How I Work - Derry London

Today FTVLive stops in South Carolina WLTX to see how Social Media Manager Derry London Works.

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Twitter: @Derry_London

Location:  Columbia, SC

Current gig: Social Media Manager + Digital Content support for News 19, WLTX; Occasional Social Media support for additional Gannett Broadcast properties.

Current computer: Dell Optiplex 990 running Win. 7, ENPS & Grass Valley’s Edius

Current mobile device: iPhone 5, iPad 2 (personal phone an ancient Motorola Droid 2 Global)

One word that best describes how you work: Multitasker (as I’m completing this I’m also Tweeting for WLTX & pushing content to the website)
What are your favorite Apps that you can't live without?

The TweetDeck plugin for Google Chrome on my desktop, for mobile I love being native in the Twitter app, and the FB Pages manager app is a lifesaver on my iPad & iPhone.

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What's your workspace like?

My desk is in the newsroom, so I stay up to date on what’s going on & who’s doing what; it’s a little messy. Also have the guts to a large diaphragm microphone next to my phone, as a personal reminder that I’m still a v/o guy even though I’m not doing it daily any longer.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?

My iPad and my wife’s Bluetooth keyboard for said iPad. Makes live-tweeting events a breeze
What Music are you listening to?

Don’t often listen while working. When commuting in the AM it’s CNN & HLN, driving home it’s anywhere from Frank’s Place to Z100/NYC to Electric Area on SiriusXM
What's your sleep routine like?

Fretful at best. Usually asleep by 10:30, woken at some point in the middle of the night by either our dog or one of the cats, then up with the alarm at 5:35A and retweeting our affiliated news orgs & AM anchors while the coffee’s brewing.
Best Advice you Ever Got?

Don’t say yes to every request. I have yet to live up to that advice.
Best Thing About your Job?

I get to be a storyteller. I get to inform our followers on major national stories of every kind, and I get to learn every day.
Worst thing about your Job?

Being obsessive over our accounts & never being able to leave them alone unless I’m unconscious.  

Yeah...That will be a Ratings Grabber....NOT!

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While CNN's morning show New Day is in the ratings tank and prime time ratings are just awful, what is CNN boss Jeff Zucker doing about it?

He's launching a new show at 8:30AM on Sunday morning. WTF? 

Inside Politics is making a return to CNN and will be hosted John King. Maybe it's time Zucker worked on the time slots where viewers are actually sitting in front of their TV's.

Just saying.... 

Weatherman Admits he Blew the Forecast


ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) Weatherman James Spann admits he screwed of the forecast that ended up with much more snow than he predicted.

He has apologized for what he called his worst "forecast bust" since the winter storm of 1982.

Problem was in 1982 there was no social media, now there is and he got lit up on it.

He writes on his blog:

"Yep, over the last 12 hours lots of social media vitriol has been directed at me, and it is deserved. People who are tired, hungry, in strange places trying to sleep away from their families and children, need to vent. Do NOT vent at school officials or your boss. They make decisions on weather forecasts, and what they got was bad information. I am the one to blame. I guess I know how Cade Foster feels (the University of Alabama place kicker who took heat after the Auburn game).

"This is an example of what I am seeing in the "email inbox" this morning...

"Looks like you got it wrong yesterday with your prediction of a light dusting and no accumulation. How can you guys be so badly off as 100's still sit in their schools and 100's remain in their cars on highways and (no) telling how many have had to leave their cars stranded and knock on strangers doors for shelter while others have paid the ultimate price trying to drive? How can you be so wrong? Has everything with your career over the past years gone to your head? You are still expected to be vigilant and not complacent. What a shame as I think of the people still out there and the ones who are dead..."

I won't share the person's name that wrote this, but it was signed. The criticism is valid, and one I will take to heart. I appreciate her taking the time to write, and I mean that."

At least he admitted to screwing up. There are scores of weather anchors in TV news that would never have the guts to do that. 

Lunch on the Taxpayers

Michael Grimm

Michael Grimm

Yesterday, FTVLive told you about Congressman Michael Grimm and the threats he made to NY1 Reporter Michael Scotto.

Grimm did not like the fact that Scotto wanted to question him about a federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising. Grimm refused to answer and after the interview he threatened break him "like a boy" and throw him of "this fucking balcony."

Now Grimm says he's sorry for making those threats. He said that he called Scotto, who "accepted my apology, and we're going to go to lunch. We put it all behind us."

If I was Scotto I would make sure the restaurant is on the first floor, just to be safe.

