Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Has Kdka's Jon Burnett Been?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Has Kdka's Jon Burnett Been?

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Post-Gazette TV writer Rob Owen answers reader questions online every Friday in Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Here's a selection of recent queries:

Q: I have been wondering what happened to Jon Burnett on KDKA-TV news. I know Jeff Verszyla was fired, but I haven't seen Jon in a long time. I'm hoping he wasn't fired, too. I really think he does a great job and seems like a nice man. He was always there, when Jeff was off now not at all.

- PATTY,

BETHEL PARK

Q: Where is Jon Burnett of KDKA? Was he let go like their weatherman Jeff?

- FRANK VIA EMAIL

Rob: No, Mr. Burnett has not been fired and was on the air earlier this month. But with Mr. Verszyla's firing, weather staffers may be showing up in different broadcasts compared to where viewers usually see them.

In addition, Mr. Burnett plans to retire in mid-2019. Sometimes stations prefer to phase out on-air talent slowly when retirement nears, so that may also be part of what is happening with Mr. Burnett's schedule.

Q: You may know that the excellent TV Show "The Good Place" makes ample use of hidden puns, often as background gags. One of their running gags is that the stores in the good place all feature punny names. (One of the restaurants is called "The Good Plates," for example.) In any case, I'm hoping you can help me decipher a pun from season 1, episode 11. The store is called "And Lo! Pajamas" This name is so odd that it must be a pun, but I can't figure it out. Can your contacts enlighten us?

- JUSTIN,

SQUIRREL HILL

Rob: Good guy "Good Place" executive producer Mike Schur offered this response: "Amazingly, that is not a pun. That was just a silly, over-the-top name for a Pajama Store [that] Drew Goddard and I came up with for the pilot, long before every single name of every store started being an absurd pun. There are a few that are not puns, all from that early shoot day - Your Anticipated Needs, for example, which is a prominently seen facade. …

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