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January 24, 2005 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Insecure Weatherman vs. Confident Weatherman (Windows media)
posted by Robot Johnny (39 comments total)

 
I feel so bad for #1. I love putting myself in embarrassing situations, but nearly squirm out of my seat when others are placed in such positions.
posted by Captaintripps at 10:22 AM on January 24, 2005


WHO WROTE IT!?

Awesome.
posted by ruddhist at 10:25 AM on January 24, 2005


Reed wrote it.
posted by greasy_skillet at 10:29 AM on January 24, 2005


Holy hell that first one is a pisser! I don't know who was worse, the weather dude or the producer who just didn't have enough sense to cut to commercial. Of course, maybe he couldn't resist this comedic gem unfolding before him.

...."the barometer - is growing"!! great stuff
posted by j.p. Hung at 10:34 AM on January 24, 2005


Looks like his confidence caught up to him.
posted by greasy_skillet at 10:35 AM on January 24, 2005


I like how you can hear the first guy panting into his microphone.
posted by driveler at 10:41 AM on January 24, 2005


I don't know who was worse, the weather dude or the producer who just didn't have enough sense to cut to commercial.

No commercials on public television.

This appears to be WOUB, in Athens, Ohio. My brother worked there when he was in college...
posted by jpburns at 10:44 AM on January 24, 2005


#1 doesn't look real to me ... the anchor babes are too rigid and the weather guy is way overdone ... it resembles a Saturday Night Live skit ...

No. 2 looks more legit if such a phrase can be used to describe any TV weather person.
posted by terrier319 at 10:51 AM on January 24, 2005


I think the confident one actually made me cringe more
posted by poppo at 10:56 AM on January 24, 2005


Great links. Thanks.
posted by jragon at 11:03 AM on January 24, 2005


"Once a day ain't nothin'!"

The first guy is just a trainwreck, but the second guy is genuinely terrifying. It's as if he's trying to get fired.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:10 AM on January 24, 2005


Mathis got fired for checking himself into an alcohol rehab program, which is pretty shitty regardless of what you think about the guy. His on air persona was sort of the bastard lovechild of Ethyl Merman and Jim Varney.
posted by ElvisJesus at 11:10 AM on January 24, 2005


The only weatherman I trust is John-John Mackey and his Storm-Tracker Accu-Cast!
posted by emptybowl at 11:13 AM on January 24, 2005


I read up on the first video the other day... it is from a public-access/PBS type channel that broadcasts some shows from a college Media Studies department (as mentioned by jpburns).
Hence the "first day of class" look.
posted by numlok at 11:14 AM on January 24, 2005


Am I the only one who isn't surprised when the "confident, sometimes controversial funnyman" turns out to be an alcoholic cokehead? With his on-air mannerisms, the only thing that surprises me is that he never got busted doing lines off the anchorwoman's tits during a commercial break.
posted by jeffmik at 11:16 AM on January 24, 2005


I would watch the weather if that second guy were my weatherman.
posted by drezdn at 11:26 AM on January 24, 2005


"Insecure Weatherman" is on a college tv station, Ohio University Broadcasting in Athens. I'm guessing that the poor guy is doing this solely because it was a requirement for some Broadcast Journalism course he signed up for. That said, I must admit that it cheered me up as I recall my own glorious college broadcasting career: there's at least one poor guy in the world with less of a knack for it.

What's interesting about the contrast is that you can go into any bookstore and find a shelf of books on "How to Overcome Shyness/Stagefright/Self-conciousness"; and yet I've never come across any title telling extroverts how to tone it down.

(Does anyone have a more Apple-friendly link for "Confident Weatherman"?)
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 11:52 AM on January 24, 2005


heh. Those guys are chumps.
We got us a REAL weatherman in the PNW. Jeff Renner. Author, diver, pilot, mountaineer AND he has a booshy mustache. My old roommate and I refer to him as the "Weather Mack"...'cause, he's the mack.
posted by black8 at 11:53 AM on January 24, 2005


Does anyone have a more Apple-friendly link for "Confident Weatherman"?

