Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bill Randby Quoted In World-Herald Story

For the first time in a long time, the Omaha World-Herald reached out to a TV station for information.

KETV-7 Chief Meteorologist Bill Randby is quoted in Saturday's editions of the newspaper in a story headlined, "Forecasting winter weather an inexact science."

Reporters Michael Avok and Tom Shaw provided direct quotes from Randby in the front page, above-the-fold story. They also sourced weather forecasts for Sunday from two other Omaha TV stations, KMTV and WOWT.

KPTM's forecast was not referenced even though it was posted online immediately after the station's 9 p.m. newscast. (In it, Chief Meteorologist Tyson Pearsall called for 2-4 inches of snow on Sunday.)

According to the newspaper story, the World-Herald's weather consulting service, AccuWeather, calls for 2-4 inches of snow on Sunday. KMTV and KETV forecasts agree with that total, while WOWT predicted a "60 to 70 percent chance" of snowfall. The Weather Channel forecast also calls for that same snowfall percentage while the National Weather Service forecast office in Valley predicts 1-3 inches of snow.

86 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe OWH hasn't teamed up with one of the big three for a news cover story. Newspapers in most markets do this with great success. Talk about a win-win.

Anonymous said...

KETV's airing a 1 hour newscast on Sundays at 10p.m.

Anonymous said...

What a waste of column inches! There was no relevant information in the article at all. The front page is usually reserved for hard news, but not at the OWH. In fact, they buried the story of the tragic York College van accident on the Sports page! A wrestler was killed in that crash on I-29 near Little Sioux and it is reported on the sports page??? Yet, when the Huskers win, or lose, or Tom Osbourne sneezes, they plaster THAT all over the front page! Someone at the Omaha World-Herald has a poor judgment of priority.

omanews said...

8:36 -

Switch to decaf.

Anonymous said...

Enough with the obsession over minor celebrities being quoted or tracked in the newspaper. Last I checked, I don't see the TV stations quoting the World-Herald on anything, including the stories they read on air. And since when is the top of the front page of the Sports section "burying" a story? Judging by the most-read story list on omaha.com, their sports section is the most well-read section in the paper.

The wise man said...

No, the sports section is the most well-read section on Omaha.com. Nobody subscribes to the newspaper anymore.

Anonymous said...

The Weird-Harold is NOTORIOUS for burying anything relating to the sport of wrestling. Stu Pospisil is the most dubious prep writer on the planet, and he'd just as soon lick a basketball coach's nut sack after a two-hour workout than cover wrestling.

If it doesn't include the words Husker AND football or Creighton AND basketball, it's really not worth their time or effort to give quality coverage to. Ask anybody with an interest in anything other than those two programs and they will tell you the same.

To a lesser extent, the same goes for the TV stations in this town. And don't even get me started on radio -- the only thing Kugler and Perrault have ever wrestled with is who gets the last donut at their respective station's weekly staff meetings.

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you guys are talking about. I couldn't find a darn thing in the OWH sports section about Christian "The Instant Classic" Cage beating Samoa Joe and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles to get another shot at Kurt Angle's TNA Heavywieht belt. I mean really...where are their priorities?

Station Employee XXIXV

Anonymous said...

How quickly we have forgotten Craig Sesker, who got UMPTEEN column inches to write wrestling stories.

Those of us who have been around the seventh floor for awhile are glad this guy finally hit the road. This is not a wrestling town. But for some reason, Craig got all the space he wanted whenever he wanted it.

Anonymous said...

Considering where wrestling is at in Nebraska (UNO with 3 consecutive national titles, UNK with 2 runner-up finishes, Dana a national title in NAIA and Nebraska on the rebound in D-1) compared with basketball (cue crickets chirping), the Weird-Harold would have done very well to keep Sesker on board or hire somebody who knows the sport and can report on it.

And having known Sesker for a number of years, I know for a fact that he NEVER got the kind of space he needed. The management of the Weird-Harold is so far up the arse when it comes to sports coverage that, in all honesty, it's a good idea 3:15 and his like stay anonymous to avoid utter public ridicule as to the level of their extreme myopia.

Anonymous said...

Dude, any sport that can't generate enough interest to develop into a real professional sport is hardly worth coverage by a full-time beat writer. (Bowling, wrestling, track and field, ping pong, soccer, field hockey, polo, horse racing, etc.)

