Conan: Faulty ‘Salty’

“The final days of the campaign can get a little salty.”

Conan sends up local TV stations for parroting the same script.  But why does this happen?  Because networks send scripts and video to affiliates daily.

Paul Farhi Wash Post:  The “salty” story was produced by an “affiliate service,” CNN Newsource, and syndicated to dozens of stations around the country. Stations not only get prepackaged footage from such services, but a script that introduces the footage, as well. Stations then “localize” the canned package by having one of their anchors read the one-size-fits-all copy.

Farhi calls it a “local trend” but these daily feeds with scripts have been served up by networks for decades.

In the 1970s ABC’s feed was called “ABCDEF.”  ABC Daily Electronic Feed.  When I was a TV news anchor at an NBC affiliate, NBC’s daily feed was recorded on videotape reels and the scripts were conveyed on a special teletype machine.   It was TV’s equivalent of wire service rip-and-read.

Anyway, Conan wants to meet Cami Mountain, anchoress in Wausau, Wisconsin:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 11:11 AM


  • Jimbotalk

    These are also available for radio, and either way, there’s nothing funnier than adding your words to their soundbites.   the script may say,
    “How long have you wanted to be a public servant?”, with the response, “This has been my goal since I was a child”.
    But then you change your question to, “How long have you been screwing diseased camels?”

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      You made me laugh so hard!   The TV stuff is all packages so you can’t have fun like that.  Sometimes a sound bite.

  • Sentinel

    Cami Mountain? Sounds like a stage name for an adult film star. Small wonder Gonad Obrien wants to meet her.

  • Grandpa D

    Cami Mountain, from a city by the landmark Rib Mountain.

    BTW, I used to work there (WAOW-TV)  back in the late ’60s/early ’70s.  Anchors then had real names. And were all male.

    • http://chickaboomer.com/ Marty Davis

      Oh, yeah, GD, I recall those days. So that’s not her real name?  Conan laughed.  Something like her parents named her knowing she was going to grow up to be a TV news anchor.