By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published Aug 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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You didn't have to read Monday's OnMedia column to process the headline on Wisconsin's Aria Kagan being cut from "Next Food Network Star" on Sunday night's episode:

"Aria Kagan gets the ax."

It posted at 11 a.m. the morning after Kagan's swan song on the competition for a Food Network TV show, 14 hours after the episode concluded in the Central Time Zone.

I had tweeted the results after they aired, almost live. I got a couple tweets in response to my spoiler, like this one and this one.

Should I have broken the news immediately in an era when folks regularly delay their TV viewing? 

For the record, I don't do this willy-nilly.

When I regularly blog the week's results on a "reality" show like "American Idol," I generally bury the results so that readers have to click on a link to learn who was sent home. I know from reader reaction -- and the clicks the blog posts get --  that a substantial number of people enjoy this chance to learn what happened without having to watch.

But there are times when the news value outweighs my sensitivity to time-shifting viewers. I'm not likely to hold back on the final results of a competition, any more than a sports reporter would withhold the final score to avoid spoiling somebody's delayed viewing.

In this case, Kagan was a local story. She was born and raised and gained her love for cooking in the Town of Erin. The conclusion of her run on the show had a genuine local interest. 

That's why I tweeted it as it happened. Maybe I should have held back, but I thought at least the headline should have gone out there.

As for headlining it the next day at 11, that yielded a couple e-mails and one particularly angry talkback that wasn't posted because the talkbacker called me a "jerk." (I wasn't involved in the decision not to post it.)

I don't have qualms about reporting like news, but what do you think?

Should I put the news out there right away? Should I hold back? Or should I shroud it in a way that readers have to actively click to get the results on a "reality" show?

On the air: No, WRIT-FM (95.7) morning voice Meg McKenzie didn't make it to the final 10 in the competition to fill in on "Live with Regis and Kelly!" despite the listener votes. She is in the official OnMedia top 10, however.

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Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.