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My first Azalea Festival!

From the moment I got here last September, I kept hearing about the Azalea Festival.  Everyone talked about how great it is and that I’m going to love it.

As the parent of two young girls, I have become an aficianado of the fair/festival over the last few years.  Not a “fall festival” went by while we were in West Virginia without the presence of our family.  I saw enough funnel cakes and bouncy houses to last me a lifetime.  It is fun watching the girls enjoy the excitement — don’t get me wrong.  But, I’ve kind of had the feeling of “been there — done that.”

So, I looked forward to the Azalea Festival, but have to admit I was skeptical. 

We started out slowly at the circus at the airport.  The girls loved it.  It was entertaining.  Then we headed downtown, where I have to admit I was also dreading the search for a parking spot.  That was surprisingly easy for us to find.

I was amazed at the number of people downtown and the amount of things taking place.   The riverfront was packed.  The tour of the tall ship, the Peacemaker, was a lot of fun.  My daughters loved it!  They kept looking for the pirates.  There was music on several corners.  There were food vendors and other vendors everywhere.

Oh yeah, we saw our funnel cakes and of course we bounced on the bouncy house.  But there was so much to see and do, it really was a good time. 

I’m looking forward to next year already!


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A slightly (fill in the blank) tale


So, as news director, I get a lot of email.

Please, don’t feel sorry for me.  It’s an occupational hazard.  Actually, I love email.  Just ask anyone who tries to have a conversation with me for more than five minutes.  My iPhone finger gets itchy and I need to know what’s going on.

I hear from a lot of viewers each week and I love to discuss the way we do things at WECT with them.

I even keep a folder so I can make sure to follow up with certain individuals who engage me on email.  I also keep some of the more memorable ones I receive.

I received one of those “memorable” emails over the weekend.

Over the past couple years, political groups have started organizing “chain email” letters so people with like-minded attitudes can email blast their representatives in D.C. or Raleigh.  They also email blast media organizations.  It’s an effort to spread the groups message in a uniform way. 

I’m used to getting them when it comes to controversial programming airing on the network affiliate, but I also recently started getting them for issues.

Like health care.

On Saturday, Joe wrote me to tell me why he opposes the health care bill making its way through Congress.

Joe wrote, “The bill fails to protect the earned post-retirement health care benefits of tens of millions of American retirees like me.  Unjustly, this legislation goes a step further in the wrong direction by actually financially penalizing corporations that do the right thing by continuing to provide retiree prescription drug benefits they promised to their former workers.”

Then Joe got to the point where he could tell me a little bit more about himself.

Joe wrote, “I spent ___ years working for ____ (company) as a ______(job description).”


Well, Joe, I understand your point and want you to know that _____ (input station response here).


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Once a Yankee…

Full disclosure here: I grew up in Ohio.

My resume will let you know that I have been gravitating south for some time now, however.  Out of school, I had a choice between Michigan and Mississippi for my first professional, full-time job.  Considering I grew up in Columbus — home to THE Ohio State University Buckeyes — I figured I could not choose Michigan and still come home for Christmas.  So, it was out to the deep south for some southern fried seasoning.

That’s where I got a taste of southern living.  I spent a little more than a year in Greenville, Mississippi at the CBS affiliate in town, WXVT.  Then, I moved back north to West Virginia, where I got married, bought a house, had a couple children, adopted a couple dogs, sold a house and bought another house and met a lot of people.  Those were great times and it was a fantastic experience, but the opportunity to move to the coast came up and I jumped at it.

I’m excited to be in Wilmington.  I have been here for the past few months, but just officially moved here the week before Christmas.  My family is getting settled and we intend to make the most of the many experiences that are offered here.

Oh yeah, and considering I grew up in Cleveland, I do not like to be called a Yankee.  I did hear that a lot in Mississippi though (mostly good-hearted ribbing I think).

I hope to use this blog as a way to convey how we put together the news here at WECT and WSFX.  I have enjoyed getting to know everyone here inside WECT and WSFX and in the community.  Please let me know if you have any questions and we can discuss those here.

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