Bill, Barrack, tornadoes, Hillary.... you never know what might blow into eastern North Carolina.
The storms, both political and natural, kept us busy.
April 17th we were set to cover Senator Barrack Obama with coverage during WITN 7 News at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00pm. He was scheduled to speak at 6:15pm, but that was delayed. Meanwhile a massive fire broke out nearby. We had to scramble and make quick decisions.
Not every viewer was happy about this. Jennifer wrote, "I was watching the Barrack Obama speech..when it was interrupted due to a fire.I'm not sure how it was more important than the potential future President .coming to Greenville." Meanwhile Diane wrote, "I'm hoping I can expect a .live broadcast..when a Republican candidate makes an appearance." Rick and Sandy wanted to see Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News saying, "If I had wanted to see Senator Obama, I would have gone to Greenville." Patty simply asked, "please air the entire Obama speech on TV.or the computer."
I get to take a "Just Ask Mike" punt on this one!
If you check out the newly re-designed witntv.com blog site, you'll find one titled "From The Big Chair". Chris Mossman, WITN's Vice-President and General Manager jumped in and explained the decisions that took place that night. You can read his blog on this same page.
Once Pamela, "I'm Mad as Hell", from New Bern read the blog, she wrote back to say, ".it is another day. I was so upset with the negative campaigning, I was targeting everyone. Please accept my apology and know that I still love WITN."
Three days later a severe storm blew in. Peggy, Debbie, Paul, Terry, Jeremy and Joe were upset when extensive weather coverage interrupted coverage of NHL Playoff Hockey.
I can relate. I was in Duplin County when the storm hit in Chocowinity and Washington. It was sunny in Duplin County. while tornadoes were touching down in Beaufort County. The pounding rain even took out our NBC satellite dish for awhile.
Back to the blogs. You'll find another one on this page titled "Notes From the Newsroom". WITN News Director Stephanie Shoop posted her comments on our coverage of the severe weather and the challenges that presented. You're always welcome to log on to www.witntv.com, click on Blogs, and read the postings. Once your read "Notes From the Newsroom" then it's just a simple scroll down to find `Just Ask Mike"