It's not Pospisil's fault your sport has a marginal following, no matter how passionate that following is.

So save your singlet for a rainy day -- a day when you and Sesker can pile-drive each other all over the mat.

Anonymous said...

its wresting, really, how popular is it....

its like the WNBA...nobody watches it unless a family member is in it....

tv newshound said...

It looks like, from the headline of this blog posting, that Sean Weide is commenting on the fact that the newspaper has reached a turning point by finally focusing on or quoting a local TV station. But then he highlights the fact that KPTM was not referenced in the story. So, is there a real point to this posting? Or is this just bait for us blog readers, starving for controversy, to latch on and rant for 200+ comments on any topic imaginable?

Okay, I'll bite. In fact, I'll throw another spin on it. I wish that I could be paid to make mistakes more than fifty percent of the time and NOT be unemployed, but rather be dubbed a local celebrity and be paid a relatively large salary. Such is the life of a TV meteorologist (unless they work at KPTM, of course). And you don't even have to be the least bit attractive (in Omaha, anyway) to have that job. I want to be an inexact scientist.

And I even stayed on topic (kind of).

Anonymous said...

Wresting fan, we know what it feels like to not be popular.

Sincerly,

Aksarben Knight Hockey

Anonymous said...

I wholeheartedly agree with wrestling boy. When is the World-Hurled going to get with it and bring back bowling columnist Bob Knudson? I've got a 2-8 split -- and I'm frozen in fear.

Anonymous said...

Who's this Tom Osbourne you speak of? Any relation to Ozzy?

I do know of a Tom Osborne, however.

Ya clown.

Dale Munson said...

Well, it's closing in on the end of Sunday and it appears there's less than an inch of snow on my driveway.

Looks like WOWT was right. It snowed.

Anonymous said...

Matt Perrault is Gay!

Anonymous said...

How can it be an inexact science when WOWT has Precision Forecasts?

Another Wresting Fan said...

HEY WRESTLING FAN --

I totally agree with you!! The OWH's wrestling coverage is waaay lacking!!

Thank goodness for Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling web site - www.iptv.org/wrestling - more wrestling news there than the OWH.

I also subscribe to W.I.N. magazine - WIN-magazine.com

If you head down to Lincoln for the UNL wrestling meets, see you there!

To 1/19 7:45pm - If you were a wrestling fan, you'd know that post-collegiate wrestling is a sport with a worldwide following. It may not make the pages of the OWH, but it has serious international participation and following.

Hmmm...Maybe that's why you hear more about wrestling during the Olympics than you do American football.

True wrestling fans know this -- while wrestling may not have the sheer number of fans of say, football, what fans it has are true fans -- not just the bandwagon fans who only buy Husker t-shirts during winning seasons.

Well Duh! said...

Weather is an inexact science....

...in other news, the OWH is reporting that the sky is blue and water is wet.

Damon Scott Hynes said...

OWH could do us all a community service, and run Andrea Rich on the front page every day. No text. I get my weather from the Storm Prediction Center!

Anonymous said...

Storm Prediction Center? All they will tell you is if there will be storms and if they are severe today, and they tend to get storm happy with their forecasts. If they put out a high risk, you can count on nothing happening about 50% of the time or more.

Anonymous said...

Dear TV/Radio Weather Prognosticator,

Thank you for all you do.
It's nice to know the current temperature and what the future temperature will be.
I know your job is hard enough, what with everyone slamming you when you get your forecast wrong.
Keep up the good work.

That being said, you need to remember you are not my Mother.

All I need from you is the forecast.
I don't need you to tell me how to dress.
If it's cold outside, I'll "bundle-up" on my own.
Please don't suggest my mittens or heavy coat or even a stocking cap.
My Mom did that quite well.
I didn't mind hearing it from her because that's what Moms do.

If you must insist on recommending my outerwear, come to my home and make me meatloaf.
You will have then earned that right.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone watching KETV tonight notice that Brandi Peterson seems to have been made over as Julie Cornell Jr.? Her hair and eye makeup is sure looking more like Julie's...

Anonymous said...

oh cool...just like Michelle Pfeiffer and Stockard Channing in "Up Close and Personal."

Anonymous said...

There's something kind of disturbing about watching two men crawling all over each other on a wrestling mat. Homoeroticism anyone...?

Anonymous said...

