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This Is The Dumbest Shit I've Heard Since Yesterday
Via Romenesko, an "award-winning" TV sports director in Charlotte, NC, resigns after the station accidentally airs a flubbed take in which he said "shit." Mark Washburn writes about Chuck Howard shitting away his job in the Charlotte Observer (complete with little dashes through that horrifying word, "shit"):

Howard, 41, WCNC sports director for 11 years, was taping a roundup Wednesday night for the next morning's "6 News Today" when he decided to redo the segment. "Let's retake that," he said, prefacing the statement with the word s---.

But when the roundup aired at 5:51 a.m. Thursday, the station showed the aborted segment rather than the one intended for broadcast. Morning anchor Colleen Odegaard immediately acknowledged the error and apologized to viewers. Howard was not on his usual newscasts Friday.

"Chuck has tendered his resignation and we have accepted it," Stuart Powell, president and general manager of the NBC affiliate, said Saturday.

He said he could not comment on the reasons for the resignation.

Well, shit, we could guess, huh?

Posted by aalkon at August 1, 2006 7:06 AM

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Shitty way to lose your job me thinks....

Posted by: Rob at August 1, 2006 7:57 AM

Lots of kids watch the six o'clock morning news.

Ron Burgundy bounced back.

Posted by: smurfy at August 1, 2006 12:32 PM

Sounds like the Sandra Tsing Loh deal all over again...

Posted by: LYT at August 1, 2006 5:48 PM

"Shit" is a gateway cuss word, and it always leads to use of harder cuss words like "cocksucker" and "fuck". At least that's what they teach you at "Cuss Word Madness", which plays every Sunday morning around here. Seriously, when I first moved to Charlotte from NYC in 99 I had this big blue cut-out painting of a cock and balls, very abstract, that I used as the bookmark in my notebook. And I mean really abstract: it looked like a bone Dino the Dinosaur would chew on, y'know? So abstract that I didn't think twice about bringing it with me on job interviews. Well, let me tell you, my big blue cock and balls has a half-life you wouldn't believe. I had someone tell me about it as recently as two months ago, saying "I remember it fell out during your interview... maybe you were trying to sabotage yourself, 'cos we don't show those kinds of things around here". Ha ha! Well, at least he remembered me.

Posted by: Little Shiva, The Visible Trash Society, Charlotte, NC at August 1, 2006 6:10 PM

WCNC has lost a 10 year loyal viewer. Fire the jerk that aired the mistake. The sad part is that Chuck was probably home in bed when it happend !!!!!!!

They have lost a good person heavily involved in the community. I hope local advertisers pull some commercials (money) in protest....

Posted by: chris jones at August 4, 2006 6:40 AM

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