NAPLES — Jack from Naples (and quite frankly a few of you) writes: Is there any follow-up to the firing of Craig Wolf. Seems to me that’s a big news story.
As many of you read online and in last Saturday’s Daily News, Craig Wolf was abruptly dismissed as NBC-2’s primary anchor on March 3.
I recently spoke with Wolf, who says he’s still in the dark about being let go.
I have requested further comment from NBC-2, but beyond their initial release, silence.
While not surprising, it’s disappointing to Wolf’s many fans, who feel as though they are owed an explanation. And for Wolf; on the surface he appears to be a stand-up guy. The absence of an explanation is leading to rumor and gossip — most of which is likely worse than any truth that may exist in this matter.
Jack also wanted to know what happened to Brandon Gunnoe and Paul LaGrone?
Brandon Gunnoe is an anchor for KVOA, an NBC affiliate serving Tucson and Southern Arizona. He can be seen on “Tucson Today” and “News 4 at Noon.” As we mentioned in an earlier column, Paul LaGrone is anchoring in West Palm Beach on ABC 25.
By the way, Haley Webb returns to her new NBC-2 shift on April 11.
News and notes
Where’s Bob & Tom: The Arrow, a.k.a. 94.5 FM, has decided to “Shut up and rock.” The station has dropped the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show.
“After extensive listener feedback, we realized what our audience wanted was less talk and more rock,” said John Rozz, program director.
One and a half men? Now that Charlie Sheen has been fired, if “Two And A Half Men” continues, who will take his spot? Several names are being floated around, we’ll have wait and see.
It’s a good day for “Survivor” fans: CBS has officially renewed television’s longest-running reality competition series for two additional seasons. The 23rd and 24th installments of “Survivor” will air during the 2011-12 TV season.
Bye, bye “Family”: Michael Chiklis has been tapped to star in CBS’ comedy pilot “Vince Uncensored.” The multicamera project, from Warner Bros. TV and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Prods., centers on a man who decides to take a more honest approach to life after a life-altering experience. Chiklis, whose previous TV credits include “The Shield,” “The Commish” and this season’s ratings disappointment “No Ordinary Family,” will play the title character.
More Comcast responses
Gordon of Naples writes: “upon reading your column in the Naples Daily News Neapolitan section … I realized that I finally had a conduit to air a grievance that I have with Comcast that will not, this time at least, fall on deaf ears.
“My wife and I are snowbirds, residents of Florida, living here in Naples six months of the year when it is snowing up north, and living up north for the remaining six months when it is then warm and sunny, at least warm and sunny enough to play outside with grandkids.
“Our Minnesota condominium association pays to Comcast, fees for basic television cable service and full Internet service for every one of its 120 or so owners, for a full 12 months out of each year. While we are in residence in Minnesota we avail ourselves of this service, but all kidding aside, we help pay for this service through assessed maintenance fees. While we are in residence in Florida our Florida condominium association pays to Comcast, fees for basic television cable service for every one of its 121 owners, for a full 12 months out of each year.
“I’ve carried this grievance up the ladder with no positive result. They responded by telling me that each area of the country has its own accounting system and my sort of injustice cannot be handled. Well, if Comcast is big enough to acquire NBC it should be big enough, and savvy enough, to take care of my little problem. Little problem? Multiply my financial problem by the many thousands of snowbirds in this country each year. Remember, a billion here and a billion there, pretty soon we’re talking about a lot of money!”
Judy writes: “I enjoyed your Saturday column about Comcast — we do enjoy Comcast’s services here in Naples and back home in Beecher, Illinois — and have always been happy with their services — triple play back home and TV and internet here in Naples — but, can you imagine my surprise when I called Comcast on Feb. 2 and asked them to put our Illinois service on vacation stop and I was told that that service is only offered October thru January. Now, we have been coming to Naples for many years, arriving in December, January, February and one year in March and have never been told that that service is offered only through January.
“I asked if they put out any notice to that effect and was told no — so what to do? Just send them over $140 per month thru May?
Does not seem right! Does it to you?”
Since you asked Judy, no it doesn’t. In my humble opinion, just like your newspaper subscription (shameless plug here) you should be able to put your service on hold whenever you’d like.
More of your Comcast comments next week.
Until then, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.