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I V THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC ROCKY MOUNTAIN EMMYS A year or upheaval didn't change Valley TV'i award-winning way. C2. RADIO NOTES Manulk explore issues that affect men on KFNN (1510 AM). C5. MONDAY JUNE 26, 1995 Editor, Duve Miclmt h, 27I-X123 dt mi libtuot.t oin (Internet) 1111 3 Q News Kids on the Block Getting to know recent additions to anchor chairs at Valley TV stations ( ' ' " BILL G00DYK00NTZ . Short Takes Columnist Please stay awake during this column "W"7I vcry now and then, local schools. "i civic groups and other organizations M can t find anyone to give speeches during classes, lunch meetings and whatnot. How do I know? Because then they call me. The life of the last resort isn't so bad, actually it keeps expectations low. If you get Bruce Springsteen to sing at your birthday party, you expect something pretty swell; if you get Roger Clinton, well, you expect Roger Clinton. Recently, however, I was taken aback during the question-and-answer portion of a talk to some junior-high students, one of whom was sitting directly in front of me and actually took a nap. Has a bright future as a critic, no doubt. Anyway, the taken-aback part occurred when a girl asked something along the lines of, "Your columns seem reasonably well thought-out. How come you don't make any sense when you talk?" To which, as anyone would have, I replied, "Uh, well, you know, I just, well, um, I'm not sure, I guess." Point well-taken. Later, though, I thought about her question and realized that there were a couple of answers. One was that, obviously, I don't give speeches for a living, much to the relief of myself and others. Free, uh, speech -t The other answer, however, was something that plagues not just my speeches and answers to questions, but also those given by presidents, entertainers and just about anyone else who has ever stood behind a podium and spoken into a microphone: We give you what we think you need, not what you want to hear. An example: You spend about '20 minutes explaining what you know about journalism (OK, it's a stretch for me to go on for that long, but various job experiences provide the filler), saying things like, "The most important part of my job, as pertains to you, the potential reader, is to impart some of what I have learned to you, vis-a-vis, pseudo-ersatz, etc., etc., so that you may learn valuable lessons," all the while really thinking, "Wow, is that smell comine from the cafeteria fried boloEna? Maybe I'll stay for lunch . . ." Then, when you're done, they ask -- questions like, "Did you ever see anything really gross when you were a cop reporter?" or "Ever met anybody famous?" Getting to the point Of course, every crowd is different. The phrasing of the questions often depends upon the audience. Another example: Adult trying to impress his fellow Loyal Order of Impressed-With-Themselves Lawyers: "So, are you satisfied generally with the median salaries of those practicing your area of expertise that would be journalism, would it not and those at the newspaper by which you are employed specifically?" Kid squirming through fourth-period English class featuring boring newspaper speaker: "How much do you get paid for this stuff?" So I've been thinking about a new approach, one that will grab audiences by the throat and fling them to the floor, begging for mercy. No, wait, that's my plan for becoming a punk-rock star. What I meant was a new approach that will grab them right off the bat and hold their interest throughout. Of course, you can't just launch into your talk by saying, "Good afternoon. About 10 years ago I covered a car wreck that was so disgustingly gruesome that . . ." You need to ease your way into it. "Good afternoon. Pleasant day we're having. I hope everyone enjoyed their lunch. Anyway, about 10 years ago I covered a car wreck ..." Sure, it may not be the most subtle approach. But it should keep everyone awake. Bill Goodykoontz can be reached at 271-8828, or on the Internet at goodykprimenet.com COMING UP A double bind A woman can lose custody of her kids to her ex-husband because ; she works. Tuesday in Life. VIC LOMBARDI Age: 26 Job: Weekend sports anchor and reporter, KPHO-TV (Channel 5), since December. Originally from: Denver. College: Notre Dame. Majorfs): American studies and business. Career ladder: Last worked at KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas. His first job came at WSJV-TV in South Bend, Ind. Family: He's engaged to be married July 29. (No relation to Vince Lom-bardi.) Favorite ethnic food: Italian. Hobbies: Reading and sports. "I'm a big basketball player, almost every day." Last CD purchased: The Pulp Fic tion soundtrack. "I used it for a story. The station actually owns it." Last book read: Tall Tales, by Terry Pluto. "It's about basketball in the old days." Quote: "(Covering) Buddy (Ryan) and (Charles) Barkley: You can't get any better than that." LORI NIXON Age: 24. Job: Weekend anchor and reporter for KNXV-TV (Channel 15) since August. Originally from: Miami. College: New Mexico State. Major: Broadcast journalism. Career ladder: Nixon came to Channel 15 from a reporting job at KOB-TV in Albuquerque. She has also worked for KDBC-TV in El Paso. Family: Single. Favorite ethnic food: Mexican. Hobbies: Running and movies. Nixon is also a gifted singer who first attended college on a vocal-music scholarship. Last CD purchased: A contemporary Christian release by Crystal Lewis. Last book read: My Life with Martin Luther King, by Coretta Scott King. Quote: "The unique thing for me is that I get to report three times a week. That's where it's at, pounding that pavement. That's reality." " y ' . i 2nd time's a charm with furniture finds On the Cheap offers tips for summertime fun and savings. Keep an eye out for this occasional series on Mondays in the Life section. By Anne M. Spitza The Arizona Republic Recycle. Recycle. Recycle. It's the modern battle cry, but not only garbage is being reinvented. "Distressed" home furnishings are all the rage among cash-conscious do-it-yourself