Thursday, July 5, 2007

Baby Blogs Abound... And One Guy's Still Around

One new TV news mom and a TV news mother-to-be are blogging about their baby experiences.

WOWT (Cox Channel 8) evening co-anchor Tracy Madden debuted her blog ("While I'm Away") on Monday, while KETV (Cox Channel 9) morning co-anchor Elictia Hammond has been writing about her bed rest ("Elictia's Baby Watch") since June 12.

In her second entry, Madden relates how the name of her new (and first) daughter provoked a "strong response" from a close relative:

My husband called a very close relative to share the news and here's how the conversation went.

Relative: "So what did you name her?"

Sean (my husband): "Drew"

Relative: After a VERY long pause "Well you don't hear that one very often, do you?"


Hammond Shows Off 'Tummy Expansion'

Left to right: At four months, five months and six months.

Hammond is a regular guest on her own newcast, regular phoning in to give updates (which are available for download on the blog). She is due to deliver a twin boy and girl sometime in September. It will be the first children for Hammond and her husband, Jim.

Sigmond Lives On
While trolling for the latest update on Hammond's blog, it was discovered that KETV's normally up-to-the-minute website (powered by Internet Broadcasting and locally produced by Managing Editor Shiloh Woolman) still features the bio for consumer-reporter-turned-investment-representative Mike Sigmond.

After giving his bosses four months' notice, Sigmond's last day at the station was at the end of the May ratings period.

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Anonymous said...

Just what the already self-satisfied Hammond needed: an "All About Me" blog. Some women become more attractive during pregnancy; too bad E-lick-tia is immune to that effect.

Anonymous said...

where did Sigmond go?

Dingbat said...

The references to people with "duel citizenship" that "arrive from oversee's" and the fact that she's "not of Asian decent" (all within the same paragraph) lead me to believe that Elictia wasn't hired for her spelling abilities.

As for the topic heading of "My Daily Routine...On My Back". As tempting as it is, I won't make any remarks.

Anonymous said...

Are there NO original ideas in local TV news? Please, someone put an end to the anchor-turned-mommy diaries/blogs/feature segments. Here's a thought...maybe local TV reporters and news managers could start developing contacts, generating stories ideas and become real journalists!

Anonymous said...

Call me old fashioned, but personal lives (including new babies) should not be shown on station website blogs and mixed with business! Congrats to both (though I despise Amarosa Hammond), but how 'bout try something different, don't mix your work and your damn personal lives and drama, they dont belong in business!!!! Work+Personal life= BAD IDEA!!!

Anonymous said...

Next thing you know, Elicita will want to breast feed on the set of the newsplex during live broadcast. F***K THAT!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

WHO GIVES A RATS REAR END ABOUT THEIR LIVES OUTSIDE OF WORK! I WANT THE NEWS!!!!

Sean Weide said...

News on Mike Sigmond's departure from KETV:

http://omahacityweekly.com/article.php?id=3425

Anonymous said...

6:27 AM:

What a novel idea...go after the news. Why would anyone want to do that?

Anonymous said...

All this makes you respect Jane Pauley, who was firm in her refusal to use her kids as ratings fodder.

Women: if you want a career, make it based on your skill in doing the job, not your ability to reproduce. Using your kid as a meal ticket is pathetic.

Anonymous said...

People need to realize that these women never volunteer to do these blogs, etc, the bosses at the TV stations require it. In fact, TV bosses in this market have been known to strongly encourage some female talent to have kids in the first place.

Before you pick on the female talent, ask yourself if you'd be willing to tell your boss to shove it if he/she asked you to write a blog about your pregnancy, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I would tell them to shove it. If he or she didn't like what they heard they can tell that to the court when I sue them for discrimination.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, that's so easy just to sue whenever you're pissed off about something. Are you kidding me?

Win or lose (proving discrimination is very difficult) you'd be blackballed from the industry. And, trust me, anyone who is in the television business is in it because they want to be, so they wouldn't do something that would cause irreprable harm to their career choice.

Anonymous said...

I found the Elictia Hammond blog particularly fascinating.

I mean, who among us does not want to read the endlessly exciting adventures of a woman on bed rest!

I smell a motion picture deal coming out of this:

"BED REST!"
(This summer, will one woman defy doctor's orders?!?)

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Anonymous 11:57:

It's nice to see you're still hanging around Omaha, Tracy Jacim!

Anonymous said...

Yes. Its a far wiser thing for a company to fire a woman while they are on maternity leave or while they are assigned to bed rest for the duration of their pregnancy.

Yeah, nobody in the viewing audience would find anything amiss about that.

Anonymous said...

is she getting paid for the bed rest stories? got to feed those kids somehow!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know who it is that holds these women down and forces them to do these blogs. I think 10:09 AM stretches (no pun intended...ah what the hell...make any joke you want) the truth just a bit.

Anonymous said...

Sean,

For the love of all that is good in the world. I beg of your senses, okay I actually beg of you to remove the 3 pictures of E. Hammond from your blog.

Those are truly frightening. It appears that as each month passes her smile becomes more evil and sinister. It's almost like she knows of a secret about the unborn child and what she is breeding (allow me a side note - bad visual thinking of her breeding).

I'm sure the child will turn out fine. I mean think of it - we've already passed the date of June 6, 2006 as a possible birthdate. Plus, a series of "Alien" movies have already been made.

Agh! Those photos simply make the hair on the back of one's neck stand up!

Another topic - Mike Sigmond still being on the website. Maybe Mike was Shiloh and Shiloh was Mike.

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