Happy Halloween! Want to hear something scary? Hair-raising? Freightening all because it’s true? TV stations are the targets of crazy people right now, more than ever. Crazy and perhaps lethal people. In the last few days, there are at least two stations that have had to take drastic measures for their personnel’s safety. Up in Billings, KTVQ was the target of someone who left a suspicious box outside one of their entrances. The bomb squad blew up the box, which was covered in some strange writing and contained wires. The man responsible is now in psychiatric care. In Albuquerque, KOAT had two policemen stationed at their location because some nutjob was outside and could have been dangerous. All this in light of the mailed bombs. Out in Salinas, California, KSBW’s production van was set afire Friday night … on purpose. Arson is being investigated. One more time, with feeling…use your air. Use your talents. You can make people know things and understand them. Use those talents. The press is NOT the enemy of your viewers. Or your non-viewers. Or the population of your market. As you trick or treat today, remember there’s Godiva chocolate for the folks who send in their anti-hate, pro news actions. As they used to say on Hill Street Blues, stay safe out there. Don’t let Well Dunne! be a eulogy.
Think About This: “Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but refuse to hate him.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.