decorators. For decades, armies of yard-sale junkies have searched among castoffs to find forgotten treasures to fix up. Auctions, flea markets and thrift shops have long been potential sources for just such goods. For those fond of the "hunt" but reluctant to drive all over town wading through oodles of junk, a new breed of shop Text by DAVE WALKER Republic TV Writer Valley television viewers have noticed dozens of new faces on local newscasts in recent months, one of the ripple effects of recent network-affiliation switches. An informal telephone poll earlier this year revealed which newcomers you wanted to know more about. As part of an ongoing series of snapshot profiles reported by Republic television writer Dave Walker, here are some more of the new faces of 1995. if TrS-i ll I"! II ?e . S 'ft -: STEVE DESHLER Age: 45. Job: Morning and midday weatherman, KSAZ-TV (Channel 10), since August. Originally from: Birmingham, Mich. College(s): Ohio University and Western Michigan. Major: Radio-TV. Career ladder: Deshler came to Channel 10 from WLS-TV in Chicago, where he had been the station's lead weatherman for 10 years. He has worked for the Viewers get up close, personal By Julie Newberg The Arizona Republic How do we love to hate thee? Let us count the ways. Television-news personalities are often a target of their viewers' comments, positive and negative. Here are a few samples, gleaned from The Arizona Republic's Gripeline feature: Josh Krist of Phoenix took issue with those "two clowns" at KPNX-TV (Channel 12) Connie Colla and Ron Hoon for making fun of Picasso. "I think they're both philistines and they should go to art school for a while," Krist said. Chris Stratton of Tempe vented his disappointment at having to watch "perpetual Ken doll and Twin Cities sports-anchor reject Bob Bruce anchoring Channel 10's news team." At least he found some "beacons of talent in this humdrum field," such as June Thomson, also of KSAZ-TV. Sally Krug of Phoenix griped about "all the junk On the cBiaap has emerged. These stores do the preliminary search. They deal primarily in used and distressed household items Often on consignment. Best of all, prices are reasonable. While these are not antiques shops per se, antiques can be found among their vintage, contemporary and sometimes kitschy wares. Great finds range from hula-girl lamps to primitive hardwood armoires. Here is a sampling of recycled-fur-nishings boutiques found around the Valley. Before browsing, however, remember the cardinal rule of "junking": If a to-die-for item is found buy it! Most likely it won't be there on a return trip. Cupid's Furniture (2833 E. Bell Road, 867-0916) Owners Candace and Cliff See SPECIAL, paged r " j ... $ ' ( J "i r, C7 'X"" David PetkiewiczThe Arizona Republic CBS network (on the overnight Nightwatch broadcast) in Cincinnati and Kalamazoo, Mich. Family: Single. Has one 20-year-old son from a previous marriage. Favorite ethnic food: Mexican. Hobbies: Cars, mountain climbing. Last CD purchased: Balance, Van Halen. Last book read: Walking Shadow, Robert B. Parker. Quote: Deshler said his years in Chicago and at the network were "a great ride," but "I'm more comfortable in my own skin" now than at any previous time. jewelry" that Marlene Galan wears on the Channel 10 morning news. "It's just absolutely gross," Krug said. If television personalities are mere mortals, why are they scrutinized so closely? Viewers' feelings may be rooted in the vicarious connection they feel with television anchors. Viewers relate to an anchor in a manner similar to friendship, even though they don't have a direct tie to that person, according to research conducted by Craig Allen, associate professor at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication. "It's really a sign of how closely bonded the public can be to the news anchor," Allen said. "A lot of it relates to familiarity and longevity." KPNX-TV (Channel 12) weatherman Sean McLaughlin hears most of his complaints from viewers who are upset that their hometown isn't listed See TV, page C3 rll4 f t V I TERRI OUELLETTE Age: 32. Job: Anchors First News at 5 a.m. on KTVK-TV (Channel 3), then serves as feature reporter for Gixxl Morning Arizona. She started at Chan nel 3 in October. Originally from: Here. She attended Moon Valley High School. College(s): UCLA and California State Polytechnic, Pomona. Major: Broadcasting. Career ladder: Ouellette's previous job was midday anchor at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs, Calif. Family: Married for 1 1 years to a construction supervisor. The couple has a 3-year-old son. Favorite ethnic food: Mexican. Hobbies: Family, working out, crafts. Last CD purchased: B-52's. Last book read: Nothing Lasts Forever, Sidney Sheldon. Quote: "News is normally tragic, horrible, unflattering stories. What I would like to be able to do ... is spend my time educating people and giving them good news that they can use." KARI LAKE Age: 25. Job: Weekend weather anchorreporter, KPNX-TV (Channel 12), since August. Originally from: Davenport, Iowa. College: Uni V versity of Iowa. Major(s): Communications and journalism. Career ladder: Lake last worked as an anchor for WHBF-TV in Rock Island, 111. Family: Married to an electrical engineer. No kids. Two dogs. Favorite ethnic food: Italian. Hobbies: Hiking, walking the dogs. Last CD purchased: A Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme greatest-hits package. "I go to tons of concerts, from hard rock to country. They're just pure entertainers." Last book read: The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield. Quote: "I've always had an interest in the weather. I thought (forecasting) was easy until I started doing it." Used furnishings often appeal to money-conscious home decorators. These "distressed" items were discovered at various Valley shops: oak pedestal ($25), yellow Fiestaware pitcher ($7), metal and wood office chair ($26), vintage curtains (set $18), old wooden shoemaker's forms ($11 each) and primitive chest ($30). John Samora The Arizona Republic - a - i .

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