Once again, I am apologizing for the mess up at Cape Cod Media Center. As the readers of this site know, a program dedicated to Lou Colombo was supposed to be played on my show at 9:30 last Saturday night. However, the wrong program was played. This is after two telephone confirmations that everything was set up properly. I have a recording of one of those confirmations.
This matter was discussed on Monday morning with a member of the Cape Cod Media Center staff who said that the wrong program was played because of sun flares. Actually, the program that they played by mistake showed no indication of sun flares; there was no distortion, snow or bent images which would indicate magnetic interference. But, on Monday, I accepted this explanation for the sake of peace and was happy when they told me that they would show the show that featured Lou Colombo tonight, Wednesday, March 14, at 11:00 p.m. and again on Saturday night at my regularly scheduled time at 9:30.
At 5 till 11:00 tonight, I checked the weather on Channel 47 and said to my wife, “There couldn’t possibly be a problem tonight, right?” We agreed that such a thing would be impossible; but alas, two minutes later, the Lou Colombo Tribute did come on only without sound.
I got out my video camera and videotaped the silent program while the mute button was turned on and off. Then I went to another channel to prove that there was nothing wrong with the sound on my TV.
To sum it up, a program about Lou Colombo is not much good without sound and the sequence of events that has happened to this program disrespects the memory of Lou Colombo, disrespects me and disrespects our community and all of the twenty-two hundred people that read the original promise of such a program.
I am watching the program right now as I type. There is a picture of Lou at the Roadhouse Café with his quartet; I should be able to hear Nights in Tunisia, but I don’t hear a thing.
I am dumbfounded. I’m glad I have tranquilizers; I’m afraid to check my blood pressure and it has just now occurred to me that the station had a faulty transfer deck a year ago; I suspect that that was the deck that was used to make the transfer. In other words, the deck has not been repaired or replaced in a year. I would like to be able to promise that the Lou Colombo Tribute will be played on Saturday night at 9:30, but as of now, I’m afraid to make that promise. What can I say except to, once again, apologize.
P.S. The spokesperson that I talked to on Monday has no responsibility for the technical problems or missteps that I have described. Witnesses to the problems I have described may e-mail me at [email protected]
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