Phoenix Locals Hit the Big Time

For those who have been around for awhile, you may recall a local new anchor for Channel 3, Liz Habib. Liz was the Main Anchor for the station when they were trying to create a bold, new look for the stodgy, traditional, old school Local News Report. A very MTV-ish approach to the news. It was cool – but well…didn’t really work for the station and they are back to their traditional look and feel. Very Cookie Cutter, if you ask me.

ANYHOOS – after a little altercation here at a local establishment in Scottsdale, Ms Habib moved on to Greener Pastures in the News World and left us here in Phoenix with mere memories of her days on Channel 3, The Place With More Stuff.

As luck would have it, those Greener Pastures ended up as Los Angeles. As well as a new name for Ms. Habib. She’s known to the Los Angeles viewers as Liz Warren. Hmmmm….yeah. GOING ON! Now where does all this fit in with a Phoenix entry? Well, let me walk you thru this:

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, a couple of pals and I toodled over to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to check things out at Hollywood and Highland. You know, it’s where the Kodak Theatre is – as well as where the Famous Cement Prints of all those fabulous stars from yesterday and today are housed. Surprisingly, in addition to the cement blocks of history which are laying around, there are also a myriad of costumed characters who will pose with locals and tourists alike. You know, bringing that good ol’ Hollywood Experience to reality. However, if you don’t tip them or tip the WELL enough, some tend to get a little testy with you. I had such an experience. You can catch the whole story here.

Former local photographer, Emmy Award-winning Kevin Horton whose haunts have included KPHO and PNXV was interviewed by Liz about his experience with one of the characters: Elmo. His haunting recollections seem to have been echoed up and down Hollywood Boulevard and finanlly the HPD came onto the scene and took care of business. Mister Incredible, Scream, and Elmo were all taken down to the Graybar Hotel and booked on Illegal Vending of Services (aka Being a Big Prick to Tourists and smelling like Old Cheese).

During the story, my picture was used to help illustrate the typical scenario of what tourists were subjected to. I may need therapy to get over the whole ordeal. However, if my story will help others get thru the pain and suffering – then my life will have not been in vain.

The report was put on the Wire and shown all over the U.S. Liz, Kevin and I are all Super Stars.

So if you see me on the street, don’t hesitate to come up and ask for an autograph.

I won’t charge you for it…much.

4 Comments so far

  1. Karin (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 11:51 am

    Great post! I was wondering what happened to La Liz.

  2. Beau (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 10:41 pm

    This is the single-best post I’ve seen on here in a while.

  3. darin (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 3:21 am

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. John (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 1:56 pm

    I was there the same weekend as you, those guys were annoying as heck. And yes, smelly too.
    Good to see that Liz is back on the air but ch3 is still home of the crazy TV personalities even without her.

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