The Wright Response: May 17, 2018

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - I get it, it isn't near as fun to hear the nice comments as it is those who are ripping through KBTX for one reason or another. But, I'll start with the positive today, this note from D-T, in response to viewers taking us to task on news that mainly comes from national sources:

"Mike I just want to tell you to keep up the good work. I think you have done a great job your entire career at KBTX. I also think you have done a good job building a good team of anchors and reporters through the years. I can tell they are supported well by the KBTX staff too. I love the morning staff you have right now. Shel and Max have my upmost confidence as well. I'd like to give you and all your staff a big thumbs up (or gig'em).

D-T? Thanks for the note, and credit where credit is due, I too have a great respect for this staff, and so do journalists throughout the state. More on that in a moment. In my split-duties, Josh Gorbutt and Station manager Lori Bruffett have done a tremendous job in identifying staff that fits the community and the KBTX culture.

A word of congratulations to the news staff of KBTX. A few weeks back, my night was made when the representative at Texas Associated Press gave out one of the evening's top awards, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Award. Previous winners include WFAA-Dallas, KHOU-Houston, KXAN-Austin, KPRC-Houston, WOAI-San Antonio.

The award started with Texas AP saying, "and one of our smaller stations will take home a very big award. With that, KBTX was presented with this honor for our work, largely Rusty Surette's work on investigation of former Bryan ISD Superintendent, Tommy Wallis.

While we're at it, congratulations to Rusty and Karla Castillo for being finalists in the statewide anchor team of the year award, to News 3's Steve Carmack for a first place award on his special "60-Years of KBTX," Noelle Bellow, a second place for "Love Always," under the category of Feature Editing, another first place in the Sports Special category to the KBTX staff for Aggie Game Day, A&M vs. Alabama. Congratulations to everyone for your hard work.

While we enjoyed seeing hundreds of comments and receiving calls about our coverage of the Barbara Bush funeral and burial in College Station, and we will share a few of those soon, we received this rather odd comment – respected, but odd:

"Mike, appreciate news 3 coverage of Barbara Bush funeral... But, I believe this should have been a more substantial story locally as the Bush's impact in our community has been noteworthy. I appreciate your position as the "boss" at KBTX but, at the same time as a 60 year resident of Bryan I can say Harry Gillam would have been there personally as an anchor and more informed people would have been involved... But what do I know."

While I'm appreciative of the note, I couldn't disagree more. KBTX was well-prepared for this coverage, and this staff did a remarkable job. What message would I have sent to this crew if I said, "step aside, I'll anchor this coverage."

Faith and confidence is at an all-time high with everyone here, and my involvement would have derailed an incredibly well-laid plan. And no, having known a lot about original KBTX manager Harry Gillam, he would not have been on air for this. His family will back me up on that…but – I do thank you for your opinion.