An Old-Time L.A. TV News Reunion Hits Facebook

Former employees of KNXT/KCBS Channel 2 in Los Angeles are staging a reunion — on Facebook.

Alumni have flocked to a new Facebook group called “I worked at KNXT/KCBS Ch. 2 in LA when it mostly didn’t suck” to share memories, photos, and whereabouts of other alumni, L.A. Observed reported.

Recent posters have included Pat O’Brien, Terry Murphy, Maclovio Perez, Roy Firestone, Terry Anzur, Steve Kmetko, and Ross Becker, and names that have come up in discussion include Warren Olney, Ann Curry, Connie Chung, Ralph Story, Clete Roberts, Sandy Hill, and Joe Benti, according to LA Observed, which added that O’Brien posted, “It was the greatest time in my professional life. Period.”

The postings share the theme of looking back at the “good old days,” and lamenting the current state of TV news, as illustrated by this rant from Firestone:

It’s not just railing about how shitty much (not all) of local news is and has become. It’s the complete and absolute ass kissing to today’s celebrity TMZ (sorry Harvey, it’s not all your fault…it’s theirs) of celebrity and semi-celebrity and cross-promotion of the network TV shows. It’s an absolute travesty. Sure, we went overboard with Grammy and Oscar and even American Music Awards gushing (one year, I even covered them, much to my embarrassment now). It’s the insane drivel that passes for news — anything from Charlie Sheen to Kardashian coverage to Lady Gaga news, etc. One night, I accidentally watched KCAL/KCBS (there’s another issue that boggles my mind) and they spent nine solid minutes on Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men. You can look this up: I did a commentary on it.

In 1975, when Elvis died, the CBS Evening News gave the story 90 — that’s 90 — seconds. On June 25, 2009, when Michael Jackson (of course it was a huge news story) died, he was given … wait for this … 29-and-a-half hours of broadcasts on both network, local and cable programming. Are you taking this in? When we invaded Libya, there were more items about Charlie Sheen on the air than the incursion. And you can look it up.

Would you consider launching a Facebook group about your former place of employment? And if you did, would the language stay clean enough for the page to remain public?

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