BOB GARFIELD: This week in Denver a federal jury awarded more than half a million dollars to TV newsman Dave Minshall ruling that he was fired illegally because of his age. Denver-based KMGH Channel 7 plans to appeal, sticking to its story that the award-winning reporter, nicknamed Deadline Dave, was canned because his scripts were "ungrammatical."
OTM is gratified that at least one station categorically refuses to split its infinitives, so free of charge we offer up this promo for use by KMGH-7 News. [NEWS MUSIC UP AND UNDER]
ANNOUNCER: KMGH Denver, your number one grammar news station! [ROCKET FLIES BY] To whom do you turn for breaking news, weather and sports? KMGH. Our field reporters carry a copy of Strunk & White. [ROCKET FLIES BY] FE
ANNOUNCER:He was described by neighbors as a loner, meaning a person who keeps to himself, as opposed to a person who arranges loans or the colloquialism for an item lent out temporarily while another is repaired.
ANNOUNCER: KMGH - for breaking news coverage second to no other station which offers such coverage. [SIREN]
MALE REPORTER:The situation here now Brad is that I have agreed to exchange myself for the hostages, and I have to report that the gunman is growing quite aggravated.
ANNOUNCER: Be careful Steve. Only situations can be aggravated. People are irritated.
MAN: In every sense--
MAN: Transitive -- intransitive.
MAN: For every tense--
MAN: Subjunctive -- pluperfect.
MAN: KMGH - continuously active in the newsroom; continually passive in our construction. WO
MAN: As for the salad bar proprietor, no wrongdoing was alleged.
MAN: KMGH -- your grammar news leader! [NEWS MUSIC OUT] [THEME MUSIC TAG]
BROOKE GLADSTONE: Coming up and back to reality, the price of reporting on everyday death and a witness to the massacre at Attica.
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