KDKA — the hometown whosits?

Well, the one day I am not in downtown Burgh and all freakish hell breaks loose. What a day to spend at the Pittsburgh Zoo instead of in my office. No matter. I’ve got good ole’ WTAE, WPXI, and KDKA, not to mention the Trib and PG to get me up to speed on what will likely be billed by 5:30 a.m. as “The Flood of 2005” complete with scary blue and yellow graphics and hovering text.

So, I hit WPXI and boy have they got some coverage, complete with slideshows and other cool stuff. Top story of course:

WTAE? Same dealio.

KDKA? You know the HOMETOWN Advantage, located at Gateway where the flooding occurred? Yeah, they got zip. In fact, true to form, they have craptastic local news on their website. I can’t find one story about the water main break!

So I give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they were so badly flooded they couldn’t function and get the stuff online? Doesn’t appear so. Their basement got flooded yeah, but they’ve got power, etc.

In fact, most times I visit KDKA.com, they have very little local news. Some advantage you have, boys. Relying on AP feeds for all of your news is not very cool, especially when the big news appears in the form of an 8-foot geyser shooting up outside of your windows.


  1. pittgirl
    August 17, 2005 11:01 pm

    Yes, the zoo. Me. 87 degree heat. The freaking sun. 35 kiddies and four other chaperones. Yeah, that’s how I got to spend my day off. Needless to say, the moment I entered my home, I had a drink (and it wasn’t chocolate milk). My good deed is done and I don’t care if I never see another scary howler monkey scratch its own ass as long as I live.

  2. Henry
    August 18, 2005 6:43 am

    I recently found your blog—-As a transplanted `burgher I giggle hysterically at your stuff.
    Great work!!
    Consider yourself bookmarked.
    I don’t remember when I laughed so hard as when I saw that picture of the trucker, head in hands, with an option to buy this photo.

  3. pittgirl
    August 18, 2005 8:01 am

    Aw Henry, I’m blushing! Oh, and remember to get the SET for your home, the trucker AND the road pavement project picture. Really. The Trib knows art when it sees it.

  4. Henry
    August 18, 2005 9:45 am

    I can see them now–one on each side of the fireplace.

    Thanks for the tip!

  5. rob
    August 18, 2005 4:51 pm

    Good for you, volunteering and all.
    Sorry about the monkey ass scratching, I guess that’s the price you pay for a good deed.