The meteorologists on all channels do a fairly decent job most of the time. If you were to run a tally I would bet that they were correct most of the time. It's only when they blow a forecast here and there that it gets all the negative attention and then seems like they miss it all the time. All in all; these gusy do a great job.

Anonymous said...

Andrea Rich, mmmm...tastay!

Anonymous said...

7:28 - seems the only ones who look at wrestling in that manner are those who HAVE closet gay issues they are trying to keep behind the locked door.

Anonymous said...

Interesting point from John Campbell - Oh i mean the 7:31am guy.

I follow things fairly close since I have a stake in the weather due to an ag investment I have. If you throw out the "easy" sunny days in the summer and just focus on the days it is supposed to rain or snow I would say they are lucky to hit it 50% of the time - when referring to amounts and "their storm predictors" of when it will happen. Case in point last weekend we were to get snow most of the day on Sunday 2- 4" by Monday. I went to outstate NE for the weekend and expected to drive back in lousy conditions so I took the SUV - what happened exactly nothing we got maybe a dusting by 6pm Sunday and nothing til late Monday. I could have taken the car and increased my MPG.
Moral of the story...The weather guys and gals may do their best, but accuracy is not their strong suit.

Anonymous said...

NOTE: For discussion on KETV's new hour-long Sunday 10pm newscast, see the comments under the post "Changes at KETV".

Anonymous said...

1:04 PM Wrestling is gay.

Anonymous said...

How did we get so off topic? C'mon people keep on track here. The entry is about the World-Herald and the weather coverage. What astounds me is that there must have been a change of heart somewhere at the top of the food chain at the WH. For the longest time; they would not even mention the television media within their pages. What has changed? And more importantly...why?

Anonymous said...

1:04 PM

Wrestling is merely a way to work out homosexual fantasies. Why else would one smelly guy want to crawl over another smelly guy.

Anonymous said...

All in all, these guys all did a pretty decent job on the forecast this past week. Kudos to all four stations and thanks for your hard work.

A loyal viewer

Anonymous said...

7:08....bite me. Please.

--Hulk Hogan--

Anonymous said...

Actually, I have to say I agree with loyal viewer. The guys did do a pretty good job on the weather this week. Way to go fellas.

Anonymous said...

7:59 AM

Now that's entertainment...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like 6:25 and 7:08 have been giving each other a good going over down the Hershey Highway.

Anonymous said...

4:05pm - Yeah, they're most likely woosies jealous of anyone more muscular than a teenage Bill Gates.

Anonymous said...

The weather guessers in this town are amazing. As its been said before, I would also love to be so wrong, so often and still keep my job. Case in point...I was home sick on Sat 12/23. Slept most of the morning/early afternoon. Turned on Ch 1 around 3p to see some news. The graphic noted that the repeat news broadcast was from 830a that morning. Lil' Jimmy Flowers came on to tell us that the snow that day would be getting heavy around 10a and would last until almost 3p, leaving us 2-4" of snow that day. I crawled out of bed, opened the blinds, and saw....no snow. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. So, with all his fancy equipment, Lil' Jimmy couldn't predict the weather an hour and a half into the future. Impressive!

Dr. Nick said...

This one time, when I was watching TV, I turned on Jim Flowers & he said it was going to snow 10-12" & we got 12 1/2" of snow. So with all that fancy equipment, he got the forecast right dead on 48 hours in advance! Then, another time at band camp.....
How tough can it be for YOU to be so wrong so often & still keep your job? You just have to say, "pump 12 is on", & there you go. Bet everytime tou head into Hy-Vee, people come up to you & say, "way to sell that scratch ticket", or "I saw you ring up that pack of smokes - you gave back the correct change to the penny".
Wah, wah, wah.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh. A local weatherman just came on and ATTEMPTED to justify their own worthless job performance. Like the saying goes, "my broken watch is right twice a day."

Anonymous said...

I'm gay and I still think wrestling is gay.

Anonymous said...

The weather people are accurate most of the time and no one seems to remember this. You only tend to recall when they do get it wrong and then, as is the tendency of the human psyche, you exagerrate it to the point where they are always wrong.

These guys are taking into account several different computer models and tracking the jet stream and sometimes "mother nature" throws a curve ball. Chances are, if you were to sit down and try to chart the course of weather for the next few days, you would not even begin to do as well as these guys. Take a survey of each of them and I can pretty much guarantee that they will come out correct anywhere between 80 and 90 percent of the time. So lay off!

