In another one of those disturbing WTF crosstown talent trips, Desiree Carvajal, she of the slaphappy attitude and annoyingly shrill voice greeting us each morning on FOX6News here in San Diego, moved over to KNSD 7/39, the local NBC affiliate, as a reporter. This evidently happened a while back (like late April), but because I never watch KNSD, I missed it. Either way, she's still annoyingly chirpy, even when reporting on subjects like local people returning from the Peru earthquake. But to underscore all of this, Kristine Frazao, a reporter on FOX6News just appeared on KNSD's newscast. I swear to God she was on FOX last week. (Both Carvajal and Frazao do NOT appear on the KNSD website, but FOX wasted no time getting rid of the latter off of their site.)
In turn, KNSD's former lead weatherman (Um...weather anchor? Weather PERSON? What is the TV-PC term these days? Yeah, yeah, I know they ALL liked to be called "Meteorologist."), Joe Lizura has turned up on KUSI these days, doing the weather on their "Good Morning San Diego" show. Joe is decidedly NOT chirpy. In fact, he looks downright pissed most mornings. We're not sure if it's because he has to be up so early or if it's from being on the same set with KUSI's dumb and dumberer pair of Dan Plante and Bridget Naso, another in a long line of local morning news teams who talk too much and present far too little news. Here in San Diego, it's a tough morning ride each day. If you want something local after 7am, your choices are KUSI (whose latest innovation--in the past year or so, since they only have about ONE innovative thought per decade--is to rebrand their morning news with the distinctive 70s flavored "Good Morning San Diego," a news name that has become almost distinctly the province of smaller market stations and sitcom parodies of newscasts), and FOX6News. Both contain chirpy, cheerful, not a serious thought in their pretty little heads male/female anchor teams. Plante and Naso, originally teamed on the KUSI weekend show, rejoined when the lovely Susan Lennon left the morning show last December. Fox has Marc Bailey and Angela Chee. Chee, who has an annoyingly robotic voice at times and seems to leave her nose at home each day, replaced Carvajal within the past 6 months or so. Bailey, ever the company man, defended the Fox network's new show, Anchorwoman, in which a former wrestling babe becomes a local TV anchor, all for the sake of "reality show" enjoyment. Fox, in an amazing moment of clarity, canceled the show after a single episode, but for Bailey the damage was already done. Once a kiss-ass, always a kiss-ass.
The list of all this crosstown commuting is almost endless. Stan Miller from KUSI to KFMB. Michael Tuck from KFMB to KUSI. Anita Lightfoot from KUSI to FOX6News. C.S. Keys from KUSI to FOX6News. Terry Burhans from KUSI to FOX6News. Brian Christie (recently "demoted" to the weekend news at Fox) from KUSI to FOX6News. (Are you noticing a pattern here, people?) I've never seen a market before (San Diego is the 27th largest news market, a sobering statistic, considering San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States), where talent moves so quickly and freely between stations. It's the newscaster equivalent of illegal border crossings.
What does this all mean, you ask, and why should we care? Well, like we're not supposed to mate with our first cousins lest the kids come out all slow and drooly and with an added appendage or two, all of this intercity cross pollination of news talent (this word used loosely at all times, but most especially in San Diego) means the same group of people stays on the air and we never get any new blood in the water. Beyond that, it also makes which station you THINK you're watching extremely confusing. I can relate to not wanting to leave this wonderful--albeit hopelessly screwed up--city. But sooner or later someone has to wise up and put a non-compete clause in somebody's contract. And yes, we're still hoping Susan Lennon, another KUSI refugee shows up soon on local San Diego news. Now there's someone that evidently DID have a non-compete clause.