Up Close and Personal 4

88 min

Let's get ready to rock and roll. Tally

Atwater Affiliate Promo. Take one.

Okay, people, let's get it

together. Let's do it.

We need Tally on one.

I wanna hear the announce.

We'll take the announcement. Tally?

Testing one, two, three.

This is Tom Orr.

Testing one, two, three.

You know those faces,

you remember those stories.

They were the men and women

who made I.B.S. News...

Okay, that's enough on Tom Orr.

Let's go to Tally.

Hey, kill the music, guys.

Tally, could you give us

a level on your mike, please?

- What we in the news business...

- One second. Mike, raise her beam.

Again, Tally,

testing one, two, three.

What we in the news business

can never forget...

You're picking' up shadow on her face.

Tally, I need to see you at camera here.

Add some side light, please.

What we in the news business

can never forget...

is we're only as good as

the stories we tell.

Guys, you still got the shadow.

A little more fill, please.

If you could talk a little about how

you got started. A few bio-bites.

Let's see.

I guess I always pretty much

knew what I wanted to do.

Sallyanne knew what she wanted. And

what she wanted was to be number 1.

- In neon lights.

- The sister comes down to two bites.

There's something cute about how you

got started. You went to college?

I tempted, waited tables. The minute

I was old enough, I dealt craps.

I wanted deal baccarat, because

you could make more money on tips.

But where we were living, in a

little mining town in the West...

you had to be connected

to deal baccarat.

And the only person I was connected

to was my little sister, Luanne.

I was going to community

college at night...

doubling up on communications courses,

making up for lost time.

Everyone said...

"You wanna get a job in television...

you have to make a demo tape."

So, I made a demo tape.

You might ask, "Out of the thousands of

women that send tapes, why hire Sally?"

I sent it to thirty-seven stations.

W.M.I.A. Miami...

was the only answer I got. So I said

I said good-bye to Luanne and got...

on the American connection to Dallas

with a four hour lay-over to Miami.

I wanted it to be four days,

I was so scared of getting there.

So, you're Sally.

- Thally Atwater.

- That's Sally with an "S", right?

- Do you thing Im overdressed?

- No. Not in the least.

I didn't know if it'd be...

you know dressy or... cool...

Warren? Ms. Atwater is here.

Okay, go up those stairs and

Warren's in the control booth.

- Hey. I'm Ned.

- I'm Sally.

You majored in communications.

Yeah, Vic, listen. On that Coco

Plum housekeeper murder...

- Wrap Patti, go to Rob.

- Patti, wrap it up.

- For now, Rob. Back to you, Stewart.

- Thank you, Patti, for that report.

You, over here.

Rob, you're running long.

Further developments as they occur at

the situation at Tamiami Middle School.

Further developments as they occur at

the situation at Tamiami Middle...

A thirteen-years-old still holds his

math class hostage with an A.K.

More coverage at six from the award-

winning Channel Nine News Team.

This is Rob Sullivan with his touchy,

feel tag. Good-bye. Be of good cheer.

I might get sick.

Get me the six o'clock report.

- Come on.

- About the Anders sentencing today...

Coming, sweetheart?

...is by calling attention to public

servant violating the voter's trust.

No, Harvey, we play it straight.

"Harvey Harris reporting from the

Courthouse where the Seminole School...

Principal was found guilty of banging the

tenth grade class president. No more.

That accident in Homestead...

- Sweetheart, will you keep up?

- Sally.

- Excuse?

- Sally. Not "sweetheart."

Got it. Vic. Sally.

Sally's our new desk assistant.

Do not call her "sweetheart."

- There's got a kid trapped.

- No kid. Dad, Mom, Grandma in one car.

The driver, his wife or

girlfriend in the pickup.

- There's some discrepancy there.

- Run that discrepancy by me.

Lady calls, says the woman in the

pickup was her "husband's whore."

Warren? Trish again on two.


Yeah, we'll send you references.

Weren't you and Trish... You know,

if you don't mind my asking?

- I do mind. Who you got on Homestead?

- Nobody. Unless you unfired Trish.

We don't usually wear out

credentials in the newsroom.

Oh, I'm sorry.

- Oh, that's good.

- I'm sorry.

I'm from Nevada.

Okay, here's the rundown.

- We'll have the kid hostage story live.

- No. It'll be "What-does-it-all-mean?"

Have Lou do it.

Consuela's doing the P.B.A. Endorsing

the mayor for second term.

Bury that before the first commercial.

Harvey's doing Anders, and there's the

Coco Plum housekeeper killing.

Lead with that. Because...

Come on. Let's have it.

The golden rule of local news.

"If... it...

bleeds, it leads."

- Your predecessor...

- Trish...

Trish didn't think the desk had a

whole lot to teach her. How 'bout you?

- I think the desk can teach me.

- What?

- Everything.

- Everything?

So... that later when I'm...

So when I'm ready,

I'll be able to do a story.

Excuse me a second.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

This is a great honor...

...already a seasoned newswoman.

She covered crucial...

Crucial California Youth

Forum Elections?

You might ask, "Out of the thousands of

women that send tapes, why hire Sally?"

Because I'm Sally,

and I'm going to be a star.

If it is to tell me I have a lot to

learn, I already know that.

- I'm going to learn it.

- Noted.

Meanwhile, you answer the phones,

work the data-base...

get the reporters what they need...

addresses, numbers.

Who, what, when, where.

And you see that Mister Coffee machine

over there? I like it strong.

Lleana, cancel my dinner.

We're gonna have to go late.

You used to cover the White House.

- You'll tell me you watched me?

- You asked George Bush how...

as former C.I.A. Director, he didn't

know Noriega was on the C.I.A. Payroll.

Bush said, "No questions at photo op."

And you put the whole thing on the air.

- It was in a course I took.

- You still get the coffee.

- I could probably get the coffee.

- Good.

Otherwise you'd just have the shortest

career in W.M.I.A. Channel Nine History.

News Heartbeat of the American

Riviera. Sugar, no cream.

You always wear that much makeup?

Turning to the weather front, looks

like scorchers stacked up over Florida.


May I have your name, please?

And what is the name of the hospital?

Does this person have a name?

No, I am trying to help you.

No, ma'am. I do not remember

Miami before there were Haitians.

Thank you, ma'am.

Happy Halloween to you, too.

- You're getting' the hang of it.

I am, yes.

Actually, I've been getting the

hang of it since at least July.

- Here you go, Warren.

- Thanks. Good, Ned.

This is not a criticism,

it's more of an observation.

- You don't have a weather person.

- I fired her. I don't like it.

But having the anchor do the weather

reduces his credibility as anchor.

- Credibility? Rob?

- If you wanted someone to do it...

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