Monday, July 25, 2005

American Anchor

Last month I floated the unoriginal idea of WHOI letting viewers decide its next morning anchor. Apparently the FOX station in Roanoke, VA is already doing it.

At Fox 21/27, a different finalist has sat in the anchor chair every night since Monday, and viewers have been invited to vote and comment on each one.
The process will wrap up on Tuesday or Wednesday. Chris Wolf, the Fox station's director of creative services, called the approach "interactive television."


The finalists

Dawn Jefferies: Weekend anchor for Fox 21/27 and WSLS Newschannel 10. Interned at "American's Most Wanted."

Grace Polanski: Formerly at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, N.Y.

Natalie Faunce: KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb. Once worked at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tenn.

Krista Platzer: Global Television in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Vivian Tamayo: A news anchor and reporter currently freelancing as a reporter in Las Vegas for both the NBC affiliate KVBC-TV and the CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.

Speaking of the 19 morning show, Monica got a chance to fill in this morning and had to say "abdominal aortic aneurysm." She got through it just fine, but try saying that at 5AM.

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