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Hal Dawg
Movie Star...

1210 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2012 :  5:11:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"The people you know," are apparently one less now. And "the news you trust," is not telling us why Jim Flowers was kicked to the curb.

"Jim Flowers is on vacation," was the standard reply for a few days on the station's Facebook page (which banned MavBridget). But now, there's no response to inquiries. And the questions are coming fast and frequent now that Tom Becka broke the news of Flowers' supposed firing earlier this week.

Thoughts? Any questions?

West O Mike
All-Star Mav

Christmas Island
5308 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2012 :  10:03:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jimbo is still listed on their web site.

http://www.wowt.com/station/bios/weather/17301.html

Typically, you remove people pretty quickly from your web site when you fire them.

That being said:

Why would they fire Flowers now? They just now realized how awful he is? Certainly the night he was AWOL when the tornado ripped through Millard should have been enough of a warning. At the very least, you would have moved Caitlin Roth into the job before she left for Philadelphia.

They banned Bridget from their Facebook page? Really?

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2012 :  11:20:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have from a quality source (inside the WOWT newsroom) that Flowers' contract expires at the end of the year and is not being renewed.

Speculation of him being "on vacation"... he may have had some vacation time banked, and they are paying him to not come to work.


...Last night I had the strangest dream...
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BIGHUSKERMAV
Senior Mav

1631 Posts

Posted - 12/13/2012 :  11:42:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whatever happened to that omaha news blog? That thing was a hilarious read...they loved to make fun of WOWT, and with good reason. I don't think they've changed a thing about their news team or their broadcasts since the early 90's.
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Hal Dawg
Movie Star...

1210 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2012 :  08:48:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That news blog hasn't been updated in quite a while (unfortunately). Mike'l Severe and I each took turns trying to get something going. But he's too busy and I'm out of town too much.
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MavBridget
The Girl Wonder

France
6424 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2012 :  11:06:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Mike, I got banned because I questioned a Facebook contest that WOWT ran ... an illegal one (against Facebook TOS). When it all blew up (they ended up having to end the contest early due to "voting irregularities" -- it was a wedding giveaway with more than $50,000 in prizes... and was based only on Facebook "likes" ... I pointed that out, and was banned.

I exchanged emails with Amy Adams, the news director, but she was unapologetic.

Wonder if "Channel Sux" will do a proper send-off for Flowers at the end of his "vacation" ... I doubt it.
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AJMav
Minister of Anger

Iran
4503 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2012 :  4:22:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maolorie Maddox is kinda hot.

Just an observation
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2012 :  4:29:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can do better than that, AJ.


...Last night I had the strangest dream...
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mavhskr
New Recruit

USA
27 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2012 :  4:35:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If AJ can do better, he's gonna have to get VERY creative...that Malorie Maddox comment was hilarious while also very truthful!
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buetane
All-Star Mav

Iceland
2568 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2012 :  4:54:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Caitlin Roth.
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Pants
Junior Mav

596 Posts

Posted - 12/17/2012 :  4:57:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't really find any of the news anchors around here that attractive. Maltard kind of bothers me.
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nousefouraname
All-Star Mav

2307 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2012 :  07:11:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heard some interesting rumors on why Flowers might be gone. Don't know if they are true, and don't know if we'll ever find out.
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BIGHUSKERMAV
Senior Mav

1631 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2012 :  11:10:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not gonna repeat the rumors, but it is the #1 page on google if you search for "jim flowers"
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nousefouraname
All-Star Mav

2307 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2012 :  12:41:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm hearing that Jim was getting some consultation work done on his high pressure system and it didn't work out too well.
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2012 :  4:52:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One rumor I heard involved a red light.

...Last night I had the strangest dream...
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Hal Dawg
Movie Star...

1210 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  05:37:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Posted at 5:30 a.m. (the day after Christmas) on WOWT's Facebook page:

WOWT has informed Jim Flowers that it does not intend to enter into a new agreement for his services when his current agreement expires on December 31, 2012. WOWT appreciates Jimís contributions to WOWT and thanks him for his many years of service.
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BIGHUSKERMAV
Senior Mav

1631 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  09:10:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also, he posted this under WOWT's facebook post:

quote:
Jim Flowers-meteorologist It's time to set the record straight. I have never been interviewed by the Omaha police department concerning any sting operation, past, present, or on going. I have never been interviewed by the FBI concerning any sting operation, past, present or on going. I have never visited a massage parlor of any kind. I have never spoken with a grand jury concerning any sting operation of any kind.


