sameasiteverwas

Utica, NY

#213 Mar 20, 2014
New owner walked in today. Don't expect any changes. The "ladies" in the front of the building got to him and he took the bait. I wonder if Marren is hiring?
Sunshine

Herkimer, NY

#214 Mar 20, 2014
sameasiteverwas wrote:
New owner walked in today. Don't expect any changes. The "ladies" in the front of the building got to him and he took the bait. I wonder if Marren is hiring?
All he has to do is just turn on a TV and watch. Especially the early morning news with that bozo Powles.
FAN

Herkimer, NY

#215 Mar 21, 2014
I have been sick and home for almost a week. I watched more TV than I have in years. WKTV news is far better than WUTR and YNN. Not even close. The same stories covered by both stations many times. WKTV is head and shoulders above in all catigories. They both have entry level reporters who are learning. It is clear UTR folks are doing the bashing. Not a professional way to get better.
Understand

Utica, NY

#216 Mar 21, 2014
FAN wrote:
I have been sick and home for almost a week. I watched more TV than I have in years. WKTV news is far better than WUTR and YNN. Not even close. The same stories covered by both stations many times. WKTV is head and shoulders above in all catigories. They both have entry level reporters who are learning. It is clear UTR folks are doing the bashing. Not a professional way to get better.
This is a JOKE, right?
WKTV

Syracuse, NY

#217 Mar 21, 2014
http://www.wktv.com/news/local/McMurray-named...

Utica, NY (March 21, 2014)- Heartland Media, new owners of WKTV and CW 11 in Utica, has announced that current station manager/news director Steve McMurray has been elevated to the role of General Manager.

In his new role, McMurray will oversee all day-to-day and long term operations of the station.

“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager”, said Bob Prather, President and CEO of Heartland Media.“With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned,” Prather added.
Sunshine

Herkimer, NY

#218 Mar 21, 2014
WKTV wrote:
http://www.wktv.com/news/local /McMurray-named-General-Manage r-of-WKTV-251469451.html
Utica, NY (March 21, 2014)- Heartland Media, new owners of WKTV and CW 11 in Utica, has announced that current station manager/news director Steve McMurray has been elevated to the role of General Manager.
In his new role, McMurray will oversee all day-to-day and long term operations of the station.
“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager”, said Bob Prather, President and CEO of Heartland Media.“With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned,” Prather added.
I guess nothing will improve then.
freebie the bean

Verona, NY

#219 Mar 21, 2014
And wrote:
How about Norlian last night referring to the Army General as the "brigator" General.
Three weeks ago she had to make an on-air apology to the Spaghetti Kettle Restaurant. She called them "Spaghetti Catch" and explained she never heard of this restaurant before. Here's a tip Alison....peruse a hard copy of the news before you go on air so you won't be surprised when you read some strange off the teleprompter while on air.
My Two Cents

Utica, NY

#220 Mar 22, 2014
FAN wrote:
I have been sick and home for almost a week. I watched more TV than I have in years. WKTV news is far better than WUTR and YNN. Not even close. The same stories covered by both stations many times. WKTV is head and shoulders above in all catigories. They both have entry level reporters who are learning. It is clear UTR folks are doing the bashing. Not a professional way to get better.
The fact you haven't watched TV that much in years speaks volumes. You obviously don't have a tinker what you're talking about. YNN is STRICTLY NEWS. It's repeated so that you can tune in at any time of day and catch up on what's going on. It's not meant to watch all day long. Common sense required here. I see you avoided the quality of the presentation of these stations. WKTV is sub par to any news in the area, including a high school presentation. The reporters screw up every story. Can't even read the teleprompters correctly, miss-pronounce names of people, streets, towns. They present the news like we are in kindergarten. I could go on forever. Totally unprofessional. Don't even get me started on that BOZO Jason Powles. Years ago the late Ed Whitaker played Bozo on WKTV, and perhaps that's Jason's calling. He should definitely seek a different profession, but why should he. He is set for life there with union protection. And life is what he will spend there, because no other reputable station will hire him. You fail to see, on these repetitive stations, the QUALITY of the presentation. NO COMPARISON!!! Watch the news presentation on YNN, any Syracuse station, and even WUTR to see how it's supposed to be. AND, I am only telling it like it is. I'm not affiliated with anyone. Search WKTV or Jason on Topix to see what other knowing people have to say!
Watcing At Work

Utica, NY

#221 Apr 18, 2014
This Heartland Media has had the place for over a month and nothing has changed. Those pictures of Utica on the set are horrible and look like they were taken by a 3 year old with an old polaroid camera. Then you have a news department that has no clue or desire in going after any real news in this town. Press releases, sitting in front of a police scanner and monitoring the OD for your leads should be embarrassing but they don't see it. Go dig up some exclusive real news that pops and gives us a reason to want to watch your newcasts. Then there's the professionalism. Seeing Gary Liberatore waving prople off to shut up in the studio today during the noon newscast just shows how there's no leadership or any reprecussions for childish behavior there. And last but not least is the sales department. Do they still exist? And when they do come see me they don't ask me anything about my business. They just tell me that whatever package they have at that time will work for me. I bet they have no training in how to market a business.
Now for the positive. So many news shows during the day with repeated stories over and over you would think that by the 8th time they could read it right.. Comedies and trainwrecks make the time just fly by at work. Thank you WKTV.
Facebook

