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The Wright Response - August 22, 2013

By: MIke Wright Email
By: MIke Wright Email

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

To the huge crowd that made their way to the Feast of Caring at the Brazos Center recently, we thank you. Your support of the Brazos Valley Food Bank is appreciated.

Brianna sent a comment related to that:

"I don't get it. I watch the news everyday. Y'all talk about hunger and homeless in our community but College station has $400 million dollars to rebuild some stupid field turfs that we don't even need? And I used to love Texas A&M until I found out how greedy they are becoming with their new found fame. Oh but we have no money to help the homeless. This town disgusts me. I am very disappointed in A&M and College Station. We have a feast for caring to for people who are poor to donate money that they don't even have?! Ridiculous!"

There are times when no matter how many times we send a response or answer a question or concern, either we don't hear back or people would simply rather fuss. Our hearts were heavy with memories surrounding the sad day in our local history, the day in August 2012 we lost Constable Brian Bachmann and Chris Northcliffe, Barbara Holdsworth was shot but survived. M-A wrote us on the 12th reminding us of the anniversary of that event. Steve Fullhart responded with a full outline of our coverage.

Then, early the next day, M-A writes:

"You run a story about a daycare out of Waco instead of something about the anniversary of the death of Brian Bachmann ? Please give us our local news"

Morning News anchor Michael Oder responded:

The case involving a Waco daycare owner being charged with child endangerment has strong ties to the Bryan/College Station area. The death of 3-month-old Nathan King from Bryan in 2008 sparked Nate's Law, which requires daycare owners in Texas to get consent from parents before giving any medication to children in their care. As per your request about giving you local news, we lead our 5:30am half hour and our 6:30am half hour newscasts with a story about the one year anniversary of that tragedy. We are planning a full day's coverage of this tragic anniversary. The first three minutes of our show this morning were dedicated to this local story. Please, stay with KBTX News 3 throughout the day as we remember Constable Bachmann, Christopher Northcliffe and the others whose life changed that day.

I appreciate Michael responding and doing so respectfully. That's what kind of guy he is. Frankly, I'm not sure what exactly M-A was talking about, but it is an example of what transpires most times when we DO respond to viewer e-mails or concerns.

C-F wrote in with a rather simple question:

"I am curious ~ what is that ankle "monitor looking thing" that Kailey wears in the morning?"

Well - it USED to be an ankle monitor but Kailey no longer has to wear one! -Kidding, obviously. Actually, that is the wireless microphone power pack and transmitter. On females, there often isn't a good place to attach it to the body like our male anchors or guests who can clip that to their belt.

Though you shouldn't see it in the on-air shots very often, because they move around a lot during Brazos Valley This Morning, odds are good you will see it now and then. I just wish all questions were that simple to answer. Please be in touch anytime, your opinions and your questions matter to the family of KBTX News 3.


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