The Wright Response - May 16, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

LAST WEEK’S RAINFALL WAS A WELCOMED SIGHT! FORECASTING STORMS IN THIS AREA CAN BE CHALLENGING – WE ARE IN A BIT OF A VALLEY, CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY – AND TOMMY WAS NONE TO HAPPY WITH KBTX.

Well, Thursday rain was supposed to be light to spotted. The main rain was supposed to be a concern on Friday. You missed it TOTALLY. Everyone was flooded and house fires resulted. Power was lost in many areas Thursday. Friday when I was waiting and prepared for the worst...........Well the sun has shown all day. Your weather forecast is a JOKE.

NOW, TOMMY – THAT WAS A LITTLE HARSH, DON’T YOU THINK. IN CHECKING, WE SAID THURSDAY COULD BE SEVERE WITH POSSIBLE HAIL AND HIGH WINDS, I CHECKED THAT TO BE SURE. NOW - FRIDAY DIDN’T PAN OUT EXACTLY AS OUR FORECAST TEAM HAD THOUGHT, NOR AS EARLY AS WE THOUGHT – BUT – AFTER TOMMY SENT THAT, WELL, THE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING SHOW AS BACK ON IN THE AREA WITH SOME RAINFALL TO GO WITH IT. TOMMY AND I HAD A GREAT EXCHANGE OF E-MAILS AFTER THAT NOTE, HE HAD BUSINESS REASONS FOR BEING A LITTLE UPSET, BUT – I RESPECT PEOPLE LIKE TOMMY FOR INDEED GIVING US A CHANCE TO RESPOND.

SPEAKING OF WEATHER, WE SAID FAREWELL TO RICH JOHNSON ON FRIDAY, A TRUE KIND GENTLEMAN, WHO FILLED IN DURING BOB FRENCH’S ABSENCE, WHO WORKED WEEKENDS WITH EMPLOYEES SEEKING TO IMPROVE THEIR METEOROLOGY SKILLS, AND NOW IS BACK TO THE ATLANTA AREA TO SEE HIS 18-YEAR OLD TWINS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. RICH WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE KBTX FAMILY.

AND BOB FRENCH RETURNED TO HIS FAMILIAR SLOT AT 6 AND 10 THIS WEEK. BOB AND KBTX ARE HUMBLED BY YOUR RESPONSES SENT VIA E-MAIL, OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, AND PHONE CALLS. OVERWHELMING – DOESN’T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE IT. ALL OF US - THANK YOU.

N-P WROTE IN SUNDAY MORNING:

I bet this is one of many messages you get about the loss of network sound feed Sun May 12 from 8:00 AM till 8:17 AM. I would guess something got unplugged somewhere. The usual excuse is someone has stolen copper cable. As tech current as your station seems to be your signal comes to you on either satellite or fiber optical feed, nether use copper cable. If I only read lips it would not have been a problem. The two main reasons for failure are 1- saving $$$ by not keeping redundancy in working condition. 2 No trained human as the ultimate control.

N-P IS RIGHT, WE DID LOSE THE CBS AUDIO FEED SUNDAY MORNING. THE BACK-UP FEED WAS SLOW TO BE TAKEN TO AIR, AND THE BACK-UP HAD A SMALL ISSUE BUT ALL IS WELL NOW. NO STOLEN COPPER, WE HAD A TRAINED HUMAN, AND THERE WAS NO INTENT TO SAVE DOLLARS WITH EQUIPMENT NOT MAINTAINED. NO ONE IS MORE FRUSTRATED WHEN THIS HAPPENS THAT WE ARE. WE WILL SEEK TO ENSURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN.

IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE FORMER KBTX-ERS STAY IN TOUCH. FORMER METEOROLOGIST TROY KIMMEL WHO IS NOW TEACHING AT U-T AUSTIN, WAS CHIEF METEOROLOGIST FOR K-EYE, CBS 42 IN AUSTIN AND HAS DONE RADIO FORECASTS FOR YEARS – STOPPED IN TO SEE THE NEW KBTX FACILITIES EARLIER THIS WEEK. CLAY FALLS HAD A CLASS TAUGHT BY TROY IN COLLEGE.

AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LITERALLY HUNDREDS WHO REMIND US DURING A WEATHER EVENT – THAT THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BRAZOS VALLEY IS LIKE NO OTHER. RAIN REPORTS, PICTURES OF LIGHTNING, FLASH FLOODING, AND EVEN BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES ARE SUBMITTED FROM PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE BRAZOS VALLEY. WE POST MOST OF THOSE PICTURES ON OUR WEB CHANNEL OR FACEBOOK PAGE AND USE AS MANY AS POSSIBLE ON THE AIR. WE THANK YOU FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO SEND THAT AND SHARE IT WITH THE THOUSANDS WHO TRUST KBTX EVERYDAY FOR INFORMATION FROM RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

BE IN TOUCH ANYTIME, YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS, AND WE CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK.


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