Hopefully, people will drop the stupid conspiracy theory crap.
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  4:02:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would drop the conspiracy, had I not heard from a source inside Omaha police concerning this subject.

...Last night I had the strangest dream...
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BIGHUSKERMAV
Senior Mav

1631 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  5:48:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, if he's formally charged then I might consider it. Until then, I would rather presume that somebody is innocent until they are proven guilty, especially if no charges have been brought up. That seems to be a concept this country (and especially the internet) forgot a long time ago.
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Hoffin205
Senior Mav

USA
1263 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  6:42:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
During the 6PM newscast tonight the anchor read a statement from channel management that said that Flowers' contract would not be renewed, and thanked Flowers for his service to the station.

DBF
@Hoffin205
"Hoff" is the nickname - "in205" just helps me find my seat
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  7:53:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not saying he is guilty. I am only repeating what I heard at work, from a source.

...Last night I had the strangest dream...
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West O Mike
All-Star Mav

Christmas Island
5308 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  11:36:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For what it's worth, Mike'l Severe says that there are some big names that are being looked at by a grand jury:

quote:
Can confirm there were several members of local law enforcement & at least 2 media members involved in an FBI headed massage parlor sting.


https://twitter.com/MikelSevere/status/281511228227063808

quote:
The actual sting happened earlier this year. Names of the "johns" have not been released for some reason. A Grand Jury does have the case.


https://twitter.com/MikelSevere/status/281511950112919552

He doesn't say that Smilin' Jim is involved in this case, though. Just that two media members have been implicated.

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
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BIGHUSKERMAV
Senior Mav

1631 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2012 :  10:46:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting...They did have a comedic bit on Unsportsmanlike Conduct last week that poked fun at the rumor, so it's definitely possible he knows something we don't.

I'm not claiming that Jim is innocent. In fact, I don't have any special fondness for Jim Flowers or WOWT. I would just like to hear something confirmed before people start throwing him under the bus.
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Hoffin205
Senior Mav

USA
1263 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2012 :  5:55:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aren't police, or FBI if that's the case in this case, records public records that can be FOIA'd? Certainly someone would have asked for them by now. I suppose they could have the names redacted, or if the johns haven't actually been formally arrested yet perhaps the names haven't been 'logged' in a method that could made available to the public?

DBF
@Hoffin205
"Hoff" is the nickname - "in205" just helps me find my seat
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Pants
Junior Mav

596 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2012 :  6:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Usually ongoing investigations aren't susceptible to FOIA. It could compromise an investigation. Even if so, I've heard it takes weeks for that stuff.
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SecretAgentMav
Hobey Baker Nominee, 2004

Congo, Democratic Republic of
7923 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2012 :  10:03:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If the grand jury has not come back yet -- it is an active investigation. Considering the subject matter... the names are being kept sealed, so nobody gets implicated -- until they indict.

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Hal Dawg
Movie Star...

1210 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2013 :  6:51:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Let's break down Mr. Flowers' carefully-worded response:
quote:
It's time to set the record straight. I have never been interviewed by the Omaha police department concerning any sting operation, past, present, or on going. I have never been interviewed by the FBI concerning any sting operation, past, present or on going. I have never visited a massage parlor of any kind. I have never spoken with a grand jury concerning any sting operation of any kind.

1. Omaha police typically don't interview "johns" who are ticketed (not arrested) in prostitution stings.

2. The FBI is not going to interview him either (see No. 1.)

3. The business where he was arrested could be characterized as something other than a "massage parlor."

4. Typically, grand juries do not speak with people who are part of the investigation.
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West O Mike
All-Star Mav

Christmas Island
5308 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2013 :  07:06:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Channel 3 has been advertising somebody "familiar" is joining their weather team. Is "Smilin' Jim" heading to his third Omaha station?

Blog: http://huskermike.blogspot.com
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Greg S
All-Star Mav

4101 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2013 :  09:31:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Might be a happy ending to this story after all.....
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MavBridget
The Girl Wonder

France
6424 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2013 :  10:22:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds like it, Greg, at least for Jim F.

My source says he's been hired by Action 3 News and will start this summer...
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nousefouraname
All-Star Mav

2307 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2013 :  7:24:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MavBridget

Sounds like it, Greg, at least for Jim F.

My source says he's been hired by Action 3 News and will start this summer...



One would think this ends the rumor of the prostitution sting as all but debunked. I mean, I can't imagine that KM3 would be dumb enough to sign him to a contract if there was something still floating around out there. Of course, when you're as cemented into 3rd place as KM3 has been for years, maybe you're desperate enough to try anything.
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