Utica, NY

#222 Apr 18, 2014
I recently asked on WKTV's facebook page if any changes were coming, like possibly a high def broadcast. the response I got was "changes are coming." Give Heartland Media some time to observe the station, guarantee they are going to bring some changes. Just look already, when Adam, Jill and Bill do the weather, it seems they improved the lighting for them when they are on green screen. Changes take time people, its not going to happen overnight!
Sunshine

Herkimer, NY

#223 Apr 19, 2014
Facebook wrote:
I recently asked on WKTV's facebook page if any changes were coming, like possibly a high def broadcast. the response I got was "changes are coming." Give Heartland Media some time to observe the station, guarantee they are going to bring some changes. Just look already, when Adam, Jill and Bill do the weather, it seems they improved the lighting for them when they are on green screen. Changes take time people, its not going to happen overnight!
The big change should be getting that marble mouth bozo off the morning anchor. That would be a big improvement.
Sunshine

Herkimer, NY

#225 Apr 19, 2014
Tim wrote:
Email McMurray and ask him to get rod of POWLES. I did for what it's worth.
I have, it looks like it didn't do any good.
Watcing At Work

Utica, NY

#226 Apr 19, 2014
Oooo....Lighting. Big improvement. I am buddies with a former employee from the engineering department who told me they needed at least 2 million dollars in equipment upgrades just to get with the current times. If you think anyone who paid 16 million dollars for a station is going to invest 2 million for upgrades then I have a bridge to sell you. He's gonna milk it like the last owner and just keep putting band aids on it. Once he runs out of band aids he's gone too. Guaranteed!
Watcing At Work

Utica, NY

#228 Apr 19, 2014
Drunken Riggies wrote:
I wonder who has a bigger viewership? Wktv or Daphne's crotch?


Thankfully they haven't invented smell-a-vision yet.
Facebook

Utica, NY

#229 Apr 19, 2014
Sunshine wrote:
<quoted text>The big change should be getting that marble mouth bozo off the morning anchor. That would be a big improvement.
At least he's not like Don Dudley on WUTR, who is worse
Facebook

Utica, NY

#230 Apr 19, 2014
Watcing At Work wrote:
Oooo....Lighting. Big improvement. I am buddies with a former employee from the engineering department who told me they needed at least 2 million dollars in equipment upgrades just to get with the current times. If you think anyone who paid 16 million dollars for a station is going to invest 2 million for upgrades then I have a bridge to sell you. He's gonna milk it like the last owner and just keep putting band aids on it. Once he runs out of band aids he's gone too. Guaranteed!
Doubt it
Real News

Utica, NY

#231 Apr 19, 2014
How about they tell the real news and not worry about pissing off the CNY oligarch and advertisers. They should be doing real stories on issues like NYSAFEACT and etc.
JOKE

Utica, NY

#233 Apr 21, 2014
The place is a complete joke. They have looked past every opportunity to improve because there is NO competition in the area. They sell news, which I thought was prohibited by the FCC. WUTR does the same thing. As an advertiser it is frustrating. It is difficult to go along with their values, but its impossible to keep our business going without them. Its like dealing with the devil. They do NOT care about their production, their sales reps have NO education in marketing (Dafne brags about her "degree" in construction management, which, by the way, was never issued) and all they care about is partying. I have transitioned much of my budget over to Time Warner, and I'll see how it goes.I hope the new owner sees how much potential the place presents, and makes changes accordingly.
Fuktard

Rome, NY

#235 Apr 21, 2014
JOKE wrote:
The place is a complete joke. They have looked past every opportunity to improve because there is NO competition in the area. They sell news, which I thought was prohibited by the FCC. WUTR does the same thing. As an advertiser it is frustrating. It is difficult to go along with their values, but its impossible to keep our business going without them. Its like dealing with the devil. They do NOT care about their production, their sales reps have NO education in marketing (Dafne brags about her "degree" in construction management, which, by the way, was never issued) and all they care about is partying. I have transitioned much of my budget over to Time Warner, and I'll see how it goes.I hope the new owner sees how much potential the place presents, and makes changes accordingly.
It seems to me that your a jealous piece of shit hiding behind a spineless post or u are a disgruntled fat slob that has worked for WKTV or WUTR in the past ! And when i say slob, I truly mean SLOB ! Do everyone a favor and close your shit business! It's only a matter of time ! From what I have seen WKTV and WUTR has put most of the TRASH to the curb !
BREAKING NEWS

Utica, NY

#237 Apr 21, 2014
Received text letting viewers know station was "freeezing" up during the broadcast and that it was Time Warners fault. It certainly would have been nice to receive one that a gentleman was shot dead and there was a killer on the loose in broad daylight in our neighborhoods, or is that not considered " worthy local news"?

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