LAF is going on semi-hiatus for much of August. Our stand-in will be moderating the blog and adding some pre-packaged, timeless posts.

But the fun continues. Turn on the news. Grab a bottle (not before noon, please). Do a shot whenever you hear:

  • Makeshift memorial
  • Totally destroyed
  • Barely escaped with their lives
  • only on (this station)
  • our helicopter is over an accident now…
  • “he was a quiet guy, kept to himself…”
  • closure
  • the staccato voice of Mark Winne
  • Ken Cook calling Atlanta “the city of fountains.”

Do a double shot whenever you hear these horrifying cliches:

  • More questions than answers
  • Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst
  • It sounded like a freight train
  • Remains to be seen
  • Monica Pearson appearing overly sincere (limit: two per newscast).

And then, when you’re done, chase it with a beer and watch Tom Waits conduct the best news conference ever. Stay tuned for the visual punch line at the end:

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Doug Richards is a reporter at WXIA-TV. This is his personal blog. WXIA-TV has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, under any circumstances, in any form. For anything written herein, Doug accepts sole credit and full blame. Follow him on Twitter: @richardsdoug. All rights reserved. Thanks for visiting.

16 thoughts on ““Peskajumba”

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  2. Fence Sitter

    How many shots when the home invasion occurs at a reporter’s house-and the reporter is assigned to cover it?

  3. Mrs. LAF

    @rptrcub & fence sitter: I wish we’d had that whiskey. The thievin’ varmints cleaned out our liquor cabinet. That was one crappy holiday.

  4. Wrangler of Found Light

    Uncle Peter:

    I LOVE XIA as much as the next guy, but XIA played “Uncle Peter” to Fox 5 on the 10P election coverage!

    OH MY?!?!

  5. Newsguy

    Speaking of XIA, what’s with this chatter on TVSpy about NBC’s Martin Savidge possibly being tapped to replace a certain male anchor (for the purposes of obscurity, let’s call him T. Hall. No – that’s much too obvious. Let’s say Ted H. instead…).

  6. bigear

    How about: If the phrase “hunker down” is uttered by a reporter talking about a hurricane, take one shot for each named storm up to that point.

  7. Scott Hedeen

    martin savidge? remind me NEVER to loot a Kmart with him around!

    Tom T Hall? is now anchoring the news? wasn’t his track called “behind closed doors”?

    bigear. never.. i mean..never… use the great Munson’s “key phrase” ever again!

  8. mild mannered reporter

    Just as a point of fact, Charlie Rich did “Behind Closed Doors,” not Tom T. Hall.

    How about in coming election coverage, a shot is required for every time someone says “it’ll be interesting to see how this shakes out in November” on air?


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