I am never surprised, yet always amazed at how angry people get when we go wall-to-wall with coverage. We could be on the air about a tornado, a hurricane or a wildfire...and people will still manage to take the time to look up our phone number just to scream about a program they're missing.
It's okay. It's their right.
And since this is my blog, I'm writing my opinion, too.
When there's an imminent danger to lives or property (but especially lives), then we have an obligation to be on air. For God's Sake, there was a wildfire in a city today. It wasn't in a wooded area, but an actual city... near homes, schools and businesses. The fire is expected to burn throughout the night.
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People had damage to their homes. Others had to be evacuated. Some people were walking on the cross-city trail in Wilmington when the fire got out of control.
These are the times when local news counts the most. I'm sorry some of you missed "Jeopardy!", especially since a local woman was on. We were upset, too. And we worked with the show's handlers to get permission to air it overnight. Sure, it stinks, but that's how it goes.
For the record, most people applauded our coverage. I am not asking for applause, just understanding. Hope you'll continue watching.