As a member of the media, I have an unquenchable thirst for lists and rankings. Its a mandatory journalistic skill and obviously more useful in 2013 than reporting and spelling and all that peripheral stuff.
Still, I had to roll my eyes and laugh last week after local TV anchors took to Twitter promoting two interestingly juxtaposed stories about Boise being ranked again.
On Thursday, we were the fifth most sexually active city (Michelle Edmonds, KIVI Channel 6). On Friday, Boise was the fourth healthiest city for women (Maggie OMara, KTVB Channel 7).
There you have it, ladies. Nonstop nooky is good for you. Michelle and Maggie say so.
(And they have a good sense of humor. I hope.)
The sex ranking was done by the website Quality Health. The healthy ranking comes from the January/February issue of Womens Health magazine.
KINF 99.1 FM news director Mike Sharp quickly banged out his own observant tweet Friday: If they made a top 10 list for cities that love being on top 10 lists, Boise would be in the top 10 of that list.
Then wed all try to make out with that list.
LATEST LOCAL TV NEWS RATINGS
Based on the citywide-orgy story at Channel 6 and, yes, reporter Mike Vogel really did refer to it as a making-whoopie list you might think we were in the middle of a TV sweeps period. Traditionally, thats when news teams like to break out the big guns. Sleaze is even better than sex, but Boise is just so annoyingly clean.
(You hadnt heard? Were top 10 for that.)
However, the latest Nielsen ratings November 2012 rolled in around Christmas. And unless you moved to the Treasure Valley minutes ago, you know which marketing-powered TV station left the path of destruction.
That would be the Death Star, as it is fondly referred to by competitors. (Haters be hatin, right?)
KTVB Channel 7 dominated local TV news again both mornings and evenings as has been the case since ... ever. The stations biggest newscast number was a 9.8 for the weekday 10 oclock news. Thats down from 10.4 the prior year, but it still obliterated the nearest non-KTVB news program the Sunday edition of Channel 6 news at 5:30 p.m., which earned a 4.5.
(One rating point equals 1 percent of the market, or 5,010 adults 18 and older.)
All that Channel 6, KBOI Channel 2 and KNIN Channel 9 can hope to do is attempt to chip away. But, for the most part, nothing changes much. KTVB rules. The others fight for a distant second.
Channel 2s weekday news at 10 p.m. has crept past Channel 6 over the past year. It scored a 3.2 to Channel 6s 2.5. And, since you were dying to know, the two stations are having a nice battle Sundays at 5:30 p.m.: Channel 6 trended up from a year ago to a 4.5, while Channel 2 slipped to a 3.6.
You can study the overall TV news situation visually: Go to BoiseTVratings.com, a website happily monitored by KTVB. It makes the Davids and Goliath scenario immediately clear.
DAVE & BUSTERS PREPARES TO OPEN
After a special, ticketed grand-opening party Friday, Jan. 11, Dave & Busters will open for normal business on Jan. 12.
Boasting more than 200 games, D&Bs at 546 N. Milwaukee St. will take over the 24,500-square-foot space that formerly housed Circuit City.
Its the second big ol arcade and sports bar to arrive in the Treasure Valley in the past year. Massive Big Als which even has a bowling alley made its debut at 1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, in August 2012.
Big Als appears to be more family-driven than the Dave & Busters business model, but it remains to be seen how the situation will pan out near Boise Towne Square.
KNITTING FACTORY TICKETS CHANGE
The Knitting Factory Concert House no longer sells its tickets at Ticketfly.com.
The venue now uses TicketWeb.com.
Youll find updated information about the outlets on Page 3 of Scene magazine on Friday.
TONIGHT IN THE OTHER STUDIO
Co-host Tim Johnstone and I begin a two-week look back at the top albums of 2012. This show will be ... eclectic, to say the least.
The Other Studio airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
COMING IN SCENE MAGAZINE JAN. 11
- Critically acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty hits movie theaters.
- How artists are using the Internet to showcase their work.
- A restaurant review of Mai Thai in Downtown Boise.