In fact, we’ve never understood why radio stations make their jocks come up with news stories to say in between songs and commercials, but they all do it and it’s always horrible. Usually the jocks stick with the lamest entertainment news possible: Kardashians, Britney Spears, something about the Twilight movies…but some, like KLOU’s Cindy Collins (2p – 7p) take the “just find some shit to talk about” job a little more seriously than others. Too bad she’s equally as horrible at fact checking as she is about pretending to take requests that aren’t already on the pre-defined playlist for the day.
Here is Cindy’s post on KLOU.com from Wednesday:
Early this afternoon, I saw a story on the Post Dispatch website about David Freese being pulled over for DWI in Maryland Heights.
Woah! Big story there Cindy. Crazy to think you were the only one to find it though, right?
What I DIDN’T see was the DATE on the story.
Did I screw up? You bet I did!
At least you’re owning up to it, which is more than some real news outlets in town do.
The link was under “Recommendations” and the date line was in light gray, as opposed to the dark black print on the story.
Um, ok. Well at least you’re kinda owning up to it.
And as soon as I mentioned the story on air, I got a phone call from a listener (thank you, Kay).
Someone at KLOU, please hire Kay.
Bottom line: I will be much more careful in the future!!!
The good news: Since only people stopping in at old lady hair salons heard your goof, you won’t be fired over this. The bad news: You won’t be fired over this, so you still work in radio.
via our tipster, a forced day-time radio listener. It was all worth for this moment right now wasn’t it tipster?!
David Freese can drive a baseball, but driving cars can still be a challenge. The Cardinals third basemen crashed his car Thursday while trying to avoid a deer. It’s his third accident over the last few years, but this crash didn’t involved alcohol and luckily Freese was unharmed.
Freese, 29, was heading south on Wildhorse Creek Road near Rieger Road in Wildwood when he crashed his 2011 black Range Rover into a tree to avoid a deer, said St. Louis County Police Officer Randy Vaughn. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m.
Freese did not hit the deer, Vaughn said. Freese was already out of his SUV when police arrived for what was originally called in as “automobile accident with injury.” After two police cars arrived, an ambulance was not called to the scene. While talking at length with officers Freese refused medical treatment when offered, Vaughn said. The SUV was towed from the crash scene.
Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash and “no other investigations are under way.”
While is wasn’t stated in the accident record, word is the deer was wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey and attempted to throw Freese a soft curve ball when the Cardinal got all frantic, tried to do too much, lost control of an easily winnable situation and crashed. Right after the crash Joe Buck even drove by, rolled down his window and did five minutes on how lovable, awesome, and not at all douchy former Giants closer Brian Wilson is. Freese should expect a call from Tim McCarver any day now explaining to him what he did wrong there and how it would have been different in the 60s followed by an unrelated Bob Gibson story.
Julie Tristan, of KSDK and previously of 101 The River fame, got a little attention over the weekend after sports blog Deadspin took shots at her David Freese interview. Essentially, Deadspin used the piece in which Tristan rides Six Flags’ “Mr. Freeze” ride with the Cardinal third baseman and playfully hits on him with her friend, as an example of what is wrong with all local new media.
Here’s a link to the KSDK video in question. We’re not going to embed it below because it auto-plays, and that kind of crap is worse than raping bunnies with hot pokers (yet another issue with local media that Deadspin didn’t mention). Here’s what Deadspin had to say.
Here is World Series MVP David Freese being subjected to quite possibly the most uncomfortably awkward fluff piece ever. Six Flags has a Mr. Freeze roller coaster and Show Me St. Louis’ Julie Tristan decided it would be the perfect excuse to continually hit on the young Cardinal. She even brought in an assistant. Just…watch and feel embarrassed for every single person involved in this mess.
They aren’t wrong. This is pretty horrible for all the ways they mention, and for a few they didn’t. The only reason why it’s not shockingly bad to us, is because it’s freaking “Show Me St. Louis” and every single thing on that program is crap like this. When looking at this through the lens of “news program” is would make us upset right along side Deadspin, but what they don’t know is that “Show Me St. Louis” might as well be a freaking infomercial. What was the point of the “interview”? Answer: There wasn’t one. The point was to make an advertisement for Six Flags feel cool by connecting Mr. Freese to Mr. Freeze. That’s it. [Update: Turns out Freese appeared to raise awareness for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Want to know why we didn’t realize that until now? …because Tristan doesn’t mention it…or maybe she did mention it and we couldn’t hear it over her hormones.]
