When the wind blows... hold onto your hat!!

By: Michael Riddle
By: Michael Riddle

We had politicians and storms blowing into eastern North Carolina and with that came a lot of comments..........

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"

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  • by Jamie Location: Washington on Apr 26, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    People complain about missing a show when news breaks in, as was the case when the Beaufort Co tornado out break last week. This is a good example of what to use for the digital tv conversion, since digital tv channels can multicast, WITN or any other station could air breaking news on the main channel and air the regular programming on one of the sub channels. The station could let the viewers know to tune in to the sub channel if they would like to view the regular programming. I know alot of people dont have OTA, they use analog cable or satellite, this would be a good reason to have OTA digital tv. Most digital cable customers get WITN-DT 7.2 so this would not be a issue. If you are a HD sat subscriber, hook up a antenna to the HD reciever and youll get the digital antenna signals intergrated into the system. DTV gives viewers more channel choices not just a better picture. Viewers can get a $40 coupon to get a digital tv box, that cost around $49. apply at www.dtv2009.gov

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