Nick Swisher, who helped lead the New York Yankees to its 27th World Series championship, made one more swing through the area Tuesday before heading to spring training for the 2010 season. And, as was the case in his previous postseason visits, he set aside time to speak to the media, including WTAP.
But, if you read some of the comments on our website, at least a few of our viewers didn't believe it. That's because the story I posted wasn't accompanied by an interview clip. Let me explain why.
The clip, or "soundbite", wasn't scheduled to air until our 6 P.M. newscast. But, due to a technical problem, the soundbite did not air. It did air on our later 10 P.M. Fox Parkersburg newscast, and our 11 P.M. program, which is delayed until midnight due to NBC's Olympics broadcast.
Since it didn't air, we weren't able to stream it on the web. The majority of the streaming video we run in our stories comes directly from our live news broadcasts.
Because there wasn't a video clip, some of the people making comments apparently believed Swisher didn't make any comments to the press in his visit Tuesday. In fact, he gave interviews to WTAP and a Huntington T.V. station which covered the event Tuesday morning at the Blennerhassett Hotel. He also spoke to us Tuesday evening at an event we hosted at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.
But some (not all) of the people who commented believed Swisher avoided the press. Again, not true. And it hasn't been true during his other visits to the valley. In fact, the story I posted had a quote attributed to him which came directly from the soundbite which eventually aired on our newscasts.
Obviously, this is just one or two comments out of several. And other people who commented not only defended Swisher, but noted our presence at the news events.
But like Virginia and Santa Claus, some people, I guess, have to "see" it to believe it.