From Webster's dictionary:
Main Entry: high–definition
": being or relating to an often digital television system that has twice as many scan lines per frame as a conventional system, a proportionally sharper image, and a wide-screen format."
Next week, KMOV will begin broadcasting all local programming in High Definition, henceforth known as "Hi Def". Frankly, it's a day all aging broadcasters live in fear of, and I'm not afraid to admit it. I mean, with Hi Def, it's all hanging out there - every wrinkle, gray hair and every blemish. Plastic surgeons must love this. Maybe they created it to show off their handiwork! So...starting Monday, what you see is what you get. Unless I can talk the boss in to one of those "wrinkle filters" I've heard about...
I stand corrected on the I-64 shutdown, and I'm absolutely amazed by how smoothly this has gone. We've gotten some scorching emails from viewers upset over our coverage:
"What a waste of time! How silly to have employees all over town outside in bitter cold temperatures just to say things were fine. If people don’t know by know that 40 is closing and to find an alternate route, they deserve to get stuck. This was poor journalism and makes St. Louis look like the cow town that others think we are. How embarrassing."
Here's my answer - television news does not magically appear on your screen, but rather it is well produced in advance. No one - including MoDot - knew what to expect. If we hadn't planned for the worst, we would have been caught with our collective pants down. And like High Def TV and aging anchor men, no one wants to see that!