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What's "Bugging" You?

By: Chris Mossman
By: Chris Mossman

General Manager Chris Mossman addresses viewer e-mail from early March. Topics include bugs crawling on your screen, Extreme Home Makeover and our Business Break Hosts.

What’s Bugging you? For starters, many people are talking about the Terminix ad on witn.com. Personally, I think it’s one of the most creative on-line advertisements I’ve ever seen but then again, we work in a fifty+ year-old facility that has bugs. Apparently part of my job is to pick up the dead bugs because they don’t bother me the way they upset others. I have received a few complaints from witn.com users telling us that the bugs gross them out and they wish we’d “kill” the ad. We have considerable expenses tied in to witn.com and we depend on reputable businesses like Terminix to advertise on the site. My bottom line? If you don’t like bugs, load our website on your computer but wait about five seconds so you can avoid watching the bugs scurry across your screen. Oh yeah, and call Terminix to make sure you don’t have any bugs in your house.

The talk of Martin County, and much of Eastern North Carolina, is the Extreme Makeover Home being constructed in Jamesville. We’ve posted over 250 comments on this story and rejected over 250 more. I’ve also had e-mails asking us why we’re “only posting positive comments”. Frankly, if anyone has time or energy to wade through all the comments posted on the site, you’ll quickly discover that not everybody in Martin County is excited about the Cooper family’s good fortune. We have a set of guidelines that we endeavor to follow when approving or rejecting comments for witn.com. Rule #3 states “ We do not post inflammatory comments specifically referring to people who are not public figures.” While you could certainly argue that the Cooper family have now become public figures, we’ve opted to err on the side of caution.

We’ve had viewers ask us about the hosts of our “Business Break” segments. Here’s the policy that we share we station advertisers: You can have the host of your choice provided they do not currently work for a competitive television station. Ashley Stephenson, Carrie Terrian and Karin Goodhue are WITN employees that do appear on WITN Business Break segments. Jeff Diamond is the new host for Greenville Nissan’s “Business Break” segments and you may recognize him from the radio as he anchors the 9am-2pm shift on 107.9FM. My predecessor in the Big Chair at WITN is Michael Weeks and he is now the guru behind the aptly named “Michael Weeks Agency”. Michael is currently host of Whitley Law Firm’s Business Break segments. And finally, John Coffman and Todd Howell never fail to bring a smile to my face as co-hosts of the Coffman’s Men’s Wear Business Breaks.
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