If you’re ever asked to be a guest on a live television news show, please do me a favor. Show up.
Each year we book dozens and dozens of people to be with us live on WDAZ News @5 to discuss one thing or another. On average, about one per cent of one per cent of them don’t bother to show up, at least they don’t bother to show up on time.
The latest News @5 no-shows include a pair of illusionists who disappeared on us, a university medical school director and the head of a university alumni association. The magical couple got lost on their way to the station. LOST IN GRAND FORKS! Both university types told us they "lost track of time."
Not exactly a no-show, but a U.S. senator called about an hour and a half before News @5 one day not long ago to say he couldn’t make it, even though he had been "booked" several days earlier. We found out later he was at a fundraising event for himself at 5 o’clock that day at the home of a Grand Forks supporter.
Friday it was a country music singer and the producer of a benefit concert. Both were promised. Neither showed.
Leaving a two and a half to three and a half minute "hole" in a live television broadcast sends as many as a dozen people scrambling to "fill." It also tends to make the boy anchor a little more surly than usual when he gets home.