Early tomorrow afternoon I will get in my car and drive to Hartford. It will be my first day working since January 7th. It will be my first new job since 1984! It’s a new beginning and a new challenge. I’m very excited.
Let me be perfectly clear, the only reason I was seriously considered by FoxCT is you. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. Whatever talent I bring to the table is nice, but they’re after you (in the nicest way).
I hope you’ll come along.
It’s been cool this weekend for Helaine and me to see the new promo playing on-the-air. There’s also a full page ad in today’s Courant and digital billboards along the interstates. How can I not be psyched?
As I’ve watched FoxCT I’ve noticed they have more of a commitment to actually covering news than I’d experienced before. You’ll notice more reporters, more live shots and fewer technical screw-ups.
In the control room a few days ago one of the engineers took pride in bragging about the zero downtime they experience with their live trucks. That might not sound important to you, but my former colleagues who read that sentence will cry.
I know some of you live in the towns directly adjacent to New Haven and wonder how this Hartford based station can compete with your old standby? That will be a decision for you to make–I understand. However, I have read comment-after-comment on Facebook noting how FoxCT has been beating the others on shoreline stories, sometimes scooping Channel 8 in New Haven! Sad, but true.
Truth is FoxCT management understands a significant chunk of the folks who might follow me are from the southern half of the state. They don’t want to squander your love.
The first time I walked into the combined Courant/FoxCT newsroom I was apprehensive. That apprehension was gone within a minute! The attitude was positive and the folks I met (some of whom I’d worked with before) had the mojo that comes when you’re winning (and not in the Charlie Sheen sense).
FoxCT’s ratings are up. The buzz around the newsroom centers around expansion, not retrenchment!
I read ALL your comments here on the blog and on Facebook. When there’s a flurry (a blizzard?) of activity I’m sometimes not physically able to answer every one. A number of times I’ve seen you mention forecast errors from others and claim I wouldn’t have blown that one! Maybe… maybe not.
No one, certainly not me, can predict the future accurately every day without fail. I don’t walk on water! I can’t promise 100% accuracy.
Here’s my pledge. I will work my ass off to give you the best forecast I can.
If I am wrong it will never be because I didn’t spend enough time or pay enough attention. I use the best science available, but I’d go back in time and find Miss Cleo and the Psychic Friends Network if that would make me more accurate. I strive to get it right every time without fail. There’s never an advantage in being wrong or hyping something that won’t happen.
Because Rachel Frank has tomorrow off I will be doing the weather at 4:00, 10:00 and 11:00 PM. I’d like very much it if you would join me. If you want to send a message to my old bosses or a thank you to my new bosses this is the way you do it. Everyone will be looking to see what you do.
You are the prize!
Don’t go to sleep yet, Fox on Fox is still to come.