A couple of years ago, when John Fortney was still on the air in Columbus, he came to our station to record some commercials for a local automobile dealer.
After those ads aired (largely on WTAP), I was approached by people who asked me, "Is John back on WTAP now?".
The answer then was no, he was still in Columbus at WBNS-TV. (He currently is a news anchor in Lincoln, Nebraska). But the sight of seeing someone on a different TV station than where he's currently located is apparently unnerving to some people.
In that context, I will soon be seen on a different TV station...but only for one day.
As I wrote last year, WOUB, Ohio University's Radio and TV station, last year held a reunion of several of its alumni, which it is repeating this year. I attended, but stayed pretty much in the background, although I did reacquaint myself with some people I had not seen in years.
This year, I will be an on-camera "Alumni Reporter" on the TV station's nightly newscast, which airs weeknights at 5:30 P.M.
Now, I'm sure WTAP would love to have its viewers watch all day long...but I'm equally sure that, in the era of the remote control (and even before), they know that's very unlikely.
With that in mind, if you happen to tune into WOUB on Friday, October 14th, and see my face, rest assured, I am still working for the same station where I have been for 31 years...and will be back on the air at WTAP next week. I don't know yet what story I will be doing (much the same as is the case here), but I would guess it would be something in Athens.
(That isn't to say, of course, that I would love to have you tune in...after all, the Athens newscast airs exactly between WTAP News at 5 and 6.)
Here's some news about a musician with ties to WTAP, who is being honored this weekend:
Long-time viewers of the station may remember a country music program we aired for years called "Big Red Jubilee". One of the frequent performers on that program was Connie Smith, a singer who spent part of her childhood in West Virginia.
Smith will be inducted this weekend (Saturday, October 15) along with several other performers (including Kathy Mattea) into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports Smith has just released a new CD, "Long Line of Heartaches", produced by her husband, country star Marty Stuart, who also performs on the album.