The Bachelor: Inside a Reality TV Casting Call

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Caroline Yoo
The area's most eligible eye candy auditioned for The Bachelor this past weekend.
Love was in the air Friday afternoon on the sixth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, where a total of 208 single ladies and gents auditioned for the upcoming season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette -- 209 of them to be exact, if you include a painfully out-of-place Daily RFT writer.

The St. Louis casting call was part of the producers' nationwide search for men and women "ready to find true love" on future seasons of both shows. Despite the fact that very few bachelors and bachelorettes attain happily-ever-after endings, most of the contestants I met -- drawn from Missouri, Illinois and even as far away as Arkansas -- told me yes, they are ready to try anything, even reality television, to find love.


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Larry Conners Goes Back On Air Tonight, Will Make IRS Scandal His First Story

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Larry Conners.
For the first time since he was fired by KMOV (Channel 4) in 2013, St. Louis broadcaster Larry Conners goes back on air tonight as a full-time host for KTRS (550 AM).

Ever true to his devil-may-care style, Conners says he's launching his return to the airwaves at 9 p.m. Monday with a story about the topic that got him canned: the Internal Revenue Service, which recently came under fire when thousands of e-mails went missing.

"Make sure you are listening, and I won't be fired this time," Conners tells his 5,550 Facebook fans.


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Missouri Gov. Nixon Wins Golden Padlock Award for Excellence in Government Secrecy

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The Golden Padlock Award.
Update, June 30: Nixon won the Golden Padlock Award over the weekend! Hooray for secrecy! See below for more details. End of update.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is great at keeping secrets. Maybe too good. Last year, after the state was forced to find a new source for its execution drug pentobarbital, he declared the identity of the execution drug supplier a state secret, alarming journalists and citizens alike who say this is a violation of the state's Sunshine Law.

Which brings us to the Golden Padlock Award, a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek honor presented by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, a professional organization of journalists headquartered at Mizzou's School of Journalism.

Yesterday, IRE announced its finalists for the "award," which celebrates the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. Nixon made the short list, co-nominated alongside Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin.

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The Soup Takes On Chesterfield Police Officer's Hidden Camera Poop Porn

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Joel McHale on The Soup.
A local news story about a Chesterfield police officer's hidden camera porn site earned a national audience last week on The Soup, Joel McHale's weekly round-up on E! of the most hilarious clips on television.

Chris Hayes' Fox 2 Now investigation helped Chesterfield Police identify one of their own, six-year officer David Cerna, as the twisted mind behind the hidden bathroom cameras in the Mobil On the Run just south of Chesterfield Mall.

(Cerna didn't stop there. Read about the Craigslist ads and the glory holes involved in our Daily RFT story: "Cops Arrest Cop for Secretly Recording Men Using Restrooms and Gloryholes for Porn Site")


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Boss Quits 590 AM "The Man" Radio Station After Host Punches Him Over On Air Insults

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Lindsay Toler
The 590 AM studio where Brian McKenna usually hosts his radio show, The Alpha Males, is now empty during the morning drive time.
Fist fights. Name calling. Jokes about cancer. Racist insults. It was a bizarre (though not atypical) week at KFNS 590 AM, the Grand Slam Sports jock-talk station currently known as "The Man."

In the station's latest dramatic turn, Dan Marshall, president of the radio company, turned in his resignation Thursday after radio show host Brian McKenna punched him in the face and sent him to the hospital.

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Goodbye, Tim Ezell: Our 7 Favorite Moments From FOX2's Goofiest Anchor

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The most trusted face in silly news.
It's true, St. Louis: Tim Ezell is leaving the news business -- for God.

Ezell, the human dose of amphetamine that hosts FOX 2's "AM Show", is hanging up his news anchoring spurs after sixteen years to become a full-time pastor at the The Journey church in south county. He reportedly met with his KTVI bosses Monday -- presumably while hula hooping -- to let them know he wouldn't be renewing his contract. Ezell's last show will be July 18.

It's the end of an era for FOX 2, and 9 a.m. is going to be a much duller hour without Ezell's explosive engery. We're not ready to say goodbye to the goofy gonzo journalist, so we've cobbled together a handful of our favorite (read: ridiculous) Ezell moments.

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KSDK Viewers Lash Out When Weather Coverage Interrupts Belmont Stakes Preshow

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Choose carefully, KSDK.
Which is more newsworthy: severe, dangerous weather nearing St. Louis or the final race in a major American sporting event?

KSDK (Channel 5) chose weather Saturday afternoon as storms brought two confirmed tornadoes into the metro area, including one that damaged several businesses in St. Peters and this one that touched down briefly near Red Bud, Illinois:

The station interrupted its pre-race coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the last in a three-race event that starts with the Kentucky Derby, to update viewers on the extreme weather news.

And that's when the thunderstorms launched a shitstorm on Twitter:


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The Bachelor: 7 Questions Producers Will Ask You At the St. Louis Open Casting Call

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Could this be you?
The ultimate dating reality shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette need new contestants for upcoming seasons, so producers are coming to St. Louis to play matchmaker.

Both men and women who want to compete for the heart of another while America watches on are invited to the open casting call, from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.


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Missouri Prisons Ban St. Louis Magazine Over Story About Death Penalty

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You won't find a copy of May's St. Louis Magazine in here.
The Missouri Department of Correction banned the May edition of St. Louis Magazine over fears that a story about the death penalty would cause "violence or hatred" among prisoners.

The story "How We Kill: The State of the Death Penalty," written by senior editor Bill Powell, illustrate's Missouri's ultimate punishment by offering a moment-by-moment look at convicted murderer Herbert Smulls' final day.

Smulls was executed January 28 according to Missouri's highly secretive and controversial new policy. The rules are so restrictive that even the FDA can't regulate the execution drug used to kill death row inmates like Smulls.


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KSDK's Elizabeth Matthews Grabs Pile of Human Poop With Her Bare Hands

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Elizabeth Matthews: KSDK's muck-smelling reporter.
KSDK (Channel 5) reporter Elizabeth Matthews put the rest of St. Louis' journalists to shame yesterday, going way beyond the call duty during a segment about an Illinois farmer who uses mountains of human shit to fertilize his crops.

"It doesn't smell very good," Matthews comments, moments after sticking her bare hands into said shit pile and lifting a glop to her nose for a sniff.

The segment is laughably cringe-worthy, and we can't stop snickering like a bunch of middle-school boys. Bravo, KSDK.

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