Thursday, December 06, 2018

KANSAS CITY CORPORATE JOURNALISM CUTBACKS: BUYOUTS CONTINUES AT FOX4 AS SPORT NEWSIES CALL IT QUITS!!!



Last night Kansas City sports legend Al Wallace announced his retirement after an illustrious 40-year career.

That's him on the far left of the lead photo for those who don't know.

Social media says longtime Fox4 sports & news guy Jason Lamb is also out.

Amid the WDAF sale to Nexstar it's clear that heads are rolling and the retirement of weather dude Mike Thompson was simply the first to start the TV news bloodletting.

There are many hot takes on social media that offer knee-jerk perspective but this long form blog post shares a more informed perspective.

Checkit:

RR Blog: On The Cheap

Money line:

"WDAF is killing the last of its local sports legacy by letting Al Wallace and Jason Lamb go. Less expensive reporters will fill their roles. It's the final stake driven through the heart of an outstanding sports department that started when Frank Boal was let go more than nine years ago. Few people are left that remember that Boal and others are a major reason for WDAF's ratings resurgence almost 40 years ago."

Meanwhile, we hear this isn't the last of the buyouts and bloodletting at this local TV juggernaut.

Developing . . .

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great link.

They need to hire more sports babes.

THAT is the future.

Sorry.

Anonymous said...

And not Karen Kornacki types.

Anonymous said...

Please let Mark Alford be the next to go.

Anonymous said...

Al and Jason Lamb are good people and I'll miss them. Screw corporate America. I'll be watching a lot less Fox 4. Oh yeah, what about Mark Alford? The guy simply cannot do his job. He cannot read a teleprompter. He stumbles over nearly every word and it is maddening. I don't watch him anyways. I watch Jade DeGood and her fantastic boobs on 41.

Anonymous said...

The really good television journalists who are actually real reporters know that their careers depend on making just a brief stop in a small market like KC and then moving on to more serious things.
For the long-timers locally, it's just a matter of time before there are ownership or management changes or financial issues that cause downsizings or terminations.
Buyouts are about the best they can hope for.
Just please don't look for jobs in local government.

Anonymous said...

Nakednews.com

Anonymous said...

Not from here but it seems midwesterners are basically assholes.

Anonymous said...

7"07--I'm from here and it seems that most outsiders are assholes go back from whence you came

Anonymous said...

More dog stories.
I don't give a shit who reads them.

Anonymous said...

Assholes? Pretty damn close.

Anonymous said...

Hire some hot young sluts that look like they just got fucked. Have them wear really short skirts. Have them do the news from a couch, givin frequent upskirt shots.
Well probably get some millennial homosexuals that think health care and college should be free.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. His schlocky morning show persona is fucking annoying beyond belief. Such a try-hard. The Fox 4 girls may be hot but you can just tell they are the biggest cunts who ever walked the town.

Anonymous said...

Ignorant simpletons more like it. Muh sports gamez and food and beer and lifted trucks!

Anonymous said...

7:43--You must be talking about Alford. Seems like the morning ladies on that show just tolerate him because they have to. He's a walking, talking sexual harassment suit waiting to happen. Out in public he acts like he's cock of the walk because he's a local T.V. personality and rides a motorcycle that he can barely get on to. One of these days somebody's gonna' bust that vertically challenged smart ass prick right in the mouth.

Anonymous said...

"we hear this isn't the last of the buyouts "

Yeah the voices in Tony's head.

Anonymous said...

Only old people watch local news. Nobody cares what they want, as they are nobody's target demographic.

Anonymous said...

Wallace and Lamb were probably the best TV news guys in the business. They didn't do that fanboy shit that others did. They will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see them go. This is a DAMN shame.

Anonymous said...

^^really? Really? Who watches the news? Jesus old man...get a hobby!

Anonymous said...

Tony watches the news.

Then posts it here for geezers to crank off on.

Anonymous said...

Will they offer a buyout to Mark Alford please.

Anonymous said...

We should be so lucky. He’s such a moron and I’m amazed that 4 has kept him around as long as they have. He’s truly the type the word douchebag was created to describe.

JoCoPost said...

I like Mark.
--Tracy
I like beer.
--Justice Kavanaugh

Anonymous said...

Rule #1 for all employees - you WILL be replaced by cheaper, younger and better-looking people. Loyalty to any company is a fool's choice.

Anonymous said...

Tracy I'bet if you asked real nicely and sweetly Alford would give you a chance to ride on something.

Chris said...

I became a ch 4 person years ago when ch 5 dropped sports. Different era now. 2 all sports radio stations plus Twitter sports info galore. The TV sportsfolks have little impact.