Take a look at our nightside producers! Nadine Maeser and Nikki Bussey are my faves... and why wouldn't they be? Nadine just came to work looking like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. No biggie.
Did you dress up for work? Send me the pic!
The Placenta Proposal
Please check out this story. Thanks for all your responses! Here's the story. There are more webextras (including a slideshow of the process, raw interviews and some extra video of other services) on wect.com. And they are graphic. More to come later! We'll likely chat about it Friday night around 5 p.m. So, stay tuned for details.
If you talk with me on Facebook, you may have noticed I'm working on a story about placenta. In fact, I'm still tweaking parts of it before it airs tonight at 11.
In case you missed it, here's the promo:
So, we've already had a few complaints... which I think is interesting since the story hasn't aired. Take this one, from "Rick":
"Will you SHUT THE HELL UP about women eating their own placenta? I mean really, while we're eating supper, watching the news, it was mentioned over, and over, and over again like a broken record. This was not only in poor taste, it is downright nasty and disgusting! I am appalled that your newschannel did this. My entire family could not have been more offended. Unbelievable, simply unbelievable."
I'm sharing this with you because long after the story airs tonight at 11, it will live on the internet forever. And when it does, I want people to read about the decisions I make when it comes to a story... and the decisions WE make as a news station. So...here's my reply:
First of all, thank you for your email. We take the concerns of our viewers very seriously.
I can assure you, as the reporter who did this story, that we are trying to educate our viewers on a potentially life-saving practice. It may sound gross to you, but some women claim consuming placenta is providing help where modern medicine is not.
Postpartum depression is a very serious issue in this country. North Carolina is also proud to be the first state in the country to house a clinic devoted solely to postpartum issues--it opened just a few weeks ago.
It took months for this story to come together, and we took great care in showing video that was appropriate for our viewers. If you plan on watching the news at 11, I want to warn you… we will show placenta being processed. However, we carefully decided those images depending on the organ’s appearance. For example, we show pieces of placenta being cut-up, but since it no longer resembles the organ in its true form, we decided to air it.
Some people may be grossed out by our story, but we are truly hoping it can educate our community on what’s trending and what could potentially help others. If we told you it could save a woman from killing herself or harming her baby… isn’t it worth listening to? We believe so. Even a doctor said the idea is worth exploring.
I will say… in the promo you watched, there is no mention of “eating” a placenta. And the shot we used shows the woman ingesting “something”… but you don’t see what that “something” is. I can’t speak for our promotions department, but I can assure you they have integrity when it comes to writing teases. They want to evoke emotion and get you interested in a story… but they are not trying to offend.
If you have any more concerns or comments, feel free to write me personally. I hope you’ll join us at 11 with an open mind.
I'm sure I'll get more exciting emails, but I wanted to put that one out there before the story airs. And I don't think Rick is a bad guy for writing us... even if it started with "shut the hell up".
On another note, we will be sharing more graphic video and pictures online because we want to make the information available. We know we can't air everything... but the internet can allow us to get more indepth.
UPDATE 11/14/11- NEW PICS FROM THE SET AND DETAILS OF THE LAUNCH OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR SALE
The buzz lately has been about the upcoming One Tree Hill sale and auction!
Mark your calendars! The OTH producers are getting ready to unload all of the show's clothing and furniture from its past nine seasons. Can you handle it?? The sale will be at Screen Gems.
Kelly Flewwellin is the owner of Magnolia Antiques and Estates - he's the guy in charge of the sale and auction. He tells me there are at least 12,000 items for auction--including 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of furniture. Flat screen TVs, leather couches, custom window treatments, and about 800 lamps...
A lot of the items will have the labels cut out, but OTH's costume designer, Carol Cutshall, told me they've got incredible pieces that have been rarely worn. She says you'll find great designer jeans and graphic tees, plus clothing from designer Diane von Furstenberg and brands like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.
Here are some OTH favorites you'll also recognize:
There are still a lot of logistics to figure out. And, most of the items you see in this post are from Seasons 4, 5, and 6. Carol says items from seasons 1 thru 3 have been sent back to Los Angeles. So, when there's more info and better pics to share, we'll post them at WECT.com and FOXWILMINGTON.com!
If you like to entertain, I think you'll love the Junior League of Wilmington's new cookbook released this year. I just bought two this week!
The award-winning cookbook is called Seaboard to Sideboard Entertains. It's not just ANY cookbook. It helps a great cause. This year much of the money is going to efforts to help kids at Sunset Elementary. I actually mentor a handful of them once a week!
