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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

WSAZ's viewer mail thing...

Since WSAZ has to produce 155 minutes of newscasts between 5 PM and 11:35 PM every night, they sometimes have to fill in the gaps, so to speak, when the news comes to a grinding halt. One of the older ways that they've tackled this problem has been to give out "Hometown Hero" awards to people in the viewing area who have somehow worked to better the quality of life in their communities. A more recent addition to their arsenal of time-killers has been to read emails from the public.

Lots of other media outlets do the same thing. They read a sampling of kudos and gripes from people that were compelled enough to actually bother to email there opinion. The usual format is to simply read them with little comment. This, however, is not the route that WSAZ follows. Instead, Tim Irr and Penny Moss are prodded into actually responding to the complaints and, more often than not, the reply comes across as somewhat defensive and "well, we own the station, so there :P"-ish. Even Bill O'Reilly is more diplomatic with his hate mail.

I do not, however, think that it is intentional or anything like that. It is probably them just trying to kill time however they can.

Anyhow, at least it beats some of the soft news time-killer fluff they've ran recently about someone that saw Jesus in a door or something to that effect. I think they'd be much better off giving more local stories to the cub reporters like Will Jones and Michael Wooten instead.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to write an email about Bill Murray's neck tie.

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Blogger The Film Geek said...

The Jesus on the door story was so soft it was sad. That's the kind of story you get wehn there's no crime, no hometown hero-ing going on and no storms to yap about.

The funniest thing about that Jesus story was this was the second door that His Honor had shown himself on in her home. As if he has that kinda time...

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