"News 9, This is Rusty"

Sunday, March 9th 2008, 9:59 pm
By: News 9

Ask anybody who has worked in a newsroom and they'll tell you there are some characters who call TV stations.  

I'm not sure what is in the water today, but we had some ... um... interesting phone calls today.   I was the recepient of one of them.    Here's, roughly, how that call went:

Rusty:  "News 9, this is Rusty."

Outraged female:  "I want to know why you said there was a snow storm coming last week and then it never came."

Rusty:  "There was a snow storm, but it was mostly southeast of the metro."

Outraged female:  "You said there was a storm coming and I had a panic attack and a mental breakdown because I can't deal with snow and power outages and you said it was going to snow."

Rusty:   "Ma'am, we can't control the weather."

Outraged female:  "I want to speak to Kelly Ogle."

Rusty:   :sigh:   "hold please."

I'm told we had another lady who called and said she was going to sue CBS for airing the March Madness basketball games in place of the soap operas.

Just a few hours ago another upset caller wanted to know if we were done "airing the gay stories."  She was referring to our coverage of Representative Sally Kern's speech on the gay lifestyle.   "Are you the gay station now?", she continued.

Ah, just another day in the office.