Friday, December 16, 2011

Fundamental Friday - WCTY

This week's Fundy goes to the entire staff of WCTY, AKA "the government channel" folks.  They are the usually unseen stalwarts who cover every City Council meeting, including all of their committee meetings save the committee on committees, and all Board and Commission hearings held in the City-County Building.  They travel around town with cameras in tow, nights and weekends, to cover community meetings and Mayor's Nights Out.

Led for years now by Station Manager Ken Montgomery, the crew provides live broadcasts and taped archives so that all citizens of Marion County can keep their own eye on what is getting done and who is doing what in City government.  As they say, sunshine is the best disinfectant.  And with that sentiment, nothing can beat what the WCTY folks do for all of us and our Democracy, each and every day.

If you don't know, all shows are archived and can be viewed at any time of the day or night at .

The crew is small, but work diligently.  They are Christy Thomas, Alan Dhayer, Bradley Sims, Nick Hess, Tim Barrett, and Dave Lister.

I've only seen one Councillor do it, but maybe I've just missed others.  I always get a chuckle out of it when Councillor Bob Lutz gets ready to call his committee together.  He looks at the camera, says "are you ready?", and the camera nods in assent.  While they may be out of view, they do their jobs with the greatest professionalism and they give us all access to what those in power are up to.


Anonymous said...

Amen to media, any media, particularly any electronic broadcast media, that will cover the story- unadulterated, unspun, right from the horses mouth.

I took this kind of journalistic coverage for granted when I was younger. No longer.

While you're praying this season, include the return of a press that will actively cover both sides of the story. They protect us from the excesses that can otherwise prey upon us.

Thank you for your blog, Pat. Your ability to call a spade a spade should serve as a model for many. Merry Christmas or whatever floats your boat.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Thanks Anon - and the same to you and yours.

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