The Definitive ABC 7 Thread

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  1. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

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    Do we know what year these are from?
     
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    24994J Chief Meteorologist

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    I'm betting 1998, as this would have solidified Kathy and Alan at 6 and introduced Ron at 5 after Floyd Kalber's retirement. Also, their 50th anniversary (as WENR, WBKB and WLS) would've been that year.

    One other thing...what other station in the country can boast that 4 men that were each lead anchor at some point or another at the same station (over what is now a 50 year span) comprised the evening male anchor roster at once? Joel came aboard in '67 and quickly moved to lead status, joined by Fahey Flynn the following year. John came back in '84, Ron took the helm in 2002, and Alan got promoted last year. The only time one of those guys weren't fronting the 10 o'clock news was when Joel and Fahey got demoted 1981/2 for the failed Tim Weigel experiment (aka The Dark Ages).
     
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  3. 24994J

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    An update...

     
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    Feder's off this week and none of the other regular blogs/publications have mentioned this, so YOU READ IT HERE FIRST, dammit. :D

    No bio online, and I don't know if or when he'll ever make it on-air, but it looks like ABC 7 has added a digital journalist in 2017 Northwestern grad Jesse Kirsch. His non-station Twitter bio references time spent with the network and WLNS in Lansing. He was also news director of the school's student news product.

    https://twitter.com/JesseKirschABC7

    His first stories...
    http://abc7chicago.com/society/vietnam-vet-reunited-with-lost-purple-heart-medal-/1840414/
    http://abc7chicago.com/sports/46-year-cubs-season-ticket-holder-wants-a-repeat-title/1857824/

    The reporters are officially getting younger than me. It's hell to get old.
     
  5. ctmajka

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    22 years old, and already working at the #1 rated news outlet in the 3rd largest American city...

    I'm not quite sure what to make of that. I thought Rob Elgas and Cheryl Scott were young blood, but at least they're seasoned in their respective positions. Am I the only one that finds this a bit unnerving?
     
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    I think it's too early to tell, at least for me. I actually kind of like the idea of having a new, young presence if a station's going to have a designated digital person. It's generally lower-risk, and if they pay their dues, they eventually get promoted to on-air, or go somewhere else with a solid entry on the resume. Also, I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt, considering the hiring under Idler and company has been way more hit than miss. He comes from a good program, likely has a decent idea of the market because of it, and his initial reports have been serviceable. Besides, the last gentleman to be hired at such a young age now anchors at 5, 6, and 10, in case anyone needed a success story.

    By that logic, Jesse will be promoted to lead anchor in 2051, give or take a year.
     
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    If I had to bet I'd put money on him being the son of someone important at the station or a family friend of someone in management.
     
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    I was talking with my grandma (an avid ABC 7 viewer), and that's exactly what she said.

    Pretty sure that's the case as well.
     
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    Any guesses as to when the new talent opens will debut?
     
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    From what I noticed, they didn't start shooting them until after Karen went on maternity leave, and about the same time Hosea left to have his cancer surgery. She's due back "in May", whether at the beginning or end is unknown, and Cheryl said the other day that he'll be back "soon". They may not wait until a new weekend co-anchor is hired, but they definitely don't have all of them shot with the current roster. Some of the video is in use, though, with the weather team session being used for the AccuWeather promos and the 10 o'clock team shots have been added to the in-game promo...

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    (Cheryl Burton's weird crossed arms are going to bug me every game this season.)
     
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    I'm 18, working as an Anchor/Reporter at the #3 station in market #118.

    If young people can do the job, more power to them.
     
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    She looks like she is doing some sort of non-meditative yoga or something....
     
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    Yes, that's more understandable, It's more common to see younger folks on-air in smaller markets. However, it normally takes a number of years on-air to make your way into the top 20 markets. It's very unique to see anyone in their 20's working on-air in Chicago, or anywhere larger than Sacramento, I would say.
     
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    I'm guessing she (and the other Cheryl) were caught off guard as if they were in the middle of adjusting their arms/hands. You would think someone would have said..'let's try that again' or something. They both look awkward.
     
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    Judy Hsu is in for Ravi tonight.
     
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    Last night, too. Apparently she wasn't supposed to be on, as the original fill-in this weekend became unavailable. Real specific, I know. Meanwhile, Mark's back for more weekend desk duty, with Dionne at the UC.
     
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    Elgas was filling-in for Ravi on both nights, two weeks prior (4/8-9)...
     
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    Hosea appears to be in good spirits and coming along in his recovery. It appears to me that he has dropped some weight, and he's definitely a little hairier than I remember. :D (Having shaved his head in the late 90's, I totally want to see what's under the hat.)

    He should be back pretty soon, and everyone's asking if he'll be able to keep the beard...

     
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