After many years of WCSH being in the number one spot here in southern Maine, MWTW (local ABC Affiliate here in Maine) has taken a lead by making quite a few changes and by simply being professional and responsive to consumers.
The morning team on WCSH 6, while popular for many years, has gotten stale. I like all of them but Lee Nelson can’t seem to finish a sentence without… slowing……it………down……….at……………..the………………….end. Sharon Rose’s conservative view points and eye rolls on things she doesn’t agree with are just too annoying to watch. Kevin Mannix, well, Kevin is Kevin. He’s nice, smart, and easy to watch. He has a passion for his work and it shows. He also participates in the annual Waban fund raiser for kids (in Sanford, ME) and does a great job. But he can’t hold the morning team’s watchability together by himself.
I personally have had issues with WCSH’s technical abilities and customer relations commitment. I receive their digital/high definition signal over the air and had several problems lately with the picture/sound synchronization and their response to my inquiries about the problem. As a consumer, I really should not have to call my local television station and tell them that their broadcast signal is having a problem. And if I do I shouldn’t get the response “it does??”, or “there’s no one here to answer your questions”. I can’t figure out how a television station doesn’t have the appropriate technical staff on hand during prime time. That’s when the largest number of people are watching their programming. If they have signal or tower problems during the day, I wouldn’t think that they would loose nearly the advertising revenue as when something goes wrong during prime time.
All of these issues, along with NBC’s lineup in general, have convinced me to migrate the majority of my viewing over to Channel 8, WMTW and WGME, Channel 13. WMTW recently added a WCSH alumni, Shannon Moss, to their morning broadcast as a co-anchor. Shannon has always been well liked in the community when she was on WCSH and when WCSH lended her out to the CW (formerly the WB) for the 10:00 pm news broadcast. Shannon is smart and confident and seems to just get along well with everyone and her amiable personality definitely comes through on the broadcast.
Now, I don’t know what the ratings say but if WMTW isn’t #1 now, it won’t be long before it is. Channel 13, WGME (CBS) is also gaining some ground in the public eye. I have gathered this consensus by talking to people about this subject all the time. As you can see, I have a passion for television and have written some large articles on my blog that are dedicated to High Definition TV programming. I am trying to educate those trying to learn about HDTV. I believe that all Maine Broadcaster have not done a good enough job educating the public about the imminent, large scale changes in the television industry that will happen in Feburary 2009. I’ve tried to share what I have learned through almost a year of research.
Best Wishes and good luck to WMTW. They made a great decision by adding Shannon to their team. In my opinion, WCSH 6 needs to do quite a lot of work to get regain some respect in the local community.