The Wright Response - September 5, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email
To err is human, and we do make mistakes on our stories posted to General Manager Mike Wright addresses that and a recent honor he received in this edition of the Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

Few things irritate me about our website more than bad grammar.

TP was on top of it sending this note:

"I do have one thing that bothers me and it keeps occurring. Whoever writes the news blurbs for your phone app is having a hard time with grammar and spelling. There have been a few things that have been written that have made me wince, but I've tried to ignore them. The one I can't continue to ignore is the use of 'i t s' - It's is a contraction for it is. Its is the possessive form. The football team enjoyed its meal after practice. (That is correct.) On it's first day, the hospital....NOOO - sound it out - the above would read: On it is first day, the hospital..... If auto-correcting changes your its to it's, then go back and fix them! Thanks again for all you do for us with your great coverage of news in Aggieland - just want to help with grammar issue - not sound ungrateful."

First, I am grateful for people like this who care enough to write. Turns out this person is incredibly qualified to help with this issue, and will conduct a fun, fast-paced refresher for KBTX staff on issues like this. No one dislikes those errors any more than us. Overall, we are a careless society when it comes to communication at a time when journalism needs credibility more than ever! Today's generation has been raised on their mobile or tablet devices, very little text book use, are into short-coding and, often haven't been taught the basics of good use of the English language. We're doing all we can to correct that.

In a rare moment for me, a first actually, humbly, a few thank you's on behalf of - well, - myself. Hundreds called, e-mailed or sent cards and letters congratulating me on being named Texas Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters. To me, no matter what, I'll always feel undeserving of such an honor. It was, perhaps, the single most humbling moment of my career, standing in front of 300 or so of my peers during the banquet in Austin. As one who is rarely without words, that night, I stuck to my script - and it was frankly emotional.

Here's a very brief sharing moment. This is a picture of the first control board I "played radio" on when I was 7 or 8 years old. My grandfather, J. R. Rice from Wortham, Texas, built this for me - light switches, items from a screen door, anything else that looked like a "button," and in the lower right hand corner, the pick song of that week happened to be one by the Carpenters, made with the old-fashioned label maker. My passion for media started here - with two record players, one on each side. I plan to blog on this later.

All to say - the older I get, the more I appreciate what the past did to form what I did with this incredible career. From time to time, I try to remind the younger generation here of something I really didn't know early on. This very moment, may indeed be that "best time of your life," and - there will no doubt be others and times may be really good, but don't take for granted today - or each other. Times like these don't last forever. So it is with every step of my career. You don't start something expecting to be recognized with this type of honor. You do it because you have a passion and a calling.

While I got a lot of nice accolades, my favorite might be in the form of a hand-written letter from a long-time viewer in Caldwell.

L-A wrote:

"Dear Mike, congratulations! I was so pleased to hear about your special honor. I remember your days in radio when you would come to Caldwell. I am enjoying the news now that all the 'busy' scenes of network pictures constantly running in the background as the anchors speak, no longer distract us. Many thanks for whoever is responsible for that. You could say we have grown old (or older) together. You look distinguished with your gray hair - and I'm just looking for my hair! I'm (won't say the age) and still enjoy life very much - even with the aches and pains. Thank you for all you do, and have done to improve the station."

There was more, but I feel funny sharing those types of nice words. So humbly, I present this award to KBTX and to the many through the years who have called KBTX family. You deserve this far more than me.

Be in touch any time, your opinion matters to this family at KBTX News 3.

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