Tuesday, February 09, 2010


You keep reporting that there were wind advisories today for Central North Carolina.

I just sent this to WUNC's main e-mail address.
"You missed this one.
Unbelievable. With all of the rain we have had, this is an important warning to all of us with trees nearby and missing it is a pretty serious blunder on your part and you ought to apologize on air and admit your mistake.
Is anyone paying attention?"

I sent this after hearing the on-air readers talk about how important it was to have "perfection and current numbers" in referring to a plug for the fund drive from someone at NPR.


As an addendum, I woke up the next day - 10 Feb - at 6 AM. On WUNC, I heard that there was a high wind warning on the coast, but nothing about central North Carolina. (Keep in mind that the warning issued by the National Weather Serivce remained unchanged from yesterday mid-afternoon until 11 AM today when they reissued it.) Then at 7 PM, WUNC's voice saidd there was a "high wind watch", the advisory superceded yesterday afternoon. At 7:05, it was the lead news item with a mention of a "high wind advisory", not giving the full strength to the "warning" that had been issued. At 7:06, he finally got it right, noting a "high wind warning" until this evening.

It really makes for a stark contrast between the local people at WUNC and NPR and their other program providers. With all of the money they collect and spend, one would think they could do so much better.

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