Could Duluth lose Christmas City status?

This story is four days old, but I just heard about it and it’s pretty much the biggest controversy in the history of Duluth, so it needs some space on PDD.

Apparently the commentators of the Christmas City of the North Parade telecast — Michelle Lee, Kevin Jacobsen and Barbara Reyelts — did their announcing in front of a green screen inside the Northland’s NewsCenter studio. And they still wore jackets.

This revelation, of course, has me fearing that Santa Claus might strip Duluth of its Christmas City of the North status and perhaps bestow it on Superior or Thunder Bay.

24 Comments

TimK

about 6 years ago

Well, Merv is long dead and we had a good run. It might be time to sit on our hands and give someone else a turn. Once you start phoning it in, it might be time to pass the nicycle.

spy1

about 6 years ago

It's over. Hello Kalispell, Mont.

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emmadogs

about 6 years ago

There is Christmas-tacky-yet-delightful, and then there is just plain tacky.  We do not deserve Christmas City of the North status anymore if we are just phoning it in.

kerc

about 6 years ago

Next thing you know the weather guy will be inside too.*




*I don't find it awful they were inside. I find wearing jackets to make you think they were outside offensive. You either are or you're not.

brian

about 6 years ago

Greenscreen makes everything better.

Karasu

about 6 years ago

If the flaming-baton girls are going to man up and do their thing in leotards and tights, the friggin' announcers could at least step outside.

aluminumpork

about 6 years ago

I feel that the overall production value has gone severely downhill over the years. The on-street coverage felt like a shaky cam movie and the announcement/parade timing was all over the place. I'd love for another news station to give it a shot some year and give it the love it deserves.

B.I.N.G.O.

about 6 years ago

Oh no. Look what has happened to I-Falls when they lost their "Ice Box of Nation" status to "The Cold Spot" -- Embarrass, MN a few years back. How embarrassing. No more Diehard battery commercials.

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

Before the criticism gets too harsh, it should probably be noted that the parade is a product of KBJR, going back to when it was WDSM. There is no parade without KBJR.

aluminumpork

about 6 years ago

Christmas City of the North Parade v2, a product of WDIO?

jessige

about 6 years ago

It was pretty obvious that the announcement timing issue were related to the fact that they were inside.  And the green-screen quality wasn't great, either.

I don't mind if they're inside, but if it affects the broadcast quality, then that seems dumb.  Production value from KBJR seems to be lacking in most things, though.  Their hockey coverage on My9 is horrible.

wskyline

about 6 years ago

Have they addressed this at all? I don't think people would have minded quite so much if they would have said "hey, we're inside, and this is why ..." instead of just pretending to be outside. I can't imagine they thought they were fooling us when they weren't even wearing gloves/mittens or hats, so it made no sense to ignore the fact that they were inside.

Barrett Chase

about 6 years ago

Since we don't even have a "midtown" to be nicicle in, I doubt we ever held the title in the first place. (Unless Merv was referring to the Midtowne Manor assisted-living facility in the West End. Hmm.)

yoniohno

about 6 years ago

This was the 9th year that our band of merry mischief makers has inserted a guerilla entry in the parade, and we faced unprecedented opposition. A wee man with a big clipboard actually shouted "They don't have a permit! Get them!" (The police officers he was addressing didn't bat an eye.) Apparently we had made a mockery of the Assistant Coordinator of the Orderly Adherence to The Rules one too many times. They also cut the take so we wouldn't be on TV for the first time. We really work it: fire spinners, puppets, dancers, costumes, kids... and the crowd LOVES us! Yes, I know rules are there for a reason. But I think somebody at the station ought to evaluate what makes the event joyful and entertaining. It's not the posers if front of a green screen.

adam

about 6 years ago

Owls Club needs your support for "Best in Show" float.

emmadogs

about 6 years ago

HAHAHAHA now that is funny. I love Barbara Reyelts's comment that, since they did not say they were outside, that this subterfuge isn't a technical lie.  Now that's top notch journalistic integrity.

baci

about 6 years ago

*xmas city music* ... And on the TV things are really farcical ... *end music*

Worth noting was their advanced use of twittertech too. Couldn't agree more on this one. Step it UP!

kokigami

about 6 years ago

The only people impacted were the ones watching it from inside.. pot, meet kettle.

brian

about 6 years ago

Kevin Jacobsen addresses "Paradegate."

[email protected]

about 6 years ago

Sometimes, the worst thing you can do when you've made a mistake is try to explain.

Herzog

about 6 years ago

Boy is that true R Guy.  Something about admitting failure to others unleashes instinctual rage from the simian portions of our ancient-brain.

No matter how bad you fucked up, best to pretend nothing happened and all is hunky dory.  Let's call that Halliburton for now. 

Oh for Kalispell.

DaVe

about 6 years ago

This is worse than when they faked the moon landing.

btothemalm

about 6 years ago

I can't believe this!  They have resorted to a fake representation.  I used to march and play my brass instrument out in that cold and they can't even sit outside with some heaters and do the broadcast!  It makes me embarrassed to have been born and raised in Duluth.

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