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Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Desmond on April 06, 2006, 05:13:49 PM
In the article by Jo Ann Hlavac referenced in Race Talk, she writes:

"Does anyone else besides me want baseball to start if for no other reason then it would mean we don’t have to see or hear Jeanie [sic] Zelasko anymore this season?   Does anyone else besides me think she is absolutely the worst “reporter” to ever have on a head set and be sent into the pits?"

It bears repeating: When Fox begins its new television package in 2007, Zelasko should not return even for one race.  Her problems have been magnified the last two weeks because Steve Byrnes has been away, spending much of that time in the hospital due to a sinus infection.

This week, Byrnes returns and the quality of the pit work should increase immeasurably.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: old hot rodder on April 06, 2006, 05:39:16 PM
This is not meant to be bashing, but I doubt if you get any disagreement re Velasko from the members of this group, Desmond. :D


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Cheryl on April 06, 2006, 05:54:02 PM
Lord knows, I've had issues with Jeanne since 2001.  They reached a head with her remark about Kenseth switching to his "backup engine" a couple races ago.  

What bugs me is that Fox seems to have put her in the position she is in because they are too lazy to hire an additional person if they want a woman pit reporter.  But then again, it seems to me she hasn't fully embraced racing either (as baseball is apparently her first love).  I'm not trying to bash here either, but her placement in the pits just seems like a dismal failure.  As I always say in my reviews, I'd rather NOT see a woman reporter at all if they can't get one who is committed to racing and develops a better rapport with the teams and drivers.  
As a comparison, I do feel Krista Voda has done an excellent job learning the sport (since I read she'd never worked with it before Totally NASCAR).  Glad to see she's now got a full-time gig in the Truck Series.  To me, that shows that she appears more motivated to learn the sport she's covering and fully immerse herself in the "culture."

Cheryl


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 06, 2006, 09:39:21 PM
*****This post edited by moderator*****

I totally agree, Cheryl.  Jeanne Zelasko proves that Fox has no shame, and is willing to put an incompetent in TV just because sh'e female.  They should be embarrassed.

I wasn't impressed with Krista Voda when she started, but as you observed, she seems to have really embraced Nascar, and has absorbed knowlege to become one of their better pit reporters.

sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Vivian on April 07, 2006, 01:02:47 AM
Sally, did you reverse the names in those 2 paragraphs you wrote??

Krista also does some of the Moto Cross shows with Ralph Sheheen (sp?).  She does a great job.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 07, 2006, 01:43:08 AM
I certainly did!  I should never try to talk to my roommate and type at the same time!

Sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Cheryl on April 07, 2006, 12:32:28 PM
Uh, Sally, maybe you could go back and edit your post to correct the names?  ;)

Thanks!
Cheryl


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: old hot rodder on April 07, 2006, 05:16:46 PM
Quote from: "Cheryl"
Uh, Sally, maybe you could go back and edit your post to correct the names?  ;)

Thanks!
Cheryl

 But if Sally did that, Cheryl, then I wouldn't have any reason to be confused! :-D


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Desmond on April 07, 2006, 05:45:39 PM
Quote from: "Vivian"
Sally, did you reverse the names in those 2 paragraphs you wrote??


Next time, Sally, use the edit button! :D


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 07, 2006, 09:01:47 PM
Thank you, everyone, for all your helpful advice.  If you haven't figured out my goof by now, I'd hate to confuse you further by correcting it now.  besides, what would you have to talk about?

Sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Cheryl on April 08, 2006, 04:15:49 PM
Quote from: "sally"
Thank you, everyone, for all your helpful advice.  If you haven't figured out my goof by now, I'd hate to confuse you further by correcting it now.  besides, what would you have to talk about


Well, I think the TV folks might not understand it, so I went in and edited your post for you to correct the names...

Remember the members of the forum are not the only ones reading it.  

Thanks,

Cheryl


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 08, 2006, 06:29:35 PM
See?  I knew that I could count on you to make it just the way it aught to be, Cheryl.

Sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Cheryl on April 10, 2006, 01:21:24 PM
From Matt McLaughlin's article about Texas:

"OK, baseball has started. How come we’re still stuck with Jeannie Zelasko?"

I was thinking the exact thing this weekend.  

My solution was to have a a "no Jeanne" filter on my TV during Saturday and Sunday's races.  Every time, she started to talk, I switched over to PRN.   :-D   Then it started turning into a "no DW" filter as I got increasingly tired of hearing his voice...
How many weeks until Fox is done????

Cheryl


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Desmond on April 10, 2006, 05:19:17 PM
Quote from: "Cheryl"
How many weeks until Fox is done????


About 11.  The last scheduled race on Fox is the Pepsi 400 on July 1.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Vivian on April 11, 2006, 12:53:06 AM
I think Fox has a problem getting the right talent for a lot of their jobs.  We really true racing fans have to remember that a lot of fans just aren't knowledgeable about racing so they are also not knowledgeable about what a lot of the reporters are saying so it dosn't make any difference to them.  A lot of the fans go just to be seen and to see who they can see.  I guess we could just say the reporters are human and make mistakes like we all do at times.  

