Usually, I can't get past the multitude of plastic-surgery ads to actually read the editorial content in each month's Sacramento Magazine. But the September issue just arrived in the mail, and it features this irresistible headline: "Local TV Stars, Their Private Lives."
Oh boy, I thought. What gossipy nuggets promised to lurk inside? Maybe we'd even get snippets of pillow talk between Dave and Lois.
Alas, the venerable KCRA anchors weren't even profiled. But many other local TV "celebrities" bared their souls (or, at least, their closets and family rooms) for Sac Mag.
Here's what we learned upon close reading:
* Channel 3 traffic reporter Adrienne Bankert (the cover girl, by the way) has changed her hairstyle 10 times.
* News10 morning anchor Dan Elliott whistles show tunes.
* "Good Day Sacramento" news anchor Stefanie Cruz has two cats named Fidel and Kennedy.
* Fox40 reporter Tim Sakahara has a dog named Kennedy.
* Channel 19 anchor and "Voz y Voto" co-host Pablo Espinoza wears shorts and sandals underneath the anchor desk.
* "Good Day Sac" weekend anchor Taryn Winter Brill wears flip flops behind the desk.
* My58TV anchor Chris Riva is a stand-up comedian. Not on the air - he has won a couple of comedy awards in Cincinnati.
* And, check out this quote from News10's Mark Hedlund: "If I ruled the world, I would demand that every television reporter spend a year as a print reporter to learn how to use the language better and to get in-depth in a story."