|Originally posted by Don Landis
If he is your friend- tell him we all appreciate what he did to make the Olympics happen in HDTV. He is our hero for that!
It was said last year that he'd never do HDTV and this year he was first to bring HDTV to Jacksonville TV stations. I wonder what changed his opinion on HDTV?
Just got off the phone with Ken Tonning. Hadn't spoken with him in a number of years so it was good to "catch up". Anyhow...
He wanted me to pass on his thanks for recognizing the special effort they made in getting the Olympics to you in HD. You may already know this but apparently they were all set to go when some of their equipment went on the fritz. They "swapped out" the necessary equipment with a non-NBC affiliate and got it all to work just prior to the Olympics. They've since given it back and had their equipment repaired.
As a result, and as I'm sure you know...they are now broadcasting in HD. He also told me they expect to have their ABC affiliate up and running within a month.
When I mentioned to him that some thought he said he'd never do HDTV, he said that simply wasn't true. As a result, his "opinion on HDTV" was always PRO-HD...not against.
I thanked him profusely for his leadership in making HD a reality in Jax. Hey, you never know...as we still own a home off of Ft. Caroline...we may move back to Jax when I retire in 3 or so years. That was the game plan but man has that town grown...too big. I remember when JTB was built on Skinner's land. Nothing on either side of the road...just a straight shot out to Jax Beach. Some thought it was built only for the convenience of Jake Godbold...maybe so.
Hope that helps my friend. Blitzburgh...GO STEELERS!! :D