pm

Jamalwashingtonmedia wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:58 pm
You may not like the reporters today, but at least show some respect for their given names.
Or as was done above write it the way he says it... the guy has an awful lisp...

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