Susan Bahorich's Blog

October 09, 2010
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You probably know the names Jean Jadhon and Keith Humphry.  But what about John Thomas, Sam Doyle and Mike Pettit?  You probably have never heard of them.  They're some of WDBJ7's unsung heroes.

Saturday morning - Jay Webb & I were seated, ready for the start of the show, when we got the word there were problems.  Something called the switcher had gone down.  I don't know much about the switcher, but I do know it's hard to have a show without one. We're told we'd probably be going on late, but there was a fix available.  Minutes passed, then a handful of minutes turned into 20, then word there were issues with the "backup" switcher. YIKES!

Anywho, just when we had given up hope and thrown up our hands.  Somehow, someway, our engineering staff managed to rig something together.  It wasn't a long show, but it was a 14-minute recap of a top national story, a bunch of local, a hint of local sports, Jay Webb's forecast and don't forget birthdays!  NICE JOB GUYS!

I can't forget about the rest of the crew who just rolled with the punches- producer Melaine Crabtree condensed a hour-long program down to 14-minutes, Joe Scartelli who directed on the fly, Paul Manning who ran audio, Sandy Reese on graphics and Ben Powers on the floor.

So, to all those concerned we're doing away with our weekend newscast- NO WAY! We're STILL here!  Just a bump in the road .. thanks for bearing with us!!! :)  Jay & I will be back bright and early tomorrow!



Busy news week.

It started with the surprising news that Osama bin Laden had been found. and killed.  More details are coming out everyday.  I have a feeling we'll be getting little tidbits for a longtime to come.  President Obama has said the U.S. won't be releasing pictures of the dead terrorist who was reportedly shot in the head.  What do you think?  Should the pics be released?  Do you want to see it?  

In Halifax County, a man was found dead, stuffed in a well.  (The premise reminds me of the book/movie Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King.)  A woman, her mother and 15-year-old son are now charged with the crime.  Police say the man, Eric Wynn, was her husband and father to the 15-year-old.  According to a search warrant, the 15-year-old admitted to shooting and killing his father.   

And, in lighter notes - Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot.  I was excited to watch the ceremony & pomp and circumstance that surrounded the event.  It did NOT disappoint! :)  Weddings are nice to begin with, but that of a prince & princess, well.. :)   Thanks to everyone who got up early and came to the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg for a viewing party.  Wonderful time :)

Thanks also going out to the thousands who came out to the chili cookoff in downtown Roanoke yesterday.  I started off with a CLEAN, white t-shirt, before it was over - I was chili covered!  hahaha looked like I had gone through some sort of chili war! :)

Talk soon!  Until then, take care of one another!




"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress." ~Bruce Barton

Change has come to Your Hometown Station.  

Our longtime anchor, Keith Humphry is retiring at the end of May.  Keith has been a staple at News7 for 31-years.  AMAZING!  Since I got here more than 7-years ago, Keith has tackled topics and told stories that have left me in AWE!  My favorite part of a "Keith story" is what I call the "nugget."  He ALWAYS captures a moment.  Whether it's someone getting caught in a lie or in an unsavory situation - if Keith Humphry winds up on your doorstep- you know it will be good (well, at least for the viewer!)

Watch throughout the month of May as we celebrate Keith's many accomplishments and take a look back at some of his biggest stories.  

You may have also noticed Hollani Davis has some new responsibilities.  Hollani, who anchored our weekend evening newscasts, is now anchor of News7 at 11 and the 10 o'clock newscast on My19.  (She takes over for our good friend Natasha Ryan who has gone to Seattle.  p.s. Natasha's doing great and loving her new state!)

We've also had some behind the scene changes.  

Regardless, here at News7- we're still committed to providing news from your area in a straight-forward, no nonsense manner.  

If you have a story idea- please feel free to send it to me -

And, be sure to check our the News7 team on facebook and twitter.  (Susan Bahorich Wdbj and sbahorich, respectively..)

In the meantime, be good to each other & I'll check in soon!

Take Care!

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