The book has lots of great recipes to help you plan some of the fun events we celebrate in the Coastal Carolinas! If you're going to throw an oyster roast this fall... then there are plenty of recipes to get you started! What about a Derby party? Porch party? A floatilla party? You get the idea...
I can't wait to send these to my friends and family in other parts of the world. Now they'll be able to share in all the things going on out there!
Avenue Q... is for you!
If there's one thing you need to do this month, it's go to the City Stage to watch the beloved Broadway hit, Avenue Q!
Avenue Q is a bit like Sesame Street, just with a few F-Bombs, puppet lovemaking and some really funny adult jokes. I saw the local production days ago and still can't get the songs out of my head! Here's a pretty good BBC version of one of those tunes-
I have to admit, I'm not really good at sitting through musicals because they tend to go long...though I always seem to enjoy a show's movie counterpart. Don't judge me.
Still, that wasn't the case with Avenue Q. Our local cast is truly outstanding. And, I should add, WECT and Fox Wilmington's Heather Setzler is engaged to one of the main guys. It was cool to watch him get down!
[WATCH HEATHER SETZLER'S FIRST ACT ON WECT]
The theme is something we can all relate to, as a recent college graduate tries to find his "purpose".
[READ ENCORE MAGAZINE'S REVIEW BY SHEA CARVER]
Also...the music is extremely likable. The writing is even more clever. The jokes are funny, but they have depth. I didn't even get squeamish about the Japanese character who spoke broken ENGRISH.
I bet Big Bird would even recommend this awesome musical. It's definitely worth the five flights of stairs you'll trek when you realize the elevator at Level 5 is not working. Again.
The shows run during the weekends at Level 5 through October 30th. Tickets cost less than half a tank of gas.
Not to be mean or anything, but have you ever gone to an abs class... that's led by someone who has a gut? It's always really funny to me... and I know I'm not the only thinking it!
Well... not to be a weirdo, but if you're gonna take some ab advice, you may want to take it from this guy:
Here's Adam's advice on getting your abs in shape. STOP DOING SO MANY SIT UPS! Huh? A group of us goes to Adam on Saturdays at The Crest. He's definitely keeping us accountable!
The 31st annual NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle was a first for us! The drive from Wilmington to Brunswick County was half the fun. Plus, it didn't hurt that the organizers made free parking available to everybody! When we arrived, we were greeted with tons of arts and crafts vendors as well as thousands of oyster lovers. Two of those half-shelled admirers included WECT-Fox Wilmington's Colin Hackman and his wife, Michelle.
Growing up in the Midwest, Jim and I spent much of our lives without being around fresh oysters. I've enjoyed eating them a handful of times, but Jim couldn't remember ever eating one. We certainly had never gone to an oyster roast or an oyster festival. Thanks to Colin and Michelle, we watched in awe as they diligently shucked shells for even the tiniest of oysters.
The best part was that they let us have a few oysters out of their bushel! Jim looks so funny because he is way too serious about trying to figure out what he's tasting.
Anyway, the Oyster Festival continues through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14th. And... if you're planning on throwing an oyster roast, then make room for us!
Cape Fear Heart Walk 2011
The Cape Fear Heart Walk was a hit! We saw so many people and puppies! We went with Adam Freeman's Fit Camp... our group ended up walking the UNCW campus.
It was really a nice way to get our hearts moving this morning. I walked in tribute of my grandfather, who passed away the day after Thanksgiving in 2009. I witnessed him having a heart attack during a fishing trip when I was a little kid, and it was one of those life moments that have stuck with me.
I walked for a number of people today, including my Grandpa, Normie.
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After dozens (or perhaps hundreds) of burpees, jumping jacks and squats... we could definitely say we're on our way to being heart healthy--thanks to our trainer, Adam Freeman!
Adam led us through 8 weeks of beginner-friendly boot camp to help raise money for the American Heart Association. The camp was FREE, but we've all given a $50 donation to the American Heart Association. His dedication to the organization started with his daughter, Kayleigh, who passed away after complications of her own heart condition.
Thanks to Adam, we will be participating in the Cape Fear Heart Walk this upcoming Saturday at UNCW! Why don't you walk with us?? Registration starts at 9 a.m.
If that doesn't suit you... consider joining us at boot camp! Adam said he'll keep it going just for us. I don't enjoy getting up early on Saturdays, but once I get there and see everyone, I can't think of anything else I'd rather do!