…and ok, maybe Tristan took the gag a little too far. Seriously, why was there another random girl there? Blondes vs brunettes? “Do you think we’re pretty?” Rosie O’Donnell tried this bit already with Tom Cruise in the 90s…she eventually gave up on it…or admitted to giving up on “it” a while back…or was born that way (and presumably with that short hair cut she keeps trying to make work)…whatever, not the point.
Julie’s a nice person based on friends of friends and brief encounters, and she was hired to make commercials in to fluff, which she does, so tweets like the above calling out her professionalism miss the mark. The real problem here is that KSDK has the nerve to call it “news”, and that’s the really horrible thing that went down. (Ok, and it was pretty awkward.)
…also, are we really still doing the “5 is 1” hand motion?! Do we really think that’s gonna catch on one day? You’re a freaking local news channel and there is no expectation of allegiance. It’s just really dumb. Please stop asking people do it on camera. In fact, it was pretty clear Freese was doing it ironically.
[Another Update: A good point was brought up by Yahoo!’s Kevin Kaduk: What if this was a man doing this schtick to a girl athlete?]
Despite what you might think, all is not perfect in Cardinal third baseman and World Series MVP David Freese’s world. Sure he’s been on every TV show over the past week or two, and appeared as a presenter on the CMAs (Crappy Music Awards) last night. But earlier in the day, our home town hero realized he had nothing to wear! OMG! Freese took charge and did what we all do nowadays, he put it on Twitter:
@dfreese23: Bag didn’t make my connector to Nashville. I wonder if I can get by presenting with @ErinAndrews in Nike sweatpants and a hoodie?!?! #cmas
@ErinAndrews: @dfreese23 are we going shopping this afternoon? #mvpproblems
@dfreese23: @ErinAndrews I don’t know how to shop. I think so. #guyproblems
It all turned out ok though, as by presenting time Freese had some respectable clothes on (He’s the one on the right, not the other one with disproportionately skinny arms to her thicker legs)…though he couldn’t find a tie apparently. Real classy. What would the country guy in jeans, a sleeveless t-shirt of some county fair from 14 years ago and a over-sized cowboy hat think?!
Oh and look at that photo chemistry! Anyone else think they’re totally banging?! Not us, but what the hell, lets get that rumor going.
When Freese was stopped he pulled the “Do you know who I am?!” routine!
Here’s a note to all you “St. Louis Celebs,” when your ass is in the fryer, and you ask “Do you know who I am!?” its a douche move even if you are Albert Pujols, but its a whole crazy new level of douche to do it when you are basically a minor league third baseman that has had a cup of coffee in the bigs and his only real skill of power seemingly evaporate like that little bit of foam left in a keg cup.
Douche move Freese. Douche move.
Clearly you never got taught the tough lessons in the minors from Kevin Costner.
Joe Strauss is reporting on STLToday.com that Cardinals third basemen, and the current leader to be the starter there come spring has been arrested on a DWI charge in Maryland Heights
Cardinals third baseman David Freese was arrested in St. Louis County early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Maryland Heights police confirmed Sunday.
Maryland Heights police did not make available an incident report Sunday, but sources familiar with the case confirmed Freese was arrested in the early-morning hours.
Freese, acquired in the Jim Edmonds trade with the Padres and a home-town boy, didn’t seem much of the bigs last year despite his minor league ranking for the club because of…wait for it…a freaking car wreck that damaged both of his feet enough that he finally had to come clean with the club in spring training. Although Strauss states that this current run in did not involve an accident, its still probably a little more than a coincidence to the Cardinals front office. Speaking of which…
Mozeliak acknowledged learning of Freese’s arrest Saturday. “At this time I do not know all the details,” he said Sunday night. “We are extremely disappointed upon hearing this.”
Which roughly translates to:
“Dammit. What did DeRosa want again? You might as well also pass me Adrain Beltre’s number.”
The other thing that will come out of this and is covered in Strauss’ piece throughly is the Cardinals new tradition of drinking! Tony LaRussa, Scott Spiezio, and of course Josh Handcock to name a few…oh yeah, and they play in Busch Stadium.