Who is the hottest on local TV?
We all like lists. David Letterman has been doing them for years, and back in the late '90s VH1 had a hit show with celebrities presenting their lists.
So, why wouldn't Dave and Carole at WKLH-FM radio have the hottest men and women in local TV?
The popular morning drive show on the Classic Hits station (96.5) opened up the popularity contest for all news, weather, traffic and sports personalities at each of the four TV news outlets in the market. People went to their website and chose who they thought were the "hottest."
Well, the results are in.
Meteorologist Vince Condella at WITI-TV Fox 6 posted this on his Facebook page on Wednesday:
"I've been told I finished in 5th place in the "Hottest Man on Local TV" poll conducted by a Milwaukee radio station. For a 56-year-old weather dude with all the young guns in this market – hey, I'll take it!"
For the men, Condella's coworker Ted Perry took the top spot, just ahead of Mike Gousha, the host of "UPFRONT with Mike Gousha," a Sunday morning political show on WISN-TV Ch. 12.
I can't claim this as fact, but I don't think it hurt that Perry and Gousha spend a few minutes each week with Dave and Carole on their show ... and I'm guessing Ted campaigned just a little bit as well. I'm kidding, and if you've listened to him before, he's one of the most self-deprecating and down-to-earth people on the air.
Vince Vitrano (WTMJ-TV Ch. 4), Mark Baden (WISN), Condella, Rob Haswell (WITI), Patrick Paolantonio (WISN), Brian Gotter (WTMJ), Scott Steele (WTMJ) and Matt Salemme (WISN) round out the Top 10.
For the women, the voting took place last week. As Carole Caine said on the air, "Women like it when you pay them a compliment. Even if it is in an objectifying way, 'I don't care.'"
Jen Lada, a sports reporter at WITI, was the top vote-getter, while WTMJ morning traffic reporter Caitlin Morrall took second place.
Toya Washington (WISN) finished third in the voting as Ann State (WITI), Mary Stoker Smith (WITI), Keller Russell (WTMJ), Nicole Koglin (WITI), Katrina Cravy (WITI), Susan Kim (WTMJ) and Joyce Garbaciak (WISN) made the list.
What do you think? Was anyone left off the list that should have made it? Does a list like this even matter? I'd love to hear your take.
Bottom Line: Today is the first day in the May sweeps for TV. What it means for the viewers is being exposed to a bombardment of promotion spots to get you to watch season finales of network broadcast shows, and local and national news reports. What it means for the stations is an all-out effort to get as high as ratings as possible. This measured time period for four weeks will determine the rate in which broadcasters will charge for commercial spots for most of the next year. Adding to the business potential, this is a presidential election year. That means stations want the highest rate possible because demand for airtime will be escalated.
Slow Jam: President Obama appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" this week. If you missed him "Slow Jam The News," you can watch it here:
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