I think I’ve become the low hanging fruit of weather quotes. I was included in an article published today in the Norwich Bulletin.
Use the link above if you want to read it, though I’m attaching it to the jump should that link go stale.
My friend Farrell’s mom, Ruth, has been interviewed again about her escape from New Orleans.
Every time she tells the story, I become a bigger hero. It’s now the “Legend of Geoff Fox.”
Seriously, this was a call anyone with info would make to the parent of a close friend. I am glad Ruth escaped New Orleans unscathed. I’m glad she listened to her family and friends, because I know in her heart she very much wanted to stay.
The story from the Valley Gazette continues at the jump.
Roger Ailes, the Svengali of Fox News Channel, is taking on additional roles.
Roger E. Ailes, the media adviser to three Republican presidents who has been chairman of Fox News Channel since its inception nine years ago, was given an additional title yesterday: chairman of Fox Television Stations.
The appointment, which was announced by Fox’s parent, the News Corporation, gives Mr. Ailes oversight of Fox’s 35 broadcast television stations and a production studio, Twentieth Television.
Though Fox News has refers to itself as “Fair and Balanced,” common wisdom says it represents ‘right of center’ politics. And so, you may think Ailes will steer the Fox Network in that direction.
I don’t think so.
Seeing Fox News solely as an ideological brand is missing the point. Fox News has turned attitude and personality into high television art forms. There is nothing on the channel restrained or subdued. There are more well known people on Fox than CNN and MSNBC combined!
My guess (and it’s only a guess) that’s the biggest change Ailes will bring the the Fox stations.
Look for promotions to become bigger and bolder and more over-the-top than they are now. Look for more people driven, rather than concept driven programming.
It probably doesn’t make sense to politicize the Fox local stations, and I don’t expect to see that. I think Ailes job is to advance revenue, not advocate partisan politics.
Wait a year. We’ll see how insightful I am… or am not.
Yesterday was my day off – but how could I not work with a major storm coming! I went to work about 2:00 PM and, with Gil Simmons, did cut-ins through the afternoon. Then, I was on the news at 5, 6, 10 and 11, did more cut-ins through the evening and cut some special forecasts which ran on the station’s Internet site.
The snow didn’t come up to my expectations, though it was pretty bad. Some areas did get the two feet I called for. Most did not.
However, I didn’t get more than one or two small complaints – and I got nearly 700 emails this weekend! So, the forecast must have been close enough to prepare people for what came – and it was pretty awful.
After a storm like this I like to write and thanks everyone who went out and measured snow or sent me a snapshot. Attached below is what I sent.