Station Employee

tinaselden said...

Station Employee:

This is a blog. You know--where people express THEIR opinions?! So, if you are so thin-skinned that you can't accept other opinions, perhaps you should stop reading these comments, find a new career, and/or get some help for your issues. Perhaps it is that bleach you keep applying to your severely damaged hair. Might want to lay off of that, S.D.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes...welcome back station employee. I was wondering when we would hear from you again. You really need to see a psychologist about this terrible addiction you have to reading this blog. You certainly need to realize that your days might be happier not checking everything said here and realizing that we (bloggers) are a bunch of nasty trolls that like nothing better than agitating people like you. That said; continue to post and the comments will only get worse. But do as you will...it's always fun to keep kicking the nerd in the bunch.

Anonymous said...

Well Tina...I am expressing mine as well and if you don't like it, well that's tough. But someone has to be the voice of reason here. Each of you are going off half cocked without any idea of what it takes to put together a viable newscast and a weathercast. Again; if you think you are qualified, apply for any position that opens up and we'll see if you can do any better.

Oh...and just for the record...I am not Suzanne Deyo, so you can cease maligning and skewering her, as she does not deserve the nasty comments coming her way.

Station Employee

Anonymous said...

Hello, Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline.

If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.

If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5 and 6.

If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.

If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are depressed, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.

STATION EMPLOYEE may have to push a few numbers, but that's why we all love her so. Please don't stop chiming in, SE. You can't buy this kind of entertainment!

Anonymous said...

For days now I've seen this "Bill Randby Quoted in World-Hearld Story" and it keeps making me think: WHAT IS THE OBSESSION WITH THE WORLD-HERALD?

My goodness. Let it go. So they don't write about other media. I get it. Is Channel 7 leading its news off with "The World-Herald today announced that Bill Smith will replace Joe Jones as City Hall reporter." Or is Channel 3 (they still have a newscast, right?) wasting time for a "Breaking news at the World-Herald today, Joe Blow is the new columnist."

Perhaps "news" to a "news"paper isn't who's the weekend anchor at Fox 42. Or Channel 6 changed their set. Or Channel 7 repaved their parking lot.

Obsession (noun): Obsessive preoccupation with an idea or delusion.

Hmmmm.

Now go back to arguing about wrestling.

Anonymous said...

Just wondered how many folks on here have logged on as :station employee". Lot's of bored folks out there in the cold.

station employee

Anonymous said...

Just wondered how many folks on here have logged on as :station employee". Lot's of bored folks out there in the cold.

station employee

Anonymous said...

Channel 6 changed their set? That WOULD be news!

Anonymous said...

8:23 AM:

Excellent point. I'm kind of wondering if "station employee" isn't a "wolf in sheep's clothing" making an attempt to get the bloggers all stirred up. That's the double edged sword of posting anonymously. Maybe we should just ignore station employee.

Another Station Employee

former station employee who knows! said...

"We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blond who comes on at five.
She can tell you bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye,
Its interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry."

Don Henley hit the nail on the head.

Anonymous said...

I'm "station employee". No, I"M "station employee". NO, I"M station employee.

schizophrenic station employee

Anonymous said...

Station Employee (the real one) seems to be far to upset not to be the real deal. She or he doth protest too much.

Anonymous said...

Okay station employee, have one of your news readers tell me why Hamas deconstructed a wall in Gaza? Why has the housing market collapsed and what, if anything, can be done to fix it? What is the difference between a bill and a law?

I bet they can tell me which foundation goes best with their facial features. Or which tie best conveys comfort in trying times.

Anonymous said...

All I need to wrestle is a labotomy and some tights. A cyber pat on the back if someone can name what movie the jist of that quote came from.

Anonymous said...

10:02 AM:

Do YOU know the answers to these questions? Just wondering...

Anonymous said...

Judd Nelson to Emilio Estevez in The Breakfast Club.

stella was a diver and she's always down said...

Station Employee...Bless her heart.

She is so wacky. So unhinged. So on the verge of obvious mental collapse. I think she's doing this deliberately, trying to make her station's ratings rise. People will be watching in record numbers because they don't want to miss the moment when she just starts sobbing on air and says, "WHY????"

