As much as I am bummed still getting over the feeling that Jaisol Martinez left WHDH-TV’s meteorologist late in the year; she has since announced she has joined the news at WLS-TV, the ABC O&O in Chicago. As I am writing this, their 7:00 pm CT streaming newscast is on, and it’s not just it’s first anniversary (I guess the WCIU days are gone, as they did air off hour news that station) but Jaisol’s first night.
You don’t appreciate someone until they leave. Jaisol (pronounced hi-sol) Martinez is leaving WHDH-TV after 4 years. I haven’t watched many of the stations until I decided to do newsgathering again, so it would make sense to monitor the stations right?
I was watching WHDH-TV a couple weekends ago and the stingers that came across my screen reminded me of my influence…
If it wasn’t just one instance, it was another…
The Boston’s 7 News creatives are in house, so I suspect it was local. Basically if you can’t really tell, it’s heavy on wipes and keying into the next source of video.
The other thing that separates WHDH and sister station WSVN in Miami, for many years had focused on 3D CGI effects, to the point where it’s basically hit it’s peak, while WHDH over the same amount of time (late 1990s to present) focused on heavy computer-designed graphics with lots of effects (wipes, warping, etc.) Both stations share some of the graphical assets (like Watching Wall Street), but WHDH has been pretty much tame in terms of avoiding excessive in-your-face, that has still been the bread and butter of WSVN.
Also I think the people at WHDH seem to have a better grasp of the overall graphics. Both stations use VizRT (a database, graphical system) that requires both sides of the brain to execute decent graphics… WSVN has fell very short since they switch to Viz in the mid 10s. For gawd sakes alive, they still have “4:3 safe zones”, even if both stations are outputting widescreen.
This is the 1pm hour where WHDH-TV had pre-empted most of The Doctors to provide emergent updates of the tornadoes and the strong effects of Tropical Storm Henri. When all-clear occurred was about 50 minutes after the hour of which they handed back to scheduled programming. Theme for the stinger reminds me of the mid 2000s sound of WSVN.
In our newsroom, sometimes reporting on controversial stories requires you to be in a conference room between your managing editor, the assistant news director, the news director and the general management and the station’s standards and practices (the legal dept.) cause you posted something wild.
OK, I’m being a little cute. But I take what I write very seriously while not so with my personality This is on the post last week in regards to the passing of the New England based meteorologist, Mish Michaels who suddenly passed away in March.
I do not say “rest in peace” with much sympathy. Mishelle (later her chyron-name was her nickname “Mish”) Michaels, the former meteorologist at WHDH-TV and later with WBZ-TV passed away unexpectedly aprox March 16th in her early 50s. WBZ-TV, the CBS O&O who was her last broadcast employer owned the narrative, as WHDH did not mention anything of her passing. She had brief stint at WMUR-TV before landing it big in Boston, in less than a year. She joined WHDH-TV in 1992, then left the station to join The Weather Channel, to then go to WBZ-TV in 2001 and left in 2009.
Before I continue, I must warn, the post is not remembering her in a positive light, since April is supposed to be Autism Awareness Month and I feel there is a need to remind the people in my market, that is Boston – her (lack of involvement) to said community is the subject instead.