I don't know if I will want to watch NBC or not after the things they have done lately.  Anyway you look at it, true fans lose... :(


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Desmond on April 11, 2006, 04:53:32 PM
OK, Vivian, so the reporters are human.  But making repeated mistakes over a six-year period?  As I have written, Chris Myers and Jeanne Zelasko have had many years to get it right and they still don't.

As for the new fans not noticing, that is simply their loss.  They will never appreciate NASCAR the way it should be.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 11, 2006, 05:44:06 PM
Vivian, I think Fox's problem is that they seem to be more worried about putting the 'right face' on coverage, rather than someone with knowlege.  On Speed News we now have some young dude with frosted hair on the show.  He hasn't impressed me with his wealth of knowlege, but I'm sure that Fox thinks he has the 'right image' ( young and hip) for the sort of audience they want.  They still can't tell the difference between flash and substance.

Sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Vivian on April 11, 2006, 08:34:38 PM
Sally wrote:

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They still can't tell the difference between flash and substance.


Therein lies the problem.  But I truly think that if they did know the difference, it would not make any difference to them.  JMO...

Desmond wrote:

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But making repeated mistakes over a six-year period. As I have written, Chris Myers and Jeanne Zelasko have had many years to get it right and they still don't.


Maybe I am getting conditioned?  Nah, I have just reached a point where I think it is just a waste of time to care since we can't change it.   :smt069


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Benson23Fan on April 13, 2006, 05:30:51 AM
If Jeanne stays or not is all depending upon the Major League Baseball situation with FOX. I know FOX is in it's last season of the MLB contract and the rumor is that NBC are looking to pick up a significant portion of the contract. If the FOX saturday game of the week goes away I bet Jeanne will do NASCAR for the entire FOX portion.

I know Jeanne actually enjoys doing the telecasts and the other broadcasters enjoy working with her. She has the reputation of being a hard worker and she was thrown into a difficult situation. David Hill wanted a woman working on their NASCAR broadcasts back in 2001 and all of the supposed NASCAR experts that auditioned weren't that great. So David and Ed Goren asked Jeanne is she would be willing to take the job.

I have to say that the Kenseth reserved "Motor" comment was her first real major error in a few seasons. I really felt in 2004 and 2005 she was starting to hold her own on pit road. Working the pits is a real difficult job, and I don't think anyone here could pull it off convincingly. Not even myself and I've been through college for Broadcasting.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Cheryl on April 13, 2006, 12:49:07 PM
Welcome to the Speedcouch forum "Benson23fan."  Glad to have another JB fan on board!   :-D   I've been a fan since his ASA rookie year.  

We have a tradition of sharing first names around here.  Care to introduce yourself?  

Again, welcome!

Cheryl


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 14, 2006, 04:29:17 PM
Benson23,  I don't mean to cast doubt on Jeannie Zelasko's work ethic, and think she's great with baseball.  I don't think she's found any sort of comfort level with Nascar.  Krista Voda wasn't much better when she first started, but seems to have embraced the sport.  She seems at home with the various drivers and/or crew chiefs, and has gotten comfortable in the environment.  Jeannie just doesn't seem to be comfortable in the pits, and has a tendency to ask question/make statements that are very out of tune with the racing atmosphere.  I don't claim that I could do any better, but I have to believe that there is enough 'talent' out there that Speed could find someone who seems to fit in more easily.  She just seems like a fish out of water at the track.

Sally


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: ronbarnes77 on April 19, 2006, 11:11:28 PM
i won't lie i want jeanie on the broadcast as eye candy period!! :lol:  :lol:


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Desmond on April 20, 2006, 04:34:32 PM
Quote from: "ronbarnes77"
i won't lie i want jeanie on the broadcast as eye candy period!! :lol:  :lol:


Well, if that's all there is, I wouldn't mind.  But I (and a lot of other people on the forum) have higher standards... :P


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: ronbarnes77 on April 20, 2006, 04:52:05 PM
:D desmond that was meant as a joke :lol: seriously of course she must go. :D


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: Benson23Fan on April 23, 2006, 04:18:00 PM
I don't know about the rest of you but I thought Jeanne was one of the few brighter spots of the absolutely disgusting broadcast from Phoenix. She appeared to be on her game better and instead of just the usual "Air pressure adjustments and tires" she was actually giving poignant information and stories from the garage area all day long.


Title: Someone else thinks Zelasko must go
Post by: sally on April 23, 2006, 05:10:27 PM
I certainly agree that it was a dismal broadcast.  luckily, I missed the majority of it, since I opted to listen to MRN.  Thus, I didn't miss the first several restarts, and didn't get the usual repetitive screeching from Fox.  However, I have to say that if Ms. Zelasko is the high point of the broadcast, Fox is in real trouble.

Sally