Oh, by the way, I might not be able to do any better when it comes to forecasting the weather. But if that were the case, I certainly wouldn't be touting things like my "precision futurecast" and I certainly wouldn't bother with the pretense of a 14-day outlook if I have trouble getting the next 24 hours right.

Anonymous said...

spot on, Stella!

Anonymous said...

You know, I am just done with this blog. I thought for certain that there might be something worth reading in here; constructive criticism perhaps. But no; there is nothing here but a bunch of empty headed degenerates with nothing positive to say about anything. Attack! Attack! Attack! Then, when someone calls you on it, you drop to a sublevel of anti-intellectualism and debase that person for calling you to the carpet. Well...whatever...I'm better than this.

Signing off for good,
Station Employee

Anonymous said...

...until the next thing gets that pretty little head up in arms. C'mon Station...you know you can't resist reading this blog. I'll bet you glance at it nearly every five minutes, don't you?

Anonymous said...

good riddance

Anonymous said...

Pat pat 11:59!

Don't leave station. We need your inside information...oh, none forthcoming....we need your insight and..umm....never mind.

Anonymous said...

Jim and Sean...
If you can't tell by the comments posted under the past few entries, we could definitely use some new material to talk about. This blog used to be updated fairly frequently. What happened?

Please give us some updates. The comments are getting ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

I second 1:45 PM...Please give us a bone. 276 comments on the other one...sheesh...

Anonymous said...

Ok, we've seen this "station employee" rant about signing off for good before. I would wager there are at least...27.5 people calling themselves "station employee" on here. That or Suzanne's hubby is pissed because his dinner is late again.

station employee 28

Anonymous said...

Pardon me...278 entries on an earlier item.

Anonymous said...

1:52 and 1:57 PM-Bone and Item in two different entries-How Freudian...

Anonymous said...

mike mcknight talks about old people getting scammed every single night LOLz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Anonymous said...

I miss Tom Knight.......he was such a stud muffin....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ January 23, 2008 7:08 AM said...

Wrestling is merely a way to work out homosexual fantasies. Why else would one smelly guy want to crawl over another smelly guy.


Hey 7:08 - If that's what you think of wrestling, then I'd hate to hear what you think of Nebraska's favorite sport.

You know, that "sport" where a ball gets hiked between a guy's legs to another guy right behind him close enough to smell the sweat off his butt crack... then, high on butt crack fumes the second guy throws it to a third, as bunch of muscular guys run around on a field chasing after him with the goal of knocking him over and jumping on top of him in a pile of hot, sweaty, smelly men.

After someone blows a whistle, they then unpile themselves while slapping each other on their spandex-clad butts.

Then after the game, they all SHOWER TOGETHER!!!

Can you guess the sport? Yeah, that's right: Husker football!!

And you think wrestling is homoerotic?!?!?!?

Suggestion: Get a girlfriend... oh, right, you can't... that's why you're beating it while watching UFC on Spike TV.

Anonymous said...

And the IQ of this blog continues to drop...

Anonymous said...

7:56 PM

Wrestling is still gay. Why don't you come out of the closet already...?

Anonymous said...

How did we go from weather to wrestling...? Man...the attention spans of some of the people on this...oh...look...a squirrel...

Anonymous said...

Speaking of wrestling, whatever happened to Nick Bockwinkle????

Anonymous said...

my point exactly, Stella! Don't go around telling us how great you are when you can't get it right an hour and a half into the future. Yes, us mortal peons probably couldn't do any better, and for the most part, they ARE correct. But geez, knock off the ridiculous chest-pounding, self-congratulatory boasting.

Anonymous said...

Earlier in the comments someone mentioned Hulk Hogan.

Has anyone watched him on NBC's reincarnation of American Gladiators?

I caught a couple minutes one night. It looked like he'd stolen Brittany Spears' hair extensions and stuffed them up under his 'doo rag.

Scary.

Anonymous said...

So the used car salesman had the same as the World-Herald's Accucrud & KM3rd. Since they all boned the less than 1/2 that we actually got, think there will be a follow up? Billy oughta spend less time yapping in the paper & more time actually putting together an accurate snow forecast! So far his Winter forecast is tanking as well. Guess we'll see in another month or so. 'Course, he'll pull that video as quick as he can say "European Computer Model" for the 50th time. Get some new material (pocket hankies went out in the 90s).

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