It’s NBC-2’s loss, but not Southwest Florida’s. Jennifer Trammell has already spent her last weekend behind the anchor desk (6 and 11 p.m.). But she’s not going anywhere. She’s committed to Naples.
“In TV it’s all about bumping up to the next market,” says Trammell. “I want to be settled for a while.”
During our phone conversation, Trammell took several opportunities to voice her love for this community.
“It was a hard decision,” says Trammell, of leaving broadcasting, one, she says, that she didn’t take lightly or make overnight. But ultimately, she was ready for this new challenge.
Trammell joins NewsBank, which is headquarter here in Naples. An information collector and provider, Trammell will be part of their expanding video division.
Trammell came to NBC-2 from Green Bay, Wis., where she worked as a reporter, shooting video, writing stories, and editing her own pieces (they call ‘em “one-man bands.”). She has worked for stations across the Midwest including KSNT in Topeka, Kansas, and KELO in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Trammell’s NBC-2 bio says she grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Trammell joined the NBC-2 Naples Bureau in January 2011. In the past year, she covered the Lee County Commission and mostly anchored weekends, which meant commuting to Lee County five days a week.
And despite what you may think, weekend anchor is not a glamorous job.
“Not glamorous at all. I answered phones; listened to scanners; called the sheriff’s office; helped the producer write copy.”
She says she’s looking forward to putting some quality above quantity for a change. That is after all often the nature of the beast that is the 24-hour news cycle.
Good luck, Jennifer. We’ll miss you in our living rooms.
Turn on a dime
Last week Boston’s TV station’s had to quickly switch from covering an upbeat event, the Boston Marathon, to dual bombings at the finish line.
NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston, one of the stations tasked with switching from covering the race to the tragedy, is owned by Sunbeam Television, the company that also owns WSVN in Miami. They share similar looks and news styles.
If you follow broadcast television closely, you might enjoy “Air Check” by Diana Marszalek. She wrote an essay on the stations and how well they made the transition.
Here’s a snippet: “Fox-owned WFXT photographer Matt Tomlin, who was about 100 feet from the blast, went on-air with his eyewitness account of the explosions. Anchor Maria Stephanos was just walking away from the finish line, where she and her two children had been positioned to watch her husband finish the race, when the bombs went off. She took a picture before gathering her family, and getting them to safety. She called in a story on her way back to the station.”
Read the full essay at TVNewscheck.com. The entire website is a good source for TV insiders.
NBC adds ‘football’
From Rapid TV News: “In what marks a watershed moment for the appreciation of ‘soccer’ in the United States, NBC Sports has announced that it will carry all 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League football season.”
A no brainer, given the game’s rising popularity, and with NBC’s ownership of Telemundo.
Matches will be shown live across NBC Sports television and digital properties beginning August 17, including NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBC Universal channels including CNBC and USA.
NBC Universal acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Premier League through a multiyear agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season. Per the agreement, NBC Universal becomes the exclusive English- and Spanish-language media rights holder to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches across all media platforms and devices in the United States, knocking Fox Sports and ESPN out of the tournament.
Drag shows get nod
For those of you who watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” it’s down to the final three.
Tonight (9 p.m., Logo) the contestants — Alaska, Jinx and Roxxxy — go to court with “Judge Rudy.”
And if the show wasn’t already a conservative’s worst nightmare, tonight’s special guest is mega-attorney Gloria Allred. Watch out for that sharp left turn ahead.
With only three episodes of “Drag Race” left many of you may be wondering if “RuPaul’s Drag U,” the summer series in which drab housewives are made over by drag queens, will return for a fourth season, the answer is yes.
While a premiere date has not been set. The series has been renewed.
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Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.