Ground Rules for Phone Response (10/9/08)
About a year ago, we started airing our viewers' phoned-in comments on my editorials, and I think it's made things more interesting.
But we've noticed there are several things people often do when calling that keep us from using their comments on the air. So here are a few tips to keep in mind for future reference:
First -- No profanity. I don't think I have to explain that one any further.
Second - please don't call while the television or other noise is blaring in the background. If we can't hear you over all the other racket, it's not very likely we can use your comment.
Third - please add something fresh to the discussion. It's nice to have someone call and say "I agree with you 100%" and then hang up, but that's not very interesting to the rest of our audience. If you agree, say why. And if not, say why not.
And finally - keep it short. Few of the comments we use run longer than ten or twelve seconds. You have to make your point quickly and clearly. Going on and on to slowly build a case may work in a courtroom, but not on TV.
I'm really glad so many of you like to give us feedback in this way, and I look forward to hearing a lot more. But I hope you'll keep what I've just said in mind so even more of you can be heard in the future.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.