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The Wright Response - May 30, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

SOMETIMES ONE OF THE TOUGHEST JOBS AN ON-AIR JOURNALIST HAS REVOLVES AROUND KNOWING HOW TO PRONOUNCE TOWNS IN TEXAS!

W-J NOTICED THAT:

“May I suggest that the news reporters confirm the pronunciation of towns before announcing them on the air. I had to laugh last night when your anchor pronounced Cibolo as “see-BO-lo”. The present-day correct pronunciation is “SIH-buh-low”. Older residents probably call it “sea-below”. My grandfather grew up in the area of the Cibolo Creek in the 19th century and early 20th century when it was called “SEA-willow”. The word is Spanish for Buffalo.”

HERE’S THE SAD PART. THE PRONUNCIATION SENT BY ASSOCIATED PRESS – WAS WRONG! BEING AROUND TEXAS FOR SO LONG, WE KNOW IT IS CIBOLO. TOO OFTEN I SEE OUR STAFF RESPOND SAYING “WE DID EXACTLY AS ASSOCIATED PRESS SAID IT SHOULD BE.” FRANKLY, THAT RESPONSE IS – WRONG. A-P ISN’T RIGHT ALL THE TIME, AND LIKELY IT WAS WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT TEXAS PRONUNCIATIONS. I SUPPOSE IF THEY SAID BEXAR WAS “BEX-CZAR,” WE’D PRONOUNCE IT LIKE THAT. CONFESSION – MY FIRST WEEK ON-AIR HERE IN 1992, A STORY INCLUDED THE COMMUNITY OF BEDIAS – YET – IN MY WISDOM, I CALLED IT – YEP – BE-DEE-US. THAT WAS A BAD MOVE.

WE HEAR FROM VIEWERS WHO WATCH AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT. KBTX AND CW-8 OFTEN CARRY NASA-TV, SOMETIMES WITH LIVE LOOKS INTO SPACE.

N-P LET US KNOW OF ISSUES:

“At 4:00 AM Sat there was programing with no sound that looked like something quite old from NASA. Not that I am complaining because the other station I turned to put me right back to sleep. We learn and make better from problems. I just do not want KBTX to get as prevalent as another station that alerts us to bad weather by going off the air.”

HONESTLY IN THIS DAY AND TIME, WE COULD GO OFF THE AIR IN BAD WEATHER AS WELL, BUT LONG AGO WE INVESTED GREATLY IN A BACK-UP POWER SYSTEM HERE AND AT THE CARLOS TOWER SITE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO STAY ON-AIR DURING STORMS.

AFTER CHECKING ON THIS, THERE ARE TIMES THERE IS IN FACT NO AUDIO FROM NASA-TV, THE PICTURES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WHILE WE HAVE THINGS GO WRONG FROM TIME TO TIME, THIS TIME – THE DEAD AIR WAS STRAIGHT FROM NASA – AND – WAS INTENTIONAL.

RECENTLY KBTX.COM MADE SOME CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE AND THAT MEANT AN ADJUSTMENT TO OUR INTERACTIVE RADAR.

BOBBIE WROTE IN:

“I just loved your interactive radar, but it no longer has an options button so you can see where, when storms are, and the directions. I live in Plantersville and you have the best forecast for my area. Please check out this feature.”

THE INTERACTIVE RADAR STILL HAS OPTIONS WITH A DIFFERENT LOOK. SHOULD YOU EVER EXPERIENCE ISSUES WITH OUR WEBSITE, E-MAIL US RIGHT AWAY. WE WILL RESPOND RIGHT AWAY. SEND YOUR NOTES TO NEWS@KBTX.COM, INTERNET@KBTX.COM OR DIRECTLY TO THOMAS MILLER, INTERNET DIRECTOR. HIS E-MAIL IS MILLER@KBTX.COM.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SHRINERS OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY FOR HAVING ME AS THEIR GUEST SPEAKER DURING THEIR MONTHLY MEETING AT BRIARCREST LAST WEEK.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR COMMENTS, WE’RE ALWAYS LISTENING, AND WHAT YOU THINK MATTERS TO KBTX.


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