Politics. It’s everywhere you turn. Especially if you turn on the TV. Untold dollars are being poured into Florida as the Republican primary is underway. Election years are very kind to the TV industry’s bottom line.
Last week in this space, we had a very interesting chat about Trey Radel, his bid for Congress and equal time rule which requires broadcasters to give equal opportunity to all candidates.
Up until the announcement of his candidacy, the former WINK anchorman hosted a local morning program on Fox radio which was simulcast on TV 6.
This week, a new revelation as another broadcaster tries to deal with being impartial amid Radel’s candidacy.
It’s no secret to most that Radel is married to popular Fox 4 anchor Amy Wegmann — in December Wegmann gave birth to the couple’s son, Jude. Since the announcement of his candidacy, Wegmann has been on maternity leave. She was scheduled to return in mid to late February.
But according to Fox 4 VP/General Manager Judy Kenney, Wegmann will take a leave of absence for the foreseeable future, so that she can aid her husband in his campaign.
"I am very pleased that Fox 4 understands how important it is for me to support Trey while he runs for U.S. House of Representatives,” says Wegmann. “At the same time it allows Fox 4 to remain committed to coverage of this important election."
Wegmann visited the station on Wednesday to make the announcement alongside Kenney and News Director Eric Maze. He wanted to remind viewers that, “You can expect Fox 4 news team to pursue every story and keep you informed about the issues as you make voting decisions in the upcoming primary and general elections.”
“We love Amy. We wish her the best,” says Kenney. “This is good for everybody.”
Kenney would not say whether this was a paid or unpaid leave.
Kudos to Wegmann and Fox 4 for working together to solve an issue that could have become uncomfortable for everyone involved.
A voice from the past returns as an app
If you were anywhere near kid-dom in the early ‘80s you might have been a fan of “Knight Rider” … even if the David Hasselhoff of today might give one pause to admit it.
Well, if you were a fan, this next app might be for you.
Inspired by the famous talking car, this new app just appeared on the Apple Store, promising to transform every iPhone and iPad into an interactive and entertaining K.I.T.T.-like device, resembling the one inside the computerized car driven by Michael Knight.
The new app called K.I.T.T. recreates much of the experience and of the driver/car interaction shown in the TV series. K.I.T.T. can understand a broad range of vocal command, it replies with its unmistakable sense of humor, tells jokes from the ‘80s and can even control the iPhone's or iPad's music library.
"We’ve tried to make it look and feel as close as possible to the real thing and, after nine months and countless nights with no sleep, I can say that a part of me feels like 12 again. I am sure all other Knight Rider enthusiasts out there will love it as much as I do!" says of the the three app developers.
The Fox effect
Doris & Joe ask: “Did you ever think no one is watching 5 p.m. shows on 2, 5 and 7 because they are watching “The Five" on Fox? How come this newspaper never mentions Fox as a contender? I used to watch local channels at 5 but no longer watch much of anything on those channels anymore. My TV gravitates to Fox most of the time.”
D and J, I won’t speak for the whole newspaper on this matter, but I usually write about local news – and I do write about our local Fox affiliate.
I hear a lot of folks say that Fox News is polarizing. Others say that’s the channel favored by conservatives. I’m sure you’ve heard this too.
I can’t say that’s true as I don’t watch Fox News. I don’t watch CNN either. I do watch “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” On occasion, I’ll watch Diane Sawyer instead. I read the Naples Daily News nearly every day and I ingest news from a multitude of online platforms.
What do you, my readers, think? Is Fox News tops? Comment under my column online or send me an email: email@example.com. Who knows, you comment might just appear in print.
Burns gives birth
Congratulations to NBC 2‘s Kellie Burns who gave birth Wednesday night to a baby girl, Isabelle Margaret.
Until next time: Stay tuned.