RE:WGN AMERICA WILL ALSO AIR THE WPIX YULE LOG
(Date Posted:12/23/2008 00:10)
Thank you Jessica Bellucci!
For those who don't know, Jessica is the wonderful public relations manager for WPIX and an ardent fan of the Yule Log, I might add!
As Jessica said, WGN has announced today that as a result of public demand, they will indeed be airing the original and genuine WPIX Yule Log on Christmas morning from 8:30-10am EST. This is a great victory we can all be proud of. Kudos to WGN for being so responsive to viewer's feedback from around the country, including yours truly.
I would like to publically post here the emails that were exchanged today between myself and Sean Compton, who is the Sr. Vice President of Entertainment & Programming for WGN. Sean is the one responsible for making today's good news possible for Yule Log fans across the country. He had a request in his email that he wanted me to pass along to you, but I thought it would be more appropriate for you to read it for yourselves:
Received 12/22/08 @ 16:42:54 EST:
Let’s compromise. I’ve made arrangements for the WPIX Yule Log to air on Christmas Day morning for 90 mins giving it a fair time slot at 8:30am eastern.
Thanks again for your passion for what it is we do. Please alert Yule Log fans and ask them to at least try out the radio shows.
Sent 12/22/08 @ 22:45:19 EST:
As I told Marty Wilke when we spoke the other day, all this was so unnecessary.
Given the kind of time that you are dedicating to the broadcast, there was more than enough time to air both Yule Log programs. And we were perfectly content with our program airing in the overnight hours, just as you have faithfully done in the past. This certainly should have been no great sacrifice to the station because as you said yourself, this is when TV has its lowest levels of viewership.
There's nothing wrong with coming up with new programming ideas, but it just shouldn't come at the expense of the original Yule Log.
On behalf of all Yule Log fans, thank you for at least finding some time in your schedule for the program -- 90 minutes is certainly better than none at all -- and that it's at a time when more viewers will be able to watch it, is an added plus.
It is these little treasures of joy like The Yule Log that give such comfort to people and take on such greater meaning especially in these difficult days of economic distress at home and war abroad.
Best wishes for you and your staff at WGN.
Lawrence F. "Chip" Arcuri
Owner | The Yule Log.com Message Board
& Owner in 2009 of The Yule Log.com website
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Lawrence F. "Chip" Arcuri
Owner/Webmaster | The Yule Log.com