You never know when the Congressman might try and throw you off a balcony.

Just saying....  

Stinky Story


A California Teacher was busted by police for having hundreds of snakes, many that were dead inside her home.

Investigators wearing respirator masks carried the reptiles out of the house by the score and stacked them in the driveway, reporters and passers-by gagged at the smell.

Reporters conducted interviews while holding their noses and trying not to throw up.

It still beats covering Justin Bieber. 

The Storm Awards

Forget the Grammys, Oscars or Emmys, the Storm Awards are where it's at.

Sam Malone a Houston  radio personality posted a video of Reporters covering the winter storm that dumped a dusting on the South. 

Awards for Best use of Props, Best use of Grass were just some of the awards handed out.

Watch and laugh and how TV news likes to blow a few snow flakes way out of proportion.  

The Challenge has Been Made WSB... Do you Accept?

FTVLive told you how WSB in Atlanta covered the paralyzing Winter storm that dropped 2 feet.....errrrr....2 inches on the city of Atlanta and shut it down.

Two days ago, WSB covered the story with 14 reporters all featured in a 14 person box. 


Yesterday they upped the Reporters on the story to 25 and a 25 person box.


Now, our buddies at NewscastStudio have thrown down challenge for Today's coverage. Let's see if WSB can accept and deliver. 


Monkey see, Monkey do Part 6, 7 and 8

Proving that there is no original ideas in TV news, we bring you a couple of more stations that have jumped on the ice desk bandwagon.

By this point we have to wonder if the TV consultants are not involved? Telling their clients that the ratings will trend up if they just build and ice desk for their anchors to sit behind.

While WSB (Atlanta) is putting every reporter they have (plus the janitor) in a 25 person box, WXIA was building an ice desk.


And up in Minneapolis, KTSP has built their own ice desk as well.


And WRAL in Raleigh enters into the mix with an ice desk of their own:


I will bet anyone $20 that the ice desk in Atlanta melts before the one in the Twin Cities.

Any takers? 

The Weather Workout

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As much as Weather Anchors think their segment is so important, the truth of matter is everyone is just waiting for the end of the weather report to get the 7 day forecast. The rest is just filling time.

And it appears that even the News Anchors don't really watch the weather reporter either.

In fact one Canadian TV Anchor uses the weather report as a time to get in a workout.

Click here to watch. 

Cincy Station Prepares for New Anchor

Sheila Gray

Sheila Gray

WKRC in Cincinnati doesn't want to tip their hand, but many see what is about to happen.

Starting Monday, WKRC will move its 7-8 a.m. “Good Morning Cincinnati” newscast from CW Channel 12.2 to WSTR-TV (Channel 64).

The Cincy Enquirer asks, are they preparing for the arrival of Sheila Gray late next month, when her ”noncompete” clause with WXIX expires? My guess is that WKRC will expand its morning show to 7-9 or 10 a.m., and she’ll co-anchor with Bob Herzog, going head-to-head with her old Fox 19 local morning show.

For now, Channel 12 news director Kirk Varner will only say they’re moving the 7-8 a.m. newscast co-anchored by Bob Herzog and Tiffany Wilson to Channel 64 because of the success of  the 10 p.m. news there.

Ratings have jumped for the 10 p.m. newscast since it moved Jan. 6 from Channel 12.2 to the more powerful Channel 64. Monday night the 10 p.m. half-hour news did a 4.8 rating on Channel 64, more than double its November average.  Fox 19  averaged a 4.6 rating for the hour Monday.

Varner didn’t want to talk about what could happen after Gray’s non-compete expires Feb. 23.

‘We are always looking at the possibility of increasing our footprint in the morning… But I don’t have any date that it might go to a different time period,” Varner said.

Gray has been working at the sister Sinclair Broadcast Group stations in Dayton (Channels 22 and 45) since early September. Her last day at Fox 19 was Aug. 23.  I can’t see Local 12 changing news anchors on its late newscasts, which have been No. 1 for more than 10 years. So I’m guessing Sheila will work mornings, where she was seen for 14 years on WXIX.

Stay tuned.

Sports Reporter is putting the Next in Nexstar

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FTVLive told you 5 days ago that WROC (Rochester) Sports Anchor John Kucko was going to cover the Super Bowl while wearing Google Glass.

He might now have much time to walk around wearing Glass. Kucko is doing live hits for all the Nexstar stations from the Super Bowl.

And judging by all the mic flags he showed off in a Tweet, it looks like he's going to be there for a while.