KOMO thinks it’s 1986

Worst local news commercial ever?


I don’t what’s worse, that KOMO thought this was a good idea or that Jenni Hogan agreed to it.

7 Comments so far

  1. jakel on August 10th, 2008 @ 10:37 am


    Is she totally mocking herself? She has posted a translation of what she’s saying on 4’s site. I’m in love:


  2. wazzuguy on August 10th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    Wow, someone took an extra dose of their bitter pills! How is that ad 1980’s inspired. To me it looks like they’re acknowledging their traffic reporter… Yes, sounds a little bit different. And then they go on to poke a little fun at themselves. For shame KOMO! How dare you not take yourselves so seriously! You must build yourselves up to be so serious and always act as though, if anything is different, it should absolutely NOT be admitted. (Can you pick up on the sarcasm? because I’m layin’ it on pretty thick. And yes, that was stolen from Spade in "Tommy Boy.")

    I love it and I love her. And if I ever see her around town, I’m gonna’ tell her I do. I just logged onto the KOMO site and I did notice she’s married, hopefully her husband isn’t a big man and doesn’t care that I’m gonna’ tell his wife I lover her. Haha!

    So I’m with Jake on this one and the person who posted this… Go find something else more useful to do with your time. Maybe you could go count the number of eggs at the grocery store because then I would be more interested in what you have to say instead of criticizing a news ad that utilized a bit of creativity and has a little fun at their own expense. I like it! ‘Nuff said.

  3. Ryan (ryanhealy) on August 10th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    1986 was a reference to the year Crocodile Dundee came out.

    If you ever spend time with Australians (and I do) they do not talk like this. They cringe when they hear stuff like this. It’d be like if an Australian TV station had an American reporter dressed up in an Uncle Sam outfit stuffing his face with McDonald’s while popping off his six-shooter and yelling "Yee-haw!"

    Head over to Kangaroo & Kiwi sometime and ask a few of the Aussies if they ever throw shrimp on the barbi. Report back here and let me know how they reacted.

  4. jakel on August 10th, 2008 @ 11:56 am

    You’re right Ryan. I work with a bunch of Aussies and love the Kangaroo and Kiwi. They’re all great sports but I do notice that people here always ask them about Aussie slang (including throw a shrimp on the barbie). They tell me they don’t really say that back there, but for some reason us here in the US tend to love saying it to them. That’s why I think this commercial is so funny.

    You have to bet Jenni gets that all the time too. It seems this commercial is her poking fun at what people think she should sound like. If you watch her during her normal traffic, she doesn’t talk like this at all, although she’s a little quirky, and does say some random things, but come to think of it so do my Aussie friends. A breathe of fresh air.

    I would be interested to know what the Aussies here think of this commercial.

  5. wazzuguy on August 10th, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    I too know some folks who’re are from Australia as well as New Zealand, and I’m well aware some of the terms used in the commercial are not part of the everday vernacular. I think you’ve lost sight of the point here… It’s all in fun. And I think you just want to criticize something so you found a taget to spew your venom on. Good on you! We’re all so proud of you. Give me a break!

    When I hang out with friends of mine from other countries I make light of the "American" stereotypical elements they expect to encounter in our culture. It’s all in fun. Lighten up and pick something more worthy of critique. And thanks for clearing up the 1986 reference, I was quite perplexed and now it makes sense.

    By the way, Australians were quite proud of that movie and Paul Hogan making a splash in America. And he did it by playing up the stereotypes of Aussie culture. Just throwing that out there. It would seem to me the traffic reporter (who is Australian) as well as many from the country appear to be okay with a sense of humor. Are you?

  6. Ryan (ryanhealy) on August 10th, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    Clearly, it’s not a serious issue. It’s just dumb. And forgive me if I’m tired of all the "dumb" emanating from our local news media.

    Also, it wasn’t funny. If it was funny, I would’ve laughed and wouldn’t have posted about it. But they even missed the mark on that.

  7. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on August 11th, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

    wazzuguy, you have spewed way more venom here than Ryan. In fact, your comments in all serious make me fear for Ms. Hogan’s safety.

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