WNWO, Channel 24 and Buckeye CableSystem are in a dispute over signal retransmission. I hope it is soon resolved to everybody’s satisfaction.
An ad in The Blade by Buckeye CableSystem said WNWO has “inferior on-air news talent.” I take strong exception to this.
I know Jim Blue, WNWO’s news director, and am familiar with his many awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. His team includes meteorologists such as Norm Van Ness, who is professionally accredited in his field, and Joe Thompson, who was educated at Penn State, arguably the foremost meteorological school in the country.
Sports director Will Kunkel holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, one of the top schools of its kind.
Buckeye may make many claims about WNWO’s position in the dispute. But calling the talent there inferior is mean and wrong.
Editor’s note: The writer is retired chief meteorologist at WTVG-TV, Channel 13.
Anti-WNWO ads misleading
The Buckeye CableSystem ads that attack the owners of WNWO are misleading. The ads mention WNWO’s low ratings. However, the ratings cited are for local news.
I, like most other people in the Toledo area, do not watch WNWO’s local news. But I do — or used to, before WNWO was dropped — watch NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Meet the Press, and prime-time NBC shows.
I do not care who is to blame. I am paying for WNWO on my cable bill. I want it back.
Hospice for pets a needed specialty
In response to your Dec. 1 article “Hospice services for dogs, cats gain momentum”: When my dog, Clifford, was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, I looked for this sort of service to support him at the end of his life.
Having worked in the field of human hospice and oncology care for most of my adult life, I was familiar with this philosophy of symptom management. I wanted to be able to provide the same for him until it was time for our final good-bye.
I looked for a specialized service that would aggressively manage his symptoms and walk us through the difficult decisions that were ahead. I could not find it locally.
In the end, I was able to accomplish what I wanted for Clifford, but it took a tremendous amount of research and advocacy. The experience inspired me to compile an end of life resource guide and pet loss support group.
I hope that the specialty of animal hospice medicine soon will make its home in the Toledo area, to provide comfort for ailing pets.