How many of you awoke this morning to find a new flat-screen HD TV under your Christmas tree? Many are expecting this to be the Christmas of the HD TV.
Our household added a second HD TV, only 19 inches, and a new TiVo Premiere (more about that in a later column).
If you received an entertainment upgrade this holiday season, send me a note and tell me all about it — firstname.lastname@example.org. I may use your comments in my next column.
Boo to NBC-2
Between the Internet comments and e-mails, I heard from nearly three dozen readers upset with the changes at NBC 2.
Last column I reported that Robert Van Winkle was moving to mornings and the search was on for a new chief meteorologist. Many readers want to see Robert Van Winkle stay on the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Here’s a sampling of the comments:
— Ronald Fiano of Naples writes: “Robert is the best meteorologist in the country. Eleven years ago we moved from Northern Virginia where the so-called best weatherman, Bob Ryan, forecasted the weather. Well, Robert beats him by a mile because not only does he have all the technical and background for the 6 o’clock news, he has the best personality and the ability to explain complex weather patterns to the audience.”
— Joyce and Bill Cushman write: “We are extremely disappointed that NBC-2 will be moving Robert Van Winkle to the mornings. When he is on at 6, you know what the weather will be for the week, not just that day!”
— Peggy Volentine writes: “He’s the only reason that I stayed up for the 11 o’clock news. He has a wonderful personality and a great smile and makes the news interesting. No one else does the weather like Robert.”
— E. F. “Bud” McMullin writes: We watch NBC’s local news nightly, one of the main reasons being how much we enjoy seeing Robert Van Winkle. It was very disturbing to us to read your article in the Neapolitan section of today’s Naples Daily News saying he was being moved to morning TV as of Jan. 11. It very well might cause us to start watching another channel.”
— John and Kathy Weidenfeller write: “We were extremely surprised and saddened by your article on Robert Van Winkle this morning. Mr. Van Winkle has presented an extremely high degree of professionalism and knowledge over his tenure as chief meteorologist at NBC-2. He has been, by far, a major reason why we have made NBC-2 our No. 1 viewing station for the evening and late news. His on-air presence and superior knowledge and ability to present information in a perfectly understandable way is far superior to most other meteorologists we have viewed in Southwest Florida and other areas of the country.”
— Joy Shea of Naples writes: “The decision by NBC to shift Robert Van Winkle to the mornings is terrible. Please let Haley have her baby and return to the a.m. broadcast. She is perky, energetic and a pleasure to begin the morning with day after day.
“Robert is the best meteorologist in Southwest Florida. Not only is he learned, professional and accurate, he is also the best-dressed.”
— Richard Martorano of Naples writes: “Unbelievable! He is one of the best weathermen we have ever watched. Not only is he extremely photogenic, but he comes across as one of the most professional weather reporters in television.”
— Linda Stoddard writes: “Hearing that Robert Van Winkle has been moved to the morning really has made me feel sick. Hard to put into words how I feel. Over the years, he has made the weather so enjoyable and always seems to know the right words to say so the viewers don’t panic over cold snaps, hurricanes and bad summer storms. He is by far the No. 1 weather man in this area.”
— Suzanne Dossinger of Naples writes: “If Van Winkle is anxious to work with the schools, he must do so in the daytime ... how can he be in the studio as well? Keep him for the real prime time ... at 6 o’clock!”
— Fred K. Palone writes: “After traveling around the country for years, I think that Robert is without a doubt the best weatherman that I have ever seen and will definitely miss him at 6 and 11.”
— Frank Galuppo of Naples writes: “The move of Robert Van Winkle to the morning time slot and eliminating him as chief meteorologist is a serious mistake by the station. In the many years that I have been here, Robert is the best weather reporter that southwest Florida has ever had. His coverage of the weather including hurricanes on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscast was not only accurate but also a great team member with the other newscasters at that time. I feel that Haley and Morgan are excellent also and all three of them make a super NBC-2 weather team with their current time slots. Why take someone like Robert away from the thing he does best and give him a new assignment with a different time slot and other responsibilities, and I feel (this) will jeopardize both the morning and evening ratings.”
— James “John” Brennan writes: “It seems like Robert is talking to me and not trying to impress me with his knowledge. I hope Lieze-Adams and the management of NBC-2 know what they are doing.”
Tom Weber of Naples writes: “I don’t like the move at all. Bad move, bring Van Winkle back!”
Questions from readers
Rose Nelson, who added her objection to Van Winkle moving from the afternoon broadcast, also had a question for us: “... You did not mention John Patrick. ... Is John Patrick still doing the 9 a.m. newscast?”
Yes, although he also works for Waterman, John Patrick’s weather will still be seen starting at 5:30 a.m. on ABC-7 through “Good Morning America” local cut-ins and during the 9 a.m. local newscast.
Alice Formyduval of Naples writes: “We have a Toshiba projection TV we bought in 2007 ... the screen is 60 inches. We have started to notice white spots forming on the right side like pinpoints of light and we are wondering what sort of problem that indicates for us in the near or distant future?”
Sorry, Alice. I’m more of an entertainment guy than a technical guy. But a quick search on Goggle helped me realize many folks have the same problem, and there appears to be no answer on the World Wide Web.
Has anyone else experienced this problem? Did you find a solution? If so, send me your results and I will forward them to Alice.
Until next time … Stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com.