I had no problems with the Mac version of Windows Media Player...
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:04 PM on January 24, 2005


Um, are there any medical professionals reading who can tell me what exactly is wrong with number two? I mean, are there any meds that can cure that?
posted by fatllama at 12:48 PM on January 24, 2005


John Kettley is a weatherman.
posted by seanyboy at 12:50 PM on January 24, 2005


This is exactly why I get my weather info online.
posted by jonknee at 12:57 PM on January 24, 2005


What is the guy in the background saying after Mark Mathis says something about needing more time on the air? It's about three quarters of the way in, I think.
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:19 PM on January 24, 2005


"If you would start from the beginning you would have plenty of time"
posted by euphorb at 1:31 PM on January 24, 2005


poor stevie's girlfriend.
posted by Peter H at 2:26 PM on January 24, 2005


DO THE WEATHERDANCE!
posted by Peter H at 2:27 PM on January 24, 2005


Great post!
posted by breath at 2:31 PM on January 24, 2005


Mathis got fired for checking himself into an alcohol rehab program, which is pretty shitty regardless of what you think about the guy. His on air persona was sort of the bastard lovechild of Ethyl Merman and Jim Varney.

you really hit the nail on the head with both points. maybe he just wasn't going to be entertaining enough without the substance abuse.
posted by blendor at 3:00 PM on January 24, 2005


Anybody seen that Pamela Anderson video?

THAT BOX NEEDS TO BE JUST A LITTLE BIT BIGGER. TRUST ME.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:00 PM on January 24, 2005


I think that Mark Mathis was the really early weatherman on Austin's KXAN a few years ago. He was pretty lame tame back then.
posted by birdherder at 4:26 PM on January 24, 2005


It is incredibly difficult coordinating yourself in front of a TV monitor. You have to re-learn all of your movements because it is the opposite of looking at yourself in the mirror. When you move your left arm to the left, your image's left arm also moves to the left (which is your right). Clearly the first guy hadn't had enough training and knew it as soon as he was given the cue to stand up.
posted by DirtyCreature at 7:34 PM on January 24, 2005


Holy crap. Robot Johnny, this is gold.
posted by pepcorn at 7:49 PM on January 24, 2005


Oh, a friend of mine swears that substitute weatherman Merle Kachenmeister (Toledo) said: "Did you see that? That cameraman just gave me the finger."
posted by pepcorn at 7:54 PM on January 24, 2005


#1 doesn't look real to me ... the anchor babes are too rigid and the weather guy is way overdone ... it resembles a Saturday Night Live skit ...

I'm pretty sure it's legit. WOUB is the student station for Ohio University, which has a pretty good communications school. And DirtyCreature is right -- it is harder than you think to point accurately at a spot on a chroma-keyed weather map. You often are looking at a monitor in front of you, as well as (sometimes) monitors on each side.

I also recognize the anchor on the right; she works for WTAP in Parkersburg, WV now, and her station bio says she went to OU and worked at WOUB.
posted by Vidiot at 9:09 PM on January 24, 2005


An update on Mathis!
posted by turbanhead at 9:48 PM on January 24, 2005


Superb! And thanks for the Mathis update, turbanhead.
posted by chrid at 9:37 AM on January 25, 2005


no-reg link:

Fans of his wacky weatherman act on WCCB-TV wouldn't have known him.

Even Mark Mathis wasn't sure who the man in the mirror was -- drunken, disheveled, solitary, hunkered down in a $99 room at a Doubletree hotel, a weekend destination he had chosen because he knew he could get vodka from room service if the bottle he'd brought along didn't do the trick.

posted by mrgrimm at 10:39 AM on January 25, 2005


I love the internet so much today.
posted by zerolives at 6:05 PM on January 25, 2005


Weatherman sinecure

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=weatherman+sinecure&btnG=Search
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