The Wright Response: June 1, 2017

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Here’s hoping everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend, and that while we celebrated, we took a little time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

We continue to get feedback from the KBTX 60th Anniversary. Many came to the Saturday reception and party we hadn’t seen in years. People like Fern Hammond who hosted Talk Time back in the 60s and 70s – very proud to be there.

Of course, Ulman McMullen, former manager of KBTX who hired many whose lives were forever changed, and from the more recent era – Theresa Woodard and Mark Schnyder, Joel Thomas and Consolidated grad Marcus Moore, and the list goes on.

I have to share a side of the “little kid in me.” That 60th anniversary planning committee did an awesome job, but the thing that got me the most was as surprise from engineering.

It was the restored top of the KBTX tower, the original beacon that now lights up as it did before – with slightly different lighting, but with the fading, chipped orange paint.

To me – this represents the hopes and dreams of the original stockholders led by Buddy Bostick and for Harry Gillam, the original KBTX General Manager.

Here’s a nice note from from B-W:

"Dear Mr. Wright. We had the pleasure of seeing Karla and Kathleen; and the honor of talking with Shel at a recent event. So sorry you and your KBTX Family has to deal with so much of the disrespectful, hateful, threatening emails. Proud of how you deal with it all! The weather dictates what I do at my job. I always watch Shel and his Team tell me the "best guess" about the weather. And their "guess" is usually the most accurate. I am guessing that the Folks who treat y'all so badly, were not around here to see how You, Barbara, Brenda and KBTX, dealt with the A&M Bonfire Stack falling down those many years ago. IF they had been? Then the disrespectful folks would know; that KBTX is still a concerned loving "Family", caring about B/CS! Respectfully from Burton."

And B-W? Thanks so much for the nice note. Much appreciated.

P-A watched a segment of “From the Ground Up,” the long-running award winning series created and sponsored by Producers Cooperative and KBTX:

"I caught a portion of Shel’s segment “From the Ground Up” this morning and it seemed to me KBTX gave air time to a climate changer denier. I normally enjoy these segments but felt it was political rather than informative – I expect better from Shel and the station."

We do appreciate all opinions. Shel Winkley, who voices that segment responded:

"You may know that I am very conscience of the rate at which the world is warming. Recently at 6 & 10pm, I talked about the 1st average 90° day coming sooner and sooner for the Brazos Valley. That said, we present opinions and facts from both sides of issues. That is what makes us balanced. This particular interview was about the beef industry being accused of having a hand in the warming process. Our interview was with the Chairman of the TCEQ. It was our intent to express that this is just ONE side of the issue in the intro to the story. But in order to have a dialogue, we have to hear both sides to then carry the conversation."

In a world of news that is often unreliable, we always try to present both sides – fairly. Be in touch anytime, your opinion matters to this family of KBTX News 3.