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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

We Are Marshall green carpet media coverage...

As can be expected, WSAZ and WOWK gave extensive coverage to the We Are Marshall premier this evening. Here are some of the winners and losers from the event coverage.

  • Winner: The Families. The families of the crash victims were given the utmost respect throughout the process. The WSAZ interview with their sportscaster Keith Morehouse (who's father was on the flight) was particularly poignant. The media has done a good job telling their story with respect and dignity.
  • Loser: Tim Irr. He kept trying to give away key plot points in the movie.
  • Winner: Penny Moss. She kept Irr in check quite well. Her Clay Aiken-inspired mouth cover was welcomed by all of us at home.
  • Loser: Bill Murray. In his live report from the memorial at Spring Hill Cemetery, he picked up various items left at the marker by mourners. He should go to the Vietnam Memorial and see what happens if he tries that same little trick. Overall, it was a pretty shameless act of crassness from Murray, who is usually one of the market's top journalists.
  • Winner: Matthew Fox and Red Dawson. Fox had nothing but kind things to say about Dawson and the city of Huntington. Dawson showed the kind of class that might get him elected sheriff in '08 if he chooses to run.
  • Winner/Loser: Matthew McConaughey. This might be harsh, as he had nothing but kind words, but he seemed kind of tipsy. But he has been a cheerleader for the city and the university in recent days, so all is forgiven
  • Winner: Spencer Adkins. The little weatherman who could held his own interviewing the Hollywood big shots.
  • Loser: Joe Manchin. No one really believes that he is a Marshall fan.
  • Winner: Jessica Ralston. Further proved her anchor chops as she held down the fort in the newsroom.

Overall, pretty good coverage. I'd give it a B+.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrific analysis, Chris. I was able to stand in press row, right beside Extra reporter and Huntington native Katie Joel (pictures on my site tomorrow), and was able to overhear each interview she did. I was touched with Matt Fox's sensitivity and attachment to Red Dawson. Those two really seemed to love each other a great deal.

And McConeaughy WAS tipsy!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McConauhey looked more than a little glassy-eyed. I'm sure it was just the excitement of being back in Huntington.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006  
Blogger Chris James said...

Josh, I must respectfully disagree. While anyone that has caught her subbing for one of the morning anchors can attest that she is indeed not at her best before noon, she is awesome in the evening hours. her newsreadign style is likable, matter-of-fact, and non-condescending.

As far as the eye candy thing goes, she is definately someone that cultural mores would identify as "very attractive," but unfortunately that is just how the TV news business goes.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006  
Blogger The Film Geek said...

I agree, Chris. For me, Jessica is a breath of fresh journalism air in this area. A smart, independent, professional who also happens to be attractive.

Thursday, December 14, 2006  
Blogger Barbie Girl said...

Yeah, my word for McConaughey last week would have been stoned. He was real glassy eyed.

Monday, December 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You linked to the wrong "Red Dawson" in wikipedia.

Unless he died in 1983, that is.

Monday, November 26, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Thanks for the note, anon. When I linked to it a year ago, it was the correct guy (if I remember correctly). Articles on the 'pedia re changed and moved so often that it is hard to keep track. I'll update the link when I get a chance.

Monday, November 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Ralston was recently featured on "Inside Edition".
Also, Martin Staunton from WOWK is leaving to go to WOAY in Beckley.

Friday, March 07, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

Oh wow. I wish that I had caught that.

What was the JR story about??

Also, wasn't Staunton at WOAY waaaay back in the day?

Friday, March 07, 2008  

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