I guess I’m kind of old-school in the fact that I like a good newscast. The structure is generally similar, I know they are going to usually start with a quick look at weather, then the hard news, than some special interest story, eventually getting to the full weather forecast and sports. My go-to news on weekday mornings is the Channel 9 news, WGN, here in Chicago. They tend to keep things light and fun for the most part, and sure, they’ll get serious when the story calls for it, but the news incorporates some fun audio drops during some stories, and the music bumpers in and out of commercials many times somehow relates to some of the news stories.
This morning Jim Ramsey was the designated weather dude, filling in for the generally fun Paul Konrad, and most of the time I find Jim a little stiff. I don’t know what happened this morning, though, because Mr. Ramsey looked like he was having a good old time, especially when he was hanging in the weather center, seated at the console, waving his arms and sticking his finger in his ear.
I know the morning news is generally a little more light hearted than the evening news, but for me the WGN morning people tend to do a great mix of light-heartedness and serious news, so it’s a great start to the day.
I guess while I was watching Jim Ramsey with his finger in his ear I plighted: Do you prefer your newscasts fun and light-hearted, or serious and to the point?
That’s it for this plight! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!