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So she is heading home to hang out with the family. That's cool.
She is a friend of mine and yes, she played at Bradley. I haven't had time to chat with her since this news was announced so I don't know if there was anything happening behind the scenes, but it wouldn't surprise me if she indeed is taking time off to be with family as opposed to being "asked" to leave.
In fact, when we worked together, she did the same thing, left the station to be with her family, but then the WDIV job came up and was too good for her to pass up.
TV is a crappy business that kills your spirit and burns you out - and while covering sports is great (and I'm friends with people who work in the sports ranks from WABC in NYC to ESPN), you work every holiday, night and weekend. It wears on you.
I've always been intereted in what a person makes on those stations. Could you fill me in as to what you believe the range of salary might be?
I assume anchors like Bernie, or Devin are pushing half a million or more, or am I way off under or over?
I also wonder what a guy up in Traverse City makes. They are a small market, but reach quite a distance. I can't believe those anchors up there make more then low six figures. Do you have any idea what they make? I know it's a real nosy question, but it's an idustry, both radio and t.v that I have no clue about.
I remember watching her when she was in Toledo. Not really being in the Detroit market, I haven't seen her in a few years. She seemed like a decent person other than she came off as a huge scUM homer but she was probably just working her audience as Toledo is a shithole and a huge scUM breeding ground.
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When she went to her first OSU/UM game in Columbus she asked me what to wear - I told her to wear anything but Red, Gray, Blue, Yellow or something that could be even considered that color from a distance. She wore a dark navy blue sweater and proceeded to take an incredible amount of crap from Buckeyes all day ... when she finally made it back to the satellite truck I saw that some nicer Buckeye fans had made sure to give her necklaces, hats and other Scarlet/Gray items...
I always wore green ... So if you ever saw a redhead on the field during that game wearing G&W that would have been me...
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Salaries in TV are a pretty guarded secret, especially among on air talent, since there is usually a huge discrepancy and some of it depends on what the station considers your worth and how good an agent you have negotiating for you. Keep in mind that anchors/reporters rarely have much bargaining room these days, unless you're an older established type with a huge audience pull. There is ALWAYS someone younger and cheaper waiting to take your spot. And even that's not a guarantee - the new owners of WJRT in Flint canned their 40 year plus main anchor a couple of years ago, which led to viewer outrage.
That being said, I have a pretty good idea on the range. Back when I was at WDIV many, many years ago there was a funny story that someone got a hold of Bernie's pay stub and tacked on a cork board in the newsroom. He was pushing $600,000 in 1998.
Now those were the last glory years of TV when we got Holiday bonuses, decent raises, etc. After 9-11 things took a nosedive due to lost advertising. Stations then realized "hey, we CAN do more with less" and never looked back. TV has once of the highest profit margins of any business out there. I know MANY on air talent took serious pay cuts to keep their job - and I would guess that Bernie and Devin are still in the high 6-figures. Carmen Harlan is probably the only 7-figure anchor in Detroit.
ESPN salaries are all over the place, and pathetically low for the guys just starting out - $50-60,000's or less. Good friend is the main sports anchor at WABC and while I've never asked, I'm pretty confident in saying he makes over $600,000. Friend who is a reporter a WLS in Chicago makes well over $100,000. Hell, producers at WLS make over six-figures.
Anchors in the smaller markets like TC are making less than six-figures most definitely, unless they've been there forever - and many of them are the station news director, produce newscasts, etc.
Thanks, I never realized 9/11 had an effect on that stuff. Interesting stuff Spartan Gal.
Oh yeah, I remember our GM calling a station meeting and telling everyone how bad it was and how much our ad revenue was down. Holiday party gone, no bonuses. raises cut in half, if given at all. Most of our ad revenue came from the auto industry - gas prices go up, supplier companies shut down, etc., etc.
Yeah, TV is a strange business. Pretty much everyone from Market 20 on down makes jack and I'm hearing more and more about the top markets hiring kids straight out of college, or with one year under their belt, paying them nothing and making them shoot and edit their own stuff. This was UNHEARD of when I graduated in 2000. In fact, I was the only one at my station that started there right out of college - now that's the case for just about all new hires. One of the big reasons TV news is unwatchable IMO.
D. Wags - if you're truly interested in this you can check out this link.
I think they need to give this guy a call to fill the spot. I'm sure he would be cheap.
The worst sports guy in the history of the world!
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
Yeah you're cool, I just think the Toledo area sucks, that is all.
Like everything, you get what you pay for. Thanks for the link, very interesting. My daughters are both intrigued by that field, I'll clue them into these things. My oldest is really into the football/sports part of it, wants to go to MSU in the Physical therapy field, but always tells me she could do that job on the sidelines because she "knows so much" about football.
This makes me think Tim Staudt must be making somewhere between Kid Rock and Matchbox 20 money.
Me = Journalism grad, making nothing, living in Toledo
Sister = PT grad, makes up to $90/hour, lives in Phoenix, could get a job anywhere in the country at any time...
Hmmm, I think the choice is clear...
"I've decided to take a break from the business and spend some time with my family," she said in a tweet.
That means fired.
I make money and live by you. Care to bone?
hmmm, I'll let them read this. But I'm blocking Brodson first.
Her twitter was mess leading up to this announcement, it seemed as if someone had gone behind her back and done something. Though it does read between the lines as being fired.
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